Enoch Myers



There are few more pleasant things to look upon than the cheerful and comfortable home of two people who joined hands at an early period in life, and have traveled together amicably on its pathway since that time. Mr. and Mrs. Myers are numbered among the well-to-do and intelligent people of this county, who are eminently worthy of representation in a work designed to perpetuate the lives of its people. They own and occupy a snug homestead of 107 acres on section 16, Nora Township, which their joint efforts have transformed into the ideal home where peace and plenty abound with hosts of friends. The manner in which the family is spoken of by their neighbors is ample indication of the manner in which they are held in their community.

The early home of Mr. Myers was in Juniata County, Pa., where he first opened his eyes to the light on the 30th of October, 1826. He lived there until a man of twenty-nine years, acquiring his education in the common-school, and becoming familiar with the various employments (sic) of farm life. At the age of twenty-three years he was married Nov. 20, 1849, to Miss Nancy Musser, a native of his own county, and born Nov. 9, 1833. Six years later they removed from Juniata to Wayne County, Ohio, settling in Plain Township, where they sojourned four and one-half years. Early in April, 1861, we find them settled on a tract of new land in Nora Township, this county, where they have since been residents. Mr. Myers has been a lifelong agriculturist and has brought his land to a thorough state of cultivation, also erecting upon it good buildings, and gathering about himself and family the little comforts and conveniences so essential to their welfare and happiness.

The household circle of Mr. and Mrs. Myers was completed by the birth of six children, the eldest of whom, a son, John T., married Miss Jennie Rhodes, of West Point Township, Stephenson County, this State, and is now living in Stephenson County, Ill.; Clara P. is the wife of Erastus Kepner; and David F. married Miss Susan M. Scofield, both being residents of Nora Township; Albert B. married Miss Clara Lutz, of Stephenson County, and is living in the same county; Jennie E. and Lena M. continue at home with their parents. Mr. and Mrs. M. have been particularly fortunate in their children, having little illness in their family, the result of a well-regulated house, combined With cleanliness and good order. Our subject, politically, is an earnest Republican, and both he and his estimable wife are connected with the German Baptist Church.

David and Elizabeth (Holtzopple) Myers, the parents of our subject, were likewise with their son natives of Juniata County, Pa., where they spent their entire lives, the mother dying in July, 1853, and the father in July, 1865. Mrs. Myers is the daughter of John and Anna (Sausman) Musser, natives of Lancaster County, Pa., who after their marriage settled in Juniata County, where they, too, spent the balance of their lives. Mr. Musser departed this life when middle-aged, in September, 1848. The mother survived until the winter of 1869. Their family consisted of nine children, four of whom are living.

Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of Jo Daviess Co., IL (1889)