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)

Secondary Sources / Other Researchers:

(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:clint@washington.xtn.net 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.

George William Byrd and Mary Ann "Annie" Hudson
are my biological maternal 6th great grandparents.

For a little more about this family, please see my "Irisheyes" contribution at Worldconnect.








Some Descendants of George William Byrd, son of John Byrd
and Mary Ann "Annie" Hudson


1 John Byrd b: WFT Est. 1660-1710 in unknown d: possibly in Virginia USA My Lineage
.... +[--?--] b: WFT Est. 1697-1747 d: probably in Virginia USA My Lineage
...2 George William Byrd b: 1730 in Richmond, Henrico County, VA d: 1825 in Jacks Creek, Buncombe (nka Yancey) County, NC Burial: Byrd Cemetery, Moses Angiln Branch, Off Jacks Creek Rd. Yancey County, NC My Lineage
.........+Mary Ann "Annie" Hudson b: 1760 in ENGLAND, New York, Tennessee or South Carolina USA d: 1870 in Jacks Creek, Yancey (fka Buncombe) County, NC Married: 1777 in at her Aunt's home in Charleston, Charleston County, SC Burial: Byrd Cemetery, Moses Angiln Branch, Off Jacks Creek Rd. Yancey County, NC My Lineage (NOTE: Still searching for her parents & further data.)
........3 Elizabeth Byrd b: Abt. 1777 in VA d: 1844 in Pearl Valley, Sevier County, TN Burial: in McMahan Cemetery, Pearl Valley, Jones Cove, Sevier County, TN My Lineage
..............+Archibald McMahan, II b: 1772 in Montgomery County, VA d: February 27, 1853 in Pearl Valley, Jones Cove, Sevier County, TN Burial: in McMahan Cemetery, Pearl Valley, Jones Cove, Sevier County, TN Married: September 28, 1793 in Grayson County, VA Father: Archibald McMahan, I Mother: Ann McNulty My Lineage
........3 William Kimsey Byrd, Sr. b: May 21, 1778 in VA d: February 08, 1862 in Coxes Creek, Yancey County, NC - died of measles
..............+Elizabeth Williams b: October 04, 1784 in Sweetwater, Monroe County, TN d: February 1876 in Coxes Creek, Yancey County, NC Married: August 10, 1801
............. 4 Charles Avery Byrd b: July 12, 1802 in Buncombe (nka Yancey) County, NC d: November 12, 1890 in Yancey (fka Buncombe) County, NC
................... +Jane Hampton b: 1808 in NC d: 1899 in Yancey (fka Buncombe) County, NC Married: in Yancey (fka Buncombe) County, NC
............. 4 Mary Jane Byrd b: Abt. 1810 in Buncombe (nka Yancey) County, NC
................... +John Honeycutt b: unknown d: unknown Married: in Yancey (fka Buncombe) County, NC
............. 4 Susannah Maude "Sooky" Byrd b: Abt. 1812 in Buncombe (nka Yancey) County, NC d: December 01, 1879 in Yancey (fka Buncombe) County, NC
................... +James "Jim" Higgins b: Abt. 1803 in Buncombe (nka Yancey) County, NC d: 1892 in Yancey (fka Buncombe) County, NC Married: in Yancey (fka Buncombe) County, NC
............. 4 George Washington "Broke-Leg" Byrd, Sr. b: March 07, 1813 in Burnsville, Buncombe (nka Yancey) County, NC d: Aft. 1880 in Yancey (fka Buncombe) County, NC Burial: in Red Hill Cemetery, Red Hill, Mitchell County, NC
................... +Betsy Jane "Jenny" Phillips b: July 26, 1814 in Burke, Mitchell County, NC d: 1856 in Red Hill, Mitchell County, NC Burial: in Red Hill Cemetery, Red Hill, Mitchell County, NC Married: January 16, 1834 in Yancey County, NC Father: Lazarus P. Phillips Mother: Jane "Jenny" Garland
............. *2nd Wife of George Washington "Broke-Leg" Byrd, Sr.:
................... +Elizabeth Honeycutt b: October 20, 1820 in West Pee Dee River, Montgomery County, NC d: December 10, 1873 in Lead Hill, Boone County, AR Married: February 28, 1861 in Yancey County, North Carolina Father: Elisha Honeycutt Mother: Cecelia Hampton
............. *3rd Wife of George Washington "Broke-Leg" Byrd, Sr.:
................... +Mary Ann Clark d: Abt. 1875 in Yancey (fka Buncombe) County, NC Married: September 07, 1875 in Yancey County, NC
............. 4 Mitchell J. Byrd b: Abt. 1816 in Buncombe (nka Yancey) County, NC
............. 4 Hudson (Hutson) Haskew Byrd b: Abt. 1817 in Buncombe (nka Yancey) County, NC d: 1886 in Mitchell County, NC
................... +Sarah "Sallie" Harrell b: Abt. 1823 in NC d: Abt. 1910 in Mitchell County, NC Married: in NC Father: James Harrell Mother: Mary "Polly" Ingram
.................. 5 James M. Byrd b: 1846 in NC d: 1898 in unknown
........................+Nancy Garland b: March 01, 1853 in Yancey (fka Buncombe) County, NC d: April 15, 1938 Married: in Yancey County, NC Father: William C. Garland Mother: Elizabeth Buchanan
.................. 5 Mary Jane Byrd b: June 10, 1868 in NC d: April 1904 in Yancey County, NC
........................+Lewis Garland b: February 06, 1858 in Yancey (fka Buncombe) County, NC d: April 18, 1931 in Yancey County, NC Married: February 10, 1889 in Yancey County, NC Father: William C. Garland Mother: Elizabeth Buchanan
............. 4 Elizabeth "Betsy" Byrd b: September 08, 1823 in Buncombe (nka Yancey) County, NC d: August 02, 1900 in Coxes Creek, Yancey County, NC Burial: in Evans-Elliott Cemetery, Coxes Creek, Yancey County, NC
................... +John Evans b: January 02, 1818 in Coxes Creek, Yancey County, NC d: July 22, 1897 in Coxes Creek, Yancey County, NC Burial: in Evans-Elliott Cemetery, Coxes Creek, Yancey County, NC Married: March 16, 1845 in NC
............. 4 Margaret Marinda Byrd b: Abt. 1824 in Buncombe (nka Yancey) County, NC
................... +Hosea J. Higgins b: Abt. 1826 d: 1865
............. 4 Louisa J. Byrd b: January 06, 1826 in Buncombe (nka Yancey) County, NC d: September 27, 1919 in Yancey (fka Buncombe) County, NC Burial: in Byrd Cemetery, Burnsville, Yancey County, NC
................... +Nathan Dayton b: June 16, 1827 in Buncombe (nka Yancey) County, NC d: October 02, 1906 in Yancey (fka Buncombe) County, NC Burial: in Byrd Cemetery, Burnsville, Yancey County, NC Married: in NC Father: Thomas (Dayton) Deyton Mother: Martha Thomas
............. 4 William Kimsey "Billy" Byrd, Jr. b: May 06, 1826 in Yancey (fka Buncombe) County, NC d: November 01, 1911 in Jacks Creek, Yancey County, NC
................... +Mary "Mollie" Harrell b: October 26, 1829 in NC d: July 06, 1902 in Jacks Creek, Yancey County, NC Married: in NC Father: James Harrell Mother: Mary "Polly" Ingram
........3 Samuel Dempsey Byrd b: February 28, 1789 in VA d: April 05, 1865 in Jacks Creek, Yancey (fka Buncombe) County, NC
..............+Mary Briggs b: Abt. 1788 in Madison, Rockingham County, NC d: in Jacks Creek, Yancey (fka Buncombe) County, NC Married: in NC
........3 George Washington Byrd b: March 10, 1791 in VA d: May 04, 1871
..............+Elizabeth Hensley b: Abt. 1813 d: Unknown
........3 Susanna "Sooky" Byrd b: Abt. 1792 in VA d: in Newport, Cocke County, TN
..............+Christopher Miller b: unknown d: probably in Newport, Cocke County, TN
........3 Patrick Byrd b: Abt. 1793 in VA d: unknown
........3 Anna Byrd b: Abt. 1795 in VA d: January 11, 1825
..............+John Griffith b: 1790 in unknown d: March 02, 1864
........3 Levicia Kezia Byrd b: Abt. 1799 in VA d: 1886
..............+Louis Briggs
........3 Mary Byrd b: Aft. 1800 in VA
..............+[--?--] Williams





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