Nelson Merchant

Nelson Merchant

Birth
Lyons, Wayne County, New York, USA
Death 9 May 1912 (aged 81)
Franklin County, Kansas, USA
Burial Baldwin City, Douglas County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 144259815 · View Source
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At the time of the excitement concerning the free-state or slavery triumph in Kansas, Nelson Merchant was one of the men who were attracted to the west and cast in his fortunes with the men of the north in an endeavor to crush out slavery from their midst. In the spring of 1857 he came to Franklin County and preempted one hundred and sixty acres in Hayes Township. He experienced all the excitement and danger incident to life in a new country where opposing forces were striving for the mastery. Sometimes when border ruffians were creating devastation in the neighborhood and leaving death in their trail, he was forced, for safety, to spend whole nights in the brush. On one night Quantrill slept in his house, but he was not aware of the fact until after the famous raider had gone. In December, 1857, his family joined him in his new home, and here they have since resided, he giving his attention to agricultural pursuits.

In Lyons, Wayne County, N. Y., Mr. Merchant was born May 24, 1830, the son of Rensselaer and Lydia Lane Merchant who were natives of Wayne County, New York. On January 29, 1851 Nelson married Julia A. Griffith, daughter of David and Pollie Platt Griffith.

Until 1897 a Republican, Mr. Merchant in that year identified himself with the Prohibition party, with the principles of which he had always been in sympathy. For sixteen years he served as justice of the peace, and for several years was assistant county assessor of Franklin County. In 1868 he was engrossing clerk of the state legislature, and in 1869-70 served as sergeant-at-arms in the state senate. With his family he holds membership in the Presbyterian Church. He is identified with Palmyra I/odge No. 23, A. F. & A. M., of Baldwin, in which he has offciated as junior deacon and master.


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  • Created by: Robert Dyer
  • Added: 27 Mar 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 144259815
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Nelson Merchant (24 May 1830–9 May 1912), Find A Grave Memorial no. 144259815, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City, Douglas County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Robert Dyer (contributor 48502190) .