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Robert BYARD

Male 1727 - 1814  (86 years)


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  • Name Robert BYARD  [1, 2, 3
    Born 23 Apr 1727  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender Male 
    Alt. Birth 11 Apr 1731  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Alt. Birth Abt 1732  [2
    Alt. Birth Abt 1732  [3
    Family ID US01 
    Find a Grave 6651275 
    Occupation Captain 
    Reference Number US0013 
    Residence 1790  Sedgwick, Hancock, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 1800  Sedgwick, Hancock, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 1810  Sedgwick, Hancock, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died 2 Mar 1814  Sargentville, Hancock, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    • Event Description: Sedgwick's Vital Records state that Robert died in February, 1814 buttwo descendants who have seen his gravestone agree that the date isMarch 2.
    Buried Apr 1814  Settler's Rest Cemetery, Sargentville, Hancock, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Person ID I12283  Byard Families
    Last Modified 18 Jan 2017 

    Father Caleb BYARD,   b. Abt 1704, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1727  (Age ~ 24 years) 
    Mother Jane Francis STREET,   b. Bef 1708, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1727  (Age ~ 20 years) 
    Married Abt 1724  St Andrews, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Family ID F3736  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Abigail GLOVER,   b. 15 Dec 1745, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Dec 1807, Sedgwick, Hancock, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 16 Nov 1763  Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Abigail BYARD,   b. 2 Jul 1765, Sedgwick, Hancock, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Feb 1839, Brooksville, Hancock, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     2. Mary BYARD,   b. 30 Nov 1768, Sedgwick, Hancock, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1804, Brooksville, Hancock, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years)
     3. Joseph BYARD,   b. 28 Jan 1771, Sedgwick, Hancock, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1849  (Age 77 years)
     4. Jonathan BYARD,   b. 28 Feb 1775, Sedgwick, Hancock, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1800, Sedgwick, Hancock, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)
     5. John BYARD,   b. 24 Apr 1778, Sedgwick, Hancock, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1820, Hancock, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)
     6. Sarah BYARD,   b. 25 Dec 1779, Sedgwick, Hancock, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1814, Sedgwick, Hancock, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years)
     7. Hannah BYARD,   b. 25 Dec 1779, Sedgwick, Hancock, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Dec 1818, Brooksville, Hancock, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
     8. Samuel BYARD,   b. 13 Jan 1781, Sedgwick, Hancock, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1810  (Age 29 years)
     9. Robert BYARD,   b. 11 Apr 1784, Sedgwick, Hancock, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1860, Sedgwick, Hancock, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     10. James BYARD,   b. 28 Mar 1786, Sedgwick, Hancock, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1876, Byard's Point, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
    Last Modified 17 Dec 2016 
    Family ID F4451  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Apr 1727 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlt. Birth - 11 Apr 1731 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Nov 1763 - Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1790 - Sedgwick, Hancock, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1800 - Sedgwick, Hancock, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1810 - Sedgwick, Hancock, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Mar 1814 - Sargentville, Hancock, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Apr 1814 - Settler's Rest Cemetery, Sargentville, Hancock, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Photographs
    Byard Homestead ME.jpg
    Byard Homestead ME.jpg
    Byard Point ME.jpg
    Byard Point ME.jpg

  • Notes 
    • Birth: 1732
      Death: Mar. 2, 1814
      Sedgwick
      Hancock County
      Maine, USA

      No one yet has found Robert's d/o/b or the place he was born. He was in Salem, Massachusetts in 1763, a mariner and first mate on a trip to the West Indies and also that year, he married Abigail Glover on 16 Nov. In 1768, he had a house built in Salem in the South Field and also bought property in Sedgwick, Maine that's shown on Maine maps as Byard Point jutting out into Eggemoggin Reach. Eventually Robert and Abigail moved to what was then called Sedgwick which encompassed part of Brooklin and Brooksville, Maine
      and lived on Byard Point, raising six sons and four daughters, two of them twins. The family was there during the American Revolution and Robert and Abigail are both buried at Settlers Rest in the area now called Sargentville. Robert re-married a woman called Jane and mentioned her in his will, written on Sept. 28, 1812. I have an Ancestry dot com tree for Robert and his family and have 19 pages of information I've found about him. I'd be happy to send it as a jpg if you're a descendant.

      Robert and Abigail's children, as required, were recorded in Sedgwick's vital record books but not all of them were born in Sedgwick. I haven't found them recorded in Salem's records but that may not have been required at that time.
      I would assume that the first four children were born in Salem and the rest were born in the family home on Byards Point. Once the Revolution began and the British started to built the fort at Castine, men were not able to casually sail away to Salem or Boston for supplies or family visits. Living became dangerous for everyone (including the family's milk cow and livestock) while the British were nearby and it's hard to imagine that Abigail
      gave birth to twins in the dead of winter on Byards Point with war hanging in the air.

      1. Abigail Byard b. July 2, 1765
      2. Mary Byard b. Nov. 30, 1768
      3. Joseph Byard b. Jan. 28, 1771
      4. Jonathan Byard b. Feb. 28, 1775
      5. John Byard b. April 24, 1778
      6. Sarah (twin) Byard b. Dec. 25, 1779
      7. Hannah (twin) Byard b. Dec. 25, 1779
      8. Samuel Byard b. Jan. 13, 1781
      9. Robert Byard b. Apr 11, 1784
      10 James Byard b. March 28, 1786

      I've found information about all of Robert and Abigail's children except for Samuel Byard and yet Robert mentioned Samuel when he wrote his will in 1812 so he was still alive...somewhere.

      Sedgwick's vital records show that Robert died in "February, 1814" but his gravestone shows his death on March 2, 1814. I don't know why there's a discrepancy.

      Family links:
      Spouse:
      Abigail Glover Byard (1745 - 1807)*

      Children:
      James Byard (1786 - 1876)*

      *Calculated relationship

      Inscription:
      The epitaph carved on Robert's gravestone are the first four lines from a popular hymn "We've No Abiding City Here" by an Irish hymn writer, Thomas Kelly (1769-1855).

      "We've no abiding city here
      This may distress the worldy mind
      But should not cost the Saint a tear
      Who hopes a better rest to find."

      Burial:
      Settlers Rest Cemetery
      Sargentville
      Hancock County
      Maine, USA

  • Sources 
    1. [S220] Church of Later Day Saints International Genealogical Index.

    2. [S87] Public Member Trees, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006;), Database online. (Reliability: 0).
      Record for John Byard

    3. [S87] Public Member Trees, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006;), Database online. (Reliability: 0).
      Record for Robert Byard

    4. [S228] Find a Grave.

    5. [S124] Ancestry, jgbyard (Reliability: 0).

    6. [S89] Genealogy.com, Barclay Byard (Reliability: 0).