Shelby County

Nathan Moyer



Nathan Moyer

History of Shelby County A.B.C. Hitchcock Richmond-Arnold
Publishing Chicago Ill 1913
pg. 536

Nathan Moyer, who resides on his valuable farm of 147 acres situated in Section 20, Cynthian Township, Shelby county, O., was born in this township, on an adjoining farm, which is now owned by J.C. Short, December 22, 1841, and is a son of George and Sarah (Seymour) Moyer. 

        The parents of Mr. Moyer were born in Pennsylvannia.  They were farming people in Shelby county, and the father died in Cynthian Township, when aged sixty-two years , and the mother in her eighty-fourth year, and their burial was in the cemetary at Oran, O.  George Moyer owned a farm of eighty acres which he cleared and improved to some extent, at the time of his settlement in Cynthian township the country being yet in a wild condition.  In those days even the ordinary domestic duties were carried on in a burdensome way.  Mr. Moyer remembers when his mother wove all the family  wearing apparal, coloring the cloth afterward and fashioning it into garments.  She also cooked the toothsome viands for which the pioneer home was celebrated, in the open fireplace.  Mr. Moyer being seventeen years old before he even saw a cookstove.  All the family attended church, a spring wagon being called into requisition when the distance was too far to cover by walking, but in those days it was considered no disgrace to wear a patched coat or gown or to appear with bare feet.  Mr. and Mrs. Moyer were long remembered in their community for those virtues which prevailed in old days-kindness, generosity, charity,and hospitality. 
        Until he was sixteen years of age, Nathan Moyer attended the district schools in the winter seasons and then started out to be entirely self supporting, his industries including farming, chopping wood, making staves, digging ditches, and hunting.  In 1863 he bought forty acres of the place he now owns and to his original purchase kept adding until he now has 147 acres of finely cultivated land, excepting ten acres, which is still timbered. When he came here, the land was wooded and it was no slight task to clear it but this was completed many years since, and on the spot where once stood giants of the forest, wave the grain or feed the herds and stock which make Mr. Moyer one of Cynthina township's men of independence.  He is one of the four survivors of his parents' family of ten children, his twin sister dying in 1864.  The otheres are Mrs. John Short, Sr.; George, of Loramie township; and William of Piqua, O. 
        Mr. Moyer was married to Miss Eliza A. Forrest, who was born at Dayton, O., a daughter of John Forrest, who died while serving as a soldier in the Civil War.  To Mr. and Mrs. Moyer the following children were born; John, who married Elizabeth McCorkle;  Elizabeth and Charles, both of whom are deceased; Walter; Leonard; Louella, who is the wife of William Newman; and Laurence.  Mr. Moyer and familiy are members of the Christian church at Oran, O.  In politics he is a democrat and has served in such township offices as supervisor and road superintendent.


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