Byrd William Harner (1857 - 1914)

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Birthplace: WV, USA
Death: Died
Occupation: Farmer
Managed by: Robert Harner
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About Byrd William Harner

Bird (or Byrd) William Patton Harner was born January 1857 in McDowell County, Virginia (later West Virginia), the sixth (?) of 9 (or 11?) children of John Adam Harner and Elizabeth Maxwell.

At about the time he was born, their neighbor (the next listing in the 1860 census) was a man in his early 20's named Bird Lockhart. Is he the inspiration for this Bird's name?

Bird married Nancy (or Nannie) Carr on Wednesday, April 15, 1885 in McDowell County, WV (or April 16, according to his daughter Elizabeth Clara). At the time, he was 28 and she was only 15. They apparently were living in McDowell County when their first two known children, Mary and John, were born (Mary in September 1889 and John in December 1888), but the young family had moved to nearby Bland County, Virginia by the time their next child, Laura, was born in June 1891.

At the time of the 1910 census was taken on April 21, 1910, their oldest child Mary had left home, having married Walter W. Cox.

According to http://genforum.genealogy.com/harner/messages/177.html Sharon Lutheran Church Cemetery in Ceres contains the graves of Byrd W.Harner b.1857 d.1914 and Guy F. Harner b.1901 d.1957.

At least one source has his name as Bird William Patten Harner. The 1860 and 1880 censuses lists him as just "Bird", but the 1870 and 1910 censuses lists him as "Bird Wm P". On the 1885 McDowell County marriage rolls he is listed as "B.W.P. Harner". The 1900 census lists him as Bird W.

Interestingly, the 1910 census lists both Bird and Nannie as being able to read but not able to write. Perhaps that accounts for the various spellings of Bird's name.

Byrd William P. Harman is the same person (with "Harman" a misreading of the census taker's handwriting).

See also this Ancestry.com post by Ruby Harner.

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Byrd William Harner's Timeline

1857
January 27, 1857
WV, USA
1885
April 16, 1885
Age 28
McDowell, WV, USA

According to Bird's sister Elizabeth Clara's notes in her bible, "Bird William Patton and Nancy Carr were united in Holy Wedlock by Rev. George Brewster at the home of the groom in McDowell County, West Virginia April 16, 1885."

1886
March 12, 1886
Age 29
Bland, VA, USA
1888
December 22, 1888
Age 31
Welch, WV, USA
1890
September 25, 1890
Age 33
McDowell Co. WVA
1891
June 24, 1891
Age 34
Bland, VA, USA
1893
December 7, 1893
Age 36
Ceres, Bland, VA
1896
April 24, 1896
Age 39
Bland, VA, USA
1898
October 20, 1898
Age 41
Bland Co. VA
1901
May 22, 1901
Age 44
VA, USA