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John William Merritt
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Birth: Feb. 23, 1806
Seneca County
New York, USA
Death: Dec. 1, 1886
Jones County
Iowa, USA

John Merritt
Born 1806
JOHN MERRITT, farmer, Rome Twp., Sec. 3; P.O. Olin; born in the town of Ovid, Seneca Co., N.Y., in 1806; removed to Orleans Co., and then to Lockport, and then to Cattaraugus Co., and December 11, 1836, started for Iowa; owns 754 acres; he took up a claim, built a log cabin, and sold his team and returned by the way of St. Louis and the Ohio River to New York; started in the fall of 1837 for Iowa.; arrived at Clinton, Iowa, where he remained until November 9, 1837, when he came to Jones Co. In politics, Republican; in religion, Methodist. Has been School Director, Trustee, Road Supervisor; was the first Road Supervisor in this part of the county. His first wife, Catherine Culp, was born in Pennsylvania in 1800; came to Niagara Co., N.Y., and married September 30, 1827; died December 14, 1835, and left seven childrenóHoratio, Agnes, Joseph, Jerome, William, Dollie (deceased) and Cornelius. His second wife, Caroline Dunlap (was the Widow Harvey), was born in Pennsylvania; married Mr. Merritt in 1856 and had seven childrenóL. V. (now Mrs. Hay, of Jackson Township), Malinda (now Mrs. Berely, of Jackson Township), Elmer, Deligha, Hiram Sherman, Charles Willis, Cordelia.

From History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 649.

Family links: 
  James A. Merritt (1765 - 1811)
  Mary Hendrix or Hendrickson Merritt (1771 - 1856)
  Caroline Dunlap Merritt (1827 - 1904)
  Catherine Culp Merritt (1800 - 1855)*
  Horatio Nelson Merritt (1828 - 1920)*
  Cornelius Merritt (1841 - 1911)*
  Dolly Merritt Lyon (1842 - 1863)*
  Malinda J. Merritt Byerly (1858 - 1896)*
  Charles Willis Merritt (1867 - 1952)*
  Jane E. Merritt Voorhes (1798 - 1875)*
  Eleanor Merritt Hicks (1801 - 1875)*
  William Merritt (1804 - 1861)*
  John William Merritt (1806 - 1886)
  Joseph H Merritt (1807 - 1898)*
  Mary Ann Merritt Dennis (1810 - 1854)*
*Calculated relationship
Merritt Cemetery
Jones County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Lot #4
Created by: mjhellman
Record added: Mar 15, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34833142
John William Merritt
Added by: Carlyle & Averil Mosher Merritt
John William Merritt
Added by: Carlyle & Averil Mosher Merritt
John William Merritt
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Hi 4th Great Grandpa. I am in awe of your story and how you came to Iowa. All the hardships you endured getting to Iowa and then bringing your family later. You were absolutely amazing.Love,Mary
- Mary Jane Lyon Hellman
 Added: May. 27, 2011

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