MICHAEL MYERS, Sr., one of the most notable figures in the days of border warfare, was born in Winchester, Va., in 1745. At fourteen years of age he came with his father to the region now known as Washington county, Penn., then Augusta county, Va., and settled on Pigeon Creek, about six miles from the present site of Monongahela City. Though this was soon after the treaty of Fort Stanwix, the frontiersmen did not find themselves wholly unmolested and the Myers family was soon involved in trouble with the red men. According to the statement made by Mr. Myers in 1850 he had a part in a transaction in 1774 which may have been the opening trouble of the famous "Dunmore" war immortalized by the eloquent speech of the chief, Logan, which was inspired by a bloody event in that border contest. In the month of May 1774, Mr. Myers, with two companions, crossed the Ohio near Yellow creek, to look at the land on the western shore. They went up the creek to Hollow Rock and there spancelled their horse, while they prepared to encamp. Hearing presently a tinkling of the bell on the horse, Myers ran to where he could observe him and saw an Indian loosing the spancels. He immediately shot the Indian, and reloading ran up the hill until he perceived another Indian coming toward him and a large body of them near by. He shot the Indian approaching and he and his friends then speedily retreated. On the following day, a canoe full of Indians was seen approaching from the Ohio side to the place where Myers was encamped, with a body of men under Greathouse, and they were ambushed and all save one killed by the latter force. Myers was a remarkably accurate shot, was over six feet in height, rawboned and muscular, and had the reputation of being one of the strongest and fleetest men on the border. His only physical defect was in his speech, on account of which he always prefaced his talk by a drawl, "auver" and he was given, consequently, the cognomen of "Auver Mike". During the Revolutionary war he was given the rank of captain, and was assigned to duty as a scout or spy along the Ohio river. A part of his duty was patroling from ingo Bottom up the wwest bank of the Ohio river to the mouth of Yellow Creek, where he would remain over night, cross the river and return on his beat on the Virginia side. While thus employed he one day found Poplar spring, at which he was wont to stop and drink, in the possession of a group of Indians. With the irrepressible instinct of an Indian fighter, he immediately shot one of the red men, at long range, and then started for the place five miles up the river, where Capt. Brady was waiting for him. He reached the rendezvous in safety and crossed the river before his pursuers came up, though they gave him a hot chase. In 1782 Myers was with Col. Crawford as scout in the ill fated expedition to Sandusky. After the close of the Indian warefare in this region, Myers engaged in the river traffic, shipping flour and whisky to New Orleans and points on this side, by means of flat boats. He made eleven trips of this kind, returning by land through the wilderness. On his last trip, made near the close of the last century, he and his brother were taken with yellow fever, and the latter died. About the year 1795, Mr. Myers located on section 25, township 4, range I of the original seven ranges surveyed in Ohio, and in 1799 be built a log house on the river just below the mouth of Croxton's run, whither in 1801 he removed his family and goods from Williamsport, now called Monongahela City. The flat boat which he used in moving afterward served many years as a flat boat. In 1808 he built a grist mill near his home, which by being rebuilt continued in operation until 1861. At the same time he built a stone house, the first of its kind in this part of Ohio, which was used as a hotel for forty years. The river has now encroached upon its site. This redoubtable pioneer passed away at the age of one hundred and seven years, as recorded on his tombstone, which is the only record remaining.
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