Good afternoon Marie. I think that the following information will help you. I do not have any information on Metta herself, but this should fill in several blanks for you. As always, I never know if this will display in the same order that I have written it; if any problem, contact me and I will send it to your email.
================================================= The following is from a book in progress:"KESSINGER/KASINGER FAMILY IN AMERICA" by Ila Deloris (Kasinger) Chestnut
The Descendents of SOLOMON KESSINGER II
(Most of the information in this section was contributed by Mary Jo [Kasinger] Smith[B5a-10a-5-12];and Phylis Ratjen [B5a-10a-5-11-1-1].) (Roger Lee Kessinger [C11-7-8-3] and his wife, Mildred Francis Logsdon, of Cub Run, Kentucky, also contributed a great deal of information.) (John Kessinger [C8b-1-5-1] of Massachusetts; Richard Claude Kessinger[C8b-1-6-2] of Tennessee; Brenda Mason [C8b-7-__ ] of South Dakota;andRhonda Stuker [C8b-7-__ ]also contributed information.)
C.SOLOMON KESSINGER II (Born: about 1773/75 in Penn.;Died: Oct. 15, 1857 in Hart Co., Ky) Married: Elizabeth Logsdon on July 2, 1793 in Hardin Co., Kentucky. (Born:1777 in Penn.;Died:)Daughter of Thomas Logsdon and Mary ________.Elizabeth’s sister Ruth, was the wife of (B.)Joseph Kessinger.Solomon was a farmer.He was buried at Glen Butler’s farm in Hart County, Kentucky.
C5.MILES HENRY "Rocky" KESSINGER (Born:April 28, 1812 in Kessinger, Kentucky;Died:March 16, 1894 at Ozark, Christian Co., Missouri Married/aCynthia Ann ________ in 1831 or 1832 in Kentucky. They were in Missouri by 1844; and inBenton Co., Missouri in 1850. Married/bMrs. Mary F. Howell
(NOTE:Miles Henry was one of the earliest of our ancestors to move to Missouri; in about 1844.)
Family legend has passed down the following story:During the Civil War, the Confederates came to Ozark,Missouri., took over the town, lowered the Union Flag and raised the Confederate Flag.Some of the local boys found Miles Kessinger at a local spot with his jug and told him what had happened:Enraged, Miles declared,"They can't do that!"He went into town, whipped 5 or 6 rebels, took down their flag and put the Union flag back up.He then announced,"I'm the fightinest, meanestS.O.B.this side of the Rockies."He thereafter became known as "Rocky".
Miles Henry Kessinger came from a Community in Kentucky called Kessinger.It is said there was a large settlement there at one time with a mill and several prospering farms around.The Indians came and burned the settlers out.They scalped some of the people and placed a curse on them.Miles Henry left Kentucky with his first wife and children, went through Illinois. where one son was Born, then on to Missouri.
The children of Rocky and Cynthia Ann were:
C5a-1ANDREW JACKSON KESSINGER (Born:1833in Kentucky.) C5a-2JOHN KESSINGER (Born:1836in Kentucky.) C5a-3FRANCIS MARION KESSINGER (Born:1840in Kentucky.) C5a-4SOLOMON KESSINGER (Born:1842in ?.) C5a-5JACOB CELVESTER KESSINGER (Born:1844in Missouri.) C5a-6MARY A. "POLLY" KESSINGER (Born:1846in Illinois.) C5a-7NANCY J. KESSINGER (Born:1848in ?.)
C5a-4-1Dora B. Kessinger (Born:1872 in Missouri;(Died: _____.) C5a-4-2James H. Kessinger (Born:1874 in Missouri;(Died: _____.) C5a-4-3Metta E. Kessinger (Born:1877 in Missouri;(Died: _____.) C5a-4-4Benjamin S. Kessinger (Born:1879 in Missouri;(Died: _____.)