NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people and the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
This family is comparatively recent in the United States, having been formed by a native of Germany, Frederick Moyer, who married a second wife, the mother of John W. Moyer. By a first wife he had Elizabeth, Andrew, Anna, Fred and Mary. Frederick Moyer was by occupation a shoemaker, and was a member of the Lutheran church.
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(II) John, son of Frederick Moyer, was born in Germany, Feb. 3, 1842, and came to the U.S., settling in northern New York, in Lewis county. He learned papermaking and engaged with J. W. Ager in the manufacture of paper, under the firm name of Ager & Moyer. Their mill was at Lyonsdale. In 1890 in company with Ward Herst, he built the mill now known as Gould Paper Mill No. 2, on Moose river. He afterward built a mill at Greig, which was twice totally destroyed by fire. In 1887 he built the Port Leyden mill, which he opened until 1889, when he disposed of his interest to Edward Spencer. The same year he rebuilt the Greig mill, which he operated about five years. About this time he bought the property in Lyonsdale, now managed by his son. He was a man of untiring industry and energy. Although seriously cripped by his heavy losses, suffered by the buring of his mills, he met every financial obligation. His intergrity was unquestioned, and no man stood higher in the estimation of business associates.
He was twice married; by his first marriage there were two children. He married (second) Sept. 2, 1869, Jennie Campbell, born in New Jersey, daughter of John and Isabel (Taylor) Campbell, natives of Scotland, and settled in New Jersey.
(III) John Williams, only child of John and Jennie (Campbell) Moyer, was born in Lyonsdale, Sept. 1, 1873. He was educated at the Boonville and Brownville high schools. After finishing his education he entered the paper mill at Lyonsdale, established by his father. He learned the business thoroughly, and passing through the various grades of service was finally appointed manager of the plant. The mill is thoroughly equipped with the most improved modern machinery used in paper manufacture, and is a well-managed plant.
He is a Republican in politics, but does not take an active part. He is an attendant of the Forest Presbyterian church at Lyons Falls, and a member of the Masonic order, belonging to the Port Leyden Lodge; Lowell Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; and the Commandery at Watertown, N.Y. He is a thirty-second degree Mason of the Scottish Rite, and a member of the Mystic Shrine. He is also an Odd Fellow, of Port Leyden Lodge, No. 849.
He married, at Chicago, Illinois, May 12, 1908, Olive E. Mills, born in that city, July 16, 1883, daughter of Edward Franklin Mills, a civil engineer, and his wife Olive (Webster) Mills.
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