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Sarah Messer, widow of Jobe/Mintier Land doc
Posted by: Jim Cook (ID *****0045) Date: August 04, 2007 at 12:57:33
  of 1770

I have an orginial land grant document signed by President James Buchanan in 1859 granting 160 acres in Osage Iowa to Sarah Messer, widow of Private Jobe Messer who served with the PA Militia in the War of 1812. On the same document Sarah Messer assigned the land to Thomas Minteer.

I also have a hand written bill of sale written in Guernsey County, OH selling the same tract of land(however it is listed as Gegordo County, Iowa) for $250 to Robert J. Mintier from Thomas H. Mintier and wife Rebecca in 1858.

How the land was sold by Thomas H. Mintier when it was given to him from Sarah Messer a year later, is a mystery.

In doing a bit of research, it looks like Thomas H. Mintier and Robert J. Mintier are possibly brothers and sons of Robert Mintier and Elizabeth Hammond. Robert J. Mintier is Robert Johnson Mintier that married 2nd my great grand Aunt Georgia Felicitie Jacquot and lived and died in Leavenworth KS. His first wife was Lucretia Ackley.

Does anyone know how the Messer and Mintier families connect?

If anyone would like copies of these documents feel free to email me directly at

Mary Cook

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