LAND TRANSACTION--"This indenture made this fourteenth day of October...1816, between JOHN MERRETT, WILLIAM MERRETT, THOMAS MERRETT, SARAH MARTIN, JAMES MERRETT & OBADIAH MERRETT, on the one part, and JOEL MERRETT of Stokes County... on the other part, the said John, William Thomas, Sarah, James and Obadiah, for...$500.00..by the said Joel Merrett...bargained, sold..grant, sell.. the said Joel Merrett, his heirs, etc...a parcel of land lying and being in the County of Stokes...Buffalo Creek...containing 200 acres...including the house and plantation where Joel Merrett now lives.....Signed: John Merrett, William Merrett, Sarah Martin, Thomas Merrett...(Obadiah and James were in South Carolina). Wit: Alexander Moore, Isaac George...Deed Exec. Sept. 1826."
The land, situated in the present day HORIZONS PARK, in Forsyth County (which broke off from Stokes County in 1849), is in a beautifully wooded area, and includes a large "bowl" of cleared land, where just above a Spring on Hill Creek, Edward Merritt, his wife and others are buried. Horizons Park has a nature trail that one may take, which is quite thrilling when we remember that our ancestor EDWARD MERRITT once owned the land.
For years, descendants of EDWARD MERRITT knew where the graves were located, however, the only marker was a small wooden cross, which was placed over the grave site by Richard Merritt, (deceased) from Illinois.
LOUISE MERRITT and RICHARD MERRITT, both descendants of EDWARD MERRITT, while visiting the site, discovered the plowed area which held the graves, and with much concern, Louise Merritt appeared before the Forsyth County Commission in protest. After a lot of hard work and research she was able to prove that human remains were buried here and the area was preserved and a marker erected in remembrance of the people buried here.
FROM: THE DESCENDANTS OF EDWARD MERRITT BY: LYNN SLATER TURNER, SHE DID A WONDERFUL JOB OF DOCUMENTING THE FAMILIES OF EDWARD MERRITT
The four corners of the graveyard are marked with stones with the letter M.
- Added: 12 Jul 2012
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2457234
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