The following story was published on Greenpointusa.com in 1998. In March 2007 we received the following email from Margarita Meserole telling us of Ricahard's passing. He was an amazing man, and we at the website are honored to have been a small part of his life. Our thoughts and well wishes are with his family. Here is the email from Margarita, followed by the republication of the original 5 part series.......
Back in the late 90's you had published the life of Richard Meserole. After a long battle with cangreen he passed away on Feb 7, 2002 in his sleep. He showed me the manuscript and the publication in Greenpoint. I have looked here to see if i could find a copy for my son, whom Mr. Richard Meserole raised from 2 yrs old until he died. Thank you for making an old man happy and very proud that he came from Greenpoint,
GREENPOINTUSA.COM has been in contact via e-mail with a man named RICHARD
By the time of the Revolutionary war, 1775, there were 5 of the first Greenpoint families settled in. Amongst them, The Meserole's. The Meserole family erected a big white house that contained 16 large rooms. The site of the peaceful and serene Meseroles Grove.
Their property was bordered by Manhattan Avenue, Norman Avenue, Meserole Avenue, and Lorimer Street. It was on this site where picnics and Sunday services were held.
The prominent Meserole name continued on in the History of Greenpoint, including providing a name for the once magnificent Meserole Theater.
Richard Meserole, now 72 years of age and living in Delaware, informs us that he is a descendent of that very family.
Because of a limited staff, we do not have the resources to perform a background check on the following story. However this story is extraordinary - a child who was forced to spend his early years in a boarding home because of family scandal - to winning a scholarship by the age of 16. From great wealth to great tragedy. Richard, who we have spoken to on the telephone is also an extraordinary man as well. He is very interested in hearing from anyone who may have more information about his family. You can contact him directly below.
Please join us as we present to you this special multi-part series on the life and times of Richard Meserole, a descendent of one of Greenpoints first families. This is the story of Richard Meserole in his own words.
First Contact via e-mail:
May 30, 1998:
Dear Sirs, my name is Richard A Meserole, I am trying to track my family from the 1800 to 1900.Could you please give me some information as to how I can get started. I am now 71 years old and have some health problems. In June, I will be in the hospital for vascular surgery on my legs. When I return home I will keep in touch. ~Richard Meserole~
One of the lost Meseroles has returned. I have been in the hospital since August 22nd when they amputated my right leg. I have returned today and will try to get back into the act. I have my life story written and will soon send it to you page by page. ~Richard~
And Now his story in his words .................
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