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Messemers in NYC about 1850
Posted by: John Hoff (ID *****8327) Date: May 14, 2002 at 22:14:37
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John Messemer according to the 1900 census of NYC, roll 1102, page 105, arrived in NYC about 1852 from Germany. He lived in the 18th Ward.
John, Apr 1832, 68, Ger. Ger. Ger. Piano Polisher, Nat.
Mary, wife, Feb 1845, 55, Ger. Ger. Ger.
John, son, Nov 1867, 32, NY Ger. Ger. Gold Chaser
Ida, dau, Mar 1877, 23, TN Ger. Ger. Saleslady
Peter, son, Mar 1881, 19, NY Ger. Ger. Office Clk
Irene, dau, Oct 1884, 15, NY Ger. Ger.
Thomas, Sep 1885, 14, NY Ger. Ger.
(John and Mary had been married 37 years and had
13 children of whom 10 were still living. Both had come to the US in 1852 and had been in the US 48 years. )

Another son of John and Mary Messemer's was Joseph Thomas Messemer who was born 23 May 1873 in Manhattan and who died 26 Mar. 1901 in Manhattan. He married Margaret Lacy.
He appears on the 1900 census of Manhattan, E.D. 901, Sheet 18, line 80, 1404 Park Ave.
Joseph, Apr 1873, 27, NY NY NY Necktie Cutter
Margaret, wife, Aug 1875, 24, NY NY NY (Born Lacey/Lacy)
Joseph J., son, Apr 1897, 3, NY NY NY
Francis, son, Feb 1899, 1, NY NY NY
Irene, dau, Jan 1896, 4, NY NY NY

The City Directory of NYC for 1863 lists a number of Messemers who were all living at 358 Second Ave. They were Edward (a varnisher), John (a varnisher), Peter (no occupation given), Peter, Jr. (a varnisher), and Thomas (a policeman). Peter Sr. may have been the father of the others since no occupation was given and since he was apparently Peter, Sr. I presume that these Messemers were probably brothers except that Peter Sr. may have been an older brother or perhaps the father.

The City Directory of NYC for 1864 lists the following Messemers at 358 Second Ave. Edward (varnisher), John (a polisher), Peter (no occupation given) and Thomas (a policeman).

Information on this Messemer family and their relatives has been posted on along with notes.

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