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Julia Winship, Connects the Messer, & Keene Families

Updated: Aug 22, 2021

Julia A. Winship Messer Keene (1832-1889)

George C. Messer (1832-1860)

Andrew J. Keene (1829-1884)

Julia A. Winship was born in 1832. Her parents were William A. Winship (c1796-1832) and Marinda Fales Winship (1810-1882), both of Dedham; the couple was married on April 3, 1831.

George and Albion Messer gravestones in Old Parish

On May 18, 1853, Julia Winship married George Capen Messer (1832-1860). They had two children: Mary Louisa Messer (1856-1930) and Albion A. Messer, born in 1858, who died at 5 years of age on January 11, 1864. George C. Messer, who was a farmer, died on August 23, 1860 of typhoid fever at the age of 29.

Julia Winship Messer married for a second time to Andrew J. Keene, whose occupation was listed as “mariner,” on December 12, 1861 in Sharon. Keene was born in Pembroke, Massachusetts in 1829. He had enlisted in Co. I, 1st Mass Cavalry in the Civil War. After the conflict, he became a member of the G.A.R. Andrew and Julia Keene had a son, Charles, born in 1867. By the 1880 U.S. Census, the family was living in Stoughton and Keene was working in a Boot & Shoe Shop. Andrew Keene died on November 21, 1884, suddenly at his home of a heart attack.

Julia A. Winship Messer Keene died on August 21, 1889 after suffering a stroke. Julia, both her husbands, and her son, Albion Messer, are interred in lots 109 and 110 in Old Parish Cemetery, a plot that also is the final resting place of several members of the extended Winship family, including Julia’s mother and father.

Keene family stone before and after OPPV care.

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