CAPT. E. C. MYERS, one of the successful farmers and stock-growers of Randolph Township, is located on section 8. His farm estate consists of 160 acres of highly improved and valuable land. Mr. Myers is the eldest son of Joseph and Keziah Myers, the former now living at Loda, Iroquois Co., Ill., being seventy-one years of age. The mother of our subject died many years ago in McLean County, and the father is now living with his second wife. He became a settler of this county in 1851, and at one time was a large property holder in Randolph Township, most of which is still in the family.
The grandfather of our subject on his father's side was John Myers, a native of Pennsylvania, who was the son of Casper Myers, a native of Germany, who with six other brothers emigrated to the United States prior to the Revolutionary War. Five of the brothers engaged in that memorable conflict, and the two younger were in the War of 1812, one of whom fell mortally wounded at the battle of Plattsburg, N. Y. The survivor became the ancestor of our subject. Casper Myers, after his retirement from the army, engaged in agricultural pursuits in Licking County, Ohio, and died there at an advanced age. The grandfather of our subject, John Myers, was born and reared in Pennsylvania, his birth occurring about 1790. He emigrated from his native State to Ohio, being among the early settlers of Licking County, where he secured a farm and established a comfortable home. He afterward came to Illinois, and spent the remainder of his days. His son Joseph, the father of our subject, was born in Pennsylvania, and was carried in the arms of his mother to their home in Licking County, Ohio. This lady before her marriage was Miss Mary GosneIl, who was of English descent and born in Pennsylvania. The family came to Illinois in 1855; the father died in Randolph Township, this county, June 1, 1869. Her husband followed her to the silent land in December of the same year.
Joseph Myers, the father of our subject, remained with his parents until he had attained to years of manhood, and was united in marriage with Miss Keziah Barrick. She was born in Pennsylvania, and when about sixteen years of age removed with her parents to Licking County, Ohio. She subsequently came with her family to Illinois, and died in Randolph Township, this county, in 1875.
Capt. Myers was born in Licking County, Ohio, Feb. 27, 1838. When fourteen years of age he was brought to Illinois by his parents and located in this county with them in 1851. He remained under the parental roof until April, 1861, in the meantime receiving a practical business education. In April, 1861, he enlisted as a Union soldier in Co. C, 20th Ill. Vol. Inf., under command of Capt. J. O. Pullen. After serving his term of three months, he re-enlisted, becoming a member of Co. K, 39th Ill. Vol. Inf., under Capt. Joseph Woodruff. The company was organized at Chicago, Aug. 14, 1861, and proceeded at once to Benton Barracks, Mo., and thence to join the Army of the Potomac. Their first engagement with the enemy, who were led by Stonewall Jackson, was at Bath, Va., on the 4th of January, 1862. Our subject with his comrades participated in the famous march of Gen. Landers, in which they traveled over a mountain road of forty miles, in sixteen hours. He was afterward transferred to the celebrated Shields' Division, which assisted in the battle of Winchester, where the enemy was routed. They afterward met the enemy in several engagements around Suffolk, Va., thence going to Port Royal, S. C., in February, 1863, where our subject witnessed the engagement between the iron-clad fleet and Ft. Sumter. The company sustained a serious loss in the death of its Captain (Woodruff), who fell at the entrance of Ft. Gregg, killed by a bursting shell.
At that time, Jan. 1, 1864, many of the company re-enlisted as veterans at Hilton Head, S. C. Young Myers had been serving as First Sergeant since January, 1862, and on the 24th of December, 1864, was made First Lieutenant and the following year Captain. He afterward took an active part in many engagements and skirmishes, and was always on duty. During the summer of 1864, the killed, missing and captured aggregated 653 men of their regiment. Capt. Myers was present at every engagement of the regiment from the time Ft. Sumter was reduced until the surrender of Lee at Appomattox Court-House. Through all these dangers he escaped unharmed and received his honorable discharge Dec. 16, 1865.
Capt. Myers was married in McLean County on the 3d of March, 1864, to Miss Martha Crose, their wedding taking place at the home of the bride in Downs Township. Mrs. Myers was born in Downs Township, Oct. 27, 1844, and was reared on her father's farm, receiving a fair education in the common schools. Her parents came to this county at an early day, and assisted with their fellow pioneers in its growth and advancement.
Capt. and Mrs. Myers became the parents of nine children, of whom one, Leota, is deceased. Those living, and all at home are, Ella M., Edith S., David, Joseph P., Thomas E., John J., Mabel and George. Capt. Myers is a member of the Republican party, although in political, as well as religious views, he is extremely liberal.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 5112. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.