Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Andrew T. and Peter Myers - updated 1/15/10

Andrew T. Myers was born on October 6, 1845, in Alpine, Kent County, Michigan, the son of Hiram (1814-1900) and Barbara (Traxter or Traxler, 1819-1895).

Andrew’s parents, both born in Ontario, Canada, were married in 1834 in Chatham, Ontario, Canada (where Barbara had been born), and resided in Chatham until sometime between between 1843 and 1845, when they settled in first Sparta then Alpine Township,Kent County,Michigan.

In 1847 and 1850 Hiram and his family were living in Plainfield, Kent County, and back in Sparta by 1854. By 1860 his father owned and operated a substantial amount of land in Sparta, Alpine Township. That same year, Andrew, who was 15 years old and still living with the family, was employed carrying mail from Newaygo County to Grand Rapids. He had, it was said later, “a local reputation as a wrestler and as the proprietor of a livery stable in Sparta and . . . was widely known in the vicinity as a judge of” racing horses.

Andrew’s sister Elizabeth married the brother of Allen Thayer; Allen would would join Company F, Third Michigan about the same time as Andrew.

Andrew stood 5’5” with hazel eyes, black hair and a dark complexion and was 18 years old and possibly working as a farmer in Muskegon, Muskegon County when he enlisted in Company F on February 8, 1864, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, crediting Muskegon, and was mustered the same day. (His older brother Peter, who had enlisted in Company C in 1861 was at that time a prisoner-of-war at Andersonville along with another brother who had joined the First Michigan cavalry and who died at Andersonville; Peter would survive.)

Andrew joined the Regiment on March 27, was absent sick from May 1, and was probably still absent sick when he was transferred to Company F, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864. Andrew was discharged on June 27, 1865, from Harewood hospital in Washington, DC

After the war Andrew returned to western Michigan eventually settling in Sparta, Kent County where he resided for many years.

Andrew married Michigan native Harriet E. “Hattie” Calkins (b. 1847 in Oakland County) on March 31, 1869, in Algoma, Kent County, and they had at least six children: John (b. 1870), Bertie, possibly also known as Clifford (b. 1875), Blanche (b. 1879, possibly also known as Mrs. James Boone), Mrs. Gladys Friend, Mrs. Myrtle Ostergram and Mrs. Clyde Jenkins. One of the witnesses was George Powers of Kent County, who was probably the same George Powers who had served in the Old Third Michigan infantry and who also lived in Sparta.

(His uncle, Andrew J. Myers was married to Mary Warner, sister of Highland Warner who would join Company C with Andrew’s older brother Peter in 1861, and who also lived in Sparta.)

In 1870 Andrew was working as a farm laborer and living with his wife and infant son on his parent’s farm in Sparta; his brother Peter lived next door. By 1880 Andrew was working as a farmer and living with his wife and children next door to his parents; other Myers’ relatives lived near by as well. By 1911, however, he was living at 26 Shawmut in Grand Rapids. By 1920 Andrew was back living in Sparta; also living with him was Harriet and their son John.

Andrew was a member of the Old Third Michigan Infantry Association. In 1901 he applied for and received a pension (no. 797391).

He died a widower of arteriorsclerosis at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Boone, at 211 Hall Street in Grand Rapids on March 30, 1930, and the funeral was held at the daughter’s residence at 1:30 p.m. and at the Baptist church in Sparta, at 2:30 p.m., presumably on April 2. He was buried in Myers cemetery, Sparta.

His widow applied for and received a pension (no. 557664).

Peter Myers was born in 1841 in Chatham, Ontario, Canada, the son of Hiram (1814-1900) and Barbara (Traxter or Traxler, 1819-1895).

Peter’s parents, both born in Ontario, Canada, were married in 1834 in Chatham, Ontario, Canada (where Barbara had been born), and resided in Chatham until sometime between between 1843 and 1845, when they settled in first Sparta then Alpine Township,Kent County,Michigan. In 1847 and 1850 Hiram and his family were living in Plainfield, Kent County, and back in Sparta by 1854. By 1860 his father owned and operated a substantial amount of land in Sparta, Alpine Township. That same year Peter was attending school, working as a farm laborer and living with his family in Sparta.

He was 20 years and probably still living in Sparta when he enlisted with his parents’ consent in Company C on May 13, 1861. (His younger brother Andrew would join Company F in 1864. Peter’s sister Elizabeth married the brother of Allen Thayer would would also join Company F, Third Michigan about the same time as Andrew Myers.)

Peter was shot in the shoulder on August 29, 1862, at Second Bull Run, and admitted to Bellevue hospital in New York City on September 12, 1862, from the steamer Bellevue. He remained hospitalized through January of 1863. He was awarded the Kearny Cross for his participation in the battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia on May 3, 1863, and was again absent sick in the hospital in August.

Peter eventually recovered and rejoined the Regiment. He was taken prisoner on November 30, 1863, at Mine Run, Virginia, and reportedly confined at Andersonville prison along with a brother who had joined the First Michigan cavalry ( who allegedly died around August 1, 1864, at Andersonville). By the end of 1864 Peter was a prisoner in Blackshire, Georgia. He was paroled at Jacksonville, Florida on April 28, 1865, admitted to the hospital at Annapolis, Maryland on June 20, and discharged the same day.

After he left the army Peter returned to Sparta where he married Canadian-born Henrietta Emmons on July 4, 1865 in Sparta; she was the sister of David Emmons who had served in Company K. They had at least one child, a daughter Barbara (b. 1866).

By 1870 peter was working a large farm and living with his wife and child in Sparta, next door to his parents and siblings.

Peter may have been a member of the Old Third Michigan Infantry Association.

In 1870 he applied for and received a pension (135407).

Peter reportedly died in April of 1883, probably in Sparta, and was buried in Meyers cemetery, Sparta: 0-123-1.

In August of 1883 Henrietta applied for and received a widow’s pension (no. 885766). She eventually remarried to one Mr. March and in 1891 (?) she applied on behalf of one or more minor children for a dependent child’s pension which was granted (no. 354965).

1 comment:

Alan Kirby said...

Great blog, great idea. I am doing something similar, but not nearly on your scale. I am researching a B-24 crew from WWII and I am researching 10 local wwi veterans.