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Frank Merriman (#47476475)
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Bio Photo I like this site; it is an excellent resource. I started doing research in 1985 and have solved many mysteries. A few cryptic lineages still remain and the quest will never end. I enjoy genealogy and try to find all of the facts. I also use all records available: coroner's inquests, Indiana State Archives records, prison files, police employee files, city directories, tax lists, quit rent rolls, draft cards, etc. Many of these sources are overlooked.

The results of my Autosomal DNA test show that I am 100% European. The test shows the following ethnic percentages: Western and Central Europe 46%, Scandinavia 25%, Southern Europe 21% and British Isles 9%. The darkest shaded areas of the origins map are in the following areas: Eastern France, Southwestern Germany, Switzerland, Western Austria, Southern Norway, Malta, Sicily, Central and Southern Italy, Southern Portugal, Spain, Northern England and Southern Scotland. It also shows at least some ancestors came from places like Northern Morocco, Algeria, the Balkans, Greece, Southern Sweden, the Netherlands, Western Czech Republic and Ireland.

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: According to this research, at 10 generations, 120 of your 1024 genealogical ancestors are genetic ancestors. In short, one may need to make a new type of family tree: a DNA family tree which shows one's actual genetic relatives. A starting point for this endeavor is Autosomal DNA results showing matching relatives.

My own Y-DNA results show that the Merrimans belong to Haplogroup R1b1a2, SNP marker M269. This marker is associated with ancient Iberians and Celts who lived in Spain. The specific Haplotype the family belongs to indicates that the family originally came from Spain. It is unknown where the Merriman ancestors lived after leaving Spain but it was likely somewhere in Western Europe, probably France. My branch of Merrimans lived in London from the mid-1500's to the early 1600's. Some of the 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. It is not known exactly when they came to England but they left in the 1630's and set sail from Gravesend, a port city just east of London. James and John Merryman first settled along the James River in James City Co., Charles City Co. and York Co., Virginia Colony.


Paternal families that I am descended from: Merryman/Merriman, Brice/Bryce, Pleasants, Patras, Larcome/Larcombe/Lacome, Uttermeere, Cocke, Bailey, Littlebury, Jordan, James, Harris, Dacres/Dacre, Jefferson, Branch, Almond, Soblet/Sublett, Lespine, Renaudin, Lombard, Brian/Briant/Bryant, Poupart De Neuflize, Boudrais, Gerard, D'Orleans, Debrisay, Heudebourg/Hudiburg, Reynaud/Reno, Carter or McCarter, Franklin, Lear/Lair, Hamilton, Henry, Rus, Dudra/Tutro/Tutterow, Schelgeln, Whitaker, Parker, Banister, Carleton, Marke, Watson, Thompson, Cohen/Kohen/Kuhn/Coon, Stauffer, Kiesel, Stackhouse, Mayo/Mayos, Wood.

My paternal grandmother's ancestors: Fleiner/Fleener, Bub, Otto, Kohler, Ruoff, Pauli, Minnick/Muench, Johnston/Johnson, Eitel/Eytel, Meier, Frankel, Greisemer/Grisamore, Volckertzen/Fulkerson, Van Duyn, Davidson, Campbell, Corbin, Riddle, Neal(e), Trowbridge, Holmes, Borden, Chitwood, Randolph, Bolling/Bolin/Bolen, Richardson, Questenberg/Quisenberry, Morgan, Barnett, Batdorf/Potteroff/Puttorff, Young, Van Sickle, Suydam, Jacobs, Van Der Beek, Wynkoop, Visinand/Whisenand, Ramos/Ramus, Sumi, Susong, McClung, Cowan, Roberson/Robertson, Fouquet/Fuqua, LeGagneux, Eyre, Humphreys, Brooks, McCoy, Swisher, Reichardt/Richards, Zimmerman, Stanley. A lot of these families were early settlers in Brown, Morgan and Monroe Counties, Indiana


Some interesting surname matches and connections found through Autosomal DNA testing: Brock, Cooper, Estes, Goins, Goldman, Hendrickse, Majka, Melin, Pavlov, Poulsen, Raz, Rosenbaum, Rosenbloom, Wolf/Wolfe, Wolfberg, Wyckoff and Yates.


My mother's paternal ancestors: Penrose, Chaytor, Jolley, Heacock, Starr, Wilcox, Carr, possibly Cole, Featherston, Fields/Field/Feyld, Lyndon, Bennett, Tarpley, Biddlecombe, Brasseur/Brashears, Campos/de Campe/Camp/Kemp, Green, Eudaly/Eudailey, Elmore, Elisha, Elam, Huston, Boyd, McNeal, Brown, Patterson, Mahoone/Mahoney/Merean/Marean, Harding/Hardin, Freebairne/Freeborn, Ingham. Most of these families or their descendants settled in Boone, Hamilton, Madison, Marion Counties in Indiana. Results for two individuals with the Penrose surname show the family belongs to Haplogroup I1 or I2b1 which indicates Nordic ancestry.

Maternal grandmother's Kentucky and Tennessee ancestors: Shackelford, Lewis, Carter, Byrd, Moor/Moore, Cosby, Monco/Moncos/Munkres/Muncus, Jantzi/Yantzi/Yancey, de Burgo/Burgos/Burk, McCormack, Nunes/Nunez/Nunnes/Nunn, Pereira/Perry, Clark(e), Crain/Crane, Veatch, Hay, Stewart (House of Stewart), Amos, Ditto, Spires/Spiers, Wooten, Sparks, Garman/Garmon, Roland/Rolland/Rowland/Rollings, Parks, Sanders, Daniel, Callaway/Calloway/Galloway.


I have discovered a number of relatives who were centenarians: Anna (Green) Featherston 100, Cornelius "Neal" McCoy 101, Ruth T. (Fleener) Voorheis 103, Valentine Penrose 103, Elisha Eudaly 104, John Cosby 106 and John Richards 111.

PHOTO PROJECT: I have been trying to find photos of my Shackelford relatives for quite some time: Milton 1875-1931, Joe, Lucien, Charles, Russell and Rose Gray, who all lived in Indianapolis. I am also looking for photos of George and Ruth Tutterow, Samuel Tutrow of Hancock Co., Elizabeth (Tutterow) Baker of Anderson, Sarah (Tutterow) Pruitt of Brown Co., William S. Penrose and his parents, George and Jane (Featherston) Penrose.

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

Thanks for reading and for your input.

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Mark McCrady
RE: Cameron Merriman
This all came about when we found the 3 children of Cameron and Anna McCaslin Merriman at Greenlawn. After posting them, they were seen by Lois Johnson, who is a McCaslin researcher, and also the coordinator of the Johnson County Gen Web. So her McCaslin, Anna, married your Merriman. A dialogue began with her and I, and she sent the information about Anna and Cameron. She has a wealth of information. Being the coordinator of the Gen Web, she has access to much information. She goes by LEBJ on find a grave, and her number is 46862543.
Added by Mark McCrady on Oct 02, 2014 9:08 AM
RE: Ashers
You're welcome. Incidentally, I knew the Ashers as church friends. He was always called Orville as far as I knew. It was a surprise to see Chester and "Bud"! They were both lovely people.
Added by StoneSeekers on Oct 02, 2014 7:49 AM
Mark McCrady
Cameron Merriman
Frank, thought you may find all this interesting about Cameron Merriman:

nna married Cameron L Merriman on 17 Mar 1892.

In the 1900 US Federal Census for Franklin, Johnson, Indiana, 29-year-old Cameron L Merriman is a minister. He and his 33-year-old wife Anna have been married eight years and have had three children but only one is living, 3-year-old Helen. The family is living in a rented house on North Edwards. Franklin is still small enough that there are no house numbers. Cameronís father was born in Indiana and his mother in Germany.

In the 1910 US Federal Census, 39-year-old Cameron L Merriman has moved his ministry to Adam, Parke, Indiana. He and his 43-year-old wife Anna have been married eighteen years and have had four children, but only one is living, 13-year-old school girl Helen. The family is living is a rented house with no street address given.

In the 1913 Frankfort, Indiana City directory, page 189, the Merriman Brothers (C L and J P Merriman have a real estate and insurance business. Their business address is First National Bank Building and their phone is 164. Cameron L Merriman (of Merriman Brothers), his wife Anna E Merriman and their daughter Helen (student) are living at 463 S Main, phone 1905. J Paul Merriman (of Merriman Brothers) and his wife Mamie E Merriman are living at 3 Freeman, phone 1903.

On pages 194-195 in the same directory, Cameron L Merriman is recorded as being in business as a real estate agent at 56-1/2 E Washington. He, his wife Anna E Merriman and their daughter Helen live at 951 E South. J Paul Merriman is recorded as being in the real estate business at 14-1/2 N Main. He and his wife Mamie are living at 959 Given, phone 164.

In the 1920 US Federal Census for Frankfort, Clinton, Indiana, 48-year-old Cameron L Merriman has changed vocations. He is now a real estate agent. He and his 52-year-old wife Anna E [McCaslin] and their 23-year-old daughter Helen are living at 951 East Boone Street in a house they own that still has a mortgage. All the Merrimans can read and write.

I have not been able to find either Cameron or Anna [McCaslin] Merriman in the 1930 US Federal Census or in any City Directories after 1913.

In the 1940 US Federal Census for Indiana, Indiana, Pennsylvania, 73-year-old, Indiana-born widow Anna [McCaslin] Merriman is head of a household containing her daughter, 43-year-old, Indiana-born Helen C Merriman. They are living in a rented house at 525 School Street. They were living in the same place in 1935 and were not resident on a farm. Both have completed two years of college. Anna is a housewife who is not seeking work. Helen is a teacher at Indiana State College, has worked eight hours in the past week and 36 weeks in 1939, earning $2,600. Neither has a source of outside income.

Anna E McCaslin Merriman died in 1961 and was buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, Section Pine Row 21 Stone 15, Franklin, Johnson, Indiana.
Added by Mark McCrady on Oct 01, 2014 7:07 PM
Mark McCrady
Merriman at Greenlawn

Went to my book of burials at Greenlawn. The only ones I found that aren't currently up on find a grave, are: J.Morris Merriman, 1908-1989, and his wife, Maple D. Merriman, 1912-1974. My cousin has added new ones in the month of September, including the children I told you about. You can see the ones that have been added. There are no other Merrimans there.

Added by Mark McCrady on Sep 30, 2014 9:07 PM
Mark McCrady
Merriman Children

While adding names at Greenlawn, I found 3 Merriman Children that were not up on find a grave. These children were the children of Rev. Cameron and Anna McCaslin Merriman. They are: Infant Merriman, born and died 1906. Paul Merriman, 1894-1895, and Donald Merriman, 1898-1899. They have now been added to Greenlawn on find a grave, and I have taken photos that I will soon add. I transferred Chad Merriman to you so you could add links.

Added by Mark McCrady on Sep 30, 2014 7:38 PM
Mark McCrady

While photographing in Greenwood Cemetery, I found a Chad E. Merriman that appears to have been born and died the same day, September 13, 1979. I put up his memorial and took a photo. If you want him to link to parents, let me know.

Added by Mark McCrady on Sep 28, 2014 10:31 AM
kathy gramlich
penrose family
Hi Frank I see you have the Jesse Penrose family in your line would like to compare info..thank my email is

Added by kathy gramlich on Sep 24, 2014 9:29 PM
Mark McCrady
RE: Buckel
You are welcome, Frank. I spent several hours in Nebo Memorial in Martinsville. I walked the entire cemetery, and found about half of the requests, but the others weren't found. May go back and give it another shot, but that's a pretty large cemetery the burials are spread out. Oh well, I have gained weight since retiring, so I need the exercise anyway!
Added by Mark McCrady on Sep 20, 2014 7:37 PM
Mark McCrady
RE: East Hill
You are welcome, Frank
Added by Mark McCrady on Sep 14, 2014 6:03 PM
Victoria Willis
RE: Fleeners
Hi Frank, I read that Aaron's brother, Jacob, was a southern sympathizer and fought with a Tennessee regiment. He would have been a bit old but who knows. Aaron's son, Simon Calvin Fleener, is buried in Chalmers, Indiana with his wife Fannie Marie. Simon and Fannie's son William O Fleener is buried there also I believe. Simon and Fannie's daughter Cissia Blanche Fleenor Velten is buried in Lafayette, IN.
Added by Victoria Willis on Jul 27, 2014 8:32 PM
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