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Looking for Michael MYERS (1745-1852)
Posted by: Erin Moorman (ID *****0924) Date: October 11, 2004 at 13:01:46
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Looking for descendants of Michael MYERS (1745-1852)

Michael MYERS (I’ve also seen him listed as Orville Mike MYERS)
b. 1745 in Winchester, VA
d. August 11, 1852 at the age of 107
He is buried in Toronto Cemetery, Toronto, Jefferson Co., Ohio.
He served during the revolutionary war.

I am looking for information on himself, his ancestors, his wife, and all of his descendants, specifically his daughters. His granddaughter, Mary SHUSTER, is my direct ancestor. Her father was Michael SHUSTER. I do not know the name of Mary’s mother, but I know Michael MYERS was her grandfather. I would like to fill in the pedigree. Any information will be helpful.

I found the connection in Who’s Who on the Ohio River and Its Tributaries by Ethel Carter Leahy (Cincinnati, Ohio; E.C. Leahy Pub. Co, 1931). On page 430 the book lists Samuel Boone GOUCHER, the brother of my great-great-grandfather. It states the following:

“Mr. Goucher has an unbroken line of Ohio River tradition in his immediate family from his maternal great-grandfather, Oliver Mike Myers, who floated his produce to the southern markets in the 1700s and walked back the 2,000 miles, to his father and himself in the same occupation. As late as 1870 he flat-boated produce to New Orleans, later becoming interested in the ferry boat, running from Toronto, O., to the W. Va. Shore, which was established by his grandfather, Michael Shuster, in 1830, and which he, with other heirs, is till operating. His great-grandfather was a Government scout, and died in his 107th year; his wife died in her 95th year.”

I also found the following on page 239 of Ohio State History of the Daughters of the American Revolution (Greenfield, Ohio; Greenfield Print. & Pub. Co., c1928):

“The Michael Myers Chapter of the D. A. R. was named in honor of Michael Myers, a pioneer resident of Knox Township and an outstanding figure during the Revolutionary period. Born at Winchester, Va. In 1745, he gave great service to the government in quelling the Indians. As an Indian scout, he patrolled the banks of the Ohio from Mingo to Yellow Creek. In the Crawford Expedition, he was Captain of Scouts and performed many deeds of great bravery, often fighting a horde of Indians single-handed. His rifle, which was called ‘Limber Jennie,’ is six feet in length and is still in possession of the Myers estate. He was an unerring shot, many an Indian having lost his life as a target for that rifle.
       In 1795, he located on Croxton’s Run, above Toronto, and in 1799 built a log cabin on the banks of the Ohio River. In 1800, he brought his family here on a flat boat from Pennsylvania. Later he built a stone house, the first of the kind in this locality, which was used as a hotel for forty years. He died August 11th, 1852, at the age of 107 and is buried in the Toronto Cemetery.”

Further down in that chapter the following charter members are listed as direct descendants of Michael MYERS:

Blanche Monsey Campbell
Hannah R. Casey
Stella Monsey Shanholtz
Allie E. Cooper
Helen Hodgens Dreisbach
Isabelle E. Campbell
Nancy I. Sapp
Dora Deane Myers
Jennie Shuster Hartford
Annie Shuster
Rose Carnahan Dawson
Julia Hodgens Campbell
Dorcas Myers Hodgens
Martha M. McConnell
Elda Stone Wilhelm
Camille Goucher Myers

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