Jacob A. Myers, Esq.

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JACOB A. MYERS, Esq., is one of the oldest officials of Burrell township, Armstrong county, and one of its most influential citizens. His faithful discharge of the duties of every trust with which he has been honored is the best indication of his ability and fitness, and his long continuance in office shows how well his services have been appreciated. Mr. Myers was born Dec. 22, 1855, in what was then known as Allegheny township, Armstrong county, son of Henry and Elizabeth (Darbaker) Myers. He is of German descent in both lines, and his paternal great-grandfather, the first of the Myers to come to this country from Germany, was a soldier in the war of the Revolution and a pioneer in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania.

David Myers, son of the emigrant ancestor, and grandfather of Jacob A. Myers, was born in Westmoreland county, and married -Elizabeth Klingensmith.

Henry Myers, son of David, died Nov. 4, 1906. He married Elizabeth Darbaker, who was born March 7, 1825, on the ocean', en route from Amsterdam, Holland, to America, daughter of John Joseph and Elizabeth (Paulsgroff) Darbaker. She survives Mr., Myers. They were the parents of seven children, six sons and one daughter, namely: Lizzie, wife of A. M. Claypoole, living in Canton, Ohio (they have three children); Jacob A.; David H., late of Vandergrift, Pa., who died in July, 1913; John E.. who is in Florida; William F., of Apollo, Armstrong Co., Pa.; Harry S., of Canton, Ohio; and Jonathan O., who died in 1887.

Jacob A. Myers has spent all his life in this part of Armstrong county. He received his education there in the public schools, and has followed farming, but has not given all his attention to agriculture, much of his time being taken up with his public duties. On May l 1884, he- became a justice of the peace, and he has served in that capacity continuously since-a period of over twenty-nine years. He has been a member of the township board of school directors for twenty-nine years, and was the first tax collector of the township elected under the new law - twenty-one years ago - and is still serving. He has held several other local offices, having been supervisor as well as school director thirty consecutive years. Mr. Myers has from young manhood been an active worker in the Democratic party, and he is at present serving as committeeman.

On April 7, 1892, Mr. Myers was married to Lilly Elliott, of Armstrong county, daughter of Dr. A. J. and Melinda (Carnahan) Elliott, of Armstrong county, Pa., and they have had a family of six children, namely: Cleo; Cloyd, who is eighteen years of age; Jacob, fourteen; Ethel, eleven; Elliott, nine; and Frantz, five. Mr. Myers and family are members of the Methodist Church at Cochran Mills.

Source: Pages 405-406, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 2001 by Vaughn Davis for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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