Sarah Messer

Femaleabout 1848–

Brief Life History of Sarah

When Sarah Messer was born about 1848, in Haywood, North Carolina, United States, her father, Joseph Messer, was 42 and her mother, Nancy Ensley, was 40. She lived in Jackson, North Carolina, United States in 1860.

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Joseph Messer
Nancy Ensley
Mary Lucinda Messer
Sarah Messer
Margaret Messer
John Messer
Elizabeth Messer

Sources (2)

  • Sarah Nelsen in household of Mary Parris, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Sarah Messer in household of Jas Messer, "United States Census, 1860"

Parents and Siblings

Siblings (5)

World Events (8)

1853 · First State Fair

Age 5

The first state fair in North Carolina was held in Raleigh and was put on by the North Carolina State Agricultural Society in 1853. The fair has been continuous except for during the American Civil War and Reconstruction and WWII.


Age 15

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 33

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a cutler, from Middle High German mezzer ‘knife’, from Old High German mezzirahs, mezzisahs, a compound of maz ‘food, meat’ + sahs ‘knife, sword’. The Jewish name is from German Messer ‘knife’ or Yiddish meser.

Dutch: occupational name from Middle Dutch messer ‘cutler’, an agent derivative of meste ‘knife’.

German: occupational name for an official in charge of measuring the dues paid in kind by tenants, from an agent derivative of Middle High German mezzen ‘to measure’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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