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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 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 abt 1828-1840
Unknown Female
John William "Billy" Merritt
Nancy Ann Merritt Bird
Unknown Male Abt 1839-1844
Archibald N Merritt
Catherine Merritt
Amanda Merritt Nees

William 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.

George B Merritt
Scrilda E "Rilda" Merritt Walden
Ann E "Ida" Merritt Whitehead
Missouri Ella "Ellen" Merritt Eckis Walden
Edward C Merritt
William Arch Merritt Jr
Joseph Henry Merritt
Female Daughter Merritt 1879-1879
James Newton Merritt

William & Josie first born was George E in 1857 Reelsville, Putnam County, Indiana. He, Josie & George set out on a wagon train headed west the spring of 1858 & settled in Dry Creek Twp., Maries County, Missouri with his cousin Alexander Hatten living with them. They returned to Reelsville, Putnam County, Indiana in the summer 1861 where William resides when the American Civil War Draft begins & is the same year their second child is born Scrilda E "Rilda" in 1862 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 him & his regiment were ordered to Indianapolis & put on a train headed 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 & was present during the celebration parade.

William returned to his home in Reelsville, Putnam County, Indiana after the war. Two more children born; Ann E "Ida" 1866 & Missouri Ella "Ellen" 1868 before embarking on a wagon train westward to farm in Kansas the spring of 1869. In 1870 He & Josie are residence of Pottawatomie, Pottawatomie County, Kansas having two more children; Edward C 1871 & William Arch Jr Merritt 1874. In 1875 William & Josie are living in Westmoreland, Rock Creek Twp., Pottawatomie County, Kansas having three more children; Joseph Henry 1876, an infant daughter 1879 & James Newton 1880.

They lived in Westmoreland until their departure returning to Reelsville, Putnam County, Indiana in 1881. William filed for his pension 8 Apr 1886. In 1889 they moved to West Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana; they were boarders at 644 Ohio Street. 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, Vigo County, Indiana on 16 April 1897 at the age of 65; buried with military recognition in Bethesda Cemetery. 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. If you are a descendant of William & Josie please contact me for information about reunions.

Family links: 
  Adocia A Walden Merritt (1838 - 1911)
  George B. Merritt (1857 - 1928)*
  Scrilda Merritt Walden (1862 - 1942)*
  Ann Elizabeth Merritt Whitehead (1866 - 1933)*
  Missouri Ella 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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