Ole Larson's Folks

Category: Early America

My fourth great-granddfather, and a Revolutionary War veteran, Philip Myers was born on 3 November 1759, in the Rhine valley of present-day Germany. He immigrated as a child, settling with his parents in Frederick County, Maryland Colony. After the Revolution, he married and raised a large family in the “Wyoming”…

Cousin Gail Myers has sent me another hugely important source on fourth great-grandma Martha Bennet Myers and her father, Thomas.Charles Myers, a retired physician and distant cousin, published this book in 1993. Charles is a descendant of Philip Myers’ daughter Harriet, who married her cousin Madison Myers – son of…

The Pilgrim Connection This line of ancestors leads to my maternal grandfather, Dan Myers.  Exploring for the first time the pedigree of Helen Colby Myers, Dan’s mother, it turned out that the Colby line (along with lines of several of their spouses) goes straight back to Massachusetts in the early…

A few months ago, I wrote an extensive series on my 4th great-grandfather, Philip Myers, who is quite well-documented as a Revolutionary War soldier, and a pioneer in Pennsylvania’s Wyoming valley, along with his even more prominent brother Lawrence. Information on the Wyoming experience continues to come in, and I…

Abduction of Frances Slocum, by Jennie Brownscombe (1850-1936) Note that the depiction above is highly Romanticized, especially the Indian’s costume. The girl’s expression of panic, however, and her bare feet, are both poignant and corroborated by documented accounts of the event. Here are a some corrections and additions to my earlier post on…

Although the Revolutionary War dragged on until 1783, by 1779 the tide had turned for the Patriots, and General George Washington was now in the driver’s seat. In that year, Washington ordered the Sullivan Campaign against the Iroquois nations to “not merely overrun, but destroy,” the British-Indian alliance. By the…

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