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Elmer Ellsworth Merriss
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Birth: Jan. 12, 1887
Ottawa County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Mar. 19, 1943
Ottawa County
Oklahoma, USA

Elmer would be so proud to know that his youngest child has turned 91 and that his 5 grandchildren also still mark time: 4 being in their late 60s age, and the youngest in the late 50s age group. Also, he would be most proud to know that 10 great-grandchildren have grown and become wonderful adults, and their children are flourishing and will make terrific adults.

...son, brother, husband, father, notary, City Commissioner, bookkeeper, and much more:
Elmer Ellsworth Merriss was born in Indian Territory (Ottawa County Oklahoma), to William W. and Justina (Paschal) Merriss. His paternal grandparents were
Joseph Sheffield Merriss born 1820 in Chagrin Twp., Cuyahoga County Ohio, and Sarah Walkup of Pennsylvania. And maternal grandparents Grace Abner and Luther Paschal.

Native American Background:
His mother, grandmother (Grace Abner) and great-grandmother (Sarah Tocus) were adopted into the Peoria Indian Tribe of Oklahoma June 1864, while his mother was a small child.
At age 3, Elmer was awarded a land Allotment for 200 acres of Indian Lands by the U.S. Government. His true Indian blood was that of the Pequot Indian.

1900 Indian Territory Census
1910 OK Census
1917 WWI Draft Registration
1920 OK Census
1930 OK Census
1940 OK Census
1942 WWII Draft Registration

1) Nora Mae Jarrett m. June 7, 1908 in Columbus, Cherokee, Kansas
Children: Elna Merriss (1910-1926) and Gerald Ellsworth Merriss 1914-1914
2) Lula Deatherage Streeter m. Aug. 5, 1918 in Jasper Missouri
Children: Paul Adron Merriss (1923-1959) and Charles E. Merriss
3) Hazel Brown m. between 1941 and 1943

1909 Commissioned Notary Public for a 4 year term by the Governor of Oklahoma.
1910 Elmer served on the Executive Committee for the Alumni Assoc. of Chilocco Graduates
1919 Elmer was the Clerk of the Miami Monthly Meeting of Friends at Miami, Oklahoma.
1931 President of the Ottawa County Sunday School Convention
He also held the position of Bookkeeper for Beck Mining Co. there in Miami for 30 years.
Elmer was elected and served in the capacity of City Commissioner Ward 1 for several years. Was up for re-election in 1933.
And one of his most notable roles was Superintendent of the Sunday School at the local Friends Church for many years.

While married to Lula, he owned several lots of land in and around Miami, on which he planted and grew many varieties of vegetables which were served on their dinner tables. Some of his agricultural knowledge was passed on to his boys, who frequently accompanied him to each of the gardens. They especially loved eating vegetables fresh from the vine.

Elmer and his family were highly respected and very well liked by all who new them.
He left his loved ones unexpectedly during a short illness.

Publication: Miami Daily News-Record Location: Miami, Oklahoma
Issue Date: Friday, March 19, 1943
Page: Page 1

Elmer Merriss, 57, lifelong Miami resident died early this morning at Miami Baptist hospital following a throat infection. Merriss had been employed as a bookkeeper at the Beck Mining and Royalty Company for 30 years. He was the son of the late W. W. Merriss, first U. S, marshal assigned to Indian Territory. Surviving are two sons, Paul Merriss, U. S. N., Fugate, Ida., and Charles Merriss, Montebello, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Forrest Young, Pieher; a stepson, Glenn Brown, Oakland, Calif.; a brother, John Merriss, and a sister, Mrs. H. C. Rocker, both of Lindsay, Calif. Funeral arrangements are to be announced by the Lane Funeral Home.

Publication: Miami Daily News-Record iLocation: Miami, Oklahoma
Issue Date: Sunday, March 21, 1943
Page: Page 2

Funeral services for Elmer Merriss, who died Friday, are to be held Tuesday at 2:30 p. m.
Besides the survivors listed Friday, they include Mrs. Hazel Merriss, his wife, whose name was inadvertently omitted. The Rev. H. Curtis wIll officiate at the services, to be held, at the Presbyterian Church. Fellow employees, of the Beck Mining and Royalty Company will serve as pallbearers. The body of Mr. Merriss will lie in state, at the Lane Chapel until the hour of the service. Burial will be in G.A.R. Cemetery, under the direction of the Lane Funeral home.

Family links: 
  William Walkup Merriss (1849 - 1930)
  Justina Paschal Merriss (1858 - 1927)
  Lula Vada Deatherage Merriss (1889 - 1968)
  Elna Aletha Merriss (1909 - 1926)*
  Gerald Ellsworth Merriss (1914 - 1914)*
  Paul Adron Merriss (1923 - 1959)*
  John Edward Merriss (1876 - 1952)*
  William Merriss (1880 - 1882)*
  Sarah Emily Merriss Rocker (1882 - 1962)*
  Grace B. Merriss Williams (1885 - 1933)*
  Elmer Ellsworth Merriss (1887 - 1943)
  Clinton Wallace Merriss (1888 - 1942)*
  Alma Merriss (1889 - 1904)*
*Calculated relationship
Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery
Ottawa County
Oklahoma, USA
Plot: GAR sec blk 13 lot 10 grave 3
Created by: Rebeltem
Record added: Nov 30, 2012
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Elmer Ellsworth Merriss
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Elmer Ellsworth Merriss
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Elmer Ellsworth Merriss
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So sorry you had to go so soon.
- Rebeltem
 Added: Jul. 31, 2016
Many thoughts of you throughout the year!
- Rebeltem
 Added: Dec. 23, 2015
You are missed, Grandpa.
- Rebeltem
 Added: Sep. 18, 2015
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