The Westley Lyles Family
of western South Carolina
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Wesley Lyles, the youngest known son of David (c. 1762-1839) and Deborah Lyles (c. 1765-1824), was born about 1801 in Edgefield District, South Carolina. He and his family moved to the Abbeville District sometime before 1810. By 1820, his father had moved up to near Westminster, Oconee County, SC, then a part of the Pendleton District. And his mother was still living in the Abbeville District, probably with Wesley still in her household.

In 1830, Wesley appeared as the head of his own household, living near his father, his brother Joseph, and his sister Peninah Harbert outside of Westminster. Wesley and his wife Elizabeth Jane (of whom little is known) already had 4 children under 10 years old.

Unlike his brother Joseph, Wesley and wife Elizabeth have not showed up on any of the church lists that we have examined.

Wesley lived near Westminster till after 1870 but never prospered. None of the federal censuses and county tax lists attribute any land or personal property to him, though several of his children accumulate enough personal property to be listed. When his brother Joseph Lyles (Sr.) died in 1870, Wesley has named as one of the legal heirs, but he died, as did his wife--sometime between 1870 and 1880--before the contentious probate was finally settled in the 1890s and the inheritance portioned out. His known children D. Ashbury Lyles, Joseph O. Lyles, Betsy Lyles Hare, James Lyles, Matilda Lyles, and Emaline Lyles shared their father's one-third of Joseph's estate.

We do not know where Wesley and Elizabeth Jane are buried.

 

Wesley Lyles

born about 1801 in Edgefield District, SC, to David and Deborah Lyles

married
Elizabeth Jane --??--

born about 1802

They had these known children--

(adapted from Thomas Hair)

Elizabeth Jane Lyles

Born Jan. 15, 1823, in Abbeville, SC, she married James Wallace Hare in 1856. In 1879 she joined Unity Baptist Church in 1878, where she was buried after her death on Feb. 20, 1903.

Joseph Olden Lyles

Born about 1825-1830 in Abbeville, SC., he joined Rock Spring Baptist Church in 1853, along with other Lyles. Before 1883, he transferred to Unity Baptist Church.

David Ashbury Lyles

Born about 1825-30 in Abbeville, SC, he joined Rock Springs Baptist Church in July 1853, along with his brother Joseph O. Lyles, his sister Matilda, and his cousin Joseph Liles Jr and wife Letty Ann Liles. After he had served (with J.W. Lyles in the Palmetto Sharpshooters, Company B?) during the war, he returned to Rock Springs Church. Later, he transferred to Unity Baptist Church, where he is listed as a member in the 1880s.

Matilda Ann Lyles

Born Jan. 25, 1837, near Westminster, Pickens District, SC. In 1853 she joined Rock Springs Baptist Church, where John R. Black was a member. She married John Black in 1856, and they produced about 10 children. In 1885, she and her husband transferred to Unity Baptist Church. She died on May 6, 1913, and is buried at Unity Baptist in Oconee County, SC.

George W. Lyles

Born about 1830 in either Abbeville or Pickens District, SC. Admitted to Rock Springs Baptist Church with his wife Salina, he was apparently the first Lyles to join that church, where he was a dignitary until he and his wife transferred out in 1856. Apparently, they left the Pickens District at this time, possibly moving to Edgefield. We have lost track of him at this point. He may be the George W. Lyles who served in Company A of the 18th SC Infantry.

[Thomas Hair, who did not have the advantage of seeing the Rock Springs Baptist records, did not include George among the known children of Wesley.]

Emaline Lyles

Born about 1843 near Westminster, SC, she was the last child living with her parents in 1870. She does not appear in any known church records, and she disappears from the censuses until 1910, she seems to be the Emmaline Lyles, age 70, identified as the mother of householder Turner Smith's wife, Margarete, 35,, and Margarete's sister Naomi Lyles, 25.

James W. Lyles

Born about 1839 near Westminster, SC, he has eluded us, though he is one of the defendants in the case of Joseph Lyles' will summoned to probate court in 1890. He may be the J.W. Lyles who served with D.A. Lyles in the 1st Palmetto Sharpshooters, Company B.

In addition to the seven known children, at least four other young people lived in the household. We don't know whether these others were children of Wesley and Elizabeth Jane or what happened to them.

1830 Census

1840 Census

1850 Census

1860 Census

1870 Census

Wesley
b. 1800-10
Wesley
b. 1800-10
Wesley
[age obscured]
Wesley, 58
[b. 1801-02]
Wesley, 70
[b. 1799-1800]
Jane
b. 1800-10
Jane
b. 1800-10
Jane
[age obscured]
Elizabeth, 59
[b. 1800-01]
Jane, 66
[b. 1803-04]
Female 1
b. 1820-25
Female 1
b. 1820-25
Elizabeth
[age obscured]

xxx

xxx

Female 2
b. 1820-25
Female 2
b. 1825-30

xxx

xxx

xxx

Male 1
b. 1825-30
Male 1
b. 1830-35
Joseph
[age obscured]

xxx

xxx

Male 2
b. 1825-30
Male 2
b. 1830-35
George
[age obscured]
xxx

xxx

xxx

Male 3
b. 1835-40
Berry
[age obscured]
D.A.1 , 27
[b. 1832-33]

xxx

xxx

Female 3
b. 1835-40
Caroline
[age obscured]

xxx

xxx

xxx

Female 4
b. 1835-40
Matilda
[age obscured]

xxx

xxx

xxx

xxx

James
[age obscured]
James, 21
[b. 1839]

xxx

xxx

xxx

Emiline
[age obscured]
Emaline, 17
[b. 1842-43]
Emaline, 27
[b. 1842-43]

xxx

xxx

Jane
[age obscured]

xxx

xxx

1 In 1860, David Ashbury Lyles was living independently as head of his own household with Jane, 21, and Thomas, 8 months.