Descendents of William Messer (4 Dec 1799 – 21 Sep 1874)
and Alice (or Alison) Brown (~1795 – 19 Sep 1877)

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Descendents of William Messer (4 Dec 1799 – 21 Sep 1874)
and Alice (or Alison) Brown (~1795 – 19 Sep 1877)

Pre-emigrant Generation

00. Walter Messer

 

Married to Ann UNKNOWN. Ann’s maiden name is unknown, and record of Walter and Ann’s marriage has not yet been found.


They had the following known children:


2A i Eleanor
3A (1) ii William

 

Supplemental Information

 

Baptisms

Eleanor, daughter of Walter *Meser, (Taylor) and Ann his wife, was born in Tweedmouth 2 Jan 1796 and baptized 24 Jan 1796 by M. Blackhall, Minister, Golden Square Presbyterian Church, Berwick Upon Tweed records.

William, born in Tweedmouth, Northumberland, 4 Dec 1799, Eng. and baptized 19 Jan 1800 by Mr. Blackhall, Minister, Golden Square Presbyterian or Scotch Chruch, Berwick Upon Tweed records

 

*The spelling of the surname in these records is "Meser".

 

Descendents of William Messer (4 Dec 1799 – 21 Sep 1874)
and Alice (or Alison) Brown (~1795 – 19 Sep 1877)

First Immigrant Generation

1. William Messer

Son of Walter Messer and Ann UNKNOWN. Born in Tweedmouth, Northumberland, 4 Dec 1799, Eng. and baptized 19 Jan 1800 by Mr. Blackhall, Minister, Golden Square Presbyterian or Scotch Chruch, Berwick Upon Tweed records (The spelling of the surname in these records is "Meser"). Died 21 Sep 1874 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer. Religion Presbyterian. Based on William's obituary in the Daily Telegraph (below) his date of birth has often been erroneously listed as 1801.

Messer Annotated Map
Messer Air photo

Map and satellite imagery showing location of Ford, Northumberland where William Messer married Alison Brown in 1826 as well as places where he was born and (some) places where he was variously employed in the 1820's and 1830's based on christening listngs for his children. He worked as a hind at Downham Farm in 1827 and 1829 and at Paston (Pawston) Farm in 1832. See photographs and information on the history of these farms below. Many of his children were christened at Crookham. Google map compiled: Tim Patterson, 27 Nov 2007.a

In the marriage record for William Messer, his wife’s name was given as Alison Brown, married 24 Sep 1826 at Ford by Thomas Knight, Rector, and witnesses to the marriage were Walter Messer and William Brown.

 

The marriage record was signed by William Messer and Alison Brown, however it is interesting to note that in Sep 1843 NB Land Petition, when asking for land for his son Walter, William signed with an “X”.

 

William Messer, his wife Alice Brown, and children Elizabeth, 10 yr., Walter, 5 yr., William, 3 yr., and Thomas 9 mo., came to NB with the first settlers of Harvey in 1837.   They were first granted Lot 6E, 100 acres in Harvey Settlement, which proved unsuitable for farming.   In 1843 they moved to Lot V, fourth tract, north of Frog Lake.

In the 1861 Census, William owned or occupied 80 acres improved and 120 acres unimproved land, cash value of farm, 250 pounds; value of implements and machinery, 14 pounds.   Had 2 horses, 5 milch cows, 9 other neat cattle, 14 sheep, 3 swine, and slaughtered 250 lb. pork.   Produced 300 lb. butter, 33 lb. wool, 17 tons hay, 300 bu. oats, 25 bu. buckwheat, 5 bu. timothy, 150 bu. turnips, 100 bu. potatoes, and 4 bu. carrots.

William Messer Farm

The farm that William Messer founded on Frog Lake Road. Source: Tim Patterson, 10 Nov 2007.

 From Daily Telegraph, 26 Sep 1874:

   

Died Harvey Settlement, 21st. inst., William Messer, native of Northumberland, England and emigrated to America in 1837, one of the original number that formed the well known colony in which he died.   Having reached the age of 73, he leaves a widow and numerous circle of children and grandchildren.

 

"The Descendants of William and Margaret Messer 1837-1985" was compiled by Doris Messer; and further research on the Walter Messer and Isabella Speedy family and various branches of the Messer family was compiled by Allen and Stella Messer in 1995.   Much of the information from these two sources has been included here with additional information on pre-emigration families provided by Prof. Bruce Elliott, Carleton University.

   

He married Alice (also known as Alison) Brown, daughter of William Brown, 24 Sep 1826 in Ford, England. Born Approx 1795 in England. Died 19 Sep 1877 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Religion Presbyterian.

Alison Brown

Undated tin type image of Alison Brown as an elderly woman (b. ca 1795, England - d. 19 Sep, 1877 Harvey Settlement). Source: Darryl Messer, Harvey, 26 Jul 2007

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It was previously speculated that Alice was the daughter of James Brown and Martha Reed of Morpeth, but as more information has been discovered on the family of James Brown and Martha Reed, this possible link became less plausible. The listing of William Brown as Alice's father in the Crookham Presbyterian baptismal records now completely disproves the hypothesis.

 

Alice's brother, Thomas Brown was 37 years old, and single when he arrived in NB on the Cornelius of Sunderland, with the early settlers in 1837.   Thomas Brown died 5 Aug 1859, aged 59 years, and is buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery in the same grave site as Alice and William Brown's infant son James, who died 27 Mar 1845 at age 1 year 6 months (see entry for James for image of grave marker).

 

They had the following children (see detailed baptismal records for some children below):

  2   i.   Elizabeth Messer
*2a. ix. Ann b. 20 Feb 1829

  3   ii.   Nancy Messer

  4   iii.   Walter Messer

  5   iv.   William Messer

  6   v.   Thomas Messer

  7   vi.   Ann Isabel "Annie" Messer

  8   vii.   Alice Eleanor Messer

  9   viii.   James Messer
 

*Ann was previously undocumented and must have died young prior to emigration as another Ann was later born in New Brunswick. Ann's entry post dates the creation of the entry for the Messer family at this site. Thus the informal designation of 2a ix. She is also not found in the index. Numbering will be revised in the next update.

Gravestone (brown sandstone pillar) in Harvey Settlement Cemetery; Section A, Row 9, Plot 99

Gravestone (brown sandstone pillar) in Harvey Settlement Cemetery; Section A, Row 9, Plot 99

 

(left side)
William Messer, Died Sept 21, 1874 Aged 73 years, Native of Northumberland, England, His End Was Peace; and Alice, his wife, Died Sept 19 Aged 82 years

(facing woods)
Also Thomas, their son, Died July 20, 1860 Aged 23 Years

Supplemental Data

 

The scan of the letter below provided new information about the genealogical history of the Messer family has been made available by descendant Walter Messer, who had research done at the Northumberland Record Office in 1990. Source Dallas Davis, March 2007.

William Messer Letter Pt. 1
William Messer Letter Pt. 2
William Messer Letter

Baptisms

The Crookham Presbyterian fiche (C 1811-33, A.207) had some of the Messer family as well as the Robisons:

p. 60   MESSOR   25 June 1827   Elizabeth daughter of William Messor, Hind, Downham, and his wife Alice, daughter of William Brown, was born 17 June 1827

p. 69   MESSER   5 March 1829   Ann daughter of William Messer, Hind, Downham, and his wife Ann [sic], daughter of William Brown, was born 20 February 1829   [Ann must have died young, as another Ann was born in Canada in 1840 - BE]

p. 82   MESSER   9 April 1832   Walter son of William Messer, Hind, Paston, and his wife Alice, daughter of William Brown, was born 3 April 1832

William and Thomas, who were also born in Northumberland were not in the record.   However, the fiche ends in 1833, so these two children might well be in the later register.  

Note that the second entry gives the mother as Ann.   This is probably a transcription error, but the three entries are consistent about the mother being the daughter of a William Brown, not the James Brown and Martha (Reed) of Morpeth as has been previously suggested.

 

mtDNA Test Results

 

Mitochodrial DNA (mtDNA) is only passed from mothers to their children. Thus all maternal descendants of Alice Brown will carry an exact copy of her mtDNA. Hypervariable Regions HVR1 + HVR2 mtDNA marker values have been otained for Roy Patterson, a direct maternal descendant of Alice Brown through the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation. Roy Patterson and his ancestor Alice Brown are part of Haplogroup T2. Haplogroup T arose in the Near East 45,000 years ago and was in Northern Italy by 17,000 years ago just at the end of the Last Glacial Maximum. Following the retreat of the ice sheets Haplogroup T (Clan Tara in Bryan Sykes - The Seven Daughers of Eve) spread through Europe with the rise of agriculture starting around 10,000 years ago. Haplogroup T is particularly common today in the Urals and other parts of Eurasia, and spottily elsewhere in places like Iceland, western Britain and Ireland where up to 10% of the population belong to this Haplogroup.
 

mtDNA marker values obtained for Roy Patterson passed down from direct maternal ancestor Alice Brown:

 

Descendents of William Messer (4 Dec 1799 – 21 Sep 1874)
and Alice (or Alison) Brown (~1795 – 19 Sep 1877

second Immigrant Generation

2. Elizabeth Messer

Daughter of William Messer & Alice (Or Alison) Brown. Born 17 June 1827 in Downham, Northumberland, christened 25 June 1827, Crookham Presbyterian Church. Died 26 Sep 1904 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Religion Presbyterian.

   

Elizabeth came to NB with the pioneer settlers of Harvey Settlement in 1837.

 

She married Andrew Wood Cockburn (Coburn), son of John Cockburn (Coburn) & Elizabeth "Betsy" Lesley, 9 Mar 1850. Born 27 May 1827 in Eng. Christen 4 Jun 1827 in Norham. Died 19 Apr 1907 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer. Religion Presbyterian.

 

Andrew came to NB with his parents and siblings in 1837 and were among the pioneer settlers of Harvey Settlement.

 

Andrew and his wife Elizabeth Messer lived in Harvey and were farmers.   (The farm was later known as the Fred Hanselpacker farm.)

 

The 1861 Census for Manners Sutton show that they owned or occupied 40 acres improved land and 260 acres unimproved land; cash value of farm was 200 pounds; value of implements and machinery, 14 pounds.   They had 2 horses, 3 milch cows, 6 other neat cattle, 10 sheep, 2 swine, and slaughtered 300 lb. pork.   Produced 200 lb. butter; 40 lb. wool; 16 tons hay; 200 bu. oats; 60 bu. buckwheat; 7 bu. timothy; 50 bu. turnips; and 100 bu. potatoes.

 

They had the following children:

  10   i.   Alice Leslie Coburn

  11   ii.   Elizabeth "Lizzie" Coburn

  12   iii.   Margaret Ann "Maggie" Coburn

  13   iv.   Charlotte Isabella "Belle" Coburn

  14   v.   John Wood Coburn

  15   vi.   Eleanor "Ellen" Coburn

  16   vii.   William Thomas "Bill" Coburn

  17   viii.   Mary Jane Coburn

  18   ix.   Andrew Coburn

  19   x.   Susanna "Susy" Coburn

 

Supplementary Data

 

Baptism

The Crookham Presbyterian fiche (C 1811-33, A.207) had some of the Messer family:

p. 60   MESSOR   25 June 1827   Elizabeth daughter of William Messor, Hind, Downham, and his wife Alice, daughter of William Brown, was born 17 June 1827

 

Descendents of William Messer (4 Dec 1799 – 21 Sep 1874)
and Alice (or Alison) Brown (~1795 – 19 Sep 1877

second Immigrant Generation

3. Nancy Messer

Daughter of William Messer & Alice (Or Alison) Brown. Born 9 Apr 1829 in Northumberland, Eng.

 

Nancy did not come to NB with her parents in 1837, and it is assumed that she died young in England.

 

Descendents of William Messer (4 Dec 1799 – 21 Sep 1874)
and Alice (or Alison) Brown (~1795 – 19 Sep 1877

second Immigrant Generation

4. Walter Messer

Son of William Messer & Alice (Or Alison) Brown. 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.

He married Isabella Speedy, daughter of Thomas Speedy & Isabella Patterson, 22 Apr 1856. Born 14 Dec 1836 in Berwick, Eng. Died 16 Sep 1930 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Religion Presbyterian.

Isabella Messer

2878. Undated tintype image of "Isabella Messer" Isabella (Speedy) Messer (1836-1930). See 2879 on the right for image of photograph removed from sleeve.

Source: Darrell Messer, Harvey,

Rephotographed by Tim Patterson. 26 Jul 2007.

Isabella Messer

2879. Undated tintype image of "Isabella Messer" Isabella (Speedy) Messer (1836-1930). See 2878 on the left for image of photograph in sleeve.

Source: Darrell Messer, Harvey,

Rephotographed by Tim Patterson. 26 Jul 2007.

Isabella Speedy

4127. Undated large format crayon portrait photograph of Isabella Speedy b 14 Dec 1836 d. 16 Sep 1930 m. Walter Messer Source: Collection of Vercelia (Little) Gass, Tweedside, New Brunswick..

Rephotographed, cropped and contrast adjusted by Tim Patterson 6 August 2008.

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.

 

They had the following children:

  20   i.   Alice Isabella Messer

  21   ii.   Thomas Brown Messer

  22   iii.   Margaret Ann "Maggie" Messer

  23   iv.   Elizabeth Messer

  24   v.   Eleanor "Nell" Messer

  25   vi.   William D. Messer

  26   vii.   James R. Messer

  27   viii.   Sarah "Sadie" Messer

  28   ix.   John "Allan" Messer

  29   x.   Walter Messer

  30   xi.   Walter Atkins Messer

 

Supplementary Data

 

Baptism

The Crookham Presbyterian fiche (C 1811-33, A.207) had some of the Messer family:

p. 82   MESSER   9 April 1832   Walter son of William Messer, Hind, Paston, and his wife Alice, daughter of William Brown, was born 3 April 1832

Descendents of William Messer (4 Dec 1799 – 21 Sep 1874)
and Alice (or Alison) Brown (~1795 – 19 Sep 1877

second Immigrant Generation

5. William Messer

 

Son of William Messer & Alice (Or Alison) Brown. Born 1834 in Northumberland, Eng. Died 1914 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer. Religion Presbyterian.

 

William was 3 years old when he came to NB with his parents and siblings in 1837, and the Messer family was among the pioneer settlers of Harvey Settlement.

 

In the 1861 Census, William was 28 years old, and his wife Margaret was 23 years old, and two children:   James Bell, 4 years, and William, 8 mo.   They owned or occupied 50 acres improved and 90 acres unimproved land.   Cash value of farm was 150 pounds, value of implements and machinery 1 pound.   They had 3 milch cows, 2 working oxen, 1 other neat cattle, 5 sheep, 2 swine, and slaughtered 200 lb. pork.   Produced 100 lb. butter, 4 lb. wool, 3 tons hay, 200 bu. oats, 50 bu. buckwheat, 40 bu. timothy and 30 bu. potatoes.

 

For further information on this family see the book, "The Descendants of William and Margaret Messer, 1837 - 1985" by Doris Davis.

 

He married Margaret Bell, daughter of William Bell & Janet Oliver, 3 Sep 1856 in Harvey Presbyterian Church By Rev. Samuel Johnson . Born 1838 in Harvey. Died Dec 1918 in Tweedside. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Religion Presbyterian.

 

From York Co NB Marriage Register C 1850-1866 (PANB):   Witness to marriage was Thomas Brown.

William Messer and Margaret Bell

Undated photograph of elderly William Messer, b. 1834, Northumbrland, England, d. 1914, Harvey and his wife Margaret Bell, b. 1838, Harvey, d. Dec. 1918, Tweedside. Source: Dallas Davis, Fredericton, N.B. Dec. 30, 2008.

From newspaper obituary - 1918:

Harvey Station, Dec 11 -- Margaret Messer, widow of the late William Messer, of Tweedside, died there at the residence of her son, William Messer, on Friday morning last.   She was in her seventy-ninth year and has been in failing health for some time.   She was a daughter of the late William Bell, one of the pioneers of Harvey.   She is survived by six sons and three daughters.   Her sons are James, William, Thomas, John, Walter and Oliver, all residing at Tweedside.   Her daughters are Mrs Alice Rankine and Mrs Mary Barry, residing in Boston, and Mrs Janet Bulmer, residing at North Bay (Ont.).   She is also survived by two brothers and four sisters, John Bell, of Tweedside, and George Bell, residing in Washington state; Mrs Mary Smith, of Thomaston, NB; Mrs T. Hicks (Hawkes?) and Mrs Levi Talbot, residing at Portland, and Mrs Isabel Wilson, residing here.   She was a lady of very pleasant disposition and was held in high esteem throughout the community.   The funeral, which was held on Saturday afternoon, was largely attended.   The services were conducted by Rev. J. F. McKay.

 

They had the following children:

  31   i.   James Bell Messer

  32   ii.   Janet Ann Messer

  33   iii.   William Messer

  34   iv.   Thomas Messer

  35   v.   Alice Brown Messer

  36   vi.   John Messer

  37   vii.   Walter Messer

  38   viii.   Jennette Olive "Janet" Messer

  39   ix.   Walter Messer

  40   x.   Ellen Isabel Messer

  41   xi.   Mary A. Messer

  42   xii.   George "Oliver" Messer

  43   xiii.   Margaret Ann Richardson Messer

 

Entry last updated: 31 Dec 2008
To report errors or to provide additional information please contact Tim Patterson

 
 

Descendents of William Messer (4 Dec 1799 – 21 Sep 1874)
and Alice (or Alison) Brown (~1795 – 19 Sep 1877

second Immigrant Generation

6. Thomas Messer

Son of William Messer & Alice (Or Alison) Brown. Born 1836 in Eng. Died 20 Jul 1861 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

 

Died at age 23 years.

Descendents of William Messer (4 Dec 1799 – 21 Sep 1874)
and Alice (or Alison) Brown (~1795 – 19 Sep 1877

second Immigrant Generation

7. Ann Isabel "Annie" Messer

Daughter of William Messer & Alice (Or Alison) Brown. Born 1839 in Harvey. Christen 6 Mar 1840 in Harvey Settlement By Rev. Daniel McCurdy . Died 31 Aug 1891 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Religion Presbyterian.

   

She married John Wightman, son of John Wightman & Mary Davison, 9 Feb 1858 in Harvey Settlement, York Co. . Born Approx 1829 in Wooler, Eng. Died 23 Aug 1891 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer. Religion Presbyterian.

   

PANB #F15552, p. 296:   "John Wightman to Ann Isabel Messer on Feb 9, 1858, by Samuel Johnson, witnesses Thomas Brown and Ralph Briggs."

 

From Centennial Corner, Daily Gleaner 1 Feb 1991 (from   Daily Gleaner, 1 Feb 1891):

    "John Wightman, of Manners Sutton, is nearing death from a peculiar disease.   Some time ago he was treated for cancer, a very successful operation being performed, and it was thought at the time that all danger from this terrible disease was past.   But some of the cancer had been left, and caused a rupture of one of the facial arteries a few days since.   He bled almost three quarts of blood.   It is apparent that the next drainage will cause death, and his friends are dreading the time."

 

Gravestone in Harvey Settlement Cemetery:   In memory of John Wightman died Aug 23, 1891 aged 62 yrs; his wife Annie died Aug 31, 1891 aged 52 yrs.   Blessed with death who died in the Lord; (right side) Their daughter Margaret J. died June 10, 1901 aged 27 yrs; also Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Willett, died Oct 29, 1900 aged 24 years, also their infant son Harold.   Asleep in Jesus.

   

They had the following children:

  44   i.   Alice Isabel Wightman

  45   ii.   Mary Wightman

  46   iii.   John Alexander Wightman

  47   iv.   Mary Ann Wightman

  48   v.   Elizabeth Wightman

  49   vi.   William Wightman

  50   vii.   Eleanor "Ellen" Wightman

  51   viii.   Margaret Jane "Janie" Wightman

  52   ix.   Elizabeth "Lizzie" Wightman

  53   x.   Sarah Alena "Sadie" Wightman

 
 

Descendents of William Messer (4 Dec 1799 – 21 Sep 1874)
and Alice (or Alison) Brown (~1795 – 19 Sep 1877

second Immigrant Generation

8. Alice Eleanor Messer

Daughter of William Messer & Alice (Or Alison) Brown. Born Feb 1841 in Harvey. Christen 13 Mar 1842 in Harvey By Rev. Daniel McCurdy. Died 25 Nov 1928 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

   

Baptized by Rev. Daniel McCurdy, in Harvey on 13 Mar 1842, name Alison Eleanor.

   

From York Co NB Marriage Register C 1850-1866 (PANB):   Witnesses to marriage were Thomas Messer and Jane Atkinson.

 

Copied from newspaper obituary (1928):

Mrs Alice Brown

   

York Mills, NB, Dec 3--The community was saddened by the death of Alice, wife of the late Geo Brown, which occurred Sunday, November 25, at the age of 88 years.

   

Deceased was one of the oldest residents of Harvey and had been in failing health for some time past.   She has left a place in the hearts of her children which can never be filled, being a most devoted mother to all.

   

She is survived by three daughters and five sons:   Mrs Patterson, Tweedside; Mrs Marshall Gass, York Mills; Mrs Simpson Burrell, Millinocket, Me.; Thomas, York Mills; Charles, Harvey; Walter, Boston; Sterling, at home; and Stephen, Vancouver, BC; also 36 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.

   

All her children except Stephen, of British Columbia, were present at her funeral, which took place Tuesday, November 27, Rev. H. McLean officiating.

 

She married George W. Brown, 8 Nov 1859 in Harvey, York Co., NB . Born Apr 1836, Brighthampton, Oxfordshire. Son of Thomas Brown and Sophia Hissey. Christened 24 Mar 1837, Shifford Parish Church (Church of England). Died 23 Dec 1898 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer.

    

George W. Brown was born in Brighthampton, Oxfordshire, England, came to Harvey Settlement in the 1850s. This community is contiguous with Standlake to the immediate east where family lore indicates that he migrated from (listed as "Standlic* near Burford" in Maxwell and Brown, 1999).

 

More Information on this family is in a book compiled by the late George Maxwell and the late Ida Brown Swan, "George Walter Brown and Alice Eleanor Messer and Descendants, 1834-1999."

Alice Messer
Alice Messer

Undated sepia photographic portraits of George Walter Brown and his wife Alice Eleanor Messer. These photographs are interesting in that the crayon composite portrait of this couple below is based on these photographs. It is not known whether the composite was created at the same time as these photographs or at a later date. Source: Carol Brown, April 14, 2007.

George W. Brown and Wife Alice E Messer

Undated large format colorized crayon photographic portrait of George Walter Brown and wife Alice Eleanor Messer. Image on left was rephotographed in black and white in 1984 by Tim Patterson when the image was in the collection of Hazen Patterson of Tweedside. Image had suffered water damage. Image on right was scanned in October 2006 from one of the facscimile prints made in 1984 and the water damage was digitally repaired. The originale image has now gone into the collection of another family. When it can be found and rephotographed a color version will be included here.

They had the following children:

  54   i.   William Brown

  55   ii.   Sarah Ann "Annie" Brown

  56   iii.   Thomas Messer Brown

  57   iv.   Elizabeth "Lizzie" Brown

  58   v.   Charles Lister Brown

  59   vi.   Alice "Ellen" Brown

  60   vii.   Henry Brown

  61   viii.   Walter Brown

  62   ix.   Henry Brown

  63   x.   George "Sterling" Brown

  64   xi.   Stephen Brown

  65   xii.   Ida Isabelle Brown

*In discussions with local people in the Brighthampton-Standlake area in the summer of 2007 it was noted that the general pronunciation in the area was close to 'Standlic' suggesting that scribing of oral history resulted in the mispelling.

 

Descendents of William Messer (4 Dec 1799 – 21 Sep 1874)
and Alice (or Alison) Brown (~1795 – 19 Sep 1877

second Immigrant Generation

9. James Messer

Son of William Messer & Alice (Or Alison) Brown. Born 1843 in Harvey. Christen 27 Oct 1844 in Harvey By Rev. Daniel McCurdy. Died 27 Mar 1845 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

Thomas Brown Gravestone

Gravestone in Harvey Settlement Cemetery; Section A, Row 9, Plot 100 (facing highway on north edge of gravel road # 1).  

 

In memory of
THOMAS BROWN
died 5th Aug 1859
Aged 59 years
Also James
son of Wm &
Alison Messer,
died
27th March, 1845,
Aged 1 year & 6 mo

 

Descendents of William Messer (4 Dec 1799 – 21 Sep 1874)
and Alice (or Alison) Brown (~1795 – 19 Sep 1877

Third Immigrant Generation

10. Alice Leslie Coburn

Daughter of Andrew Wood Cockburn (Coburn) &