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The Borough of Meyersdale is located in Somerset County in the state of Pennsylvania (PA).
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Meyersdale Latitude: 39.7849 Longitude: -79.0170
The History of Meyersdale
In 1767 Martin Borntrager, packed up his family and sailed to America aboard the ship called "Sally", emigrating from the Palatinate in south western Germany. His son, Andrew Borntrager , who was 14 at the time of the voyage lost his mother on the journey and his father soon thereafter. As they were a family of redemptioners, Andrew and his brothers spent their early years in America as indentured servants, working off the fare for their voyage as farm laborers. Shortly after the end of the American Revolutionary war, Andrew was granted a warrant for the land that is at the heart of present day Meyersdale by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on January 17th, 1785.
Jacob Moyer, Sr., born in Lebanon county in 1763, son of Rudolph Moyer III and Anna Light, was the grandson of Barbara and Rudolph Moyer II who immigrated to America from Germany in 1717. At the age of 17, Jacob married married his first wife who was pregnant with his first son John. She delivered her first child with no problem but died following the birth of his first daughter, Anna Marie. Needing a mother for his young children, he was quickly remarried to Anna Burkholder. This union brought forth two additional sons: Jacob and Christian, and three more daughters: Magdalena, Catharine and Elizabeth.
As did Andrew Borntrager, in 1785, Jacob Moyer, Sr. also acquired warrants for a much larger portion of the wild and unsettled land in Western Pennsylvania for his children, in an area then known as Bedford County. Having his own land in Jonestown, Lebanon County and younger children to tend to, Jacob never moved to the area himself, and died at the age of 57. His older brother Michael, who had served as a substitute drummer and fifer during the American Revolution, was married in 1797 and settled on the land by 1799. Jacob Sr.`s children, John, Jacob Jr., and Christian migrated to the area to carve out new farmland for themselves as they reached adulthood and started their own families.
Jacob Jr. arrived in the area by 1804, and married the daughter of Henry Yorty, Barbara, taking over the land, home and grist mill once owned by Borntrager family. He went on to build two additional mills, a saw mill and wool mill and even a distillery. A fire destroyed the original grist mill in 1827. While transporting wood to rebuild the mill with his son Peter (born in 1807), a terrible wind and rain storm swept Jacob from his horse and into the Casselman River, where his body was later found dead.
His son Peter inherited the land and the mills. His collection of mills were known as "Moyer`s Stadt" and "Moyer`s Meihl" in the Pennsylvania Deutsch dialect of German, translated as "Meyer`s Mills" in English.
Jacob Olinger was born in 1792 and later married Catharine Moyer, Jacob Moyer`s sister who inherited nearly 250 acres of land in the area. Dr. U.M. Beachley married Peter Meyers daughter, Eliza. In 1844, Peter Meyers, U.M. Beachley and Jacob Olinger began selling of their land. John Olinger wrote, "In 1844 my father had about ten acres surveyed and laid off in thirty lots --Some were sold as low as $50.00."
In 1852 and again in 1869 even more land was sold off by the heirs. In 1870, the Olinger and Beachley lands were chartered as the Dale City borough and in 1874, Peter Meyers` land was included and the entire area was incorporated as Meyersdale.
The Borough of Meyersdale
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Meyersdale Pennsylvania Physical Characteristics:The Borough of Meyersdale has an area of 0.8 square miles
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Meyersdale, PA Climate Information:
Latitude: 39.7808 Longitude: -79.0411 Elevation: 609.6 feet.
Meyersdale, PA Population Data:According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Meyersdale was 2,184 people, which is 2.8 % of the entire population of Somerset County.
Meyersdale, PA Housing Information:Average Household Size: 2.3
Number of Residences: 1,086