Thursday, August 31, 2006

Byrd Prillerman

Byrd Prillerman was the son of John Franklyn Prillerman & Charlotte Prillerman. He was the husband of Mattie Eugenia Brown. He was born on 10/19/1859 in Shady Grove Va. (Franklin). He can be found on the 1880 Census in Kanawha County, Poca, as a 21 year old mulatto man, single, b. in 1859, School Teacher. Brother of Harvey Prilliman. (Bird) He can be found on the 1910 Census in Kanawha, Union, as a Black male, 50, b. about 1860 in Virginia.
He became the President of W.V. Colored Institute (WV State). He was a friend of Amanda (the sister of Booker T. Washington & references to him can be found in the BTW papers) & his name appears in her obituary.
For more information on Byrd Prillerman see:
Celebrating Our Roots - Origins of Black Families in West Virginia - by Elsie Mae Davis (McKnight's Inc., 102 Willow Drive, Dunbar, WV 25064) (& a copy is maintained by the WV Division of Culture & History at Charleston)
History of WV State College 1891 - 1965 by John C. Harlan
West Virginia Death Certificate 6094 - which states that he died on 4/25/1929 at 69y5m6d at Kanawha, BM, Wd, husband of Mrs. Mattie E. Brown Prillerman, b. 10/19/1959 at Shady Grove, Va. Occupation - Director of Religious Education/President Emeritus WV (State). Son of Franklyn Prillerman & Charlotte Prillerman. Buried at Fran Cemetery on 4/28/1929.

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