|Birth: ||Feb. 11, 1833|
|Death: ||Jul. 12, 1906|
He was born on the eastern end of Mahalasville Rd. He grew up there clearing the land and did plenty of farm labor. He went to school at Morgantown.
He was the son of William and Catherine (Hudiburgh) Merriman. He was the grandson of Francis and Mary (Sublett) Merriman. His maternal grandparents were Thomas and Polly M. (Carter) Hudiburgh. Francis was a Revolutionary War veteran. Some say that William was a War of 1812 veteran but that claim still needs researched.
"John" married Rachel Catherine Franklin on August 2, 1859, Monroe Co., Indiana. Rachel was living with the Eller family at Ellettsville or possibly closer to Bloomington in the 1850s. Her parents had passed away some years before that.
The family resided in Morgan Co. until the early 1870s when they moved to northern Jackson Twp., Brown. Co. By trade John was a farmer and a fruit farmer. He and his family had an orchard and took a lot of apples to market. He had kidney problems and left a lot of the work to his sons.
It was around this time that he started panning for gold. First, in Brown County and then in Morgan County. He was a pioneer gold hunter. Some of the places that he frequented are Lick Creek, Indian Creek, probably Thunder Creek and Briar Creek, Bear Creek, Gosport Hollow as well as Gold Creek near Mooresville. According to a booklet by W. S. Blatchley entitled Gold and Diamonds in Indiana: "The largest "nugget" he ever found was taken on Bear Creek and weighed 132 grains, valued at $5.50." This was a fair amount back at that point in time.
He found diamonds as well as gold in this region. These were found in Lick Creek. Numerous articles were written over the years about his pursuit of gold. He later made a trip to the gold fields, streams of Newcastle, California in the 1880s.
He was the father of 9 children: Lewis Jackson 1860, William Monroe 1863, Laura Ellen 1865, Margaret A. 1868, Amanda Sophia 1870, Ivy Francis 1872, George Christian 1875, James Walter 1878 and Ira Anderson 1885. Ira was likely named after the Andersons who were relatives of Rachel on her mother's side.
Thanks to the work of previous researchers for preserving knowledge about this family: Nova May (Turner) Mertens, Gladys (Merriman) Fritch Fishel, Dora Belle Merriman, Earl and Exie (Williams) Merriman. Woodrow Wilson Fleener provided a few key missing details as well.
William John had ancestors who lived in several different countries prior to migrating to the New World: England, France, Netherlands and possibly Wales. The majority of his ancestors had lived in England at one point or another and many of the French Huguenot ancestors lived in London prior to setting sail for Virginia.
William John and Rachel are buried with Rachel's family in the Fleener Cemetery, also known as the Coon Cemetery. Rachel was a neice of the cemetery founders, Jacob and Hannah (Lair) Fleener.
Grandfather: Private Francis Merriman, a Revolutionary War Veteran.
Son: George C. Merriman
William Merriman (1786 - 1858)
Catherine Hudiburgh Merriman (1808 - 1843)
Rachel Catherine Franklin Merriman (1841 - 1929)
Lewis Jackson Merriman (1860 - 1922)*
William Monroe Merriman (1863 - 1944)*
Laura Ellen Merriman Turner (1865 - 1939)*
Margaret Merriman Sisson (1868 - 1935)*
Amanda Sophia Merriman Cornelius (1870 - 1961)*
Ivey Frances Merriman (1872 - 1936)*
George Christian Merriman (1875 - 1947)*
Walter James Merriman (1878 - 1953)*
Ira Anderson Merriman (1885 - 1950)*
Mary Ann Merriman (1824 - 1858)*
Eliza Jane Merriman Rogers (1826 - 1892)*
Thomas Francis Merriman (1828 - 1898)*
Nancy Melvina Merriman Neidigh (1830 - 1857)*
William John Merriman (1833 - 1906)
Peter A. Merriman (1836 - 1865)*
Martha Adeline Merriman Ritter (1837 - 1918)*
James F Merriman (1840 - 1920)*
Mourning Angeline Merriman Miller (1842 - 1915)*
Catherine H. Merriman Jacobs (1843 - 1869)*
Created by: Frank Merriman
Record added: Feb 15, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 85041840