Biography of Levi H. Messenger
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Messenger, Levi H., was born in the town of Virgil, March 2, 1830, and was educated in the common schools, but is pre eminently a self educated and self made man. At the age of thirty two he married Apilona Miller, daughter of Isaac Miller of Dryden, and they are the parents of three children, two sons, Gideon and George L., also one daughter, Clara. Gideon died in December, 1881, age sixteen, and George died in May, 1893, age 23; he was a very brilliant young man, having graduated from the Dryden graded school with a college entrance diploma and entered Cornell University. From overstudying his health began to fail and be entered the Leland Stanford University in California. His ambition was boundless, his talents of a high order, but overwork, together with disease, cut him off in the flower of his young manhood. In 1870 Mr. Messenger bought the Michael Thomas property of fifty five acres, on which he erected handsome buildings. He is one of the conservative men of his town, identified in advancing its best interests, and known as a practical and successful farmer and a man of strict integrity.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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