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Capt David Messenger
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Birth: Sep. 16, 1760
Hartford County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Apr. 1, 1811
Licking County
Ohio, USA

David was the fourth of six children, all boys, born to Nathaniel Messenger and Eleanor Griffin. His siblings were: Nathaniel Jr., Israel; Lemuel; Daniel and Amos.

On June 3, 1775, at age 15, David enlisted as a private in Capt. Malcolm Henry's Co., Col. David Brewer's 9th Reg., company's return dated October 7, 1775; also served in Capt. Henry's Co., Col. Rufus Putnam's (late Brewer's) Regt.; fought in the siege of Boston; order for a bounty coat or its equivalent in money dated Roxbury, December 23, 1775. [from Mass. Soldiers & Sailors, pg 694]

Also served in Capt. Samuel Hay's Co., Conn. 18th militia regt., commanded by Jonathan Pettibone. Arrived NY: August 22, 1776, discharged September 25. 1776.

In about 1781, David married Hannah Higley, daughter of Dudley Higley and Eunice Stratton of Simsbury, Connecticut. David and Hannah were the parents of eight children: Grove, Sinthy, Hannah, David Jr., Samuel, Campbell, Harriet and Forest.

In April, 1804, David and 34 others signed and paid $8 each forming the Scioto Land Co., to explore available land to settle in Ohio. In May of that year, 3 of the group traveled to the area to view and purchase land but rather than the Scioto Valley, they actually preferred Licking County, Ohio. Eventually 44 signed up and the group changed their name to the Licking Land Company. On December 10, 1805, David received a deed for 500 acres for which he paid between about $900 and $1,600.

David was a leader and good citizen in the new community. In 1808, he was nominated to serve as a grand juror and along with six others, was a supervisor of highways. He also played a hautboy, an instrument similar to the oboe, in the 11-member township band.

David died in 1811. He was only 51. He is buried in historic Old Colony Burying Ground next to his wife and son Campbell. It is noted in town records, that the second person to die in the new community was little Eliza Messenger, daughter of his son, Grove. She died in 1806 and it is said that she is buried in the same plot with her grandparents.
Family links: 
  Nathaniel Messenger (1725 - 1801)
  Hannah Higley Messenger (1758 - 1815)
  Grove Messenger (1782 - 1814)*
  Campbell Messenger (1793 - 1866)*
  Harriet Messenger Burt (1796 - ____)*
*Calculated relationship
Sacred to the
Memory of
David Messenger
who died
April 1 1811
aged 51 years
Old Colony Burying Ground
Licking County
Ohio, USA
Plot: #755
Maintained by: Gayle
Originally Created by: Dave
Record added: Jun 03, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19690331
Capt David Messenger
Added by: Gayle
Capt David Messenger
Added by: Gayle
Capt David Messenger
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 Added: Feb. 23, 2014

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