Mary A (Christian Sarget) Messer
Civil War Widow's Pension
Names mentioned: Christian (Christopher) Sarget
Messer, Mary A Toby Messer, A McNabb, Humphrey Kirkpatrick, Henry
Reece, SH Stanberry, Jacob Toby, Solomon Messer.
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Abstracted and submitted by Bruce Price
Christian Sarget Messer served as a private
in Co A, 9th Tennessee Cavalry Volunteers. His widow, Mary A, was a
resident of Cocke County. Christian Messer was captured near
Norristown, TN on 11/13/1864. He was in the hospital at Annapolis, NC
on 2/20/1865. Records on file reported him delivered on parole at James
River, VA on 2/22/1865 and died 4/22/1865 at Annapolis, VA. He enrolled
7/13/1863. Christopher S Messer and Mary A Toby married on 12/26/1861.
On 11/09/1865, Mary A Messer, a resident of Newport, Cocke County, age
thirty-eight, swore that she was the widow of Christopher S Messer. Her
maiden name was Mary A Toby and they were married on 12/26/1861 in
Cocke County by A McNabb, JP.
She stated that Christopher S Messer died at Indianapolis, IN on
5/22/1865 of "disease unknown". She also declared that she never had
any children since she was married to the said Christopher S Messer. Humphrey Kirkpatrick and Henry Reese witnessed her signature.
Christian Messer was enrolled 7/13/1863 at Tullahoma in Co A, 9th Reg of Tenn Cav Volunteers.
A transcript of their marriage license is included in the file.
Mary A Messer died 4/03/1915.
In March 1879, Mary A Messer applied for arrears of pension due her. SH Stanberry and Jacob Toby witnessed her signature.
Solomon Messer and Henry
Reece of Cocke County swore that they were acquainted with Mary A
Messer for many years and with her deceased husband Christian S Messer,
and knew that he often went by Christopher.