MYERS was born @1754 in Germany. He died @1840s in prob. Jeddore. Andreas
Meyer, known as Andrew Myers in Nova Scotia, was born not later than 1754 in
Germany, according to a petition to the Royal Council of South Carolina dated
1 Dec 1772 in which he states that he was a poor German who came to South Carolina
with the assistance of the British Crown but had not received any grant of land
up to that time. He very probably was a lad under 12 years of age making up a
part of the Myers family that arrived in Charleston on the Frankland in mid-January
1766, sailing from Rotterdam. He was granted 100 acres in District 96 in 1772,
then the allotment for a single person.
At the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, he owned 400 acres in District 96,
of which he had cleared about twelve acres. When the British reoccupied South
Carolina in 1780, Andrew Myers (recorded as Andrew Miers, Jr.) enlisted as a
private in Capt. Henry Rudolph's Company, Col. John Cotton's Regiment of the
Stevenson's Creek Militia, 96 Brigade, then based at Dorchester, South Carolina,
in which he served from 14 June to 13 Dec 1780. When the South Carolina backlands
were evacuated by the British and their military forces and Royalist supporters
concentrated around Charleston the following year after Genearl Cornwallis' defeat
at Yorktown, Andrew Myers is listed as a private with various Royalist militia
regiments stationed at Charleston and on James Island from 12 Oct 1781 to 31
Dec 1782. At this time, he served in the same company as the Blakeney sons, the
Webbers and Henry Siteman, all to be fellow Loyalist settlers on the Eastern
Shore after the Revolutionary War.
Andrew Myers married Mary Magdalene ?? in South Carolina. She came with him to
Nova Scotia and died before 1832.
Andrew and his wife spent the winter of 1782-83 at Halifax and moved out with
the other settlers at Ship Harbour who were to be victualled from government
stocks. They were included on Capt. William Shaw's 2 June 1784 muster list of
Loyalist refugees then at Ship Harbour, but he is not recorded as taking part
in the distribution of land at Ship Harbour granted to Capt. Thomas Green. He
was one of the early settlers in the Jeddore area, squatting on land at what
is now known as Myers Point, a peninsula jutting out into Jeddore Harbour from
the Head of Jeddore.
In 1786 he filed a claim for 161 British pounds as compensation for property
left behind in South Carolina, and his claims eventually totaled £209 &12d. Of
this sum, the Claims Commission approved £85 and of this sum, eventually paid
him only £34 for his losses. A petition of his son dated 9 April 1818 stated
that his father had not ever had any lands granted to him in Nova Scotia.
Andrew Myers signed a petition dated 23 Jan 1830 asking for a road to be built
along the Eastern Shore, and was enumerated at Jeddore in the census of 1838.
He apoears to have died in the 1840s, and was not enumerated in the 1851 census.
(Many thanks to Robert Kim Stevens for this biography.)
He was married to
Mary Magdalene in South Carolina, USA. Children were:
son MYERS, Catherine MYERS,
John Henry MYERS, John Jacob MYERS,
Ann Elizabeth MYERS, ?Henrietta MYERS,
William MYERS, Andrew MYERS.
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