Jesusha Merritt1

#2523, b. between 1776 and 1794
Last Edited15 Oct 2015
Birth*between 1776 and 17941 
Cen-Head*1820Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "Jesusha Merritt", head, male 1 u10, females 2 u10, 1 26-44 (Jesusha). Census page 2, adjacent to Daniel Merritt and Sarah Merritt.1 

Citations

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

John Linton Merritt1

#2621, b. 10 January 1882, d. 23 September 1947
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*10 January 1882information per tombstone inscription1,2 
(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.3 
Death*23 September 1947information per tombstone inscription1 
Burial*Rehobeth Cemetery, Houston County, Alabama, USA1 

Citations

  1. [S425] Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com, Submitter Elma Ruediger Tew Hereinafter cited as Find A Grave.
  2. [S77] Census, U.S. of 1900, Enumeration District 71, Geneva County, Alabama, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  3. [S300] Census, U.S. of 1910, Enumeration District 96, Geneva County, Alabama, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.

John W. Merritt1

#2751, b. circa 1853
Last Edited1 Aug 2019
Father*Edward Merritt1 b. c 1823
Mother*Rebecca (?)1 b. c 1828
Birth*circa 1853Duplin County, North Carolina, USA1 
(Resident) Census18 July 1860(Head of Household) Edward Merritt; Duplin County, North Carolina, USA; "Edward Merritt" head age 40, farmer;
"Rebecca Merritt" age 35;
"Julia Merritt" age 12;
"Dorothy Merritt" age 10;
"John W. Merritt" age 7;
"Edward A. Merritt" age 5;
"Anne E. Merritt" age 3;
"Christopher Merritt" age 1.
(census page 62).
Neighbors Ezzell, Merritt. Christopher W. Ezzell age 4 was in household of L. J. Ezzell age 33 and Ellen, page 69.1 
(Resident) Census20 June 1870(Head of Household) Edward Merritt; Duplin County, North Carolina, USA; "Edward Merritt" head, age 50, farmer;
"Abidmey Merritt" female age 34, keeping house;
"Julia Merritt" age 22;
"Jane Merritt" age 20 (Dorothy J. in other census);
"John Merritt" age 17;
"Edward Merritt" age 16;
"Nancy Merritt" age 13 (Ann E. in other census);
"Elizabeth Merritt" age 8.
(census page 9). Neighbors Ezzell, Kenan Merritt b. 18122 
(Neighbor) Census10 June 1880(Head of Household) Christopher W. Ezzell; Duplin County, North Carolina, USA; "Christopher W. Ezzell" head, age 23, farming;
"Julia A. Ezzell" wife, age 30, housekeeping. Census page 13.
Next door neighbors were several of Julia's siblings.3 
(Resident) Census10 June 1880(Head of Household) Edward Amaziah Merritt; Duplin County, North Carolina, USA; "Edward A. Merritt" head, age 23, unmarried, farming;
"Dorothy J. Merritt" sister age 29, unmarried, housekeeping;
"John W. Merritt" brother age 24, unmarried, working on farm;
"Nancy E. Merritt" sister age 20, housekeeping, unmarried. Census page 13.
Neighbors were their sister Julia and her husband Christopher Ezzell.3 

Citations

  1. [S13] Census, U.S. of 1860, Duplin County, North Carolina, Southern Division, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  2. [S11] Census, U.S. of 1870, Duplin County, North Carolina, Warsaw District, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  3. [S12] Census, U.S. of 1880, Duplin County, North Carolina, Warsaw Township, District 79, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.

Julia A. Merritt1

#2743, b. July 1848
Last Edited1 Aug 2019
Father*Edward Merritt2 b. c 1823

Family

Christopher W. Ezzell b. 1855
Marriage*15 January 1879Christopher W. Ezzell; Duplin County, North Carolina, USA1 
Child 1.Luther James Ezzell1 b. Aug 1893
Birth*July 1848Duplin County, North Carolina, USA1 
(Resident) Census23 August 1850(Head of Household) Major Taylor; Duplin County, North Carolina, USA; "Maj Taylor", head, male, farmer;
"Ewd. Merrit", male age 27, farmer;
"Rebecca Merrit" age 22;
"Lewis B. Merit" age 6;
"Julia Merrit" age 1;
"Dorothy J. Merrit" age 1 month;
""Martha Wells" age 70;
"Dorothy Strickland" age 21. All born Duplin Co. Census page 43.
Next door neighbors were Samuel (age 27) and Mary Ezzell whose household included Catherine Strickland age 60.
Neighbors on adjacent pages Emanuel (age 40) and Mary Merritt (b. Sampson County)2 
(Resident) Census18 July 1860(Head of Household) Edward Merritt; Duplin County, North Carolina, USA; "Edward Merritt" head age 40, farmer;
"Rebecca Merritt" age 35;
"Julia Merritt" age 12;
"Dorothy Merritt" age 10;
"John W. Merritt" age 7;
"Edward A. Merritt" age 5;
"Anne E. Merritt" age 3;
"Christopher Merritt" age 1.
(census page 62).
Neighbors Ezzell, Merritt. Christopher W. Ezzell age 4 was in household of L. J. Ezzell age 33 and Ellen, page 69.3 
(Resident) Census20 June 1870(Head of Household) Edward Merritt; Duplin County, North Carolina, USA; "Edward Merritt" head, age 50, farmer;
"Abidmey Merritt" female age 34, keeping house;
"Julia Merritt" age 22;
"Jane Merritt" age 20 (Dorothy J. in other census);
"John Merritt" age 17;
"Edward Merritt" age 16;
"Nancy Merritt" age 13 (Ann E. in other census);
"Elizabeth Merritt" age 8.
(census page 9). Neighbors Ezzell, Kenan Merritt b. 18124 
Married Name1879Ezzell1 
Marriage*15 January 1879Christopher W. Ezzell; Duplin County, North Carolina, USA1 
(Neighbor) Census10 June 1880(Head of Household) Christopher W. Ezzell; Duplin County, North Carolina, USA; "Christopher W. Ezzell" head, age 23, farming;
"Julia A. Ezzell" wife, age 30, housekeeping. Census page 13.
Next door neighbors were several of Julia's siblings.5 
(Resident) Census15 June 1900(Head of Household) Christopher W. Ezzell; Duplin County, North Carolina, USA; "Christopher W. Ezzell", head, age 44, Preacher, married 20 years, renting;
"Julia A. Ezzell", wife, age 51;
"Luther E. Ezzell", adopted son age 6. Census page 21.
They lived on the farm of Julia's siblings Edward, Dolly, and Nancy, probably all in the same house. A single dwelling was indicated and two families.1 

Citations

  1. [S77] Census, U.S. of 1900, Duplin County, North Carolina, Magnolia Township, District 115, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  2. [S14] Census, U.S. of 1850, Duplin County, North Carolina, South Division, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  3. [S13] Census, U.S. of 1860, Duplin County, North Carolina, Southern Division, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  4. [S11] Census, U.S. of 1870, Duplin County, North Carolina, Warsaw District, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  5. [S12] Census, U.S. of 1880, Duplin County, North Carolina, Warsaw Township, District 79, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.

Katherine Ann Merritt1

#2759, b. 6 September 1827
Last Edited11 Feb 2022
Mother*Sarah Thornton b. c 1800, d. 1855
(Child) Birth*6 September 1827Sampson County, North Carolina1 
(Neighbor) Census16 December 1850(Head of Household) Sarah Thornton; 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: Sarah's son Wright Merritt (b1816) born Sampson County, and family; Kitty Ann Tipton (b1828) and family of Sampson County (assumed Sarah's daughter); her son David Merritt (b1824) and family of Sampson County; Lewis Bowen (b. 1815) of Sampson County.

Thomas Tipton married Sarah's daughter Tempy Jane in 1836 but Tempy Jane was not present in this census. One researcher reports that she died in childbirth. The Tipton children in the household are inferred as Thomas' and Tempy Jane's. Kitty Merritt Tipton lived separately next door with two young children. Without knowing the reason for these living arrangements, it may be that Kitty married Thomas after Tempy Jane's death and that the two young children living with her are theirs.2 
(Head of Household) Census*16 December 1850Baker County, Georgia, United States; "Kitty Ann Tipton", head, age 22, born Sampson County, NC (Sarah's daughter);
"William H. Tipton", age 5, born Baker County, Georgia;
"Moria Tipton", age 1, born Baker County, Georgia.
Kitty Ann and children were neighbors to Sarah.3 
Witness: Sarah Thornton

Citations

  1. [S425] Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com, Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/134557567/david-thornton-merritt : accessed 9 February 2022), memorial page for David Thornton Merritt (30 Sep 1823–14 Jan 1865), Find a Grave Memorial ID 134557567, ; Maintained by Sherry (Bowers) Vandehey (contributor 48177642) Burial Details Unknown. Hereinafter cited as Find A Grave.
  2. [S14] Census, U.S. of 1850, Baker County, Georgia, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  3. [S14] Census, U.S. of 1850, Third District, Baker County, Georgia, Ancestry.com.

Levi Merritt1

#2509, b. circa 1775
Last Edited3 Feb 2017
Cen-Headbefore 1775Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "Levi Merrett", head, age 16+, with 1 female.2 
Birth*circa 17751,3 
Cen-Head*1800Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "Levi Merit", head, males 1 u10, 1 16-25, females 1 u10, 1 16-25. Census page 37. Adjacent to Nathiel Merritt and Michael Merritt.1 
Cen-Head1810Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "Levy Merret", head, males 1 16-25, 1 26-44 (Levy), female 1 26-44. Census page 16. Neighbors Frederick Merritt, Burrell Merritt, Sam Merritt, Gabriel Merritt.4 
Cen-Head1820Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "Levi Merritt", head, males 1 10-16, 1 45+ (Levi), females 1 26-44, 1 45+, 3 slaves. In general Merritt area and Balkcom neighborhood.3 

Citations

  1. [S118] Census, U.S. of 1800, Sampson County, North Carolina, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  2. [S173] Census, U.S. of 1790, Sampson County, North Carolina, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  3. [S144] Census, U.S. of 1820, Sampson County, North Carolina, Capt Mathis District, Maryland Historical Society.
  4. [S172] Census, U.S. of 1810, Sampson County, North Carolina, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.

Lewis B. Merritt1

#2747, b. circa 1844
Last Edited1 Aug 2019
Father*Edward Merritt1 b. c 1823
Mother*Rebecca (?)1 b. c 1828
Birth*circa 1844Duplin County, North Carolina, USA1 
(Resident) Census23 August 1850(Head of Household) Major Taylor; Duplin County, North Carolina, USA; "Maj Taylor", head, male, farmer;
"Ewd. Merrit", male age 27, farmer;
"Rebecca Merrit" age 22;
"Lewis B. Merit" age 6;
"Julia Merrit" age 1;
"Dorothy J. Merrit" age 1 month;
""Martha Wells" age 70;
"Dorothy Strickland" age 21. All born Duplin Co. Census page 43.
Next door neighbors were Samuel (age 27) and Mary Ezzell whose household included Catherine Strickland age 60.
Neighbors on adjacent pages Emanuel (age 40) and Mary Merritt (b. Sampson County)1 

Citations

  1. [S14] Census, U.S. of 1850, Duplin County, North Carolina, South Division, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.

Marvin Merritt1

#2671, b. February 1890
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*February 1890Alabama, USA2,1 
(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.

Mary Merritt1

#2686, b. May 1889
Last Edited18 Oct 2017
Father*James B. Merritt1 b. 18 Jan 1857, d. 4 Nov 1944
Mother*Elizabeth Skipper1 b. 26 Jun 1858, d. 1 Feb 1932
Birth*May 1889Alabama, USA1 
(Resident) Census8 June 1900(Head of Household) James B. Merritt; Center, Precinct #3, Geneva County, Alabama, USA; James B. Merritt household:
James age 43, born Georgia, father born North Carolina, mother Georgia;
"Elizabeth" wife age 42;
"Henry" son age 19;
"Permilla" daughter age 18;
"William" son age 17;
"Sarah" daughter age 15;
"Anna" daughter age 13;
"Mary" daughter age 11;
"Pearl" daughter age 2.
James' brothers Thomas William and Henry Lenton Merritt lived nearby.1 

Citations

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

Michael Merritt1

#2508, b. before 1755
Last Edited15 Oct 2015
Birth*before 17551 
Cen-Head*1800Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "Michael Merit", head, males 2 16-25, 1 45+ (Michael), females 3 16-25, 1 45+. Nearby were Nathiel Meritt and Levi Merritt.1 
Cen-Head1810Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "Michael Merrit", head, males 1 u10, 1 45+ (Michael), females 2 u10, 2 10-15, 1 16-26. Census page 15. Neighbors Jacob Merritt, Absalom Merritt.2 
Cen-Head1820Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "Michael Merritt", head, males 1 16-26, 1 45+ (Michael), females 2 10-16, 1 26-45. Census page 1. In area with all the other Merritts and also Lewis Bowen.3 

Citations

  1. [S118] Census, U.S. of 1800, Sampson County, North Carolina, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  2. [S172] Census, U.S. of 1810, Sampson County, North Carolina, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  3. [S144] Census, U.S. of 1820, Sampson County, North Carolina, Capt Mathis District, Maryland Historical Society.

Milla Merritt1

#2497, b. between 1770 and 1780
Last Edited14 Oct 2015
Birth*between 1770 and 17801 
Cen-Head*1840Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "Milla Merritt", head, female age 60-70, with 2 females age 20-30, and a boy under 5.1 

Citations

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

Mitchell Garfield Merritt1

#2620, b. January 1880, d. 1970
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 1880"G. Mitchell" Merritt per tombstone inscription2,3 
(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 42.3 
(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.4 
(Groom) Marriage*2 September 1918(Bride) Linnie Bell Gibson; information from findagrave entry for husband Garfield Merritt2 
Progeny*Linnie Bell Gibson; Angeline, Floy Bell, Gatrell, Carnell, Mildred Mozell. Information from findagrave entry for father Garfield Merritt2 
(Neighbor) Census5 January 1920(Head of Household) Henry Lenton Merritt, (Resident) Catherine Elizabeth Baxley; Mehern, Geneva County, Alabama, USA;
"Henry L. Merritt", head, age 65, farmer, born Georgia, parents born Georgia;
"Catherine Merritt", wife age 58, born Alabama, father born Georgia, mother born Alabama;
"Moody Merritt", son age 18, born Alabama, father born Georgia, mother born Alabama.5 
(Head of Household) Census*5 January 1920Mehern, Geneva County, Alabama, USA;
"Mitchell G. Merritt", head, age 39, farmer, born Alabama, father born Georgia, mother born Alabama;
"Linnie B. Merritt", wife, age 24, born Alabama, parents born Georgia;
"Flory A. Merritt", daughter under age 1, born Alabama, parents born Alabama.6 
Death*1970information from tombstone inscription2 
(Interred) Burial*Memory Hilll Cemetery, Dothan, Houston County, Alabama, USA2 

Citations

  1. [S425] Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com, Submitter Elma Ruediger Tew Hereinafter cited as Find A Grave.
  2. [S425] Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com
  3. [S77] Census, U.S. of 1900, Enumeration District 71, Geneva County, Alabama, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  4. [S300] Census, U.S. of 1910, Enumeration District 96, Geneva County, Alabama, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  5. [S195] Census, U.S. of 1920, Mehern, Geneva County, Alabama, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  6. [S195] Census, U.S. of 1920, Mehern, Enumeration District 99, Geneva County, Alabama, Ancestry.com.

Moody Merritt1

#2635, b. circa 1902
Last Edited5 Feb 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*circa 1902Alabama, USA1 
(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.2 
(Resident) Census5 January 1920(Head of Household) Henry Lenton Merritt, (Resident) Catherine Elizabeth Baxley; Mehern, Geneva County, Alabama, USA;
"Henry L. Merritt", head, age 65, farmer, born Georgia, parents born Georgia;
"Catherine Merritt", wife age 58, born Alabama, father born Georgia, mother born Alabama;
"Moody Merritt", son age 18, born Alabama, father born Georgia, mother born Alabama.1 

Citations

  1. [S195] Census, U.S. of 1920, Mehern, Geneva County, Alabama, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  2. [S300] Census, U.S. of 1910, Enumeration District 96, Geneva County, Alabama, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.

Nathial Merritt1

#2507, b. before 1755
Last Edited31 Aug 2020
Father*Robert Merritt Sr.2 b. s 1730, d. c 1805

Family

Sarah (?) b. s 1745
Marriage*say 1764Sarah (?); marriage and wife's name are from published member trees.4 
Children 1.Patrick Merritt6 b. bt 1776 - 1794
 2.Treecy Merritt6 b. s 1781
 3.Unity Merritt6 b. s 1782
 4.Ann Merritt6 b. s 1783
 5.Gabriel Merritt+6 b. b 1784, d. c 1820
Name VariationNathanial Merritt3 
Birth*before 17551 
Marriage*say 1764Sarah (?); marriage and wife's name are from published member trees.4 
Census*1790Sampson 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).5 
Neighbor: Frederick Merritt
Neighbor: Jacob Merritt
Neighbor: Theophilus Merritt
Neighbor: David Merritt
Neighbor: Philip Merritt
Name Variation1790Nothial Merritt; spelling "Nothiel" in 1790 census5 
Cen-Head*1800Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "Nathiel Merit", head, males 2 16-25, 1 45+ (Nathiel), females 1 10-15, 2 16-25, 1 45+, 3 slaves. Census page 37. Neighbors Michael Merritt and Levi Merritt, and William Robinson not far away.1 
Will*18 August 1819Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; see attached copy. Nathial Merritt's will 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
Witness: David Merritt
Executor: John Bryan
Witness: Lewis Bowen
Heir: Gabriel Merritt
Heir: Patrick Merritt
Heir: Treecy Merritt
Heir: Unity Merritt
Heir: Ann Merritt

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. [S444] Sampson County Historical Society, Huckleberry Historian (, Volume XXV, Number 4 .. 1 January 2004, "The Patriot", by Jerome Tew.
  4. [S416] Ancestry Database, ancestry.com, public member family trees. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry Database.
  5. [S173] Census, U.S. of 1790, 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.

Patrick Merritt1

#2517, b. between 1776 and 1794
Last Edited15 Oct 2015
Father*Nathial Merritt2 b. b 1755
Mother*Sarah (?)3 b. s 1745
Birth*between 1776 and 17941 
(Heir) Will18 August 1819Nathial Merritt; Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; see attached copy. Nathial Merritt's will 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
Cen-Head*1820Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "Patrick Merritt", head, males 4 u10, 1 16-26, 1 26-44, females 1 u10, 2 16-26, 1 26-45, 3 slaves. Census page 2. In neighborhood with Balkcoms and Merritts.1 
(Executor) Will3 June 1820(Testator) Gabriel Merritt; Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; Gabriel Merritt's will 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 

Citations

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

Pearl Merritt1

#2687, b. January 1898
Last Edited18 Oct 2017
Father*James B. Merritt1 b. 18 Jan 1857, d. 4 Nov 1944
Mother*Elizabeth Skipper1 b. 26 Jun 1858, d. 1 Feb 1932
Birth*January 1898Alabama, USA1 
(Resident) Census8 June 1900(Head of Household) James B. Merritt; Center, Precinct #3, Geneva County, Alabama, USA; James B. Merritt household:
James age 43, born Georgia, father born North Carolina, mother Georgia;
"Elizabeth" wife age 42;
"Henry" son age 19;
"Permilla" daughter age 18;
"William" son age 17;
"Sarah" daughter age 15;
"Anna" daughter age 13;
"Mary" daughter age 11;
"Pearl" daughter age 2.
James' brothers Thomas William and Henry Lenton Merritt lived nearby.1 

Citations

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

Permilla Merritt1

#2682, b. September 1881
Last Edited18 Oct 2017
Father*James B. Merritt1 b. 18 Jan 1857, d. 4 Nov 1944
Mother*Elizabeth Skipper1 b. 26 Jun 1858, d. 1 Feb 1932
Birth*September 1881Alabama, USA1 
(Resident) Census8 June 1900(Head of Household) James B. Merritt; Center, Precinct #3, Geneva County, Alabama, USA; James B. Merritt household:
James age 43, born Georgia, father born North Carolina, mother Georgia;
"Elizabeth" wife age 42;
"Henry" son age 19;
"Permilla" daughter age 18;
"William" son age 17;
"Sarah" daughter age 15;
"Anna" daughter age 13;
"Mary" daughter age 11;
"Pearl" daughter age 2.
James' brothers Thomas William and Henry Lenton Merritt lived nearby.1 

Citations

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

Philip Merritt1

#2632, b. before 1775
Last Edited3 Feb 2017
Cen-Head*before 1775Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "Philip Merrett", head, age 16+, with 2 males u16 and 4 females.1 
Birth*before 17751 
(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).1 

Citations

  1. [S173] Census, U.S. of 1790, Sampson County, North Carolina, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.

Richard Merritt1

#2634, b. before 1775
Last Edited9 Feb 2022
Cen-Head*before 1775Sampson County, North Carolina, USA; "Richard Merritt", head, age 16+, with 1 male u16 and 2 females.1 
Birth*before 17751 

Citations

  1. [S173] Census, U.S. of 1790, Sampson County, North Carolina, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.

Richard Garrison Merritt1,2

#2610, b. circa 1833, d. 16 August 1862
Last Edited9 Feb 2022
Mother*Sarah Thornton1 b. c 1800, d. 1855
(Related) SummarySarah Thornton; On Sarah (Sally) Merritt and Family:

Sarah/Sally (Thornton) Merritt lived her early life in Sampson County, North Carolina, and later in Baker County Georgia. She married Gabriel Merritt (born before 1784, died 1820) of Sampson County when she was around age 16 and they had two children together between 1816 and 1819. Gabriel's 1820 will identifies her as Sally, and names the children, son Wright and daughter Tempy Jane. After Gabriel's death Sarah had a son David Thornton Merritt in 1823, and a daughter Katherine (Kitty) Merritt in 1827. Their fathers are not known. In 1830, still in Sampson County, Sarah had a son Jacob Henry Merritt, and a Bastardy Bond names a Henry Irwin as father. She had another son, Garrison, in 1833 (presumed her child).

In 1836 Sarah and her children moved to Thomas County, Georgia, and in a couple of years to Baker County, Georgia. In the 1850 Baker County census Sarah Merritt was listed as age 50 and head of a household that included Henry and Garrison Merritt, Thomas Tipton, husband of the presumed deceased Tempe Jane Merritt Tipton, children presumed of Thomas and Tempe Jane, and Nancy Durrance and children, including Angeline Woodcock. Angeline would marry Jacob Henry Merritt within the year. Sons Wright Merritt, David, and Kitty Ann Merritt, with their families, were neighbors. A Lewis Bowen was a neighbor, who along with the Merritt adults was reported born in Sampson County.

Sarah died in 1855.

DNA tests of descendants show that Henry Merritt and Garrison Merritt were not matches to each other and so had different fathers. The Merritt Family Y-DNA Project includes tests of male descendants of Henry Merritt and one of Garrison Merritt, the presumed brothers. None of these descendants match any other Merritt descendants in 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.

Y-DNA test results show that the Jacob Henry Merritt descendants, while not a match to any other Merritts, are matches 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.

The Y-DNA matches show that the common ancestor of the current day Balkcom family and the Jacob Henry Merritt descandants is very likely a Bowen or an Irwin male in the 1800-1830 time period.3 
Birth*circa 1833Sampson County, North Carolina, USA1 
(Resident) Census16 December 1850(Head of Household) Sarah Thornton; 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: Sarah's son Wright Merritt (b1816) born Sampson County, and family; Kitty Ann Tipton (b1828) and family of Sampson County (assumed Sarah's daughter); her son David Merritt (b1824) and family of Sampson County; Lewis Bowen (b. 1815) of Sampson County.

Thomas Tipton married Sarah's daughter Tempy Jane in 1836 but Tempy Jane was not present in this census. One researcher reports that she died in childbirth. The Tipton children in the household are inferred as Thomas' and Tempy Jane's. Kitty Merritt Tipton lived separately next door with two young children. Without knowing the reason for these living arrangements, it may be that Kitty married Thomas after Tempy Jane's death and that the two young children living with her are theirs.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.4 
(Deceased) Death*16 August 1862Virginia, United States2 

Citations

  1. [S14] Census, U.S. of 1850, Baker County, Georgia, Ancestry.com, Provo, Utah.
  2. [S425] Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com, Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/33848144/richard-garrison-merritt : accessed 9 February 2022), memorial page for Pvt Richard Garrison “Garr” Merritt (9 Mar 1833–16 Aug 1862), Find a Grave Memorial ID 33848144, citing Rehoboth Cemetery, Shellman, Randolph County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Flo Merritt Young (contributor 47089188) . Hereinafter cited as Find A Grave.
  3. [S445] FamilyTreeDNA Merritt Y-DNA Project, https://www.familytreedna.com/public/Merritt?iframe=yresults. Hereinafter cited as Y-DNA Merritt Family Project.
  4. [S14] Census, U.S. of 1850, Third District, Baker County, Georgia, Ancestry.com.