Ole Larson's Folks

Category: Early America

Maryland Monuments, part 2 We are still at Mount Olivet Cemetery, examining the massive Myers monument and associated grave markers. To reiterate, this stone is about 7 feet high by 6 feet by 4 feet at the base. It must weigh several tons, and dates from a much later time…

Our cemetery of interest in Frederick county is Mount Olivet, located in the city of Frederick. It is a large place, as suggested by this map at the entrance.According to the scale at lower left, the area shown is over a half-mile wide. Below is the cemetery’s chapel, with a…

… first home in America, that is, according to the sworn statement of Philip Myers (1759-1835). Thursday, May 23 After boarding Amtrak’s Capitol Express around 3 AM in Cleveland, I disembarked at noon in the tiny tourist town of Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. The route through the Appalachians is quite…

Philip’s Brother Michael Here is a photo I took in 2013. As proven below, it is indeed my fourth great grand-uncle, Michael Myers. Its location is Mt. Olivet cemetery, Frederick, MD, in which also lies the grave of Francis Scott Key, writer of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Michael Myers (brother of…

Monday, May 20. Itinerary calls for boarding morning eastbound train in La Crosse (there is only one), riding to Chicago to change trains, then traveling all night to reach my Maryland destination the next morning. I am in a big hurry, because I am supposed to meet cousin Paula Aldous…

Twelve years after Philip Myers’ death, his widow Martha applied for widow’s benefits. By this time, she was in her mid-80’s, and blind. The date of this declaration is 14 Sept. 1847. Martha said she was 87 years old (my data shows a birth date – not necessarily unshakeable –…

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