Charles C. Messerly
Sex: Male
Birth: 1859
Father: Christian Messerly (c1832)
Mother: Elizabeth Messerly (c1805)
Spouse/Partner: Eva Niss
Marriage: 29 Jul 1883 [1]

Charles C. Messerly

Documentation notesEdit

Charles Rollo Messerly (known from WWII draft card) is certainly Charles C. Messerly's son who is listed as father of a Rollo Messerly in the 1900 Census. The birthdates match, the first name is rare.

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Name Birthdate Birthplace Death date Death place
Children of Charles Messerly (1859) and Eva
Charles Messerly (1884) "Rollo"
Charles Rollo
19 May 1884 Winimac, Indiana

Is Christian Messerly (c1832) the father?Edit

  • TBD- search for any messerly born ohio ca1832 living in Indiana for 1850 on.
  • Argument for
    • 1900 census gives foreign birth for Father (though given as "Germany.)
  • Argument against

Is Christian Messerly (1824-1886) the father?Edit

  • Argument for
  • Argument Against
    • 1920- Father given as from Pennsylvania.
    • Wrong age 1900 census birth conflicts with Christian Messerly census records.
    • Wrong parent location "Germany"
      • Nearly zero people came from Germany with name messerly, so the person giving the info may have been giving their best guess.
  • Tentative conclusion- Christian messerly from Basil is not the father.

Documentation notesEdit

  • Census 1900: Charles Messerly Jun 1859, 40 YO) married to Eva in Monroe, Pulaski, Indiana birth year about 1860 in Ohio. , but father from "Germany"
    • Eva Age 39
    • Rollo C Messerly (ca 1884)
      • No hits for Rollo messerly born IN for 1910, 1920
  • 1920 Charles Messerley age 60 living in Indiana > Pulaski > Winamac > District 173.
    • father born Pennsylvania
    • Eva age 50. Rollo is not in the household.
  • 1930 Census "Charles T Messerly (age 71) born c1859 living with wife Eva at the home of George Burson employed as a Houseworker.
  • 1850 Census- No Christian Messerly's born in Pennsylvania. Only two- One in Clay, Tuscarawas, OH, the other is born Basil, Fairfield, OH about 1826 Christian Messerly (1824-1886)
  • U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942: Rollo known as Charles Rollo Messerly, born 19 May 1884. 1931 High Street, Logansport, IN. Contact person: Geneva Messerly same address. Employer: Pennsylvania RR.


  1. ^ maiden name and date given by Indiana Index to Marriage Record 1840 - 1920, Book C-D, OS Page 118.