William Henderson Messenger

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William Henderson Messenger

  • Birth 5 Jun 1808 Granville, Licking County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 11 May 1889 Wellman, Washington County, Iowa, USA
  • Burial Bloomfield, Morrow County, Ohio, USA
  • Plot Section E, Row 3
  • Memorial ID 62571198

William was the youngest of four children born to Pamelia Gibbons and Grove Messenger. His siblings: Adah, Eliza (d.y.) and Frederic Dent. William's father fought in the War of 1812, was taken prisoner and died on January 29, 1814 in a Montreal hospital.

William first married Elizabeth Manville on December 16, 1830 in Bloomfield township, Ohio. They had 6 children: Eliza, George Washington, James John, Grove (d.y.), Nicholas Clare and William Wallace. Elizabeth died on August 11, 1852.

William then married Laura Abigail (Thayer) Gilbert, a widow without children, on May 4, 1854 and along with his five children, they came to Iowa in 1855. Between 1855 and 1869 he and Laura had five more children: Norton Henry, Sarah Adah, Eddie Forest (d.y.), Alice Elizabeth and Ellsworth Grant.

William purchased a little over 303 acres of land, in three parcels, from the government in Green Township, Iowa County, Iowa on May 1, 1855. He later owned land in Lime Creek Township, Washington County, Iowa. In addition to farming, he was also a carpenter. He built a frame house in Lime Creek Twp that was still standing in 1976.

When he died, his body was returned to Ohio where he is buried in the same cemetery and plot as his first wife, Elizabeth, and his mother, Pamelia. His final resting place is also very near where his young son Grove, namesake of his father, is buried.



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  • Created by: Gayle
  • Added: 5 Dec 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 62571198
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Henderson Messenger (5 Jun 1808–11 May 1889), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62571198, citing Bloomfield Cemetery, Bloomfield, Morrow County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Gayle (contributor 47223271) .