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The Messenger Family Tree Genealogy

Keziah Barber Messenger (1779-1857)
4th Great Grandmother
The Donald Scott Lee Messenger Family Pedigree
Donald Scott Lee  (1945)
Wendell Orie Lee  (1922-1999)
Orie Finiae Lee (1896-1984)
Great Grandfather
Joseph Francis Lee (1867-1933)
2nd Great Grandfather
Charles Henry Lee (1837-1905)
3rd Great Grandmother
Betsy Ann Benson (1814-1889)
4 Great Grandmother
Keziah Barber Messenger (1779-1857)
Messenger Family Ancestor’s Genealogy
Keziah Barber Messenger (1781-1857)
4th Great Grandmother
Keziah Barber Messenger was born on December 4, 1781 in Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut.1  Keziah married Benjamin Benson (1773-1846) in Mendon, Adams County, Illinois on December 15, 1795. Keziah’s father was Joseph Messenger.
Joseph Messenger III (1741-1791)
5th Great Grandfather
Joseph Messenger III was born in Simsbury, Hartford County, Connecticut in 1741, married Jemima Barber (1741-1791) in Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut in 1762. Joseph’s mother was Hannah Alford and his father was Isaac Isaiah Messenger.
Isaac Isaiah Messenger (1717-1801)
6th Great Grandfather
Isaac Isaiah Messenger was born on March 29, 1717 in Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut. Isaac married Hannah Alford (1724-1811) in West Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut in 1740. Isaac’s mother was Katherine Holcombe (1689-1769) daughter of Nathaniel Holcombe and Mary Bliss.  Isaac’s father was Joseph Messenger.
Joseph Messenger (1687-1763)
7 Great Grandfather
Joseph Messenger was born on September 2, 1687 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. Joseph married Katherine Holcombe (1689-1769) on January 22, 1707 in Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut.  Joseph’s’ mother was Rebecca Kelsey (1660-1693) daughter of Mark Kelsey (1632-1722) and Rebecca Hoskins (1634-1683).  Joseph’s father was Nathaniel Messenger.
Nathaniel Messenger (1653-abt 1700)
8th Great Grandfather
Nathaniel Messenger was born on June 18, 1653 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. Nathaniel married Rebecca Kelsey in Windsor on April 5, 1678.  Nathaniel’s mother was Dorcas Bosworth (1620-1702), daughter of Edward Bosworth (1574-1634) and Mary Fowler Ellis (1589-1648).  Nathaniel’s father was Edward Messenger who emigrated to America with his father, Andrew.
Edward Messenger (1617-1688)
9  Great Grandfather
Edward Messenger was born in Lincolnshire, England in the year 1617. Edward came to America with his mother and father and brother.  Sources have the arrival date for the Messengers as about 1637.  So if Edward’s date of birth is correct then he was around 20 at the time. Edward married Dorcas Bosworth in 1650-51 in Windsor, Connecticut. Edward’s father was Andrew Messenger.
Andrew Messenger (1588-1637)
10 Great Grandfather
Andrew Messenger immigrated from England.  Andrew was born in either Yorkshire or Lincolnshire in 1588.  Records show that Andrew arrived in America with his family in 1639, disembarking at New Haven, Connecticut.  Other immigration lists show Andrew as arriving in 1637 at Boston, Massachusetts on the ship ‘Hector’.  It could be that the ship stopped at both New Haven and Boston when it arrived in America, but it certainly did not take two years from one port to the other.
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Keziah Barber Messenger on the Mormon Trail
Keziah was born in Connecticut in 1778. It was just two years since the American Revolution began. At age 17, she married Benjamin Benson, in Maple, New York on December 15, 1795. The couple made their home in New York and became the parents of twelve children. Like most New England folks, the Bensons were of middle-class. They were self-reliant and independent, ideal pioneers. They were among an era of soul-searching quest for thrift and the meaning of life. Religion permeated their lives.
Keziah’s husband, Benjamin, was a millwright. In 1811 they settled in Bath, Steuben County, New York. There they attended camp meetings. It was during this time of religious zeal that the LDS Church was organized in Fayette, Seneca County, New York, in 1830.
By 1820, the Bensons built a log raft on the upper Ohio River. They put all their belongings on the raft and floated down the river to Clark County, Indiana. Here, Benjamin built mills on the White River and elsewhere in 1825. Keziah and her family, along with seven other families moved to Lafayette, Indiana, and then on to Clay County where they joined in the the body of the church. In 1832, they were living in Clinton County, Indiana, where they were baptized and confirmed in the Mormon faith.
In 1832, they moved again, to Missouri where they were challenged by mobs of settlers, where they were forced to move again, this time to Warsaw, just six miles from the town of Nauvoo, built by the Mormons. Benjamin had to start over, finding new work building mills. In 1836, they were living in Bench Creek, where they were forced out by the anti-Mormon settlers. The settlers wanted nothing to do with the new Mormon faith and they were afraid for their lives.
During this journey through Indiana and Illinois, a young man named Joseph Bartholomew joined them. He later married two of Keziah’s daughters. Keziah and Benjamin knew and loved the prophet Joseph Smith. After Joseph Smith was killed by settlers, they were in assembly when Brigham Young succeeded him in death.
Benjamin Benson passed away in 1846, in Illinois. Keziah continued with her son, Jerome, to Zion. They arrived in Utah in the fall of 1851 with an independent company, and proceeded to Provo, Utah.
Source: Keziah Messenger Benson Biography submitted by Judy Paulsen Turneau of Kaysville, Utah courtesy of The Daughters of Utah Pioneers.
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"While we have no way of knowing, I would presume the Messenger family came to America to find religious freedoms the family in the New England area have always been interested in and worked for religious institutions…all down through the Messenger family, we find records relating to religious work."
(Source: The Messenger Family in the Colony of Connecticut; Nettie Post Wright and Nettie Wright Adams, 1963.)
Joseph Messenger III (1741-1791)
Joseph Messenger the 3rd was the son of Isaac, the grandson of Joseph, the great grandson of Nathaniel, the 2 great grandson of Edward and the 3 great grandson of Andrew the Immigrant. His mother was Hannah Alford Messenger. He married Jemima Barber, daughter of Jonathan and Jemima Barber, who were among the earliest settlers in Windsor, Connecticut.

Jemima’s grandfather was Samuel Barber, descended from the first barber family in Windsor. Samuel Barber married Mercy Holcomb, granddaughter of the first Thomas Holcomb, immigrant. Joseph and Jemima Messenger had four sons, Samuel, Thomas, John, and Jonathan, plus two daughters, Mercy and Sarah Barber.

Samuel Barber died in 1725 and his widow, Mercy, accompanied by her children, removed to West Simsbury, from the “old parish” in 1738. Her four sons settled along Cherry’s Brook, on land contiguous to each other. Jonathan lost his life in the siege and capture of Louisburg in 1745.

Joseph Messenger the 3rd, was a carpenter and built the house, locally known as the “Herb Richardson” place on Barbertwon Road, Canton Center, Connecticut. They had five children, perhaps more. They moved from West Simsbury in 1782, lived at Otis, Massachusetts for nine years, then departed for the Delaware Region of the State of Pennsylvania. Their children were Cornish, Jemima Barber, Zebina, Joseph the 4th, and Jediah born in 1765.
Mormon History in Art
Joseph Smith, the founder and leader of the Mormon religion, is murdered along with his brother Hyrum when an anti-Mormon mob breaks into a jail where they are being held in Carthage, Illinois. History.Com
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"Exterior of Carthage Jail" by C.C.A. Christensen depicting the death of Joseph Smith, Jr. By some accounts Smith was shot several times after he fell from the window, but a beam of sunlight from parting clouds prevented a mobster from decapitating Smith's body. Wikimedia Commons Awilley
References: 1)  Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1830-1848.
Page Background Image Credits: The Immigrant’s ship 1884 by John C. Dollman (1851-1934), British artist. Image courtesy of DcoetzeeBot at Wikimedia Commons.
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