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Jay County Indiana Biographies

Following is a biography of John Myers, second son of Isaac.  It does not
even mention the 16 years John lived in Jay County. It will perhaps be helpful for those tracing the migration of this family. Submitted by Judy


John Myers, a pioneer settler of Maxville township, Buffalo county, where by
long and arduous toil he developed a farm from the wilderness, was born in
Steuben county, New York, in 1836. He was married in Massachusetts to
Bridget McDonough, a native of County Clare, Ireland, and they subsequently
located in Fillmore county, Minnesota, when in 1860 they came to Buffalo
county with an ox team, Mr. Myers securing 80 acres of wild railroad land in
Maxville township, on which he erected a log building. Four years later he
and his family removed to Modena valley, taking 300 acres of wild land, 200
of which lay in Canton township and 100 in Modena township. The place was a
part of the wilderness with not even a road to indicate its proximity to
civilization, and the Myers were the only settlers in the neighborhood. They
arrived in the spring of the year, and Mr. Myers soon had a log house
constructed and had begun the work of improvement. He had been thus occupied
but for a few months, when in November or December, 1864, he was drafted for
service in the Civil War and went to the front, taking part in the battle of
Petersburg, where he was wounded in the leg. In August, 1865, he was
discharged and returned home to resume his agricultural labors. In time he
cleared his farm and made a good home, erecting a frame house. As one of the
leading citizens of his township he was called upon to serve as justice of
the peace and as town assessor, and the G. A. R. post at Coleman numbered
him among its members. Mr. Myers died at the age of 70 years while on a
visit to one of his daughters in Minnesota. His wife passed away at about
the same age. Of their five children John J., subject of another sketch, was
the eldest and now owns a part of the old homestead. The others were:
William J., Isaac F., Margaret and Mary J., all of whom are still living.

Source:  History of Buffalo and Pepin Counties, Wisconsin, Vol 1 and 2 F587
B9 C8 1990, Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge, 1919

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