Ava Merritt1

#2674, b. January 1884
Last Edited18 Oct 2017
Father*Henry Lenton Merritt1 b. 6 Sep 1854, d. 27 Jan 1936
Mother*Catherine Elizabeth Baxley1 b. 14 Sep 1862, d. 3 Aug 1934
Birth*January 1884Alabama, USA1 
(Resident) Census9 June 1900(Head of Household) Henry Lenton Merritt; Center, Precinct #3, Geneva County, Alabama, USA; "Henry Merritt", head, age 46, farmer, born Georgia, parents born Georgia;
"Cathrine", wife age 37, married 23 years, 10 children, born Alabama, parents born Alabama;
"Harriett", daughter age 22;
"Mitchell", son age 20;
"John", son age 18;
"Ava", daughter age 16;
"Cordelia", daughter age 14;
"Etta", daughter age 11;
"Marvin", son age 10;
"Ella", daughter age 7;
"Franklin", son age 5;
"Malcom", son age 2.
Immediate neighbors were Henry's brother Thomas W. Merritt age 48 and wife Lucy age 49; two census pages away were their brother James B. Merritt age 43 and wife Elizabeth age 42.1 

Citations

  1. [S77] Census, U.S. of 1900, Enumeration District 71, Geneva County, Alabama, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.

Bradley Merritt1

#2699, b. 1810, d. after 1870
Last Edited14 Aug 2018
Father*David Merritt1 b. c 1762, d. a 1840
Birth*1810Sampson County, North Carolina, USA1 
Death*after 18701 

Citations

  1. [S402] Edward Merritt and Leora Hiatt McEachern, compiler, The Merritts of Sampson and Duplin Counties North Carolina (North Carolina: Self Published, 1968). Hereinafter cited as The Merritts of Sampson and Duplin Counties North Carolina.

Burrell Merritt1

#2513, b. between 1775 and 1784
Last Edited31 Oct 2015
Father*Robert Merritt Jr.2 b. bt 1755 - 1774, d. c 1805

Family

Child 1.Frederick Merritt2 b. s 1810
Birth*between 1775 and 1784estimated 1773 by Merritt book1,2 
Cen-Head*1800Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "Burrel Merit", head, male age 16-25, females 1 u10, 1 16-25. Census page 44. Neighbors Daniel Merritt and Jacob Merritt.1 
Cen-Head1810Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "Burrell Merret", head, males 3 u10, 1 26-44, females 2 u10, 1 10-15, 1 26-44, 2 slaves. Census page 16. Neighbors Frederick, Sam, Gabriel, Levy Merritt.3 
Cen-Head1820Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "Burwell Merritt", head, males 2 10-16, 1 16-26, 1 45+, females 2 10-16, 1 16-26, 1 26-45. Census page 1. In same area as all the other Merritts in the county, Lewis Bowen, and in the Balkcom neighborhood.4 
Migration*circa 1825Irwin County, Georgia, USA; brothers Burrell and Frederick moved to Georgia at about the same time.5 

Citations

  1. [S118] Census, U.S. of 1800, Sampson County, North Carolina, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  2. [S402] Edward Merritt and Leora Hiatt McEachern, compiler, The Merritts of Sampson and Duplin Counties North Carolina (North Carolina: Self Published, 1968). Hereinafter cited as The Merritts of Sampson and Duplin Counties North Carolina.
  3. [S172] Census, U.S. of 1810, Sampson County, North Carolina, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  4. [S144] Census, U.S. of 1820, Sampson County, North Carolina, Capt Mathis District, Maryland Historical Society.
  5. [S187] Folks Huxford, compiler, Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia (P. O. Box 595, Homerville, GA 31634: Huxford Genealogy Society, Inc., 1960), Part 2, page 200. Hereinafter cited as Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia.

Charlott Merritt1

#2496, b. between 1780 and 1790
Last Edited14 Oct 2015
Birth*between 1780 and 17901 
Cen-Head*1840Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "Charlott Merritt", head, female age 50-60, with females 2 20-30 1 15-20, and 1 10-15, and 12 slaves: males 2 24-35, 2 10-24, 2 under 10, and females 2 24-35, 2 10-24, and 2 under 10. Lived next door to Harmon Balkcom, and nearby were John Balkcom and Nancy Balkcom.1 

Citations

  1. [S15] Census, U.S. of 1840, Sampson County, North Carolina, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.

Daniel Merritt1

#2503, b. 9 October 1763, d. 12 February 1842
Last Edited14 Aug 2018
Father*Robert Merritt Sr.2 b. s 1730, d. c 1805
Birth*9 October 1763Duplin County, North Carolina, USA; between 1750 and 1760 per census. Daniel stated he was just over 16 years old when he entered Rev War service and was born in 1763.1,2,3 
Cen-Head*1800Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "Daniel Merit", head, living alone. Census page 44. neighbors Jacob Merritt, Burrell Merritt, and Kedar Bryan.4 
Cen-Head1820Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "Daniel Merritt", head, male 45+, with females 2 10-16, 1 26-44, 7 slaves. Census page 2 with the other Merritts and in Balkcom neighborhood.5 
Cen-Head1830Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "Daniel Merritt", head, age 70-79, with females 1 40-49, 1 15-19, 1 5-9; 15 slaves. Neighbor to Hester Balkcom.1 
Neighbor: Hester Balkcom
Death*12 February 18426 

Citations

  1. [S241] Census, U.S. of 1830, Sampson County, NC ancestry.com image pg 29, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  2. [S402] Edward Merritt and Leora Hiatt McEachern, compiler, The Merritts of Sampson and Duplin Counties North Carolina (North Carolina: Self Published, 1968). Hereinafter cited as The Merritts of Sampson and Duplin Counties North Carolina.
  3. [S444] Sampson County Historical Society, Huckleberry Historian (, Volume XXV, Number 4 .. 1 January 2004, "The Patriot", by Jerome Tew.
  4. [S118] Census, U.S. of 1800, Sampson County, North Carolina, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  5. [S144] Census, U.S. of 1820, Sampson County, North Carolina, Capt Mathis District, Maryland Historical Society.
  6. [S444] Sampson County Historical Society, Huckleberry Historian , Volume XXV, Number 4, 1 January 2004, "The Patriot", by Jerome Tew.

Daniel Merritt1

#2504, b. between 1794 and 1804
Last Edited14 Oct 2015
Birth*between 1794 and 18041 
Cen-Head*1820Duplin County, North Carolina, USA; "Daniel Merritt", head, age 26-45, with males 2 u10 and 1 10-16; females 1 45+. 1 u10, 1 10-16, 1 26-45. Neighbor to William Balkcom.1 

Citations

  1. [S144] Census, U.S. of 1820, Duplin County, NC ancestry.com image pg 22, Maryland Historical Society.

Daniel Merritt1

#2614, b. between 1780 and 1790
Last Edited21 Jun 2016
Birth*between 1780 and 17901 
Census*1830Duplin County, North Carolina, USA; "Daniel Merritt" age 40-50, with males 2 u5, 2 5-10, 2 10-15, 1 15-20; females 1 u5, 1 15-20.1 
Neighbor: Wiley Balkcom

Citations

  1. [S241] Census, U.S. of 1830, Duplin County, North Carolina, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.

David Merritt1

#2501, b. circa 1762, d. after 1840
Last Edited14 Aug 2018
Father*Robert Merritt Sr.2 b. s 1730, d. c 1805

Family

Children 1.Jacob Merritt2 b. c 1795
 2.Jesse Merritt2 b. c 1799, d. 6 Dec 1846
 3.Robert Merritt2 b. 7 Feb 1800, d. 10 Dec 1859
 4.Bradley Merritt11 b. 1810, d. a 1870
Birth*circa 17621,2 
Cen-Head1790Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "David Merrett", head, age 16+, with 2 females.3 
(Neighbor) Census1790Nathial Merritt; Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "Nothiel Merrett", head. 1 male 16+ (Nothial), 2 males u16 (probably Gabriel and Patrick), 4 females (say wife, Sally, and daughters Treecy, Unity, and Ann).3 
Cen-Head1800Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "David Merit", head, males 3 u10, 1 26-44 (David), females 2 u10, 1 10-15, 1 26-44. Census page 42. Neighbors were his father Robert Merritt Sr and brother Robert Merritt.4 
Neighbor: Robert Merritt Sr.
Neighbor: Robert Merritt Jr.
Cen-Head1810Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "David Merrit", head, males 4 u10, 1 10-15, 1 26-44 (David), females 2 10 15, 1 16-26, 1 26-44. Census page 14. Near Michael Merritt.5 
(Witness) Will18 August 1819Nathial Merritt; Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; see attached copy. In his will, Nathial names sons Gabriel and Patrick, and daughters Treecy Merritt, Unity Merritt, and Ann Merritt. Son Patrick and friend John Bryan were named executors. Witnessed by John Bryan, David S. Merritt, and Lewis Bowen.6
Cen-Head1820Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "David Merritt", head, males 2 10-16, 1 16-26, females 1 u10, 1 16-26, 1 45+. Daniel should be an older male in this census, and he appears here in 1830. Census page 1. Several Merritts in this district.7 
(Witness) Will3 June 1820Gabriel Merritt; Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; In his will he names his wife Sally, son Wright, daughter Tempy Jane. Brother Patrick is named executor. Witnessed by John Bryan and David Merritt. In a petition to the court in February 1821, after Gabriel's death, wife Sally declared that the amount provided her (165 acres, goods, and a slave) was insufficient and that she was entitled to dower, identifying specific land.8 
Cen-Head*1830Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "David Merritt", head, age 60-70, with males 1 20-30, 1 15-20; females 1 50-60, 1 20-30, 1 10-15, 1 5-10, 1 under 5. Neighbor to Hester Balkcom.1 
Cen-Head1840Newton District, Baker County, Georgia, USA; "David Merritt" head of household, with a male age 5-10 and a female age 30-40.9 
Death*after 1840Baker County, Georgia, USA; not found after 1840.2,10 

Citations

  1. [S241] Census, U.S. of 1830, Sampson County, NC ancestry.com image pg 29, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  2. [S444] Sampson County Historical Society, Huckleberry Historian (, Volume XXV, Number 4 .. 1 January 2004, "The Patriot", by Jerome Tew.
  3. [S173] Census, U.S. of 1790, Sampson County, North Carolina, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  4. [S118] Census, U.S. of 1800, Sampson County, North Carolina, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  5. [S172] Census, U.S. of 1810, Sampson County, North Carolina, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  6. [S418] Record of Wills, 1782-1965, Sampson County, North Carolina, Will of Nathial Merritt, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  7. [S144] Census, U.S. of 1820, Sampson County, North Carolina, Capt Mathis District, Maryland Historical Society.
  8. [S418] Record of Wills, 1782-1965, Sampson County, North Carolina, Will of Gabriel Merritt, Ancestry.com.
  9. [S15] Census, U.S. of 1840, Baker County, Georgia, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  10. [S445] Y-DNA Marriott Family Project, www.worldfamilies.net, Merritt Family Patriarchs. Hereinafter cited as Y-DNA Marriott Family Project.
  11. [S402] Edward Merritt and Leora Hiatt McEachern, compiler, The Merritts of Sampson and Duplin Counties North Carolina (North Carolina: Self Published, 1968). Hereinafter cited as The Merritts of Sampson and Duplin Counties North Carolina.

David Merritt1

#2609, b. circa 1824
Last Edited18 Jun 2016
Birth*circa 1824Sampson County, North Carolina, USA1 
(Neighbor) Census16 December 1850(Head of Household) Sarah (?); household 14, District 3, census page 3, Baker County, Georgia, USA; "Sarah Merritt", head, age 50, real estate value $900, born Sampson Co NC;
"Henry Merritt", age 20, farmer, born Sampson Co NC;
"Garrison Merritt", age 17, farmer, born Sampson Co NC;
"Catherine Tipton", age 12, born Baker Co Ga;
"Susan Tipton", age 10, born Baker Co Ga;
"Thomas Tipton", age 40, born Burke Co Ga;
"Nancy Durence" age 34, born Bulloch Co Ga;
"Angeline Woodcock" age 15, born Bulloch Co GA (Henry Merritt and Angeline Woodcock married within the year);
"Cordelia Smith" age 3, born Early Co Ga.

Neighbors: Wright Merritt (b1816) and family born Sampson County; Kitty Ann Tipton (b1828) and family of Sampson County; David Merritt (b1824) and family of Sampson County, Lewis Bowen (b. 1815) of Sampson County.1 
(Neighbor) Census16 December 1850Wright Merritt; 3d District, Baker County, Georgia, USA; "Wright Merrit", male age 36, farmer, born Sampson Co NC;
"Mary Merrit", age 37, born Twiggs Co Ga;
"Tempa Merrit", female age 7, born Baker Co Ga;
"Mary E Merrit", female age 4, born Baker Co Ga;
"Jesse Merrit", male age 2, born Baker Co Ga;
"Benjamin Merrit", male age 4 months, born Baker Co Ga. 
Census*16 December 18503d District, Baker County, Georgia, USA; "David Merrit", age 26, farmer, born Sampson Co NC;
"Elizabeth Merrit", age 25, born Emanuel Co Ga;
"Sarah C Merrit", age 4, born Baker Co GA;
"Robert Merrit", age 2, born Baker Co Ga;
a 1 year not named;
"Everette Mathis", male age 20,born Sampson Co NC, married within the year.1 
Neighbor: Wright Merritt
Neighbor: Jacob Henry Merritt
Neighbor: Sarah (?)
(Witness) Marriagebefore 1852(Bride) Jacob Henry Merritt, (Groom) Angeline Woodcock; Baker County, Georgia, USA; Papers in a Civil War Widow's Pension application by Angeline (Woodcock) Merritt include affidavits (first dated Oct 18, 1875) supporting proof of marriage Henry Merritt to Rebecca A. C. Woodcock. The marriage date was stated by Angeline and others as variously 25 July, 1849, 25 July, 1850, and before 1852. Married at the house of Mr. David Merritt in Baker County (formerly) now Calhoun County, Georgia.
[If the date was actually 1849 or 1850 then the 1850 census was incorrect in listing Angeline's last name as Woodcock. Henry Merrritt and Angeline Woodcock lived in the same household in the 1850 census, under those names, and had their own household in the 1860 census in Calhoun County, Georgia.]2,3 

Citations

  1. [S14] Census, U.S. of 1850, Baker County, Georgia, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  2. [S469] "Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Veterans Who Served in the Army and Navy Mainly in the Civil War and The War With Spain", Record Group 15; National Archives and Records Administration; Washington, DC, USA, Widow's Pension Application (#454842) by Angeline Woodcock Merritt based on service of Henry Merritt. Hereinafter cited as "Civil War Pension Appplications for Union Soldiers."
  3. [S13] Census, U.S. of 1860, Calhoun County, Georgia, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.

Drury Merritt1

#2520, b. between 1794 and 1804
Last Edited15 Oct 2015
Birth*between 1794 and 18041 
Cen-Head*1820Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "Drury Merritt", head, male 16-26, with females 1 10-16, 1 26-45. Census page 2. In neighborhood with Balkcoms and Merritts.1 

Citations

  1. [S144] Census, U.S. of 1820, Sampson County, North Carolina, Capt Mathis District, Maryland Historical Society.

Elizabeth Merritt1

#2549, b. 1814
Last Edited31 Oct 2015
Father*Frederick Merritt1 b. 1783
Birth*1814Sampson County, North Carolina, USA1 
Marriage*4 January 1828Frederick Merritt; Irwin County, Georgia, USA; Burrell Merritt's son Frederick married his brother Frederick's daughter Elizabeth1 

Citations

  1. [S187] Folks Huxford, compiler, Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia (P. O. Box 595, Homerville, GA 31634: Huxford Genealogy Society, Inc., 1960). Hereinafter cited as Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia.

Ellen Merritt1

#2677, b. December 1883
Last Edited18 Oct 2017
Father*Thomas William Merritt1 b. 27 Jan 1852, d. 14 Jul 1906
Mother*Lucy Annalee Nora Hall1 b. 1850, d. 1927
Birth*December 1883Alabama, USA1 
(Resident) Census9 June 1900(Head of Household) Thomas William Merritt; Center, Precinct #3, Geneva County, Alabama, USA; Thomas W. Merritt household:
Thomas, head, age 48, farmer, born Georgia;
"Lucy A" wife age 49, born Alabama, married 31 years, 11 children;
"Spicey" daughter age 20;
"Thomas" son age 18;
"Ellen" daughter age 16;
"Jeremiah" son age 14;
"Esther" daughter age 7.
Immediate neighbor was Henry Merritt and family (brother) and down the road was brother James B. Merritt and family.1 

Citations

  1. [S77] Census, U.S. of 1900, Enumeration District 71, Geneva County, Alabama, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.

Elly May Merritt1

#2672, b. circa 1894
Last Edited18 Oct 2017
Father*Henry Lenton Merritt1 b. 6 Sep 1854, d. 27 Jan 1936
Mother*Catherine Elizabeth Baxley1 b. 14 Sep 1862, d. 3 Aug 1934
NicknameElla2 
Birth*circa 1894Alabama, USA1 
(Resident) Census9 June 1900(Head of Household) Henry Lenton Merritt; Center, Precinct #3, Geneva County, Alabama, USA; "Henry Merritt", head, age 46, farmer, born Georgia, parents born Georgia;
"Cathrine", wife age 37, married 23 years, 10 children, born Alabama, parents born Alabama;
"Harriett", daughter age 22;
"Mitchell", son age 20;
"John", son age 18;
"Ava", daughter age 16;
"Cordelia", daughter age 14;
"Etta", daughter age 11;
"Marvin", son age 10;
"Ella", daughter age 7;
"Franklin", son age 5;
"Malcom", son age 2.
Immediate neighbors were Henry's brother Thomas W. Merritt age 48 and wife Lucy age 49; two census pages away were their brother James B. Merritt age 43 and wife Elizabeth age 42.2 
(Resident) Census19 April 1910(Head of Household) Henry Lenton Merritt; Precinct 3, Malvern, Geneva County, Alabama, USA; "H L Merritt", head, male age 55, born Georgia, parents born Georgia, farmer;
"Mrs C E Merritt", wife age 48, married 33 years, born Alabama, parents born Alabama; Children, all born Alabama:
Michel, son age 30;
John, son age 28;
Marvin, son age 18,;
Ellie May, daughter age 16;
Frank, son age 14;
Malcom, son age 11;
Moody, son age 9.
Neighbor J. B. age 52 and Elizabeth Merritt and family.1 

Citations

  1. [S300] Census, U.S. of 1910, Enumeration District 96, Geneva County, Alabama, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  2. [S77] Census, U.S. of 1900, Enumeration District 71, Geneva County, Alabama, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.

Esther Merritt1

#2680, b. January 1893
Last Edited18 Oct 2017
Father*Thomas William Merritt1 b. 27 Jan 1852, d. 14 Jul 1906
Mother*Lucy Annalee Nora Hall1 b. 1850, d. 1927
Birth*January 1893Alabama, USA1 
(Resident) Census9 June 1900(Head of Household) Thomas William Merritt; Center, Precinct #3, Geneva County, Alabama, USA; Thomas W. Merritt household:
Thomas, head, age 48, farmer, born Georgia;
"Lucy A" wife age 49, born Alabama, married 31 years, 11 children;
"Spicey" daughter age 20;
"Thomas" son age 18;
"Ellen" daughter age 16;
"Jeremiah" son age 14;
"Esther" daughter age 7.
Immediate neighbor was Henry Merritt and family (brother) and down the road was brother James B. Merritt and family.1 

Citations

  1. [S77] Census, U.S. of 1900, Enumeration District 71, Geneva County, Alabama, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.

Franklin Merritt1

#2673, b. January 1895
Last Edited18 Oct 2017
Father*Henry Lenton Merritt1 b. 6 Sep 1854, d. 27 Jan 1936
Mother*Catherine Elizabeth Baxley1 b. 14 Sep 1862, d. 3 Aug 1934
NicknameFrank 
Birth*January 1895Alabama, USA1,2 
(Resident) Census9 June 1900(Head of Household) Henry Lenton Merritt; Center, Precinct #3, Geneva County, Alabama, USA; "Henry Merritt", head, age 46, farmer, born Georgia, parents born Georgia;
"Cathrine", wife age 37, married 23 years, 10 children, born Alabama, parents born Alabama;
"Harriett", daughter age 22;
"Mitchell", son age 20;
"John", son age 18;
"Ava", daughter age 16;
"Cordelia", daughter age 14;
"Etta", daughter age 11;
"Marvin", son age 10;
"Ella", daughter age 7;
"Franklin", son age 5;
"Malcom", son age 2.
Immediate neighbors were Henry's brother Thomas W. Merritt age 48 and wife Lucy age 49; two census pages away were their brother James B. Merritt age 43 and wife Elizabeth age 42.2 
(Resident) Census19 April 1910(Head of Household) Henry Lenton Merritt; Precinct 3, Malvern, Geneva County, Alabama, USA; "H L Merritt", head, male age 55, born Georgia, parents born Georgia, farmer;
"Mrs C E Merritt", wife age 48, married 33 years, born Alabama, parents born Alabama; Children, all born Alabama:
Michel, son age 30;
John, son age 28;
Marvin, son age 18,;
Ellie May, daughter age 16;
Frank, son age 14;
Malcom, son age 11;
Moody, son age 9.
Neighbor J. B. age 52 and Elizabeth Merritt and family.1 

Citations

  1. [S300] Census, U.S. of 1910, Enumeration District 96, Geneva County, Alabama, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  2. [S77] Census, U.S. of 1900, Enumeration District 71, Geneva County, Alabama, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.

Frederick Merritt1

#2514, b. 1783
Last Edited31 Oct 2015
Father*Robert Merritt Jr.2 b. bt 1755 - 1774, d. c 1805

Family

Child 1.Elizabeth Merritt5 b. 1814
Birth*1783Sampson County, North Carolina, USA1,2 
Cen-Head*1810Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "Frederick Merret", head, males 2 u10, 1 26-44 (Frederick), females 2 u10, 1 26-44, 1 slave. Census page 16. Neighbors Burrell Merritt, Sam Merritt, Sam Merritt, Levy Merritt, Gabriel Merritt, Absalom Merritt.1 
Cen-Head1820Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "Frederick Merritt", head, males 1 u10, 2 10-16, 1 45+, females 3 u10, 2 10-16, 1 26-44. Census page 2. In neighborhood with Balkcoms and many Merritts.3 
Migration*circa 1825Irwin County, Georgia, USA; brothers Burrell and Frederick moved to Georgia at about the same time.4 
Progeny* 

Citations

  1. [S172] Census, U.S. of 1810, Sampson County, North Carolina, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  2. [S402] Edward Merritt and Leora Hiatt McEachern, compiler, The Merritts of Sampson and Duplin Counties North Carolina (North Carolina: Self Published, 1968). Hereinafter cited as The Merritts of Sampson and Duplin Counties North Carolina.
  3. [S144] Census, U.S. of 1820, Sampson County, North Carolina, Capt Mathis District, Maryland Historical Society.
  4. [S187] Folks Huxford, compiler, Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia (P. O. Box 595, Homerville, GA 31634: Huxford Genealogy Society, Inc., 1960), Part 2, page 200. Hereinafter cited as Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia.
  5. [S187] Folks Huxford, Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia, 1960.

Frederick Merritt1

#2548, b. say 1810
Last Edited31 Oct 2015
Father*Burrell Merritt1 b. bt 1775 - 1784
Birth*say 1810Sampson County, North Carolina, USA1 
Marriage*4 January 1828Elizabeth Merritt; Irwin County, Georgia, USA; Burrell Merritt's son Frederick married his brother Frederick's daughter Elizabeth2 

Citations

  1. [S402] Edward Merritt and Leora Hiatt McEachern, compiler, The Merritts of Sampson and Duplin Counties North Carolina (North Carolina: Self Published, 1968). Hereinafter cited as The Merritts of Sampson and Duplin Counties North Carolina.
  2. [S187] Folks Huxford, compiler, Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia (P. O. Box 595, Homerville, GA 31634: Huxford Genealogy Society, Inc., 1960). Hereinafter cited as Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia.

Frederick Merritt1

#2550, b. 1758, d. before 1805
Last Edited3 Feb 2017
Father*Robert Merritt Sr.1 b. s 1730, d. c 1805
Birth*17581,2 
(Neighbor) Census1790Nathial Merritt; Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "Nothiel Merrett", head. 1 male 16+ (Nothial), 2 males u16 (probably Gabriel and Patrick), 4 females (say wife, Sally, and daughters Treecy, Unity, and Ann).3 
Cen-Head*1790Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "Frederick Merritt", head, male over 16, with 1 male u16, 4 females, and 1 slave.3 
Death*before 18052 

Citations

  1. [S402] Edward Merritt and Leora Hiatt McEachern, compiler, The Merritts of Sampson and Duplin Counties North Carolina (North Carolina: Self Published, 1968). Hereinafter cited as The Merritts of Sampson and Duplin Counties North Carolina.
  2. [S444] Sampson County Historical Society, Huckleberry Historian (, Volume XXV, Number 4 .. 1 January 2004, "The Patriot", by Jerome Tew.
  3. [S173] Census, U.S. of 1790, Sampson County, North Carolina, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.

Gabriel Merritt1

#2516, b. before 1765, d. circa 1820
Last Edited19 Jun 2016
Father*Nathial Merritt2 b. b 1755
Mother*Sarah (?)3 b. s 1760

Family

Sally (?) b. s 1770
Children 1.Tempy Jane Merritt4 b. s 1794
 2.Wright Merritt b. 1816, d. a 1880
Birth*before 17651 
(Groom) Marriage*say 1790(Bride) Sally (?)4 
Cen-Head*1810Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "Gabriel Merret", head, age 45+, with males 1 10-15, 1 16-25, 1 26-44, 1 45+ (Gabriel), females 1 26-44, 1 45+, 2 slaves. Census page 16. Neighbors Frederick, Burrell, Sam, and Levi Merritt.1 
(Heir) Will18 August 1819Nathial Merritt; Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; see attached copy. In his will, Nathial names sons Gabriel and Patrick, and daughters Treecy Merritt, Unity Merritt, and Ann Merritt. Son Patrick and friend John Bryan were named executors. Witnessed by John Bryan, David S. Merritt, and Lewis Bowen.2
Will*3 June 1820Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; In his will he names his wife Sally, son Wright, daughter Tempy Jane. Brother Patrick is named executor. Witnessed by John Bryan and David Merritt. In a petition to the court in February 1821, after Gabriel's death, wife Sally declared that the amount provided her (165 acres, goods, and a slave) was insufficient and that she was entitled to dower, identifying specific land.4 
Witness: John Bryan
Witness: David Merritt
Executor: Patrick Merritt
Heir: Wright Merritt
Heir: Tempy Jane Merritt
Heir: Sally Merritt
Death*circa 1820Sampson County, North Carolina, USA4 

Citations

  1. [S172] Census, U.S. of 1810, Sampson County, North Carolina, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  2. [S418] Record of Wills, 1782-1965, Sampson County, North Carolina, Will of Nathial Merritt, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  3. [S416] Ancestry Database, ancestry.com, public member family trees. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry Database.
  4. [S418] Record of Wills, 1782-1965, Sampson County, North Carolina, Will of Gabriel Merritt, Ancestry.com.

Garrison Merritt1

#2610, b. circa 1833
Last Edited1 Aug 2016
Mother*Sarah (?)1 b. c 1800
(Related) SummarySarah (?); On the Origins of Sarah Merritt and sons Henry and Garrison Merritt:

Most public trees have Sarah Merritt of Baker County Georgia 1850 as the widow of Gabriel Merritt (born <1765) of Sampson County North Carolina. If true then on this site she is the same as person #2524, Sally Merritt. In the 1850 census of Baker County Georgia Sarah Merritt was listed as head of a household that included Henry Merritt (b1830) and Garrison Merritt (b1833) along with others. All were reported born in Sampson County as were several neighbors including several other Merritt families and a Bowen. Henry and Garrison are assumed as sons of Sarah, and are usually in public trees identified as sons of Gabriel Merritt. However, Gabriel died in 1820, proven by Sampson County estate papers, and so Henry and Garrison are not his sons.

DNA test results reported on the Merritt Family Y-DNA Project include tests of a male descendant of Henry Merritt and one of Garrison Merritt, the presumed brothers. Neither of these descendants matches any other Merritt descendants including the more than a dozen testers who report themselves as descendants of the known Sampson County Merritt lines, among them the Capt Robert Merritt line. Assuming that the testers have accurately traced their Merritt lines and correctly identified their earliest known Merritt male ancestor, then Henry and Garrison are not related to the other known Sampson County Merritts, nor are they related to any tested Merritts. Further, Henry and Garrison Merritt are not matches to each other and so had different fathers.

Further Y-DNA test results show that the Henry Merritt descendant, while not a match to any other Merritts, is a match to a Bowen descendant, a Balkcom descendant (this researcher), a Russell descendant, and a Henderson descendant. In North Carolina between 1790 and 1830 Merritt families, Bowens, and Balkcoms were close neighbors in southeast Sampson County and southwest Duplin County.

With some confidence, it can be concluded that Henry Merritt and Garrison Merritt do not have the same father, and their fathers were not Merritts. Caveats are however in order. One is that Henry and Garrison are correctly identified as the earliest known ancestors of the two current-day Y-DNA testers. The other is that all the Sampson County Merritts are represented by at least one present-day tester.

Several questions are raised. Is Sarah a Merritt by marriage or by birth? Is she the widow of Gabriel Merritt? If the widow, did she remarry after his death, to another Merritt? Who were the fathers of Henry and Garrison?2 
Birth*circa 1833Sampson County, North Carolina, USA1 
(Resident) Census16 December 1850(Head of Household) Sarah (?); household 14, District 3, census page 3, Baker County, Georgia, USA; "Sarah Merritt", head, age 50, real estate value $900, born Sampson Co NC;
"Henry Merritt", age 20, farmer, born Sampson Co NC;
"Garrison Merritt", age 17, farmer, born Sampson Co NC;
"Catherine Tipton", age 12, born Baker Co Ga;
"Susan Tipton", age 10, born Baker Co Ga;
"Thomas Tipton", age 40, born Burke Co Ga;
"Nancy Durence" age 34, born Bulloch Co Ga;
"Angeline Woodcock" age 15, born Bulloch Co GA (Henry Merritt and Angeline Woodcock married within the year);
"Cordelia Smith" age 3, born Early Co Ga.

Neighbors: Wright Merritt (b1816) and family born Sampson County; Kitty Ann Tipton (b1828) and family of Sampson County; David Merritt (b1824) and family of Sampson County, Lewis Bowen (b. 1815) of Sampson County.1 
(Neighbor) Census16 December 1850(Head of Household) Lewis Bowen; Baker County, Georgia, USA; "Lewis Boring", male age 35, farmer, born Sampson County, North Carolina, no others in household.3 

Citations

  1. [S14] Census, U.S. of 1850, Baker County, Georgia, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  2. [S445] Y-DNA Marriott Family Project, www.worldfamilies.net, Merritt Family Y-DNA Project. Hereinafter cited as Y-DNA Marriott Family Project.
  3. [S14] Census, U.S. of 1850, Third District, Baker County, Georgia, Ancestry.com.