Elias Messerly
Sex: Male
Birth: 24 Dec 1843, Fairfield Co, Basil, OH
Death: Dec 1914, Seattle?, WA
Father: Nicholas G. Messerly (1819-1872)
Mother: Elizabeth Switzer (1819)
Spouse/Partner: Sarah Houser (c1863)
Marriage: 24 Nov 1876, Ellensburg, Yakima County, WA

Elias Messerly Civil war veteran, nurseryman settling Kittitas valley in Washington state.

Documentation notes[]

  • Reference:U.S. Civil War Soldiers shows Elias as a private in company I, 133rd Regiment, Ohio Infantry (National Guard). This unit was first mustered in May 6, 1864, and had only a single casualty during the way, being occupied mainly in constructing various works.
  • as of 1860 Census Possibly worked on farm appearing with wrong recorded age. Possibly same person as Elias Messerly (1845)? working on farm of Adam Klinder (sp) in Liberty, Fairfield, OH, born OH.
  • as of 1870 Census age 26, Montana Territory > Missoula, occupation farm laborer, born OH.
  • as of 1880 Census, Elias born Ohio about 1844 Married to Sarah age 19, with child Alpheus. Another girl, Lucy Goller age 5 is at the house. Census records both of Elias's parents as swiss.
    • Lucy Goller: born 1875, her father indicated as from Germany, race Native American. Mother's birthplace "W.T."
  • 1887 Territorial Census Wife Sarah Elmira Houser's birthdate was ca 1863, born PA. There was also a second child, "B Messerly, female born c1885 [1]
  • 1900 Census: "Etus" Messerly, age 58 Head of Household. Washington-> Chelan County. Born OH Dec 1841 along with both parents. The property is a farm with a mortgage, Farm schedule 67.
    • Sarah E wife, born Jan 1862 born PA, along with both parents
    • Alpheus son born Nov 1877, age 22
    • Etu R daughter born Mar 1885.
    • Clarence "Hauser" Brother in law born May 1868., born Washington, both Parents born PA.



Name Birthdate Birthplace Death date Death place
Children of Elias Messerly (1843) and Sarah Houser
Alpheus Messerly (1877) Alpheus E. 2 Nov 1877 27 Apr 1946
Italica Messerly ("Itu R.)[2] Mar 1885
  • Italica Messerly's death is given as occurring in Seattle WA [3]
  • Italica's Spouse was George Lail [4]
    • Could by Lyall, Liles, Lyle, Lehl, Lyles, Lowell, Lahl, Lell. Negative search 1900 Census Lail, Lyall, Lyle.

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  1. ^ Washington State and Territorial Censuses, 1857-1892 > 1887 > Kittitas (paid site)
  2. ^ Only daughter is "Italica" by Carl Messerly with no birthdate given. 1900 Census reports "Itu R." as the daughter, born Mar 1885.
  3. ^ Corax- credit Carl J. Messerly
  4. ^ Corax- credit Carl J. Messerly