John Nelson Byers 
Location served:
Years in Practice:
1868 to 1910
Area of Specialization:
Family Medicine  


Dr. John Nelson Byers was born in Ontario, in October of 1841.  His parents were Samuel and Margaret Jane Byers.  He was raised in Durham Twp with his siblings; Allen, George, William, Genette, David, Mary, Ella and Raymond.  His father was a cabinet maker and a farmer.

Dr. Byers graduated M.D. from Victoria College Medical School in 1869.  According to the 1872 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Byers joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 8th of July, 1869.

He married Jeanette Pennington Hadwen shortly after he graduated.  Mrs. Byers was born in Lancashire, England in 1842, the youngest of 8 children.  Her parents, Robert Mitchell Thomas Hadwen and the former Jeanette Pennington were farmers.  Her siblings were; John, Robert, Ann, Mary, Matthew, Ellen and Alice.

Dr. and Mrs. Byers first settled in Bracebridge, Ontario.  In 1875 they re-located to the Municipality of York (Toronto).

Dr. and Mrs. Byers had 5 children; Samuel John Nelson Matthew was born in Bracebridge on the 17th of March, 1870, George Allan Byers was born on the 19th of August, 1873.  Their daughter Margaret Jane ‘Eleanor’ Byers was born on the 19th of September, 1875, William ‘Robert’ Charles Hadwen Byers was born on the 3rd of December, 1877 and their son Jeremiah ‘Bernard’ Chapman Byers on the 20th of January, 1882.

According to the 1891 census, the Byers family was living in the Town of Uxbridge.

By 1893, Dr. and Mrs. Byers were living in Dresden.  He advertised his medical practice in the Ontario Directory and Gazetteer.  While they were living in Dresden, Dr. and Mrs. Byers’ daughter Eleanor married Dr. Oscar Charles Hopper on the 19th of April, 1899 in Dresden.  Dr. Hopper was raised in Kent County.  Dr. Byers advertised his Dresden medical practice in the Farmers and Business Directory of 1900.

Dr. and Mrs. Byers moved to Nebraska, U.S.A. around 1903.  According to the 1910 U.S. Census, Dr. and Mrs. Byers were living in Fontanelle Twp., Washington County, Nebraska, U.S.A.  After Dr. and Mrs. Byers moved to Nebraska their sons Samuel, George and Robert all became doctors there.  (Son, Bernard moved to Alberta and he was a farmer.)

Dr. Byers died in York, Ontario on the 6th of July, 1910. At the time of his death, he resided at 142 Chester Street in Toronto. He was buried at the Bethel Cemetery in Durham County.

After the death of Dr. Byers, Mrs. Byers lived with her daughter Eleanor and her husband Dr. Oscar Hopper in Stanton, Nebraska, according to the 1920 U.S. Census.  Eleanor died on the 20th of April, 1920 and she was buried in Stanton, Nebraska.  Mrs. Byers went to live with her son, Dr. Robert Byers in Fremont, Nebraska and she was listed with his family on the 1930 U.S. Census.  Mrs. Byers died in 1938 and she was buried at the Stanton Cemetery, Stanton County, Nebraska, USA.

*Dr. Byers’ son, Dr. William Robert Charles Hadwen Byers served with the U.S. Military during World War I.  His son Dr. Samuel John Nelson Matthew Byers graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1899.  He died in Alberta on the 4th of April, 1948