JOHN J. MYERS, a native of McLean County, is now one of its most promising young farmers, and the son of a former
resident of Randolph Township. The latter, Joseph Myers, was a native of Pennsylvania, and when an infant was carried
by his parents to the home which they had selected in Ohio. The family were of German ancestry and parentage. Joseph
Myers was reared in Licking County, Ohio, and after arriving at years of manhood was there married to Miss Kesiah
Barrick, who was a native of Pennsylvania and removed to Ohio with her parents when a young girl. By her marriage
she became the mother of ten children, of whom the subject of our sketch was the youngest but two. Of these there
were six sons and four daughters, of whom five sons and three daughters are yet living, all married with the exception
of two. She died at the home of her husband in Randolph Township, this county, in 1875. The father is now living
near Loda, Iroquois Co., Ill., where he owns a comfortable home. He and his sons were at one time proprietors in
this township of about 600 acres of land.
The paternal grandfather of our subject, John Myers, was born in Pennsylvania, and was the son of Casper Myers of Germany, who, with six brothers, emigrated to the New World prior to the Revolutionary War. Five of the brothers engaged with the colonies in the struggle for independence, and two of the younger ones were in the War of 1812, one of these being mortally wounded at the battle of Plattsburg, N. Y. One of the survivors was Casper Myers, who, after his retirement from a military life, became a farmer in Licking County, Ohio, and died there at an advanced age. His son John, the grandfather of our subject, was born in Pennsylvania in about 1790. He remained there until he attained to years of manhood and then emigrated to Licking County, Ohio, being among the earliest settlers of that region. He purchased a tract of land and opened up a farm, upon which he lived for a number of years, but finally came to Illinois and spent his last days in McLean County, dying in Randolph Township in 1869. His wife, Miss Mary Gosnell, was of English descent and born in Pennsylvania. She also died in Randolph Township before her husband but in the same year.
The subject of this history was the seventh of a family of ten children. He was born in Randolph Township, this county, May 17, 1853, and remained with his parents until his marriage. This event occurred Sept. 24, 1879, in Normal, the lady of his choice being Miss Tina Hadley, who was a native of Collinsville, Madison Co., Ill. She was born Sept. 9, 1856, and is the daughter of Dempsey and Martha (Penney) Hadley, natives respectively of North Carolina and Illinois. They removed northwest while young and were married in Collinsville. where they afterward located upon a farm. There the father died in 1862. Eleven years later the mother and children removed to Normal, Ill., where the mother died in 1876, aged fifty-four years. Mrs. Myers completed her education in the Normal University and began teaching when eighteen years of age. She followed this five years and until her marriage. Of this household there were three children, all living, Mrs. M. and one brother being twins; Charles W. is married and a resident of Pocahontas, Ill.; John J. is single and is a teacher.
Of the union of Mr. and Mrs. Myers there have been born three children, one of whom, Claude L., is deceased. Those surviving are Clyde H. and Alpha E. The homestead of our subject and his family is finely located on section 8 and comprises 160 acres of finely improved land, and a substantial set of frame buildings. Besides the home farm he also cultivates 160 acres on section 7. Of late years he has been giving considerable attention to the breeding, purchase and sale of fine stock. He is in all respects one of the thrifty and enterprising agriculturists of Randolph Township, who is contributing his full quota toward the advancement of its farming and industrial interests. Mrs. Myers is a member in good standing of the Baptist Church, and in politics our subject affiliates with the Republican party.
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), 514. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.