Notes for Andrew Myers: ** I have a couple of thoughts about Andrew -- especially about whetherhe was so all alone when he took the brave ship's journey to America. There are several other Meyer individuals who also were on the same ship. In addition, when the Meyers families and Kaufman families came to Germany, it's possible that they were familiar with one another -- and the folks that went to America may have stayed in contact with the family and friends back in Germany.
I wonder if there had been a pre-arrangement for Andrew to come to America and pay off his passage to another Mennonite family. I'm not sure that Andrew was Mennonite or Brethren when he came, but it's a thought. Maybe one or both of his parents had died -- or just couldn't support the entire family. **
Meyers-Eckman Family History, The Descendants of Andrew and Anna Kauffman Meyers and Daniel G. and Leah Hoak Eckman, by Quinter Stitzel. Completed 1980. Meyers History, p. 83. ------------------------------------------------------------- The beginning of our ancestry in America was clouded with hardship and uncertainty. Andrew Meyers came to America from Baden, Germany in 1817, as a boy of twelve years. He arrived alone and without funds to pay his passage, so consequently has to be sold at the auction block... he fell into the hands of a farmer from Lancaster Co., Penn. who owned the boy's services until he became of age. In return the man paid his passage over. That farmer must have been a man of good judgment and means sufficient to give the boy good training and care, and instilled in him good character and thrift he later displayed.
When Andrew became of age and received his release, he worked by the month until by hard work, faithfulness and thrift he was able to buy a farm in Hempfield Twp. near East Petersburg. About this time he may have married, too, but we have no records which tell us which came first, the marriage or buying the farm. He met and married Anna Kauffman, and since she lived in Hempfield Twp., they likely met about this time. Anna Kauffman, also known as Nancy N. Kauffman, was born May 25, 1815, the daughter of Abraham and Magdalene (Neff) Kauffman.
Andrew later bought and sold homes several times until he finally bought one near Neffsville which is also near the Kauffman homes. During these years Andrew and Anna had a family of nine children, listed as follows:
1. Elizabeth, b. about 1838, married Milton Hoak, had daughter. Catherine, who md. Wm. Eppley 2. Christian, b. Oct, 17, 1839; d. Nov. 23, 1916; single, never married 3. Mary K., b. Feb. 9, 1841; d. Jan. 2, 1913; Md. Henry Behmer, Jan. 19, 1860 4. Ann b. about 1843, died young 5. Martha (Magdalene), b. Jan 12, 1846; d. Nov. 4, 1926; Md. Adam Shaar 6. Andrew - There is question about this young man. There is a record of an Andrew Meyers from Lancaster Co. who was wounded in the Civil War in Georgia, and died there Sept 3, 1864. 7. Benjamin K., b. Mar. 31, 1847 in PA, d. Jan. 19, 1912, Lanark, IL; Md. Jan. 5. 1871 Amanda Eckman 8. Abraham, b. Aug. 1, 1853; d. July 3, 1904 9. John K. - died young
Quinter Stitzel's records include copy of Naturalization Papers for Andrew Meyers, showing he became a U.S. Citizen on Aug. 25, 1838 -- which show he was born in Baden, Germany on Sept. 10, 1805 and came to America in the year 1817 at age 12 year. The paper is recorded in Lancaster County Courthouse on the above date, and is No. 151 in the Naturalization Book. This seems to be near the date of his marriage.
After the death of his wife (June 18, 1870), Andrew went to Ogle County, Ill. where he purchased a farm southwest of Forreston. There he established his son Benjamin K. to operate that farm. Andrew remained in Illinois for several years to help establish the young folks in their new surroundings, but after a few years he decided to return to Lancaster to life with his daughter, Martha Shaar. He bought a house at 135 N. Ann St. in Lancaster, where Martha and her husband, Adam Shaar, lived with him. On Oct. 4, 1889, Andrew died and was buried in the East Petersburg Union Cemetery with his wife, Anna, and a daughter who died when a child.
Immigration Record ------------------ There were other Meyers - although their relationship, if any, is not known - that arrived in Philadelphia with Andreas (Andrew) from Amsterdam, Netherlands on the Christopher Gore: Andreas Meyer 7 Sep 1817 Christopher Gore Joseph Meyer 7 Sep 1817 Christopher Gore Martin Meyer 7 Sep 1817 Christopher Gore Matthews Meyer 7 Sep 1817 Christopher Gore Sebastian Meyer 7 Sep 1817 Christopher Gore Wilhelm Meyer 7 Sep 1817 Christopher Gore Microfilm Roll Number: M425_25
Philadelphia, 1789-1880 Naturalization Records Record Ancestry.com Name: Andrew Myers Place of Origin: Germany Declaration of Intent Date: Oct 06, 1834 Declaration of Intent Court: Quarter Sessions Signature 2: Andrew Myers Comment: 85515
Andrew Meyers 1 --------------- Birth: 10 SEP 1805 in Germany 1 Death: 4 OCT 1889 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania 1
Immigration: Came to America at the age of 10 and was sold on the auction block to a farmer of Lancaster county who paid his passage and owned his services until he became of age. 1
PROP: Bought land first near Petersburg, Pennsylvania, then sold it and bought between Lititz and Manheim, Pennsylvania and then sold it and bought near Lancaster, and then near Needful, Pennsylvania. 1
Emigration: AFT 1870 Moved from Pennsylvania to Ogle County, Illinois 1
Note: According to the History of Carroll County, Illinois edited by Charles L Hostetter and published by Munsell in 1913, Andrew Meyers died with his daughter Martha Shaar in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
His surname was spelled Myers on the 1880 US Federal Census for Forreston, Ogle County, Illinois.
Marriage 1 Annie Kauffman
Children Benjamin Kenneth Meyers b: 21 MAR 1847 in Petersburg, Lancaster, Pennsylvania Martha Meyers
Sources: 1. History of Carroll County, Illinois, edited by Charles L. Hostetter and published in 1913 by Munsell, Chicago.
Census ------------------------------------ 1850 Census - East Hempfield, Lancaster, PA Andrew Mayers 44 Ger - Laborer Anna Mayers 35 PA Elizabeth Mayers 12 PA Christian Mayers 10 PA Mary Mayers 9 PA Ann 7 PA Magdalene 5 PA Benjamin 3 PA Ancestry.com index: last name spelled Maryers
1860 Census - Manheim, Lancaster, PA - Post Office Oregon Andrew Myers 53 1806 M Germany - Farmer Anna Myers 44 1815 F Pa Elizabeth Myers 20 1839 F Pa Abraham Myers 6 1853 M Pa Benjamin Myers 13 1846 M Pa Martha Myers 14 1845 F Pa Christian Myers 20 1839 M Pa - Carpenter Catharine Daveler 2 1857 F Pa
1870 Census - Manheim, Lancaster, PA - Post Office Landis Valley Andrew Myers 63 1807 Baden - Farmer Anna Myers 55 1815 PA - Keeping House Elizabeth Myers 30 1840 PA - Keeping House Christa Myers 28 1842 PA - Carpenter Abrm Myers 15 1855 PA - Butcher
1880 Census -- The only reference that makes sense at all is an Andrew Myers, age 75, from Prussia, who is a retired farmer and boarder in Brookville, Ogle, IL. He is boarding with a young family - Charles and Melinda Braut. This is where B.K. Meyers first farmed with the Hoaks in Illinois. There are no other Illinois or Pennsylvania references that make sense for a 1) widowed man 2) farmer / retired farmer 3) from Baden, Germany and 4) either living in PA or IL.
Meyers-Eckman Family History, The Descendants of Andrew and Anna Kauffman Meyers and Daniel G. and Leah Hoak Eckman, by Quinter Stitzel. Completed 1980. Andrew Meyers Obituary, p. 86. ------------------------------------------------------------- Meyers - October 4th, 1889 in this city, Andrew Meyers, aged eighty-five years. The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from the residence of his daughter, Martha Shaar, #135 North Ann Street on Monday morning at 11 o'clock at the house. Services at 1 o'clock at the Lutheran Church, East Petersburg.
Born, Sept. 10, 1805 at Baden, Germany, came to America in 1817, at the age of 12. He was naturalized August 25, 1838 and died Oct. 4, 1889.
Lanark Daily Intelligencer Lancaster, Penn. October 5, 1889
More About Andrew Myers: Burial: Unknown, East Petersburg Union Cemetery, E. Hempfield Twp.
More About Andrew Myers and Anna Kauffman: Marriage: 1833