Mt. Pleasant Weekly News June 24, 1903
Regular Correspondence of The News
Salem, June 22:
Folger Joy and family and Ed Byers drove over beyond Mt. Pleasant last Tuesday to visit Mr. Byers mother. She is also the grandmother of Mrs. Joy
Mary (Daily) Byers was born September 27, 1821 , in Ohio, married to John Byers, December 31, 1835. She lived for some 15 years after marriage in Indiana, came to Iowa in the early days about 1835, and settled on a farm about six miles east of Salem, moved to Salem a few years later and continued to reside at Salem until the death of Mr. Byers in 1894. Since his death she has made her home with her daughter Mrs. Margaret Short. She passed away April 2, 1905. Mrs. Byers was the mother of thirteen children, three dying in infancy, one son Frank lived to manhood and was scalded to death in an explosion. The following are the living children: Rudolph of Imboden, Arkansas; John of Hays City, Kansas; Mrs. Cordelia McIntosh of Hays City, Kansas; Hiram of Hays City Kansas; Mrs Harriett Ramsey of South Haven, Kansas; Jacob of Dawson, Iowa; Perry resides on the old homestead east of Salem, and Mrs Margaret Short of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. She was buried at Salem, Iowa by the side of her husband, east cemetery.
SALEM NEWS 4-13-1905 pg. 1
Mary Elizabeth Byers, who died in Center township ten miles northeast of Salem, who was born in Wiliams Co., Ohio, Sept. 27, 1819. She grew to womanhood in her native state, and in 1835 she was united in marriage with John Byers. In 1853 they came to Iowa, settling in Henry county on a farm about five miles east of Salem now occupied as a home by their son Perry Byers. Eleven years ago Mr. and Mrs. Byers retired from farm life and removed to Salem where Mr. Byers died in 1895 after 60 years of married life.
After the death of her husband Mrs. Byers had made her home with her children, and died at the home of her widowed daughter, Mrs. Short, on the 3rd day of April, at the age of 85 years, 6 months and 6 days.
The funeral services conducted by T.S. Pool, of Mt. Pleasant, were held at the home of Mrs. Short, and the remains laid to rest in the cemetery at Salem.
Cemetery records say born Sept 27, 1816
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