Elijah Merrell

  • Birth 3 Feb 1826 Lincoln County, Tennessee, USA
  • Death 5 Sep 1904 Bingen, Hempstead County, Arkansas, USA
  • Burial Bingen, Hempstead County, Arkansas, USA
  • Memorial ID 19112037

Elijah Merrell was the son of William Elliot and Lucinda (Smith) Merrill. His great grandfather, Benjamin Merrell (1731-1771) was a patriot who was hung on June 19, 1771 on the grounds of the Courthouse in Hillsborough, North Carolina by the British Governor William Tyron for participating in activities protesting unfair taxation.

Elijah was ordained to the ministry by County Line Baptist Church in June 1862. He was known usually as Elder E. Merrell. Elijah's active ministry lasted for more than 42 years. He became the first pastor of Greenville (Mineral Springs) Baptist Church in 1865. In 1881, he organized Sweet Home Baptist Church in Muddy Fork Township in Pike County near Nathan, Arkansas. The Church had 18 members and was connected to a Sabbath-school.

Elijah was married to Lucinda Elizabeth Cook on March 14, 1847 in Lincoln County, Tennessee. Together they had four children, William Lemuel, Robert Wylie, Elizabeth Missouri and Joseph B.

After Lucinda's death, Elijah married Frances Pauline Beasley on Nov. 10, 1887 in Hempstead County, Arkansas. No children were born to this marriage.


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  • Created by: Robert Garms & Margaret Stier-Garms
  • Added: 27 Apr 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19112037
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elijah Merrell (3 Feb 1826–5 Sep 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19112037, citing Ozan Cemetery, Bingen, Hempstead County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by Robert Garms & Margaret Stier-Garms (contributor 46905852) .