My project at the Clark County Historical Society is to research two local weavers from the 1800s, Daniel L. Myers and Simon Riegel. The information I gathered from Ancestry.com included names of the men’s families, and dates of their births and deaths. This information will help me in my search in the Heritage Center’s archives.
The first books that provided me with detailed information were the Early Clark County, Ohio Families Vital Statistics Index of Fathers of the Family Unit. Sylvia Olson put these books together, with the help of all of the families who provided her with genealogical information. I found Simon Riegel listed with his two wives, and his children. This source indicates that Simon was a carpet weaver in German Township, and it includes the same names and dates that Ancestry provided me. Similar information is good, because it tells me what I have is correct, and that I am dealing with the same person. In Marriage Records for Clark County, by Grooms, I found Squire T. Riegel and his wife Flora A. Follrath, who married on December 14, 1880. Squire is the youngest son of Simon. In Early Marriage Bonds of Clark Co, Ohio Books 3-4 M-Z, I found Simon and his second wife Margaret Maggert, who married March 7, 1858. I also found three of his children, Henry Reigel married January 13, 1859 to Lydia Thralls; Levi Reigel married November 23, 1859 to Susan McAlister; Angeline Reigel married March 18, 1862 to William A. Roberts. (Notice the last names are spelled differently.)
In continuing research on Daniel Myers, I found a copy of a newspaper advertisement that Myers took out about his business. I was also able to find information about his wife, Barbara, and daughter, Louisa Jennie. According to the Clark County Marriage Returns, Jennie L. (here, her names are reversed) married William A. Quick, in November of 1888, and again on April 7, 1904. Could the pair have split then reconnected? In the Death Records, I found a Jane Quick, (the birth and death dates match other sources, so this is the correct Jane/Jennie) who died March 9, 1907 at the age of 55 of heart disease. Barbara Myers, Daniel’s wife, died at the ripe old age of 82 on February 7, 1892.
Another interesting source I found on Daniel Myers was a newspaper article in the Marysville Journal Tribune. This newspaper was dated to Wednesday July 12, 1961 and featured an article on page 4 that mentioned Daniel Myers. Mrs. Nolle McCloud Hoopes of Marysville loaned the local museum a four-poster rope bed, and an old fashioned hand-woven coverlid. Wove in the corner of the coverlid was “Made by D. L. Myers, Bethel Township, for Barbara His Wife 1842”. After this discovery, Miss Nolle Kloepfer recognized she had one similar. Her great grandparents were located in Clark County, after coming west from Maryland. Her great grandmother, Mary Clay, bought and took yarn to a weaver to make a coverlid. In the two opposite corners is woven “Made by D. L. Myers, Bethel Township, for Mary Clay 1849”.