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 William Titus Mershon

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William Titus Mershon

Birth
Lawrenceville, Mercer County, New Jersey, USA
Death
11 Apr 1841 (aged 84)
East Bernstadt, Laurel County, Kentucky, USA
Burial
East Bernstadt, Laurel County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID
7709484 View Source

Son of William J Mershon & Sarah Titus

Markers placed for hero of American Revolution
By Dean Manning, Staff Writer
SENTINEL ECHO

Family members of a real American hero came together Saturday to honor William Titus Mershon, a soldier from the American Revolution, whose final resting place is in Laurel County.

Mershon and his wife, Nancy, are buried in a small cemetery on property owned by Dr. Dennis Ulrich.

Family members, some of whom are members of the Daughters of the American Revolution, came to the site Saturday where Mershon's grave was marked with a plaque noting his place in history.

Connie Hensley, one of Mershon's descendants, gave a brief history of William Mershon's life. Mershon's family immigrated from France in 1685, settling in New Jersey.

William Mershon was born in 1756 and was called to service with the Continental Army in 1776.

"He was a member of the regiment that crossed the Delaware River with George Washington and attacked Trenton," Hensley explained. "He was one of three continental soldiers wounded during the battle of Trenton."

Serving six enlistments during the war, Hensley said Mershon also fought at the battles of Monmoth and Cowpens.

After a final term of service during the War of 1812, Hensley said Mershon moved to Kentucky, settling the community of Mershon Crossroads in what became Laurel County.

The original grave markers, which remain in the cemetery show only the initials and the dates of the death, Hensley noted.

The D.A.R. markers note Mershon's service in the Revolution and Nancy's status as the wife of a Revolutionary War veteran.

"I bought the property with no knowledge of the grave site," Ulrich told the family members.

As long as I reside here, any of the descendants are welcome to visit," he told the descendants.

History:

William Titus Mershon was the son of William Mershon and Sarah Titus. He married Nancy Ann Weedon, daughter of Nathaniel Weedon, January 30, 1796, in Franklin County, Kentucky. She died June 16, 1813, and he married Elizabeth Davis on March 16, 1832.

Titus and Nancy had: Sally who married John Aikman February 28,1820, in Clay County, KY; Betsey (Elizabeth) who married Samuel Black April 12, 1818, in Knox County, KY; Polly - nothing known; William who married (first) Sarah Lyon in 1826 in New Jersey and (second) Nancy Hazelwood, December 22, 1835, in Laurel County, KY; Nancy who married John Moren December 22, 1824, in Knox County, KY; Weedon who married Margaret Forbus May 20, 1837, in Laurel County, KY. William and Aikman settled in Texas, and Weedon Mershon settled in Missouri. The Morens and Blacks remained in or near Laurel County, KY.

[Source: Branches of Laurel, V1, N1, June 1986, page 51. FHL 976.9143/H25b/V1-2]

From "Revolutionary War Veterans Who Settled in Laurel County"

Titus Mershon was born August 22, 1750, in New Jersey and died in Laurel County, Kentucky, on April 11, 1841 (buried in Mershons Cemetery, East Bernstadt, Ky). In 1776 he was drafted as a Militiaman at Maidenhead Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. They were ordered out to Princeton but met the retreating American army. The militia were ordered back to Maidenhead to evacuate their families and move their property out of the way of the approaching British army. Those with no families were ordered to Trenton. Mershon was placed under the command of Captain McPherson. They crossed the Delaware River and lay opposite Trenton in Pennsylvania until Christmas night when they were ordered to cross the Delaware to Trenton. Mershon crossed with General Washington and in the ensuing battle the Americans "took near a thousand Hessians as prisoners."

In a few days the victors received the full force of the furious British army and fought a gallant but retreating battle through the town of Trenton, across the bridge, and (under cover of darkness) back to Princeton where they were forced to fight the British again the following morning. In this engagement, Mershon had his shoulder broken with a musket and received a severe wound in the thigh with a bayonet.

His tours of duty were short but continuous and filled with action as the American army was forced to play fox to the British hounds through the early years of the war. Mershon served from 1776 until the end on 1781. After the war ended, Mershon came to Frankfort, Kentucky, and went into business there.

He married Nancy Ann Weedon. They moved to Laurel County after 1800, settling what is now the northern part of Laurel County at the site of what became known as Mershon's Crossroads or Mershons.

From "Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files-Mershon".

Titus, Elizabeth Davis, former widow-W10137, New Jersey Line. Soldier married Elizabeth Davis, widow of William Davis who had died in Tennessee, in Laurel County, Kentucky on March 16, 1832. Soldier died there April 11, 1841 Widow next married William Hubbard on November 3, 1845. He died January 2, 1855, in Clay County, Kentucky. Widow's maiden name was Elizabeth Hughs. She was born April 4, 1789.

The soldier, Titus Mershon, had applied October 5, 1834, in Laurel County, Kentucky. Soldier was born in 1750 in Hunterdon County, New Jersey and he lived there at the time of enlistment. After the Revolutionary War he moved to Morgantown, Virginia (now in West Virginia), then moved to Kentucky. Widow applied April 14, 1856 in Clay County, Kentucky. In 1872 she was living at Manchester in Clay County, Kentucky. In 1859 a Joseph Hubbard, the son of the widows last husband, William Hubard, was of Clay County, Kentucky.

He shows up in Jessamine Co KY in 1800, in Knox Co KY in 1823-24, and settled in Clay Co KY in 1825. The area of Clay Co Ky in which he settled became Laurel Co Ky in Dec, 1825.

Son of William J Mershon & Sarah Titus

Markers placed for hero of American Revolution
By Dean Manning, Staff Writer
SENTINEL ECHO

Family members of a real American hero came together Saturday to honor William Titus Mershon, a soldier from the American Revolution, whose final resting place is in Laurel County.

Mershon and his wife, Nancy, are buried in a small cemetery on property owned by Dr. Dennis Ulrich.

Family members, some of whom are members of the Daughters of the American Revolution, came to the site Saturday where Mershon's grave was marked with a plaque noting his place in history.

Connie Hensley, one of Mershon's descendants, gave a brief history of William Mershon's life. Mershon's family immigrated from France in 1685, settling in New Jersey.

William Mershon was born in 1756 and was called to service with the Continental Army in 1776.

"He was a member of the regiment that crossed the Delaware River with George Washington and attacked Trenton," Hensley explained. "He was one of three continental soldiers wounded during the battle of Trenton."

Serving six enlistments during the war, Hensley said Mershon also fought at the battles of Monmoth and Cowpens.

After a final term of service during the War of 1812, Hensley said Mershon moved to Kentucky, settling the community of Mershon Crossroads in what became Laurel County.

The original grave markers, which remain in the cemetery show only the initials and the dates of the death, Hensley noted.

The D.A.R. markers note Mershon's service in the Revolution and Nancy's status as the wife of a Revolutionary War veteran.

"I bought the property with no knowledge of the grave site," Ulrich told the family members.

As long as I reside here, any of the descendants are welcome to visit," he told the descendants.

History:

William Titus Mershon was the son of William Mershon and Sarah Titus. He married Nancy Ann Weedon, daughter of Nathaniel Weedon, January 30, 1796, in Franklin County, Kentucky. She died June 16, 1813, and he married Elizabeth Davis on March 16, 1832.

Titus and Nancy had: Sally who married John Aikman February 28,1820, in Clay County, KY; Betsey (Elizabeth) who married Samuel Black April 12, 1818, in Knox County, KY; Polly - nothing known; William who married (first) Sarah Lyon in 1826 in New Jersey and (second) Nancy Hazelwood, December 22, 1835, in Laurel County, KY; Nancy who married John Moren December 22, 1824, in Knox County, KY; Weedon who married Margaret Forbus May 20, 1837, in Laurel County, KY. William and Aikman settled in Texas, and Weedon Mershon settled in Missouri. The Morens and Blacks remained in or near Laurel County, KY.

[Source: Branches of Laurel, V1, N1, June 1986, page 51. FHL 976.9143/H25b/V1-2]

From "Revolutionary War Veterans Who Settled in Laurel County"

Titus Mershon was born August 22, 1750, in New Jersey and died in Laurel County, Kentucky, on April 11, 1841 (buried in Mershons Cemetery, East Bernstadt, Ky). In 1776 he was drafted as a Militiaman at Maidenhead Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. They were ordered out to Princeton but met the retreating American army. The militia were ordered back to Maidenhead to evacuate their families and move their property out of the way of the approaching British army. Those with no families were ordered to Trenton. Mershon was placed under the command of Captain McPherson. They crossed the Delaware River and lay opposite Trenton in Pennsylvania until Christmas night when they were ordered to cross the Delaware to Trenton. Mershon crossed with General Washington and in the ensuing battle the Americans "took near a thousand Hessians as prisoners."

In a few days the victors received the full force of the furious British army and fought a gallant but retreating battle through the town of Trenton, across the bridge, and (under cover of darkness) back to Princeton where they were forced to fight the British again the following morning. In this engagement, Mershon had his shoulder broken with a musket and received a severe wound in the thigh with a bayonet.

His tours of duty were short but continuous and filled with action as the American army was forced to play fox to the British hounds through the early years of the war. Mershon served from 1776 until the end on 1781. After the war ended, Mershon came to Frankfort, Kentucky, and went into business there.

He married Nancy Ann Weedon. They moved to Laurel County after 1800, settling what is now the northern part of Laurel County at the site of what became known as Mershon's Crossroads or Mershons.

From "Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files-Mershon".

Titus, Elizabeth Davis, former widow-W10137, New Jersey Line. Soldier married Elizabeth Davis, widow of William Davis who had died in Tennessee, in Laurel County, Kentucky on March 16, 1832. Soldier died there April 11, 1841 Widow next married William Hubbard on November 3, 1845. He died January 2, 1855, in Clay County, Kentucky. Widow's maiden name was Elizabeth Hughs. She was born April 4, 1789.

The soldier, Titus Mershon, had applied October 5, 1834, in Laurel County, Kentucky. Soldier was born in 1750 in Hunterdon County, New Jersey and he lived there at the time of enlistment. After the Revolutionary War he moved to Morgantown, Virginia (now in West Virginia), then moved to Kentucky. Widow applied April 14, 1856 in Clay County, Kentucky. In 1872 she was living at Manchester in Clay County, Kentucky. In 1859 a Joseph Hubbard, the son of the widows last husband, William Hubard, was of Clay County, Kentucky.

He shows up in Jessamine Co KY in 1800, in Knox Co KY in 1823-24, and settled in Clay Co KY in 1825. The area of Clay Co Ky in which he settled became Laurel Co Ky in Dec, 1825.

Bio by: Sam

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