Christen MÄSSERLI of Burgistein, Canton Bern, Switzerland was married on
7 June 1739 to Anna GRÜNNIG of "Thürisshauss" [Dörishaus], which is a small
location affiliated with Burgistein.1  

He was not, as Julius Billeter believed,2 the Christian MESSERLI that was
baptized 5 Nov. 1713 (at Signau), the son of Christian MESSERLI of Burgistein
and Barbara SALTZMANN of Signau.3 The father Christian was residing at his
wife's home village of Signau, and also had two other children baptized there.
The father, as Christen MÄSSERLI "of Thurnen, resident in Ramsey-schachen,"
age 50, was buried 11 May 1736 at Signau.4  The son, as Christen Mässerli,
"otherwise of Thurnen" was buried at Signau on 12 June 1736, his age
"approximately 25."5 Having died in 1736, he is not the man who married
Anna GRÜNIG in 1739.

Christen MÄSSERLI and Anna GRÜNIG were the parents of two children:
1. Anna MÄSSERLI bap. 13 Dec. 1739;6 m. Jacob ZIMMERMANN 28 Sep. 1759;12
   d. 29 July 1773 Wattenwil13
2. Elsbeth MÄSSERLI bap. 22 Oct. 1741;6 m.1. Christen Lehman 5 Oct. 1759;10
   m.2. Christen Zysset 29 June 1770;10 d. 22 July 181411

Christen MESSERLI was living on 14 Feb. 1751 when his wife as "Anna GRÜNIG,
Christen MÄSSERLI's wife" was a sponsor for the baptism of Margarita GRÜNIG.6
He was deceased by 30 July 1752 when she was a sponsor as "Anna GRÜNIG,
Christen MÄSSERLI's widow," for a child of Bentz HOLLENWEIDER.6

After the death of her first husband, Anna secondly married as "Anna GRÜNIG,
Christen MESSERLI’s widow from Burgistein" on 14 Jan. 1754 to Benedicht Riem of
"Kilchdorff" [Kirchforf].10  Benedicht Riem died at Burgistein on 29 Aug. 1762,
and was buried on the 30th.7 She died as "Anna GRÜNIG at Burgistein, the widow
of the deceased Bendicht RIEM of Kilchdorf" on 8 April 1769, age 50, and
was buried on the 10th.7

Benedicht RIEM and Anna GRÜNIG were the parents of three children:
1. Susanna RIEM bap. 21 Sep. 1755;8 m. Niclaus KREBS 28 Sep. 1770;10
   d. 24 Aug. 179514
2. Rosina RIEM bap. 29 Jan. 1758;9 m. Christen Krebs 22 Apr. 1774;10
   d. 2 Apr. 180811
3. Maria RIEM10 m. Hans Marti 14 June 1778;10

1. Evangelisch-Reformierte Kirche Wattenwil, Canton Bern, Switzerland, 1659-1752 marriage register, FHL microfilm 2005820. p. 306 Mässerli-Grünnig 2. Julius Billeter "Messerli," Genealogical Notes of Families of Switzerland, FHL microfilm 0,193,473. 3. Evangelisch-Reformierte Kirche Mühlethurnen [Thurnen] 1693-1721 baptismal register, FHL microfilm 2,005,587. p. 221 Christen, 1713, baptized "at Signau." 4. Evangelisch-Reformierte Kirche Signau, 1728-1769 death register: 155, FHL microfilm 2,005,721. 5. Signau 1728-1769 death register: 156. 6. Mühlethurnen, 1722-1756 baptismal register, FHL microfilm 2005587. p. 182 Anna Grünig, 1739. Sponsors: Christen Grünig in Burgiwil; Christina Grünig in Elbschen; Barbara Fischer of Riggisberg. p. 211 Elsbeth Grünig, 1741. Sponsors: Christen Grünig of Burgistein [probably brother of the mother]; Elsbeth Kunckler of Riggisberg; Christina Trachsel of D---. p. 328, Margarita Grünig, 1751. p. 343, Hollenweider, 1752. 7. Mühlethurnen 1757-1787 death register, FHL microfilm 2,005,593. p. 34, Benedicht Riem, age 38. p. 87, Anna Grünig. 8. Kirchdorf 1739-1791 baptismal register, FHL microfilm 2,005,497. p. 42 Susanna Riem, 1755. Sponsors: Samuel Riem, brother; Anna Messerli [probably her elder half sister]; Maria Mühliman, Nicholas Riem's wife. 9. Mühlethurnen, 1757-1783 baptismal register, FHL microfilm 2,005,588. p. 12 Rosina Riem, 1758. Sponsors: Christen Grünig of "Turishaus" [probably brother of the mother]; Elsbet Mässerli of Burgistein [probably her elder half sister]; Elsbet Kunckler the "weibel" at Mühlethurnen's daughter. 10. Kirchdorf 1752-1795 marriage register, FHL microfilm 2,005,498. p. 5 Riem-Grünig p. 17 Lehman-Messerli p. 49 Zysset-Mässerli "the deceased Christen Lehman's widow." p. 49 Krebs, Niclaus-Susanna Riem, "the deceased Benedict's daughter." p. 57 Krebs, Christen-Rosina Riem p. 65 Marti-Riem, "the deceased Benedicht's daughter." 11. Kirchdorf 1800-1838 death register, FHL microfilm 2,005,499. p. 15 Rosina Riem, Christen Kreb's wife; age 50y, 2m, bur. 5th. p. 34 Elisabeth Mässerli, wife of Christen Zysset, age 72y, 9m, bur. on 25th. 12. Wattenwil 1752-1828 marriage register, FHL microfilm 2,005,822. p. 7 Zimmerman-Mässerli 13. Wattenwil, 1752-1833 death register, FHL microfilm 2,005,823. p. 23 Anna Messerli, the "Ammans wife." Buried on the 30th. 14. Kirchdordf 1752-1799 death register, FHL microfilm 2,005,498. p. 90 Susanna, Niclaus Kreb's wife, born Riem, age 40, bur. 26th.

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