The Lyons Family

Havard Family in America
20 November 2007, 7:42 pm
Filed under: S. Carolina Families

According to family legend, members of the Havard family emigrated from Wales to Virginia. Bishop Meade, in "Old Churches and Families of Virginia" mentions the name as being of Welsh origin and belonging to one of the families that emigrated from that country to Virginia, and later to the Edgefield District of South Carolina. Undoubtedly some of the Havards moved with other South Carolinians to Mississippi.
*JOHN HAVARD married Joyce Calliham in the Woodville Area of Mississippi, about 1811. She was the widow of James Howard. The name "John" appears frequently in the Genealogy of the Havards of Brecknock­shire. In 1822, John Havard and his wife moved from Mississippi to Rapides Parish, Louisiana, purchasing a plantation on Bayou Robert, near Cheney-ville. John died in Alexandria, on April 30, 1829; his wife, Joyce, in 1835. She was buried in the "Stafford Cemetery," Greenwood Plantation, near Cheneyville. John and Joyce Calliham Havard had four children:

  1. Henry Monroe Havard, born February 17, 1812;
  2. John Havard, Jr., born about 1815;
  3. Ann Jane Havard, born April 13, 1817;
  4. LEROY STAFFORD HAVARD, born June 17, 1828, in Rapides
    Parish, Louisiana. Leroy married Julia Caroline Wright on February 3, 1848.

•According to "The History of the Old Eagle School" of Tredyffrin (township), Chester County, Pennsylvania, published by John C. Winston Company of Philadelphia in 1909, a John Havard, Sr., John Havard, Jr., Ann Havard and David Havard appeared on the list of German taxables and residents as early as 1765.

She was the daughter of Dr. Jesse Durastus Wright and Sarah Robert Grim-ball Wright. Leroy Stafford Havard was a first cousin of Leroy Augustus Stafford who married Sarah Catherine Wright, sister of Julia Caroline Wright. Leroy purchased a plantation near Big Cane, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, where he lived for the remainder of his life. He died at Big Cane on Sep­tember 8, 1895, his wife on February 13, 1898. Both are buried in the old cemetery located between Morrow and Big Cane.
"LEROY STAFFORD HAVAKD, formerly of the Confederate Service in Louisiana, was born near Woodville, Mississippi, in 1828. He was educated in Ohio and came to Rapides and St. Landry in 1850. In 1861, he was in the military service of the state, ranking as Captain, and commanding a company which was subsequently disbanded.
"At a later date he was a member of the organization known as Collins’ Scouts and was on duty mainly in Pointe Coupee Parish, until the close of hostilities.
"After the war, he was engaged in planting and in commercial pursuits, was one of the largest land owners of his Parish and a leader in public affairs. He was of excellent family, a cousin of General Leroy Stafford, and a thorough gentleman and had many warm friends.
"In 1879, he was a member of the Constitutional Convention but did not otherwise hold public office.
"By his marriage in 1848, to Julia Wright, Captain Havard left at his death, four children: Charlton Wright, Augustus D., George L. and Leroy A. Havard.

Leroy Stafford Havard and Julia Caroline Wright had ten children:

  1. Catharine Havard, born December 11, 1848;
  2. CHARLTON WRIGHT HAVARD, born November 20, 1850;
  3. Alexander Leroy Havard, born May 14, 1852;
  4. Augustus Durastus Havard, born February 24, 1854;
  5. Henry Prentice Havard, born July 21, 1856;
  6. Unnamed infant, born February 4, 1858;
  7. Jessie Leila Havard, born August 28, 1859, who married W. C.
  8. Mary Ellen Havard, born November 8,  1860;

9.   George Lewis Havard, born March 25, 1866;
10.   Leroy Alexander Havard, born January 1, 1872.
Five of these children died in early life, viz: Catharine, Alexander Leroy, Henry Prentice, the infant, and Mary Ellen. Two of the five had just reached maturity when their deaths occurred, Catharine and Alexander Leroy. Alexander Leroy was killed playing baseball at L. S. U. At the time, his mother was traveling by steamboat to visit her son. Another steamboat traveling in the opposite direction stopped beside her steamboat and asked her to board it. It carried a casket containing the body of her son.
CHARLTON WRIGHT HAVARD, the eldest son, is one of the young men of the South worthy of note as honoring the memory of his Confederate Fathers. He was born in Rapides Parish in 1850, and was reared in St. Landry. After being engaged in the river trade for 15 years as steamboat captain, and owner, he made his home at Melville, Louisiana, and is now prospering as a planter. He was married in 1872 to Sallie Catherine, daughter of Captain J. L. Morris, a gallant Confederate soldier, who lost an eye at the Siege of Port Hudson."* *Confederate Military History, Vol. 10, page 440. Edited by Gen. Clement A. Evans of Georgia. Published by Confederate Publishing Co. of Atlanta, 1899.
CHARLTON WRIGHT HAVARD married Sallie Catherine Morris on September 25, 1872. When a young man, Charlton owned and operated several steam boats and was known as "Captain" Havard. Charlton and Sallie first resided at Big Cane, but later moved to Melville, where they resided for the remainder of their lives. Charlton purchased two plantations on the west bank of the Atchafalaya River, about nine miles north of Mel­ville. Charlton was a man of courage, a fine horseman and an excellent shot. He could ride his horse across a stream on a log without mishap. With his pistol, he could break marbles thrown in the air.
Once, in a store at Rosa Station, near Big Cane, a man named Heath asked Charlton to take a drink but he declined. Heath drew his pistol and demanded that Charlton take the drink. In self defense, Charlton shot Heath—a wound from which he later recovered. A few days after the encounter, a friend, Frank Vennard, rode up to Charlton’s home to warn him that three of Heath’s brothers had arrived at Rosa Station from Alex­andria; that they were armed and at that time were riding toward his home, having declared they would "kill the first Havard they met—man, woman or child."
With a rifle, Charlton mounted his horse and rode with Frank toward Rosa Station. When they saw the Heaths approaching, Charlton asked Frank to ride ahead and to say to them that he wished to avoid further trouble and to please return to their homes; but if they were adamant, Frank was to drop his handkerchief.
Frank rode forward and after a short conversation with the Heaths, dropped his handkerchief.
The Heaths dismounted. Charlton also dismounted and went into a field, adjoining the road. From a ditch behind a board fence, the Heaths opened fire. Charlton returned their shots, wounded all three Heaths, two fatally. Charlton was unscathed. Charlton was not indicted. It was ap­parent he acted in self-defense.
Many years later, one of the Heaths called on Charlton at his home at Melville. The visit proved a friendly one.
Charlton’s wife, Sallie, was a devout Episcopalian. The town of Mel­ville was too small to warrant a full-time minister but Rev. William S. Slack held Episcopal services there monthly. The Havards were extremely fond of Rev. Slack and when in Melville, he was always their guest. On one occasion, Bishop David Sessums accompanied Rev. Slack and both were guests in the Havard home. At dinner, Sallie requested the Bishop to ask the Blessing. Charlton interrupted, saying, "Rev. Slack will ask the Blessing."—And he did.
About 1900, a young Negro was employed by Ernest Lyons, son-in-law of Charlton Havard. The Negro boy seriously injured a white boy with a spoke from a wagon wheel. The Negro was arrested and placed in the town jail. That night a mob organized for the purpose of lynching him but Charl­ton and Ernest prevented them from doing so. They guarded the jail for the balance of the night with their rifles. The next day they delivered the Negro boy to the Sheriff at Opelousas. He was later tried and acquitted.
Charlton Wright Havard died at Big Cane, Louisiana, on August 13, 1912, and his wife, March 8, 1906.
Charlton Wright Havard and Sallie Morris Havard had four children, all girls:

  1. Katherine C. Havard, born March 1,  1874, who married Walter
    Talley Smith;
  2. Jeanette Augusta Havard, born February 24, 1877, who married
    Gus Rosenberg;
  3. Julia Havard,  born January  22,   1879,  who married  Arthur J.
  4. JOYCE BENTLEY HAVARD, born November 30, 1875.   Joyce
    married Ernest John Lyons on June 12, 1893.

For further data on the Havard family, see Havard Family Collateral Relatives, Part VI.
The Joyce Bentley Havard branch of the Havard family thus merged into the -Ernest John Lyons family.

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