I am looking for information on a John Messer/Mercer (born April 1861)who is my great grandfather. I found him in the 1900 census as John Mercer married to Martha Welch with children William, Thomas, James and Elie living in Augusta Ga. After Martha died he remarried a Maggie. The 1910 Census has him listed as John Messer living in Aiken SC and married to a MAggie with children Thomas, William Elie and Beulah. He and the kids worked in the mill in Aiken. James had died. Evidently they did not read or write and I think the names were spelled as they sounded. Any information would be appreciated. I seem to have come to a dead end. I know he died around 1911 and the children thought Maggie has poisened him and even said she was prosecuted. I can't find any proof. I am trying to figure out who his parents were. He had a relative named Henry Mercer who married Marthas sister Ester Welch.