Posted By:emily wilson
Subject:Massey, Massie, Caroline County, VA
Post Date:March 10, 2005 at 10:25:35
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Looking for any information on Masseys from Caroline County around 1800. Specifically, I have John M Massey b. abt 1800 who married 1) Emily Chunn and 2), Mary Louise Dorsett (in St Louis). Have corresponded with Regina Roper about the Chunns, but where did John M Massey come from???? Here is a biography of John A Massey (son of John M Massey and Emily Chunn) mentioning the Caroline County connection:

The United States biographical dictionary and portrait gallery of eminent and self-made men, pages 552-553.


MT. OLIVE (Missouri)

JOHN A. MASSEY was born August 5, 1832, in Bonhomme township, St. Louis county, on Governor
Batesís farm. His father, John M. Massey, a native of Caroline county, Virginia, was a farmer; emigrated to
St. Louis county in 1830; represented that county in the state legislature for one term, and died in 1847. The
family is of Scotch descent and emigrated to Virginia early in the history of that colony. His mother, Emily
Chunn, was a daughter of Andrew Chunn, a planter of Caroline county, Virginia, where he was born and
died, and was also of Scotch descent.

John A. Massey was reared in St. Louis county. His early education was obtained in the common
schools. When entering upon business life he engaged in merchandising, which he followed with tolerable
success for about two years. He was married February 24, 1857, to Miss Sarah A. Utz, daughter of Franklin
T. Utz, a farmer of St. Louis county, who had removed from Kentucky and settled there at an early period of
his life. Mr. Massey now turned his attention to agricultural affairs, in which he has ever since been engaged.

He resides on his beautiful farm in St. Ferdinand township. He was appointed, by the county court, road
commissioner in 1877, and is the first commissioner of the new county of St. Louis. In politics he is a firm
and consistent Democrat.

In religion he endorses the truths of the Methodist Episcopal church (South), of which body he is a
useful and active member.
His wife is a granddaughter of Fred Hyatt, whose life, as a bold and intrepid pioneer, is interwoven
with the early history of Missouri's struggles against the Indians.

Mr. Massey is a man of modest manners, without ostentatious display, and of cool and determined
demeanor. He is a plain, candid, straight-forward man of business, abounding in benevolence, hospitality
and the kindlier sentiments of enlightened humanity.