There is so much in the file -- probably too much to put in this message!But I'll try the best I can.This is what I have pieced together about the Shire/Myers history, but bear in mind that some of it is speculation:
Phillip Scheuer (I think that is the original spelling) was born 10 July 1843 in Buffalo, Erie County, NY.His mother was Margaret, surname unknown, born about 1821 in Germany.He had a sister, also named Margaret, born about 1842, who disappears from the records after 1850.I think she died young.
(Phillip Scheuer's tombstone reads "Philip Shier."His son Frank used the spelling "Shire," which is how we spell the name today.)
Phillip Scheuer's father was probably a Peter Scheuer who was enumerated in the 1840 census of Amherst, Erie County, NY as a male age 20-30 with a female age 15-20 (probably Margaret).There is a "Letters Testamentary" for a Peter "Shier" of Erie County dated 1832-1850.I sent for this document but I must have filled the form out wrong or something because I never got it.I'll have to try again.My guess is that he died around 1845.
Philip and Margaret Scheuer were living in Amherst, Erie County, NY in 1850 with their mother and stepfather, Frederick Close.Frederick apparently died between 1850 and 1856 leaving Margaret a widow again, this time with her two children by Peter Scheuer and a son, Frederick, born about 1851.The name "Close" is also spelled "Kloos" in many records.
By 1860 Margaret was living in Liberty, Seneca County, OH with her third husband, Richard Miller, and the following children:
1)Philip "Miller," 16, born NY
2)Frederick "Miller," 9, born NY
3)Rosana Miller, 6, born NY
4)Richard Miller, 4, born NY
5)William Miller, 3, born NY
6)George Miller, 1, born NY
In 1870 Richard and Margaret Miller (both born in Baden) were living in Ballville, Sandusky County, OH with children Richard and George and "stepson" Fredrick Close, age 19.
Margaret Scheuer Kloos/Close Miller apparently died between 1870 and 1880.By 1880 Richard Miller, married to his second wife Anna, was living in LaSalle, Michigan with son George Miller, then age 21.Nearby lived Frederic Close with wife Mary and young daughters Margaret and Susan, and sister-in-law Sarah Kline.
Philip Scheuer/Shier married Lydia A. Myers on 17 August 1864 in Seneca County, Ohio.In 1870 he and Lydia (called "Liddie") lived next door to Lydia's parents John and Eunice (Walker) Myers with their young daughter Ella, born either in 1864 or 1865.Their son Frank Winfield Shire, my husband's grandfather, was born 8 February 1873.Not long after his birth his mother Lydia, an epileptic, suffered a seizure while carrying the baby and dropped him, causing severe spinal injuries which caused him to be crippled the rest of his life.He died at the age of 32 on 27 July 1905, living a widow with 3 small children.
Lydia Myers Shier died 24 February 1883 at Old Fort.
Philip Shier married a second time, to a woman known only as "Carrie," by whom he had a son Edward Shier.I have never found out what happened to either Carrie or Edward after Philip's death on 6 July 1887.
Ella married Charles Marion Tindall on 7 September 1882.They had two daughters, Lydia M. born 1884 and Mable/Mabel Claire (your great-grandmother) born 1893.Charles died 1 May 1912 in Indiana.Ella then married Henry A. Thomas in 1917 or so.She died in 1923 and Henry died in 1958.I'm not sure where Ella died because in 1920 they were living in Teton County, Montana, of all places.
Lydia Tindall married Charles R. Schaefer/Schaffer in Allen County, Indiana in 1902.They had a daughter Helen E. who married a Mr. Davis; they had a daughter Alice May Davis.
Several years ago I corresponded with a woman named Norma Denny who was researching the Tindall family.She is descended from one of Charles Tindall's sisters, Clatonia Tindall.Charles' parents were Elijah Tindall and Priscilla Shirkey.
All these families were closely intermarried with many other Seneca/Sandusky County families, besides Myers:Fitzgerald, Baum, Edwards, to name a few.
Whew, I guess that is enough for you to digest for now.More about the Myers clan later.