NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
John Myers was born in Ireland, but early in life enlisted in the British army and came to Canada with his regiment. After his term expired he made his home in this country. He was for many years agent of the Champlain Transportation Company and also agent for the Champlain & St. Lawrence Railroad, which is now part of the Grand Trunk Railroad system. He was located at Rouse's Point, N.Y. He formerly lived at Burlington, Vermont. He was widely known as an active, enterprising and capable railroad man.
He married (first) Anne O'Brien; (second) in Burlington, Anna Tague; (third) Alice McCormick.
Child by first wife:
1. Patrick Henry, lived at Rouse's Point; married Catharine Weldeon; child: Henry S., now of Rouse's Point.
Children of second wife:
1. Francis William, born July 20, 1837; mentioned below.
2. William, died in infancy.
3. Dr. John T., served three years in the Union army in the civil war; mustered Oct. 19, 1861, aas assistant surgeon Ninety-first New York Regiment; discharged July 23, 1863, to become surgeon of the Fifty-ninth New York Regiment, and was breveted captain of New York Volunteers; was in the hospital service in New York City for a time after the war, and was afterward contract surgeon for the United States army at Key West, Florida, where he died unmarried.
4. Mary Josephine, born April 1, 1842, died Oct. 22, 1888; married 1866, Michael B. McDonough, born Oct. 16, 1842, died March 9, 1906; children: i. John Francis McDonough, born Jan. 5, 1869, at Burlington, Vermont, married Mary E. Collopy. ii. Mary Loretta McDonough, born June 19, 1871; married Herbert A. Trombly.
Child of third wife:
1. Alice H., born 1860, at Rouse's Point; married John H. Moffitt of Plattsburgh, N.Y.
(II) Francis William, son of John Myers, was born July 20, 1837, at Burlington, died Aug. 7, 1908, at Rouse's Point. He was educated in the public schools and when a young man became a railroad conductor. In 1860 he embarked in the cutson-house brokerage business at Rouse's Point and was very successful in his business career. He was an active and useful citizen, of high character and public spirit, kindly and charitable to the unfortunate, and was one of the best known men of his day in this service.
He married, July 16, 1861, at St. Johns, Canada, Margaret M. Rossiter, born at St. Johns in 1835, died March 12, 1907, daughter of John and Margaret (Monaghan) Rossiter of St. Johns.
1. Annie B., born July 2, 1862, died July 4, 1902; married June 23, 1885, Robert M. Casey; children: i. Joseph C., May 16, 1886; ii. Margaret A., June 5, 1887; iii. Alice M., March 13, 1889; iv. J. Francis, Aug. 14, 1891; v. William Rossiter, Jan. 8, 1893; vi. Robert E., April 24, 1895.
2. John Rossiter, mentioned below.
(III) John Rossiter, son of Francis William Myers, was born Jan 16, 1864. He received his early education at Rouse's Point and Malone, New York, in the public schools. He then entered the employ of his father and in 1882 was admitted in partnership. Since his father's death he has continued in the brokerage business alone, with continued success, doing business under the old firm name. He has taken an active part in public affairs and was at one time supervisor of the town. He has also been a school trustee and is now a trustee of the public library.
In politics he is a Republican.
He married, Jan. 19, 1886, at Rouse's Point, Anna Hinman, born at Weedsport, N.Y., daughter of George Humphrey. They have no children.
The American progenitor of the late John H. Myers, of Plattsburgh, was an immigrant from Holland, who settled in New Jersey.
(II) Joseph Myers, son of the immigrant, was born in New Jersey just prior to the American revolution. He settled in Herkimer county, N.Y., and resided therfe the remainder of his life. He had two sons: Lawrence and Peter J. H.
(III) Lawrence, son of Joseph Myers, was born in Herkimer about the year 1799. When a young man he engaged in mercantile business at Whitehall, N.Y., in company with his brother, Peter J. H., but in 1828 he removed to Plattsburgh and established himself in trade, opening a general store on the northwest corner of Water and Bridge streets. This establishment was for many years one of the principal sources of supply, both for the people of the town and the nearby farmers. As his prosperity advanced he judiciously invested his surplus captal in other directions, engaging in the lumber and iron business on the Saranac river, and these ventures proved successful. These enterprises, however, did not overshadow his mercantile interests, and he continued in trade until his death, which occurred in 1872.
He married, Oct. 23, 1827, Delia Maria Kirtland, born in Granville, Washington county, N.Y., March 21, 1802, daughter of John and Lucy (Burbank) Kirtland. Of this union there were nine children, two of whom died young. Those who lived to maturity were:
Joseph, Lucy, Lawrence, John H., Michael, Jared K., William W.
Delia Maria Kirtland was a descendant in the sixth generation of Nathaniel Kirtland, an immigrant from England, who came in the ship "Hopewell" in 1635, and settled in Lynn, Mass. John Kirtland (2), son of Nathaniel, setttled in Connecticut. He married Lydia, daughter of Lieut. William Pratt, who came from England and accompanied Rev. Thomas Hooker to Hartford, Conn. in 1636. John (3), son of John and Lydia (Pratt) Kirtland, was born Jan. 11, 1681; married (first) Temperance Buckingham; (second) Lydia Belden. Constant (4), son of John and Lydia (Belden) Kirtland, was born Dec. 24, 1727; married Rachel Brockett, of Wallingford, Conn. John (5), son of Constant and Rachel (Brockett) Kirtland, was born Dec. 20, 1759; settled in New York state, residing for a number of years in Granville, Washington county, and died in Whitesboro, that state, in 1843; married Lucy Burbank, and their daughter, Delia Maria, became the wife of Lawrence Myers, as previously stated.
The children of John and Lucy (Burbank) Kirtland were:
Henrietta Julia, born Jan. 3, 1789; William Henry, Jan. 11, 1791; Lucy Fitch, April 3, 1793; George Washington, Feb. 11, 1795; Anna Burbank, April 5, 1797; Ann Burbank, April 5, 1798; Eliza Cornelia, Sept. 17, 1800; Delia Maria, March 21, 1802; Rachel Brockett, Feb. 11, 1804; John, Oct. 14, 1805; Isaac Billious, Oct. 14, 1807; Edwin Sedgwick, July 23, 1810; Jared T., Nov. 3, 1816.
(IV) John H., son of Lawrence and Delia Maria (Kirtland) Myers, was born in Plattsburgh, Aug. 14, 1834. After concluding his attendance at the Plattsburgh Academy he served an apprenticeship at the machinist's trade with a view of obtaining a practical knowledge of the industry, and having accomplished his purpose, he turned his attention to learning the details of the iron manufacturing business at his father's works on the Saranac river. At the expiration of a year he became sufficiently qualified to take charge of the works, and for the succeeding twelve years served with marked ability as superintendent. In 1887 he was chosen president of the Iron National Bank (now-1910- the Plattsburgh National Bank), and continued in that responsible capacity the remainder of his life, displaying, as a financier, the same rare ability and superior judgment which had hitherto characterized his efforts in the industrial field.
He was also a prominent factor in the mercantile interests of Plattsburgh, being a member of the firm of M. P. Myers & Company, hardware merchants, and both as a business man and a citizen he was universally honored and esteemed. His irreproachable character made him especially eligible to the public service, in which he always manifested a profound interest, and having cast his first presidential vote for John C. Fremont in 1856, he was forever afterward allied with the Republican party. He represented Plattsburgh on the board of county commissioners; was also a member of the village board of education, and was chosen to succeed his father as a trustee of the Plattsburgh Academy. As one of the founders of the Clinton County Agricultural Society he was elected its first president, and through successive re-elections continued in that capacity for five years.
He was above all a man of profound religious convictions, believing that the moral atmosphere of the community was largely dependent upon the support and propogation of the Christian faith, and for many years he was a leading member and trustee of the Presbyterian church.
John H. Myers died in 1896, admired, respected and sincerely mourned by tne entire community.
On Oct. 14, 1856, Mr. Myers married Julia R. Lane, born in Troy, N.Y., daughter of Matthew and Julia Maria (Russell) Lane. She became the mother of four children: only one now (1910) living is Gertrude R., who became the wife of Dr. Charles S. Bently. Mrs. Myers was always in perfect sympathy with her husband in his labors in behalf of the moral and spiritual improvement of the community, and is an active member of the Presbyerian church.
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