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Rebecca Ann Merritt
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Birth: Jan. 1, 1839
Jones County
Iowa, USA
Death: Apr. 11, 1932
Sturgis
Meade County
South Dakota, USA

The Merritt's numbered twelve on their arrival in Iowa: seven in the John Merritt family, five in the Joseph Merritt family. Both families welcomed new additions shortly after settling in Rome township. On January 5, 1839, Joseph’s wife Sarah gave birth to their second daughter whom they named Rebecca Ann.

Local Jones County, Iowa history records show Rebecca Ann Merritt as the “first white woman” born in Rome township, Jones county, Iowa.

In the spring of 1853 Joseph’s first born “Iowa” daughter, fourteen year old Rebecca Ann, married her first cousin, Joseph, the son of John and Catherine Merritt. Marriage between blood related first cousins was frowned upon and Rebecca’s marriage to her first cousin Joseph may have caused conflict within the family of Joseph Merritt.

Rebecca Ann was only fourteen years old when they married. In the eighteen fifties this union produced three children: Wilson G. Merritt, born in January, 1855; William E. Merritt, born about 1858; and Sylvester J. Merritt, born about 1859. More would follow in the eighteen sixties and later.

John C. Merritt 12/14/1860 - 11/29/1861
Mary Ellen Merritt 12/15/1863 - 1930
Florence Merritt 1865
Joseph Clinton Merritt 1/1/1868 - 12/28/1950
Malcolm Benjamin Merritt 1871-1934
Charles Folsom Merritt 2/17/1878 -6/24/1955
Lynn L. Merritt 1/14/1885 - 3/21/1970

 
 
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 Parents:
  Joseph H Merritt (1807 - 1898)
  Sarah Bryant Van Fossen Merritt (1813 - 1844)
 
 Spouse:
  Joseph John Merritt (1832 - 1925)
 
 Children:
  John C Merritt (1860 - 1861)*
 
 Siblings:
  Rebecca Ann Merritt (1839 - 1932)
  Charles Edward Merritt (1847 - 1942)**
  John Connolly Merritt (1849 - 1924)**
  Absalom Dennis Merritt (1850 - 1915)**
  Joseph Richard Merritt (1853 - 1854)**
  Francis Marion Merritt (1857 - 1933)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Bear Butte Cemetery
Sturgis
Meade County
South Dakota, USA
 
Maintained by: Carlyle & Averil Mosher ...
Originally Created by: Ellen Bishop
Record added: Jul 05, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39088877
Rebecca Ann Merritt
Added by: Carlyle & Averil Mosher Merritt
 
Rebecca Ann Merritt
Added by: Carlyle & Averil Mosher Merritt
 
Rebecca Ann Merritt
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