Edward Messenger

Male Abt 1630 - Yes, date unknown

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  • Name Edward Messenger  [1
    Born Abt 1630  , , , England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID I53702  Alger
    Last Modified 28 Sep 2021 

    Family Unknown,   b. Abt 1630, , , , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married , , Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Edward and his wife were married before 1650. [1]
     1. Dorcas Messenger,   b. 23 Sep 1650,   d. 18 May 1688, Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)
     2. Nathaniel Messenger,   b. 8 Jun 1651,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Deliverance Messenger,   b. 7 Apr 1655,   d. 24 May 1676, Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 21 years)
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F22595  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • See information by Helen Schavtvet Ullmann in her outstanding book, "Descendants of Peter Mills of Windsor, Connecticut formerly named Pieter Wouterse vander Meulen," (Picton Press, Rockport, Maine, 1998).

      According to Ms. Ullmann's research about Edward Messenger (whose daughter Dorcas was the first wife of Peter Mills): There is no known evidence that Henry Messenger of Boston and Andrew Messendger of Jamaica, Long Island, New York were brothers of Edward Messenger and their supposed parents, Andrew and Sarah, are fictional.

      The birth of his daughter Dorcas is recorded at Windsor, Connecticut as 23 Sep 1650, but the births of the children may have been recorded after the family moved to Windsor as Edward leased a ferry at New London, Connecticut on 5 Nov 1651. He evidently was there through December 1652, but was gone by 30 May 1653. The earliest trace of Edward at Windsor was probably when he went to court on 4 Mar 1657.

      On 9 Jun 1666 Edward deeded to his (apparently new) son-in-law, Peter Mills, a gift of 20 acres of land. The land was at Greenfield in the western party of Windsor, also called Messenger's Farms, later Wintonbury Parish, and now Bloomfield. This land had been purchased, probably in 1661, from Job Drake as part of his half of 309 acres. The land was undivided, however, and Edward Messenger and Job Drake could not agree by 1683 as to who owned which part. Consequently, they chose Peter Mills and Job Drake, Jr. to "End the Differance betwixt us."

      On 12 Feb 1683, Peter and Job Jr. signed their proposal, including that "said Messenger shall have the aples, that Grow upon the trees" which were on a specific ten rods of the land. On 16 February, Edward Messenger and Job Drake Sr. signed the agreement between them. On the same day, 16 Feb 1683, Edward Messenger, "in consideration of my love to my sone in law Peter Mills and to my daughter Dorcas his wife and there children" gave them "one dwelling house and parcel of land at Greenfield. By this time, Peter and Dorcas Mills probably had six or seven children.

      According to authors Nettie Post Wright and Nettie Wright Adams, in "The Messenger Family in the Colony of Connecticut" (T.B. Simonds, Inc., W. Hartford, Connecticut, 1963), Edward Messenger was once sentenced by the court to be whipped for his merciless treatment of a servant and then lying to lessen his fault.

      Compiled and edited by Allen Alger, Alger Family Historian - e-mail: alger@alum.mit.edu [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S8] Website downloads, GEDCOM of rshdsh database from rootsweb.com - 14 Aug 2004 (Reliability: 3).

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