Burnsville-Settled by Peyton Byrne and family in 1794?, 1808?, 1822? Peyton and wife Barbara Linn were married in 1790 and migrated to Preston County, Virginia (WV) in 1794 and then in 1794 to the Little Kanawha River opposite Oil Creek on the Dennison Farm in Braxton County, Virginia (WV). On March 1, 1797 he was the executor of his father, Samuel B. Byrne’s estate. Then in 1798 he settled at the mouth of Salt Lick Creek, Little Kanawha River on a 400 acre farm in Lewis County, Virginia, (WV). When he died on May 11, 1824 he was the Sheriff of Lewis County. We will visit the present day site at the mouth of Oil Creek and later in the day travel by Salt Lick in route to Bulltown. A historical note: Much of the Lewis County area listed in early historical excerpts would become part of Braxton County when formed in 1836.
Sutton- County Seat of Braxton County. Lars is coordinating the plan with Jim Byrne of Charleston, WV. Jim grew up in Sutton where many Byrnes settled after coming from Virginia. Several of the Byrne family would serve as county officials in the early history of the county. Several would serve as editors of local newspapers for many years and establish a printer and newspaper tradition for Jim and Lars’ branch of the Byrne family, but the Byrnes would leave Sutton by the mid-1950s. www.city-data.com/city/Sutton-West- Virginia.html
Charles Patrick Byrne, Peyton Buckner Byrne’s younger brother lived and died in Kingwood, WV. He and his son John Peyton built the log cabin which was known as the white house in Kingwood, Virginia after 1800. In 1818 he was elected to the office of County Clerk of the newly formed Preston County, Virginia (WV). He is buried in Kingwood (Maplewood Cemetery). Charles’ wife Charlotte Ashby is also buried in Maplewood Cemetery.
Peyton Buckner Byrne’s brother John Brown Byrne lived and died in Bulltown, Braxton County, Virginia, (WV). John Brown’s son John Peyton and John Peyton’s son John were both Sheriff of Braxton County and are buried in Sutton. John is the great grandfather of Lars Byrne.
Bee Run Picnic- A picnic lunch will be held at Bee Run impoundment area of Sutton Dam. There is a large playground for children. This will enable the younger families to get to know each other as well as all to have a casual time to talk. Lars and Bob Byrne’s newspaper, The Barbour Democrat, will sponsor the picnic. www.lrh.usace.army.mil/_kd/go.cfm?destination=Page&Pge_ID=1239
Sterrett Cemetery- A few miles from Bee Run is the Sterrett Cemetery (1840-1959) where most of the Byrne family from the area has been buried. This and other cemeteries were relocated when the Sutton Dam project was begun by the State of West Virginia.
Bulltown- Farms near and around Bulltown served several members of the Byrne family. John Brown Byrne and his wife Ann Haymond lived and raised all 11 of their children in Bulltown. William Eston Randolph Byrne who wrote the book Tale of the Elk was the grandson of John Brown Byrne. Today the area is part of the Corps of Engineers Burnsville Lake Historical Area. Relocated log buildings have been added to the Cunningham Farm to serve as historical re-creation of life in the mid-1850s. This is also the site of the October 1863 battle during the Civil War and has a small museum. We will have a guided tour by well- known West Virginian historian and Civil War re-enactor Ken Connell who is a friend of Lars. Ken may let us fire Civil War rifles while we’re here. www.lrh.usace.army.mil/projects/lakes/bus/bulltown
Country Roads- We will travel over rural West Virginia roads as we head back towards Elkins. Not far from Buckhannon is the State Wildlife Center www.wvdnr.gov/wildlife/wildlifecenter.shtm . Those with children have the opportunity to stop here and visit (small admission charge) the animal reserve. The rest will continue to Philippi and its famous two-lane covered bridge.
Saturday, June 9th-Train Ride Into The West Virginia Mountains
8:00 AM to 10:15 AM
Breakfast-An informal gathering at the Days Inn buffet and a short meeting will follow.
11:00 AM to 3:30 PM
New Tygart Flyer- We will board the train at 11:00 AM. The New Tygart Flyer is located at the former Western Maryland Railway Depot downtown and travel in railcars reserved for the Byrne Family Reunion. There will be a cold cut buffet included with the price of the ticket. The train is a 1950s era streamlined diesel passenger excursion train that will take us up the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River to a place called High Falls of the Cheat River. After a 45 minute stop the train will return. Cost will be $30 for adults and $20 for kids (no cost for babes in arms). Tickets can be purchased from Lars or Buck at the Reunion Headquarters room. This should be a great opportunity to view the scenic beauty of the Monongahela National Forest and get to know the Family. We will return to Elkins approximately 3:15 PM. www.mountainrail.com
Dinner-We meet at 5 p.m. in the downstairs conference room for an informal gathering , followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m. and proceed into our Family Meeting after eating. The cost for buffet dinner at the Elkins Days Inn will be $15 per person. The menu will be CHOICE of Baked Italian Chicken OR Beef Stroganoff -- with Roasted Red Potatoes, Green Beans, Tossed Salad, Fresh Bread, Chocolate Mousse for dessert plus Tea and Coffee. The cost includes dinner and tip. It also includes the fees for the Conference Room we will be using Saturday morning and evening. We will decide Saturday night on any special Sunday tours or activities. Tickets for the meal can be purchased from Lars or Buck at the Reunion Headquarters room.
American Mountain Theater-In the town square by the train depot the American Mountain Theater will present its popular music show. This is a “Branson” type show which will be held in a new auditorium (hopefully) in the town square. There is an admission charge. www.americanmountaintheater.com
Sunday, June 10th - Visit West Virginia
8:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Breakfast-An informal gathering for breakfast
After our informal breakfast gathering the Allegheny Highlands are open for your individual family trips. The list of destinations is endless but below are a few for your pleasure;