MARRIAGE: He was first married in 1844 to Clarissa Collins, who died 27 Mar 1854. They had three children: Sarah, Garret, and Catharine.
Census: 1850, in Monroe Co., OH, Washington Twp., 3/3, 28 Oct 1850
Abner Bires, 27, m. farmer, $700, OH; Clarissa, 25, f. PA
Sarah, 3, f. OH; Garrett, 1, m. OH
Riley Bennett, 21, m. laborer
Census: 1860, in Monroe Co., OH, Washington, Twp., (P.O. Graysville), 981/980
(13 Jul 1860)
Abner Bires, 36, m. farmer, 1600/650, OH
Mary A., 32, domestic, OH
Sarah M. 13, f. OH; Jarret, 11, m. OH; Catharine, 6, f. OH
Rebecca J., 2, f., OH; Elias J., 2/12 m. OH
Elijah Bennett, 20, m. farm laborer, OH
Census: 1870, in Monroe Co., OH, Washington Twp., 225-225
Abner Byers, 47, OH, farmer; Mary A., 44, OH, keep house;
Garet, 21, OH, Teach school; Catharine W. 15, OH, help mother;
Deborah, 7, OH, help mother; Emanuel U., 5, OH; Julia A., 3, OH
CENSUS: 1880, in Monroe Co., OH, Washington Twp., 22/22
Abner Byers, 57, OH PA MD; Mary A., OH PA PA;
Deborah E., 17, OH OH OH; Emmanuel E., 15, OH OH OH;
Julia A., 12, OH OH OH; Isadora A., 9, OH OH OH
(Furnished by Richard E. Henthorn)
Just as spring was approaching with its wealth of flowers and good cheer, the death angel called at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Abner Byers near Graysville, [OH] and summoned the husband and father to future home beyond this vale of tears, where sorrow is no more and the soul is forever at rest.
Abner Byers was born near Somerton, Ohio, April 4, 1823, and died March 18, 1910, aged 86 years, 11 months and 14 days. He was twice married, first in 1844 to Clarissa Collins, who died March 27, 1854. To this union three children were born: Sarah, Garret and Catharine. In 1856 he again married. This time to Mary A. Eddy (widow of John Eddy and daughter of Elias and Deborah Jackson Jeffers (Jeferies)). Six children were born: Rebecca, Simon, Deborah, Ulysses, Julia and Isadora. Of his children, four have preceded him in death. Those living are Sarah Highman, Catharine Cumpson, Deborah Lucas, Ulysses Byers and Isadora Christy.
The deceased gave his name to the M.E. Church at Conners in 1870 and happily converted, always having a bright hope and expressing his willingness to die and that he was prepared to go.
The funeral services were conducted Sunday by Rev. Chessire, after which he was laid to rest in the Conner cemetery.
Dearest one thou hast left us, here the loss we deeply feel, but 'tis God who haft bereft us -- He can all our sorrows heal. A Grand Daughter.
(Source: Obituaries of Monroe Co., Ohio, Volume 2, compiled by Ruth Dougherty Hogue, p. 9)