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Christopher Myers

Male 1808 - 1879


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  • Name  Christopher Myers  [1, 2
    Born  6 Mar 1808  Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Gender  Male 
    Alt. Spelling/AKA 
    • His surname has been spelled "Meyers"; his given name "Christofer."
    Residence  1844  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Census  1850  Burlington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • (Christopher Myer was listed with wife Mary, and children: John, Sarah, Louisa, Margaret, Mary, ahd Elizabeth Myer, and with 73-year-old, Sophia Myer, probably Sophia Dena? or Amant, his mother-in-law:) Line #20; Dwelling #1201, Family #1261: Christopher Myer, age 42, male, white, occupation farmer, value of real estate 8000, born in Germany
    Iowa State Census  1856  Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • (Cristopher Myers was married to Mary, lived with her and daughters: Loesa, Margaret, and Mary Myers:) Cristopher Myers, age 49, male, married, 12 years in Iowa, born in Germany, occupation farmer
    Census  1870  Burlington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • (Christopher Meyers was listed with Mary and Sophia Meyers:) Line number: 28, Dwelling number: 226, Family number: 240: Christopher Meyers, age 63, male, white, occupation farmer, born in Germany, father of foreign birth, mother of foreign birth, adult who could not read (English), adult who could not write (English), male citizen over 21 years of age
    Died  5 Jan 1879  Burlington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Biography  1888  [3
    A Portrait and Biographical Album of Des Moines County, Iowa 
    • Christopher Myers, deceased, a pioneer of Des Moines County, Iowa, was born in Prussia, March 6, 1808, where he was reared upon a farm. He was married in 1832 in Germany, and in 1833 the young couple emigrated to America, locating first in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where they remained about a year and then became residents of Westmoreland County, making that their home until 1844, when they emigrated to Iowa, locating in Benton Township, Des Moines County. Mr. Myers purchased forty acres of land on section 22, and resided upon that farm for the succeeding two years. Selling out he moved to another farm in Franklin Township, and for the next five years rented in various parts of the county. In 1851 he purchased six acres of land in Burlington Township, and continued its cultivation until 1867, at which time he became the owner of eighty acres of land on section 26, Benton Township, and made that his home until his death, which occurred on the 5th of January, 1879. Two years later, on the 26th of March, 1881, his wife was called to her final rest. Five children were born to this worthy couple: John F., a farmer of Benton Township; Sarah wedded Louis Flint of Burlington, Iowa; Louisa became the wife of Charles Ort, a resident farmer of Burlington Township; Margaret, widow of Christopher Wiley, now resides in Burlington Township; and Mary, the youngest child, is now the wife of Joseph Schuler, who is engaged in farming in Benton Township.

      Mr. and Mrs. Myers were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and earnest workers in their Master's vineyard. Mr. Myers was a conservative man, an able thinker, and in politics was a Democrat. Being one of the honored and respected pioneers of Des Moines County, his death was sincerely mourned by a large circle of friends.
    The Biography of Christopher Myers (1808-1879)
    The Biography of Christopher Myers (1808-1879)
    Portrait and Biographical Album of Des Moines County, Iowa; Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County, Together with Biographies of all the Governors of the State, and of the Presidents of the United States (Acme Publishing, Chicago; 1888), pages 422-423.
    Buried  Meyers Family Plot, Tama Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID  I7508  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Family  Mary Elizabeth Amant,   b. 12 Feb 1810, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1881 
    Married  1832  Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Immigration  1833  Bucks County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Prussia 
    Children 
    >1. John Frederick Meyers, Sr.,   b. 24 Jun 1834, Bucks County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Oct 1907
    >2. Sarah Meyers,   b. Between 1837 and 1838, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    >3. Loesa Terasa "Louisa" Meyers,   b. Oct 1842, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1919
     4. Margaret Meyers,   b. Abt 1846, Iowa Territory Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    >5. Mary Elizabeth Meyers,   b. 29 Jan 1850, Burlington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1930, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F2732  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S424] 1856 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Burlington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa

    2. [S403] Des Moines County, Iowa - (1905) Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa, (Hobart Publishing Company, Chicago, 1905), pages 654-655 (Reliability: 4).

    3. [S35] Des Moines County, Iowa - (1888) Portrait and Biographical Album of Des Moines County, Iowa, (Acme Publishing, Chicago; 1888), pages 422-423 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S366] 1850 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      1850 US Census; Burlington Township Des Moines County Iowa; Enumerated October 28, 1850; Page #915, Sheet #457

    5. [S267] 1870 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      1870 US Census, Page #: 32, Sheet #: 397, Burlington, 5th Ward, Des Moines County, Iowa, enumerated on: August 12, 1870, Post Office: Burlington

    6. [S507] Des Moines County, Iowa - Cemetery Records (GenWeb) (Reliability: 3).