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Free Genealogy Biography of Solomon Myers
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Solomon Myers

Solomon Myers, justice of the peace, was born in Adams County, March 14, 1829, and is a son of John and Elenor (Hummer) Myers, natives respectively of Adams and York Counties, and of German and English descent. The father, a farmer and carpenter, came to York in 1850, and engaged in hotel-keeping, which he followed until 1866, when he retired. He died August 29, 1868, followed by his widow, November 9, 1871. Of the seven children, born to these parents, five are living; Solomon, Julia (Smyser), Harriet (Mundorf), Matilda (Spangler) and Sarah Ellen (Brubaker). The deceased were Lee H., who died in May, 1884, and Sarah Jane, who died in infancy. John Myers had held the rank of captain in the State militia twelve years, and for three years, as a Republican, served as county commissioner. Both he and wife were connected with the Lutheran Church.

Solomon Myers was reared a farmer in Adams and York Counties until twenty-one years old. He received a good education, and for thirteen years taught school in York County--nine years in the borough.

In 1861, as a member of the Worth Infantry, of York, he was assigned to the Sixteenth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, 16th Regiment, as second lieutenant of Company A; was advanced to the first-lieutenancy, and was mustered out after a service of three and one-half months, when he organized a company, which was attached to the Eighty-seventh Regiment as Company E, 87th Regiment, and of which he was captain; he served in all the engagements of his regiment, excepting the battle of the Wilderness, when he was on detached duty, and was mustered out October 14, 1864.

In 1861, also, he was elected justice of the peace, but was then unable to serve on account of military obligations; on his return from the war, however, he entered upon the discharge of the duties of the office, and has since served, with the exception of one term. Since 1882 he has been dealing in pianos, organs and musical instruments generally, and carries a general stock from all the leading makers. Mr. Myers is treasurer of a lodge of Free Masons, and for a number of years was a representative to the Grand Lodge of the I. O. O. F. of the State. He was married December 8, 1872, to Margaret A., daughter of John Orwig, of Shrewsbury.

Source: York County, Pennsylvania Biographical History, John Gibson, Chicago: F.A. Battey Publishing Co., 1886.

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