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  • ID: I241454
  • Name: James Byas
  • Given Name: James
  • Surname: Byas 1
  • Name: James Bias
  • Given Name: James
  • Surname: Bias 2 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: Abt 1722 2
  • Death: Bef 1787 in Amherst County, Virginia 2
  • _UID: BC2E54089CFF480E8B0FF7D7C35BF1F09EB2
  • Change Date: 1 Feb 2012 at 12:35
  • Note:
    James Bias/Byas

    By Alan Bias

    James Byas first appears in Amherst County when he settles on a 1761 land grant issued to him on the headwaters of Otter Creek. Just when he actually arrives is not known. Amherst County was formed from Albemarle County in 1761. Deed book entries for James Byas are found starting in 1761 in Amherst, however no prior entries are found in Albemarle or any of its parent counties. Prior to this he apparently lived in Chester &/or Lancaster Counties of PA with his family. Unconfirmed sources have him born ca 1722 in County Caven Ireland and arriving in America in 1734 with his parents and siblings. While in PA he is reported to have married Elizabeth Larkin before settling in Amherst County. One or more of his offspring may have been born in PA depending upon his arrival date in Virginia. Otherwise they were all born in Amherst on Otter Creek near the James River where it passes through the Blue Ridge Mountains. This area is located in a portion of Amherst County that lies west of the Blue Ridge in the Shenandoah Valley near Glascow, Rockbridge County. The majority of Amherst County lies on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge in the Piedmont region of Central Virginia.

    Most of the land James Byas and his sons received in land grants of later purchased is very rocky and rough in nature. Not characteristic of the regions better farm land. In fact most of the land they settled is today part of the Blue Ridge Parkway or National Forest land. The character of this land gave little support to its inhabitants and may have lended a hand in the wandering nature of the Byas/Bias families sons in years to come.

    James Byas appears to have died sometime between 1784 when he sold land and 1787 when he failed to be listed on the 1787 Tax and Census list for Virginia. No further trail of him has been found in Amherst County Court House records after this date. His wife Elizabeth is listed on her own in later census info.

    ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/va/amherst/census/1783head.txt

    HEAD OF FAMILIES-VIRGINIA, 1783 - AMHERST COUNTY File submitted for use in the USGenWeb Archives by: Sharon Barrett Kennedy Transcriber's Note: This document has been transcribed as accurately as possible; the apparent errors in spelling were on the record I copied from--SBK.

    NAME OF HEAD OF FAMILY WHITE BLACK

    Byas, James 3 -

    JAMES BYAS

    By Joanne Bias Samuels

    Bias researchers have given the name(s) of parents for John, Larkin, Obediah, Lucy, Elizabeth, Sarah, and Rolling/Rolen as being James Byas and Elizabeth. This has, as yet, to be proven. The tie-in to these parents was made after careful searching of deeds, census records, etc., collected from Amherst and Montgomery Counties in Virginia. We do not know the date/place of James's birth, but estimate his birth date to be around 1720-1730

    The Lambert Papers located in the special collection division of the library at Marshall University in Huntington, WV suggests that our particular branch of the Bias family has as the country of origin - Scotland by way of Ireland (Ulster Irish), and that the parents of James was John Byus and Ann. The papers also suggest that, since Obediah sold land in NC, the family may have lived in North Carolina prior to settling in Amherst County, VA.

    Byers researcher, Thorlo Byers, proposed that the parents of James might have been Robert Byas and Louisa Patterson, and that they probably migrated to Virginia from Pennsylvania. He also gave the maiden name of Elizabeth (wife of James) as Larkin.

    The Lambert Papers nor Mr. Thorlo Byers presented source(s) for their opinions as regards the parentage of James Byas, and the maiden name for Elizabeth. However, because of the above possibilities, the writer of this family history has collected information and sources for the Larkin(s) family and the Patterson family. These records appear in the "Records" at the end of the Family History in the hope that they will prove/disprove one of these suppositions of parentage of James Byas.

    According to one Bias family historian, Alan Bias, the Byars of Orange, Louisa & Hanover counties are well documented and our James Byas does not fit with this group. The Byars/Byers in these counties are of Tidewater English descent, and family history states that the Bias clan were of Scotch-Irish descent, and the Byers information agrees with this.

    According to records of deeds, James located in Amherst County, VA in 1761. (The year the county was formed). From History of Amherst County, the following historical information is given.

    The exact year the first squatter or settler came to live in the Amherst County area has not been discovered, but the estimate could be as early as 1710, because many men explored the mountains by way of the James River or by overland routes, with or without official recognition. Besides the Buffalo and Indian roads, an Indian path led from the hunting ground and the James River across the Piedmont to the Rappahannock River.

    Robert Davis explored up the James River and found the trading station on the Amherst side about a half mile west of the Otter Creek mouth. Later, he carved a plantation of his own out of the wilderness a few miles down the James near the mouth of the Pedlar. This is the same area in Amherst County where James's sons lived in the latter part of the 1700's and the early 1800's.

    It is often difficult to obtain factual dates of the seating of a plantation, the building of the home and the actual occupancy. Often, the date of the land grant will be given as the date of the building of the house. This may well have taken place several years later. People did not consider record keeping of paramount importance in the mid-eighteenth century.

    The following land & census records have been located in Amherst Co., VA (formed in 1761 from Albemarle County) for James and Elizabeth.

    June 20, 1761 - Survey was taken for 230A (no location)

    March 10, 1762 - Bk E, Pg. 192, Deed recorded 230A (no location)

    Amherst County, Virginia
    Deed Book C

    Page 192
    When Surveyed For Whom Surveyed No. of Acres

    March 10, 1762 James Bias 230

    A plot of 230 acres of land in Amherst County on the branches of the south fork of Huffs Creek Surveyed for James Bias the 10 day of March 1762.

    Transcribed from copies of original documents 10.18.06 Alan S. Bias

    April 4, 1771 - Bk E, Pg. 204, 53 A (no location)

    Nov. 18, 1772 - James sold to Jas. Manees - 5 cows, pigs.

    May 20, 1778 - Bk G, Pg. 41, 100A near Huff Cr. Top of Mt. Purchase of land by Mr. Slading on line of James Byas.

    Aug 2, 1784 - Bk E, Pg. 526, property owned by James & Elizabeth - 170A on Huff Cr., which was part of a patent to grantor at Williamsburg. 3 Aug 1771 - sold to Lemaster Cooksey. (Mr. Cooksey, in turn, sold this land 1785). [It is to be noted that James and Elizabeth signed for the sale, so they were still alive at this time.

    Amherst County, Virginia
    Deed Book E

    Page 526
    This Indenture made this second day of August in the Year of our Lord one Thousand seven hundred and eighty four. Between James Bias and Elizabeth his wife of the County of Amherst of the one part and Lemaster Coocksey of the same County of the other part…

    Tract of Parcel of Land Containing one hundred and Seventy Acres. Is the same more or less lying and being in the County of Amherst on the south Branches of Huffs Creek and is part of the same that was Granted to James Bias by patient bearing date at Williamsburgh the third day of August one thousand Seven hundred and Seventy one and now in the possession of the said Lamaster Coocksey…

    his
    James X Bias
    mark

    Transcribed from copies of original documents 10.18.06 Alan S. Bias

    1783 - There was a James Bias living in the vicinity of Wolf Cr. [May have been our James, as son, Obediah, lived on Wolfe Cr. at a later date.]

    Children of James & Elizabeth: (Their birth dates would have been prior to 1755):

    Lucy, Elizabeth, Sarah, Jonathan, Larkin, and Obediah

    The following records are of the above children of James & Elizabeth Bias.

    In Virginia's Colonial Soldiers the following information is given on pp. 44 & 51.
    In October, 1776, the services of the minute-men were dispensed with, and they were encouraged to enter the regular Continental Army. To this memoranda, we are enabled through the valued investigation of Alexander Brown, Esq., a careful and devoted student of Virginia history, to add the following roll (still incomplete) of Revolutionary soldiers. (among those listed were) John Byas, Obadiah Byas, Larkin By as, & Jeremiah Whitten from Amherst county (comprising the then territory also of the present county of Nelson.) The Revolutionary War started in 1760 and ended in 1783.

    There were ordered into service from Amherst County, June 21, 1781, by Daniel Gaines, colonel of militia, two hundred and seventy-nine non-commissioned officers and privates, "to march to join the army commanded by the Hon. Maj. General Marquis de la Fayette."

    In 1787, Tax list B of Amherst Co., Dist. Of Wm Ware listed: Obediah, Larkin, Roling, and John. James was not listed. (It is possible that he moved to Wolfe Creek where a Capt. James Bias was listed on the tithable rolls of 1783. The date of James' death is unknown).

    June 28, 1798 - Jer Whitten purchased 100A on Pigg Cr., adj. Jno Bias.
    NOTE: This Jer. Whitten was father of Elizabeth who married James, s/o Larkin Byas.

    In 1810 Amherst County, VA census, there is listed a Lucy Bias 01000-001 (born before 1765). This Lucy may have been the daughter of James, or the wife of a deceased Bias male. More probably, she was the daughter of James, although this is an assumption and as yet unproven - some Bias researchers say that two other daughters, Elizabeth and Sarah belong to the list of children for James & Elizabeth. This record is the only one found for Lucy.

    In the same census, there was an Elizabeth Bias listed. It could not have been Elizabeth, wife of James. The only female was 16-26 years old, & the one male was under ten, so it is likely that she was the daughter of James and Elizabeth.

    Also in the 1810 census, Jonathan Bias was listed as head of household with ...
    1 male born 1755 or earlier; 1 male under 10; 1 male 10 and under 16; 1 female 26 and under 45 and 1 female under 10.

    The following records are related to Larkin's son, James: Nov. 20, 1802 - James Bias/Byass married Eliz. Whitten Jeremiah Whitten, father, deceased. Wm. Whitten, guardian.
    Witnesses: Larkin Byas, Berry Whitten, Jno C. Goode, Saml Garland, David Bailey. (From SC 15906 service record where James servd Samuel B. Jeter's VA Mil., lived Amherst Co., VA)

    1802 - Bk 4, pg. 361 - James Byas signed guardian book.

    Sept. 6, 1805 - Bk E, pg 300 - Heirs of Jer Whitten, dec'd, as heirs - Jas. Bias & wife, Elizabeth & Ro. Knuckles wife.

    Sept. 17, 1805 - Bk 1, pg. 384 - Jas Bias purchased 105 Acres branches of the James River. Surveyed by Cars (sic) Christian Jr., taken from larger tract of heirs of Jerry Whitten decld.

    Mar 19, 1808 - -Bk L, P. 13 - James Byass - 140 A on Cashew Cr. Joining land of Roland Byas.

    Oct. 17, 1809 - Robert Knuckles & wife, Fannie, Mercer Co., (moved to KY) gave power of attorney to James Byas to sell 136 A of his land.

    1839 - Bk 10, pg. 171 - Jas Bias of Larkin Byas signed admin. Bond for Matilda Byas (d/o Joel Byas).

    Aug 30, 1845 - Bk 12, pg 70 Amherst Co., VA 1845 - Witness to slave hire - James Byas
    Aug 30, 1848 - Witness to will probated - Jas Bias of Larkin Byas

    The following records pertain to Roland/Rolin/Rolina Byas 1810 census of Augusta Co., VA - Rolin/Roling Byas - 1 male 45+; 1 male 16-26; 1 male 10-16; 3 males under 10;

    Oct. 19, 1804 - Roland Byas was witness at marriage of Nancy Bias & Samll B. Mitchell.

    Feb. 16, 1808 - Thomas Jenkins to Rolling Byas - acreage on headwaters of Otter Creek & Cocke's Wit: Larkin Byas

    Mar 19, 1808 - Bk L, pg. 13 James Byass purchased 140 A on Cashew Cr. Joining land of Roland Byas.

    1813 - Roland Byas mentioned as being on line of land purchased on Chestenut Mt. And Cashaw Creek.

    1825 - Roland Byas and wife, Nancy, sold land to Larkin Bias

    1834 - purchase of property on Pea Vine Mt. Adjoining "where Roland Byas lives".
    NOTE: The following quadrants and description of property in Amherst County - taken from map from the Dept. of Transportation of Virginia.

    Otter Cr. - Comes off Blue Ridge Pkw and flows south to James River. Quadrant 134A in Pedlar District
    Cashew Cr. - On west side of Blue Ridge Pkw & flows to James River. Quadrant 134A in Pedlar District
    Pedlar Dist. - Adjacent to Bedford & Rockbridge Counties. Quad 134A
    Pedlar R. - River starts at NW of Amherst Co., flows south to James R.
    Huff Cr. - Quadrant 133D - Flows from mt. into Buffalo River Rt. 60) Crosses over Huff Cr. As it nears Buffalo River.)
    Shackleford Mill Cr. - is not listed on current Albemarle Co. maps.
    Fluvanna river - is not listed on current Amherst Co. maps. (in Fluvanna co., VA)
    Chestnut Mt./Pea Vine Mt. - not listed on current Amherst Co. maps.

    Bias Marriages

    Cabell Co., WV Marriages 1809-1850
    By Carrie Eldridge

    Absalom Bias m. March 1, 1838 Elizabeth Butcher
    America Bias m. Aug. 1, 1850 Solomon Midkiff
    Armilda Bias m. Dec. 26, 1841 Martin Bias
    Cintha Bias m. Apr. 9, 1840 Tandy Tooly
    Clarinda Bias m. Feb. 8, 1838 William Rogers
    Elizabeth Bias m. Sept. 9, 1842 Jacob Grass
    James Bias m. Dec. 7, 1837 Betty Adkins
    James Bias m. Oct. 14, 1850 Nancy Williams
    Larkin Bias m. Dec. 28, 1826 Martha Porter
    Larkin Bias m. June 13, 1830 Ruth Childers
    Polly Bias m. Oct. 30, 1817 James Hatfield
    Roland Bias m. 1813 Dicy Brumfield
    Roland Bias m. Oct. 22, 1839 Martha Mitchell
    John Byess (Bias) m. 1819 Sally Rea
    William Byess m. 1822 Priscilla Childers

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    Cabell Co., WV Marriages 1851-1899
    By KYOWVA Gen. Soc. Huntington, WV

    Albert Bias 20 Cabell Co. m. Aug. 20, 1892 E. A. Floyd 18 Cabell Co.
    Allen L. Bias 24 Cabell Co. m. Apr. 5, 1897 Etter S. Diddle Kanawha Co.
    Benjamin F. Bias 20 Cabell Co. m. Feb. 5, 1882 Jennie Bias 17 Amherst Co.
    Berry Bias 69 Amherst m. March 21, 1895 Lizzie Waters 40 Cabell Co.
    Blackburn Bias 28 Cabell Co. m. Apr 7, 1881 Malinda Sanders 19 Cabell Co.
    C. L. Bias 19 s/o B. & S. Bias m. March 5, 1872 Mary E. Ward 19 d/o John & J. Ward
    Chas. Bias 36 Cabell Co. m. Oct. 8, 1888 Maggie Lewis 22 KY
    Clifton Bias 19 Cabell Co. m. May 24, 1893 Ida Henderson 19 Lawrence Co., OH
    Clifton Bias 21 Cabell Co. m. Apr. 19, 1888 Julia Adkins 22 Cabell Co.
    Crosby Bias 22 Cabell Co. m. Sept. 27, 1894 Arabella Bias 18 Cabell Co.
    David Bias 21 Mason m. June 24, 1888 Sarah F. Morris 18 Cabell Co.
    Elahugh Bias 23 Cabell Co. m. June 9, 1894 S. M. Childers Cabell Co.
    Elisha Bias 21 s/o R. R. & M. Bias m. Nov. 15, 1873 M. V. Hatfield d/o G. & E. Hatfield
    Ennis Bias 23 s/o Anderson & E. Bias b. Cabell Co. m. Nov. 25, 1856 Louisa A. Brown d/o Thomas & Polly Brown b. Cabell Co.
    Evermont Bias m. June 3, 1861 Eliza F. McComas
    Ewell Bias 25 Cabell Co. m. Jan. 1, 1890 Harriet Leith 22 Gallia Co., OH
    Geo. Bias 20 Lawrence Co., OH m. Nov. 25, 1885 Annie Spears 16 Lincoln Co.
    George Bias 24 Cabell Co. m. July 14, 1883 Lucy Howard 18 Cabell Co.
    Harvey Bias 24 Lincoln Co. m. Dec. 24, 1899 Nancy E. Childers 17 Cabell Co.
    Henry Bias 36 Amherst Co., VA m. Feb. 26, 1889 Flora Qualls 21 Putnam
    Henry Clay Bias 26 Amherst Co., VA m. July 15, 1877 Mary Eliz. Shamblin 22
    Ira S. Bias 35 WV m. Dec. 28, 1898 Hattie Gothard 23 OH
    J. A. Bias 31 Cabell Co. m. July 17, 1898 Sarah E. Burcham 22 Lawrence Co., OH
    J. L. Bias 45 Cabell Co. m. May 10, 1899 Sarah E. Elkins Boyd Co., KY
    Jacob Bias 25 Cabell Co. m. 1886 (license returned Mar. 8, 1887) Miriam Bledsoe 22 Cabell Co.
    James P. Bias m. July 1, 1852 Mary Burns
    James Bias 17 s/o Wm. & Elizabeth Bias m. July 3, 1870 Hattie Lucas 20
    James Bias 54 Amherst Co., VA m. Oct. 6, 1881 Louisa Howard 40 Lawrence Co., OH
    James C. Bias 22 s/o Larkin & Rutha Bias m. July 22, 1856 Mary L. Bias 22 (Wd) d/o Franklin & D. Bowen
    James F. Bias 28 s/o James & Mary A. Bias m. Apr. 1, 1858 Elizabeth Wilks 23 d/o James & Mary Wilks
    Jno. W. Bias 21 Cabell Co. m. Sept. 26, 1897 Kate Thacker 24, Lawrence Co., OH
    John E. Bias 21 Cabell Co. m. Dec. 16, 1889 Forence Ferguson Cabell Co.
    John H. Bias 21 Cabell Co. m. Oct. 16, 1886 Helena Lucas 16 Cabell Co.
    John M. Bias 21 s/o Roland & Martha Bias m. March 20, 1867 Rebecca Johnson 21 d/o H. & America Johnson
    L. D. Bias 22 Lincoln Co. m. March 9, 1899 Carrie Ray 17 Cabell Co.
    Lindsey Bias 20 b. Cabell Co. s/o Lindsey & Matilda Bias m. March 11, 1859 Martha McVickers 21
    Lindsey Bias 25 Amherst Co. m. Oct. 11, 1879 Alzada Peyton 16 Cabell Co.
    Linsey Bias m. July 2, 1852 Mary Ann Bias
    Linsey Bias m. Feb. 21, 1861 Drucilla Rowsey
    Millard Bias 21 Cabell Co. m. Aug. 23, 1890 L. O. Adkins 17 Cabell Co.
    Riley M. Bias 23 Cabell Co. m. Sept. 7, 1892 Mary E. Jenkins 22 Cabell Co.
    William Bias m. May 20, 1852 Elizabeth Burns
    Wm. Bias 25 Cabell Co. m. Nov. 30, 1884 Perlina Cremeans 22 Wayne Co.
    Wm. A. Bias 23 s/o A. J. & Emily Bias m. Feb. 11, 1866 Martha Deacons 22 d/o J. & R. Deacons
    Wm. A. Bias 23 s/o Anderson & Betsy Bias m. Oct. 29, 1860 Mary Jane Brown 18 d/o
    Thos. & M. A. Brown
    Wm. E. Bias 21 Putnam m. Apr. 9, 1885 Irena Wheeler 19 Cabell Co.
    Wm. H. Bias 20 Cabell Co. m. Oct. 24, 1892 M. S. Carpenter Cabell Co.
    Wm. W. Bias 22 Cabell Co. m. Oct. 29, 1889 M. J. Carter 21 Monroe Co.
    Wm. H. Byas 25 m. Dec. 25, 1877 Sarah Byas 20

    Adaline Bias 18 d/o Roland & Martha Bias m. Jan. 10, 1867 Columbus Johnson 21 s/o Sidney & Menirva Johnson
    Addie L. F. Bias 24 Lincoln Co. m. Aug. 31, 1892 John Mount 23 Lawrence Co., OH
    Algelena Bias 21 d/o James & Polly Bias m. July 14, 1870 Salem Carter 21 s/o George & Nancy Carter
    Amasetta Bias 19 Cabell Co. m. Feb. 8, 1888 William Payne 21 Lee Co., VA
    Anna Bias 17 d/o Rolan & Sarah Bias m. Dec. 30, 1864 Willis Noel 22 s/oWinston & Mary Noel
    Annie Bias 18 Cabell Co. m. Dec. 25, 1882 Benjamin F. Morris 24 Cabell Co.
    Arena M. Bias 17 Cabell Co. m. Apr. 23, 1891 Henry R. Wyont 21 Cabell Co.
    B. E. Bias 23 d/o R. & M. Bias m. Dec. 23, 1872 C. H. Rousey 22 s/o J. & L. A. Rousey
    Carrie Bias 23 Cabell Co. m. Dec. 18, 1889 C. A. Holland Cabell Co.
    Catherine Bias 14 s/o R. & M. Bias m. March 10, 1872 J. H. Berry 23 s/o K. & E. Berry
    Clumps Bias 23 d/o J. & M. Bias m. Apr. 11, 1869 J. L. Morrison 28 s/o W. & M. Morrison
    Cora W. Bias 19 Cabell Co. m. Nov. 16, 1893 E. Morrison 19 Wayne Co.
    Cordelia Bias 30 Cabell Co. m. Oct. 15, 1882 William Donahoe 39 Wayne Co.
    Dicy Bias 23 d/o James & Polly Bias m. Dec. 18, 1864 Arch. Rowsey 19 s/o Lestor & D. Bias
    Drusilla Bias 22 d/o Roland & Martha Bias m. July 28, 1866 Geo. W. Lawhorn 21 s/o Jesse & Jeriah Lawhorn
    Elizabeth Bias 17 Cabell Co. m. June 11, 1874 Wm. Z. T. Walter 26 Warren Co., VA
    Elizabeth M. Bias 35 Putnam Co. m. Apr. 14, 1898 L. L. Steele 38 Roane Co., WV
    Emamie Bias Cabell Co. m. Oct. 28, 1874 Alvin Knight 24 Cabell Co.
    Emily Bias 19 d/o Roland & M. Bias m. March 2, 1859 Richard Roberts 21 s/o Anderson & J. Roberts
    Emily Bias 21 d/o Sol. & Sally Midkiff m. Oct. 22, 1866 Benjamin Perry 24 s/o B. L. & B. A. Perry
    Emily Bias 33 d/o Lorenzo & Matilda Bias m. Jan. 25, 1865 John Martin 51 s/o James & Mary Martin
    Emily F. Bias 30 Amherst Co., VA m. Oct. 6, 1880 Thomas W. Fisher 22 Rockbridge Co., VA
    Emma Bias 19 Cabell Co. m. June 12, 1899 S. J. Hatfield 23 Cabell Co.
    Emma Bias 24 Lincoln Co. m. Sept. 13, 1893 Jas. W. Stagg Wood Co.
    Emma Bias 25 Cabell Co. m. Dec. 29, 1895 R. W. Hensley 25 Cabell Co.
    Eva Bias Lawrence Co., OH m. Oct. 6, 1894 J. W. Holland Lawrence Co., OH
    Francis Bias 17 d/o Reuben & Malinda Bias m. Apr. 20, 1860 Pleasant Mitchell 29 s/o Samuel & E. A. Mitchell
    Francis Bias 18 Cabell Co. m. Apr. 7, 1887 Geo. Stone 22 Logan Co.
    Hester Ann Bias 19 Cabell Co. m. Sept. 21, 1882 Andrew Estep 19 Harlen Co., KY
    J. Bias 19 (bride) Cabell Co. m. Dec. 23, 1893 Abel Fife 22 Cabell Co.
    Jeanette Bias 20 d/o D. & J. Bias m. May 10, 1868 Shem. Childers 26 s/o B. & B. Childers
    L. Bias 21 (bride) Cabell Co. m. Nov. 23, 1898 J. T. Ross 22 Cabell Co.
    L. J. Bias 24 (bride) Crawford Co., MO m. Feb. 24, 1898 P. Smith 24 Cabell Co.
    L. O. Bias 22 Cabell Co. m. Nov. 22, 1891 Geo. A. Harris 20 Brown Co., OH
    Lethia Bias 26 Cabell Co. m. Apr. 26, 1883 Oliver Haley 26 Gallia Co., OH
    Levina Bias 25 d/o J. B. & M. Bias m. March 27, 1868 Joseph Deacon 33 s/o W. & N. Deacon
    Lillian Bias 17 Cabell Co. m. Sept. 21, 1876 Joseph Hagley, Jr. 24 Cabell Co.
    Louisa Bias 18 VA m. Apr. 24, 1875 Andrew J. Lucas 22 Logan Co.
    Lucy Bias 25 Cabell Co. m. Sept. 14, 1883 Thos. Morrison 23 Cabell Co.
    Lucy Bias 27 Rockbridge Co., VA m. Aug. 21, 1879 William A. Meddings 27 Greenbrier Co.
    M. F. Bias 20 Cabell Co. m. Nov. 17, 1892 James H. Parsons 23 Wayne Co.
    Maggie Bias 22 Putnam Co., VA m. March 30, 1884 Albert Childers 22 Cabell Co.
    Margaret E. Bias m. Apr. 21, 1853 Samuel Turner
    Mary Bias m. Aug. 9, 1859 John Eggers
    Mary A. Bias 25 Boone Co., VA m. Apr. 28, 1875 Jasper Smoot 22 Wyoming Co., VA
    Mary E. Bias 27 Amherst Co., VA m. July 30, 1876 Wm. L. Woodyard 30 Rappahonnaek Co.
    Mary J. Bias 19 Cabell Co. m. July 1, 1879 Madison Hamilton 23 Cabell Co.
    Mary M. Bias 18 Lawrence Co., OH m. July 3, 1881 Jerman F. Jefferson 23 Cabell Co.
    Mary M. Bais 27 Cabell Co. m. May 16, 1895 Hugh S. Adkins 32 Wayne Co.
    Mary Margaret Bias 25 Cabell Co. m. Sept. 30, 1880 Albert Farmer 24 Logan Co.
    Nancy Bias 16 Cabell Co. m. March 11, 1883 Jonathan J. Davis 22 Cabell Co.
    Nancy A. Bias 20 d/o Daniel & J. Bias m. June 26, 1856 Benjamin F. Adkins 24 s/o John & Eliz. Adkins
    Nelly Bias 28 b. Cabell d/o Rolin & Diris Bias m. May 5, 1855 William Morrison 68 (Wd.) b. Pitts Co., VA s/o James & Rachel Morrison)
    Precilla Bias 23 Cabell Co. m. July 6, 1887 Robt. Johnson 22 Cabell Co.
    R. Bias 24 (bride) d/o R. & M. Bias m. July 3, 1869 A. D. Bleadsoe 21 s/o W. & R. Bleadsoe
    R. F. Bias 18 (bride) d/o D. & J. Bias m. March 31,1869 J. E. Sawyers 19 s/o J. & S. Sawyers
    Sarah Bias 18 d/o R. & M. Bias m. Sept. 14, 1869 John Markin 25 s/o A. & H. Markin
    Sarah E. Bias 25 d/o D. & J. Bias m. March 2, 1869 G. W. Bayliss 19 s/o S. & V. Bayless
    Sarah J. Bias 22 d/o Roland & Martha J. Bias m. Dec. 15, 1865 David Shelton 34 s/o John & Sarah Shelton
    Serepta Bias 27 Kanawha Co. m. Feb. 26, 1882 Wilson Morrison 22 Cabell Co.
    Willie Bias 25 Cabell Co. m. Sept. 27, 1892 Eli Morrison 28 Cabell Co.
    Drusilla Byas 14 Cabell Co. d/o Roland & M. Bias m. March 2, 1859 Alexander McCain 22 Cabell Co. s/o John & A. McCain
    Ella Byer 28 Kanawha Co. m. Nov. 28, 1889 Sam C. Hennen 25 Monongalia Co.
    Emma Byers 20 Kanawha Co. m.Oct. 21, 1874 John Taylor 31 Berks Co., PA

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    Bias Marriages

    Wayne Co., WV Marriages 1853-1900
    By KYOWVA Gen. Soc. Huntington, WV

    Dannie B. Bias 20 Cabell Co. s/o Daniel & Jennetta Bias
    m. Sept. 22, 1866 by Edmond Osburn To
    Malissa J. Harris 22 Floyd Co., KY d/o Rueben & Elizabeth (Kendrick) Harris

    David H. Bias 27 Cabell Co. s/o R. & T. Bias
    m. July 27, 1854 by S. Spurlock To
    Sally Davis 16 Cabell Co. d/o Daniel & Elizabeth (Cyrus) Davis

    Joseph B. Bias 21 Cabell Co. s/o Thomas & Miram Biam
    m. Dec. 17m 1880 by J. Donahoo To
    Savana Morrison 23 Wayne Co. d/o Frederick & Geneta C. (Adkins) Morrison

    R. J. Bias 31 Cabell Co. s/o David H. & Sarah Bias
    m. Jan. 21, 1897 by Adam Given To
    Lucy Barbour 24 Wayne Co. d/o Joel & Lydia (Beckner) Barbour

    Wm. C. Bias 22 Cabell Co. s/o Daniel & Janetta Bias
    m. Dec. 23, 1856 by S. Spurlock To
    Mary E. S. Adkins 21 Cabell Co. d/o Hez. & Sarah (Childers) Adkins

    Ellen Bias 36 Wayne Co
    m.July 14, 1896 by Wm. J. Dillon To
    David M. McQuistany 32 Gallia Co., OH

    Jessie Bias 25 Wayne
    m. June 20, 1896 by Wm. J. Dillon To
    Howard Wolf 21 Meigs Co., OH (res. Lincoln Co.)

    Maggie Bias 25 Wayne
    m. Nov. 18, 1894 at the home of Elias Fortner by Edmond Osburn To
    Wade Watts 32 Wayne

    Malinda Bias 19 Cabell Co. d/o Linza & Polly Ann Bias
    m. Nov. 19, 1870 by R. Booton To
    Lafayette Tooley 19 Wayne s/o Sam'l & Eliza Tooley

    Sarah E. Bias 20 Wayne d/o W. W. Childers (he m2 Lydia France)
    m. March 27, 1876 by Green L. Adkins To
    Andrew J. Adkins 21 Wayne s/o Andrew J. & America Adkins

    ( I have already ordered the 1900-1920 Wayne Co. marriages, so may have some more, when it arrives)
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Logan Co., WV Marriages Book #1 1872 - 1892
    By Donna L. Brown

    Donna has annotated this, and I have found some mistakes - sorry, I don't know enough about the Bias lines to know if everything is correct!!

    Hanlin Bias 19 Boone Co. s/o Cal Bias & A. Pery (Julia)
    m. 1886 To
    Mollie White Logan Co. d/o M. White & M. C. Neese

    Jeff Bias 29 Boone Co. s/o Calvery Bias & Julia A. Perry
    Apr. 7, 1892 by Joseph H. Ball To
    Francis Cradock 22 Logan Co. d/o Nathaniel Cradock & Mary Canterbury

    John "Cobb" Bias 26 Boone Co. s/o Simon Bias & Delila Miller
    m. Jan. 8, 1876 by B. S. Chambers To
    Edney Lake 18 Boone Co. d/o Chris. H. Lake & Lavina Miller

    Manderville Bias 22 Boone Co. s/o Wm. Bias & Julia A. Adkins
    m. Sept. 22, 1888 by Jos H. Ball To
    Parthena Ferrell 17 Logan Co. d/o Raburn Ferrell & Cyntha Conley

    T. L. Bias (bride) 22 Logan Co. d/o Obediah Bias & Gennie Nelson
    m. Feb. 23, 1888 by J. H. Ball To
    J. S. Ball 24 Logan Co. s/o Reuben Ball & Surilda Elkins

    Minnie Bias 19 Boone Co. d/o Wm. Bias & Julie Adkins
    m. July 2, 1891 by W. D. Garrett
    Charles M. Barker 20 Logan Co. s/o Noah B. Barker & Rebecca Perry

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Rockbridge Co., VA Marriages 1778-1850
    By Dorthis & Edwin C. Kirkpatrick

    Hiram Bias m. Jan. 28, 1846 by Andrew B. Davidson To
    Elizabeth A. Dudley

    Reuben Bias m. Sept. 16, 1830 by Gerald Morgan To
    Mary Ewin

    Fleming Byars m. March 21, 1827 by Andrew B. Davidson To
    Saran Anderson (widow of Thomas)

    Fleming Byars m. Jan. 26, 1804 by William Baldridge To
    Fanny McClure

    Hyram Byass m. Oct. 9, 1806 by William Baldridge To
    Elizabeth Camden

    John M. Byers m. Nov. 17, 1831 by John D. Ewing To
    Martha H. Elliott

    Elizabeth Bias (d/o Hiram) m. Aug. 14, 1834 by Allen D. Metcalf To
    Levi Vess

    Polina Bias (d/o Hiram) m. Jan. 2, 1837 (bond or license date only)
    John Hicks

    Elizabeth Byars (d/o Fleming) m. Nov. 9, 1826 by Andrew B. Davidson To
    James Hamilton

    Nancy Byars (d/o Fleming) m. Dec. 10, 1823 by John D. Ewing To
    Thomas Allison

    Nancy Byer (d/o William) m. Dec. 28, 1848 by Andrew B. Davidson To
    John A. Leech

    Lucinda Byers (d/o Hiram) m. Feb. 26, 1838 (bond or license date only)
    Thomas Vance

    Sarah Byers (d/o William Sr.) m. June 28, 1832 by Samuel Houston To
    William Wallace

    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

    Virginia Historic Marriage Register
    Smyth Co., VA marriages 1832-1850
    By John Vogt & T. William Kentley, Jr.

    Gregory Bice m. June 13, 1837 by Richard Roberts To
    Eleanor Crewy (marriage certificate Oct. 5, 1842)

    Gregory Bise m. Dec. 28, 1844 Mary Whitt

    Louis D. Bise m. Mar. 8, 1842 by Richard Roberts To
    Polly Crewey (marriage certificate March 8, 1842)

    William Bise m. Jan. 21, 1834 by Jesse Lee To
    Polly Pritchett (marriage certificate Jan. 24, 1834)

    William Bise m. Nov. 2, 1850 Nancy J. McIntyre

    George J. Byars m. Jan. 11, 1837 Minerva Thompson

    James T. Byars m. Dec. 30, 1850 Mary Elizabeth Snider

    John B. Byars m. Jan. 19, 1847 Emaline J. Snider

    William Byars m. March 26, 1842 Sally Taylor

    William B. Byars m. Sept. 9, 1850 Sissan B. Qury

    Mariah Bice m. Oct. 31, 1839 David Byson

    Eliza Bise m. Dec. 12, 1837 by Richard Roberts To
    William Crewy (marriage certificate May 4, 1838)

    Adaline B. Byars m. Oct. 15, 1847 Jacob A. Wolfe

    Ellen Byars m. Nov. 9, 1846 James H. Sankford

    Kasander A. Byars m. Oct. 6, 1845 George Steffey

    Louisa Byars m. Sept. 29, 1835 Rufus M. Fleming

    Sarah Byars m. Sept. 4, 1833 Thomas Hill

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Virginia Historic Marriage Register
    Washington Co., VA Marriages
    Ministers' Returns 1776-1856
    By Marty Hiatt & Craig Roberts Scott

    Arthur B. Byars m. Aug. 28, 1823 by Alexander McEwan To
    Susannah Blessing

    George Byars m. Sept. 18, 1814 by John Jones, Jr. To
    Sarah Walkins

    John Byars m. Oct. 24, 1836 by Alexander McEwan To
    Jane B. Byburn

    John Byars m. Dec. 22, 1814 by John Jones, Jr. To
    Caty Smith

    Lilbusn O. Byars m. Dec. 20, 1849 by James King To
    Olivia King

    Silas Byars m. Nov. 1, 1798 by William Brundige To
    Mary Hollett

    William Byars m. Feb. 26, 1807 by Edward Crawford To
    Elizabeth Beatie

    John Byer m. 179_ by Nicholas Reagan (date uncertain: between 1791 & 1792)
    To
    Nancy Bourn

    Amanda Byars m. Nov. 1, 1849 by Levi R. Morrison To
    John Henry Ernest

    Eliza M. Byars m. Apr. 23, 1833 by Alexander McEwan To
    Alexander C. McEwin

    Mary E. Byars m. May 23, 1838 by George Painter To
    Joseph Clayd

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Mason Co., WV Marriages 1806-1915
    By Julie Chapin Hesson

    Anderson Byus m. Nov. 7, 1859( License date) Nancy Jorden
    Barney P. Byus m. Oct. 24, 1902 Ida E. Rogers
    Bennet Byus, Jr. m. May 26, 1862 Penelope Susan Doss
    Calub L. Byus m. July 4, 1893 A. L. Jordan
    David C. Byus m. Sept. 2, 1896 May First
    George E. Byus m. Dec. 26, 1894 Mary A. Gardner
    George Monroe Byus m. Oct. 26, 1879 Margaret Emezetta Jordan
    John Byus m. May 21, 1892 Cora Hayes
    W. A. Byus m. Nov. 8, 1914 Mrs. Teresa Pauly
    Warren Byus m. Jan. 25, 1899 Dora Waugh
    William Byus m. Dec. 30, 1869 Catharine A. Morris
    Charles Byer m. Apr. 1, 1886 Savilla Thomas
    Earl H. Byer m. March 27, 1910 Nellie Knapp
    Maxwell C. Byers m. Nov. 28, 1906 Janet McCulloch
    Oma B. Byer m. Dec. 24, 1908 Darius H. Prunty
    Cordelia A. Byers m. Oct. 29, 1873 John A. McCulloch
    Hattie Byers m. Nov. 21, 1867 Samuel M. Stephens
    Jane Byers m. May 23, 1859 (Licence date) Charles Thornton
    Kate E. Byers m. Nov. 39, 1868 Horace E. Hayden
    Sallie N. Byers m. March 3, 1897 Charles W. Adams
    Etta Byus m. July 31, 1906 Esau Spence
    Katie Byus m. Aug. 19, 1907 William T. McCutcheon
    Sallie M. Byus m. March 14, 1894 James I. Woodyard
    Sirenea J. Byus m. May 10, 1885 F. M. Jordan

    Compiled and edited by Joanne Bias Samuels

    THE NAME BIAS IN ANCIENT HISTORY

    In The New Century Classical Handbook we find that the name Bias has been around for centuries.

    In Greek Mythology

    Bias - According to Greek legend - was a son of Amythaon and Idomene, and the brother of the seer Melampus. He was promised his cousin Pero for wife if he could deliver the oxen of Phylacus (or Iphiclus) of Thessaly to her father Neleus, King of Pylus. With the help of Melampus he secured the cattle and married Pero. After the death of Pero he married Iphianassa, daughter of Proetus, king of Argos. On the death of Neleus, Bias became the king of Argos.

    In Greek History

    In The Life of Greece by Will Durant (Simon and Schuster, NY), we find the following information.

    In the Mediterranean - the arena of Greek history, Greek colonists established prosperous towns at Cyrene in northern Africa, and at Naucratis in the delta of the Nile. Many centuries before Christ, they built cities on the islands of the Aegean and the coasts of Asia Minor; along the Dardanelles and the Sea of Marmora and the Black Sea. Mainland Greece was but a small part of the ancient Greek World.

    History records that Bias of Priene, one of the Seven Wise Men of Greece, lived in this arena in the sixth century. Although Priene doesn't exist today, if it did, it would be in what is now Turkey. Ancient maps show that it was located north of and across the bay from Miletus, near the outlets of the Maeander River. West of Priene lay Samos, second largest of Ionia's isles. Across the Caystrian Gulf from Samos, and north of Fri-ene, stood Ionia's most famous city - Ephesus. (See map next page)

    The Ionians (of which Bias was one) claimed descent from a common ancestor, Ion. In contrast to the stolid Dorians, the Ionians had the reputation for being intellectual, artistic, unsoldierly, elaborate in dress, and luxury-loving . Ionian societies - other than Athens - were thought to be the least conducive to homosexuality (which was prolific in the Greek world of that day).

    Various Greeks made different lists of the Seven Wise Men (sages), but all such lists have included Bias, a judge and diplomat of Priene (In Ionia).

    Greece respected wisdom, as India respected holiness, and as Renaissance Italy respected artistic genius. The heroes of Greece were not saints, or artists, but sages; and her most honored sages were not theorists but men who had made their wisdom function actively in the world.

    The sayings of these men became proverbial among the Greeks, and were in some cases inscribed in the temple of Apollo at Delphi. People liked to quote, for example, the remarks of Bias - that "the most unfortunate of men is he who has not learned how to bear misfortune; that men ought to order their lives as if they were fated to live both a long and a short time"; and that "wisdom should be cherished as a means of traveling from youth to old age, for it is more lasting than any other possession."

    In the ancient Greek courts, there was no public prosecutor. The government relied upon private citizens to accuse before the courts anyone guilty of serious offenses against morals, religion, or the state. Each party in a trial usually acted as his own lawyer, and made the first presentation of his case. But as the procedure became more complex, the practice of engaging a rhetor or orator, versed in the law became popular. From these special rhetorpleaders came the lawyer. Diogenes Laertius stated that Bias, Wise Man of Priene, was an eloquent pleader of causes, who always reserved his talents for the just side.

    In The New Century Classical Handbook, it is related that when Harpagus, general of Cyrus the Great, was subduing the Ionian cities of Asia Minor (c540 B.C.), Bias addressed the Ionian Greeks gathered at the festival of the Panionium. He advised them to join in one body and set sail for Sardinia, where they should found a single Pan-Ionian city and make themselves master of what the Greeks at that time thought was the largest island in the world. His fellow countrymen did not heed his advice.

    In Harper's Dictionary of Classical Literature of Antiquities, we find further that Bias was the son of Tentamus. And, that the inhabitants of Priene, when besieged by Mazares, resolved to abandon the city with their property. And, on this occasion Bias replied to one of his fellow-citizens, who expressed astonishment that he made no preparations for his departure, "I carry everything with me." He remained in his native country, where he died at a very advanced age. His countrymen buried him with splendour, and honoured his memory. And it was added - that some of his famous apophtegims (witty, instructive sayings) are still preserved.

    The above map shows the old Ionian community and the 5th century Delian league.

    Bias of Priene was an Ionian who lived in the 6th century B.C. Priene can be located on this map between Ephesus (to the north of Priene) and Miletos (to the south of Priene). These cities are to the right on the map.

    THE NAME BIAS

    The Origin of The Second Name

    Until about 1100 A.D. most people in Europe had only one name. As the population increased it became awkward to live in a village wherein perhaps one-third of the males were named John, another sizable percentage named William, and so forth. To distinguish one John from another a second name was needed. There were four primary sources for these second names. They were: a man's occupation, his location, his father's name (son of), or some peculiar characteristic of his.

    The spelling of the Surname

    In English Local Surnames (p. 44), Some common place name elements are weakened when final and unstressed and were re-spelled in a way which often disguises their origin; these weakened forms were then often confused and incorrect forms substituted. For instance, house is frequently weakened to: as, -es, is, us, ars, ers, urs, etc. For instance:
    Barkhouse (tannery) - Barkas, Barkis
    Broadhouse - Broadis
    Brookhouse - Brokus
    Byhouse - Byus, Byars, Byers

    The corruption of the spelling of the surname in records has created stumbling blocks to most researchers. If a person could not spell their given name, those who were taking census, tax lists, etc., spelled the name as they heard it. Thus, in searching for our ancestors with the name BIAS, we must broaden our search to include the variant spellings - Bias, Byas, Byus, Byous, Bious, Byhus, Bius, Bice, Byls, Beous, Byars, Byers, and others.

    Surnames of Scotland - BYRES, BYERS, BUYERS - these names are derived from the old barony of Byres in East Lothian. For centuries the barony was the property of the family of Lindsay and gave title to LINDSAY of BYRES.
    JOHN de BYERS (b. 1309) A monk of Neubotle.(Wilkin, Concilia, p. 382);
    THOMAS de BYRUS owned a tenement in Edinburgh in 1392 (Egid ii, p. 27) ;
    JOHN BYERS (d. 1639) a merchant in Edenburg and Treasurer and Dean of Guild, and provost, died in 1639.
    MOIR-BYRES of Tonley, Co. Aberdeen is mentioned in the gentry of Great Britain. He was a lieut.-Col. 1st Dragoon Guards. Lineage began with John Byres of Coates, b. 1569. SIR GEOFFREY ROBERT SIDNEY BYASS, 2nd Bart. of Port Talbot and of Llandough Castle, in the co. of Glamorgan (Wales).

    On a document with the Byers' coat of arms: The surname Byers appears to be locational in origin, and is believed to be associated with the English meaning, "one who lives in a house near a spur, point, corner, nook, pocket, curve or bend in a river." . (Documentation for the Byers Coat of Arms can be found in Burk's General Armory.)

    In More Irish Families by Edward Mac Lysaught, p. 36 ... (0) Bogue, Bowe are anglicized forms of the Gaelic 0 Buadhaigh, which is presumably derived from the adjective buadhach, meaning victorious. These names were both numerous and scattered in the seventeenth century. There were many variant spellings of the name. 0 Buadhaigh has also been anglicized to Boyce (de Boys/Boys) and is a surname fairly common in north-west Ulster (Donegal and Derry). This is the English name for the Norman (French) Bayeux.

    Surname Book and Racial History, (LDS Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, 1918)
    The name BYAS - from BIARS; location- Normandy; France, comes the name BIAS. [The given names such as James, John, etc . were also of Norman origin, and these names appear frequently in our lineage.]

    Given the fact that the Normans occupied both England and Ireland, it is well to consider the probability that the name Bias in our lineage . . . derived from the Norman region of France, which is called Bayeaux. Ranuiph de Bayeaux was one of the proceres of Normandy (1050) in rebellion against Duke William. His descendants were great barons in Lincoln - Hugh de Bayeux (1165) held two knights' fees. In that country, the name continued long as Bayouse, Beyouse & Bews.

    David I (1124-53) began the practice of establishing Anglo- Norman families in Scotland. Charters and grants of land were given and before the end of David I's reign, knight-service was well known in the south of Scotland and was being introduced in the north.

    In William the Lion's day, there were sixty-four knights in service to him (as evidenced by charters) and five to six sergeants. William was also the Duke of Normandy. He enrolled the names of those who had followed him to England from Normandy, and later - Leland's List would supply us with the names of those men. The French (Norman) name Bayeux (pronounced Bayuh) was on that list and from it has come such names as: Beyouse, Bayouse (in Somerset), Bayes, Bews, etc.

    There is a large tapestry, named the 'Bayeux Tapestry" that depicts scenes from the Norman Conquest. It is now preserved in the cathedral at Bayeux in Normandy, France.

    William promised that all who should follow him would be richly rewarded. Earldoms would be given to nobles, bishoprics and abbacies to the churchmen, and the blessings of church to all. The lands of Harold and of all others who resisted William would be at his disposal with which to enrich those that helped him. Within a few months, many leaders with large groups of followers gathered from all parts of Normandy (France.)

    Our Bias lineage may or may not have been of the "elite" or leaders of Normandy. They may well have been the "servants of...", but the origin of our name undoubtedly goes back to the "Norsemen" (Northmen) of France.

    The Norman People

    What was the origin of this mighty race? Their forefathers had, in the ninth century, issued forth from Scandinavia to conquer new homes for themselves in the south; to obtain an asylum for that deeply cherished freedom which northern revolutions had endangered. The internal wars of its kindred Gothic nations, the severity of its inhospitable climate, and the sterility of its frozen soil, had gradually created in Scandinavia a maritime population of unrivaled enterprise, vigor, and courage. These heathens, whose stern heroism recalls that of the Spartans of the early Romans, were the progenitors of the Normans. And, where did the fore fathers of the Normans derive their origin?

    The evidence afforded by language and institutions shows that they had formed part of a great family of nations - the Goths or Getae. Rawlinson, in his edition of Horodotus (iii.84), says: 'The identity of the Getae with the Goths of later times is more than a plausible conjecture. These Gothi of the Romans, are the old German Guthai or Guthones. It seems that the natural course of the Gothic migration into Scandinavia was from the southern shores of the Baltic and the Danish waters. As the Goths spread along the Baltic they came to Jutland, thence passed into the Danish Island, thence across the Sound into Sweden, and thence throughout the whole of Sweden and Norway. From these tribes sprang the Daci or Danes of England, and the Northmen or Normans, who were of the same race."

    Lord Macaulay, himself of Celtic origin, describes the Norman character . . . 'The Normans were then the foremost race of Christendom. Their valour and ferocity had made them conspicuous amongst the rovers whom Scandinavia had sent forth to ravage Western Europe . . . At length one of the feeble heirs of Charlemagne ceded to the strangers a fertile province.

    From: Carrie Bias Hoffert [mailto:CarrieBias@myfamily.com]
    Subject:

    "On the Bias, or is it Byus? Byas?"
    The Bias-Byus-Byas Family Newsletter

    MAYBE, we have James Byass born abt 1722 located PRIOR to AMHERST COUNTY and the MAIDEN NAME of his wife!

    1742 Louisa County is formed from HANOVER county
    1744 Albemarle County is formed from Louisa and Goochland (could this have contained the part that was originally HANOVER?)
    1761 Amherst County is formed from Albemarle (could this be from the part that was originally in or near that part that was originally HANOVER County?)

    In 1756, James Byass had credits and purchases on account at Thomas Partridge & CO. in HANOVER County. Also listed with accts are; JOHN BYASS, Samuel Nuckolls, Charles Nuckolls. As we all know there is ongoing interaction with Nuckolls and Byas family.

    James Byas is not in Amherst until about 1760 -1762***

    In 1762 James Glen of HANOVER County dies and in his will is listed his daughter; ELIZABETH BYASS....so I think we now can say for sure she was not Elizabeth LARKIN!

    ***** IN 1762 James Byass buys first land in what is now AMHERST County, did he use funds that were as a result of John Glen's WILL?

    **** In the EARLY SETTLERS list by Alexander Brown (at Swem Library, William & Mary College, I have a copy of the listing) James Byass is listed as having an interest in that part of Amherst Co that was of Albemarle Co, PRIOR to 1761.

    I want everyone's thoughts on this info...I need to obtain copies of the 2 ORIGINAL documents (will and Thomas Partridge & Co Records. They should be in Hanover County.

    I am going to contact the county and see what is entailed, or if the records may be at the LIBRARY of VA.

    ALAN BIAS, I am waiting to hear your thoughts on this, PLEASE email me.

    Please everyone, none of this is PROVEN yet, I tend to think it has credibility, but until I see the original documents....I will wait to declare it as a fact.

    Just trying to keep everyone abreast of what is going on.

    John Byass could be a brother or father of our James????

    THANKS for any thoughts & assistance as always!

    Carrie Bias Hoffert - Site Administrator
    email me at; CRH727@nc.rr.com




    Marriage 1 Elizabeth b: Abt 1725 in Virginia
    • Married: Abt 1748 1
    • Change Date: 7 Dec 2009
    Children
    1. Has Children Obediah Bias b: Abt 1750
    2. Has Children Jonathan 'John' Bias b: Aft 1752
    3. Has No Children Sarah Bias b: Aft 1756
    4. Has Children Larkin Bias b: Abt 1759 in Albemarle County, Virginia
    5. Has Children Lucy Bias b: Bef 1765 in Amherst County, Virginia
    6. Has Children Roland 'Rolin' Bias b: Abt 1765 in Amherst County, Virginia
    7. Has Children Elizabeth Bias b: Bef 1770
    8. Has Children Unknown Bias b: Bef 1776

    Sources:
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