William Myers, Sr.


WILLIAM MYERS, Sr., was born in Jefferson county, Ohio, October 4, 1811. He is a son of Michael Myers, the famous Indian fighter, the latter a native of Washington county, Penn., who came to Jefferson county in 1800 and settled on the land now included in the limits of Toronto. He built on Croxton's Run about a mile from the river, the first grist mill in this part of the county and also engaged in distilling and in farming and continued the latter pursuit until his death in 1850. At his deceased he was aged one hundred and seven years. Before coming here Michael Myers acted as an Indian scout, guarding the settlements along the river from surprise. He was detailed to watch along the Ohio walking between Yellow Creek and Mingo, and while in the discharge of his duty he shot and killed an Indian at what is now known as Deer Rock, at the head of Brown's Island. By his wife Catherine, to whom he was united before coming to Ohio, he had five boys and two girls. She died about 1857. William Myers became engaged in farming in early manhood and also carried produce between Pittsburgh and New Orleans, and followed this river trade about forty years. Since 1883 he has retired from all business except farming. He was married in 1839 to Sarah Abrams, a native of this county, by whom he has two children: Mary E. and James W. The mother of these dying in 1841, he was married in 1845 to Lucinda, widow of Robert Montgomery. He and wife are members of the United Presbyterian church of Toronto. Mr. Myers is probably the oldest living citizen of Jefferson county and is widely known and everywhere highly esteemed.

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