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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Charles P. Myers, farmer of Miller County, Mo., is a native of St. Louis County, Mo., born May 4, 1844, being a son of C. P. and Minerva (Davidson) Myers, who were born in Russia and Kentucky, in 1818 and 1820, and died in 1844 and 1873, respectively. In 1840 the father crossed the ocean to America and settled in St. Louis County, Mo., where he was shortly after married. He was first mate on a steamboat. He and wife were the parents of two children: James R., of Cuba, Mo., and C. P. The maternal grandfather, William Davidson, was born in Virginia, and died in 1838. His wife, Rhoda (Boyd) Davidson, was born in Virginia, in 1797, and died in 1879. They first removed to Kentucky, and in 1837 came to St. Louis County, Mo., where they were engaged in farming, the father being also a carpenter. Charles P. Myers spent his early life in Miller County, Mo., and on the 22d of June, 1861, enlisted in Company H, Col. McClurg’s Regiment. October 24, of the same year, he joined Company D, Twenty-sixth Missouri Infantry, under Col. George B. Boomer, and was at the battles of Corinth, Iuka, Vicksburg, Missionary Ridge, and in the last-named battle was wounded in the arm by a minie-ball. He was in the Georgia campaign from Chattanooga to Atlanta, and on the 27th of February, 1865, received his discharge and returned to his home, where he resumed farming. In 1866 he was married to Miss Nancy Bass, who was born in Miller County, Mo., on the 10th of February, 1847, and by her became the father of the following family: James R., William M., Desdemona, Asa, Emma C., Dora B. and Perry F. Mr. Myers served as sheriff and collector of Miller County from 1880 to 1882, and as collector from 1886 to 1888. He began life with very little capital, and is now owner of 393 acres of land, and has 160 acres under cultivation, on which is erected a splendid frame house and good barns. He is a Mason, a member of the G. A. R., and is a Republican politically. Mrs. Myers’ parents, William and Melvina (McCubbins) Bass, were born in Kentucky, but afterward located in Miller County, Mo., where he engaged in farming. He and wife had these children: Nancy (Myers), Matheldred, John M., Isaac T., Sarah (Martin), Henry J. and Riley S.

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This family biography is one of 120 biographies included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Miller County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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