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1742 On 6 October, Vincent Meyer warranted 50 acres in Cocalico Township, adjacent to land of Jacob Kuntz, Jh Zinn, Matt Peakley, and Peter Grubb [1]. It was patented on 27 Sep 1748 by Jacob Mailer. [2]

1768 Vincent Myer bought land in Cocalico Township from Martin Wallis in 1768 [3]

1772 Vincent Myer was taxed in Earl Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania for 300 acres, 4 horses, and 4 cattle. [4]

1775 On 13 November, Vincent Myer made a contract with Elizabeth Neukommet which was probably a marriage contract. [5]

1782 On 28 December, Vincent Myer sold with his wife Elizabeth 3 parcels of land to his son John which he bought on 24 Jul 1754 from Henry End, also on 10 Jun 1758 from Charles Horlacher and land that was patented (proprietary alien patent) to him on 9 Jun 1767 in Earl Township [6]

1788 The will of Vincent Myer named his son John and Christian and daughter Mary and made his sons Christian and Benjamin Meyer as his executors. In his will he mentions his land in Cocalico Township. Two of the witnesses to his will were Michael Meyer and Peter Eby Junior.

Research Notes:

"In order to correct an error current among some of the descendants of Christian Myer (who probably have been misinformed) who married Magdalene Huber (No. 35), and to show the connection of Vincent Myer with the Huber family we herewith give the following account written by Isaac Hoover, a grandson of Vincent and Anna Huber Myer. Vincent Myer of Switzerland, a Mennonite preacher, died about A. D. 1700. He was the father of John Myer, born in 1684. This John Myer with many persecuted Mennonites fled from his home in Switzerland to Erlingen in the Palatinate where in 1709 he married Barbara Landis, a daughter of Mennonite parents. In 1720 John Myer with his family of three children came to America and settled at a fine spring in the wilderness, but now a fine farm in Lancaster Co, near New Holland. In 1721 another son was born whom they named Vincent, after his grandfather in Switzerland. In 1740 this Vincent Myer married Anna Huber. To them were born three sons and four daughters: John, Christian, Benjamin, Barbara (wife of Jacob Hoover), Christiana (wife of Michael Myer), Salome (wife of John Hoover), and Anna (wife of Joseph Hoover). John Myer who came to America in 1720 was born in 1684, died in 1758 at the age of 73 years, and is buried at Ephrata. Anna Myer, my grandmother, died in 1773 aged 44 years and 4 months. John Myer, mother's brother, died in 1824 aged 73 years, and is buried near Ephrata. Maria Myer, mother's sister, died in 1818, aged 60 years. Benjamin, mother's brother, died May 18, 1824, aged 61 years, 3 months, 21 days. Christiana died in February, aged 88 years. Christian, mother's brother, died in 1841, aged 86 years. The cemetery at or near Ephrata to which Isaac Hoover refers is on the Vincent Myer homestead in a clump of woods, a short distance south of the present borough of Akron, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania., which is three miles south of Ephrata, and in early days the Myers were referred to as living at Gravel Hill. In this cemetery are a few date stones. After the death of the wife of Vincent Myer he married a widow by the name of Newcomer, who is said to be the mother of Christian Newcomer, pioneer preacher and one of the founders of the United Brethren in Christ Church. [7]

Isaac Hoover evidently got his dates mixed in Christiana and Christian Myers age also in the date of Vincent Myers' marriage. If 1740 were correct he would have been 19 years of age and his wife 13 years old. It is more likely the date was 1750 as their oldest son John Myer was born in 1751. [8]

Richard Warren Davis reports Vincent's father to possibly be Elias Meyer: "Vincent Meyer (1721-1797) md Anna Huber (16 May 1727-16 Sep 1773), daughter of Ulrich and Barbara Huber of Warwick Township." and "721. [?] Vincent Meyer, born 1721. He may have been the son of Elias as he was taxed next to Elias in 1750 and Vincent was a witness to Elias' deeds. Vincent died in 1797 at Earl Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He wrote his will 8 Jan 1788 at Earl Township. .... Vincent married first Anna Huber (16 May 1727-16 Sep 1773), daughter of Ulrich and Barbara Huber of Warwick Township. He was living at Earl Township on 6 Mar 1753 when he and his wife Ann had a mortgage with Casper Wister. He was a witness to deeds in Cocalico in 1760. On 26 Mar 1768 he was of Earl Township when he bought 68 acres in Cocalico Township from Martin Walliser. ... . He was taxed at Earl Township from 1750 to 1777 on 300 acres. In 1750 he was taxed next to Elias Meyer who was probably a relative." [9]

Footnotes:

[1] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, C-121-255, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[2] Pennsylvania Land Patent, A-15-51, [PA_Patent_Book_Links].

[3] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed M-345. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), [Online_Images].

[4] William Henry Egle, Pennsylvania Archives, Third Series, Volume 17 (Lancaster Taxables) (1897), 275, [Google_Book], [Internet_Archive].

[5] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed GG-143. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), [Online_Images].

[6] Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Deed Y-414. Images online: find Book in Film Roll list (Double letters are near the top), then find Page (often differs from image number), [Online_Images].

[7] Harry M. Hoover, The Huber-Hoover Family History (1928), 25-26.

[8] Harry M. Hoover, The Huber-Hoover Family History (1928), 25.

[9] Richard Warren Davis, Mennosearch.com, Meyer C721.


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