|Death: ||Apr. 16, 1897|
West Terre Haute
William was born about 1832 in Bartholomew County, Indiana to Joseph & Rosannah (Hatten) Merritt. Growing up he lived in Brown County, Illinois & Brown County, Indiana. He followed in the footsteps of his father & was a farmer his entire life. He obtained some education & was able to read but not write.
William was the 3rd child of 9 known children for Joseph & Rosannah. His siblings were:
John W Merritt
Nancy Ann Merritt Bird
Archibald N Merritt
Catherine Merritt Page
Amanda Merritt Nees
He married Adocia A "Josie" Walden 14 September 1856 in Putnam County, Indiana. From there union they had 9 children with 8 living to adulthood. He & Josie lived in Reesville, Putnam County, Indiana until the American Civil War. He & Josie had two children while here; George B & Scrilda E "Rilda" (Walden) Merritt.
On August 19, 1862 at Camp Dick Thompson in Terre Haute, Indiana William mustered in to serve the Union with Co D 97th Regiment Indiana Infantry (Film# M540; Roll 51). In September 1862 they were ordered to Indianapolis & put on a train to head south. William fought in the siege of Vicksburg, the Battle of Atlanta, Sherman's March to the Sea & battles of Griswoldville, Bentonville, Chattanooga, Noonday Creek & the Carolinas Campaign (Wikipedia). He mustered out June 9, 1865 in Washington, DC. On this day there was a parade through Washington celebrating there victory.
William returned to his home in Reelsville, Indiana after the war. Two more children were born; Ann E "Ida" (Whitehead) & Missouri Ella "Ellen" (Eckis) before embarking on a wagon train west to Kansas in the spring of 1869. In 1870 him & Josie are residence of Pottawatomie, Pottawatomie County, Kansas having two more children; Edward C & William Arch Jr Merritt. In 1875 William & Josie are living in Rock Creek, Pottawatomie County, Kansas having three children; Joseph Henry, an infant daughter & James Newton Merritt. He lived in Rock Creek until there departure returning to Indiana between the years of 1881-1885 & settling there; their last days in West Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana. William filed for his pension 8 Apr 1886 from Indiana & Josie filed widows pension on December 17, 1897. All information unless noted above was gathered from marriage license, census records, death records & military paperwork.
Adocia A Walden Merritt (1838 - 1911)
George B. Merritt (1857 - 1928)*
Scrilda Merritt Walden (1862 - 1942)*
Ann Elizabeth Merritt Whitehead (1866 - 1933)*
Ellen Merritt Walden (1868 - 1941)*
Edward C Merritt (1871 - 1928)*
William Arch Merritt (1874 - 1935)*
Joseph Henry Merritt (1876 - 1941)*
James Newton Merritt (1880 - 1940)*
Co D 97th IND INF
West Terre Haute
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