John Welsh Merrifield

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John Welsh Merrifield

  • Birth 12 Mar 1823 Hardin County, Kentucky, USA
  • Death 8 Sep 1888
  • Burial Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 37523610

J.W. Merrifield settled in western Dallas County in 1849. He was a native of Harding County Kentucky; Born 12 March 1823, he was the fourth sond of John "Jack" and Sarah Welsh Merrifield. He and his four brothers were true pioneers of the area.
Brought up on a farm, he ws familiar with the labor required for successfully managing a farming operation. He occupied a farm which he had previously secured about fire miles west of Dallas, shich he assisted his father to improve the land.
He worked with his father until 1853, when he opened a food store-market on west Jefferson near Beckley. He pursued this business for about two years. He turned the operation of the store over to a clerk and moved to a new tract of 320 acres of unimproved land.
On 18 August 1859, he married Miss Lauretta E. Horne, a native of Clay County , Missouri. John W. and Lauretta settled on their 320 acres in what is now known as Cockrell Hill. He soon closed the market business in Dallas and they gave their full attention to agriculture and a growing young family.
They were the parents of six children; Sarah Elizabeth who married James Freeman; Thomas Alexander, who married Elvira "Katie" Moore Hopkins; John Samuel, who died in 1878; Charles Boone; and Rachel J. Who married Fee Daniel.
J.W. Merrifield served in the Commissary Department, CSA during the Civil War. Upon his return to civilian life, he continued to accumulate land until he owned 1080 acres of fertile farm land in western edge of Dallas.

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  • Created by: Pam Dean
  • Added: 26 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 37523610
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Welsh Merrifield (12 Mar 1823–8 Sep 1888), Find A Grave Memorial no. 37523610, citing Wheatland Cemetery, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Pam Dean (contributor 46930134) .