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Oliver Benton MYERS

Male 1844 -


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  • Name Oliver Benton MYERS 
    Born CA 1844  Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850  Allegany Co, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1860  Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • In household of Eugene & Elizabeth (Burnside) Henry. Although everyone's birthplace was given as Virginia, Benton Myers was in Maryland for the 1850 Census, and it is believed that he was born in that state.
    Military From 11 Mar 1864 to 19 Jun 1865  [2
    Pvt, Co G, 6th W.Va. Cav, Civil War (POW at Libby Prison) 
    • Due to company reconstruction, duplicate records for Benton Myers are filed under Co G, 5th W.Va. Cavalry and New Co G, 6th W.Va. Cavalry. On Mar 11 1864, he joined for duty and enrolled at Wheeling in the new Co G, 6th W.Va. Cavalry. The next day at Wheeling, he mustered in as a Private in the same unit. Company muster rolls show that in September 1864, he was sick at home in Doddridge County. On Nov 28 1864, at the Battle of New Creek WV, he was taken captive by Confederate forces. He was held as a prisoner of war at Libby Prison in Richmond until Feb 14 1865, when he was paroled at Annapolis, Maryland. He returned to duty in April 1865 and was mustered out on Jun 19 1865 at Camp Chase, near Columbus, Ohio.

      A compilation of newspaper articles of the day regarding the Battle of New Creek can be found at http://www.wvculture.org/history/sesquicentennial/18641128.html

      NOTE: As of February 2017, the Civil War medal issued for Oliver Benton Myers had never been claimed and was in storage at the West Virginia State Archives in Charleston.
      http://www.wvculture.org/history/archives/civilwarmedals/medals.html
    Person ID I106759  Doddridge County Roots
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2017 

    Father Upton Benton MYERS,   b. CA 1815, Allegany Co, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Oct 1859, Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years) 
    Mother Amanda DAWSON,   b. CA 1816, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1855, Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 39 years) 
    Married 10 Jan 1837  Allegany Co, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F31752  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S184] 1850 Census.

    2. [S37] Historical Military Records, (www.fold3.com).