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William Arch Merritt, Sr
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Birth: 1832
Bartholomew County
Indiana, USA
Death: Apr. 16, 1897
West Terre Haute
Vigo County
Indiana, USA

William was born in 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 most of his 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:

Unknown Female
Unknown Female
John W Merritt
Nancy Ann Merritt Bird
Unknown male
Archibald N Merritt
Catherine Merritt Page
Amanda Merritt Nees

He married Adocia A "Josie" Walden 14 September 1856 in Putnam County, Indiana at the age of 24. From their union they had 9 children with 8 living to adulthood.

William & Josie first born was George E Merritt born in 1857 in Reelsville, Putnam County, Indiana. He, Josie & George set out on their first adventure of their union taking a wagon train west the spring of 1858 & settled in Dry Creek Twp., Maries County, Missouri but returned to Reelsville, Putnam County, Indiana in the summer 1861 where he resides when the American Civil War Draft begins & is the same year their second child is born Scrilda E "Rilda" (Walden) Merritt in Reelsville, Putnam County, Indiana.

At the age of 32, on 19 August 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 9 June 1865 in Washington, DC. On this day there was a parade through Washington celebrating there victory.

William returned to his home in Reelsville, Putnam County, Indiana after the war. Two more children were born; Ann E "Ida" (Whitehead) & Missouri Ella "Ellen" (Eckis) before embarking on a wagon train west again 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 more children; Joseph Henry, an infant daughter & James Newton Merritt.

They lived in Rock Creek until their departure returning to Indiana between the years of 1881-1885 to West Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana. Earliest record back in Indiana shows William filling for his pension 8 Apr 1886 from Indiana. The Terre Haute City Directories have William listed as a travel agent; boarder of a home at 644 Ohio Street in Macksville (West Terre Haute), Vigo County, Indiana in 1889. In 1890 William is listed with no employment & a resident of Macksville, Vigo County, Indiana. At the age of 60 he owns $155.00 of taxable property in Sugar Creek Township, Macksville, Vigo County, Indiana.

William died at his home in Macksville, Indiana on 16 April 1897 at the age of 65. He is buried with military recognition. Josie filed for widows pension on 17 December 1897.

All information above from city directories, tax listings, marriage license, census records, death records & military paperwork.

Family links: 
  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)*
*Calculated relationship
Co D 97th IND INF
Bethesda Cemetery
West Terre Haute
Vigo County
Indiana, USA
Created by: JoAnnamae
Record added: Jan 28, 2013
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William Arch Merritt, Sr
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