Ralph's son John born 1823, in Alabama is in Itawamba Co., MS in 1850 and 1860. He is in Grant Co., Arkansas in 1870 and 1880. John died September 27, 1897, in Grant Co. and his wife Esther died June 22, 1895 in Grant Co. Both are buried in Philadelphia Cemetery, Prattsville, Grant Co., AR. John's son Eugene moved to Oklahoma and died after 1930. Below is Goodspeeds Bio of the Messengers.
Goodspeed Biography, published 1889
Grant Co., Arkansas
John Messenger, retired merchant of Prattsville, was born in the State of Alabama,
March 31, 1823.
His father, Ralph Messenger, being a native of the old Nutmeg State (Connecticut), and coming south when a young man, settling and marrying in Alabama. His wife was Charlotte Montgomery, a native of the latter State.
In 1825 they moved to Nashville, where Mr. Messenger engaged in the mercantile business until his death, about 1833. Soon after, Mrs. Messenger returned to Alabama, settling at Florence, where she lived a number of years. Her son, John, remained with her until he had reached his manhood, when he left home and led a wandering life for three or four years.
When he settled again it was at Fulton, Miss., there engaging in the newspaper business, which he followed for nearly ten years, or until being elected a clerk of the vice-chancery court. He served three years, when the office was abolished, after which, adopting the business of his father, he remained one year in Fulton.
In the year 1860 he moved to Arkansas, and located on a farm in what is now Grant County, which he worked for about two years. During the war he moved to Arkadelphia, was again engaged in newspaper work for about three years, and then in connection with Rev. J. E. Cobb, removed the paper to Little Rock. Mr. Messenger relinquished his portion of the publication, and returned to his farm in Grant County.
Several years were here passed in cultivating the soil and rearing his family. In 1881 he re-engaged in the mercantile business, but after about eight years, he sold out to his son.
Mr. Messenger was married at Fulton, Miss., in 1850 to Esther Wood, a native of that State, and daughter of James Wood. They have reared two children: J. L. [whose sketch follows this] and E. F. They have lost three in infancy, and J. O. Messenger, who died in about 1878, in his twenty-first year. Mr. and Mrs. Messenger are both active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
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