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William Alexander MESSER, a.k.a., William Alexander MERCER
Martha E. LUKER
Maude Bell FARRIS
WARNING:  Some secondary sources are mixing up our subject with his first cousin, William Anderson MERCER.  These are two different men.  Please also note that I have not seen a primary document giving our subject middle name, "Alexander."  I'm simply following secondary sources, so this may not, in fact, be his middle name.
Husband:  William Alexander MESSER / MERCER
Birth:  19 Sep 1868, Tippah Co., MS
Death:  1939, Humphreys Co., MS
Occupations:  blacksmith, railroad foreman, farmer
Father:  William Council MESSER
Mother:  Lucinda CHILDERS
Marriage-1:  23 Dec 1887, Tippah Co., MS
Wife-1:  Martha E. "Mattie" LUKER
Birth:  14 Jul 1866, Tippah Co., MS
Death:  7 Oct 1899
Disposition:  buried Pogue Cemetery, Tippah Co., MS
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Leroy LUKER (c1813-1879) of TN
Mother:  Lavinia Eveline SIMPSON (1835-1919) of AL
Marriage-2:  29 Mar 1913, Pontotoc Co., MS
Wife-2:  Maude / Maud "Maudie" Bell FARRIS
Birth:  25 Dec 1895, Horse Creek, Walker Co., AL
Death:  Oct 1980, Indianola, Sunflower Co., MS
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Lucus / Lucas / Lucious / Lucius D. FARRIS (1859-1938)
Mother:  Mary Ellen KEATON (1859-1907)
Children with Martha E. LUKER born in Tippah Co., MS:
  1.  William C. MERCER, b. 12 Apr 1891; d. 18 Jul 1914; bur. Pogue Cem., Tippah Co., MS
  2.  Luther MERCER, b. 13 Dec 1893; d. 3 Feb 1897; bur. Pogue Cem., Tippah Co., MS
  3.  Mackey MERCER, b. 12 Apr 1896; d. 18 Jun 1897; bur. Pogue Cem., Tippah Co., MS
Children with Maude Bell FARRIS:
born in Tippah Co., MS:
  4.  Beatrice Louise MERCER, b. 24 Jun 1914; d. 7 Mar 2001, Durant, Holmes Co., MS
  5.  Bessie MERCER, b. Nov 1916
  6.  Bertha Lee MERCER, b. Sep 1918; d. 2 Jul 2008, Belzoni, Humphreys Co., MS
  7.  James William MERCER, b. 9 Jul 1921; d. 7 Jun 2008, Denison, Grayson Co., TX

born in MO?:
  8.  Virginia Jeanette MERCER, b. 1923/4

born in Humphreys Co., MS:
  9.  Jannie / Jennie Ruth MERCER, b. 1925/6
10.  Babbie Nell MERCER, b. Feb 1930
12.  Billie Jo MERCER, b. 1930/1
13.  [Martha?] Patsie Ruth MERCER, b. 1934/5
14.  Shirley MERCER, b. 1939/40

Other Kin:
.  Robert L. MERCER, b. 1891/2, MS
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas

Sources:

1.  Mississippi Marriages, 1776-1935 (online at Ancestry.com):
W. A. Mercer Mattie Luker 23 Dec 1887 Tippah
Does not have marriages for Pontotoc County in 1913.

2.  1870 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):   Wm. MESSER (æ 2, b. MS) is living in Tippah Co., MS, with his parents (q.v.).  M.E. LUKER (æ 4, b. MS) is living Tippah Co., MS (p. 132B), with her parents, Leroy LUKER (æ 57, b. TN indexed "Luka") & L.E. (æ 39, b. AL), plus siblings.

3.  1880 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  William A. MESSER (æ 12, b. MS) is living in Tippah Co., MS, with his parents, plus siblings (q.v.).  Martha E. LUKER (æ 13, b. MS) is living in Tippah Co., MS (p. 418A), with her widowed mother, Evline LUKER (æ 46, b. AL indexed "Lukes"), plus siblings.

4.  1890 U.S. Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

5.  1900 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find William or his son; he would have been just recently widowed.  Maudie B. FARRIS? (æ 4, b. Dec 1895, MS indexed "Farrin") is living in Horse Creek, Walker Co., AL (pp. 187B-188A), with her parents, Lucus FARRIS? (æ 40, b. Sep 1859, AL indexed "Farmer") and Mary E. (æ 40, b. Aug 1859, AL).

6.  1910 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #15 of 25):  Beat 2, Tippah Co., MS, Roll T624_757, p. 164B, SN 9B, SD 2, ED 96, enumerated 5 May 1910, official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1910:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
174 174 Mercer Lucinda? Head F W 62 Wd 11 10 TN TN TN Eng Farming General Farm OA N 0 Y Y   O F F 179
    ______ Mattie Dau F W 21 S     MS TN TN Eng none         Y Y N        
    ______ Fannie Dau F W 18 S     MS MS TN Eng none         Y Y N        
    ______ Emeline Dau F W 17 S     MS MS TN Eng none         Y Y Y        
    Mercer William Son M W 39 Wd     MS MS MS Eng Black Smith
Farming
own shop
General Farm
Emp N 0 Y Y         180
    ______ William GSon M W 18 S     MS MS MS Eng Farmer Home Farm W N 0 Y Y Y        
This enumerator's handwriting was barely legible; my extraction may not be entirely accurate.

7.  1920 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #1 of 23):  Faulkner Village, Beat 2, Tippah Co., MS, Roll T625_896, p. 38A, SN 1A, SD 2, ED 104, enumerated 2 Jan 1920, official enumeration date 1 Jan 1920 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1920:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 16 17 18 19 21 23 25 26 27 28
X 7 7 Mercer William A Head R M W 50 M   Y Y MS MS MS Y Foreman Rail Road EM
      ______ Maude F Wife   F W 27 M   Y Y AL AL AL Y None    
      ______ Beatris Dau   F W  5 S Y     MS MS AL Y None    
      ______ Bessie Dau   F W 3 1/12 S       MS MS AL Y None    
      ______ Bertha L Dau   F W 1 3/12 S       MS MS AL Y None    
      Mercer Robert L Boarder   M W 28 S   Y Y MS MS MS Y Laborer Rail Road EM

8.  1930 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #53 of 55):  Beat 2, Humphreys Co., MS, Roll 1149, p. 128A, SN 27A, ED 27-6, SD 4, enumerated 29 Apr 1930, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1930 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1930:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
3 4 5 6 7 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 24 25 26 27 28 32
555 587 Mercer W A Head R Y M W 56 M 20 N Y MS MS MS Y Farmer Gen Farm O Y 726
    ______ Maudie Wife     F W 31 M 18 N Y AL AL AL Y Laborer Gen Farm NP Y  
    ______ Beatrice Dau     F W 14 S   Y Y MS MS AL Y Laborer Gen Farm NP Y  
    ______ Bessie L Dau     F W 12 S   Y Y MS MS AL Y Laborer Gen Farm NP Y  
    ______ Bertha L Dau     F W 10 S   Y Y MS MS AL Y None        
    ______ James W Son     M W  8 S   Y Y MS MS AL   None        
    ______ Virginia Dau     F W  6 S   Y Y MO MS AL   None        
    ______ Johny Son     M W  4 S   N   MS MS AL   None        
    ______ Babbi? N Dau     F W 2 1/12 S   N   MS MS AL   None        
Was Virginia really born in Missouri?  The 1940 census says Mississippi.

9.  1940 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #23-24 of 51):  Beat 1, Humphreys Co., MS, Roll T627_2030, pp. 119B-120A, SN 11B-12A, SD 3, ED 27-6, enumerated 30 Apr 1940, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1940 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1940:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
HOUSEHOLD NAME RELATION PERSONAL EDUCATION BIRTH RESIDENCE in 1935 EMPLOYMENT STATUS FS
3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
189 R 8 Y Mercer Maud (X) Head F W 44 Wd N 3 AL R Humphrey MS Y N N N N H     Farm tenant Farm OA 30 0 Y 189
        ______ Bessie Dau F W 23 S N H1 MS R Humphrey MS Y N N N N H           15 0 N  
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        Mercer Bertha Lee Dau F W 20 S N 8 MS R Humphrey MS Y N N N N H           10 0 N  
        ______ James William Son M W 17 S N 6 MS R Humphrey MS Y           50   Farm laborer Farm NP 40 0 Y  
        ______ Jeanette Dau F W 15 S Y 7 MS R Humphrey MS Y N N N N S           10 0 N  
        ______ Jannie Ruth Dau F W 13 S Y 7 MS R Humphrey MS Y                            
        ______ Babbie Nell Dau F W 11 S Y 5 MS R Humphrey MS Y                            
        ______ Billie Jo Dau F W  9 S Y 2 MS R Humphrey MS Y                            
        ______ Patsie Ruth Dau F W  5 S N 0 MS R Humphrey MS Y                            
        ______ Shirley Dau F W <1? S N 0 MS                                    

10.  Public Member Trees (online at Ancestry.com).

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