Myer, Nathaniel

Nathaniel was known for a diary that he kept on a trip from IA to Ashland, OR in 1853. The title of the Dairy is "Journey into Southern Oregon: Diary of a Pennsylvania Dutchman." (Edward B. Ham, Ed. Oregon Historical Quarterly, Sept. 1959.) Nathaniel and his wife was an early pioneers family coming from IA to OR. Nathaniel Myer lost sight out of one eye due to smallpox as a boy. He was a millwright by trade and worked with his uncle until the war of 1812. Nathaniel was replaced in war by a substitute, this bothered him in later years. His son W.C Myer who migrated over with the family during 1853 became well known for both being one of the first producers of grain in the Rogue River Valley and for his breeding of fine cattle and horses in the area. Source: Letter from Theodota Guerin Hersman (Gr. Gr. Gr.Granddaughter of Nathaniel. (including notes from Family bible) Paper of Temperance Fowler (daughter) Notes by Edward B. Ham, Ed "Journey..."

City: 

Ashland

Birthplace: 

Lancaster Co. PA

Place of death: 

Ashland, OR

Father: 

Nathaniel Myer

Spouse: 

Maria Ridinger

Children: 

born in Salineville, OH. Temperance (Gass) -1817 William Cortez-1818 Lucinda-1819 (Died 1820) Benjamin Franklin-1821 Zorada (Scott)-1824 Mary Ann (Walker)-1826 Jefferson Clay-1828 (died 1836) Elizabeth (Anderson) -1831 Sarah (Rockafellow)- 1836

Education: 

Only 3 months education in a German school in PA. Self-taught in math and reading.

Nationality: 

Father was born in Switzerland, Nathaniel was of PA Dutch Descents

Occupation: 

Myer was a surveyor for the RR in OH-1835 (Future Cleveland & Wellsville RR 1830's). He was elected to OH house of Rep. for one term in 1828 as Whig in Columbiana Co. OH. and served as Justice of the Peace in OH for many years.