|Birth: ||Jul. 7, 1732|
|Death: ||Jan. 14, 1813|
John Messmore was born Hans Ulrich Mesmer in Muttenz Switzerland on July 7 1732. He was the son of Johannes Mesmer (1704-1739) and Catharina Gysin (!695-1762). Muttenz was a small farming town near Basel Switzerland along the Rhine River. Family history mentions that Johannes was either a silk weaver or merchant. Johannes dies when John (Hans) in only six and it appears that his mother did not remarry, but as a widow raised John and his sister . John arrived in the colonies in 1749 along with 3 other Mesmer Cousins.
. In histories we know that John was a civilian teamster under Washington and possibly later under General Braddock in 1755. John was driving a double team wagon owned by Jacob Weiss (Wise) of Patterson's Creek in what is now Maryland. It is noted that all the teamsters survived both Washington's and Braddock's defeats. At some time between 1755 and 1763, John married Jacob Weiss's daughter Susanna.
From a history of Fayette Co., Pa, it is stated that John Messmore was one of the first group settlers to settle in German Twp., Fayette Co., between 1767 and 1770. In 1773, John had to settle a dispute over the title of his 372 acres of land and it was finally decided in his favor many years later. He named his property " Switzerland" and the title was patented on Dec 15, 1787. John and his family appear on the 1790 Federal Census of German Township, Fayette Co. John made extensive clearings, and in conjunction with cultivating his farm, operated a grist and saw mill and a distillery. The site is now what is left of the village of Messmore.
John served in Capt Robert Ramsey's 5th Battalion, Washington Co Militia during the Revolutionary War.
. They are both buried on the family farm in a cemetery that has since been plowed over and it's location lost.
John Messmore raised a family of twelve children, nine boys and three girls. Abraham went to Canada and settled near St Catherines Ontario. Jacob married Naomi Sutton and moved to Licking Co, Ohio, with his brother John II David to Indiana, Adam and George to Wayne Co, Oh. Joseph, Solomon and Isaac remained in German Twp and are buried in Lickeys Graveyard near Mc Clellandtown, Pa. Susan married George Poundstone and lived in German Township. Katherine married Hugh Whitehill and Elizabeth married William Nolan and moved to Wayne Co. Ohio.
Susannah Weiss Wise Messmore (____ - 1811)*
Abraham Messmore (1764 - 1840)*
John Messmore (1768 - 1825)*
Susannah Messmore Poundstone (1771 - 1834)*
Isaac Messmore (1777 - 1860)*
Jacob Messmore (1780 - 1812)*
Solomon Messmore (1781 - 1833)*
Joseph Messmore (1786 - 1853)*
Elizabeth Messmore Noland (1788 - 1862)*
George Messmore (1791 - 1878)*
David Messmore (1794 - ____)*
Plot: No Headstones remain
Created by: RWM
Record added: Dec 19, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 82168112