Deb, the James Messer/Mercer in N. Caro. had a daughter, Jemima, m. to John Gately. James shot and killed his son in law John in 1805, was found quilty and sentenced to death. Story goes he was given clemency because of his age, 84. I believe(but have no proof), he also had a son John who married Lucretia Johnston in S. Car. they migrated to Ky., had a son named James who married Polly Brooks. Email me at email@example.com
. I have lots of information on the Mercers. I've worked on them for 30 years.