Margaret Ann McCorriston, 1867-1963

Image courtesy of  The Honolulu Advertiser .

Image courtesy of The Honolulu Advertiser.

Margaret Ann McCorriston (June 22, 1867-October 25, 1963) was a part-Hawaiian pioneer of the Island of Molokai born during the reign of King Kamehameha V.

Margaret Ann McCorriston, known as “Maggie,” was born on June 22, 1867, in Waiau, Oʻahu, Kingdom of Hawaii, to Daniel McCorriston (1840-1927) and Ann Nelson (c.1851-1907). [1] [2]

When Maggie was about six years old, she and her family moved to the Island of Molokai for her father to manage the Kamalo Plantation, a sugar cane plantation operated by her father’s cousin John C. McColgan (1814-1890). [3]

On January 1, 1890, in Kamalō, Molokai, Maggie married Otto Samuel Meyer, Sr. (1854-1931), the first-born son of early Molokai settler Rudolph Wilhelm Meyer and High Chiefess Kalama Waha. [4] [5] They had eight children:

  1. Daughter Marguerite Amelia Meyer was born in Kaunakakai, Molokai, on April 23, 1891, married Thomas Patrick Kaihikapu Cummins (1894-1960), and died in Honolulu, Oʻahu, on February 18, 1983

  2. Daughter Alberta Inez Meyer was born on Molokai on January 12, 1893, married Erick Oscar Janitschke (1894-1979), and died in Denver, Colorado, on April 18, 1972

  3. Son Otto Samuel Meyer, Jr. was born in the Republic of Hawaii on August 28, 1894, and died in Kaohu, Molokai, on July 4, 1910

  4. Daughter Annie Elizabeth Meyer was born in Honolulu, Oʻahu, on May 10, 1897, married Thomas K. Lishman, Jr. (1899-1961), and died in Hoʻolehua, Molokai, on February 27, 1987

  5. Daughter Emma Meyer was born in the Territory of Hawaii in July 1899, and died in Kalaʻe, Molokai, on January 1, 1902

  6. Daughter Dorcas Kalama Meyer was born on Molokai on August 16, 1900, married Brickwood Kanehoalani Cummins (1905-1963), and died in Kaimukī, Oʻahu, on April 28, 1993

  7. Son Henry Pendergast Kiheipua Meyer, known as “Penn” and “Pennie,” was born in Kalaʻe, Molokai, on August 10, 1902, married Vera Maude (Mundon) Silva (1907-2005), and died in Kaunakakai, Molokai, on December 24, 1988

  8. Son Charles Schlieffer Meyer, Sr., was born in Kalaʻe, Molokai, on December 12, 1907, married Edith Keolamauloa Cathcart (1911-1994), and died in Hoʻolehua, Molokai, on July 5, 1986

Maggie died on October 25, 1963, at Molokai General Hospital in Kaunakakai, Molokai, Hawaiʻi, USA. Her funeral was held at Sacred Hearts Church in Hoʻolehua, Molokai, and she is buried in the Meyer family graveyard in Kalaʻe, Molokai. [1] [2]

Updated March 4, 2019.


  1. Mrs. Meyer dies, Molokai pioneer (1963, October 26), The Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved from

  2. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 29 January 2019), memorial page for Maggie A Meyer (22 Jun 1867–25 Oct 1963), Find A Grave Memorial no. 140124789, citing R.W. Meyer Cemetery, Kalae, Maui County, Hawaii, USA; Maintained by Lynda Puakea (contributor 47856296)

  3. Dan McCorriston, Molokai kamaaina; taken by death (1927, March 20), The Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved from

  4. Meyer, C.S. (1982). Meyer and Molokai. Alden, IA: Graphic-Agri Business

  5. Wedding bells. (1890, January 6), The Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved from