Eliza Byerley

1870 census: "Eliza Byerley", 2 years old, living in Marshall County, Kentucky, daughter of Johnathon and Lavina E. Byerley.

1900 census: "Elizabeth Stinnett", born October 1867, living in Ballard County, Kentucky.

1910 census: "Lizzie Stinnett", living in Ballard County, Kentucky.

In my Stinnett Family pamphlette, Elizabeth Biley Williams (Lizzie) is listed as the second wife of Leander N Stinnett.

My great-grandmother said she and her husband were both descended from Eli or Levi Byerly (they were twins) and Lucindy or Luvina Schoolfield (they were twins) (the twins married twins). I've found no trace of any Levi Byerley ever anywhere. It is just my guess that Elizabeth Stinnett in the 1900 census, b 1867, is the same as Eliza Byerley in the 1870 census, b 1867. Lizzie Stinnett is pretty clearly the Elizabeth Biley (Lizzie) Williams listed in my Stinnett Family pamphlette, since they were both married to Leander N Stinnett. I'm also guessing that Johnathon Byerley died before 1880 and Eliza was adopted by someone named Williams.

Actually, I did find a Levi Byerley, born about 1815 in North Carolina, living in Jackson, Indiana in 1850-1860, married to Martha A and with children Elizabeth, William, Nancy, Melinda, Mathilda, and Emily. He might be the twin of Elias Byerley. But his wife wasn't one of the Schoolfield daughters, and I don't see how his children could fit in either. The 1830 censuses also didn't list more than 1 15-year-old male living with either Martin Byerley in North Carolina, which makes me skeptical about the twin thing.

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