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MYERS, JOHN JACOB

MYERS, JOHN JACOB (1821–1874). John Jacob Myers, farmer, cattleman, and officer in both the United States and Confederate armies, was born in Lincoln County, Missouri, on October 25, 1821, the son of Elijah Myers. After growing up on the family farm in Missouri, Myers set out for California, where he joined the U. S. Army. In this capacity, Myers served in the Mexican War and was promoted from private to lieutenant. In 1847 he returned to Missouri and married Sarah E. Hudspeth on October 3, 1848. The couple's one child died in infancy. In 1849 Myers returned to California to prospect for gold. He returned to Missouri in 1851 and elected to move with his wife to Texas, where they settled in Caldwell County. Myers's wife died the following year. Myers purchased land in Caldwell County and began farming and raising stock. On November 6, 1856, he married Eliza Jane Skaggs. This couple had four sons and five daughters. Myers and his wife were active in the Presbyterian Church, and Myers was an active Mason.

In June 1861 Myers was chosen as captain of the Lone Star Mounted Rifle Company. Later that summer, he raised a cavalry company for service in the Confederacy and was ordered to Galveston, where he joined the Twenty-sixth Texas Cavalry Regiment as captain on September 6. Myers saw extensive action with this unit in Louisiana and along the Red River and received promotions to major and lieutenant colonel prior to the surrender of the Twenty-sixth in the spring of 1865. After the end of the war, Myers returned to Caldwell County, where he resumed farming and stock raising. He became one of the leading cattlemen of the area and worked to establish trails to drive large herds to Kansas and Utah. On one of these drives, near Omaha, Nebraska, Myers was attacked by robbers who disabled him with chloroform. Though he was able to return home, the chloroform caused his health to deteriorate rapidly. Myers died on December 10, 1874, and was buried in Lockhart Cemetery.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

John Henry Brown, History of Texas from 1685 to 1892 (2 vols., St. Louis: Daniell, 1893). Historical Caldwell County (Dallas: Taylor, 1984).

Aragorn Storm Miller

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Aragorn Storm Miller, "MYERS, JOHN JACOB ," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fmy06), accessed April 25, 2014. Uploaded on April 7, 2011. Modified on February 12, 2013. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.