Elizabeth D <I>Hill</I> Merrill

Elizabeth D Hill Merrill

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Death 6 Mar 1888 (aged 61–62)
Corona, Riverside County, California, USA
Burial Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA
Plot Block: 14 Section: Lot: 00050
Memorial ID 146721059 · View Source
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Explanation: For many years, this memorial was titled "Unknown Merrill" and said the deceased had died in March 1888, but there was no stone showing the location of the burial. Elizabeth was known to have died on March 6, 1888, and news articles confirmed her body was returned to Des Moines for burial. When work was being done in 2016 to restore Sam Merrill's tomb, I suggested that those doing the restoration check to see if there were two in the vault since news articles had said she was to be buried in the "family vault." It was then confirmed that she was in the vault, apparently having first been buried in the cemetery, likely with a stone bearing her name, a stone that was removed when she was reinterred with her husband.
Contributor: Carl Ingwalson (47990645) • CIngwalson@CFILaw.Com
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Elizabeth is in the mausoleum with her husband.
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His first wife, Catherine (Thomas) Merrill is Memorial #33937813. His second wife was Elizabeth D. Hill. His third wife was Mary S. (____) Greenwood, but I haven’t determined her date of death or place of burial.

Elizabeth and Samuel were married in January 1851 and she was the mother of his only two children who grew to adulthood. You indicate that cemetery records have 1826 as a date of birth which would correlate with Samuel’s 08/07/1822 date of birth. You indicate that records have her death in March 1888. Elizabeth died in Corona, California, on March 6, 1888. I suspect her body was returned to Iowa for burial and am trying to locate an obituary or news article to confirm that. Since her husband was a postwar Governor of Iowa and was prominent in California land development when Elizabeth died, I’m sure there must be an indication somewhere that her body was being taken by train to Iowa for burial, as Samuel’s was in 1899.


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  • Created by: Katie Lou
  • Added: 19 May 2015
  • Find a Grave Memorial 146721059
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth D Hill Merrill (1826–6 Mar 1888), Find a Grave Memorial no. 146721059, citing Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Katie Lou (contributor 46950342) .