Daniel Messerle
Sex: Male
Birth: 1717 Rotterdam, Zuid Holland, Nederland.
Baptism: About 1730 Of, Dover, York, Pennsylvania [1]
Death: 19 Nov 1796 Dover, York, Pennsylvania
Spouse/Partner: Anna Elisabet Messerle
Marriage: About 1754 Of, Dover, York, Pennsylvania

Daniel Messerly Daniel Messerle

Born in the Netherlands. Along with Jacob Messerle, one of the first Messerly/Messerle/Messerli in the new world. Some records have is last name as equivalent to Messerly. However, the spelling in the Netherlands is Messerle.

  • Appeared in Pennsylvania Census 1749 in Philadelphia
    • There is a Jacob Messerle also in Philadelphia for the 1749 census.
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  • Oath of Allegiance: 30 Aug 1749
  • Imported in the Ship Crown, Michael James, Master, from Rotterdam, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [2]
  • Will: 22 Nov 1792 Executors: Peter Messerly and John Hoover, Dover Twp., Ch: Al, Susanna wife of John Hoover, Anna wife of Jacob Hoover
  • Joh Görg [ Gorg ] of Killian Lang and Rosina, born ----, baptized July 23,

1767. Sponsors: Daniel Messerle and Anna.

Mention by George Washington[]

download Washington's orders for 11/29/1777

George Washington's November 29, 1777 General Orders contained the following mention of Daniel Messerly:

"Col. Spencer is appointed president, and Major Bayard and a Captain of Col. Lee's regiment members, of a Court of enquiry to sit to morrow morning at ten o'clock, at the president's quarters to inquire into the conduct of Lieut. Reynolds of Col. Malcom's regt: for "Abusing Daniel Messerly Esqr. and other persons on the 2nd. of last August," as exhibited in their depositions."

Documentation notes[]

  • On, the dutch birth record for "Daniel Messerle" can be found by searching for all resources last name messerle, (no first name, Netherlands only
  • Searching for Daniel messerly on, Daniel is found to be executor on a German will, indicating he is trustworthy (if not fluent) in reading German.


  • The earliest Swiss immigrants during the 17th and early 18th century were largely Dutch Mennonites. If Daniel's family was Mennonite, this would help explain why the swiss name Messerly appeared in the Netherlands (there is only one record of Messerly birth in this period). Persecution in the previous century pushed Mennonites to the Netherlands. [3]



Name Birthdate Birthplace/ Christening Death date Death place
Children of Daniel Messerly (c1717) and Anna Messerly
Anna Marie Messerly (bef1755) 03 JUL 1755 Dover Twp, York, Pennsylvania [4]
Abraham Messerly (c1758) 1758 Dover Twp, York, Pennsylvania [5]
Peter Messerly (bef1760) before 1760 Dover Twp, York, Pennsylvania [6]


  1. ^ Reference: Messerly records at
  2. ^ "List of Foreigners on the Ship Crown, Aug 30, 1749"
  3. ^ Further reading on the Mennonites and the early Swiss immigrations.
  4. ^ Reference: Messerly records at
  5. ^ Reference: Messerly records at
  6. ^ Reference: Messerly records at