Title: Genealogical and personal history of the Allegheny Valley, Pennsylvania, Vol. 3
Authors: Jordan, John W. (John Woolf), 1840-1921, University of Pittsburgh, University Library System., Digital Research Library.
Pgs. 1001, 1002
This family is of German descent, the name having originally been spelled MEYERS; it is one of the oldest established families in the country, having emigrated from the Fatherland to America long prior to the Revolutionary war, in which two of the earliest ancestors were soldiers.
FREDERICK MEYERS, the first member of whom we have record, was a native of Saxony, and went from there to Switzerland. GEORGE MEYERS, the son of FREDERICK, came from Switzerland in 1745 and settled in the colony of Maryland, on the Gunpowder River, about 30 miles from Baltimore, and married MISS SINGREE, by whom he had two children, a boy and a girl; the girl married a man by the name of LEE, in Baltimore; the boy was HENRY MEYERS, born Aug. 17, 1761.GEORGE MEYERS was drowned in the Gunpowder River.The following is a true copy of the marriage certificate of GEORGE MEYERS and ELIZABETH SINGREE, county York, Pa.:
Whereas, GEO. MEYER, of the county York and Province of Pennsylvania, yeoman, and ELISABETH SINGREE, of the place aforesaid, spinster, having made due publication of their intention of marriage, as the law of the said Province directs, these are to certify that upon the twentieth day of August, in the 28th year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the II, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, Anno Domino 1754, before Harman Updergraph, Esq., one of his Majesty’s Justices for said county, and sundry other witnesses hereunto, the said GEORGE MEYER and ELISABETH SINGREE did in a solemn manner by joining of hand did take each other for husband and wife, to live together according to God’s holy ordinance until death do them separate.In testimony whereof the partys have hereunto set their hand the day above written.The subscribers being present at the solemnization of said marriage doe witness the same.
Signed GEORGE MEYERS, ELISABETH MEYERS.
Witness: Christina Singree, Sr., Christina Singree, Jr.
Many of the descendants of the above couple are still living.HENRY, the son of GEORGE, and JOHN MYERS, the son of HENRY, and JOHN MYERS, the son of JOHN.ALICE MYERSTURNER is the great-great-great-granddaughter of FREDERICK.
Penna. Archives, series iii, vol. 26, page 295; HENRY MEYERS’ 400 a. land, date of survey Sept. 18, 1784; County of Berks, Warantees of Land, page 587.GEORGE MEYERS, 393 3/8 a. land; date of survey, Feb. 29, 1788.
GEORGE MEYERS served as second lieutenant of the Putnam Battery during the Revolution (see Pennsylvania archives, series ii, vol. 1, page 127).He married ELIZABETH SINGREE and had a family of children, among whom was a son, HENRY, of whom further.
HENRY, son of GEORGE and ELIZABETH (SINGREE) MEYERS, was born Aug. 17, 1761, presumably in Pennsylvania, where the family seems to have been among the earliest settlers of Clinton, Lycoming and Dauphin counties.He served as first lieutenant in the war of the Revolution, his commission being dated Sept. 14, 1778, and was mustered out on Nov. 3, 1778 (see Pennsylvania Archives, series ii, vol. xiii, page 686).HENRY MEYERS was twice married, the maiden name of one wife having been SARAH STRUBEL, to whom he was married near Lockhaven, Pa.They had children, among who was a son, JOHN, who seems to have been the first to spell the name “MYERS,” of whom further.
JOHN MYERS, son of HENRY and SARAH (STRUBEL) MEYERS, was born east of the Allegheny Mountains, and settled in Venango County at a very early date.He was a miller, operating and owning a mill which is still standing near Franklin.His wife was MARY HOHN, by whom he had twelve children: JERRY, deceased; LOUISA, deceased; SALLY, deceased; SOPHRONIA, deceased; MARIETTA, now living at New Bethlehem, Pa.; ELLEN, deceased; EPHRAIM, a soldier of the civil war, now deceased; LEANDER, killed during the civil war; GEORGE; SYLVESTER, killed during the civil war; JOHN, of whom further; FLORENCE.
JOHN (2), son of JOHN (1) and MARY (HOHN) MYERS, was born in Venango County, Pa., dying April 6, 1901.His early life was passed in the county of his birth, where he became a teamster and hauled charcoal for an iron foundry. While still a young man he came to Warren County, where he engaged in lumbering until he located as a farmer at West Hickory, where he remained for a number of years, coming eventually to Tidioute in 1865. As early as 1861 he became interested in the oil industry; and eight years afterward purchased his farm of 193 acres in Limestone Township, Warren County, where he followed agricultural pursuits for many years.In politics MR. MYERS was a Democrat, serving as school director and in other township offices.He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.His wife was a Presbyterian; she was JANE WILLIAMS, the marriage taking place near Tylersburg, Pa.She was born May 1, 1835, near Bellefonte, Center County, Pa., daughter of JACOB and ESTHER (MAINE) WILLIAMS.JACOB WILLIAMS was a native of Germany, coming to America with his parents and settling with them in Lancaster County, where he passed his youthful years, and in his early manhood moved further west, locating in Clearfield County, where he became a farmer, and subsequently married.He then moved to the Bald Eagle Mountains in Center County and entered the employ of the Bald Eagle Iron Works, spending the remainder of his life there.His wife was ESTHER MAINE, by whom he had a number of children: JANE, who became MRS. MYERS, being one of them.MR. and MRS. MYERS were the parents of ten children, as follows: FLORENCE, born Aug. 20, 1851; ALICE, born Feb. 2, 1854, married JOSHUA ALLEN TURNER; RICHARD R., born March 4, 1856; WILLIAM W., born Sept. 21, 1858, died at the age of 11 years; JAMES F., twin of WILLIAM W., died at the age of six months; LUCY MAY, born March 25, 1861, died at 30 years of age; EDWARD G., born May 23, 1863, died in 1900; MORTON, born in February, 1868; BURTON M., born Sept. 10, 1873; CLIFFORD, born April 1876, resides at Irvington, Pa.