Mary Susannah (Byrd) Miller's parents were George William Byrd, (born about 1730, died circa 1825) and Annie Hutson. George William Byrd, originally from Virginia, and later Tennessee and the Weaverville section of Buncombe Co., NC, finally settled his family in Jack's Creek, Yancey Co., NC about 1796. He was a veteran of the Revolutionary War having served as a Colonel in the Middlesex County Militia in Virginia. He also served as a scout in Washington's Army, "and was assigned to guard the transfer of funds (in gold) from the French to support the American cause." It has been handed down through the family that when Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, "George Byrd was a-standin' right thar and saw it all!" Based on Revolutionary Army Accounts, he used the money, due him for his services, to buy land in North Carolina.
"Not much is known about George William Byrd except that he came from Richmond, Virginia, and settled into the Yancey County area. Family tradition has it that the parents of Anna (Annie) Hutson didn't like George, and sent her to Charleston, South Carolina to an Aunt's house to get her away from him. The story has it that George left on horseback in search for Annie, found her at her Aunt's house and promptly married her there. Another story about George (known in family circles as "Pioneer George") was that he was a courier in the Revoultionary War between the French (Lafayette) and the American Forces (Washington), and was actively involved in transporting money from the French to the Americans. Before settling in Yancey County, North Carolina, George William Byrd lived for a time in what was then Washington and Sullivan Counties North Carolina, now Tennessee. His son William Kinsey Byrd married Elizabeth "Betsy" Williams who came from the area around Dandridge, Tennessee." (A)
"GEORGE WILLIAM BYRD - SOLDIER IN THE REVOLUTION - George William Byrd, a veteran of the Revolutionary War, resided thereafter in the Toe River Valley. Family tradition has it that he was born in 1730, and he died on Jacks Creek (Yancy County) in 1825 (as attested in a case concerning his estate that was decided by the N.C. Supreme Court, 24 NC 72, 1841). No pension file is available, since he died prior to the federal pension act of 1832. According to his grandson (Mack Byrd, of Guilders Creek in Yancy County), "When (the British military commander) Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, George Byrd was a-standing right thar and saw it." He also served as a scout in Washington's army, and was assigned to guard the transfer of funds (in gold) from the French to support the American cause. Other family members, now deceased, told me that George lived in Virginia and wanted to marry Annie Hutson. Her family did not favor the idea and sent her to school in Charleston, S.C., to keep her away from him. He, however, rode on horseback to Charleston and they were married there (at an aunt's house?). The name Hutson was common in the area, and still is, but I have not been able to find a record of the marriage, even with the assistance of genealogists there. They reportedly then went to the area of Dandridge, Tenn., where they had relatives (related somehow to George Washington's wife Martha Custis Dandridge). Records attest the residence of a George Byrd in Washington or Sullivan County in 1782. Later he and Annie moved to what is now Madison County, then to Jacks Creek in the present Yancy County around 1796. More specifically, they resided on what came to be called Byrd Branch, the present Moses Anglin Branch. There they are buried in unmarked graves, with a vast number of their decendants. Her family name (Hutson) survives as the given name of several decendants across the generations, although it is often spelled as "Hudson". He is mentioned in early census records of Buncombe County (1800, 1810, 1820), a few times in the Minutes of Buncombe County Court (including a case of trespass which ended in mistrial), Buncombe County Deeds (Book II, p. 105, where he buys land on Jacks Creek in 1797 from Philip Hoodenpyle for 25 pounds currency), and in a few stories which have been handed down concerning Indians and mountain lions. My list of George and Annie's children is incomplete (the Supreme Court papers say that he was survived by a widow and nine children)." (C)
"George William Byrd, soldier in the Revolution, was born in Virginia. He married Annie Hutson (Hudson), apparently from a wealthy family (from NY?) and against the wishes of her parents, at the home of her indulgent aunt in Charlston, SC. Family tradition has it that he was a courier for George Washington in the Revolutionary War. He died in 1825 on Jacks Creek in Yancy County (then Buncombe) and is buried in an unmarked grave near his home on Moses Anglin Branch. Three of his sons (William Kimsey, Sr., Samuel, and George W.) and many other generations are buried with this pioneer couple. They had at least five sons and four daughters." (D)
(A) Joe Carroll Byrd 3701 Crestwood Drive, Kingsport, Tennessee 37664 - (423) 245-8742
(B) CLINTON N. EDWARDS - 1200 E. North Avenue, Johnson City, TN 37601- INTERNET:firstname.lastname@example.org in Families of Yancy County, NC, Volume 13, Issue 1, page 404
(C) "Heritage of The Toe River Valley", Volume 1, edited by Lloyd Bailey, Article 82, page 88.
(D) "Heritage of The Toe River Valley", Volume 1, edited by Lloyd Bailey, Article 228, page 177, submitted by William Cooper, 102 Valley View Drive, Erwin, Tennessee, 37650.
Some researchers have Jacks Creek in "Buncombe County, NC", and some say it's in "Yancey County, NC". Yancey County was formed out of Buncombe County in 1833. As George died before this date, Jacks Creek (where he homesteaded, lived & died) was then Buncombe County. It is now Yancey County, NC.
George is listed in the "Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution", and was a 2nd Lt. in the VA Militia. I find him on the 1792 Tax List for Montgomery Co. VA. Their first few children were born in VA; after 1792 they emigrated to Yancey Co. NC (formerly Buncombe Co.), where they homestead on Jacks Creek, lived, and died.
Byrd and Hudson family lore repeat the story that Annie Hudson was sent off to a relative's in Charleston, SC so as to keep the two apart; George followed her, and they were married at her aunt's home in Charleston. Her parents and other information are unknown to most researchers at this time. Perhaps some day we may all know more about her.
are my biological maternal 6th great grandparents.
For a little more about this family, please see my "Irisheyes" contribution at Worldconnect.
and Mary Ann "Annie" Hudson
1 John Byrd b: WFT Est. 1660-1710 in unknown d: possibly in Virginia USA My Lineage