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Adam Henry Meyers was a prominent early settler at the mouth of the Trent River. There is no evidence that he is related to Capt John Walden Meyers who settled in the area. Adam Henry Meyers is seen throughout the early record and more needs to be known about the man. Thanks to Dave Barry of Peterborough who has been researching Adam H Meyers particularily with an interest to his activities and holdings in Seymour Township and has shared some of his work . Thanks also to Kim Douna for pointing out several key sources including the Donald Campbell Meyers Fonds at the Archives of Ontario.
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Records show that Adam Henry Meyers was born 24 Oct 1780 in the village of Hollen, near Bremen, Kingdom of Hanover, Germany. He came to Upper Canada about 1801 and first was a merchant in Thurlow. In 1808 he bought a mill at the mouth of the River Trent and settled there. He died 9 May 1832 at Port Trent [Trenton]. It is clear from his literacy that he was educated and likely arrived with some wealth in hand to establish himself as a merchant.
-------------Adam Henry Meyers states in his 1818 petition "That your petitioner is a native of
In 1807 Adam Henry Meyers "of Thurlow" marries Mary Holloway Wallbridge, daughter of Elijah Wallbridge and Mary Holloway. According to the book Pioneer Life on the Bay of Quinte (PLBQ), "Elijah Wallbridge, who was accompanied by his son William H., first came to Canada in 1800, and. two years later, bought from a surveyor named Smith two thousand acres of land in Ameliasburgh." See the book Descendants of Henry Wallbridge for more information on this family. The Wallbridge family were prominent in the area so it can said that Adam Henry Meyers "married well."
Then in 1808 Adam Henry Meyers purchased the mill site on the west side of the River Trent about a mile north of the river mouth. He is said to be a "merchant in Thurlow" so it appears he moved from Belleville to the River Trent at this time.
Canniff in his 1869 book states that, "Up to 1808 the site of the village was a dense cedar swamp. Two years before A. H. Myers had removed from Belleville and erected a mill about a mile from the mouth of the river, first a saw mill, afterward a flouring mill." There is also a statement in PLBQ stating that in 1808 AH Meyers had a store in Trenton. No record in Thurlow has been found during this time when he is establishing himself as a merchant and getting married.
It appears that Adam H Meyers moved to the River Trent from Thurlow in 1808 and setting up as a merchant and establishing the mill. He states in his 1818 petition that he "has erected two saw mills and a grist mill." From the 1808 purchase of the mill site it is clear that a mill already existed on the site. Likely he made many improvements.
Adam was an Ensign in the First Northumberland Regiment during the war of 1812 and had a significant roll in bringing and distributing arms in the area in 1814. In 1816 he is promoted to Lieutenant and later a Captain. See this 1822 and 1823 roll of his Company. The account below states that he ultimately was promoted to Lt Col in 1832, the year he died.
In 1820 Adam builds an Inn/storehouse right at the ferry docks on the west side of the Trent. This comes from his 1820 petition for the ferry lease rights where he states that, "I have been to the expense of putting up a large building say 32 feet by 42 feet square and two storey and a half high on the waters edge at which door the ferry now lands."
Crooks in 1825. However, as a consolation, Adam H Meyers appears to have received Location Tickets for some 1200 acres of land on the Trent River at the site of Myersburgh, just nine days before the granting of this Mill Seat at Hastings. He already had a very major land and lumbering presence in the Hastings area at the time."
By the time of his death in 1832 he had amassed a great deal of land so he was obviously an able man at accumulating wealth. In his will, he asks to be buried at Carrying Place. No headstone for him has been located at the Carrying Place Cemetery.
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2. An 1888 ACCOUNT of his life
The account below is assembled from three versions of an account of his life. The original by Stephen Young is dated May 1888 and is followed by a copy with some changes and another copy with even more additions. These versions differ a little bit but obviously two were slightly later and incorporate much of the original text. They are found in the Donald Campbell Meyers Fonds, AO, F1372, folders 1-6-1; 1-7-1 and 1-8-1. This account differs in a few small ways from other records but appears quite consistent in general with the record found to date.
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3. CHRONOLOGICAL RECORDS
BIRTH and DEATH
The various records below state that Adam Henry Meyers was born in Hollen, which at the time was a village in the Duchy of Bremen, in the Kingdom of Hanover, Germany and his obituary gives his age at death in 1832 as 51 years old. This gives a birth year of about 1780.
1. Marriage Licence for Adam Henry Meyers and Mary H Wallbridge to receive the "Holy banns of matrimony", dated 26 Jan 1807 under the Privy Seal of Office at York and signed by Wm Halton Secretary.
2. Whereas Mr Adam Henry Meyers of Thurlow and Miss Mary H Wallbridge of Ameliasburgh were desirous of intermarrying with each other, and have applied to me for that purpose, their Intention so to do, have presented a licence. Now these are to certify that I, John G Wigant, Minister of the Lutheran Congregation at Ernestown, Upper Canada have this day married the aid Mt Adam Henry Meyers and Misss Mary H Wallbridge together and the [y] are become legally contracted to each other as witness my hand at Ernestown this 27th Day of January 1807.
Source: Original documents, Donald Campbell Meyers Fonds, AO, F1372, folder 1-6-1. Transcribed by Randy Saylor, 27 Mar 2012. Note: It is odd that the licence is dated at York and the marriage occurs at Ernestown one day later!
Mary Holloway WALLBRIDGE, b. Aug. 16, 1784, at Milton, N. Y., d. June 15, 1852, m., Jan. 27, 1807, Adam Henry Meyers, a native of Hanover, Germany, living at the time of their m. at River Trent, Canada. He d. May 9, 1832.
Source: Descendants of Henry Wallbridge, who married Ann Amos, December 25th, 1688, at Preston, Conn, with some notes on the allied families of Brush, Fassett, Dewey, Fobes, Gager, Lehman, Meech, Stafford. Scott, 1898, by William Gedney Wallbridge, (1856 - ), Philadelphia, Press of Franklin printing company, Internet Archive web site, pages 78, 111 and 112.
1808 LAND RECORD - MILL SITE
12 Jan 1808, B&S, Eliakim Weller, yeoman, of Murray Township and wife Lucy sell to Adam Henry Meyers, Thurlow, Merchant for £400 Upper Canada lawful currency, the broken fragments of lots 2 and 3, Con 1, 149 acres, "the western boundary of the River Trent - nearly a half mile above where the river discharges itself into the Bay of Quinte thence northwesterly along the waters edge against the stream to a creek which falls into said River .... all trees waters and water courses, mill houses, out houses, buildings and improvements and the reversion and reversions, remainder and remainders, rents, issues and profits thereof", witnessed by James Fulton of Hamilton Tp, Esq and William H Wallbridge, of Murray, Gentleman. Reg. 17 Jan 1808.
Source: Murray Township deeds, 1802-1832, Vol 1, #141, p. 16, AO, GS4768
1878 BELDEN MAP of TRENTON
The mill site is shown as "Grist Mill" on the old map. Today, this is located just north of the railroad tressel bridge in Trenton that crosses the Trent River where Front St becomes Water Street. Very little of the dam remains and there are 2 small bridges over the creek. Click here to see a larger section of the 1878 map.
Source: Illustrated Atlas of Northumberland and Durham Counties, H. Belden & Co, 1878, reprint Fifth Line Press, Stirling, ON, 2006, page 69
"At the mouth of the Trent there naturally sprung up a village. Up to 1808 the site of the village was a dense cedar swamp. Two years before A. H. Myers had removed from Belleville and erected a mill about a mile from the mouth of the river, first a saw mill, afterward a flouring mill. Excepting the mills, and a very narrow road, the place was a perfect wilderness. The land upon the west side, where the village stands, originally belonged to 'old Squire' Bleeker. The portion of land between the river and Sidney was held by Dr. Strachan. The first lot in Sidney was owned by Judge Smith."
Source: Settlement of Upper Canada with a special reference to the Bay of Quinte, William Canniff, Toronto, 1869, p. 488
"Col Adam Henry Meyers arrived in 1808 and purchased the first mill on the River Trent, which had been built by another UEL named Henry Ripsom. He was perhaps the first merchant of this little settlement."
Source: The Evolution of Trenton, Thomas Jarrett, 1912, reprint by Trenton Kiwanis Club, 1986, page 4
"John F Flindall was ambitious to succeed, and we find him, while a mere youth, employed as a clerk by Colonel Adam Henry Meyers, who had opened a large general store at the 'Trent' in 1808."
Source: PLBQ, The Flindall Family, 315
1811 LAND RECORD
2 July 1811, B&S, Samuel Birdseye Gilbert, heir at law of Caleb Gilbert, late of the township of Sidney in the said Province, deceased, ... sells to Adam Henry Meyers of Murray Tp, for £50 Upper Canada currency, 100 acres, E 1/2 of lot 8, Con 4, Murray Tp, witnesses Simon McNabb? and Daniel Silver of Thurlow. Daniel Silver of Rawdon maketh oath that he was present when the indenture was executed. Reg 20 Feb 1816 in presence of Henry Rathebach?, Daniel Silver and H Ruttan, registrar.
Source: Murray Township deeds, 1802-1832, Vol 1, #496, p 121, AO, GS4768
1812 LAND RECORD
25 Feb 1812, B&S, Lawrence Herchimer of Kingston, gentleman, sells to Adam Henry Meyers, Murray, Gentleman, for £250 Upper Canada currency, 200 acres, lot 4, Con 1, Murray Tp, [no buildings mentioned - likely just land] witnesses Edward Walker, Kingston, Esquire and Asa Morton, Kingston, Gentleman. Reg 1 July 1812
Source: Murray Township deeds, 1802-1832, Vol 1, #327, p. 64, AO, GS4768
Adam H Meyers listed as Ensign in the First Regiment of Northumberland under Lt Col Peter Jones, from 6 to 18 Pct 1813.
Source: War of 1812, Nominal Rolls and Paylists, LAC film T-10383 (reel 15 in series), Vol 15, 1st Reg Northumberland, Paylist, 1813, p. 258-264, Canadiana Room, TL
1816 LIEUTENANT ADAM H. MEYERS
In June of 1815 Adam H Meyers is still listed as an Ensign however a year later he has been promoted to Lieutenant under Lieut. Col. John Peters and Major Elias Jones
Source: War of 1812, Nominal Rolls and Paylists, LAC film T-10383 (reel 15 in series), Vol 15F, List of Officers, p. 257a, Canadiana Room, TL
1822 CAPTAIN ADAM H MEYERS
By 1822 he is a Captain and his roll for 1822 and 1823 has been transcribed.
Source: Rogers Family Fonds, F 533, AO, 533-1-0-23, film MS 522
Wherefore your petitioner humbly prays that Your Excellency would be pleased to grant him such quantity of land under the existing Regulations as Your Excellency may deem meet.
[signed] Adam Henry Meyers
Granted 200 acres and entered in Land Book J, page 465
Source: UCLP, B11/228, 1811-1819, V339, AO, C-2200
LAND RECORD 1818
16 Sep 1818, B&S, John and George Bleecker, yeoman of Murray Tp, sells to Adam Henry Meyers, merchant, Murray Tp, for £15 Upper Canada currency, 1/2 acre, 15 thousand and three hundred square links more or less, part of Broken Front, lot 1, [no concession named] Murray Tp, west side of River Trent or otherwise as lot 2 in the Broken Front of said River as laid out by a plan in their possession ... to the waters edge .... together with all the houses and out houses. Witnesses Abijah Garrison, Benjamin Young. [signed] Benjamin Young and Leonard Soper. Benjamin Young of Murray, Gentleman, makes oath that he was present. Reg 31 Dev 1831
Source: Murray Township deeds, 1802-1832, Vol 1, #879, p 219, AO, GS4768
PETITION FOR FERRY LEASE 1820
Note: A H Meyers was not the successful petitioner for the ferry lease. See web page on the River Trent for more information.
[105-6] River Trent 28 Sept 1820 "I will give rent for the ferry …. Two hundred and twenty five pounds for twenty one years or ten pounds two shillings and six pence for each year for seven years …… I will ferry each footman for 3p each - men and horse for 7 ½ - each horse wagon and river for 1/3 & for two horses wagon and driver 2/ on condition that no bridge shall be erected in that length of time so as to be a damage to said ferry [signed] Adam Henry Meyers
PS I must further state that I own the land at the ferry west side of the river and have been to the expense of putting up a large building say 32 feet by 42 feet square and two storey and a half high on the waters edge at which door the ferry now lands and receives her freight being calculated for an Inn and to receive and forward goods Flour Potash etc etc and am now erecting a wharf for the accommodation of the steam boat Charlotte and other river craft. The building being very advantageously situated on the verry waters edge and passengers from the other side can allways be easy seen and heard from it when to the conterary the other houses on each side being more at a distance from the river and have known travelers to been hollowring for half an hour before he was heard. A H Meyers"
 Murray 9 Nov 1820 I will give rent for the ferry across the River Trent of ten pounds 2 shillings and six pence yearly and offer Robert C Wilkins Esq and James Young Esq as my sureties …. Adam Henry Meyers
Source: Upper Canada State Submissions to the Executive Council, 1820, RG1 E3, V26, 98-113, LAC, AO copy (see D4), C-1191
LAND RECORD 1820
28 Sep 1820, B&S, Lewis Stiles of Hamilton Tp, at Hope in Newcastle District, carpenter, sells to Adam Henry Meyers, Murray Tp, Gentleman for £200 Upper Canada currency, 75 acres, lot 19, Broken Front, Con A, Murray Tp with houses and outhouses. Witnesses William Bullock and John Turney both of Murray and required to be registered by Stoddard Comstock. Reg 15 May 1821.
Source: Murray Township deeds, 1802-1832, Vol 1, #791, p 190, AO, GS4768
HASTINGS INDEX not yet examined
B W Meyers 162, Belleville A
A H Meyers 291
Source: Hastings Co, Land Records 1800-1954, Belleville Index, item 1, AO, GSU 197885
AH Meyers, Rawdon, 14
Adam H Meyers, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65,115, 116 Huntingdon
Source: Hastings Co, Land Records 1800-1954, Belleville Index, item 2-4, AO, GSU 197885
These land record pages also need to be examined from index on GS4768.
219, 244, 247, 305, 337, 343, 347, 356, 357, 435
MYER'S ISLAND LOCK
This is the second Myres island. An attempt was made in 1837-8 to make a lock in the Trent River at the foot of Myers or Meyers Island in a "dry channel" between the island and shore. There were problems and nearly $20000 was spent on the project but in the end it was abandoned in 1839. This Island was situated in the Trent River near where AH Meyers had his grist mill just above Trenton as seen on the map above. Today this island is attcahed to the western shore of the river.
Source: A Respectable Ditch, A History of the Trent-Severn Waterway 1833-1920, James T Angus, McGill Queens Press, 1988, pp 57-9, 407. Also see Guillet above, 154.
SEYMOUR TOWNSHIP and MEYERS ISLAND
There are two islands named after the land holdings and ventures of AH Meyers. One is in Seymour Township opposite Myersburg on the Trent River. Samuel Wilmot, surveyor, reported in an 1832 inspection the presence of Adam H Meyers mill dam at Woods Creek on lot 3, Con 2 in Seymour and that lumber had been cut by Meyers on lots 2, 3 and 4 in Con 5 of Seymour.
Source; The Valley of the Trent, Edwin C Guillet, Champlain Society, 1957
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4. WAR of 1812 RECORDS
11 SEPT 1814
Stationing Troops to Protect Cobourg's Mills and Depot
Cramahe 11th Sept. 1814
I beg leave to state to you for his honour the President’s information that several of the American vessels have been for some days near the shore opposite the District of Newcastle, particularly the Presquile Isle or Newcastle Harbour that if it meets His Honours approbation I should wish for Eighty or a Hundred stands of Arms for the 1st Regiment Northumberland Militia with three of four thousand rounds of Ammunition and three or four hundred Flints as we have no Flints that are fit for service and not more than thirty stand of Arms with about 500 rounds of ammunition. Ensign A H Meyers who is the courier of this will take charge of such arms, as you may think proper to send and I beg leave to ask if it would not be necessary to order a Captains Party of Northumberland Militia to guard along the shore of the District to prevent possibly the mills etc. from destruction.
By advice of Major Rogers Army I have stationed a guard of a sergeant and twelve men at John's creek Hamilton as there is a quantity of flour at the mill and a Depot of provisions near that for the service of Troops going to or returning from the Army up the country which I hope will meet his Honour's approbation until his further pleasure is known this guard commenced the 4th Inst.
And I beg leave to ask you further if my son and myself could not be furnished with swords from Government stores until I can furnish ourselves, ours having been taken from us as before reported to you if they can be allowed Ensign Meyers will take charge of them.
I wish for your further instructions by M. Meyers and have the Honour to be Sir your most obedient and humble servant Mo. (John) Peters Lieutenant Colonel 1st Regiment Northumberland Militia
To: Lieutenant Colonel Nathaniel Coffin Deputy Adjutant General of Militia Kingston
Lieutenant-Colonel Peters commanding Northumberland Militia
Relative arms, etc Guard? For the defence of the harbour and wishing that two swords might be sent up for him and his son.
21 SEPT 1814
Kingston, September 21st 1814
I received by Ensign Meyers on the 19th instant your letter of the 11th representing that several of the American vessels have been for some days near the shore opposite the District of Newcastle; and requesting that 80 or 100 stands of arms with ammunition, flints, etc. should be sent up for the use of the 1st Regiment Northumberland Militia.
M. General Shemp ? has inconsequence of your representation directed me to send you the following arms, etc.
Muskets, English 80
Bayonets with scabbards 80
Cartouche boxes with belts & frogs 80
Cartridges, musket balls 3000
At the same time the M. General commanding has directed me to express his astonishment at the shameful neglect, abuse, and destruction of arms issued to the Northumberland Militia since the commencement of the present war and furthermore instructs me to impress on your mind the great necessity not only of your constant attention and inquiry into the state of the arms, ammunition, etc but also that of the officers belonging to companies to whom arms may be entrusted by a little attention from them the arms in general might be always fit for service, frequent inspection by the officers is absolutely necessary. The trifling expense of keeping them in order might be paid out of the Regiment fund arising from fines.
(Crossed out. They should be at the present moment after the campaign is closed once a month will be sufficient. I requested you last spring to hand me a return of arms, etc and also to send down all arms that were not serviceable or that could not be repaired at Newcastle, I have not received the return or been informed if any arms had been sent down.)
In addition to what I have written you on the other I have to observe that the M. General will not approve of your keeping arms at your own house or at any other house on the lake side. Perhaps the best plan you could adopt would be to deposit with the Captains of your Regiment certain number of arms as you may think best for the good of the service and should there be any remaining have them sent to Major Rogers, the arms that you deliver out should be under the immediate care and responsibility of the Captains and kept at their houses, and upon an alarm the men to assemble there and receive them to be returned to the Captains when (crossed out - the object of their being called out) the service no longer require the Militia in the field.
The General does not think it necessary to have the Militia called out, except it should be for the conveyance of prisoners, for the protection of Depot, of provisions or prevent the destruction of mills and a small party to be on the look out to give the alarm in case of the enemy’s attempting to land.
I have the honour to be sir, your obedient servant, N. Coffin
Kingston 21st September 1814 (Entered page 171)
21 SEP 1814
Memorandum Kingston 21st September 1814
Left this 9 o’clock
Put on board a bateaux in charge of Ensign Meyers of the 1st Regiment of Northumberland Militia the following arms, etc directed to the care and charge of Lieutenant-Colonel Peters of the Northumberland Militia.
Muskets, English 80
Bayonets with scabbards 80
Cartouche boxes with belts and frogs 80
Cartridges, musket balls 3000
Arms, accoutrements, etc sent to Colonel Peters, Northumberland Militia
15 OCT 1814
Arms, Prisoners, Etc. October 15th, 1814
Cramahe 15th October 1814
I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of you letter dated the 21st the 24 Inst. , which but for sickness I should have answered sooner; I beg leave to report to you, that as soon as I heard Ensign Meyers had arrived at the head of the Bay of Quinte with the Arms I directed the Quarter Master of Northumberland Militia to go and take charge of the Arms, and to give out Ten Stands to each of the Eight Companies of the Regiment, with the equal proportion of ammunition, Flints etc., Captain Porter refused to take any of the Arms, saying if he could not have enough for his company he would have none, therefore I directed the Quarter Master to give his ten stands to the three next Companies;
On the 10th Instant I received a Requisition from Major Rogers to furnish Two officers, two Sergeants and twenty four Privates, and to be at the Court House in Hamilton by 9 o’clock on the 12th Inst. to escort American Prisoners of War from there to Kingston, upon which I immediately sent an order to Captain Porter for a Sergeant and Eight Men from his Company, on the 13th Inst. a M. McKenney, who I had recommended in my Return of the 24th September last, called on me and said he had prevailed on three or four of Captain Porter’s men to go with him to the Escort, though they would not take Arms when he offered to furnish them, and McKenney said no Sergeant was going from that Company; Please have the goodness to direct me how to proceed with Captain Porter, who I think has been very remiss in his duty in both cases. I have the honour to be Sir, your most obedient humble servant M. Peters Lieutenant Colonel 1st Regiment Northumberland Militia.
To: Lieutenant Colonel Nathaniel Coffin Deputy Adjutant of Militia N.C. Contents: Letters The Arms forwarded by Ensign Meyers has arrived and that in the Distribution of them Captain Porter would not accept of any; further Captain Porter has been very remiss in his duty.
SOURCE: source not noted, from web site James Rogers, third generation,
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5. WILL OF ADAM HENRY MEYERS
In the name of God Amen, I Adam Henry Meyers of the township of Murray in the Province of Upper Canada Esquire being weak in body but of sound mind and memory blessed be God Almighty for the same to make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say
First - I give and divide unto my beloved wife Mary Holloway Meyers lots number two and three in the first concession of the township of Murray aforesaid to have and to hold the same during her widowhood for the use of herself and also of the children who may continue to live with her and I do further give and bequeath to my said wife during her widowhood the sum of one hundred pounds annually and I also bequeath to her one half my household furniture
Secondly - I give and devise unto my eldest daughter Anna Margaret Corbett wife of Thomas A Corbett of Kingston lot number three and all I own that of number eight in the seventh concession, rear half of lot number seven, the whole of eight and nine in the eighth concession, number sixteen in the tenth concession and the south half of lot number eleven in the eighth concession all of the township of Percy. To have and to hold the same to her and her heirs and assigns forever - I do also bequeath her one yoke of oxen and the sum of one hundred pounds to be paid her by my executors within one year after my Decease.
Thirdly - I give and advise unto my daughter Hannah Maria Meyers lots number twenty three and twenty four in the fourth concession, south half of twenty three in the fifth concession, number fifteen, sixteen, seventeen and one hundred acres of eighteen in the eleventh concession all in the said township of Percy. Also one hundred acres in the township of Dorchester obtained from Thomas Arnold Esquire to have and to hold the same to her and her heirs and assigns forever. And I do further the bequeath to her one half my household furniture including a piano forte, also a yoke of oxen four cows and twelve sheep and likewise one hundred pounds to be paid on her marriage out of my personals estate.
Forthly -I give and advise unto my eldest son Adam Henry Meyers my brick house and lot in the town of Kingston and also lot number 12 in the first concession of Pittsburgh. To have and to hold the same with the apputenances unto him and his heirs and assigns forever.
Fifthly -I give and devise unto my son and Elijah Wallbridge Meyers lots number three, four and five in the first concession of the township of Murray aforesaid. To have and to hold the same with the appurtenances unto the said Elijah Wallbridge Meyers his heirs and assigns forever.
Sixthly - I give and advise unto my third son Justus Holloway Meyers lots number eight and sixteen in the second concession of Murray aforesaid and also the village lot and tavern thereon at the mouth of the River Trent in Murray aforesaid and likewise twenty one acres of land bought of Richard Henesey lying north of the Danforth road in Murray aforesaid together with a village lot purchased of John McAulay, blacksmith, at the mouth of the said River Trent on which my store stands, also lot number sixteen in the twelth concessions, number sixteen in the rear of the twelth concessions and twenty three in the fourteenth concession of Percy aforesaid, also one acre of land at Presqueille [Presqu'ile] bought of Benjamin Young and also the undivided mostly? of five acres and a quarter of land being part of lot eight in the sixth concession of Sidney held by me jointly with Robert Charles Wilkins Esquire of the Carrying Place. To have and to hold the same unto the said Justus Holloway Meyers his heirs and assigns forever.
Eighthly - I give and devise unto my fifth son William Holloway Wallbridge Meyers lots number one and six in the first concession, one, two, four, five and six in the second concession, and one and three in the third concession, number four in the fourth concession, number one in the eighth concession, south half of one in the ninth concession all of the township of Seymour. To have and to hold the same with the appurtenances unto the said William Holloway Wallbridge Meyers his heirs and assigns forever. And it is my desire that my said son William Holloway Wallbridge Meyers the respectively maintained at college until he attain the age of sixteen years the expences whereof are to be defrayed out of the rent of the said premises in Seymour.
Ninthly - I give and bequeath to Mrs Catherine ?? [hidden under fold] now living in my house in
Tenthly – I give and devise the east half of lot number three broken front a, and part of number three in the fifth concession of Murray aforesaid, also 500 acres in the township of Marmora and 300 acres for which I have an order in Council but which I have not yet located unto and amongst my said seven children equally. To have and to hold the same as Tenants in Common and not as Joint Tenants.
Lastly - I nominate my sons Adam Henry Meyers and Elijah Wallbridge Meyers executors of this my last will and testament and joining them to pay all my honest debts and carefully collect all my outstanding debts and to bring up the younger children in the fear of the lord. After payment of all debts and funeral expenses and legacies, I direct that the surplus of my personal estate remain till my youngest son William Holloway Wallbridge Meyers attained the age of twenty one years when it shall be equally divided among my said seven children – I do request my trusty friend William H. Wallbridge to afford his Council and advice to my said executors in the management of the affairs of my estate, and in case of any difference of opinion between them it is my desire that he should decide between them. It is my wish that I should be buried in the Carrying Place and I doubt not but that my beloved wife and children will see it that it be done with becoming decency. It is also my wish that my infant son Lewis be taken up and his remains placed in the same grave with mine -
I hereby revoke all former wills by me made, hereby constituting this my last will and testament - in case any lands not hereinbefore enumerated owned by me shall not be sold by me or shall revert to my estate in consequence of the non payment of the consideration money. It is my desire that the same shall be divided among my said seven children equally share and share alike - I do hereby direct that lots two and three in the first concession of Murray aforesaid on the east side of the said River Trent after the Decease of my said wife or her marriage, and lot number two in the first concession of Murray aforesaid on the west side of the said River Trent shall be divided equally among my said seven children. And in the case of the death of any of my said children without lawful issue, I do direct that the share of the child or children so dying shall go to and be divided among the surviving children share and share alike. In witness whereof this twenty seventh day of December in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty one [27 Dec 1831].
Signed sealed published and declared by within named Adam Henry Meyers to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribe our names as witnesses in the presence of the Testator end of each other [signed] Adam Henry Meyers
V. ?arur? Leonard
Whereas I Adam Henry Meyers of the township of Murray in the county of Northumberland in the Newcastle District area and Province of Upper Canada esq have made my last will and testament in writing bearing date the twenty seventh day of December in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty one. Now I do by this my writing which I hereby declare to be a codical [sic] to my last will and testament to be taken as a part thereof.
First - I do give and bequeath to my daughter Hannah Mariah Meyers the two shares I own in the stock of the steamer Sir James Kemp for her own use and benefit with all profits and emotuments arising therefrom
Secondly – I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary Holloway Meyers what is already expressed in my will and testament provided she will not exact a dower from any person or persons to whom I have sold and conveyed lands on other property. Nor exact demand or cause to be demanded her third of any part of the property of which I now possess and give by my last will and testament to my children, and in case she will demand any part of her third in any shape whatever contrary to my express wish in this my codical then and in that case I give and bequeath to her my beloved wife Mary Holloway Meyers no more than twelve shillings and six pence per year.
Thirdly – I hereby order and declare that part of my will and testament to be void and of no affect whereby I gave and bequeathed to my son John Everett Howard Meyers, my farm in the township of Ameliasburgh being the number two Point A. And in place of the said farm I give and bequeath to my son John Everett Howard Meyers his heirs and assigns, lots numbers sixteen and seventeen in the eleventh concession of the township of Percy, to have and to hold the same for his only use and benefit.
Forthly – I hereby order and declare that part of my last will and testament to be void and of no affect whereby I gave and bequeath to my daughter Hannah Maria Meyers lots number sixteen and seventeen in the eleventh concession of the township of Percy
Fifthly – I give and bequeath to my daughter’s and Margaret Corbet [sic] and Hannah Mariah Meyers of their heirs and assigns forever, lot number Two Point A in the township of Ameliasburgh to have and to hold the same and the equally divided between them.
Sixthly – I hereby order and declare that part is my will and testament to be void and if no affect whereby I appointed William H Wallbridge an execution to my will and testament, and I hereby require my trusty friend Sheldon Hawley Esquire of the township of Murray to act as an executor in place of William H Wallbridge Deceased.
And lastly it is my desire that this my codical be annexed to and made a part of my last will and testament to all intents and purposes in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty fifth day of April in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty two [25 April 1832].
Signed sealed and published and declared by the above named Adam Henry Meyers as a codical to the annexed to his said last will and testament. In presence of the words Everett Howard Meyers is entertined in two places before signed
Adam Henry Meyers
Source: Will of Adam Henry Meyers, Court of Probate, Estate Files, 1793-1859, RG 22, MS638, reel 59
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7. Descendants of Adam Henry Meyers and Mary Holloway Wallbridge
1. ADAM HENRY1 MEYERS was born 24 Oct 1780, Hollen, Hanover, Germany, and died 09 May 1832 in River Trent (Trenton, ON). He married MARY HOLLOWAY WALLBRIDGE 27 Jan 1807 in River Trent, daughter of ELIJAH WALLBRIDGE and MARGARET HOLLOWAY. She was born 16 Aug 1784 in Milton, NY, and died 15 Jun 1852.
Children of ADAM MEYERS and MARY WALLBRIDGE are:
2. i. ANNA MARGARET2 MEYERS, b. 24 Oct 1807; d. 12 Dec 1870.
ii. ELIAS VON HOLLAND MEYERS, b. 22 Feb 1809; d. Abt. 1809.
3. iii. HANNAH MARIAH MEYERS, b. 03 Dec 1810; d. Aft. Dec 1892.
iv. ADAM HENRY MEYERS, b. 18 Jul 1812; d. 31 Jul 1875.
4. v. ELIJAH WALLBRIDGE MEYERS, b. 24 May 1814; d. 21 Aug 1868.
vi. JUSTUS HOLLOWAY MEYERS, b. 18 Apr 1816; d. 09 May 1837.
vii. JOHN EVERETT HOWARD MEYERS, b. 19 Jan 1818; d. 20 May 1839.
viii. WILLIAM HOLLOWAY WALLBRIDGE MEYERS, b. 12 Nov 1819; d. Aft. Jun 1853; m. Agnes TURNBULL
Generation No. 2
2. ANNA MARGARET2 MEYERS (ADAM HENRY1) was born 24 Oct 1807, and died 12 Dec 1870. She married THOMAS AUGUSTUS CORBETT, 6 Mar 1828 at River Trent. He died 02 Jan 1874.
Children of ANNA MEYERS and THOMAS CORBETT are:
i. AUGUSTUS3 CORBETT.
ii. WILLIAM CORBETT.
iii. THOMAS CORBETT.
iv. HENRY CORBETT.
v. DAUGHTER, m. BALKUIL.
3. HANNAH MARIAH2 MEYERS (ADAM HENRY1) was born 03 Dec 1810, and died Aft. Dec 1892. She married JOHN COCHRANE. He died 16 Feb 1842.
Children of HANNAH MEYERS and JOHN COCHRANE are:
i. JOHN3 COCHRANE.
ii. MARY COCHRANE, b. 03 Feb 1839.
4. ELIJAH WALLBRIDGE2 MEYERS (ADAM HENRY1) was born 24 May 1814, and died 21 Aug 1868. He married SOPHIA BIRDSALL. She was born Abt. 1825, and died Aft. 1881.
Children of ELIJAH MEYERS and SOPHIA BIRDSALL are:
i. ADAM HENRY3 MEYERS, b. Abt. 1843; d. 1891.
ii. ELIJAH MEYERS, b. Abt. 1844.
iii. WILLIAM FREDERICK MEYERS, b. Abt. 1846.
iv. MARY H MEYERS, b. Abt. 1847.
v. ROBERT DAVID MEYERS, b. 1857.
vi. DONALD CAMPBELL MEYERS, b. 1859.
vii. WALTER HERBERT MEYERS, b. Abt. 1868.
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8. MORE on the CHILDREN
From the book Descendants of Henry Wallbridge, who married Ann Amos, December 25th, 1688, at Preston, Conn, with some notes on the allied families of Brush, Fassett, Dewey, Fobes, Gager, Lehman, Meech, Stafford. Scott, 1898, by William Gedney Wallbridge, (1856 - ), Philadelphia, Press of Franklin printing company, Internet Archive web site, pages 111 and 112.
i. Anna Margaret Meyers, b. Oct. 24, 1807, d. Dec. 12, 1870, m. Thomas A. Corbett, who held the life office of High Sheriff of Kingston, Can., until his death, Jan. 2, 1874. Mr. and Mrs. Corbett left four sons and one dau., the latter m. S. R. Balkuil, of
ii. Elias Von Holland Meyers, b. Feb. 22, 1809, d. young,
iii. Hannah Maria Meyers, b. Dec. 3, 1810, m. John Cochrane, a Ch. of Eng. clergyman, who d. Feb. 16, 1842. Their two chi. d. in infancy, and the wid. was living Dec, 1892.
iv. Adam Henry Meyers, b. July 18, 1812, d. unm. July 31, 1875. He was a Barrister and M. P.
v. Elijah Wallbridge Meyers, b. May 24, 1814, d. Aug. 21, 1868, m. Sophia Birdsall, was a wholesale lumber merchant, left five sons and one dau., the latter is dead. (1) Adam Henry Meyers was a barrister in
vi. Justus Holloway Meyers, b. April 18, 181 6, d. unm. May 9, 1837, was a
medical student, and accidentally shot.
vii. John Everett Howard Meyers, b. Jan. 19, 1818, d. unm. May 20, 1839.
viii. Wm. Holloway Wallbridge Meyers, b. Nov. 12, 1819, m. a dau. of John
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|9. THREE PETITIONS from Adam Henry
Murray, 11 Sept 1833, Rev’d John Grier, minister to Murray, petitions saying that in January 1832 5 acres around the school house on lot 2, Con 1, Murray, was made for a church and parsonage, that the schoolhouse has been temporarily used as a place of worship and has been found much too small to contain those who resort to the public services of the church at that place … that as they are yet unable to erect a church that would meet the wants of the place eight or ten years hence, it is proposed to either enlarge the present schoolhouse or build a new one .. before they undertake either rof these plans they wish to have undisputed title to the ground. … prays for deed to the ground …. That Adam Henry Meyers Esq and Thomas Gainsforth be the trustees until such time as a clergyman. Lord Bishop of
Source: UCLP, G18/57, 1833-34, V 211, AO, C- 2034
Those signing an undated petition of support for Jeziah Bell are :
Wm Ketcheson Jr
Wm B Embury [Wm B Embury also makes a separate oath in support of J. Bell and his story, dated 30 Mar 1839]
John Anderson JP
Referred to the Executive Council on 10 Jan 1840
Source: UCLP, B22/42, 1839-40, V64, AO, C-1634
A. H. Meyers, lot 13, Con 7, Sidney
A. H. Meyers, lot 15, Con 7, Sidney
A. H. Meyers, lot 22, Con 2, Percy
Reuben Tompkins, W ½, lot 2, Con 3, Cramahe
S. S. Saylor, SE ¼, lot 25, Con 3, Hope
[there are 3 pages of names]
Source: UCLP, C22/216, 1840-41, V125, AO, C-1731
Adam Henry Meyers was the member of the Legislative Assembly, Canada West, 1847 for Northumberland South.
Source: The Quebec Directory, Montreal, 1847-8, Alfred Hawkins, 1847, page 52, Ancestry.ca
Adam H Meyers, conferred Hilary Term, 4, Wm. IV. 1834
Source: The Upper Canada Law Directory for 1857, Barristers Roll, Roll of Gentlemen upon whom the degree at Law has been conferred in the Law Society of Upper Canada, J Rordans, Toronto, pg 58, Ancestry.ca
Adam Henry Meyers, barrister &c, Ontario St, Trenton
Source: Hastings Directory, 1864-5, p 379
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