By Capt. Franklin Ellis 231


     Samuel L. Myers was born in the town of Taghkanic, Columbia Co., Nov. 29, 1820.  He was the eldest son and second child of Abraham Myers and Ann C. Decker, who had a family of four children.  The elder Myers was a native of Harlem, N. Y., where he was born Feb. 26, 1794; his father was also a native of Harlem, and was a Revolutionary soldier, and served during the war as an aid-de-camp to General Washington.  although a mere boy, he was able to cope with the obstacles that beset him.  He met with many perilous adventures, and at the close of the war moved to the town of Livingston.  He afterwards removed to the town of Claverack, but ended his days at the residence of his grandson, Samuel L. Myers, in the town of Taghkanic at the advanced age on ninety-three.  Abraham Myers, our subject's father, was the only son, and at the time of his father's emigration to the town of Livingston was a lad of about eighteen summers.  He lived in the town of Livingston until he was about thirty years of age, when he removed to the western part of the town of Taghkanic, where he died in March, 1872.  He was a soldier in the War of 1812.  He was an exemplary Christian man and highly respected by all who knew him.  Our subject resided with his father until he was twenty-three years of age, receiving a limited common-school education.  In 1841 he was married to Miss Euryette Miller, of his native town, and in 1843 he moved upon the farm now owned by his son, Lawrence A. Myers.  Here he remained twenty-six years, when he removed to his present residence.  Mr. Myers has been a successful farmer, and his fine farm of over two hundred acres evidences his thrift and enterprise.  He has occupied many positions of trust, and is one of the oldest supervisors in the county, having filled the office for nine terms.  In 1870 he was elected county superintendent of the poor for a term of three years.  As a public officer Mr. Myers has discharged his duties with marked fidelity and ability, and to the entire satisfaction of his constituents.  Nine children have been born to Mr. Myers, eight of whom are living, and all residents of Taghkanic.  July 3, 1872, his first wife died, and he was again married, to Miss Nancy Bashford.