Who was John C. Myers and did he have a connection to Wittenberg?
Read the Deed to John C. Myers in 1883. Note that Myers agrees to take on the mortgage of David R. Hosterman as part of the agreement in 1883. He manages the property for three years before he and his wife, Regina E. Myers, sell the property to Flora E. Winger for $5,200.
John C. Myers was born April 17, 1841 to Jacob Negley Meyers (1810-1866) and Mary Catherine Miller (1812-1897). He married Regina Elizabeth Overpeck in 1862. She was born in July 1844 and grew up in Ohio. After she married John, they established their home in Pike in the northwest region of Clark County. Their first child came on April 22, 1866 and they named the girl Marta Ann. Two years later Jacob was born followed by two additional daughters, Sarah, and finally Emma in 1873. In the 1880 census for Pike, the household includes th four children: Martha A. (14), Jacob U. (12), Sarah A. (9), and Emma B. (7). John was reported to have worked as a “hub and spoke” manufacturor. Regina was responsible for keeping the house. They boarded three other people: Alonzo Hullingor worked with John and George and Mary C. Rust worked as servants in the Myers’s house.
In 1883, John Myers purchased the 219 Ferncliff property. Interestingly, in the census report from 1900, Myers’s occupation is simply listed as “capitalist.” By this time, only Emma was living with John and Regina. They had one servant, Iona Cost, age 12, residing with them, too.
John was a trustee in Pike township and “active in the affairs” of the township according to the 20th Century History of Springfield, and Clark County, Ohio (1908). His photo also appears in the 1894 Atlas of Clark County.
John died on February 11, 1902 from diabetes. Regina had reported his death and he was buried the following day. He missed the wedding of his daughter Emma on December 29th, 1903 to Harry A. Cosler.
Regina passed away six years on Feb 15, 1908 at the age of 62. Grave markers for John and Regina were placed by their daughter, Martha A. Mitchell, in Ferncliff Cemetery, Springfield, OH.
Martha A. Mitchell married Dr. A. W. Mitchell of Dayton, Ohio. She was a former resident of Dialton and had died at her home in Dayton, Ohio. She and her husband are also buried in Ferncliff Cemetery, Springfield, Ohio.
Profile by Cailtin Lobl, class of 2016, and D. Brooks Hedstrom, History.
Rockel, William Mahlon, ed., 20th Century History of Springfield, and Clark County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens (Chicago, IL: Biographical Publishing Co., 1908).
Springfield Daily News “Martha A. Mitchell,” 1/24/1924 p. 11