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Flowers left for Simon Merritt
Marriages, Deaths, and Etc., from The Hawkinsville Dispatch, 1870 - 1888, by Robert K. Nobles, published by the Central Georgia Genealogical Society, Inc., Warner Robins, Georgia, 1991, p. 173 (excerpt from The Hawkinsville Dispatch, Hawkinsville, Georgia, Thursday, June 2, 1881):The citizens of Hawkinsville were gladdened on Saturday morning last at the announcement that Mr. Simon Merritt had returned home from California. In March 1868, over thirteen years ago, Mr. Merritt left Hawkinsville for the West, expecting to rebuild his fortunes in that country of fabulous riches and growing wealth. Though nearly sixty years of age, he left Hawkinsville with a buoyant heart and full of hope ... The old gentleman is yet full of vigor and for a seventy year old, is indeed sprightly ... We welcome him back to his old home and among his old friends.* * *Served as postmaster of Hawkinsville, Georgia, from March 28, 1837 until June 1, 1838.* * *Marriages, Deaths, and Etc., from The Hawkinsville Dispatch, 1870 - 1888, by Robert K. Nobles, published by the Central Georgia Genealogical Society, Inc., Warner Robins, Georgia, 1991, p. 285 (excerpt from The Hawkinsville Dispatch, Hawkinsville, Georgia, Thursday, June 18, 1885):Mr. Simon Merritt, aged seventy-four years, died at the residence of his son-in-law, Capt. R. W. Anderson, about two miles from Hawkinsville, on Sunday morning last at two o'clock. The remains were interred Sunday evening in presence of one of the largest crowds that ever assembled at the cemetery. Rev. E. J. Coates conducted the services at the grave in a very impressive manner. Mr. Merritt was born at Charleston, Mass., March 11, 1811, and moved to Georgia in 1833. In the same year he engaged in business in Hawkinsville, and has been a resident here ever since, with the exception of thirteen years spent in the west. As a merchant and speculator, he was very successful, and accumulated a good share of this world's goods, but alas, misfortune with its reverses overtook him, and his fortune was greatly reduced. Full of energy and enterprise, he determined to regain his wealth, and in 1868 -- seventeen years ago -- he went west and engaged in gold mining in California, Montana, and Colorado, where he labored hard and diligently trying to unearth the hidden treasure. At times he was successful, and the prospect for recovering his fortune seemed good, but then again in some unfortunate speculation he would lose all he had made. Seeing that fate was against him, he abandoned gold mining and engaged in various other pursuits, but fortune withheld her smiles, and he never fully realized his fond expectations. He returned to Georgia in May, 1881, and spent the last four years of his life at his old home in Hawkinsville. During his long life he never connected himself with any church, but possessed many virtues that entitled him to the respect and esteem of his fellow men. Mr. Merritt leaves one son and a daughter, Mr. R. A. Merritt and Mrs. Capt. R. W. Anderson, who, with his aged wife, still survive him.
- Joseph T. Fleming
 Added: Jun. 7, 2011

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