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Descendents of William Messer (4 Dec 1799 – 21 Sep 1874)
and Alice (or Alison) Brown (~1795 – 19 Sep 1877)
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33. William Messer. Son of William Messer & Margaret Bell. Born 30 Dec 1860 in Tweedside. Died 27 Jun 1940 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer, Butcher.
From newspaper obituary - 1940
William Messer Dies at Age 79. Father of York County MLA Passes at Harvey Station
Fredericton, NB, June 27 -- William Messer, father of York County MLA died at his home early this morning. He was 79 years old and had been in failing health for about a year.
Mr Messer was born in Harvey in a home some 360 yards from the one in which he died about 1:30 a.m. today. He was a life long resident of the community. He was a butcher for many years, but retired about 10 years ago to devote his full attention to his farm. Mr Messer was married twice.
He is survived by his second wife, Mrs Isabelle Messer, three sons, Ford Messer, MLA and Albert Messer both of Harvey, and Oscar Messer, St. Stephen; three daughters, Mrs Edmond Swan, Harvey, Mrs Roy Swan, McAdam and Mrs Howard Bliss, Boston, an adopted son Edison Messer, at home and an adopted daughter, Miss Agnes Bell, Boston. The funeral will take place at the home at 2 p.m., to be followed by a service at the Harvey Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m., Rev. Allison McLean will officiate. Interment will be made in the Harvey Cemetery.
From newspaper obituary - 1940:
Died at Harvey Today
The death occurred at Harvey at an early hour this morning of William Messer, one of the oldest and best known men in that section of York County. He carried on farming and was respected by all who knew him and his death will occasion regret. He is survived by his widow, Mrs Isabelle Messer; three sons, Ford Messer, M.P.P., and Albert Messer of Harvey, and Oscar Messer, of St. Stephen; three daughters, Mrs Edward Swan, of Harvey; Mrs Roy Swan, McAdam, and Mrs Howard Bliss, Boston, Mass., and an adopted son and daughter, Edison Messer, at home, and Miss Agnes Bell, of Boston.
He first married Sarah Elizabeth "Sadie" Rutherford, daughter of John Rutherford & Elizabeth "Bessie" Wightman, 1 Jul 1885 in Harvey Presbyterian Church By D. MacRae, Presbyterian . Born 7 Nov 1864. Died 18 Jun 1893. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Religion Presbyterian.
Witnesses to marriage were John Messer and Isaac Rutherford.
Sarah died at age 28 yr. 9 mos., leaving five children: Bessie, Albert, Ford, Oscar and Sadie.
They had the following children:
143 i. Elizabeth Ethel "Bessie" Messer
144 ii. William "Albert" Messer
145 iii. John Rutherford "Ford" Messer
146 iv. Thomas "Oscar" Messer
147 v. Sarah Mary Isabell "Sadie" Messer
He second married Isabella Torrance, daughter of Robert Torrance & Ellen MacDonald, 12 Jun 1895 in York Co., NB . Born 17 Mar 1855 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Died 13 May 1941 in Tweedside. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Religion Presbyterian.
From newspaper obituary - undated:
Died at Tweedside. Mrs William Messer, 85, Was Born in Scotland--Known For Kindness.
Harvey Station, May 19 -- The death at Tweedside on May 13th of Mrs Isabelle Messer, widow of William Messer, removes one of the most highly respected and oldest residents of this community. She died at her home following a brief illness of pneumonia and complications.
Mrs Messer was a daughter of Mr and Mrs Robert Torrens, having come to this country (at the age of one and a half years) from Edinburgh, Scotland. Last March 17th Mrs Messer observed her 85th birthday. Mr Messer predeceased her 11 months ago. She was a woman of fine christian character and great kindliness and never considered any task too heavy when performed for those she loved. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs Roy Swan of McAdam; three step-daughters, Mrs Edmund Swan, Tweedside; Mrs Howard Bliss, Boston, Mass.; Miss Agnes Bell, at home; four step-sons, Oscar Messer, St. Stephen; Ford Messer, M.P.P., and Albert Messer, of Harvey; Edison Messer, of Tweedside; one sister, Mrs Fred Richardson, of Lebattis, Maine; and one brother, Robert Torrens, of St. Stephen.
They had the following children:
148 i. Edith Annie Richardson Messer