Michael Messinger and Johan Jacob Abel 1719-1807 where friends who married sisters. Johan married Marie Catherine Messinger 1723-1785. They imigrated together and settled, first in Phila where they had lots next to each other, and later in Forks Twp.(near Easton,PA) Easton is still "ABELVILLE" although from my experience, it was hard to find local Abels knowledgeable about their genealogy. I have the children of Johan & Marie Catherine and some of their descendants. Have contacts for people researching some of the lines. I don't know much ref: Messinger tho. I suspect they are from the same town in Switzerland or Germany.