Biography of Lewis Myers

From The History of Grundy County, Missouri, 1881, by Birdsell & Dean, Kansas City, Missouri, pages 698-699.


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 the war.

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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