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Descendents of Thomas Speedy (14 Oct 1815- 26 Jan 1900)
and Isabella Patterson (9 Nov 1815 - 26 Nov 1888)

Second Immigrant Generation

2. Isabella Speedy . Daughter of Thomas Speedy & Isabella Patterson. Born 14 Dec 1836 in Berwick, Eng. Died 16 Sep 1930 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Religion Presbyterian.


    Copied from newspaper obituary -   (1930)

    Mrs Isabel Messer

    Harvey Station, York Co.- Sept 18--The death of Mrs Isabel Messer occurred suddenly at the home of her son, Allen Messer, on Tuesday at 2 p.m. after a few days illness.    Mrs Messer was the widow of Walter Messer and was the daughter of Thomas and Isabel Speedy.   She was born in Berwick, England, and came with her parents to this country when six years of age.   If she had lived until December, she would   have been 94 years of age.


    Mrs Messer leaves to mourn Mrs Thomas McFarland, Tweedside; Thomas Messer, Coburn; Mrs Isaac Haines, Portland; Mrs Nell C. Clark, Boston;   William Messer, Coburn; James Messer, Vancouver; Mrs Andrew Fisher, Boston; Walter Messer, Portland; and Allen Messer, of Harvey Station; also 32 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs Thomas Piercy, of Denman Island, B.C., and Mrs James Rutherford, Tweedside.   Thomas Speedy of St. Stephen and John Speedy, Minneapolis, are brothers.


   The funeral was held this morning from her late home with a short service at the house and service at Knox Presbyterian Church.   Rev. George Knight had charge of the service.   "All the Way My Savior Leads Me" and "I Hears the Voice of Jesus Say" were sung by the choir.   Mr Knight sang as a solo, "Life's Railroad to Heaven."   Pallbearers were six grandsons, Alexander and Wallace Wood, Howard McFarland, Ezra, Glen and Edwin Messer.   The flowers were beautiful and numerous.   Interment was made in Harvey Cemetery.


    She married Walter Messer, son of William Messer & Alice (Or Alison) Brown, 22 Apr 1856. Born 4 Apr 1832 in England. Died 7 Aug 1886 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer. Religion Presbyterian.


    Much of the information on Walter Messer, his wife Isabella Speedy and their family is contained in a book, Messer History,   put together by Stella Messer in 1995.   Other sources used were newspaper obituaries, census reports, church records, and genealogies of other related families.


    The 1861 Census showed that Walter and his wife Isabella, owned or occupied 60 acres of improved land and 100 acres of unimproved land.   Cash value of farm 200 pounds, value of implements and machinery, 1 pound.   They had 3 milch cows, 2 working oxen, 5 other neat cattle, 6 sheep and 3 swine.   They slaughtered 200 lb. pork.   Produced 200 lb. butter, 23 lb. wool, 14 tons hay, 240 bu. oats, 50 bu. buckwheat, 15 bu. timothy and 70 bu. potatoes.


    Died on 7 Aug 1886, at age 54 year, 4 months and 4 days.

    They had the following children:

  14   i.   Alice Isabella Messer

  15   ii.   Thomas Brown Messer

  16   iii.   Margaret Ann "Maggie" Messer

  17   iv.   Elizabeth Messer

  18   v.   Eleanor "Nell" Messer

  19   vi.   William D. Messer

  20   vii.   James R. Messer

  21   viii.   Sarah "Sadie" Messer

  22   ix.   John "Allan" Messer

  23   x.   Walter Messer

  24   xi.   Walter Atkins Messer