|Death: ||Dec. 25, 1919|
MERRICK, MORGAN WOLFE
Merrick was born along the shores of Lake Ontario in 1839 at East Oswego, New York, the third child of Drusilla and Morgan Lewis Merrick.
Sometime in the late 1850s, Merrick, despite his New York adolescence, joined the Knights of the Golden Circle, a fraternal organization with elaborate rituals and regalia that was plotting to create a slave empire in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and northern South America.
In 1861 the twenty-two-year-old Merrick was with the Knights when the aging and sickly Georgian, Gen. David Emanuel Twiggs surrendered the Department of Texas. During the capitulation negotiations, Merrick took great pride in mounting the first guard in San Antonio in the C. S. cause.
After the Civil War, Merrick returned to San Antonio where he courted and married the beautiful Victoria Gertrudes de la Garza, daughter of Maria Antonia Veramendi and Rafael de la Garza. Sometime prior to 1871, tragedy struck when Victoria died during childbirth.
Less than a decade later, on 14 August 1876, at the residence of his sister, Merrick and Sarah J. Newcomb, a local school teacher, were wed.
Very much a free spirit, as his Civil War journal amply illustrates, Merrick always asked to sleep on the floor, refusing the comforts of a bed. Believing that fresh air was the key to good health, longevity, and a straight spine, he also slept outdoors on a platform he had built in a beg tree behind the house.
On 10 July 1911, Merrick was admitted to the Confederate Home in Austin. Signing the roster upon admittance, Merrick remained a freethinker to the end. Listing his religious preference as "none."
Merrick died on Christmas Day, 1919, forty-five years to the day after his father. He was buried in the State Cemetery in Austin with little notice. The Austin and San Antonio newspapers did not bother to note his passing. He was eighty.
Morgan Wolfe Merrick left behind a seventy-seven page journal entitled "Notes And Sketches of Campaigns In New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas By A Participant Dr. M. W. Merrick From Feb. 16th 1861 To May 26th 1865 Actual Service, In the Field."
Texas State Cemetery
Plot: Section:Confederate Field, Section 3 Row:F Number:27
Created by: Bev
Record added: Apr 05, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10727807
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Martha Reid 19 UDC
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