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Peter Moyer/Myers

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  • Name Peter Moyer/Myers 
    Born ca 1755  Somerset Co, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Biography Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Peter Myers [Miars, Moyers, etc.] probably first appeared on the South Fork of Reed Creek about 1782. His name appeared on the Montgomery County tax list in that year under the spelling Moyers. He had three horses, three head of cattle, and land. The date of his birth or his marriage to Catherine, whose maiden name is unknown, was not recorded locally. Because the name is very common in Virginia and because there are many named Peter living in other parts of Virginia at the same time Peter of South Fork is living here (Botetourt, Rockingham and Montgomery counties for example), his former place of residence cannot be definitely located. Some believe he came from Pennsylvania and that he was probably born about 1755. It is not clear where Myers made his home when he first came to the area. He stated in his will that he bought land from Peter Kettering, but no deed has been found. A list of his heirs was sent to the land office in 1817 but there was no reason given. Perhaps it was for the land grants (issued after the elder Peter’s death to Peter, the younger) in 1820 and 1825, one for 550 acres on Tates Run and the other 90 acres in the Cove. The 1815 tax assessments have three families listed under the spelling Myers: George, Peter, Sr. and Peter, Jr. Peter, Sr. was probably the one mentioned several times in connection with road work in his neighborhood and the one who recorded his stock mark as a crop in the right ear. Peter, Sr. died on or about April 1, 1817, according to a lawsuit filed in Wythe County. He left an extensive will presented to the court on April 8, 1817. Joseph Crockett was named executor, but he refused to serve. The widow, Catherine, relinquished her right to administer the estate in favor of Peter, Jr. and Michael Myers. Palser Johnston, Mathias Crouse, and John Hounshell were to appraise the estate. Henry Myers, a son, was over the age of fourteen years, and chose his brother, Michael Myers as his guardian. Two sons, Peter, Jr. and John, were to have the tract of land Peter, Sr., purchased from Peter Kettering about 200 acres. Son Peter was to have the upper end of the tract including the old improvement and the tract was to be equally divided as to quantity without regard to quality. These same children also received another tract of land adjoining the former and being the same one he purchased from Nicholas Cline, which contained upwards of 160 acres and again to be equally divided. The sons, Michael and Henry received the home place where the elder Myers had lived, being two surveys containing 200 acres and 80 acres to be equally divided. In addition, each was to receive one good saddle and horse. Peter Myers mentioned six daughters in his will: Mary “Molly”, wife of Martin Kegley; Barbara, wife of Martin Wyrick; Margaret “Peggy”, wife of Jacob Baumgardner; Catherine, wife of George Baumgardner; Leah, wife of Samuel Creager; and Sarah, who were to have 166 dollars and 4 shillings. The four daughters: Peggy, Catherine, Leah and Sarah who were unmarried at the time of their father’s death, were to have two good cows and a feather bed and furniture for each of them. The four sons were to provide for his “beloved wife,” Catherine, so she would have a “good and decent and comfortable maintenance and support during her lifetime.” They were also to pay the daughters as outlined in the will. The inventory of the estate was recorded on August 14, 1818. Among the many items of interest were fifteen sheep, a windmill, a tub of flaxseed, hay, flax, nine hogs, a set of cooper’s tools, two beehives, eight geese, a colt, a mare, six bushels of wheat, a small quantity of “milled hemp,” corn, a crout [kraut] tub, vinegar, forty-three dozen wheat in a sheaf, forty-five and two-thirds dozen rye and a stack of hay. There was a variety of farm implements, a saddle, carpenter’s tools, blacksmith tools, a wagon, a large kettle, beds, a washing tub, bread baskets, a butter cask, ten earthen crocks, a butter tub, a kneading trough, a loom and tackling, pewter dishes, five chairs, a table, knives and forks, one German Testament, two Psalters (Psalm books), a lamp, nine vials with contents, some salt, a bell, smoothing irons, a German platter, a frying pan, and a barrel. The burial place of Peter Myers, Sr. is unknown. 
    • Mary B. Kegley, comp. Revolutionary War Patriots of Wythe County, Virginia, and Their Local Burial Places (Wytheville: VA: Kegley Books, 2016), 32.
    Friends, Acquaintances, Neighbors 1773  Fincastle Co, Virginia, British America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    John Hounshell, 247 acres on South Fork of Reed Creek of which 15 acres adjoining Peter Moyers[Myers] which was surveyed in 1790, granted 1793.  
    • Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol V, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1820 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 2004), 200.
    Military 1780  Montgomery Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Was listed as Private on Captain James Finley's Company under the spelling of Moirs. In 1787, he was appointed constable in that company. 
    • (1) Mary B. Kegley. Militia of Montgomery County, Virginia, 1777-1790 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 1990), 15. (2) Mary B. Kegley and F. B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol I, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1800 (Orange, VA: Green Publishers, Inc., 1980), 118. (3) Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol V, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1820 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 2004), 351.
    Friends, Acquaintances, Neighbors 1783  Montgomery Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Charles Fullen and Patrick Johnston, 115 acres on Reed Creek at the mouth of Pine Run adjoining Peter Mires [Moyers, Myers]. 
    • Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol V, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1820 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 2004), 203.
    Tax Records 1787  Montgomery Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Personal Property Tax List B. District of David McGavock, Commissioner. Horses, mares, colts & mules: 3, Cattle: 5. 
    • Netti Schreiner-Yantis, et. al, comp. The 1787 Census of Virginia Vol. 1 (Springfield, VA: Genealogical Books in Print, 1987), 440.
    Court Minutes 5 Jun 1787  Montgomery Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    In early Virginia, the only recognized divisions in their counties were militia companies/districts. Each militia company had a least one man chosen to act as constable within the precincts of the company. In 1787, Peter Miars/Moyers/Myers became a constable in Captain Findley's Company. 
    • (1) Lewis Preston Summers. Annals of Southwest Virginia, 1769-1800 (Baltimore: Clearfield Company, 1996, 1929), 819. (2) Mary B. Kegley and F. B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol I, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1800 (Orange, VA: Green Publishers, Inc., 1980), 118.
    Tax Records 1 Apr 1789  Montgomery Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Tax List B: person charged with taxes: Peter Moirs/Myers; White males over 21 years: Peter Moirs/Myers; white males 16 to 21 years: 0; Slaves: 0; Horses: 5. 
    • Netti Schreiner-Yantis, trans. Montgomery County, Virginia-Circa 1790: a comprehensive study – including the 1789 tax lists, abstracts of over 800 land surveys & data concerning migration (Springfield, Va.: N. Schreiner-Yantis, 1972), 23, 92. NOTE: Prior to 1786 taxes were collected at an office set up for the residents to bring in a list of their taxable property. [William Walter Hening, ed. The Statutes at Large, Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia Vol 11 (Richmond: Printed by and for Samuel Pleasants, junior, printer to the commonwealth, 1809-23), 114] In 1786, Virginia Assembly passed an act providing for a tax commissioner to go from house to house collecting the lists and requiring taxpayers to swear under oath as to the accuracy of the lists. [W. W. Hening, ed. The Statutes at Large, Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia Vol 12 (Richmond: Printed by and for Samuel Pleasants, junior, printer to the commonwealth, 1809-23), 246]
    Key to 1789 Tax Lists, Montgomery Co, Virginia
    Key to 1789 Tax Lists, Montgomery Co, Virginia
    Tax List "B" recorded locations on both sides of Reed Creek, a tributary of the New River in southwest Virginia.
    Census 1790  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    None found. 
    Property, Real 10 Jan 1792  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Peter Moirs [Myers], assignee of William Bouren [Bourne], 50 acres, part of treasury warrant, 4,000 acres, 1783, joining Godfert Young to extend along the top of Pine Ridge and to cross a path called Irvin's Path, and to join Leonard Straw's line on the ridge. 
    • (1) Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol III, Part 1, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1805 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 1995), 83. [Originial Wythe County Entry Book 1, p 69] (2) Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol V, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1820 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 2004), 205 [Original Wythe County Entry Book 1, 1790-1793]
    Friends, Acquaintances, Neighbors 14 Aug 1792  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    William Neal, treasury warrant, 1,492 acres (corrected to 1,498 acres), 1782, 78 acres art thereof, on South Fork of Reed Creek joining Samuel Thompson, deceased, Peter Miars [Moyers, Myers].... 
    • Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol III, Part 1, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1805 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 1995), 87. [Originial Wythe County Entry Book 1-81]
    Property, Real 23 Feb 1793  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Peter Miars [Moyers, Myers], assignee of Henry Buck, assignee of Charles Fullen, 50 acres adjoining John Etter and Charles Fullen's patent land [on Reed Creek]. 
    • (1) Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol III, Part 1, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1805 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 1995), 95. [Originial Wythe County Entry Book 1, p 101] (2) Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol V, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1820 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 2004), 205 [Original Wythe County Entry Book 1, 1790-1793]
    Property, Real 21 Apr 1795  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Patrick Johnston and Esther to Peter Moyers[Myers], 85 acres by survey dated April 28, 1793, on Reed Creek, a branch of New River, near the corner to Philip Peck's. 
    • (1) Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol III, Part 1, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1805 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 1995), 169 [Original Wythe County Deed Book 1, p 260] (2) Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol V, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1820 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 2004), 207, 292. [Original Wythe County Entry Book 1, p 260, 1790-1793]
    Property, Real 22 Jun 1797  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Peter Miars [Myers] transferred to Duval Creager, 15 acres from Miars treasury warrant, 1783, on Pine Ridge and waters of Reed Creek, beginning corner to Godfret Young's land and corner to Leonard Straw's land. 
    • Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol III, Part 1, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1805 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 1995), 153. [Originial Wythe County Survey Book 1-499]
    Friends, Acquaintances, Neighbors 31 Jul 1798  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    William Neal, 78 acres, 1792, treasury warrant, 1782, on both sides of the south fork of Reed Creek, adjoining John Hounshell, Michael Walters, Patrick Johnson, and Peter Miars [Myers]. 
    • Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol III, Part 1, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1805 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 1995), 139. [Originial Wythe County Survey Book 1-405]
    Census 1800  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    None found. 
    Property, Real 1800  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Henry and Peggy Umbarger to Peter Miars [Moyers, Myers], 174 acres, part of 600 acres on the South Fork of Reed Creek, patented to Henry Umbarger, 1800, adjoining Hounshell and said, Henry Umbarger. 
    • Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol V, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1820 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 2004), 210. [Original Wythe County Entry Book 1-506]
    Petition 15 Dec 1804  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Myers signed a petition protesting the obstruction of a dam erected by Andrew and James Crockett at their ironworks on Reed Creek and requested that they be compelled to erect a slope "in such a manner as shall be sufficient to admit the passage of the fish." Witnesses claimed that since the erection of the dam "has never been worth a man's time to go a-fishing" because they have never seen a catfish since then and fish were very scarce. Others who signed were Edward Murphey, George Myers, Peter Myers Sr, Peter Myers Jr., Frederick Myers, and John Myers. 
    • Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol II, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1800 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 1982), 374-375.
    Census 1810  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    --Peter Moyers--Free white males 45 and over: 1, free white females under 10: 2, free white females 10 - 15: 2, free white females 26-44: 1; Number of Household Members Under 16: 3, Number of Household Members Over 25: 2, Number of Household Members: 5. 
    • The United States of America. Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. Third Census of the United States, 1810. Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1810. (NARA microfilm M252 roll 71)
    Property, Real 1810  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Nicholas Cline Jr. and his wife Susanna to Peter Myers, 163 acres, part of the Henry Grubb patent land.  
    • Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol V, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1820 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 2004), 351. [Original Wythe County Deed Book 5, p 297]
    Tax Records 1815  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Farm on the South Fork of Reed Creek with 259 acres, a "cabben rofff'd" dwelling, 1 1/2 stories, 40 feet by 18 feet, a smokehouse, a springhouse, a barn, a stable and a corn crib, valued at $1,295. 
    • Mary B. Kegley. Southwest Virginia Tax Assessments, 1815: Grayson, Lee, Scott, Russell, Washington, and Wythe Counties (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 1991), pp 138-139.
    Died 1 Apr 1817  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate 8 Apr 1817  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (1) Virginia. Wythe County. Will Book No. 2, 1810-1822, Last Will and Testament of Peter Moyers [Myers], pp 182-184; Inventory & Appraisal, Estate of Peter Moyers [Myers], pp 252-255. (2) James L. Douthat, et.al. Wythe County, Virginia, Will Books 1-2, 1790-1822 (Signal Mountain, GA: Mountain Press, 1984, Reprint, 1986), 54. [Wythe County, Virginia Will Book 2: 182] (3) Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol 4, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1820 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 2004), 179. (4) Mary B. Kegley. St. Paul Lutheran Church, Wythe County, Virginia: Annotated Baptismal Records, 1793-1833 ([Wytheville, VA]: M. B. Kegley, 2002), 18. (5) Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol V, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1820 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 2004), 179.
    Last Will & Testament of Peter Myers; also includes inventory & appraisal
    Last Will & Testament of Peter Myers; also includes inventory & appraisal
    Sons: Peter, John, Michael, Henry. Daughters: Molly, wife of Martin Kegley; Barbara, wife of Martin Wyrick; Peggy, Catherine, Leah, and Sarah. Wife: Catherine; Exec: Joseph Crockett, refused to serve and sons Peter and Michael were made administrators; Witnesses: Christopher Brown, John L. Lindenberger, Ludwick Wohlford. Recorded 8 Apr 1817 by Robert Crockett, Clerk.
    Inventories, sales and accounts 14 Aug 1818  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Inventory and Appraisal of Estate of Peter Moyers by John Houndshell, Mathias, Polser Johnston. Administer Peter Moyers. Recorded: August 14, 1818. 
    • (1) Virginia. Wythe County. Will Book No. 2, 1810-1822, Inventory & Appraisal, Estate of Peter Moyers [Myers], pp 252-255. (2) James L. Douthat, et.al. Wythe County, Virginia, Will Books 1-2, 1790-1822 (Signal Mountain, GA: Mountain Press, 1984, Reprint, 1986), 59. [Wythe County Will Book 2: 252]. (3) Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol 4, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1820 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 2004), 180. (4) Mary B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters; Vol V, The New River of Virginia in Pioneer Days, 1745-1820 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 2004), 180.
    Misc Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Recorded his stock mark as a crop in the right ear of the animal. 
    • Mary B. Kegley. Abstracts of Land Entries of Wythe County, Virginia: Entry Books 1 and 2, July 27, 1790-December 27, 1803 (Wytheville, VA: Kegley Books, 2006), 173.
    Buried unknown Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I33990  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 11 Apr 2020 

    Father Rev. Peter Moyer/Myers 
    Mother Magdelena Clemmer 
    Family ID F13243  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Catherine Ward,   b. ca 1759, Wythe Co, Virginia, British America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 14 Jan 1819, Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Married 15 May 1785  Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Peter Moyer/Myers, Jr.,   b. ca 1784, Wythe Co, Virginia, British America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1835, Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years)
    +2. Mary Magdalene Moyer/Myers,   b. 15 May 1785, Montgomery Co, Virginia, British America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1860, Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     3. Barbara Moyer/Myers,   b. ca 1786, Wythe Co, Virginia, British America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1858, Rose Hill, Lee Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years)
    +4. John J. Moyer/Myers,   b. ca 1790, Wythe Co, Virginia, British America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jul 1862, Lee Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years)
    +5. Michael Myers,   b. ca 1796, Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ca 1853, Buffalo City, Marion Co, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years)
     6. Margaret Moyer/Myers,   b. ca 1793, Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Catharine Moyer/Myers,   b. 16 Apr 1797, Rockingham Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ca 1865, Rockingham Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     8. Leah Moyer/Myers,   b. ca 1799, Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ca 1860, Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years)
     9. Henry Moyer/Myers,   b. ca 1802, Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Sarah Moyer/Myers,   b. ca 1804, Wythe Co, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ca 1860  (Age ~ 56 years)
    Last Modified 20 Mar 2020 
    Family ID F13069  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart


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