Stephen Dillard Messer

1788–1860 (Age 72)
Edgefield, Edgefield, South Carolina, United States

The Life of Stephen Dillard

When Stephen Dillard Messer was born in 1788, in Edgefield, Edgefield, South Carolina, United States, his father, John James Messer, was 33 and his mother, Agnes Dillard, was 33. He married Sarah "Sally" Gregory on 5 October 1812, in Knox, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 6 daughters. He died in 1860, in Logan, Virginia, United States, at the age of 72.

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Stephen Dillard Messer
Sarah "Sally" Gregory
Marriage: 5 October 1812
Stephen Messer
William Messer
Sarah or Sally Messer
Lucinda Messer
Austin W. Messer
Rueben Thurson Messer
Haney Messer
Minerva Messer
Eliza Messer
Thomas Messer
Joanna Messer

Spouse and Children

5 October 1812
Knox, Kentucky, United States


    Stephen Messer


    Rueben Thurson Messer


    Haney Messer


    Minerva Messer


    Eliza Messer


+6 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+5 More Children

World Events (8)

1788 · The First Presidential Election

Age 0

The First Presidential election was held in the newly created United States of America. Under the Articles of Confederation, the executive branch of the country was not set up for an individual to help lead the nation. So, under the United States Constitution they position was put in. Because of his prominent roles during the Revolutionary War, George Washington was voted in unanimously as the First President of the United States.
1788 · Becomes the 10th state

Age 0

On June 25, 1788 Virginia became the 10th state. 

Age 20

Atlantic slave trade abolished.

Name Meaning

1 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.2 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’.3 English and Scottish: occupational name for someone who kept watch over harvested crops, Middle English, Older Scots mess(i)er, from Old French messier ( see Messier ).

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

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