Posted By:Karen Vackert
Subject:Re: Joseph Meyers b. 5/12/1821 died 5/25/1894 in Attica
Post Date:April 17, 2003 at 18:31:59
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Forum:Seneca County, OH Genealogy Forum
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I am not sure this is your family or not but came from "The History of Seneca Co."

A. J. MEYERS, farmer, P. O. Attica, was born in Venice Township, this County, July 8, 1845, son of Henry and Rebecca (Free) Meyers, who were parents of seven children, A. J. being the third born. His father, a pioneer of this county; was a successful farmer, and wits owner of over 2,000 acres of land at his death, which occurred in 1884. Our subject was reared on the farm, educated in his native county, and wisely chose the occupation of his father as his own. He now possesses the farm on which he resides, comprising 280 acres, and 250 acres in Nebraska. He was married, November 2, 1880, to Mary R., daughter of Henry H. and Parthena (Cole) Bathrick, the former of Scotch and English descent, 'the latter of English lineage. Our subject's father, Henry Meyers, "tailor," as he was familiarly known to all, was born in the village of Oberendengen, Switzerland, April 26, 1808. He was reared in the faith of the German Reformed Church, and took his first communion when he was seventeen years old. At the age of twenty-one he left his native land and came to America, in company with his elder brother, Jacob, who bore the expense of his passage to Philadelphia, where he resided six years. His brother, soon after arriving in Philadelphia, became sick and was advised . by his physicians to return to his former home, as the only means of recovery. Henry, poor and penniless, begged in the streets, with uncovered head, of the people of that city, the required amount to pay his brother's passage back to Switzerland, promising to each one who contributed that he would return the sum again as soon as he could earn the money, which he did to each one with the exception of one person, who refused to accept of it. While living in Philadelphia he worked at tailoring for a livelihood, receiving as remuneration for his services the sum of $1.50 per week and his board. After working six years for one man at the trade in Philadelphia, he left there on the 10th of July, 1835, and came by canal to Sandusky, Ohio, arriving on the 29th of the same month, walked to Attica, on the old turnpike, where he had previously purchased wild land. Six years after his arrival in Seneca County he worked at his trade in Tiffin, after which. he worked five years in the village of Attica, using the money thus earned for improvements on his land. He came to this country a poor Dutch lad, without a cent in his pocket, a stranger in a strange land, without .a single friend to greet his coming. He set to work with perseverence and a true pioneer spirit to amass a competency. Out of his small earnings in Philadelphia he saved a sufficient sum to purchase 160 acres of land, lying near Attica, where he ever after resided until the time of his death in 1884. His acres numbered 2,160, of which 1,280 acres were in Nebraska, the rest in Ohio, all but 160 acres in this township. In 1835 he brought the first $5 in gold seen in Tiffin, Five years after he came to Seneca County, July 11, 1840, he was married to Miss Rebecca Free, sister of the late John Free. By patient, honest industry and frugality he breasted the, waves of life and succeeded in accumulating a fortune. Providence seemed to smile on his every effort, and by honest toil his acres broadened until they became a noble heritage, and he took rank among the solid men of Seneca County. He was a strong-minded man, of correct habits and an inveterate reader. A man of retentive memory, his mind was a store-house of useful knowledge; a lover of history he made himself familiar with the events not only of his own, but those of other nations. In politics he was proud to bear the title of a Democrat, with the significance of its earlier and original simplicity, and was a believer in the great universal faith of the positive laws that govern the universe. To Mr. and Mrs. Henry Meyers were born seven children: Mary J., deceased wife of A. B. Brant, a grain merchant; George W., a farmer, who died April 17, 1860; A. J., our subject; Sarah E., wife of James E. Carpenter; T. J., a farmer in this township; W. T., a farmer of Hancock County, Ohio; M. Ellen, wife of A. J. Coofman, a physician of Tiffin, Ohio.