Biography of Lewis Myers
From The History of Grundy County, Missouri, 1881, by Birdsell & Dean, Kansas
City, Missouri, pages 698-699.
HON. LEWIS MYERS
Lewis Myers, in honor of whom Myers township was named, was born in
Bath county, Kentucky, on the 26th of October, 1818. His father, Jacob Myers,
was born in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, in the year 1792, and when seven
years of age came with his parents down the Ohio River in a flat boat, landing
at the mouth of Cabin Creek near Maysville, in Lewis county, Kentucky, where
he located for a time, then moved to Bath county and remained the rest of his
life. He died April 24, 1872. Lucy Corbin was the maiden name of Mr. Myers's
mother. She was born in Culpeper county, Virginia, and subsequently removed
with her parents, Martin and Nancy Ann Corbin, to Kentucky. Her mother was
Nancy Ann Scott, a near relative of General Winfield Scott.
Lewis Myers was educated in Kentucky, and after leaving school taught
for a number of years in his native state. He married, in Bath county, Kentucky,
August 4, 1842, Miss Nancy Ann Ralls, also a native of that county. He left
Kentucky in the spring of 1855 and came to Grundy county, Missouri, and,
entering his present place, at once commenced improving his farm.
Mr. and Mrs. Myers have six children now living, name as follows:
Lucy E., married I. P. Martin; Mary Jane, Ann Eliza, married Wm. T. Hughes,
now deceased; John, Richard, Ruth and Andrew.
Mr. Myers enlisted in the enrolled militia of the State under Governor
Gamble's first call, and served in the capacity of orderly sergeant during
He has served as justice of the peace for many years, and in 1864 was
elected, by a handsome majority, to represent Grundy county in the General
Assembly of the State, where he served with credit during two sessions of the
legislature. He has been postmaster at Muirton for nearly eight years and has
discharged the duties in a highly satisfactory manner. In politics Mr. Myers
was originally an"old line Whig". He lived near the great Henry Clay and imbibed the sentiments and doctrines of that statesman. Since the war he has voted
and affiliated with the Republican party. Mr. and Mrs. Myers have been
leading members of the Methodist Episcopal Church for nearly forty years. The
majority of their children are also members of that church.
Mr. Myers possesses a productive farm of rich and valuable prairie land,
beautifully situated and well watered. He is a leading farmer and a highly
respected and influential citizen of the community in which he has lived for
more than a quarter of a century.
Submitted by Ula Rae Myers Moser, Great Granddaughter
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