Carlyle & Averil Mosher Merritt

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Averil Hartley Mosher Merritt and I started in 2009 with Find A Grave and and are now adding information to our families in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and other parts of the United States.

One of our desires is to add information to memorials that lack personal information and connect them to their family members.

Carlyle grew up on a farm 5 miles North of Maquoketa, Iowa. His family roots date back to New York City (Rye, New York) where his early family owned 40 acres on the coast leased to the government prior to the evolutionary war for a navel base. Later this family moved to eastern Iowa on farm land in 1836.

Carlyle's mother Viola Cooley Merritt's family dates back to Vermont (Cooley-Fisher). The Fisher family is descendant of Frances Billington who came with his parents on the Mayflower. Her grandfather was a railroad worker who came to Iowa as one of the first employees of the Rock Island railroad and was involved in driving the golden spike in Utah when joining of the east and western railroads. The Vermont family ties the Fisher families from that Colchester, VT area. It includes Rev. David Fisher (Last half of 1700's ), Henry Barney Fisher 1781-1815, Enos Van Ness Fisher (June 1814-Oct 1883.)

Averil was born and raised in the Salem, Iowa area and continues to be involved with Carlyle in the Merritt Computer business.

Averil's father's family name is Mosher, part of American history back to 1632 when family members came to this country on the ship "JANE". She grew up in a rebuilt log cabin located in Henry County Iowa built by her great grandfather Alonzo Mosher on the second oldest family farm in Iowa.

Averil's mother, Justine Hartley Mosher's family name is Hartley and dates back to Edward Hartley in 1682. We are just getting started with this family history and going over many pages of hand written pages by grandson of Norton D. Hartley, George Nathan Hartley, born April 12, 1844. Her grandfather Lindley Hartley, farmed the Pine Ridge Farm near Salem, Iowa until his death in 1917.

We are are adding information to our families that have their roots in mid west and the east coast. Those family names include Merritt, Irwin, Shoaff, Mosher, Watts, Barton, Hartley, Masden, Cooley and other related families.

We have been involved in our business in the computer industry located in Mason City, IA. We have compiled the Merritt and Mosher histories in computerized scrap book style along with the genealogical history, each book containing about 300 pages of B&W, tintype and color photos dating back to the 1800s.

Even though We do not have time to collect photos in our area we give credit to those that have done such a wonderful job in taking photos.

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