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1795 John Moyer was born 23 September [Based on age at death in 1878 obituary] in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Christian and Ann Neff Meyer. [1]

1797 Elizabeth Albert [2] was born 19 January in Pennsylvania, to George and Elizabeth Greenawalt Albert.

1820 John Meyer [Myers](age 16-26) lived in Manheim Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with 1 male age 26-45 (unknown), one female age 0-10 (daughter Anna?), and one female age 16-26 (wife Elizabeth?) [3]. Widow Myers, his mother, was named in the adjacent listing. [4]

1826 John Moyer moved to Ohio. (See 1878 obituary)

The place and date of the marriage of John Moyer and Elizabeth Albert is not known. Their siblings, Abraham Moyer and Susan Albert, also married and moved to Ohio about the same time that John Moyer did.

1830 John Moyer [Meirs] and wife, both age 30-40, lived in Milton Twp, Richland County, Ohio with Males: one age 0-5 (John), one age 5-10 (Christian); and Females: one age 0-5 (Barbara), one age 5-10 (Catherine), and two age 10-15 (Anna and Elizabeth). The family of George Albert, Elizabeth's parents, were listed adjacent. Abraham Meirs, possibly this John Moyer's brother, was listed on the next page of the census. [5]

1838 Elizabeth died 4 April at Five Points, Ashland County, Ohio and was buried in the Brubaker Cemetery, Milton Twp, Richland County, Ohio. Her gravestone indicated Elizabeth Moyer wife of John Moyer died 4 April, 1838, aged 39 years, 2 months, U, 15 days. Her parents were buried in the same cemetery. [6][7]

Memorial Marker at Brubaker Cemetery, Ashland County, Ohio. 1840 John [Moyer] Myers Jr (age 40-50) lived in Milton Twp, Richland County, Ohio with 4 sons (John Jr age 15-20, Christian age 10-15, George age 10-15, Abram age 0-5) and 4 daughters (Anna age 15-20, Catherine Elizabeth age 10-15, Barbara age 5-10, and Harriet age 0-5) and no female of an age for a wife, consistent with Elizabeth's death in 1938 [8]. Next door was father-in-law George Albert age 60-70. On the next page was likely brother Abraham Myers age 30-40 and Abraham's wife Susanna Albright Moyer. Several other Myers (John age 50-60, Samuel age 20-30, and David age 20-30) and Greenawalt (Peter (age 40-50) and Michael (age 50-60), possible uncles of Elizabeth) families lived nearby. [9] 1847 The estate of Elizabeth's father, George Albert, was settled. George's daughter Elizabeth Albert Moyer had already died, and her children were named as heirs. John Moyer was not named as an heir. Elizabeth's daughter Anna and husband Jacob Bechtel were named without reference to Elizabeth. Those of Elizabeth's children who were still minors were explicitely named as her children, including John Jr, Christian, Barbara, George, Harriet, and Abraham. Some of the female heirs listed for George Albright might be Elizabeth's older daughters since John's obituary indicates that he had 11 children and only 9 are listed here. We assume Elizabeth Albright, married to William Kirchner, to be Elizabeth's daughter. [10] 1849 The "final" administration of the estate of Elizabeth [Moyer] Myers named her minor children. Husband John Moyer was their guardian. Barbara, John, and Christopher (perhaps this is Christian) were minor heirs who had become of age. George, Harriett, and Abraham were still minors with guardian John Moyer. [11][12] 1848-49 John Moyer and several of his children moved to Indiana. [13][reported as 1848 in the 1878 obituary] 1850 John Moyer (age 55, born Pennsylvania) lived in Elkhart County, Indiana married to Catherine (born 1810, Germany) with children born in Ohio: Barbary (age 20), George (age 17), Harriet (age 16), Abram (age 13), Jacob (age 8). Next door was brother Abram Moyer (age 50) and wife Susanna (age 48) with children up to age 17 born in Ohio. The Abraham and John Moyer who had lived in Richland were not listed in Richland in this census, supporting evidence that they have moved to Indiana by 1850. [14] 1860 John Moyer (age 64) and Catherine (age 48, born in Boyser? Germany) lived in Harrison Twp, Elkhart County, Indiana with sons Abraham Moyer (age 22) and Jacob Moyer (age 18), and Catharine Culp (age 11). Next door was brother Abram Moyer (age 58) and Susanna Moyer (age 56). [15] 1861 A. Moyer owned land in section 15 of Harrison Twp, Elkhart County, Indiana. Adjacent landholdings for J. Meyer (SJ?)r. and C. Wenger were in section 16. Just south in sections 22 and 27 were holdings for Rohrer families (possible in-laws through daughter Harriet). 1863 John L Moyer of Harrison Twp, Indiana was taxed by the IRS for special income on 17 June. [16] 1864 John L Moyer of Harrison Twp, Indiana was taxed by the IRS for special income from a farm on 12 Sep. On 18 May, he was taxed for 2 hogs exg 100 weight. [17][18] 1865 John L Moyer of Harrison Twp, Indiana was taxed by the IRS for special income. [19] 1870 John Moyer (age 74) and Catherine Myers [Moyer](age 56) lived in Harrison, Elkhart, Indiana with real estate $2,400 and other estate $300. Jacob Myers (age 28), Elisabeth Beutler (age 54, born in Germany), and Mary Oyman (age 7, born in Michigan) were in the same house. Next door were Christian (age 60) and Mary (age 54) Wenger with Elisabeth Oynan (age 14) born in Canada. Also nearby was son Abram Myers (age 32) with wife Ann (age 31) and four children. [20] 1878 John Moyer died in Elkhart, Indiana and his obituary stated: "Moyer.-Jan. 2nd, 1878, in Harrison township, Elkhart County, Indiana, of dropsy and the infirmities of old age, John Moyer, aged 82 years, 3 mos. and 10 days. He was a son of Christian and Anna Moyer, of Manheim township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In 1826 he came, to Ohio, and in the Fall of 1849 he removed from Ashland County, Ohio, to Elkhart County, Indiana. He was a faithful brother in the Mennonite Church, and though severely afflicted during the latter period of his live, he bore his sufferings with patience and Christian fortitude. His conversation was almost continually about spiritual and heavenly things; he was almost continually singing or repeating passages of Scripture or hymns, and when advised by his family or friends to remain quiet and rest, he replied, that as long as bodily strength remained he must praise his God. He died in the full assurance of a glorious inheritance in the world to come. He was buried at Yellow Creek, followed to his last resting place by a large concourse of friends and relatives. Services by C. Chrisophel, J. F. Funk and others, from Job 19:25. He was the father of eleven children. His grand-children numbered 87, his great-grand-children 65; in all 163." [21] 1878 A grave marker for John Moyer is at Yellow Creek Cemetery. [22]

John Moyer's gravestone at Yellow Creek Cemetery, Indiana. [23]

Moyer stones for John Moyer and son Jacob at Yellow Creek Cemetery, Indiana. [24] 1895 Catherine Beutler Moyer died and her obituary stated: "Moyer - On the 8th of August 1895, in Harrison Twp, Elkhart County, Indiana, of paralysis, Catharine Beutler, widow of the late John Moyer, who died some 17 years ago, aged 83 years, 2 months 26 days. She was born in Bavaria on the Rhine, and united with the Mennonite church in her native country. She was married to John Moyer as his second wife, and leaves one son with a number of step-children to mourn her death. In a conversation on the subject of religion, some days before her death she said, "There is nothing in the way, everything looks bright before me." She was buried on the 11th. Services by N. Metzler, J. Loucks and J. F. Funk, from 2 Tim. 6: 6 - 8. May God comfort the bereaved." [25][26] Research Notes: 1838 John Moyers [Myers] was taxed in Richland County, Ohio, notation might indicate 27 acres. Abraham Myers, perhaps John Moyer's brother, was also taxed, notation might indicate two parcels of 21 acres each. [FHL film, Richland County, Ohio tax record Vol 1152, 1838] 1840 Catherine Beutler (born 1800 in Bayern and died 08 Aug 1895) married John Moyer (born 22 July 1795 Pennsylvania and died 1878). [undocumented] 1817 One researcher reports that Elizabeth Albert (daughter of George Albert and Elizabeth Greenwold) and John Moyer were married on 12 October, 1817. [27] 1820 Is the Christian Albert listed near John Myers perhaps related to wife Elizabeth? Biosketch of John W Moyer and Catherine Beutler, both buried at Old Yellow Creek cemetery. Names John's parents as Christian Moyer and Anna Bauer. Few other researchers agree with this hypothesis. [28]

Footnotes:

[1] Irwin John Letherman, All Leatherman Kin History (1940), 879.

[2] Irwin John Letherman, All Leatherman Kin History (1940), 879, names John Moyer and Susan Albert, not Elizabeth Albert, as the parents of Abraham J Moyer.

[3] US census, 1820, Reel 0106, Image 70, top page, line 4 from bottom, [Internet Archive].

[4] FamilySearch.org, US census, 1820, PA, Lancaster, Manheim, p 28, [FamilySearch_Record].

[5] US census, 1830, Reel 0139, Image 242, line 9 from bottom, [Internet Archive].

[6] USGenWeb Archives, Brubaker or Whistler Cemetery, [USGenWeb].

[7] Find A Grave Memorial 36330673, [Find_A_Grave].

[8] US census, 1840, Reel 0423, Image 204, line 2, [Internet Archive].

[9] US census, 1840, Ohio, Richland, Milton, p 99

[10] The Pastfinder, Ashland and Richland County Chapters, Ohio Genealogical Society, 11(1992):48, issue 3, [Ohio_Pastfinder].

[11] Richland County Ohio, Administration Records 12-75, [FamilySearch_Image].

[12] The Pastfinder, Ashland and Richland County Chapters, Ohio Genealogical Society, 18(1999):69, issue 4, [Ohio_Pastfinder].

[13] Daniel K. Cassel, History of the Mennonites (1888), 160, reports that "Moyers" family moved in 1849, perhaps Daniel Moyer, [Internet Archive].

[14] US census, 1850, Reel 0144, Image 261, family 1740, [Internet Archive].

[15] US census, 1860, Reel 256, Image 265, family 670, [Internet Archive].

[16] U.S. IRS Assessment Lists 1862-1918, line 18, [Ancestry_Image].

[17] U.S. IRS Assessment Lists 1862-1918, line 2, [Ancestry_Image].

[18] U.S. IRS Assessment Lists 1862-1918, line 38, [Ancestry_Image].

[19] U.S. IRS Assessment Lists 1862-1918, line 7, [Ancestry_Image].

[20] US census, 1870, Reel 0311, Image 390, family 141, [Internet Archive].

[21] Mennonite Obituary Archives (MennObits), Herald of Truth, February, 1878, [MennObits].

[22] Find A Grave Memorial 55239251, [Find_A_Grave].

[23] Family Document, Robert Wolfe, Photo (2009).

[24] Family Document, Robert Wolfe, Photo (2009).

[25] Mennonite Obituary Archives (MennObits), Herald of Truth, September, 1895, [MennObits].

[26] Find A Grave Memorial 55239251, [Find_A_Grave].

[27] The Pastfinder, Ashland and Richland County Chapters, Ohio Genealogical Society, 2(1983):2, issue 1, [Ohio_Pastfinder].

[28] James Gregory Hermsen, Old Yellow Creek Cemetery of Harrison Township, Elkhart County, Indiana (2011), 61, [Google Book].


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