(October 15, 1797 - March 9, 1853)
William Myers (b. 1753) and his wife
Flora moved from Virginia to Kentucky, where the last of
their ten children. David Myers, was born. David married
follow Kentuckian Letitia Reddish (1801 - 1885) in 1820.
They moved to Indiana in 1829 and to Illinois in 1831, where
David became a well-established Baptist preacher. In 1843 he
was ordained at Taylor's Creek Church in Jersey County,
Inspired by the prospective of free land
in Texas, David and Letitia traveled south with their
children and grandchildren, and on Christmas Eve, 1845, they
crossed the Red River into Texas. They settled on a
land grant in Peters Colony located 12 miles northwest of
the present-day City of Dallas.
Myers quickly established himself as a
religious leader of the pioneer settlements in this area and
on May 10, 1846, organized the Union Baptist Church, the
earliest continuing Baptist congregation in Dallas county.
He served Union Baptist Church until his death and was
instrumental in the establishment of other churches in the
area including Bethel, Rowlett Creek, Liberty, and Lonesome
Dove. Myers died of Pneumonia resulting from exposure to
cold rain on his return home after delivering a sermon in