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Pvt Samuel Johnson Messenger
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Birth: Jul. 9, 1841
Knox County
Ohio, USA
Death: Oct. 22, 1867
Wayne County
Iowa, USA

Named in honor of his maternal grandfather, Samuel was the 6th of 12 children born to Frederick Dent Messenger and Jane Marie Johnson. His siblings: John Ecard, Clark, Mary Adelia, David Grove, Dennis Burris, Royal Hastings, Virgil, twins Orlin and Rollin, Hyram and Martha Amelia.

Samuel lived the first 10 years of his life in Ohio till his father moved the family to Wayne Co., Iowa in the early 1850s.

Civil War Veteran: Enlisted as a Private in Co. 'I' 4th Iowa Infantry, (the same regiment in which his brothers Dennis and Royal served.)
Enlisted 2 Aug 1861 (age 20)
Mustered 31 Aug 1861
Taken prisoner 7 Mar 1862, Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas
Exchanged 14 May 1862
Discharged, disability 8 Jan 1864, Woodville, Arkansas
Samuel applied for invalid pension 25 Apr 1864; His widow, Margaret Messenger, applied 11 Mar 1868 and M. O. Thrasher [Margaret remarried] (Gdn) applied for his pension 16 Oct 1871.

On 10 Mar 1864, right after returning home from his discharge, Samuel married Margaret Olive Sherman, daughter of James Sherman and Jane La Ferre. They had two children: James and Carrie.

There is some evidence that Samuel became a preacher. A memory provided by a fellow soldier and found in the obituary books of the Wayne County Historical Society, mentions that this friend remembers hearing "Reverend Messenger preach before his death in 1867."

Samuel is buried between his brother Vergil and his father, with two other siblings and three cousins.

(Civil War info provided in part by K L Bonnett FAG 46868590)
Family links: 
  Frederick Dent Messenger (1806 - 1871)
  Jane Marie Johnson Messenger (1815 - 1890)
  Margaret Olive Sherman Messenger Thrasher (1845 - 1921)
  Carrie B Messenger Ward (1868 - 1954)*
  John Ecard Messenger (1832 - 1891)*
  Mary Adelia Messenger Ruark (1835 - 1918)*
  David Grove Messenger (1837 - 1917)*
  Dennis Burris Messenger (1839 - 1924)*
  Samuel Johnson Messenger (1841 - 1867)
  Royal Hastings Messenger (1843 - 1930)*
  Vergil Messenger (1845 - 1864)*
  Hyram Messenger (1858 - 1859)*
  Martha Amelia Messenger (1861 - 1862)*
*Calculated relationship
New York Cemetery
Wayne County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Row 15 #13
Maintained by: Gayle
Originally Created by: Calcat
Record added: Sep 15, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 97166305
Pvt Samuel Johnson Messenger
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Pvt Samuel Johnson Messenger
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