An American Family History


Dyer Families


Susan Dyer (1795) married John Milhorn.


Abraham Dyer was born about 1765 in Virginia.

He married Ruth Cox.

Abraham Dyer (1800),
Jacob Dyer (1804),
Rachel Dyer (1812),
Polley Dyer (1812)
John Jackson Dyer (1809)
John C. Dyer (1809)
Samuel Douthet Dyer (1801)
Nancy Dyer (1812)
Sally Dyer (1812)


David Dyer was born about 1765 in Ireland.

His wife was named Sallie.

Alexander Dyer (1790),
John Dyer (1792, married Mary Jane Barnes),
William Allen Dyer (1796), and
Robert F. Dyer (1798).

According to their descendant, Teresa Henry, David and Sallie immigrated from Cork, Ireland and Alexander was born at sea.

David was a dog breader and dog trainer. One day a wealthy Englishman bet David that his dogs would beat him in a race. Well the English gentleman cheated and Alexander's father beat him with his fist to death and him and his wife were running from the law in Ireland and escaped on a boat bound for the United States of America.

David Dyer appeared in the 1796 and 1797 tax lists of Sullivan County.

In 1814, during the War of 1812, John Dyer was on Captain William King's muster.

David died about 1840 in Piney Flats, Sullivan County, Tennessee.

East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.

Alexander Dyer (1790) married Mary Jane King (1790).

According to his son, Thomas', 1880 census, Alexander was born at sea.

Sarah Dyer (1811, married Harrison Millhorn and William Henry son of Eli Hendry),
Sarah Elizabeth Dyer (1816),
William Adolphus Dyer (1817, married Synthia Ann Gilley),
Thomas Leander Dyer (1819, married Ann M. King),
Susan Sharp Dyer (1821, married Isaac M. King),
Wesley David Dyer (1824, married Emmaline Boring),
James Allen Dyer (1825),
John Dyer (1827),
Mary Amanda Dyer (1830, married Anson L. Hodges),
Robert Anderson Dyer (1833),
Samuel Dyer (1834, married Mary A. Emmert daughter of Peter Emmert 1798),

Alexander was buried in New Bethel Cemetery in Piney Flats,Tennessee.

After Alexander died, Mary moved to Coryell, County, Texas with her youngest son, Samuel.


The Confederate States of America (CSA), also known as the Confederacy, was a government set up by southern states during the Civil War. The states who left the Union were Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.











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