William A. Lyles
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William Albert Lyles
Mary Fowler
Who were his parents? We don't know yet. He was born in Abbeville, SC--perhaps to Joseph Lyles (Sr.) and an unknown first wife. His grandfather was David Lyles, according to our family lore. In the war, he served in the 1st SC State Troops, Co. E. He was buried at Mountain Rest, SC.

She was probably born in Union County, S.C. Her parents were Coleman Fowler or Thomas Fowler and a McWhorter from Union County, SC, whose father was said to have been killed by the Tories in a skirmish. Many of her family moved to the Westminster, SC, area between 1830 and 1840.

Sarah Ellen
Robert Martin
Obediah Coleman
James Turner

She was born July 24, 1841, at Westminster, SC, and died Dec.12,1918, at Mountain Rest, SC., and is buried at Double Springs Church. She did not marry.

He was born in1843 at Westminster, SC. In 1861, he enlisted in the1st SC (Orr's) Rifles, Company F. He was killed on August 31,1862, at the 2nd Battle of Manassas (2nd Bull Run). We don't know where he lies. He wasn't married.


He was born in 1845 at Westminster, SC. In spring 1862, he enlisted in the1st SC (Orr's) Rifles, Company F. A few months later, on July 12 or 13, 1862, he died near Richmond, Va., of disease or wounds from the Battle of Gaines Mill. We don't know where he is buried. He wasn't married.

He was born May 31, 1846, at Westminster, SC. In 1864, he joined Company F of the 2nd SC Battalion, Cavalry Reserves. Before 1879, he married Selena Ellen Vissage, and they had four children. He died May 10, 1925, and is buried at Double Springs Church near Mountain Rest, SC.

She was born in 1847 at Westminster, SC, and died in1852. She is buried in the family plot at Westminster, according to our Great-aunt Amy Lyles. We suppose the family plot was at the now-vanished Salem Methodist Church.

James Turner Lyles
before 1879
Selena Ellen Vissage
May 31, 1846 to May 10, 1925

A resident of Mountain Rest, S.C., he probably married Selena Vissage at Double Springs Church.

May 25, 1853 to July 6, 1900

She was a daughter of James W. Vissage, blacksmith, and Martha Fowler Vissage, both of Oconee County, S.C.

and they had four children--

James Robert
Amy Evelyn
Obediah Coleman
William Clifton
He was born Jan. 3, 1879 at Mountain Rest, SC. In 1911, he married Mary Nancy Hammond (1888-1967), a daughter of George Francis and Mary Biggart Hammond. They raised a family of four children in Darlington, SC. He died Dec. 14, 1940.
She was born April 19, 1881 at Mountain Rest, SC, where she lived most of her life. She did not marry. She died on Jan 30, 1953, and is buried at Double Springs Church near Mountain Rest.
He was born Dec. 10, 1884, at Mountain Rest, SC. In 1913, he married
Tenetta Davis (1890-1918). After her death, he married Julia Ellis (1900-1986). He died Feb. 4, 1953.
He was born on Oct 29, 1886 at Mountain Rest, SC, and lived there, a life-long bachelor, on the old family land until he died on June 13, 1948. He is buried at Double Springs Church near Mountain Rest.

Lyles spinning wheel

This rough-hewn spinning wheel was found in the attic of the Lyles' Mountain Rest house after Amy Lyles died. Dated about 1790, it was probably used by the family from its earliest days until it was retired. (The Mountain Rest Lyleses were not curio collectors.)

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