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Ralph Myers (b. March 06, 1785, d. Bet. April - October 1820)Ralph Myers (son of Elijah Myers) was born March 06, 1785 in North Carolina983, and died Bet. April - October 1820 in Clinton County, Ohio984.He married Prudence Taylor on Aft. 1805 in ?, daughter of William Taylor and Mary Pearson.
Notes for Ralph Myers:
He died between 24th day of the 4th month, 1820 (when his will was written) and Oct. 13, 1820 (when his will was recorded).
Mahala Elmore was his step-daughter--she was to care for his children after his death.
In the will his children were named:William Elmore, Nathan, Samuel, Mary, and Ralph.William Elmore is believed to be the nephew of his wife, Prudence Taylor Elmore Myers.
Not on OH 1800-1810-1835 tax lists;Not on Clinton Co. tax list - 1822.Not in Clinton Co. marriages.
He must have been somewhere in OH in 1814 since Mary was b. in OH.Mary was married in Clinton Co. OH in 1834.
Not on 1820 OH census
From Thomas Hamm-Mary Myers probably came from a non-Quaker family since she was received because she requested it instead of being received on certificate from another montly meeting.
Monthly Meeting records of Mary Myers said her parents were Ralph and
Prudence Myers, dec.
Prudence must have died before 1820 because she isn't mentioned in
Ralph's will and he leaves his children in the care of his stepdaughter.
D.Ralph must have died between 24th 4mo, 1820 (when he wrote his will) and Oct. 13th 1820 when his will was entered into court in Clinton Co. OH. and he was called deceased.
Clinton Co. OH was formed in 1810 out of Warren and Highland counties.
Ralph Myers was first listed in Clinton Co. tax records in 1818.Mary Myers' census records (1860) said she was b. in OH so Ralph must have been in OH by 1814.
1820 Clinton Co. OH tax record:
Ralph Myers-property #1-69 acres-entry #777-original quantity-1,000-original proprietor-William Moseley; water course-Caesar's Creek.
Property #2-125 acres-entry # 2231-original quantity-1,000-original proprietor-Horatio Gates; water course-Caesar's Creek.
I also found him on tax records (same land) for 1824, 1825, 1826, 1827--didn't find him in 1829.
Could this be listed under his name even though he died in 1820?According to his will he wanted his property managed until his youngest son, Ralph, turned 12 when it was to be sold.
Even though Ralph left his children in Mahala's care, they apparently weren't living with her in 1830.She and John had just 1 child under 5 living with them.
Mahala joined the Friend's church in 1833.
The executor of Ralph's will was Jesse Arnold.According to MM records, Jesse had a son named John so I assumed this John married Mahala.However, this John was b. 1815 so he would have been only 11 when he married Mahala.
Jesse, the executor, died in 1832 (MM records) and a John Arnold was the administrator in 1832 and 1833 according to legal papers.I don't know if the land was sold then or not.
Not. in Caesar's Creek MM; other Ralph Myers on IGI OH--to late for this Ralph.
There are many Miar's listed in Clinton Co. cemetery records 1798-1978 but I don't find Ralph or Prudence.
Was listed in gateway to the west-vol. 2; missing at FT. Wayne March, 1999.
Will of Ralph Myers:
The State of Ohio, Clinton Co.
The last will and testament of Ralph Myers of Clinton County, Ohio State.Be it known to all people--these present to may concern that I Ralph Myers do make ordain and constitute my last will and testament in the following manner.
First, I desire that my body be buried in a ____manner at the discretion of my friends, my funeral charges and just debts paid with all convenient speed after my decease all the rest of my estate both real and personal I will and bequest to the management and disposal of my step daughter Mahala Elmore for the raising, maintaining, and schooling of my children namely William Elmore, Nathan Samuel, Mary and Ralph Myers til my youngest son, Ralph, is 21 years of age.then the remainder of my property and my land I desire should be sold and the money equally divided among my above named children ( William Elmore, Nathan Samuel, Mary and Ralph Myers but and if my step daughter Mahala Elmore should marry or decline the raising of my above said children or any occurence happen that they dispirse then I desire that my moveable property be sold and my plantation be rented out till my son Ralph comes of age, my children I desire to be under the care of Ceasar's Creek MM and at the time of my son Ralph's maturity I will that my land be sold and the money therefore and all the remainder of my estate after raising and schooling my children be divided as above mentioned. And lastly I nominate and appoint Jesse Arnold executor of this my last will and testament.In witness whereof I set my hand and seal this 24th day of the 4 month, 1820.Ralph Mires.
The forgoing last will and testament of Ralph Myers deceased exhibited by Jesse Arnold executor within named and proved....to be recorded at Sept. Term 1820....recorded 13th Oct 1820.
There were items in the April term 1832 and 1834 dealing with the administration of his will.
Taken from "Myers family history dating from 1768-9" compiled by Herman Myers, Jan. 1968
"The Myers family are German Hugenots stock, coming through France to North America and settling in North Carolina in 1768-9.The originator of this family was Elijah Myers.He was one of many Hugenots who came to this country in search of freedom.
We know little of their life in North Carolina and we don't know who Elijah's wife was, where they lived in the state, nor have we knowledge of any other children other than Ralph Myers, our next in line of descent.We have no record of the death of Elijah or his wife or where they were buried.We only know they lived their lives in North Carolina and died in that state.
Ralph Myers, son of Elijah, was born in North Carolina on March 6, 1785.He married Prudence Baker and they had 3 children: Nathan b. May 21, 1811, Samuel b. 1812, and Mary who m. Lin Jessup.Ralph was a substantial citizen owning a considerable tract of land and although living in the south, he was not a slave owner.In fact, they were Quakers.Ralph relocated as a pioneer in Clinton Co. OH about 75 miles northwest of Cincinnati on what was then known as Buck River, in 1811 either before his first child Nathan was born or was a small child of less than 1 year.
Ralph's first wife, having passed away, he married a widow by the name of Elmon who had, by her first husband, a daughter named Mahala, who married John Arnold.We have no record of Ralph and his second wife having any children.Nathan was 9 when his father Ralph died."
I'm not sure all of the above data is accurate-Lora Jeffries, 2002.
I can't find a record of Ralph marrying Prudence Elmore in Ohio.Clinton Co. OH was formed from Warren Co. OH in 1810.Can't find a marriage record in Clinton or Warren Co.
The following was transcribed by Jon Lockhart-
APRIL TERM 1832
RALPH MYERS deceased
THE STATE OF OHIO CLINTON COUNTY xx
Be it remembered that at a Court of Common Pleas begun and holden at Wilmington
in and for the County aforesaid on the second Monday of April in the year of our Lord One
thousand eight hundred and thirty two Before the Honorable George J, Smith President
Jesse Hughes, Aaron and James Dakin Esquires his associates Judges of the
same Court, On application the Court appoint John Arnold Administrator de
bonis non with the Will of Ralph Myers annexed, an his executing Bond in the sum
Of five hundred dollars together with Isaac Collett and Jehu Hawkins his Securties
whom the Court approve. The Court appoint Ezikiel McCormich, Jesse Taylor
and John Millhouse appraisers ___ Ordered that Inventory to be returned, and that
the Estate be settlrf up agreeably to the re tions of the Statute in such case made
The said John Arnold ally appeared in Open Court and took the affirmation
required by law as Administrator de bono non of the said Ralph Myers deceased.
Bond executed pursuant to the Order of the Court and Letters of Administration issued.
This Latin term is an abbreviated form of “de bonis non administrates” and means ‘those assets that are not as yet administered by the executor’. The term is used exclusively in estate matters and refers to situations where an estate is abandoned by an administrator, only partially administered and someone must be appointed to complete the administration of the remainder of the estate.
More About Ralph Myers and Prudence Taylor:
Marriage: Aft. 1805, ?.
Children of Ralph Myers and Prudence Taylor are:
- +Mary Myers, b. August 21, 1814, Ohio985, d. December 26, 1868, Wayne County, Indiana985.