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Pvt William Walkup Merriss
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Birth: Aug. 13, 1849
Crawford County
Ohio, USA
Death: Dec. 13, 1930
Ottawa County
Oklahoma, USA

William was born in Crawford County Ohio to Joseph S. and his first wife, Sarah (Walkup) Merriss. After his mother's death in 1854, the family lived in several counties in Ohio while William was a child. His father served in the Civil War. William was the husband of Justina (Paschal) Merriss and father of John E., Martha, William, Sarah, Grace, Elmer, Clinton, Alma. Around 1867 his family moved from Ohio to Paola Kansas.

In 1868 William joined Company L of the 19th Kansas Cavalry and served under the command of Gen. George Armstrong Custer in the "Washita Campaign" in the winter of 1868-69.

William and Justina Paschal were married in July 1875 in Kansas and began their life together by going first to Texas, where their first child was born. Upon returning to Oklahoma, they settled in the town of Miami in Ottawa County with the Peoria Indian Tribe. At that time Oklahoma was known as Indian Territory.

William served as Deputy U.S. Marhsall in Miami, Indian Territory from 1902 to 1906 and effectively held various positions in the Miami city government.

He was well known, a prominent citizen, and greatly respected in the community. His biography, which includes information about his family, appeared in a book entitled History of Indian Territory, written by D. C. Gideon, published in 1901.
Family links: 
  Joseph Sheffield Merriss (1820 - 1892)
  Justina Paschal Merriss (1858 - 1927)*
  John Edward Merriss (1876 - 1952)*
  William Merriss (1880 - 1882)*
  Grace B. Merriss Williams (1885 - ____)*
  Elmer Ellsworth Merriss (1887 - 1943)*
  Clinton Wallace Merriss (1888 - 1942)*
  Alma Merriss (1889 - 1904)*
  Daniel R. Merriss (1847 - 1864)*
  William Walkup Merriss (1849 - 1930)
  Clara Ellen Merriss Doughty (1858 - 1946)*
  John Benjamin Merriss (1860 - 1939)*
  Elmer Ellsworth Merriss (1862 - 1937)*
  Emily Merriss Patton (1864 - 1940)*
*Calculated relationship
Pvt. Co. L 19 Kansas Vol Cavalry
Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery
Ottawa County
Oklahoma, USA
Plot: Block: 13, Lot : 10, Grave : 7
Created by: Rebeltem
Record added: Nov 30, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101544540
Pvt William Walkup Merriss
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Pvt William Walkup Merriss
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Pvt William Walkup Merriss
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- Ray Bailey
 Added: May. 16, 2015

- Bernice Latou
 Added: May. 2, 2015
Rest in peace. Thank you for your service to Oklahoma and to the nation.
- Sharon
 Added: Apr. 27, 2015
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