Charles Messerly
Sex: Male
Birth: c1835 possibly Clay Township, Tuscarawas County, Ohio
Father: Samuel Messerly (c1794)
Mother: Elizabeth Messerly (c1805)[1]
Spouse/Partner: Elizabeth Senn (c1838) [2]
Marriage: 04 FEB 1858 , Tuscarawas, Ohio
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Charles Messerly aka Chas aka Messerley aka Chas Missertey

As of the 1880 Census, there is a Charles Messerley born c 1836, in Ohio living in Cooper, Webster, Iowa. Both parents swiss.



Name Birthdate Birthplace Death date Death place
Children of Charles Messerly (c1835) and Elizabeth Senn (c1838)
Emma Messerly (c1858) 1858 Ohio
Fred Messerly (c1861) 1861 Ohio
Edward Messerly (c1863) 1863 Ohio
Emily Messerly (c1865) 1865 Missouri
Caroline Messerly (c1867) 1867 Iowa
Cornelia Messerly (c1870) 1870 Iowa
Ellen Messerly (c1871) 1871 Iowa
Myrah Messerly (c1873) 1873 Iowa
Charley Messerly (c1876) 1847 Iowa
Frankie Messerly (c1878) 1878 Iowa
James Messerly (c1879) 1879 Iowa
John Messerly (c1881) 1879 Iowa
Walter Messerly (c1884) 1884 Iowa

Source (all entries) is the 1880 United States Federal Census for Cooper, Webster, Iowa

US census 1850 Ohio Tuscarawas Clay page 18.jpg US census 1860 Ohio Tuscarawas Clay page 58.jpg US Census 1870 Missouri-Morgan co-Moreau.jpg
1850 census shows Samuel married to Elizabeth, with son Christian age 18 born switzerland and son Charles 15 born Ohio. This places their immigration at between 1832 and 1835. 1860 census Shows Emma age 1 born to Charles and Elizabeth (born Switzerland). Brother Christian is next door with an elder Elizabeth corresponding to the age of his mother, Samuel's wife. 1870 census shows Nely 1 born in Missouri, but Edward age 5 born in Ohio, placing the move to Missouri between 1865 and 1869. Census taker records "Biron" as Elizabeth's Swiss place of birth. That's a homonym of Bern.

documentation Notes[]

  • 1860 Census, Chas Messerly is listed as head of household in Ohio > Tuscarawas > Clay. Post office: Gnadenhutten ( "Chas Missertey") 25, Elizabeth 21 (swiss birth), Emma 1
  • Neighbor is Christian age 29 for "Christian Missertey"
    • Elizabeth 54, Samuel 13, Gottlieb 17, Rose Ann 20. Elder elizabeth is wife of Samuel.
  • 1870 Census, "Charles Messerley" is listed in Missouri > Morgan > Moreau, age 34,
    • Wife Elizabeth 21 (typo?), Emma 12, Frederick 7, Edward 5, Nely 1.
  • 1900 Census, Colfax township, Webster county, Iowa: Charles Messerly age 64 Elizabeth Messerly 60 Frank S Messerly 21 John S Messerly 19 Walter L Messerly 16


  1. ^ 1850 Census
  2. ^ 1880 census records Elizabeth-1838 as born in Switzerland