The Meritt Pedigree

The following information was gleaned from several sources, not the least of which was my grandmother Ellen’s writings and family research, but additional information was provided through Ancestry.com.  The featured image is of my grandfather Elvis and his brothers.

John Marriott (1500-1555) Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Wales

m. Susan Action (1500-)

John Marriot (1527-1592) Haverfordwest, Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Wales

m. Ann Cheney (1525-1583)

Thomas Wilson Marriott (1559-1640) Long Clawson, Melton Borough, Leicestershire, England

m. Mary Guye (1560-1613)

Robert Marriott (1599-1664) Long Clawson, Lecister, England

m. Sense Hickling (1603-1670)

William Marriatt (1599-1664) Long Clawson, Leicestershire, England

m. Susannah Swann (1640-1660)

Charles Meritt (1652-1718) Surry, Surry, Virginia

m. Elinor Evans (1658-1783) 1680

Nathaniel Meritt (1700-1735) Granville, North Carolina

m. Mary Marie Moore (1707-1765)

Ephrim Meritt (1721-1760) Bertie, North Carolina

m. Agnes Ragland (1735-1818) 1754

Capt. Stephen Meritt (1750-1843) North Carolina

[The Meritt] family has been traced as Presbyterian people who entered the U.S. when two brothers came just before the Revolutionary war. Stephen Meritt settled in Granville, North Carolina. His brother settled in Virginia. Stephen Meritt was a captain of Colonial troops during the entire Revolutionary War struggle, and fought in many battles, from 1775-1778.

The brothers, who were sons of Ephrim Meritt, came from Wales of the British lsles. Stephen Meritt went westward from North Carolina, through the Cumberland cap of the Appalachian mountains into Tennessee, then across Kentucky, and entered into Illinois on March 16, 1816.

Ephrim Meritt II. (1776-1844), son of Stephen Meritt

born – 1776 in Granville, North Carolina

married – Elizabeth Micklejohn

died – August, 1844, buried – Burnt Prairie, lllinois

George Meritt (1799-1884)- son of Ephrim Meritt

born – January 30, 1799 at Pendleton, SC.

married – February 12,1822 to Elizabeth Files (d. 1864, buried at Burnt Prairie, Ill)

married – Wilmouth (1807-1875, buried at Burnt Prairie, Ill)

died – March 11, 1884 (buried at Burnt Prairie, Ill.)

Lafayette Meritt (1833-1916) – son of George MerittLafayette Meritt

born – December29, 1833

married _____________ Sarah Shaw (1835-1897, buried at Burnt Prairie, Ill.)

died – _______________1916, lllinois

Benjamin Marshall Meritt (1863-1939) – son of Lafayette Meritt

born – January 13, 1863, White County, lllinois

married – (first) to _______________ Files, who died

married – Mary Sophia Taylor, May 5, 1895

Benjamin Meritt – farmer

died – October 4, 1939, buried – Auburn, Nebraska

This is the birth order of the children of Benjamin Marshall Meritt and Mary Sophia Taylor:

  1. Harry, from a previous marriage, born March 25, 1890

  2. James Marshall, born February 12,1896

  3. Orley Nobel, born August 20, 1897

  4. Goldie Pearl, born July 2, 1899

  5. Sarah Sophia, born March 2, 1901

  6. Steven Andrew, born September 25,1902, died as an infant

  7. Jessie Lester, born July 1, 1904

  8. Raymond Howard, born March 22,1906

  9. Rosie, born March 24, 1908, died as an infant

  10. Sylvia Edda, born March 1, 1909

  11. Elvis, born November 27, 1910

  12. Dela Violet, born April 5, 1913

  13. Reatha, born September 27, 1914

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Elvis Meritt (1910-1961) son of Benjamin Marshall Meritt

Elvis Meritt

born – November 27, 1910, on a farm near Medford, Oklahoma

married – July 25, 1935, to Barbara Ellen Hallenbeck

died – October 18, 1961, in Peru, Nebraska, buried – Peru, Nebraska

Marshall Elvis Meritt (1948-) son of Elvis Meritt

born – January 19, 1948 Peru Nebraska

married – Cheryl Lyn Hudson July 24, 1971 (b. Ellettsville, Indiana) Auburn, Nebraska

born at Auburn, Nebraska

Siblings: Barbara Pearl – Elva Marlene – Linda Elaine – Rena Sue

Aryn Marshall Meritt (1972-) son of Marshall Meritt

born – August 2, 1972 [Council Bluffs, Iowa]

married – April 15, 1995 to Frances Anna Dunn at Cortland, Indiana

Siblings: James Benjamin

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