An invitation is extended to the community to join the Belmont County Chapter, Ohio Genealogy Society, and members of the Myers and Hamilton Reunion on Saturday, July 29 at Captina Cemetery near Barnesville to dedicate a U.S. government marker for Civil War Veteran Singleton Myers (1845-1938). Speakers for the program include John S. Mattox, curator of the Underground Railroad Museum at Flushing, and local historian Bruce Yarnall. The program gets underway at 5 pm.
When Myers died at the age of 93, his obituary noted he was born on a Somerset Township farm, a son of Phillip and Joanna Myers. At age 19 on August 18, 1864, he enlisted as a member of the U.S. Colored Troops in Capt. John Dicken's Company. U.S. military records indicate he was a member of the 9th U.S. Colored Heavy Artillery. Wounded in action, his obituary stated he was honorably discharged at Nashville, Tenn. on September 13, 1865.
Returning to the Captina community following the war, he married in 1866 and farmed in Somerset Township until about 1923 when he retired and moved to Barnesville.
Myers was a member of Hilles Post, Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Barnesville. He was one of seven remaining members of the organization when post members "surrendered their charter in 1933," local historian Dr. D.O. Shepherd, records. The GAR was integrated, a notable exception during the Jim Crow era, with membership open to both white and black Union veterans.
Singleton Myers and other Civil War vets were regulars in the annual Decoration Day parades as their health permitted. When Myers passed on September 8, 1938, only one other Barnesville area veteran, W.W. Graves, remained.
The Enterprise noted while Myers's health had been declining for several years, it "was more marked in recent weeks following a fall from a cherry tree."
Myers's was survived by all seven of his children. He was preceded in death by his first wife Elizabeth Hamilton Myers (1851-1914) and his second wife Martha J. Clark Myers (1857-1931).
A full military funeral in his honor was conducted by "Barnesville's World War veterans, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion" at Captina Church with Rev. R.B. Lowe of Bethel AME and former pastor Rev. J. B. Stanton of Coshocton, officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Now after 79 years, Myers's unmarked grave will get its proper due. He is one of nine known Union Civil War veterans buried at Captina.
At his passing the newspaper noted, "Mr. Myers was a loyal member of Captina A.M.E. Church and was deeply interested in its welfare and preservation". He was also founder of the popular family reunion that brings Myers and Hamilton descendants back to Barnesville each year. The reunion will take place at Memorial Park earlier that afternoon.
Captina AME Cemetery is located five miles southeast of Barnesville just off SR 148 on Somerset Twp. Road 30 (Oakes Place). The cemetery may also be reached from SR 800 via Flatrock Road, Somerset Twp. #29.