Patriot Families of Saugerties
The Saugerties Meyer Clan
Compiled by Peigi Mulligan June 2018
Christian Meyer (1688-1781) and his wife Anna Gertrude Theunyes, step-daughter of George Overbagh, came to America with the Palatine emigration in 1710. With them came Johan Jurge (George) Overbagh, Johan Pieter Overbagh, Peter Overbagh, Jurry (George) Snyder, John William Snyder and their families.
In 1724 he purchased his farm in Churchland. His initials are amongst those on the 1732 stone inset into the rear wall of the Katsbaan Church. He was a member of Captain John Persen’s Company of Foot in 1738.
“In June, 1775, he was a signer of the Articles of Association and was an ardent Whig, staunch patriot and supporter of the Revolutionary cause to which he contributed twenty-five of his sons and grandsons as soldiers. Such a record has not its equal.” (BM Brink, Olde Ulster vol 2)
Children of Christian Meyer and Ann Geertruy Theunyes:
Benjamin Meyer 1730-1819 in the Finger Burying Ground. (Mt Marion, behind Boice’s brick farmhouse).
Signed Articles of Association, First Regt. Ulster County Militia.
He married Lea Osterhout. He was an elder of the Katsbaan church, and a Trustee of the Commonalty of Kingston.
Johannes Meyer 1721-unk
Signer of the Articles of Association, First Regt. Ulster Co. Militia.
He married Mareitje Oosterhout. His home was the stone house on Teetsel St, off today’s Ulster Ave, next to the car wash, in process of renovation by new owners.
John Wilhelm Meyer 1714-1794 Christian Meyer farm.
Capt. John Persen’s Company of Foot in the Kingston militia 1738; Signer of the Articles of Association, First Ulster Co. Regt. of Militia in the Revolution.
He married Sarah Newkirk.
“Orderly Sgt Cornelius Wells … detailed to gather the wounded and the wagon which Christian Myer had driven up became of great service as an ambulance. … this ambulance wagon was one belonging to William Myer (John Wilhelm) … the wagon, in charge of his sons Christian and Johannes had conveyed many of the neighbors to Saratoga … Burgoyne is said to have ridden to Albany with the Myer brothers, and the wagon was ever preserved in the family on this place, and afterwards in that of Hendrick Myer at Brabant, and is now in the Senate House (in Kingston)” (Brink’s Early History)
Peter (Petrus) Meyer 1732-1813 Main Street/Mt View Cemetery.
Signer of the Articles of Association 1775, 1st Regt. Ulster Co. Militia.
He married Mareitje Louw
In 1759 he built the stone house on Livingston St, still standing.
Stephanus Meyer 1727-1790 Christian Meyer farm.
Signed Articles of Association, First Regt’ UC Militia.
He married Grietje Oosterhoust, they lived in Churchland.
Tobias Meyer 1734-1809 on the Francis Myer farm at Mt Marion.
Signer of the Articles of Association, commissioned 2nd Lt in the Fourth Co. First Regt. UC Militia.
He married Catrina Louw. He was a trustee of the Corporation of Kingston.
Annetje 1717-1743 married Johan Wilhelm Braun (or Brown); their son Christian Brown died 1776 in the War.
Marytje Elizabeth 1711-1769 Christian Myer farm
married Hermon aka Jerome Heironymus Falkenburgh (Valkenburgh/Van Valkenberg), who served in the War.
Children of John Wilhelm and Sarah Newkirk:
Aaltje/Alida Myer 1741-1796 Wynkoop family ground.
Married Evert Wynkoop 1743, son of Hezekiah and Maria Davenport.
Leah Myer 1753-1823 Finger Ground married widower Johannes Snyder, son of Col. Johannis Snyder and Rachel Swart.
Maria Myer 1743-1820 Saile Abeel Cemetery, married Hezekiah Wynkoop 1750 son of Tobias and Leah Legg.
Hezekiah was one of the 16 remaining Veterans who attended the 50th anniversary of the termination of the War held in Kingston 1832.
Benjamin Myer 1755-1800 Christian Meyer farm.
First Regt, UC Militia.
He married Annatje Heermans.
Christian Myer 1739-1817 Saile Abeel Cemetery.
Second Lt of Capt David Abeel’s Co, 11th Regt. Albany Militia; First Regt. UC Militia under Lt Tobias Meyer.
“At the Battle of Saratoga he served under General Gates as an ambulance driver, using his own horse and wagon, in which he and his brother Johannes had driven to Saratoga. The box of this wagon is shown among the Revolutionary relics preserved in the old Senate House at Kingston. … as he heard that others were getting ready for service [in the War] he said to his father ‘Gaan gij naar de mais – ik naar de oorlog gaan!’ (You go to the corn – I go to war).” (Olde Ulster)
Christian married Annatje Wynkoop, daughter of Capt Tobias and Leah Legg Wynkoop. They lived in Saxton in a stone house given them by Tobias.
Johannes Myer Jr 1746-1829 Main St/Mountain View Cemetery.
Signer of the Articles of association, served in the regiment of his father-in-law Colonel Johannis Snyder, he was a fifer at the Battle of Saratoga..
He married Seletje (Celia) Snyder, daughter of Col. Johannis Snyder and Rachel Swart.. They lived along the then West Shore Railroad on today’s King’s Highway, where he kept an inn near the intersection of today’s King’s Highway and Railroad Ave, where there is an Historical Marker. He was known as Oom Hans. Aaron Burr, a friend, was a frequent guest.
Henry/Hendricus Myer 1742-1793 Myndrise [sic] farm; on Mynderse Hill where Revolutionary War and other graves were plowed over or removed; his stone was rescued, and placed in Main St cemetery by Saugerties DAR.
Signer of the Articles of Association, Ensign in the First Regt., UC Militia.
He married Neeltje Heermans, the widow of Johannes Mynderse.
Children of Petrus and Martje Low:
Catrina Myer 1759-1843 married Stephan Fiero, Ensign in the Fourth Regt.
Buried in Katsbaan.
Petrus Low Myer 1756-1845.
Signer of Articles of Association, served under Colonels Pawling, Snyder and Hasbrouck.
Married Neeltje Osterhoudt; moved to Cobleskill around 1800.
Children of Johannes and Mareitje Osterhoudt:
Abraham Myer 1762-1821 Main St/Mt View Cemetery.
First Regiment UC Militia.
He married Annatje DuBois.
Jesaias Myer 1756-1830.
Signer of the Articles of Association.
He married Maritje Legg.
Peter Myer Jr 1754-1827 and buried on their farm near the Sawkill bridge in town of Ulster.
Signer of the Articles of Association and served in the Fourth Co., First Regiment.
He married Barbara Langjaer (Longyear).
William Myer Jr 1758-1840 Myers Ground, Saxton, on Jeremiah O’Bryon farm.
First Regiment, UC Militia.
Attended the 1832 celebration in Kingston, one of the 16 remaining RW Veterans in Ulster County.
He married Rachel Myer, the daughter of Petrus Meyer and Mareitje Louw. They lived on a farm in Saxton.
Children of Benjamin and Lea Osterhoudt:
Peter B Myer 1762- 1841.
First Regt. UC Militia.
He married Jannitje Myer, daughter of Peter (Petrus) and Mareitje Low Meyer.
Stephanus Myer 1760-1841 Finger Cemetery.
First Regt. UC Militia.
He married Helena Low, they had no children.
Teunis Myer 1757-1831 Plattekill Cemetery.
First Regt UC Militia.
He married Cornelia Legg.
Children of Tobias and Catrina Low:
Ephraim Myer 1759-1843 Katsbaan Cemetery.
First Ulster, Captain Dewitt’s Company.
Attended the 1832 celebration, one of the 16 remaning UC Veterans.
He married Jannitje Louw, they lived in Katsbaan.
Peter T Myer 1762-1839 Francis Myer farm.
First Regt, Captain Dewitt’s Company.
He married Rachel Louw, they lived in Cockburn (aka Plattekill, Mt Marion, Churchland).
Children of Maria Elizabeth Myer and Hermon Falkenburgh:
Annatje 1737- married Jacob Muller, a soldier of the Revolution.
Catherine 1741- married 2nd Jacobus Winne, a soldier of the Revolution.
Johannes 1746-1827 Unionville Cemetery.
First Regt. UC Militia.
He married Eva Dederick.
Son of Christian and Anne Wynkoop, grandson of John Wilhelm Meyer:
Cornelius Myer 1764-1828 Saile Abeel Cemetery.
He married Mary Britt.
Meyer Myer Sources Include, unless otherwise noted:
Olde Ulster, Benjamin Myer Brink; Lineage of the Christian Meyer Family, compiled by Theodore B. Meyers:
Volume 2 1906 pp 50-57, 177-222, 313-318, 370-375.
Volume 4 1908 pp 53-56, 311-314
The Early History of Saugerties; Benjamin Myer Brink
An Outstanding Patriot of the Revolution; Lila James Roney for Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine, January 1924
Eighteenth Report of the National Society of the DAR; United States Congressional serial set; 1916
The Battle of Saratoga, comprising two significant battles during September and October of 1777, was a crucial victory for the Patriots during the American Revolution and is considered the turning point of the Revolutionary War.
The Myer Ambulance Wagon
Compiled by Peigi Mulligan July 2018
The Early History of Saugerties, Benjamin Myer Brink
“Over all hung the cloud of Burgoyne’s advance from Canada, and in July it became a fact. … [Gov.]Clinton determined that the progress of Burgoyne must be stopped at all hazards and any cost and directed that the militia of the north end of Ulster and Dutchess counties be sent. They were placed under the command of Gen. Peter TenBroeck, of Dutchess …
One company … arrived too late for much active service and was detailed to gather the wounded, and the wagon which Christian Myer had driven up became of great service as an ambulance. …
This ambulance wagon was one belonging to William [John Wilhelm] Myer, who resided on the Germond place in this town [today’s Land & Sea Restaurant was the Germond home]. The wagon, in charge of his sons, Christian and Johannes, had conveyed many of the neighbors to Saratoga before it was thus detailed. When the militia returned Burgoyne is said to have ridden to Albany with the Myer brothers, and the wagon was ever preserved in the family on this place, and afterwards in that of Hendrick Myer at Brabant (Town of Ulster/Sawkill area), and is now in the Senate House in Kingston.”
“Burgoyne came to Albany, but tradition says he rode a paroled prisoner in an ambulance wagon driven by “Oom Hans Myer” who afterwards kept the inn in this town, where, in 1900, his descendant, Wells Myer, will live, as told in a former chapter, and when this wagon was driven through Katsbaan on its way home Burgoyne was on his way under parole to England. It might be in place to state that a part of the box of this wagon is preserved in the Senate House in Kingston.”
From The Diaries of Benjamin Myer Brink
transcribed by Town Historian Audrey Klinkenberg
“445. September 18th 1891-Friday - A beautiful day though very warm. …
This afternoon Mr. Callahan and I drove out with Judge Parker’s horse to Ten Broeck Myers for the old wagon in which Burgoyne was brought a prisoner from Saratoga to Albany in 1777. Attended meeting of Trustees of Senate House Association this evening and came home with midnight train …”
TenBroeck Sharpe Myer 1842-1911 was the son of Cornelius Persen Myer and Sarah M Sharp. He married Marianna Nelson 1835-1910; they had no children. TenBroeck and wife are buried in the Pine Bush Cemetery in Lake Katrine.
Cornelius Persen Myer 1807-1878 was the son of Henry Myer and Maria Persen. He married Sarah M Sharp/e. They are buried in the Pine Bush Cemetery.
Henry Myer 1768-1853 was the son of Christian Myer and Ann/Hannah Wynkoop.
Christian Myer 1739-1817 was the son of John Wilhelm Myer [aka William] and Sarah Newkirk. It was he and his brother who brought the wagon to Saratoga. He and his wife are buried in the Saile Abeel Cemetery in Saxton. His brother Johannes, known as Oom Hans, married Celia Snyder; he lived in the area of today’s intersection of Railroad Ave and Old Kings Highway, he is buried in Mt View Cemetery.
John Wilhelm Myer was the son of Christian Meyer and Ann Gertrude Theunyes, the first of this family here. He is buried on the Christian Meyer farm, as are his parents.
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