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Basil H. MESSLER 1109

  • Born: 1835, Ohio 814
  • Marriage: Mary Jane WHITEHILL on 13 May 1866 in Fulton County, Illinois 1109
  • Died: 9 Jan 1916, Canton, Fulton County, Illinois, USA at age 81 274,1113

bullet  General Notes:

According to the 1880 census, a Flora Armstong was living with Basil and family. Flora was born about 1857 in West Virginia, single and working in a Milliner Store.

Bio, not of Basil: MESSLER, M. B.\emdashA familiar figure on the streets of Canton ever since his arrival here in 1851, M. B. Messler has been variously identified with the business interests of the town, but principally has been known as a plaster contractor, a watchmaker and repairer and holder of important local offices. Mr. Messler was born amid humble surroundings on a farm in Montgomery County, Ohio, in 1832, and was one of eleven children to depend upon the slender resources of his parents, Reuben and Mary (McFarland) Messler, natives of Maryland. The father was born in 1806 and the mother in 1807, and they moved to Ohio when it was a wilderness and bravely undertook the hardships and sacrifices of pioneer life. Removing from Ohio to Canton Township in 1852, they settled on a farm and engaged in general farming and stock-raising, the father passing from life in 1868 and the mother in 1873.
M. B. Messler preceded his parents to Canton by one year, bringing with him, besides a strong constitution and a willingness to work, a thorough knowledge of the plasterer's trade. The comparatively new country to which he came offered abundant employment for his trade, and he followed it from 1853 until 1873, latterly employing as many as seventeen hands. He became one of the best known and most skilled workmen in the vicinity, and was about the only man in the county who could do ornamental plaster work. The Parlan and Babcock homes were among those which profited by his skill, but there are monuments to his labor scattered throughout the town and county. In the meantime, in 1860, he started a watch stand on the square, and for twenty-seven years this stand weathered financial depression and prosperity and all the varied changes which swept over the community during that time. The owner was reliable and skillful, moderate in his charges and the soul of honor, and he was sadly missed from accustomed haunts when he gave up the little stand and performed his tasks at his home.
Mr. Messler cast his first presidential vote for a Republican candidate and ever since has been a stanch supporter of that party. In earlier days he filled many offices within the gift of the people, and in 1901 was elected Justice of the Peace and re-elected in 1905. His first wife, who formerly was Mary E. Spencer, died in 1890. His present wife, Mrs. Eliza Jane (Angler) Messler, is a native of Mercersburg, Pa. The only child and daughter in the family now is Mrs. Whitehouse, of Santiago, Cal. Mr. Messler has derived social and general advantages from connection with the Masons, being a charter member of the Bohemond Lodge, No. 54, organized in 1866. Too much emphasis cannot be laid on the sterling worth which has contributed to his own and the city's good, or to the faithfulness and devotion to duty which has characterized his every undertaking.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Diary, Feb 1864, Davenport, Scott County, Iowa.
The website documents Basil's time in the military during the Civil War from Feb 1864 to Jan 1865.

Military Service. 1114 Marine Regt. U.S. Vols: In as a Private, out as a Corp.

Military Service. 1114 Civil War Pension,
1Batt'n. Cav. Miss. Marine Brig.
Rank in & out: Private

Residence, 1870, Canton, Fulton County, Illinois, USA. 814

Occupation, 1870, Canton, Fulton County, Illinois, USA. 814 Dentist

Residence, 1880, Canton, Fulton County, Illinois, USA. 816

Occupation, 1880, Canton, Fulton County, Illinois, USA. 816 as a dentist.

Residence, 1900, Canton, Fulton County, Illinois, USA. 1083 at 340 West Pine Street.

Occupation, 1900, Canton, Fulton County, Illinois, USA. 1083 where he was a dentist.

Residence, 1910, Canton, Fulton County, Illinois, USA. 1084 at 340 West Pine Street.

Occupation, 1910, Canton, Fulton County, Illinois, USA. 1084 his occupation is listed as 'own income'.


Basil married Mary Jane WHITEHILL, daughter of Mathew WHITEHILL and Martha Jane BLAKENEY, on 13 May 1866 in Fulton County, Illinois.1109 (Mary Jane WHITEHILL was born in 1848 in Kanawha County, Virginia,786,1110 died on 5 Aug 1932 in Canton, Fulton County, Illinois, USA 274,1111 and was buried on 7 Aug 1932 in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton, Fulton County, Illinois 20.)

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