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Grove Messenger
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Birth: Feb. 7, 1782
Granby
Hartford County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Jan. 29, 1814
Montreal
Quebec, Canada

Grove was the eldest of eight children born to Capt. David and Hannah (Higley) Messenger. His siblings: Sinthy, Hannah, David, Jr., Samuel, Campbell, Harriett and Forest.

About 1802, Grove married Pamelia Gibbons, daughter of Lemuel and Mary (Goss) Davidson Gibbons of Granville, Massachusetts. They had four children: Adah, b 1803; Eliza, b 1805-1806; Frederic Dent, b 1806; and William Henderson, b 1808.

In 1805, Grove, probably on the advice of his father, joined him and a group of settlers from Granville and Granby, CT who had formed the Licking Land Company. They purchased land in Licking Co., Ohio and Grove took his young family and moved west. He built a cabin near N. Main and E. Broadway in present-day Granville.

Grove, along with brothers David, Jr. and Campbell, enlisted to serve in the War of 1812. He served in Capt. Levi Rose's unit, mustered in June of that year. He was at the Fall of Detroit. The company surrendered but the British did not have the resources to care for the prisoners so they were released and the men eventually made their way back to Granville on foot.

Grove re-enlisted in May 1813 under Capt. Grove Case in a company for service in the 27th infantry. These volunteers were better equipped and prepared to serve. He probably was involved in the Battle of the Thames though the company's main duty was convoying supplies, scouting and garrisoning Ft. Seneca in northwest Ohio. At some point he was taken prisoner of war and ended up in Montreal where he died. His death is confirmed in a letter written April 24, 1814 by Col. Rob Gardner to Gen. John Major. The original letter is in the National Archives.
 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  David Messenger (1760 - 1811)
  Hannah Higley Messenger (1758 - 1815)
 
 Spouse:
  Pamelia Gibbons Messenger Norton (1781 - 1852)
 
 Children:
  Adah Messenger West (1803 - 1888)*
  Eliza Messenger (1805 - 1806)*
  William Henderson Messenger (1808 - 1889)*
  Frederick Dent Messenger (1810 - 1871)*
 
 Siblings:
  Grove Messenger (1782 - 1814)
  David Messenger (1790 - 1881)*
  Campbell Messenger (1793 - 1866)*
  Harriet Messenger Burt (1796 - ____)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: POW, died at Montreal Hospital, unknown burial, probably in a mass grave
 
Created by: Gayle
Record added: Oct 08, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 118405216
 

 
 
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