|Father:||possibly Solomon Messerley (c1783)|
John Messerly Seems to have been single at age 39, working as a Wagonmaker. By 1880, he is married to Catherine Messerly (c1818) and working as a head carpenter, though he is 69.
Records: 1850 Town of Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, Va., p. 2A, 13 July 1850 dwelling 17 John Hill 44 Tavern keeper $10,000 Va Jane 46 Va Livingston Brown 27 Lawyer NC Erasmus Coffman 42 Clerk Co. Court $15,000 Va John Messerly 39 Wagonmaker $600 Va
Lived in a hotel with about 45 others.
?? 1880 Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, Va., p. 9, 3 June 1800 dwelling 59 John Messerly 69 Head Carpenter Va Pa Va Elizabeth Messerly 62 Wife Keeping house Va Va Va
|Name||Birthdate||Birthplace||Death date||Death place|
|Children of John 1811 and Catherine Messerly|
|Joseph Messerly (c1844)|
|Matthew Messerly (c1847)|
Is Solomon Messerley (c1783) John's father? Edit
- Co-occurance in the same county (Rockingham VA)
- Solomon was also a wagonmaker, an uncommon trade.
- Very low number of Messerly's in 1811.
- Number of mothers of a Messerly boy in 1811 is reduced by those who are of child bearing age. Mother Christine would have been 26 at the time of John Messerly birth.
Conclusion: it is unlikely that Solomon is not the father.