My name is Bill Warnica and I am a descendent of Peter Wolever . I was hoping that I could find a Wolever that could trace their roots to the Mohawk Valley N.Y. in the late 1700s to early 1800s to help me with my project.
I will give you a little of my history in hopes that you can help.
My Peter Wolever was the son of Nicholas Wolever of Palatinate Germany.
I do not know too much about Nicholas or his wife. It did find mention of him at this site.http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyherkim/hfrench2.html
Peter Wolever married an English girl, Miss Wetherstone (daughter of Henry Wetherstone of the Mohawk Valley) . I have no record of the number of children they had but I do have mention of one daughter Catherine. This is from a history book by Andrew Frederick Hunter 1889. Catherine was one of few survivors of the Indian massacre on Herkimer July 15 1782. Both of her parents as well as almost every one else died from that massacre. Catherine's was a baby at this time and was over looked while her grandmother was scalped and left for dead (she survived and lived many years). For some unknown reason, Catherine Wolever changed her name to Catherine Wolfe. Catherine married twice, first to a Captain Myers of the Mohawk Valley N.Y.
They had three children then Capt. Myers was killed and Catherine was on her own in the area of Manlius N.Y.
Their three children are:
A. / David, the oldest child was, born about 1796 in N.Y. state and as we know moved north when he was about 21 years old with his mother, George Wernecke and their family. They first settled in Markam and later he moved to Innisfil where he bought the south half of lot 16 Con. 10 from Alexander Gunn for 200 pounds. David farmed this land and did not appear to be as well educated compared to his stepbrothers John, George, Joseph and William. David seemed to get himself in financial trouble and repurchased his own farm on three occasions after not meeting the payments. Each time that David repurchased his property his stepbrothers were there and signed on the documents. It would seem that they were a close family and took care of each other. David sold his 100 acres (less the Â¼ acres where the tavern was situated belonging to Adam Myers) on June 30th 1871 to James Barclay and William Patterson. Adam Myers sold his Â¼ acre to William Webb, March 31st 1875 for $1,200.00. This date is the last record of the Myers in Innisfil.
David married Sarah (last name unknown) on or about 1845. Sarahâ€™s was born about 1801 and they had three children.
/ Adam Myers born about 1837, with his father severed off Â¼ acre on the north east corner of highway 11 and the 10th concession intersection. Here they built an Inn with a tavern. In the diaries of Jeremiah Graham Soules, he mentions staying at the Myers Inn and that Adam Myers was a very pleasant and sociably person. Adam married Mary Hudson b:1847 M:February 8th 1867 and they had three children. Thomas Myers born about 1868 George Myers born about 1869 and Mark Myers born about 1870 .
Elizabeth Myers born about 1846, married Henry Reynolds on March 31st 1873. .
Amanda ? (not verified).
According to the 1872 Gazetteer of Simcoe County the above address also shows a Uriah Myers living at the Adam Myers residence. Uriah does not show up in the 1871 census and this question may be answered later on in this email.
B. / Peter Myers was the second son of Catherine Myers and was born in Madison County New York state about late 1799 and died in 1870. He is buried in the Liverpool Village Cemetery, section 9 plot 90 with his wife and son. There is a Hattie Myers buried in their plot also, who died in 1834. It is unknown at this time who she may be but speculation may make her the first child of Peter & Nancy? Peter worked as a Blacksmith in Liverpool N.Y. repair kettles for the salt industry.
Peter married Nancy Heath (b:1802 d:1893) and had four children, not counting Hattie. The oldest child was:
Franklin b: 1835 who married Elleanor Downe (of Liverpool) on Thursday March 10th 1864 by Rev. C.W. Hawley. Franklin was a farmer in Onondaga County. .
Frances, born 1837 .
Mary, born 1840 .
Uriah H. Myers born 1843, died 1881 and is buried with his parents in the Liverpool Village Cemetery.
The following article is from the Liverpool Journal, Feb. 4 1861.
"Accident at Liverpool, A young man about 18 years old, named Uriah Myers, son of Peter Myers of Liverpool, received a severe injury last evening from the kick of a horse. The horse's toe cork hit him directly over the right eye, breaking in the skull. Dr. Shipman found it necessary to perform the operation of trepanning upon young Myers and removed from the injured part sixteen pieces of bone. The young man was rendered for some time insensible by the wound but is today doing well."
It might be possible that the above accident made it difficult for Uriah to support himself fully and he was sent to live with his uncle David after his fatherâ€™s death in 1870. That may be why there is a Uriah Myers appearing in the 1872 Gazetteer living at the Innisfil home of David and Adam Myers? If that is the case and it was Davidâ€™s nephew, Uriah would have to be taken back to New York state at some point because he is buried at the Liverpool N.Y. cemetery. And if Uriah moved back, did David, Adam and his family relocate also?
C./ Leonard Myers , 3rd son of Catherine, was born in Madison County New York about 1801. Leonard was adopted out (after his father died) to a wealthy Presbyterian. When they died, they left Leonard a wealthy man. Leonard took his money to one of the new west states and lost his money on investing in the mills and distillery when they burned down.
There is no trace of Leonard as of yet. There is another Leonard Myers that was born in Madison County and lived with the John & Julia Fort Family but Leonardâ€™s age is wrong in the 1855 census.
Any help with this family would be appreciated. Willing to share.
Catherine later married a George Frederick Hanning Wernecke (a Dane) in 1806 and had four more children, John Christian Warnick, George Frederick Warnica, Joseph Gottleib Warnica and William daniel Warnica. They all lived in Manlius till about 1815 when George , Catherine and their four boys along with David Myers moved to Canada and settled north of Toronto in the township of Markham. In 1823 they moved onto their own farm in Innisfil township near the present city of Barrie.
John Christian Warnick eventually returned to the states in the Wisconsin area . Joseph Gottlieb Warnica also moved his family to the states in the Michigan area. Both Joseph and his son Joseph joined in the Cival war as well as Charles Manson Warnica (listed as Charles Manson Warnicz), the son of George Frederick Warnica.
I hope you can help with my search for Peter Wolever.
A little more of the history is at: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Crete/1796/index.html