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Rev. Luther Myrick

Rev. Luther Myrick and his family lived in Cazenovia, Madison County, New York from about 1825-1843.  Rev. Luther Myrick was born. 23 September 1794 Washington, Duchess County, New York and died 1 Sept 1843 Sandstone, Jackson, Michigan of typhus. The family had just moved to Michigan May 1843 from Cazenovia, Madison County, New York.

He married his wife Mary Elizabeth Hills 27 June 1816 in Paris, Oneida, New York. They had a large family of eleven children. Four of them graduated from Cazenovia Seminary in Cazenovia:

Milton Hills Myrick, 1841, became a lawyer and a probate judge in San Francisco, California.
Robert. Luther Myrick, 1842, a printer.
Esther Elizabeth, 1838, a teacher and wife of M. R. Davis.
Elizabeth Phoebe Myrick, 1842, (my line) married Zeri Wilcox, a farmer, and died in 1855 in Michigan from complications of child birth.

Rev. Luther Myrick was a Presbyterian minister and an early abolitionist who was well known in both circles in Madison County and beyond. I have copies of eight letters (23 pages) he wrote to his good friend, abolitionist Charles G. Finney, president of Oberlin College.

Luther was known for pushing the envelope a bit in all his doings( it is said by historians that he had a strong personality) but was very committed to the teachings of the Bible and an active member of both the abolitionist movement and women's rights. He owned and published at least four different newspapers at various times in Madison County: The Abolitionist, The Madison & Onondaga,  Union Herald Abolitionist and the Madison County Eagle.

Luther's father, Robert Myrick, moved in with Luther and his family about 1837 and died 6 June 1839. Robert Myrick is buried in lot 90 at Cazenovia South Cemetery. (**a note said that Mary Livingston Ingersoll who died in 1835 and was the mother of Robert Green Ingersoll is buried in the same Myrick Lot**).

Rev. Luther Myrick's paternal line is lineally descended from Mayflower passengers Elder William Brewster, Stephen and Giles Hopkins and Peter Brown. I have proven the Hopkins and Brewster lines but not the Brown as of yet.

I would be very interested in contacting any "cousins" from this line and I do have more information to share that space does not permit at this point.

His third great-granddaughter,

E-mail: Jackie Kalinauskas



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