Notes–Bybee Family

DEFINITELY A ROUGH DRAFT !!!  Work in Progress

Here we go on a little bit about the Bybee family.  My great grandmother’s maiden name was Bybee.  She was the daughter of William Jefferson Bybee and Phoebe Jane  Jewel.  I have roadblocks in my family history collection but this is one of my major brick walls.  Discovering the ancestry of Phoebe is definitely one of the biggest ones I have.

The Bybee family is of English descent.  The history of this line of Bybee starts here with the lineage of Thomas (Generation 1) Bybby.  He was born in England and married Elizabeth Wilde on 02 April 1581.  Their son,William (2) Bybee, was our immigrant ancestor in this line.  He was born 1598 in Coppull Standish Parish Lancaster Co., England.  According to records he married, Mary, in England about 1620.  However, he traveled on the Swain without her to the old Accomack Plantation in Virginia, seven months before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth rock.  In one of his many lawsuits he stated that he came from Western England. His wife did not join him until the spring of 1636 arriving on the ship "Margaret & John." She was one of six people traveling together.

Their son Edmund (3), was born about 1637.  Edmund was no doubt named for Sir Edmund Scarborough, with whom William Bibby was associated. He died on his original 400-acre farm which was located on the lower peninsula, next to the farm of Capt. William Epps with whom he also was long associated.

In "Muster rolls of Settlers in Virginia" William Bibbie was listed at age 22 arriving on the ship, SWAN in 1620. 

Additionally, in "Family and Local Histories," William Bibby is listed as living in Elizabeth Cittie, in 1624. He is also listed in "The Living and the Dead in Virginia," February, 1623, as residing "at the Eastern Shore."

The colonists on the ship "Swan," on which William came over in June 1620, were "yeoman" farmers from West England, which term is generally used to designate Northwestern England.

The Biby family originated in Lancashire or Lancaster County on the Irish Sea in Northwestern England, which originally formed part of the Medieval Celtic Kingdom of Strathclyde. On the final division of the Kingdom in 1124, the northern portion was annexed to Scotland, with England taking the southern portion in which the Bibbys have resided since 1280, the strong probability being that they resided there before the division when its citizenry was 100 per cent Celtic (Scotch-Irish).

Edmond was born on the original Bibby homestead.  His wife was Ester Floyd.  Edmund inherited the homestead when his father, William, died. The deed for this property is recorded in Book I, Volume I, first record of deeds in America.   He also inherited much Virginia land from his father's estate and he later increased these holdings. Edmund died on his original 400-acre farm which was located on the lower peninsula, next to the farm of Capt. William Epps with whom he was also long associated.
At his death he owned nearly 3,000 acres of choice Eastern Shore lands. He died on or about the year 1700 on his Eastern Shore estate with numerous descendants.

There are two wills which have been recorded Edmond Bebee and Bibbe in 1660 and 1696, respectively, both in Northhampton County; and an inventory of his property dated 1697, Northhampton, presumably after his death.

Our line continues with John Bybee (4), son of the above Edmund and Ester Floyd Bybee.
  He was born about 1660 in Virginia.  Other than his wife was Ann and they had a son by the name of Thomas, not much is known of them.  Thomas was born 17 Nov 1689 in Goochland County, Virginia.  Thomas married Elizabeth Thomas (daughter of John and Elizabeth Thomas ) about 1706.  She was also from the Goochland Co., Virginia.

Thomas (5) had a will that was probated on Feb. 17, 1729 in Goochland County, and the date coincides with the date of his death.  Children of Thomas and Elizabeth were:
Thomas, Elizabeth Webb, Judithy, Jno Webb and John.

Generation six from Thomas Bibby of England was John (6) Bybee Sr.  He married Sara Judith Jane Giles, or so as it has been recorded.  She was born in of Fluvanna Cty, Va.
 John Sr.'s wife is recorded as Sarah Giles, but other wives are listed as Judith or Jane or Jean Giles.  Is it one and the same or are they sisters? It is believed by many that these were sisters whom John married after the death of his first wife, Sarah.

Others say that at least two of them are the same person, i.e., Jane and Jean.  The Giles sisters were daughters of Martin Giles and Ann Carey.

Either way ancestry remains the same as John and one or more of his sister wives produced at least ten offspring.

John Bybee, Sr., owned about 1,500 acres of land lying on both sides of Ballenger's Creek in Fluvanna County, Virginia, in 1878 as recorded by a deed of trust in Book #2, page 46, Albemarle County, VA. Fluvanna County was made from Albemarle and Louise Counties.

JNear Ballenger's Creek is a highway known as Bybee Road. On the highway is a post office known as Bybee. VA. (No longer in operation. See Chapter 12, entitled, "A Tale of Three Cities.") About one-half mile east on this highway is Bybee Road Baptist Church, which is a very nice church and has been rebuilt recently. Near this point is a cemetery which has only one stone with readable lettering on it, and this is Pleasant Bybee (son of John, Sr.) who died in 1835.  Pleasant Bybee has a will filed in Palmyra, VA. This will shows the following children: Elizabeth, John, William, Sara and Sherrod Bybee. I find a power of attorney given to John Bybee son of Pleasant Bybee Nov. 6, 1826, showing John Bybee to be in Ross County, Ohio on that date. Pleasant Bybee's will is in Will Book #4, page 56, Fluvanna County.  John Sr.'s children are listed below. There is no certainty as to which belonged to which wife:

Thomas, John (7) Jr., Cornelius, Samuel, Pleasant, Edward, Joseph.

Our John Bybee (7) Jr was  was born 1739 in Fluvanna Co. in the vicinity of Ballenger’s Creek, Virginia, USA, and died 1821 in Barren Cty, KY.

He married Elizabeth McCann, daughter of Neely McCann and Elizabeth Applegate.  She was born about 1744 in Fluvanna County, Virginia and died April 1819 in Barren County, Kentucky. He entered the Revolutionary War June 1, 1777 and can be found on the muster and payrolls of Camp Morristown, He served in the 15th Virginia Regiment under Captain William Grimes. Capt. Grimes was from Hanover Bybee Family County, VA, which was an adjoining county to Fluvanna and was known to have recruited his own company in his locality. It is also noted from the muster rolls in the Bureau of Archives that he served under Colonel Abraham Buford. (See Chapter 14, entitled, "More Bybee Untrivia.") 

John Jr.'s name last appears on the payroll of December 1779, so in all probability he was discharged about December 31, 1779. His name in the war record was spelled (or misspelled) John Bibby, which was nothing unusual because he always signed his name with an X, and no doubt the company clerk spelled the name to the best of his ability. (Note, however, that this was during the period that the family name was evolving. Many of our and John's ancestors were also known as Bibby, or by some such variation.

The next record of John (7) Bybee, Jr. is a land grant signed by Thomas Jefferson, September 1, 1780, Book E, Page 621 conveying 82 acres of land on Daniels Mill Creek of Blackwater River in Henry County later Franklin County VA. He would have been at least middle aged in 1780 because his daughter Betsey married John Kelley in Henry County in 1781, John Bybee, Jr. moved from Franklin County to Barren County, Kentucky some time prior to 1799.

He is listed on the tax lists of Barren County in Fathergild Taxpayers of Kentucky, showing him living there in 1799. He did not sell the 82 acres of land in Virginia, but merely moved off and left it. His name on the deed for this land was spelled Bibe.

John's will is recorded in Will Book, number 2, page 155, in Barren County in the January Court of 1822.  He was known to have settled on Glovers Creek in this county. This area is now Metcalf County, and is near Summershade, KY. The family cemetery where he was buried has been destroyed and now the land is cultivated.

The children John (7) Jr. and Elizabeth McCann were John, Charity, Neal McCann, Betsey, Allen, Polly, Ann, Sherrod, Lee Allen, and Susan

John (8) Bybee, III, b. 1770, d. 21 May 1819.  H m. Elizabeth Kelley
He was married secondly to Millie Allee and third to Anna Perkins

JOHN BYBEE, was born about 1770 in Fluvanna Co., VA.  He died May 21, 1819, Barren Co, KY.  He married Elizabeth Kelly 6 May 1791 in  Franklin Co, VA.  She was the daughter of William Kelly and Mary Byram. 

John (8) Bybee III moved with his family to Henry Co., Va Sept 1 1780  He was married by Randolph Hall. John III bought a small farm on Daniels Mill Creek ( 1 Dec 1792) but never sold it when he migrated with his family to Barren County, Kentucky. He is known to have been in Barren County in 1799.  He purchased 447 acres of land on Glovers Creek, Barren County, Kentucky in 1806 and established a plantation.

Neal McCann Bybee purchased a like amount the same day indicating he had also migrated at the same time.

John raised nine children and died 1819 leaving a will which is filed in Will Book #2 page 25,26,27.  The Will was made 21 May 1819 and probated July 1819 meaning he died sometime between those dates.

A will of William Kelly who was also a Revolutionary war soldier, mentions Elizabeth Bybee as his daughter. This will is filed in Franklin Co. Va Will Book #2 page 8. This will indicates that this is William Kelly Jr. John Bybee III had considerable land dealing in Barren County, Ky as evidenced by deed Book of Records. Fallen Timbers, Glovers, Nobob, and Skaggs Creek are mentioned in Deeds of Sale. These are all located in the vicinity of Summershade, Kentucky. This portion of land was taken from Barren County and made part of Metcalf County in 1860.

The marriage bond given by William Kelley at the time of the marriage was spelled Calley.
Will of John Bybee Barren County Kentucky May 21 1819
In the name of god amen:
I, John Bybee, of the County of Barren and State of Kentucky being of sound mind, memory and understanding the weak in body and in very low state of health and knowing that it is appointed for man to Die and the time thereof uncertain do constitute appoint and ordain this to be my last will and testament in form and manner following towit:
First: It is my will and desire that after my decease the plantation whereon I now live shall be divided as near the middle as possible by a line crossing Glover Creek and that my beloved wife, Betsy Bybee do and shall keep the part including my dwelling house and other improvements thereunto belonging together with all and singular the kitchen and household furniture and the stock of horses, cattle, sheep, hogs & C which I possess together with all improvements of husbandry for and during her natural life time and that after her decease said part including the said dwelling house and improvements shall go to my son, McCan Bybee which I desire and will he shall not sell until he shall arrive at the age of twenty five years.
Second: I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Nancy, the other moiety of said tract above mentioned to her and to the heirs of her body if any.
Third: I give and bequeath unto my son, Buford Bybee, the tract of land whereon he now lives on Glovers Creek which I purchased of David De Rittch together with an addition of forty acres adjoining and upon the south of my said settlement to at a poplar corner to the same.
Fourth: I give and bequeath unto my son Byram Bybee the quantity of land on Nobob Creek out of the survey which I purchased of Robt. Craddock, Agent of Robt. Means, lying within the following boundary Towit: Beginning where Robt. Lanes line crosses the creek, thence with him to Hugh's line thence with Hugh's line to the corner thence to the creek leaving the spring of said Byram Bybee belonging to his said
part about sixty yards on the right hand thence down the creek which it is by the will and desire he shall not sell or dispose of till he is twenty five years old.
Fifth: I give and bequeath unto my son John Bybee, out of said survey above mentioned all that is contained within the following boundary Towit: Beginning where said Byram Bybees part strikes the creek (Nobob) thence up the creek with its meanders to a large spring from thence north to the line of Tuder,
thence with his line to Hughes line thence with Hughes line southwardly to his corner thence with Bryan Bybees said line down to the creek which I will and desire he shall not sell until he is twenty five years old.
Sixth : I give and bequeath unto my daughter Delila Bybee out of the aforesaid tract on Nobob the part contained within the following motes and bounds Towit: Beginning at the spring above named which John Bybees line strikes thence south to John Buttons line thence with John Buttons line so far as to turn a north course to strike the creek where the path formerly went John Buttons thence north out to Tuders line thence with his line to where John Bybees line strikes Tuders line thence with John Bybees line to strike the spring which I give unto her and the heirs of her body, if any.
Seventh: I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Betsy, out of said tract the following: Beginning at Delilahs corner on Buttons line thence with it to his corner thence with the original line to Tuders corner thence with Tuders line to S. Delilas corner thence with Delilas line to Buttons line which I give and Bybee Family confirm unto her and the heirs of her body, if any.
Eighth: I give and bequeath unto my son, William, and my daughter, Polly, the remainder or residue of said survey on Nobob to be divided between them as follows Towit: to run with the creek so as to give and equal part to each which part I give and confirm unto my said son, William, with the injunction that he shall not sell or dispose of said land until he shall arrive at the age of twenty five years and also give and confirm unto my said daughter, Polly, and the heirs of her body if any. It is here to be understood that the part which I here do give to my said son, William, shall be that immediately next the creek, and do hereby revoke all or any will or wills by me heretofore made and do by these presents acknowledge this to be my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 21st day of May in the year of our lord 1819.
John (X) Bybee Seal

Neal McCann, Polly, Delilah, William, Nancy, Buford, Byram, John, Betsy

John (9) was born 17 January 1801 in Virginia  and died February 26, 1886 in Erath Co., Texas. He married Catherine Welch b. 25 February 1819 in Barren County, Kentucky, daughter of James Welch and Mary Sims. She was born 1798 in N. Carolina, and died 15 April 1864 in Georgetown, Williamson Co.,Tx. His second wife was Elizabeth Johnston and he married her 24 September 1864 in Willamson Co., Tx. She was born 1800, and died in Williamson Co., TX. His third wife was Piety Joiner and he married her 09 October 1873 in Williamson Co., Tx.

John moved to Missouri from Kentucky in 1838 with his wife, Catherine, and widowed sister-in-law, Margaret. He only stayed one year before moving on to Step Rock, Arkansas. Then, he moved into Texas and settled in Williamson County. It is unknown how long they actually stayed in Arkansas but in 1850 they were back in Missouri. This time they were in Ozark County with two of their children, William and Mandy. Their other children may have been living on their own.

John was listed in the 1870 census as being a laborer with $800 in real estate and $500 in personal property. This census also showed, John Bluford and Willim living in houses all fairly close together.  An estate filing for Catherine Welch Bybee was made in Williamson County, TX in 1870 by her husband, John. At this time her date of death was set at 1865. However, he may have married an Elizabeth Cox after Catherine's death and this would mean that the actual death occurred in 1864.

Children of John and Catherine Welch Bybee were:
Amanda, Buford, Mary Ann, William, Martha, Pleasant, William Jefferson,  John\
An additional child of John through his marriage with Peity Joiner was John Bybee.

WILLIAM JEFFERSON BYBEE  was born September 28, 1836 in KY, and died March 17, 1914 in Leakey, Tx. He married PHOEBE JANE JEWEL September 23, 1857 in Georgetown, Tx, daughter of Joseph Levi Jewel and Winna Brookshire.  She was born May 06, 1837 in Williamson Co., Texas, and died March 27, 1916 in Leakey,Real Co. Texas.

According to the 1870 census, William was a stock bailer, owned $400 in real estate and had personal property valued a $1,000. On daughter's , Amanda, death certificate place of birth for William was listed as Missouri. However, this was incorrect. He lived in Missouri as a very small child but his birth was in Kentucky prior to the family move to Missouri. Both William and Bluford, his brother, had one daughter named after their  mother and one son named after their father.

William was about 5'10" tall and had a long white beard and moustache.  They were living in Bandera County in 1880. In 1900 they had moved on to Lampassas County, TX. Then, in 1910 they showed up on the census in Edwards Co., TX.

Records at Llano County indicate there was a petition from William Bybee on behalf of his grandchildren, William M. and Ethel Lee McCoy. This petition was to appoint him as their guardian.
William's daughter, Mary A. Bybee had married William McCoy and he had died. Mary Bybee then remarried a Mr. Clark. Property of the children's father remained in Llano County. The petition was filed 16 January 1907. At this time the McCoy children lived with the Bybees in Edwards Co.

The census lists the Bybees as farmers. They later moved into what was then Bandera County and lived at Bybee Hollow. This was a tributary of the East Frio River.  William and Phoebe were living at Bybee Hollow at the time Indians made their last raid in the area in April 1881. Word was brought by a rider on horseback to every settler in the area and the family sought safety with their neighbors, the Statham’s, near Cypress Creek. They did not go by the river road, but instead climbed up and over the mountain to avoid any possible contact with the Indians.

The Bybees bought ranch-land along Cedar Creek, a tributary of the West Frio River. Here they plowed, planted, gleaned and gathered. An interesting and an every day necessity in the Bybee's lives was the "cool-cellar" they dug in the side of the Cedar Creek bluff very near their home. Access to the cellar was by a long ladder built against the bluff. The nearby spring furnished fresh cool water, and was also used to keep butter and milk cool. Sweet potatoes were kept from spoilage in the sol-cellar during the hot summer and cold winter months.

The Bybee family resided at the Cedar Creek ranch until the death of William in 1914 at which time family members transferred the ownership of the ranch to Elizabeth Bybee, an unmarried daughter. Phoebe Jane lived with relatives until her death in 1916.

The remains of "Bill" and Phoebe were returned to Cypress Creek Cemetery on the East Prong of the Frio River to be buried near their young child who had been interred there about 35 years before. One daughter, Elizabeth Reynolds, is buried there also.

Phoebe Jane Jewel's oral family history tells that her father left her in the care of a sister-in-law. She was found living with the Dyches family in Williamson County, TX in the 1850 census.  So, how is Mrs. Elizabeth Lewis Dyches the sister-in-law?

Two sons James and George died before 1880 as they are not shown on the census with other family members in 1880. One died at Bybee Hollow as family members were cutting stools from the mountain top for cow feed and rolling them down hill. He was accidentally struck and killed. The other died of whooping cough. They were buried at Bybee Hollow. James' was the first to be buried at Cypress Creek Cemetery.  Phoebe was a hemophiliac.

Family story has it that Phoebe had been captured by the Comanche Indians. They had a big fire and were going to throw her into it. Phoebe escaped from the Indians and fled to the Bybee house.

Children of William Bybee and Phoebe Jewel were:
Amanda Jane, Catherine, John Wesley, Sara Jean, Polly, George Washington, James Wesley, Mary Ann, Elizabeth, Martha J., William and James Beauford.

Amanda Jane Bybee was born 3 May 1863 in Georgetown, TX.  She died 22 July 1917 in Kerrville, TX.

Amanda Bybee was previously married to Barry Buckelew. Barry stole a hog and ran out on her leaving her with two daughters to raise, Grace and Isabella.  Or, so the story goes.  According to her daughter Amanda was a very sickly person.  Martha said said she always looked sad and never really laughed or cut-up.  Caused of her death was listed as “hephritis”.   She is buried next to her daughter, Alice, and not far from Theodore in Kerrville, TX.  The family of Theodore Hughes is another big brick wall.  We know he was born in Indiana.  In the 1850 and 1860 census we find him in Indiana with his parents, Drury Hughes and Harriet Walton.  Drury lists his place of birth as South Carolina and Harriet's birthplace is noted as Ohio.  However, on two later census records Theodore indicated his mother was from Germany.  Was she from Germany or were her parents from Germany?   

A lot of unknowns surround Theodore Lockhart Hughes. Even his daughter, Martha, did not know much of his background. According to his family he left home at a very.  He was born in Indiana and had a brother, John, who died in Austin.  His first wife, Elizabeth Parker, supposedly grieved herself to death over the death of one of her children.
Theodore was a very big man.  He was tall and weighed 250 pounds. He wasn't afraid of anything and had a temper.  While living in Kerrville he lived in what was called the "fairground house". He also worked as a nurse in tents on the river helping people that needed him. He was a big hearted person.

The Hughes family was a very religious family. They went to church in a covered wagon and at times Theodore would even preach. They attended a Methodist church. Amanda would sing. She had a beautiful voice.  

Two daughters were born to Amanda Bybee and Berry Buckelew.  They were Isabella and Grace.

Children of Amanda Bybee and Theodore Lockhart Hughes were:
Alice May, Verdie A., Martha Catherine and Ernest C. Hughes.

My grandmother was Alice May, b. August 05, 1895, Georgetown, Tx; d. November 05, 1917, Kerrville, Tx.  She married Charles Alvin Sandel, 12 February 1913 in Kerrville, TX.  He was born 7 June 1891 in Burnet County, TX and died 23 March 1967 in Austin, TX.

Alice May Hughes and Charles Alvin Sandel had two sons.  They were:

Gerald Alvin Sandel and Vernon Lee Sandel would be Generation 12