Early history paralleled that of his brother,
George MEYER. However, Andrew left Ohio for Missouri one year earlier
that the rest of the family and reached Holt County May, 1843. The
next August he went over the Missouri River to the Iowa and Sac Agency
to first follow farming, then was an assistant blacksmith.
1847 he enlisted in the Oregon battalion for service in the Mexican
War (see Uriah BLAIR history). During this trip he met with Brigham
YOUNG who was then keeping a trading post on the Missouri River. In
the fall of 1848, Mr. MEYER returned to Holt County and the next winter
made a trip to Des Moines, Iowa where he bought land.
he went with his brother and Judge MCINTYRE to search for gold
in California. (see George MEYER history).
Coming back to Holt County, he married Mary SECRIST on Aug. 20,
1851. She was born in Richland County, Ohio and her father, John
SECRIST, came to Holt County in fall of 1849. Mr. MEYER went to farming
where he now lives (about 4 miles south-southeast of Mound City)
and now owns 2,453 acres of land. He has 11 children: Annie E.,
wife of W. A. LONG; James H., also married; Maggie M.; Alfred
A.; Willard P.; Armilda C.; George W.; Robert S.; Emma J.; Charles
E.; and Marvin E.
In 1861 he was appointed county judge by Govenor Gamble. In 1862,
he was elected captain of militia and was in active service about
a month, stationed at Lexington. He voted for Douglas in 1860,
was a strong Union man throughout the (Civil) war, and has since
been a Republican. In 1876, he had 180 acres planted in corn,
220 acres in small grain, raised 1,450 bushels of wheat and has
been extensively involved in the stock business. His residence
is one of the largest farmhouses in the county.
Source: "An Illustrated Historical Atlas Map, Holt County, MO.
Published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia, 1877
Provided by Dave Roberts of Lyon County, Kentucky,
a former Holt County resident.