Getting a workable list of Germans who enter the port of Philadelphia in the 18th century.

We’ll start with a web site called German Roots, as looking here has been the most useful place to date.  They have a subpage, named “Finding Passenger Lists before 1820” and this is where we will head next.  They then discuss a book named “Pennsylvania German Pioneers” and it is in three volumes. The first volume is an index. The second are the actual passenger lists from volume one, and this volume has to be purchased. The third volume starts in 1785 and is outside of our specific interests.

Volumes one and three can be downloaded in PDF form, and a quick look will soon convince you that trying to work through all the data (over 800 pages in volume one) would be back breaking work. That said, in 2014 a text version of the first volume was created and if you download that, then you have a shot at using a computer program to parse the text and dump the parsed data into a database. If I’m able to do that, I’ll let the readers of this blog know. I have usable skills in Perl and Python, so this isn’t impossible. The trick will be writing a smart enough parser that the output is usable and not garbage.

Update. I was able to write something that works, and create a Myers list from the raw text data listed above. The list is (in CSV format):

Henrick Meyer,Meyer,LIST 1A,1727
Tonicus Meyer,Meyer,LIST 1A,1727
Johan Will(iam) Mey,Mey,LIST 1A,1727
Elias Meyer,Meyer,LIST 1A,1727
Jacob Meyer,Meyer,LIST 1A,1727
Elias Meyer,Meyer,LIST 1B,1727
Henrich Meyer,Meyer,LIST 1B,1727
Jacob Meyer,Meyer,LIST 1B,1727
Henerck Meyer,Meyer,LIST 3A,1727
Henrich (HM) Mayer,Mayer,LIST 3B,1727
Jacob Meyer,Meyer,LIST 4A,1727
Christian Mayer,Mayer,LIST 5A,1727
Vinsent Mayer,Mayer,LIST 5A,1727
Christian Meyer,Meyer,LIST 5A,1727
Johann Vincens Meyer,Meyer,LIST 5A,1727
Hans Meyer,Meyer,LIST 6A,1728
Fredrick Meyer,Meyer,LIST 12A,1730
Bernhard Myler,Myler,LIST 12A,1730
Jacob Myler,Myler,LIST 12A,1730
Friedrich Meyer,Meyer,LIST 12A,1730
Eberhardt Meyer,Meyer,LIST 12A,1730
Jacob Meyer,Meyer,LIST 12A,1730
Friedrich Meyer,Meyer,LIST 12C,1730
Eberhardt Meyer,Meyer,LIST 12C,1730
Jacob Meyer,Meyer,LIST 12C,1730
Mathew Moyal,Moyal,LIST 13A,1730
Lareunce Moyal,Moyal,LIST 13A,1730
Hans Jedrick Moyal,Moyal,LIST 13A,1730
Barbra Moyal,Moyal,LIST 13A,1730
Hans Ulrich ( \ ) Mayer,Mayer,LIST 13B,1730
Hans llrich (X) Mayer,Mayer,LIST 13C,1730
Gerich Meyer,Meyer,LIST 15A,1730
Andreas Meyer,Meyer,LIST 15A,1730
Johann Georg Mayer,Mayer,LIST 15B,1730
Johann Georg Mayer,Mayer,LIST 15C,1730
Jacob Meyer,Meyer,LIST 16A,1730
Stoffel Meyer,Meyer,LIST 16A,1730
Thomas Meyer,Meyer,LIST 16A,1730
Anna Meyering,Meyering,LIST 16A,1730
Elizabeth Meyering,Meyering,LIST 16A,1730
Mich 1 (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 16B,1730
Jacob Meyer,Meyer,LIST 16B,1730
Christoffel Meyer,Meyer,LIST 16B,1730
Johan Thomas Meyer,Meyer,LIST 16B,1730
Jacob Meir,Meir,LIST 16B,1730
Mich. (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 16C,1730
Jacob Meier,Meier,LIST 16C,1730
Christoffel Meyer,Meyer,LIST 16C,1730
Johan Thomas Meyer,Meyer,LIST 16C,1730
Jacob Meier,Meier,LIST 16C,1730
Elias Meyer,Meyer,LIST 19A,1732
Michiel Mayer,Mayer,LIST 19A,1732
Adam Meyer,Meyer,LIST 19A,1732
Kathrina Meyerlin,Meyerlin,LIST 19A,1732
Hans Jacob Meyer,Meyer,LIST 20A,1732
Barbara Meyer,Meyer,LIST 20A,1732
Margaret Meyer,Meyer,LIST 20A,1732
Susanna Meyer,Meyer,LIST 20A,1732
Hanickel Myer,Myer,LIST 20A,1732
Casparus Meyer,Meyer,LIST 20A,1732
Hans Jacob Meyer,Meyer,LIST 20B,1732
Hans Jacob Meyer,Meyer,LIST 20C,1732
Fredrich Meyer,Meyer,LIST 21A,1732
Friederich ( | ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 21A,1732
Sam' Myear,Myear,LIST 21A,1732
Martin Myear,Myear,LIST 21A,1732
Marte Mayer,Mayer,LIST 22B,1732
Samuel (O) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 22C,1732
Marte Mayer,Mayer,LIST 22C,1732
Hans Michal Meik,Meik,LIST 23A,1732
bim 1 Mieire,Mieire,LIST 23A,1732
Simon Meyer,Meyer,LIST 23B,1732
Simon Meyer,Meyer,LIST 23C,1732
Casper Maire,Maire,LIST 25A,1732
Casper (O) Miere,Miere,LIST 25B,1732
Johannes Meyer,Meyer,LIST 25B,1732
Johannes Mayer,Mayer,LIST 25C,1732
Caspar ( X ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 25C,1732
Philip Melchior Meyer,Meyer,LIST 28A,1732
Charl. De Meyeren,Meyeren,LIST 28A,1732
Philip Melchior Meyer,Meyer,LIST 28B,1732
Philip Melchior Meyer,Meyer,LIST 28C,1732
Maria Crete Myring,Myring,LIST 29A,1733
Johannes Miem,Miem,LIST 32A,1733
Gregonus Meyster,Meyster,LIST 36A,1734
Hans deorg Meyer,Meyer,LIST 36A,1734
David Meyster,Meyster,LIST 36A,1734
Melchior Meyster,Meyster,LIST 36A,1734
Maria Meyster,Meyster,LIST 36A,1734
Christopher Meyster,Meyster,LIST 36A,1734
Anna Meyster,Meyster,LIST 36A,1734
Maria Meyster,Meyster,LIST 36A,1734
Maria Urcella Meyer,Meyer,LIST 36A,1734
Alana Ann Meyer,Meyer,LIST 36A,1734
Gregorius ( X ) Meisther,Meisther,LIST 36B,1734
Melcher (O) Meishter,Meishter,LIST 36B,1734
Georg Meyer,Meyer,LIST 36B,1734
Georg Mayer,Mayer,LIST 36C,1734
Conrad Meyer,Meyer,LIST 38A,1735
Johannes Meyer,Meyer,LIST 38A,1735
Jacob Meyer,Meyer,LIST 38A,1735
Jacob Meyer,Meyer,LIST 38B,1735
Conrad ( V ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 38B,1735
Jacob Meyer,Meyer,LIST 38C,1735
Conrad (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 38C,1735
J. ( ieorg Mein,Mein,LIST 41A,1736
Daniel Meyer,Meyer,LIST 41A,1736
Johannes Meyer,Meyer,LIST 41A,1736
Caspar Meyer,Meyer,LIST 41A,1736
A Eva Meyerin,Meyerin,LIST 41A,1736
Elisabeth Meyerin,Meyerin,LIST 41A,1736
Hans Jerig (X) Mein,Mein,LIST 41B,1736
Daniel Meyer,Meyer,LIST 41B,1736
Johannes ( X ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 41B,1736
Caspar ( X ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 41B,1736
Ludwig (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 41B,1736
Daniel Mayer,Mayer,LIST 41C,1736
Johanes ( X ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 41C,1736
Caspar (O) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 41C,1736
George Meyer,Meyer,LIST 42A,1736
Jacob Meyer,Meyer,LIST 42A,1736
George Meyer,Meyer,LIST 42A,1736
Hendrick Meyer,Meyer,LIST 42A,1736
Jerg Maier,Maier,LIST 42B,1736
George ( X ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 42B,1736
Hendrick (H) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 42B,1736
Jerg Maier,Maier,LIST 42C,1736
Jacob Meyer,Meyer,LIST 42C,1736
Nichol 8 Meyer,Meyer,LIST 44A,1737
Nichel (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 44B,1737
Nichol (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 44C,1737
Jacob Meyer,Meyer,LIST 45A,1737
Jacob Meier,Meier,LIST 45B,1737
Jacob Meier,Meier,LIST 45C,1737
Hans Jung Meyer,Meyer,LIST 46A,1737
Hans Jurig (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 46B,1737
Hans Jurig (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 46C,1737
Johannes Meyer,Meyer,LIST 47B,1737
Hans Mei[e]r,Mei[e]r,LIST 47B,1737
Christian (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 47B,1737
Johannes Meyer,Meyer,LIST 47C,1737
Hans Meir,Meir,LIST 47C,1737
Christian (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 47C,1737
Johann ( + ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 47C,1737
Willm Meyer,Meyer,LIST 52A,1738
Ludwick Meyer,Meyer,LIST 52A,1738
Martin Meyer,Meyer,LIST 52A,1738
Lodo\viok Meyer,Meyer,LIST 52B,1738
Johann Maritin Meyer,Meyer,LIST 52B,1738
Johan WilhcjUem Mayer,Mayer,LIST 52B,1738
H. Adan Mayer,Mayer,LIST 52B,1738
Ludewig Meyer,Meyer,LIST 52C,1738
Johan Martin Meyer,Meyer,LIST 52C,1738
Johan Wilhellem Mayer,Mayer,LIST 52C,1738
Adam Mayer,Mayer,LIST 52C,1738
Joh s Hendrick Meyer,Meyer,LIST 54A,1738
Johann Henrich Meyer,Meyer,LIST 54B,1738
And ries Meyer,Meyer,LIST 55A,1738
Andres (N) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 55B,1738
And eras (N) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 55C,1738
Hans George Mayer,Mayer,LIST 56C,1738
Johannes Mayer,Mayer,LIST 56C,1738
Hans Meyer,Meyer,LIST 57B,1738
Hans Jerg Mayer,Mayer,LIST 57C,1738
Hans Meyer,Meyer,LIST 57C,1738
Christian Myer,Myer,LIST 58A,1738
Martin Mayer,Mayer,LIST 60A,1738
Christophell Mayer,Mayer,LIST 62A,1738
Bertho. Mayer,Mayer,LIST 62A,1738
Georg Nicolaus Mayer,Mayer,LIST 62B,1738
Cristian (-(-) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 62B,1738
Berdolf Meier,Meier,LIST 62B,1738
Christian ( + ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 62C,1738
Ludwig Meier,Meier,LIST 63B,1738
Ludwig Meier,Meier,LIST 63C,1738
Johannes Mayer,Mayer,LIST 64A,1738
Geo. Adam Mayer,Mayer,LIST 64A,1738
Georg Ernst Mayer,Mayer,LIST 64B,1738
Georg Ernst Meyer,Meyer,LIST 64C,1738
Ralph Meyenhoffer,Meyenhoffer,LIST 66A,1738
Rodolph ( ) Mayerhousen,Mayerhousen,LIST 66B,1738
Rudolff (X) Meyerhoffe,Meyerhoffe,LIST 66C,1738
Mich 1 Meyer,Meyer,LIST 67A,1738
Michael (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 67B,1738
Melchior (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 67C,1738
Caspar Mayer,Mayer,LIST 68A,1739
Hendrich Mayer,Mayer,LIST 68A,1739
Hans Mayer,Mayer,LIST 68A,1739
Jacob Mayer,Mayer,LIST 68A,1739
Hans Ulrich Mayer,Mayer,LIST 68A,1739
Jacob Mayer,Mayer,LIST 68A,1739
Hans Meier,Meier,LIST 68B,1738
Caspar ( X ) Mayer,Mayer,LIST 68B,1738
Jacob (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 68B,1738
Henrich (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 68B,1738
Hans Ulrick ( + ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 68B,1738
Jacob (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 68B,1738
Caspar ( X ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 68C,1738
Hans Meier,Meier,LIST 68C,1738
Jacob ( X ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 68C,1738
Henry (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 68C,1738
Hans Uhllerik (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 68C,1738
Jacob (-f- ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 68C,1738
Johan Peter Meyer,Meyer,LIST 70A,1739
Johan Peter (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 70A,1739
Hans Myer,Myer,LIST 72A,1739
Johan Riedy Myer,Myer,LIST 72A,1739
Johannes Meyer,Meyer,LIST 73A,1739
Egidi Meyer,Meyer,LIST 73A,1739
Johannes Meyer,Meyer,LIST 73A,1739
Egidi Meyer,Meyer,LIST 73A,1739
Christian Mayer,Mayer,LIST 76A,1740
Christian (XX) Swegle Mayer,Mayer,LIST 76B,1740
John Adam Meyer,Meyer,LIST 77A,1740
Johan Adam ( X ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 77B,1740
Johan Adam ( X ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 77C,1740
Yergeorall Meyre,Meyre,LIST 78A,1740
Gorg Karle Meier,Meier,LIST 78B,1740
Jorg Karl Meier,Meier,LIST 78C,1740
Petter May,May,LIST 80B,1740
Peter May,May,LIST 80C,1740
Joanis Mayor,Mayor,LIST 82A,1741
Friederich (F) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 82A,1741
Johannes ( X ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 82A,1741
Johanes (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 82C,1741
Friederch (F) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 82C,1741
Jacob Mayer,Mayer,LIST 85A,1741
Jacob Mayer,Mayer,LIST 85A,1741
Jacob (O) Mayer,Mayer,LIST 85B,1741
Jacob (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 85C,1741
Jacob Meier,Meier,LIST 85C,1741
Maties (X) Maier,Maier,LIST 87B,1741
Matteus (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 87C,1741
Peter Meyer,Meyer,LIST 88A,1741
Peter (X) Myar,Myar,LIST 88B,1741
Peter (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 88C,1741
Dewaldt Mayer,Mayer,LIST 90A,1741
Peter Main,Main,LIST 90A,1741
Hans Ehwalt Meyer,Meyer,LIST 90B,1741
Peter (X) Maim,Maim,LIST 90B,1741
Hans Ehwalt Meyer,Meyer,LIST 90C,1741
Peter ( X ) Main,Main,LIST 90C,1741
Adolph Meyer,Meyer,LIST 91A,1742
Johann Adolph Meyer,Meyer,LIST 91B,1742
Johann Adolph Meyer,Meyer,LIST 91C,1742
Marti Myer,Myer,LIST 94C,1742
Fredri (K) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 94C,1742
Matheas (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 95C,1742
Hannes Meyer,Meyer,LIST 96A,1743
Johannes Meyer,Meyer,LIST 96A,1743
Rudey Meyerhover,Meyerhover,LIST 96A,1743
Hans Jacob Meyer,Meyer,LIST 96A,1743
Hans (X) Moyer,Moyer,LIST 96B,1743
Johans Meier,Meier,LIST 96B,1743
Hans Jacob Meyer,Meyer,LIST 96B,1743
Junghans Meier,Meier,LIST 96C,1743
Hans Jacob Meyer,Meyer,LIST 96C,1743
Hans (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 96C,1743
Johans Meier,Meier,LIST 96C,1743
JJaniel Mey,Mey,LIST 97A,1743
Hendricli Mey,Mey,LIST 97A,1743
Danniel May,May,LIST 97B,1743
Johann Henrich May,May,LIST 97B,1743
Daniell May,May,LIST 97C,1743
Johann Hen rich May,May,LIST 97C,1743
Henrich ( -)- ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 98C,1743
Casper Meier,Meier,LIST 100C,1743
Henry (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 101C,1743
Phillippus Friederich May,May,LIST 102C,1743
Mattheis Meier,Meier,LIST 102C,1743
Johannes Mayer,Mayer,LIST 103A,1743
Johannes Meyer,Meyer,LIST 103B,1743
Johannes Meyer,Meyer,LIST 103C,1743
Joh. Adam ( + ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 105B,1743
Matthias ( X ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 105B,1743
Nich. (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 105B,1743
Joh. Wilh m (M) Meys,Meys,LIST 105B,1743
Johan Adam ( X ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 105C,1744
Matteas ( + ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 105C,1744
Nicklas (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 105C,1744
Johan Wilhelm (M) Meys,Meys,LIST 105C,1744
Joseph Mayer,Mayer,LIST 108C,1744
Johannes Mayer,Mayer,LIST 108C,1744
John Jacob ( X ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 109C,1744
Johann (V) Meister,Meister,LIST 109C,1744
Michael Meyer,Meyer,LIST 109C,1744
Peter (V) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 109C,1744
John Jacob (XX) Meishter,Meishter,LIST 113C,1747
Michael (M) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 113C,1747
Michel Meyer,Meyer,LIST 114C,1747
Philipp Jacob Mayer,Mayer,LIST 114C,1747
Johann Petter Meissen,Meissen,LIST 115B,1747
Adolff May,May,LIST 115B,1747
Johann Petter Meissen,Meissen,LIST 115C,1747
Adolf Mey,Mey,LIST 115C,1747
Johanes (O) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 115C,1747
Johannes (O) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 116C,1747
Johann Leonhard May,May,LIST 116C,1747
Frantz Peter May,May,LIST 116C,1747
Johann Nickel Mayer,Mayer,LIST 116C,1747
Adam Mayer,Mayer,LIST 116C,1747
Johannes Myer,Myer,LIST 116C,1747
Adam Mayer,Mayer,LIST 116C,1747
Johannes Mayer,Mayer,LIST 116C,1747
Adam Mayer,Mayer,LIST 116C,1747
Johannes Mayer,Mayer,LIST 116C,1747
Johann Adam Meyer,Meyer,LIST 121C,1748
Johannes Meyer,Meyer,LIST 121C,1748
Johannes ( X ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 125C,1749
Losker Meyer,Meyer,LIST 126C,1749
Baltas Mayer-,Mayer-,LIST 126C,1749
J. Leonhart (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 127C,1749
Samuel (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 128C,1749
Hans Jacob (M) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 129C,1749
Henry ( X ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 129C,1749
Johann Michael Mayer,Mayer,LIST 130C,1749
Hans Meier,Meier,LIST 133C,1749
Hans Nickel Meyer,Meyer,LIST 133C,1749
Jost Meyer,Meyer,LIST 133C,1749
Hans Jorg Mieder,Mieder,LIST 134C,1749
Christoph (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 135C,1749
Michel Meyer,Meyer,LIST 135C,1749
Friederich (M) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 139C,1749
Con rat Mayer,Mayer,LIST 139C,1749
Johannes Meier,Meier,LIST 140C,1749
Friederich Mey,Mey,LIST 141C,1749
Jacob Meyer,Meyer,LIST 141C,1749
Johann Nickklas Mayer,Mayer,LIST 141C,1749
Lonhardt Meyer,Meyer,LIST 142C,1749
Hans Gerg Meyer,Meyer,LIST 144C,1749
Georg Meyer,Meyer,LIST 145C,1749
Friedrich Meisch,Meisch,LIST 149C,1750
Johannes Miesch,Miesch,LIST 149C,1750
Hans Jacob Meyer,Meyer,LIST 150C,1750
Hans George ( X ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 150C,1750
Peter (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 152C,1750
Christoph ( + ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 153C,1750
Johannes ( X ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 154C,1750
Henry (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 154C,1750
Johannes Meyer,Meyer,LIST 156C,1750
Matheas ( X ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 157C,1750
Hans Georg ( X ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 157C,1750
Joseph ( X ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 159C,1750
Rolandt May,May,LIST 159C,1750
Caspar Mayer,Mayer,LIST 159C,1750
Jacob Meier,Meier,LIST 162C,1750
Veit Meister,Meister,LIST 163C,1750
H. Michael (H) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 165C,1750
Philipp Friedrich Meyer,Meyer,LIST 167C,1750
Elias Mayer,Mayer,LIST 168C,1750
Hans Mayer,Mayer,LIST 168C,1750
Martin Maintzer,Maintzer,LIST 169C,1750
Simmon Meier,Meier,LIST 170C,1750
Johannes Meyer,Meyer,LIST 171C,1750
Johan Philipp Meyer,Meyer,LIST 172C,1750
Michael Mayer,Mayer,LIST 173C,1750
Daniel Meyer,Meyer,LIST 174C,1750
Michael (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 174C,1750
Vallentin Meyer,Meyer,LIST 174C,1750
Johann Andreas Mayer,Mayer,LIST 176C,1750
Johann George Mayer,Mayer,LIST 176C,1750
Johann Andreas Mayer,Mayer,LIST 176C,1750
Johann Georg Maisch,Maisch,LIST 176C,1750
Johanes Meiger,Meiger,LIST 176C,1750
Johannes Mayer,Mayer,LIST 176C,1750
Johannes Mayer,Mayer,LIST 176C,1750
Caspar ( X ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 176C,1750
Hans Adam Meyer,Meyer,LIST 176C,1750
Friederich Mayer,Mayer,LIST 177C,1752
Johann Wilhelm Meyer,Meyer,LIST 177C,1752
Johann Gcrlach Meyer,Meyer,LIST 177C,1752
Johann Christ Meyer,Meyer,LIST 177C,1752
Jacob (X) Meysel,Meysel,LIST 178C,1752
Henry (XX) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 180C,1752
Hans Heinrich Meir,Meir,LIST 180C,1752
Johannes (-)-) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 180C,1752
Johannes Meyer,Meyer,LIST 180C,1752
Steft'an Meyer,Meyer,LIST 181C,1752
Joseph Mayer,Mayer,LIST 182C,1752
deorge ( X ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 187C,1752
Johann Michael May,May,LIST 187C,1752
George ( X ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 187C,1752
Johannes Meyer,Meyer,LIST 187C,1752
Hans Peter ( + ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 192C,1752
Christoph ( X ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 193C,1752
Christ Diterich ( X ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 193C,1752
Johan ( + + ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 193C,1752
Ulrich Meyer,Meyer,LIST 194C,1752
Johannes Meyer,Meyer,LIST 194C,1752
Johan Georg Meyer,Meyer,LIST 194C,1752
Hans George (X) Meyly,Meyly,LIST 195C,1752
Johann Michael Christian Gorg May,May,LIST 195C,1752
Frantz May,May,LIST 195C,1752
Kilian May,May,LIST 195C,1752
Heinrich Mayer,Mayer,LIST 196A,1753
Hinrich Meyer,Meyer,LIST 196B,1753
Hinrich Meyer,Meyer,LIST 196C,1753
Johann Gerhardt Mayer,Mayer,LIST 196C,1753
Matt 8 Mier,Mier,LIST 197A,1753
Johann Mattheus Mayer,Mayer,LIST 197B,1753
Johann Mattheus Mayer,Mayer,LIST 197C,1753
Frederick (X) Mey,Mey,LIST 199B,1753
Adolf Meyer,Meyer,LIST 199B,1753
Friederich ( X ) Mey,Mey,LIST 199C,1753
Adolf Meyer,Meyer,LIST 199C,1753
Joh. Jurg Meys,Meys,LIST 201A,1753
And 3 Meyer,Meyer,LIST 202A,1753
Johann Andreas Meyer,Meyer,LIST 202B,1753
Johann Andreas Meyer,Meyer,LIST 202C,1753
Philip Meyer,Meyer,LIST 203A,1753
Johan Diedrich Meyer,Meyer,LIST 203C,1753
Johan Philip (HPM) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 203C,1753
Philip Jacob Mayer,Mayer,LIST 204A,1753
Philipp Jacob Meyer,Meyer,LIST 204B,1753
Philipp Jacob Meyer,Meyer,LIST 204C,1753
Johannis Martin Myer,Myer,LIST 207A,1753
Rudolph ( X ) Myer,Myer,LIST 207B,1753
Johannes Mayer,Mayer,LIST 207B,1753
Marten Mayer,Mayer,LIST 207B,1753
Rudolph (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 207C,1753
Johannes Mayer,Mayer,LIST 207C,1753
.Marten Mayer,Mayer,LIST 207C,1753
Joh. Adam Mier,Mier,LIST 208A,1753
Johann Adam Meyer,Meyer,LIST 208B,1753
Johann Adam Meyer,Meyer,LIST 208C,1753
Peter Myer,Myer,LIST 209A,1753
Johann Peter Meyer,Meyer,LIST 209B,1753
Daniel Flender Johan Peter Meyer,Meyer,LIST 209C,1753
John Petter Mayer,Mayer,LIST 211A,1753
John Peter (X) Myer,Myer,LIST 211B,1753
J. Peter (XX) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 211C,1753
Adam Maire,Maire,LIST 215B,1754
Adam Maire,Maire,LIST 215C,1754
Leonard Meyer,Meyer,LIST 215C,1754
Leon ha i d t Meyer,Meyer,LIST 216B,1754
Leonhardt Meyer,Meyer,LIST 216C,1754
Hans George ( X ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 218B,1754
Hans Georg (-J-) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 218B,1754
Hans George ( X ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 218C,1754
Hans George (-)-) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 218C,1754
George Mayer,Mayer,LIST 221A,1754
Conrad Mayer,Mayer,LIST 221A,1754
Georg Meyer,Meyer,LIST 221B,1754
Goerg Meyer,Meyer,LIST 221C,1754
Jacob Fredrick Meyer,Meyer,LIST 223A,1754
Walledine Meyer,Meyer,LIST 223A,1754
John Meyer,Meyer,LIST 223A,1754
Jacob Friderich Mayer,Mayer,LIST 223B,1754
Johann Vallentin Meier,Meier,LIST 223B,1754
John (HM) Myer,Myer,LIST 223B,1754
Jacob Friederich Mayer,Mayer,LIST 223C,1754
Johann Vallentin Meier,Meier,LIST 223C,1754
Hans ( HM ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 223C,1754
Hans Jacob Mayer,Mayer,LIST 226C,1754
Christian Meyer,Meyer,LIST 228A,1754
Hans Jost Meyer,Meyer,LIST 228A,1754
Christian ( + ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 228B,1754
John Jost ( + ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 228B,1754
Christian ( X ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 228C,1754
John Jost ( -f ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 228C,1754
Bernhard Meyer,Meyer,LIST 230A,1754
Johann Bernhardt Mayer,Mayer,LIST 230B,1754
Johann Bernhardt Mayer,Mayer,LIST 230C,1754
Christoph ( + ) Mey,Mey,LIST 231C,1754
Christoph Mier,Mier,LIST 234A,1755
Christoph Mayer,Mayer,LIST 234B,1755
Christopf Mayer,Mayer,LIST 234C,1755
Johann Simon Meyer,Meyer,LIST 237C,1756
Conradt Meyer,Meyer,LIST 240C,1763
Georg Mayer,Mayer,LIST 240C,1763
Johann Nickel Mayer,Mayer,LIST 242C,1764
Johann Herman Meyer,Meyer,LIST 242C,1764
Christian ( H ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 244C,1764
Jost Meyer,Meyer,LIST 248C,1764
Adam Meyer,Meyer,LIST 248C,1764
Johan Gottfrit Meyer,Meyer,LIST 249C,1764
Friederich Wilhelm Meyer,Meyer,LIST 253C,1765
Jacob (M) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 253C,1765
Johannes May,May,LIST 253C,1765
Dan 1 (MD) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 254C,1765
Philipp Henrich Mayer,Mayer,LIST 254C,1765
Jacob Meyer,Meyer,LIST 256C,1765
Johannes Miichel Meyer,Meyer,LIST 256C,1765
Johannes Meister,Meister,LIST 258C,1766
Johann Georg May,May,LIST 258C,1766
Johannes Miesemer,Miesemer,LIST 258C,1766
Anton Meidorf,Meidorf,LIST 258C,1766
Johannes Meyer,Meyer,LIST 259C,1766
Hans Jerg Mayer,Mayer,LIST 267C,1767
Hs. Barnhardt Mayer,Mayer,LIST 267C,1767
Johann Adam Meyer,Meyer,LIST 271C,1768
John Peter (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 271C,1768
Tacob ( X ) Mayer,Mayer,LIST 272C,1768
Philipp Jacob May,May,LIST 287C,1771
Peter Meyer,Meyer,LIST 287C,1771
Conrad (+ + +) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 290C,1771
Heinrich Meier,Meier,LIST 292C,1771
Christoph Wohler Johann Georg Meyer,Meyer,LIST 294C,1772
Johannes Meyer,Meyer,LIST 295C,1772
Hans Jacob Meier,Meier,LIST 295C,1772
Wm. Nycius (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 295C,1772
Hans Martin Meyer,Meyer,LIST 296C,1772
Mattheus Lin tier meyr,meyr,LIST 296C,1772
Carl Meier,Meier,LIST 299C,1772
Johan Wilhelm Meyer,Meyer,LIST 299C,1772
Gerhard Meyer,Meyer,LIST 302C,1773
Hinrich Andreas Meyer,Meyer,LIST 308C,1773
Henry ( -)- ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 310C,1773
Casimir May,May,LIST 311C,1773
Eberhard (X) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 311C,1773
Daniel Meyer,Meyer,LIST 312C,1773
Christ ( ) Meyer,Meyer,LIST 312C,1773
Fried rich Mayer,Mayer,LIST 322C,1774
Pr. Maison,Maison,LIST 322C,1774
Johann Nickel Meyer,Meyer,LIST 324C,1775
Johann Fried rich Meyer,Meyer,LIST 324C,1775

Who signed the Barnabas Gable marriage deed?

The marriage deed of Barnabas Gable is the first document that pins William Myers Jr/Sr into Greene County, TN. This because a William Moyer cosigns the deed. But what to make of the signature on the lower right?

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My brother argues, persuasively I believe, that the two iotas are above a letter ‘y’ and so we’re looking at a y umlaut.  And this creates an interesting set of questions.

William Senior signs his will with an ‘x’. That said, he’s an 86 year old man when he signs in 1821. If he were a captain in the Pennsylvania militia, he would have had to deliver a notice to every militiaman who was being called upon to serve. That would suggest some minimal reading skills required, enough to recognize a signature.

Now, Elizabeth Kocher is well liked enough that she is included in William Senior’s will. So it’s entirely possible that’s William Senior’s signature. That said, in 1795 or thereabouts, William Myers Jr names a child ‘Barnabas’. So yes, the mystery continues. Is William Sr literate? Is that his signature on the document above? If so, is that a typical German signature of the 18th century and if so, what elements in the signature would let us know?

Greeneville TN visit. Some quick hits.

I have driven to Greene County TN, spent parts of two days in their genealogical library. I found the Nolichucky River and also Cove Creek. I have taken photos of Cove Creek, the Solomon Lutheran church. After, I found Mt Tabor United Methodist Church, the Myers cemetery there, and took a photo of Wayne Myers’s grave. In the meantime, I also found his obituary.

Q: Was William Myers Sr illiterate?

He signs his will with an ‘x’.  For now, I suspect he is, though I cannot rule out him losing the ability to write later in life.

Q: How close were the lands of William Myers Sr and Jr?

In a deed dated 1817, Charles Myers Jr sells 19 3/4 acres of land to Barnabas Myers. In the deed he mentions he inherited the land from his father, William Myers, and that the land is adjacent to the land of William Myers Sr.

The evidence they were close is that they appear in the same tax district within Greene County year after year. But side by side is yet another matter.

Q: When did William Myers Jr die?

He is reported as alive on the tax rolls of 1814. later in the year, on the 25th of October, 1814, the first of three estate sales happen. So he must have died in 1814. A rereading of the documents suggest that the first estate sale is a different man. An inventory of William Myers Jr’s estate is taken on Tuesday, January 24, 1815 and in that document it gives a date of death of January 23, 1815.

Q: What about the other Myers?

If you mean Christopher Myers and Henry Myers and that bunch, they are physically in another district, north and west of the Cove Creek Myers. The librarian at T Elmer Cox said they were located between Mohawk and Mosheim. There are other small groups, but the West Greene Myers and the Cove Creek Myers are the two largest groups.

Q: What was the status of Jacob Myers, William Myers Jr’s fourth son, after William’s death?

Turns out he was a minor too. John Cook Sr takes guardianship of him on Wed, April 14, 1816. That paints Charles Myers Jr as the oldest of the William Myers Jr children.

Q: Can we locate George Myers in Greene County TN?

He is on the tax rolls of 1798. He is part of a trial, along with John Myers, in 1803. Both John and George were witnesses. I believe that George Myers was also part of a jury in 1803, but the last name of the last juror (George) is cut off in my photo. In 1805, you can find a ‘George Moyers’ in the tax rolls. A George Myers marries a June Harty in 1801, marriage deed # 758.

Q: What are the earliest signs of the Cove Creek Myers in Greene County TN?

John Myers is certainly active in the early 1790s, as he is known to arrive in 1790. The date for William Myers Sr and company to arrive is between 1792 and 1794. The first tax rolls that show William Sr, William Jr, John, George, John Cook, Barnabas Gable etc is the 1798 tax roll. I don’t know why they are missing in 1796; data loss? The first written document that pins a William into Greene County is the marriage deed of Barnabas Gable, which appears to be signed by a William Myers (At this point I suspect William Sr). The marriage is normally dated to 18 Dec, 1795.

Q: What are the first signs of Charles Myers Sr in Greene County?

Still, the first sign is his marriage to Rebecca Williams in 1811. In 1812, there are comments in the minutes about roads that were to be made from ‘Charles Myers’s Smith Shop’ to other locations, or roads to be made near the shop.

In 1813, a Charles Myers, probably Charles Sr, buys 19+ acres of land and this acreage appears in the 1814, 1815, and 1816 tax rolls. This is not the same land that is deeded to Barney Myers.

By late 1814 through 1816 Charles Sr is heavily involved with the William Myers Jr estate, and appears on the tax rolls as administrator of William’s land in 1815 and 1816. No attempt is made to distinguish between the Charles Myers who owns 19 acres and the one who administers the William Myers estate.

Q: When did Charles Myers Sr leave?

Because of tax roll loss in Greene County, we can’t trace him from 1817 out. First sign in Giles is the 1820 US Census.

Q: Any news on George Kocher Jr?

I found and photographed his marriage deed, but could not find any hint of him on the tax rolls.

Q: Who else lived along Cove Creek?

John Crockett did, in 1794. He was building a grist mill when a flood wiped out the mill and left John, David Crockett’s father, with a large debt load. I like to imagine that David Crockett could have played marbles with Charles Sr and Jr.

Q: So what did Wayne Myers’s grave look like?

Like this. Without Wayne, this blog would be a small and largely barren affair.

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Charles Myers 1789-1857. The “Out of Northampton” hypothesis.

This is the idea that Charles Myers (1789-1857) is born in Northampton County Pa to someone related to Captain William Myers (1735-1823), and that he comes down to Greene County TN along with the rapid migration of Myers into the region. It does not require that William Sr fathers Charles, though in some ways that makes the idea the easiest to assume.  One of the reasons this blog has been pursuing narrowing the gap between PA and TN is that it makes it easier to understand where Charles may be, and at what time.

Tax roll data from the Easton PA genealogical library places the time that William Sr leaves to between 1792 and 1794. Oral testimony by John Myers’s widow places their time of departure to 1790. The internet story ‘Conrad Girdner obit‘, places the time of departure of a Myers married to a Girdner to 1792. Barnabas Myers is born in TN in 1795. Elizabeth Kocher, William’s grand daughter, marries in 1795 in Greene Co TN.

This hypothesis makes some things easier. The appearance of Charles Myers in TN is no longer an unexplained mystery. His family takes him into TN. Other elements of the story become harder to research.  Oral testimony by George Myers makes it clear that the Myers didn’t have church weddings performed.  Now church studies by the Easton library are ongoing but nothing has been returned yet. People don’t even know the name of Cap William Myers’s spouse before his marriage to Nancy Carter in 1800.  And children, for the most part, don’t exist in records so long as they are cared for. Only if they inherit property do they end up in court records, as courts assign guardians to them.

Let me point out that this whole idea is not new, that Wayne Myers was talking about this at least 15 years ago.  The new element is DNA evidence that Charles Myers Sr is related to George Myers and William Sr.

So, where to look? I would suggest looking at Greene Co court records in the 1803-1805 time frame, to see if Charles Myers formally requests apprenticeship. I think the end of Charles’s stay in Green Co needs to be documented. The first time I can locate Charles Sr in Giles County is the 1820 federal census. The second part of his journey needs to be better elucidated.

The book “Trade in Strangers” and other genealogical notes.

I have read this book through the first half, the part talking about German immigration. The latter half is about Irish immigration.

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From the book: about 110 thousand Germans come into the US in the 18th century and over 80 thousand of those come from Germany into the Delaware Valley. Of these, half arrive in the five year span from 1749 to 1753. Afterwards, the French and Indian Wars cut off the immigration path for a time, and German immigration never again reaches the peak during the 18th century.

Almost all the Germans were from the Rhine. It was a war torn region and the region was shot through with small feudal entities. The typical German had a bond to the land, and had to pay his feudal lord to leave. It is relatively simple for these folks to get to the sea, as they could take barge traffic down to Rotterdam. By the mid 18th century, specialists were in place that ship these folks (referred to as “freight”) as it helped pay for the westbound traffic (eastbound ship traffic was much more lucrative).

Only a tiny fraction of the Rhenish head to America, perhaps 10% of the total emigration out of the Rhineland states. The three largest states contributing to the exodus were Hesse in the North (where Hessians come from), Palatine in the middle, and Würrtemberg in the south. DNA evidence suggests a more southern connection.

Also suggestive are the location of the Myers in PA and TN. They’re both in the vicinity of water and next to mountains, and at least in PA, not in the flattest of lands either. Consequently, I ask myself if our German roots don’t come from people near mountains as well.

The Northampton county history I’ve been reading notes that in the early 1770s, between 80 and 85% of the population of Northampton county was Pennsylvania Dutch.

I have received an email from Easton. They have my check and their research on William Myers Sr will take between four to eight weeks. In about three weeks I’ll head to Greene Co TN, to their genealogical library, to do some research on my own. I’ve also asked Yfull to analyze my Big Y data, and for the second time, they’ve pushed out the date. For now, it’s the middle of August.

John Myers, William Myers, and the Sugarloaf Massacre

One of the first documents that Rayedene Graves shared with me when we found out about the Artie Myers DNA link was this one, testimony by George Myers on behalf of his older brother John’s widow. I suspect Wayne Myers is the source of this, but can’t be sure.

Pennsylvania File #R7737, John Myers,Catharin Null(former widow)
The State of Mississippi, Leake County 1838, November Term Leake Probate
Court.
George Myers, this day appeared before me, Jackson Warner, Judge of the
Court of Probate of the County of Leake and State aforesaid. George Myers of
the County of Kemper and State aforesaid, who first being duly sworn,
desposeth and sayeth that he was born on the 10th day of August AD 1766 in
the County of Northampton and State of Pennsylvania, that he is a brother of
John Myers, the late husband of Cathrine Null, a claiment Widow, the Act of
Congress passed July 4th 1836 and an act expanctory of said Act passed March
the 3rd 1837. That he recolects that the said John Myers, late husband of
the claimant, enlisted as a volunteer in a Company raised by his father
William Myers, who commanded the Company as Captain. That said John Myers
being Lieutenant about the year AD one thousand seven hundred & eighty, to
fight against the Shawnee Indians and engaged with them in a battle at
Neskopeck Valley, then in Indian Territory within the limits of the State of
Pennsylvania about thirty miles from the residence of the said John Myers.
That the said John Myers was captured by the Indians and restrained a
prisoner, three days and nights, when he made his escape and fled to Wyoming
(this is Wyoming Valley in Pa.) from which he wrote his father William
Myers, who in the company of other individuals, went to Wyoming and braught
him home. And this appiant states he was there when he arrived and remembers
the circumstances destinctly. This appiant further states that in a short
time afterwards the said John Myers was again called off to fight against
the Shawnee Indians. In this tour, he recolects his being engaged in another
battle in which the whites gained a signal victory over their enemys, the
Indians. A short time after John Myers returned from this tour, he was
married to Catharine Gable, the present claimant. This appiant further
states the marriage took place at the residence of the father of Catharine
Gable in the County of Northampton and State of Pennsylvania in the month of
March, One Thousand Seven Hundred Eighty One. This appiant further states
that he was at the wedding or marriage and saw with his own eyes the said John
Myers & Catharine Gable, his wife, the present claimant, put to bed as man
and wife and he further states he was present also in the morning when they
arose from their nuptial couch. And this appiant further states that after
the marriage of the said John Myers and Catharine Gable the present claimant,
the said John Myers was again called off to fight the Tories on the Delaware
and other places, but does not know what battles he was engaged in. This
appiant further states that the said John Myers was engaged more or less all
the time from this period to the end of the war, when he was honorably
discharged. Upon reflection, this appiant recolects the fact of the said
John Myers in conjuction with his father going with a company to a place
called Lizard Creek in the County of Northampton in the State of
Pennsylvania, whare a considerable number of Tories had collected and
rueting them entirley, the Tories it is said made hasty strides to reach the
shores of the Novascotia, where they might remain secure from the
indignation of the free sons of liberty, and further this appiant sayeth
not, George Myers, sworn and subscribed to in open Court, before me this 6th
day of Nov.1838, Jackson Warner

Well, I started searching the Internet for the Northampton Militia, and rapidly ran into an author named Tom Verenna, who writes for the Journal of the American Revolution. And the incident described above, the colorful one about being captured by Indians, isn’t just a fish tale by a worshipful younger brother, but actually fact. It’s called the Sugarloaf Massacre, and Tom’s telling of the tale is here.

It’s cool to have a cousin, or potential father of Charles even, in a known historical event, one that places these folks into a historical context and gives us a location, Easton PA, to further explore who these two actually are/were.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that the Pennsylvania militias, as soldiers, mostly sucked. Far cry from my Dad, B-52 pilot and former commander First CEG, Barksdale AFB. They were poorly equipped, though, ill paid, untrained, and it seems true in military matters that you get what you pay for.

When counties beget counties

If you do a search on “Somerset County Genealogy”, you end up finding this page on familysearch. And the important take home is that Somerset County, PA, did not exist before 1795. Before 1795, these lands were part of Bedford County.

Now, since “our” Charles Myers was born in 1789, he could not have been born in Somerset County, as it didn’t exist. Bedford? maybe. Somerset? no.

We have the same issue with folks who want to assign William Myers Sr to Somerset County in 1770. Somerset doesn’t exist, and neither does Bedford. Bedford came into existence in 1771. At that time, those lands were part of Cumberland County.

For those who speak of William Myers Sr (born anywhere from 1735-1740) being from Northampton Co PA (later Lehigh) we run into a similar issue. Northampton County doesn’t exist until 1751. Before that it is Bucks County.

The Feicht connection, and a possible census timeline of Charles Myers

A cut out of my closest Y-DNA matches are below.

The-Feicht-Connection

The importance of Peter Feicht is not to be underestimated. He can be shown to be a German immigrant, and other information indicates he is from Würrtemberg Germany.

This is important because there are a ton of German immigrants from Würrtemberg to Pennsylvania in the 18th century, and the migration of their names from the original German to ‘Myers’ can also be documented.

For example, the book “Pennsylvania German Immigrants 1709-1786” talks about one Georg Balthasar Mayr from that part of Germany. By 1786, the name has mutated to Baltzer Myers, and he’s noted to be in Westmoreland County, with wife Martha, and children James, Ely, Jacob, Lewis, and Christian. The last two names are indicated as single. Balzer is not hard to find in the 1790 census.

Westmoreland is adjacent to Somerset county, where Charles is supposed to be born (in 1789). There are no Myers in Somerset in 1790, but there are three in 1800. A Henry Myers Sr and a Jacob Myers have male children in the right age range to potentially match Charles.

By the way, it needs to be understood that before 1850 or so, the names on the Federal Census list generally consist of men with property. Everyone else is just a number.

In terms of census information on “our” Charles Myers, this is what I see. We know that Charles is down in Green County TN by 1811, because he marries his wife there, and for now, that’s the first real record we have of the man. Then there is service in the 1812 war, and the land grant in Missouri in about 1819. Then in the 1820 census Charles Myers Jr and Charles Myers Sr appear in Giles county. To note, this is half a state away from Green County. Giles is on the Alabama border, while Green County is on the Tennessee border with North Carolina. That noted, Charles’s children are said to have been born in Giles County.

The pair disappear completely in 1830. In 1840 in Missouri, a pair of Charles Myers appear again, in Big Creek, Van Buren, Missouri. The “Jr” is said to be born in about 1789 (Jr and Sr can be seen in the document reproduction itself) and is 51 years old.  The Senior is not matched with a specific age, but there is a male 50-59 in the household. Note that in 1848 Van Buren is renamed Cass County, and it is interesting to speculate on the relationship between these two men. Brothers or cousins, perhaps?

“Our” Charles is in the 1850 census. Married to Rebecca, born in Pennsylvania, With Nancy and Charles W as children. He passes in 1857, and there are photos of his tombstone around.

So many questions abound. Do the Myers of Westmoreland and Somerset counties, PA, have DNA tests? Who is Charles Myers Sr, and are there any known relatives of the man? Do they have DNA tests?

Update -> Southerland to Somerset. The latter really exists.

Update 2 -> Actually, Charles Myers Sr does appear in the 1830 census, but the bots that figured out his name transcribed it into ‘Charles Marwer’.

Intro to the project

Ok, my family are the Myers from Texas, and a specific branch of the Myers from Texas.  My parents were born in Granbury, Texas, in Hood County Texas. On my father’s side, we have been told from time immemorial that we’re descended from Germans, if you go back far enough. But is that true?

Traditional genealogy was the hobby of my Dad’s brother Tom, recently deceased. He could take us back to Charles Myers, born 1789 in Somerset, PA, and died 1857 in Missouri. Beyond that? I recall a comment on the Internet that Charles was a veteran of the War of 1812 and that is dad was Jacob Myers, a Revolutionary War veteran, from Philadelphia. Poking around various trees on Ancestry, I find that Jacob Myers is called Jacob Myers II on some, with a father named Jacob Myers. His birth is given as 1720, sometimes in England, sometimes not. My Dad’s brother was not sure that Jacob and Jacob II were real (see comment below).

 

So, are there ways we can trace back to Germany? The above is where traditional genealogy has gotten us. My father, some six years ago, was given as a birthday present a Y-DNA test from Family Tree DNA. It was a STR (Y-67) test, which if I understand correctly, is a check of hypervariable regions of the Y chromosome and thus useful for finding relations anywhere from 5 to 30+ generations back. Using this, my Dad found a relative named Ross, whose parental line gets lost in North Carolina in the 18th century.  Given how close they are on the 67 test, Ross and my Dad have a common ancestor perhaps 12 generations back, or less (88% by the 8th generation). But that isn’t the leap to get the family to Germany.

These days I’m more interested in defining the Myers haplogroup. I did the Nat Geo Geno 2.0+ test. but for Europeans it has holes. The biggest of these is the lack of the P312 SNP, which is a major European branch. So I’m waiting on more testing at the moment. We are P310 positive, according to Nat Geo.

Anyway, this is enough to introduce you to the problem.  I’ll have more specifics for later.

  • The Jacob Myers comment probably needs elaboration. The Jacob Myers that gets pointed to is a real person, but how that person, born in Maryland and supposedly in Philadelphia for some time, gets out to Somerset PA (closer to Pittsburgh, really) to father Charles is really the trick. Sometimes the ancient genealogies contain a lot of wishful thinking, like mothers that give birth at 3 years of age (yes, I’ve seen that too in various records).