John Messerly (c1811-?)

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John Messerly
Sex: Male
Birth: c1811
Father: possibly Solomon Messerley (c1783)
Spouse/Partner: Catherine Messerly

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

Argument forEdit

  • 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.

Argument againstEdit


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