Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Frank Merriman (#47476475)
 member for 4 years, 8 months, 1 day
[Add to MyFriends]
Bio and Links
Bio Photo I like this site; it is an excellent resource. I started doing research in 1985 and have delved into many mysteries. Many are solved but cryptic lineages remain and the quest will never end. I enjoy genealogy and try to find all of the facts. I use all records available: coroner's inquests, Indiana State Archives, prison files, police employee files, city directories, tax lists, quit rent rolls, draft cards, chattel, hospital admissions. Many of these sources are overlooked.

I am descended from many early Indiana pioneers. The Decker family came to Indiana in the 1780's before the Northwest Territory was created in 1787. Several families came during the Indiana Territory phase, 1800-1816: Griesemer/Grisamore, Barnett, Fleener, Whisenand, Puttorff. Many ancestors were early settlers in Brown Co., Morgan Co., Monroe Co.

The results of my Autosomal DNA test show these regional percentages: Western & Central Europe 46%, Scandinavia 25%, Southern Europe 21%, British Isles 9%. The darkest shaded areas of the origins map are in these areas: France > Alsace-Lorraine, Champagne-Ardenne, Burgundy, Franche-Comté, Rhône-Alpes; Germany > Baden-Württemberg, the Black Forest, Rhineland-Palatinate, Bavaria; Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Malta, Sicily, Italy, Portugal, Spain, England, Scotland, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg. Interestingly, the map shows some ancestors came from Northern Morocco, the Balkans, Greece, Czech Republic. Many families were Black Dutch & Melungeon.

Not every ancestor in one's genealogic family tree is also in one's genetic family tree. That is to say that you don't inherit genes from every ancestor. Please read this excellent article on the subject: Also see: According to research by Genetic Interference, at 10 generations, only 120 of your 1024 genealogical ancestors are genetic ancestors. In short, one may need to make a new type of family tree which shows one's actual genetic relatives. A starting point for this endeavor is Autosomal DNA testing. Recommended reading: Forensic Genealogy by Coleen Fitzpatrick, PhD.

My Y-DNA results show that the Merrimans belong to Haplogroup R1b1a2, SNP marker M269. This marker is associated with ancient Celtiberians of Spain. The likely migration route: to France by 1066, to England after 1066, to London by the 1550's. Some areas of London that the Merrimans resided in: Aldgate, Aldersgate, Coleman St. and Cripplegate wards, Cheapside, the Tower Hamlets, Clerkenwell, Stepney, Whitechapel and other areas of the East End. They likely spoke Cockney. In the 1630's James and John Merryman set sail from Gravesend, a port city just east of London. They first settled along the James River in James City Co., Charles City Co. and York Co., Virginia Colony.


My ancestral families belong to the following Y-Haplogroups: R1b1, I1, I2, J1, J2, T1 et al.

Paternal ancestors: Merryman/Merriman, Brice/Bryce, Pleasants, Patras, Larcome/Larcombe/Lacome, Uttermeere, Cocke, Bailey, Littlebury, Jordan, James, Sherwood, Harris, House of Plantagenet, Percy, Dacres, Jefferson, Branch, Almond, Soblet/Sublett, Lespine, Renaudin, Lombard, Brian(t)/Bryant, Poupart De Neuflize, Boudrais, Gerard, D'Orleans, Debrisay, Michaux, Rochet, Hudiburg, Franklin, Rus, Lear/Lair, Hamilton, Henry, Tanner/Danner/Donner, Tutterow, Schelgeln, Whitaker, Parker, Banister, Carleton, Marke, Baker, McMahan/McMahon, Hilderbrand, Cohen/Kuhn/Coon, Stauffer, Kiesel, Ruchti, Zimmerman, Von Guten, Burri, Schneider/Snider/Snyder, Coblentz/Koblenz, Moreland.

Paternal grandmother's ancestors: Fleiner/Fleener, Bub, Otto, Kohler, Ruoff, Pauli, Minnick/Muench, Johnson, Eitel/Idol, Meier, Frankel, Greisemer/Grisamore, Volckertzen/Fulkerson, Van Duyn, Davidson, Campbell, Corbin, Riddle, Neal(e), Yemen/Yemmons/Yeomans, Trowbridge, Sherwood, Holmes, Borden, Emmett, Rittenhouse, Dewees(e), Chitwood, Randolph, Bolling/Bolin/Bolen, Richardson, Morgan, Ewen, Scidmore, Harrison, Evans, Questenberg/Quisenberry, Pope, Muse, Slinker, Barnett, Batdorf/Potteroff/Puttorff, Zeller, Hautz, Young, Van Sickle(n), Suydam, Jacobs, Van Der Beek, Wynkoop, Visinand/Whisenhunt/Whisenand, Ramos/Ramus, Sumi, Susong, McClung, Cohen/Cowan, Roberson/Robertson, Fouquet/Fuqua, LeGagneux, Eyre, Humphreys, Baruch/Brooks, McCoy, Schweitzer/Swisher, Decker(n), Kuykendall, Reichardt/Richards, Happes/Hoppis/Hoppes, Hoffman, Murr, Bauer, Zimmerman, Stanley, Chapman, Stevens.

Maternal ancestors: Penrose, Wilcox, Carr, Featherston, Field(s), Lyndon, Bennett, Tarpley, Biddlecombe, Brasseur/Brashears, Campos/de Campo/Camp(e), Barron, Ewens, Green, Eudaly, Elisha, Elmore, Elam, Goode, Jones, Woodson, Ferrar/Ferris, Huston, Boyd, McNeal/McNeil, Brown, Patterson, Hardin(g)/Harden, Carter, Freeborn, Ingham. Shackelford, Lewis, Carter, Byrd, Moor/Moore, Cosby, Monco/Moncos/Munkres/Muncus, Jantzi/Yantzi/Yancey, de Burgo/Burgos/Burk, George, McKinney, McCormack, Anderson, Nunes/Nunez/Nunn, Pereira/Perry, Clark(e), Crain/Crane, Veatch, Hay, Stewart - House of Stewart, House of Plantagenet, Amos, Day (David), Cox, Symons, Ditto, Gad/Gadd, Bowles, Spires, Wooten, Sparks, Wright, Washington, Robinson, Garman/Garmon, Roland/Rowland, Parks, Isbell, Livingston, Bolitho, Pleasants, Sanders, Rivas/Rives/Reeves, Pegram, Daniel, Lanier, Bassano, Colletti/Collett, Ferrar, Callaway, Gould.

Interesting surname connections found through Autosomal DNA testing: Barentse, Barnes, Bock, Brock, Bronstein/Bronshtein, Calhoun, Carpenter, Casteel, Cooper, Ellis, Estes, Goldenberg, Goldman, Goodman, Groszmann/Grossman, Hendrickse, Holland, Isaacs, Israel, Lincoln, Majka, Melin, Mills, Moorman, Pavlov, Poulsen, Raz, Rosenbaum, Rosenbloom, Shulman, (Van) Swearingen, Wolfe, Wolfberg, Yates.


I have discovered a number of relatives who were centenarians: Chloe (Johnson) Idol 99 1/2, Anna (Green) Featherston 100, Cornelius "Neal" McCoy 101, Ruth T. (Fleener) Voorheis 103, Valentine Penrose 103, Elisha Eudaly 104, Michael Moore 106, John Cosby 106, John Richards 111, Collin McKinney 112.

PHOTO PROJECT: I am looking for photos of these relatives: Milton, Joe, Lucien, Charles, Russell Shackelford, Rose Gray; George & Ruth Tutterow, Samuel Tutrow, Elizabeth (Tutterow) Baker of Anderson, Sarah Pruitt; Wm. S., George & Jane (Featherston) Penrose.

I am looking for the Penrose family Bible which was last known to be owned by Dorothy Knox of Crawfordsville. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks for reading and for your input.

Leave Public Message
Contributions to
Find A Grave
 • 1,653 Memorials Added
 • 1,732 Memorials Managed
 • 7 Memorials/Week
 • 507 Photos
 • 98 Photo Requests
 • 9 Volunteer Photos Taken
 • 36 Virtual Flowers
 • 7 Virtual Cemeteries
 • 16 Fame Ratings
 • 8 Friends
Search Contributor's Records

First NameLast Name

Virtual Cemeteries
Favorite Stones (38)
Genealogists (13)
Grandparents (177)
Lewis Merriman Family (19)
Silver Penrose Family (18)
Various Merrimans (6)
Veterans (32)
Find A Grave Friends
Denby Brown, Jennefer Burk, Jennifer Abercr..., Kathy Phelan, Liz Cross, Mark McCrady, Ruth (Hickman) ..., Vivian Matthews
Messages left for Frank Merriman (257)[Leave Message]
Jana (Hacker) Langley
Help :)
I was looking up my grandparents on this site and noticed that only two of their children were listed but my mother Virginia Ruth (Merriman) Hacker was not. Is this something that you can add? I am new to this whole site and process ☺
Added by Jana (Hacker) Langley on Sep 23, 2015 7:57 PM
ann maner
RE: Merrymans of Cumberland county, VA
I will keep looking for TN records.

I am particularly interested in your book by Mertens. The Indiana State Library sent me 4 pages from that book regarding Jesse Merryman. How did you find a copy? Do you have it digitized?

I am also looking for information on Charles Allen Merryman, born c. 1810 Cumberland county, VA. He may be the son Pleasant Merryman and Susanna, who later married John Hill Merryman and moved to TN. Charles A. may also be the unamed son you mentioned of Francis and Martha. He married in Cumberland and remained there. Do you know of him?
Added by ann maner on Sep 06, 2015 8:06 AM
ann maner
Merrymans of Cumberland county, VA
Your memorials for Francis Merryman and Thomas Merryman have wonderful information. Thomas Sr. is the brother of Jesse Merryman my GGGG grandfather.

I am looking for the parents of John Hill Merryman. He may be the son of either Francis or his brother Thomas Jr. John H. married Susanna the widow of Jesse's son Pleasant Merryman in Cumberland county, VA 1819. Some think they moved to Tennessee. Since Francis and family moved there, perhaps John H. and Susanna did also. Do you know of them?
Added by ann maner on Sep 05, 2015 2:00 PM
RE: Asher
You're welcome!
Added by cf1437 on Sep 01, 2015 9:50 PM
S. Sullivan
RE: Emery & Elizabeth Sullivan
Oh, yes, you have been very helpful! But I believe Elizabeth was alive until around 1960. My dad got a call from Hershel (those calls were rare) and he asked if my dad knew his mother had passed and that was sometime after my parents had moved to Greenwood which was around 1960. Also, I have found her in the 1940 census living with her son, Harold McCorkle. Emery and Elizabeth divorced between 1900 and 1910 and she had a son, Harold with James McCorkle. Emery married someone named Zula. I saw where Emery says he is a widowed on the census, but I think maybe he didn't want to say divorced or maybe it was his second wife that died, but I think they also divorced because I believe she later remarried. I will have to double check my records and order some divorce records.

I know Hershel was living with his grandparents in the 1910 census. I never could find Elizabeth in that year though so Myrtle may have been with her at that time. Thanks so much for all your help! I will write to John and look up the prison records as well and see if it's the same Hershel.
Added by S. Sullivan on Aug 25, 2015 7:32 AM
S. Sullivan
Emery & Elizabeth Sullivan

Hi, I just noticed this weekend that you make mention of a John Penrose in Noble Penrose's memorial. My father is his first cousin. He is the son of Hershel Sullivan, brother of Myrtle Irene Sullivan Penrose. I have had trouble researching Emery & Elizabeth as they seem to have moved around a lot and got divorced/separated and then got back together a few times. Plus my father's father, Hershel, abandoned the family when my dad was only about six. Is John Penrose still living and if so would he be interested in communicating with me? I have been able to trace the Sullivans through NC and MD and back to the south Ireland in the late 1600's. But I would still like to know more about Emery & Elizabeth, when and where they died, where they are buried and why they had such a tumultuous relationship. Appreciate any light you can shed on this subject.

Sandra Sullivan
Added by S. Sullivan on Aug 24, 2015 7:22 AM
Lesley K. Cafarelli
Thanks for the transfers, Frank!
Added by Lesley K. Cafarelli on Aug 10, 2015 11:06 PM
Kathy Phelan
Aaron Fleener
Hi Frank

Long time...I'm going thru my database and trying to find first names where I only have a last name.

Do you know what happened to Lucinda Fleener Hendrickson? Or Rosannah Fleener Gilmore McClung?

Hope the summer is a good one. I tried to find some people in our local catholic cemetery and figured I had better have a friend help me. I have absolutely no sense of direction. It doesn't help to have a map.

Oh well..

Added by Kathy Phelan on Jun 18, 2015 12:42 PM
RE: Miller & Harmon Photos
Anytime, Frank. Happy to have found them. Will be back soon and can hopefully find the rest for you.
Added by JD on May 23, 2015 9:56 PM
RE: Barnetts
I wish I knew who that Rebecca Jane Barnett Fleener belonged to. My father-in-law was born in French Lick, Orange County,Indiana.
His great grandfather Rev John Cornelius Barnett was born in 1857 in Washington County,Indiana. Rebecca was a lot older than him.
John's parents were born in Kentucky though. Rebecca Jane might been from a distant relative to them somehow.

I am related to the Blanche Chitwood that married Rebecca and Michael Fleener's grandson James McClary. My 3rd great grandmother Sarah who I told you was a twin To Joel Mccoy married Andrew Chitwood and their daughter Alcy Chitwood Kent was my 2nd great grandmother. Blanche being their granddaughter.
I have all kinds of connections to my Taylor, Chitwood, McCoy and etc to the Fleeners.
Added by Barnett on Apr 18, 2015 6:46 PM
[View all messages...]

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service