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> GREENE COUNTY FOLKS- MERRITT
> (Please note-that my book of this title is far from finished, and all
> additions and subtractions are appreciated as I add to it. I simply wanted
> to share it with you-one page at a time, as I write it, to be sure that I
> live to share what I already have!! Ms. Gerry Hill-Albany Ga)
>
>
>
> Early Settlers of Greene Co Ga-
>
> There were three known Merritt families in Greene- two of them were
> brothers, and the relationship to the 3rd is not known.
>
>
>
> Generation #1
>
>
>
> William Merritt was born 1755 NC and died bef 22 Nov 1825 Greene Co. Ga.
>
>
>
> He is the son of Benjamin Merritt born 10 Nov 1731 NC died bef Jan 1779
> Nash Co NC and Sara (Clinch?) died aft Jan. 1799.
>
>
>
> He is the Grandson of Thomas Merritt born abt 1718 Tarboro, Edgecombe,
> NC died 18 May 1768 Edgecombe Co NC and Mary (Goodson?) died aft Jun 1778
> Edgecombe.
>
>
>
> Thomas is the son of John Merritt 1690 Va-1768 Edgecombe & Mary Howard,
> Grandson of Charles Merritt & Ellinor Evans of Chowen Co NC Great grandson
> of William Merritt born 1615.
>
>
>
> William Merritt married Nancy (Dortch?) before 1783 and she died before
> 1790. He is not shown with another marriage.
>
> Children of this Marriage:
>
> Elizabeth b abt 1783 Nash Co NC d aft 1860 Harris Co Ga. She married
>
> Ezekiel Brown born 1769 Va died 1863 Chipley,(was Pine Mountain)
>
> Harris, Ga. Both buried at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Harris, Ga
>
> Ezekiel is the son of William Brown & Sarah Long, the Grandson of
>
> Henry Long & Mary Bond (See Brown page)
>
> Nancy b 17 Nov 1786 Wilkes Co Ga d 12 May 1823 Grantsville,Greene, Ga
>
> She married Lemuel Greene. He is buried at Mercer Univ. Cemeter,
>
> Penfield, Greene, Ga He married #2 Eliza Coleman #3 Sarah Clements
>
> Lemuel was the son of William & Ruth Hunter, Grandson of Wm. Graves
>
> Greene and Mary E Christmas, Jesse Hunter & Ann Hinton Alston
>
> (See Greene page)
>
>
>
> Benjamin Merritt-brother of William, son of Thomas was born a 1755
> Edgecombe Co NC. He died 1807 Greene Co Ga. He married first Ann “Nancy
> and second Hannah Wade a 1790 Nash Co NC. She was born a 1765 and died aft
> 1811 Greene Co Ga. child of Henry Wade
>
> Children:
>
> William 13 Mar 1792 Nash Co NC- 1868 m Edna Jane Vason
>
> Elizabeth 31 Jul 1794
>
> Henry Clinton 29 Oct 1796 NC-Aug 1870 Henry Co Ga married Delilah
>
> Ann Crawford dtr of Wm. & Delilah Martin (Thomas, Michael,David Jr,
>
> Sr, John, Roland)
>
> Richard W
>
> Evelina 22 Sep 1800-30 Jun 1845 married Wade Hemphill 10 Sep 1792
>
> son of Samuel & Elizabeth of PA & NC
>
> Mickleberry 30 Dec 1802 Greene Co Ga-24 Nov 1866 Monroe Co Ga
>
> married Jane Brown 12 Oct 1808-6 Apr 1870 Monroe Co Ga dtr of
>
> Henry.
>
> Nancy 17 Nov 1804 Ga-aft 1880 married William Askew a 1823 Ga-a 1849
>
> Greensboro, Greene, Ga He also married Cynthia Riley dtr of Th.
>
> Lynch- See Riley page (There is a conflict on this Nancy-she is also
>
> shown dtr of Thomas Merritt and Martha Rowland-below- I do not have
>
> proof of which Nancy married William)
>
>
>
>
>
> John Merritt born a 1765 died 1821 Greene Co Ga married Elizabeth.
>
> It is not known how he connects to the two brothers above-but from
> location etc. he does.
>
> Children
>
> Lovett b 1790 NC married Sarah Gatlin
>
> Thomas W born 1795 Nash Co NC died abt 1854 Greene Co married #1
>
> Martha Rowland 1796 Greene Co Ga-1865 Greene Co Ga dtr of Hiram
>
> & Rhoda Atkinson of Greene Grandtr. Of Nathan Atkinson & Martha
>
> Whitehead of Southampton Co Va & Greene Co Ga. He married #2
>
> Martha Byrd born 1796 Putnam Co Ga died Greene Co Ga who also
>
> married William Fleetwood.
>
> Female married a Bryant
>
>
>
> SECOND GENERATION
>
>
>
> Elizabeth Merritt married 15 Dec 1803 Greene Co. Ga. Ezekiel Brown
>
> Children:
>
> William Merritt Brown (Creek Indian War/ Marshall of Ga/ Congressman)
>
> Born 1805 Greene Co. Ga. died 29 Apr 1870 Americus, Sumter, Ga.
>
> (Murdered/Poisioned- a resident of Marion Co. Ga) He married #1
>
> Amanda Gray born 25 Sep 1809 died 6 Sep 1867. She was the child of
>
> Archibald Gray & Cynthia Armour- see Gray page
>
> He married #2 Ann Elizabeth Henderson 28 Oct 1849-but no divorce is
>
> found, though Amanda was buried in a crude grave, by a rich man, with
>
> her family in another area.
>
> Ezekiel Brown Jr born a 1806 Greene Co Ga died aft 1870 Newton Co Ms
>
> Married Emily Greene his first cousin.
>
> Adeline Brown born 31 Dec 1813 Greene Co Ga died 2 Jan 1873 Coffee
>
> Co. Al Married Richard William Armour (See Armour page)
>
> Catherine Mary Emeline Brown born 1816 Greene Co Ga died 21 Jul 1835
>
> Columbus, Muscoogee, Ga married Georgious W E “George” Bedell
>
> born 1817 Ga. He married #2 Mary and moved to Columbus,
>
> Muscoogee, Ga then to Russell Co. Al. just across the bridge.
>
> John Franklin Brown born 1818 Greene Co Ga died aft 1880 Newton Co.
>
> Ms. He married Mary Elizabeth Edwards born 1826 Ga dtr of
>
> Etheldred and Julia Ann Ogletree Grandaughter of Thomas
>
> Edwards,Littleton Ogletree all of Oglethorpe Co Ga.
>
> James Monroe Brown born 24 Jan 1822 Greene Co Ga died 11 Sep 1906
>
> Woodville, Marshall, Ok. He married Rebecca Hodo born 1832 Talbot
>
> Co Ga died 1878 Harris Co. Ga. dtr of Marquis de La Fayette Hodo &
>
> Eliza H O’Neal. Grandaughter of Peter Hodo Jr & Sarah Carter, John
>
> O’Neal III. He married #2 Martha
>
> Bluford Brown born Greene Co. Ga. He married Sarah Ann Wall or Hall b
>
> a 1830 Meri. Co. Ga.
>
> Reuben Brown born 1828 Harris Co. Ga.
>
> All of this second generation is proven by the will of William Merritt
>
> Second Generation
>
> Nancy Ann Merritt Married Lemuel Greene 22 Oct 1806 Greene Co. Ga.
>
> Children:
>
> Emily Greene born 1809 Ga died aft 1880 Newton Co Ms married her 1st
>
> cousin Ezeliel Brown Jr.
>
> Caroline Merritt Greene born 1811 Ga died 21 May 1868 Laurens Co. Ga.
>
> Married Thomas Jefferson Bedell born 17 Nov 1802 Greene Co. Ga. son
>
> of Isaac Absolem Bedell & Susannah Sarah E Ross of Greene (See Bedell
>
> page)
>
> Hamilton Hunter Greene born 8 Jan 1812 Greensboro, Greene, Ga died 15
>
> Jan 1873 Troup Co. Ga. He married Ellen A. Gibson born 16 Aug 1813
>
> Fairfield Co SC died 25 Jan 1880 Troup Co Ga. She also married Joseph
>
> M Griffin. Her parents were Able and Elizabeth Andrews.
>
> Augustin Franklin Greene born a 1815 married Amelia Jane Robertson
>
> Smith dtr of Henry Burnley Smith & Sarah Ann Ligon Granddtr of Joel
>
> Terrell Smith and Elizabeth Bedell (See Bedell page), David Gaddy Ligon
>
> & Mary Ann P Nelson
>
> Benjamin Franklin Greene born 1816 Ga died 1891. He married Susan
>
> Amoretta Greene born 13 Apf 1829 Greene Co Ga His first cousin and
>
> Daughter of Augustine B Greene & Phoebe Burke.
>
> Mary A B Greene born a 1822 Ga married John W. Sheffield born Ga.
>
> All of this second generation-is proven by the will of William Merritt
>
> All of this second generation is proven by the will of William Merritt
>
> Second Generation
>
> Benjamin Merritt married abt 1790 Hannah Wade
>
> Children:
>
> William Merritt married Edna “Jane” Watson 1 Nov. 1811 Wilkes Co Ga.
>
> Children Known:
>
> William a 1823-
>
> Edward Clinch 24 Nov 1824 Ga-6 Mar 1891 Bibb Co Ga married #1 Nancy
>
> Symantha Jones 24 Nov-1824- 6 Mar 1891 Bibb Co Ga had Samuel
>
> Benjamin 1860, Annie Lillian Holt 1861, Robert Lee 1866, Mattie Edna
>
> 1868,Mary Bass 1871,Oscar, Thomas Edward 1864.
>
> Nancy was the dtr. of Thomas Jefferson & Belinda Ann Wilson of
>
> Morgan Co Ga.grandaughter of William Jones & Mary Stovall of Va.
>
> Elizabeth “Betsy”
>
> Henry Clinton
>
> Richard W
>
> Evelina married 23 Jul 1817 Morgan Co Ga Wade Hemphill #1
>
> Known children:
>
> Elizabeth Ann Hemphill 1819-1822
>
> Tellman Hemphill - 1824
>
> She married Robert Woodall 21 Sep 1833
>
> Known child:
>
> Evelina married 1840 John W. Langford b 1807
>
> Mickleberry married 5 Jan 1824 Morgan Co Ga Jane Brown
>
> Children:
>
> Emily F
>
> William Bennett Merritt Methodist Minister 1824 Ga-aft 14 Nov 1886
>
> Marion Co Ga married #1 1850 Mary J. Bozeman. Married #2 Fannie A.
>
> Williamson 1871. Children George Bozeman 1850, Elizabeth Jane 1853,
>
> , Emily Frances 1855,Mary Eliza 1856, Ann Augusta 1859, Katy Ida
>
> 1862, William Benjamin 1865, Ellen Worthy 1868,----Mickleberry David
>
> 1872, Carrie Brown 1874, Laura Murphy 1876, John Haygood 1878,
>
> Charlie Thomas 1880, Henry Tilly 1882
>
>
>
> Nancy born married 3 Nov 1835 William Askew-see notes-may be marriage
>
> of child of Thomas- had Joshua, Ezekiel, William, Joseph, Martha A,
>
> Columbus, Georgia L
>
> Some of the many people who shared with me on this line are: Anne
> Watkins,
>
> Sarah Howell Studstill
>
> Second Generation
>
> Thomas W. Merritt married 28 Feb 1815 Greene Co. Ga. Martha “Patsy”
>
> Rowland
>
> Children:
>
> Nancy Merritt b 1817(See conflict above)
>
> Benjamin Merritt married 19 Dec 1850 Greene Co Ga Susan H Heath
>
> John C Merritt born 16 Jul 1822 Greensboro, Greene, Ga died 18 Jan
>
> 1886 Greene Co Ga married 30 Apr 1849 Greene Co Ga Louisa F.
>
> Crawford born 22 Mar 1834 Greene Co Ga.
>
> Franklin Merritt born 1822 Greensboro, Greene, Ga died aft 1880 Greene
>
> Co Ga. married 30 Aug 1865 Greene Co Ga Cornelia C Stewart
>
>
>
>
>
> Thomas Merritt married #2 22 Aug 1823 Greensboro, Greene, Ga Martha Byrd
>
> Children:
>
> James Merritt born 1 Oct. 1823 Greene Co Ga died 20 May 1904 Greene
>
> Co Ga
>
> Crease born 1827
>
> Elizabeth Merritt born 1829 Greensboro, Greene, Ga married 21 Jan 1847
>
> Jonathan Wheat born 1811
>
> Thomas J Merritt Jr born 20 Dec 1830 Greene Co Ga died 17 Jun 1869
>
> Greene Co Ga. Married 22 Aug 1854 Greene Co Ga Mary J. Burke born
>
> 1841 Ga. married Caroline A. Heath 26 Apr 1855 Greene Co Ga
>
> (Note this may be two different Thomas Merritt’s-shared info-check out)
>
> Franklin is shown born 1822 and 1833
>
> Albert Merritt born 1835 Greensboro, Greene, Ga married 5 Mar 1873
>
> Greene Mary B Sherling
>
> Henry b a 1836 married Mary born 1842 Greene Co Ga
>
> Mary & Martha born 1852-1853 are doubtful children to me-because of
>
> Birth dates.
>
> This material was shared with me by Carol B. Finch, Jim Andrews, Robin
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> 1776-1872, In the name of God, Amen, I BENJAMEN MERRITT of Nash County
> in North Carolina being sick and weak of
>
> body yet of perfect sense and memory thanks be to God and on
> consideration that life and sense is uncertain
>
> do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament viz:
>
>
>
> I give and recommend my soul into that of God that gave it an my body.
> I recommend to the earth at the
>
> discretion of my executors as to my worldly estate.
>
>
>
> I give, devise, bequeath and dispose of the same in the following
> manner viz:
>
>
>
> Item: I give and bequeath to my son WILLIAM MERRITT, one hundred and
> forty acres of land lying on the south
>
> side of swift creek beginning at a tall point on the creek, then up the
> new road at the corner of the fence then
>
> direct course to the road crosses Garles Branch then up Garles Branch
> to the head line then down my line to
>
> the creek.
>
>
>
> Item: I give to my son HENRY MERRITT a tract beginning two hundred
> yards below the corner pinon William
>
> Merritt line then direct course to the out line also hundred and ten
> acres lying in the fork of Beach Run and the
>
> Redy Fork.
>
> Item: I give to my son BENJAMIN MERRITT the remainder of my land and
> plantation which I have not already
>
> willed away.
>
> Item: I lend the use of my son BENJAMIN MERRITT Plantation to my wife
> during her life also I give to my wife
>
> the lady mares and colt and one bed and furniture and four cows and
> calfs and ten head of hogs and the crop
>
> of corn and the pets and peeler and all the wheats and cards and
> loom. I leave the remainder of my estate to
>
> be sold and to be equally divided between my two daughters.
>
> Lastly I appoint my wife SARAH MERRITT executor and my son WILLIAM and
> RICHARD MANNEN executors of
>
> my last will and testament.
>
> Signed, sealed and delivered as my last will and testament
> LEWIS DORCH ISAAC NEWSOME SARAH CAMMEL January Court
>
> 1777-May Nash DB 1-68-Benjamin deed
>
> 1777-Nash Co., NC was created in 1777 with the division of Edgecombe Co.
> In the North Carolina
>
> State Archives are the North Carolina Legislative Papers: there are more
> than 1500 boxes of
>
> these loose papers which pertain to all forms of business transacted by
> the North Carolina
>
> Legislature from 1729 until 1935. One of these loose papers is the
> original petition for the
>
> division of Edgecombe Co. into separate counties. The petition was
> dated 17 Nov. 1777 and
>
> followed by 254 signatures; among them were the signatures of :
> Benjamin Whitehead,
>
> William Dortch, Isaac Newsam, Lewis Dortch, Nathan Whitehead and
> William Whitehead.
>
> (from Steve Martin on GenForum)
> 1779 Benjamin Merritt , Father of William, died NC
>
> 1779- Item #2, Page 2 Nash County, North Carolina Record of Wills,
> Book I
>
> 1779
>
>
>
> The above will was in open court duly proved by the oaths of LEWIS
> DORCH, and ISAAC NEWSOME,
>
> subscribing witnesses and the executor therein named qualified
> according to law. Attest Wm. Hall, C.C.
>
> "Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers - North Carolina, Page 256, 84 months of
> Service and 640 Acres." plus "No. 702 State of North Carolina, July 7,
> 1781, S280.13 as auditors for the said state, this is to certify that
> Benjamin Merritt established his claim to us, and was paid the sum two
> hundred and eighty Pounds, thirteen shillings. John Taylor"
>
> 1783-Jan Nash Co NC DB 1-217 Benjamin deed
>
> 1783-5 Land Grant Wilks Pg 637
>
> 1788-Aug. 20 page 18-Merril or Merrit-Benjamin and wife Ann (Signed Nancy)
> to Benj. Goss, 250 acres on ns
>
> of Cedar Creek beginning on the bank where Jesse Willingham's line
> crosses the creek, then down the creek
>
> to Samuel Nelson's line, with all buildings. Chas.Godd, Wm. Key,
> Christopher Clark, Thos. B Scott, test.
>
>
>
> 1781-about-
>
> William Merritt of Nash Co NC appoints William Daniel and Jacob Cain
> of Wilkes and Greene
>
> o Ga as his attorneys
>
> Jacob-proberly the one on GenCircles.com married Elizabeth Coates
> dtr of Leslie d 1808
>
> Wilkes Co Ga & Drusilla
>
> 1783 William & Benjamin rec. land Grants Wilks Co Ga. Benjamin sold his
> Nov 20 1798.
>
> Page 635 Land Grant-William 1783-1785
>
> Page 637 Land Grant-Benjamin 1783-1785
>
> 1784-Apr. 28-William sold 110 acres parcel on Beach Run originally willed
> to brother Henry-
>
> To Reuben Taylor of same- Nash for 100 pds a tract of 110 acres on NS
> of Beach Run adj. Joseph Exum.
>
> Wt. WM Whitehead and Joseph J. Clinch
>
> 1784- Nash Co. NC
>
> 23 July 1784 - Lewis Dortch and wife, Ann Dortch, of Nash Co. to Isaac
> Newsom of same, for
>
> 300 pounds a tract of 200 acres on the north side of Swift Creed
> adjoining William Dortch,
>
> James Nelson, and Thomas Hart. Wit.: William Merritt, John Jones, and
> Absolom Sauls.
>
> (parts from Steve Martin)
> 1785-1809 Passports issued by Gov of Ga. to Ezekiel Brown and William
> Merritt and Blount Cato
>
> thru Creek Nation..(Mississippi Terr)
>
> 1787 William's property bounded by William Evans & Tabitha who had moved
> to Wilks on
>
> Beaverdam of Richmond Creek.
>
> 1787 Feb 20 William Daniel to Thomas for $50 230 acres bought for taxes.
>
> 1789 Cain John GA Greene 3 Tax Index
> 1789 Richard GA Greene WHITE 37 GA TX List
>
> 1789- STILL IN NASH CO NC
> Last Will and Testament of Anna "Anney" Dortch; Dated 11 May 1789.
> Probated Feb. 1790 in Nash Co., NC (From a
>
> xerox of original)
>
> 1792-Merrit to Webb Folio 156 Vol 3 Deed Book A-Elbert Co Ga. (Elbert was
> formed in 1790 from Wilkes Co between
>
> the 1788 and 1792 deeds) land on Cedar Creek
>
> In the Name of God Amen Anney Dortch in Nash County Being Very sick and
> weak in Body but of perfect mind and
>
> memory Thanks be given unto God therefore and knowing that it is
> appointed for all women once to die I do make
>
> and ordain this my last will and Testament that is to say principally
> and first of all I give and Recommend my Soul
>
> into the hands of God that gave it and as touching such worldly Estate
> where with it hath pleased God to Bless me
>
> with I give devise dispose of the same in the following Manner and form
>
> Item I give to my Daughter Molley Newsum the value of Five Shilling
>
> Item I give to my Daughter Bettey Long the value of five Shilling
>
> I likewise Constitute ordain and make my son Lewis Dortch My only and
> soul Executor of this my last will and
>
> testament and Remaining part of my hold Estate I do leave to my son
> Dortch and I do hereby disallow Revoke and
>
> disannul all and Every other former Testament wills Signed Requests and
> Executed by me in any ways before this
>
> time named Willied and bequeathed Ratifyed and Confirming this no other
> to be my last Will and testament In
>
> Witness where of I have here unto set my hand and seal this 11th Day of
> May 1789
>
> Anney Dortch (Seal)
>
> Benjamin Merit
>
> William Whitehead
> Thomas Manning
> Millican Jelks
> John ?Screws
> 1789-99 Tax Digest-William---- Greene Cwh 1789-no others found.
>
> 1790-SOURCE: ibid., p. 147. (Nash Co., NC. Deed Bk. 4, # 80)
> 27 Dec. 1790 - William Merritt and wife, Nancy Merritt, Nash Co. to
> Isaac Dortch of
>
> Northampton Co. for 210 pds. Virginia money a tract of 280 acres on
> the south side of Swift
>
> Creek adjoining Jelks, William Merritt, Benjamin Merritt, and the
> road. Wit.: James Hilliard and
>
> Isaac Newsom. (from Steve Martin)
>
> 1790 Feb 2 TREES OF WILSON publication of Wilson Co NC Gen. Soc. Nov. 1997
> page 8 Power of
>
> Attorney Sec. of State papers SS 832 Folder 1 State of NC Know all men
> by these present that
>
> I William Merritt of the County of Nash and State aforesaid..appoint my
> trusty friends William
>
> Daniel and Jacob Cain of the County of Wilkes and Green in the State of
> Georgia my true and
>
> lawful attorneys..to obtain from the state of Georgia aforesaid a
> patent or grant for a tract of
>
> land lying and being in Franklin Co. in said State situate on the
> waters of the Oconie River
>
> containing two hundred and eighty seven and 1/2 acres which land was
> allowed by the state
>
> aforesaid to John Boyd for his services during the last was.. signed
> Wm. Meritt,witnessed by P.
>
> Collier and R. Shepard.
>
> 1794 Apr. 19 Pg. 80 Greene Co. Ga Deed Bk. B 1793-1802 Recorded May 8,
> 1795
>
> Thomas P. Wagnon of Oglethorpe Co. to William Merit of Warren Co. for
> 6400 sterling.
>
> 409 acres on s fork of 1.150 acres acres originally granted to Benjamin
> Few and conveyed by
>
> said Few to P. Wagnon from Wagnon to said Thomas P. Wagnon s/Thomas
> Wagnon. Wit.
>
> John Powers, Edmd. Daniell JP
>
>
> Later?? (Aft Apr. 1794)
>
> William was summoned to court in Greene as a guarnisher...against
> Thomas and William
>
> Daniele. He said he had no property of William Daniele's at this
> time. He said that this ...is
>
> not indebted to the same Wm. Daniele in any manner whatever. Thomas
> had his lawyer
>
> Peter Early and said that Wm. Merritt had in his hands property of
> Wm. Daniele.
>
> 1799- Jan. In will of his Father-
>
> Item: I give and bequeath to my son WILLIAM MERRITT, one hundred and
> forty acres of
>
> land lying on the south side of swift creek beginning at a tall point
> on the creek, then up the
>
> new road at the corner of the fence then direct course to the road
> crosses Garles Branch then
>
> up Garles Branch to the head line then down my line to the creek.
>
> 1799 Jan 15 Thomas Daniel to son Charles 293 acres Richmond Creek granted
> William Ramsey and
>
> Thomas Daniel adj. McAlpins.
>
> 1800 Feb 12 Edmon Daniel land surveyed in Franklin Co Granted Greene
> Joseph Kee, Erwin
>
> Ramsey, his lands go to Charles after death. Thomas Daniel and
> wife Sara. From
>
> Genealogical Abstracts From the Georgia Journal
> Milledgeville Newspaper
>
> 1800 William Merritt received a land grant Greene Co Ga. He got 710 acres
> Apalachee River pg. 41
>
> HISTORY OF GREENE CO Rice & Williams
>
> 1800 Tax List William Meriott 1801-026.
>
>
>
> 1805- Greene Co Ga
>
> Benjamin and wife Hannar sell $200 land in Nash Co. NC to Wilson Taylor
> Recorded Feb. 1805
>
> 1815-Issue of Ga Journal May 31, 1815 page 405 Whereas Wm. Merritt adm. of
> estate of Benj dec
>
> hath applied for letters of dismission of said estate. Given under my
> hand the 1st day of May 1815. Signed Ebenezer Torrence C C O.
>
> From Rice 7 williams HISTORY OF GREENE CO
>
> 1815-July 5, 1815 issue page 421..Ga. Journal Vol 1
>
> Take notice..all persons indebted to the estate of Benjamin Meritt
> of Greene Co will make
>
> immediate payment to Ex. as they intend settling with Nathan
> Hackney immediately, who will
>
> act as Guardian for the children. Signed Richard Asbury, Wm. Meritt
> ex.
>
> 1806-7-Will dated 10-20-1806 probated 6 Jul 1807 Inferior Court Records
> Greensburg, Greene,Ga.
>
> Will book E 1806-1816 Pg 27-28
>
> BENJAMIN MERRITT'S WILL
>
> STATE OF GEORGIA, GREENE COUNTY
>
> IN THE NAME OF GOD - AMEN I, Benjamin Merritt, being sick but in
> perfect sense and soundness of memory do
>
> make, ordain and constitute this my last will and testament.
>
>
>
> ITEM: I lend to my wife Hannah all my land and plantation during her
> life or through widowhood: also I lend to
>
> my wife Hannah all my plantation tools and utensils together with all
> my household kitchen furniture; also I lend
>
> to my wife Hannah all my stock of horses except my stud horse and my
> youngest cold; also a sufficient quanity of
>
> pork and hogs and corn for her support and family, together with all
> my stock of cattle and sheep and geese,
>
> together with all my negroes, namely Isaac, Bob, Arch, Jinny, Soapy,
> Dyner, Nelson and Cherry until my oldest
>
> son come of age at which time he is to receive his equal respective
> portion according to my will and so on in
>
> proportion as all my six children and wife come of age or marry,
> consideration of the above loan my wife is to
>
> raise and support all my children well until they draw their portion.
>
>
>
> ITEM: I do give my son William my youngest colt to him and his heirs
> forever, also my will and desIre is that my
>
> other horse be sold on a reasonable credit and the money in
> connection with my other property to be equally
>
> divided amongst my wife and children; also my will and desire is that
> my present crop of cotton together vith
>
> what pork is over and above my family use, together with the monies
> that I have owing to me go to the
>
> discharging of all my just debts and all monies left over and above
> discharging all my just debts be equally divided
>
> as above. I give and bequeath all my land, negroes, and other
> property as above mentioned in an equal division
>
> emongst my wife and six children .to them, their heirs and assigns
> forever.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> My will and desire is that my children have reasonable education given
> them out of my estate. Furthermore, I do
>
> constitute and appoint my beloved wife Hanneh and my brother William
> Merritt and Richard Asberry Executors of
>
> this my last will and testament hereby making void all others until this
> present date ratifying this and no other
>
> whereof I have set my hand this the twentieth day of
>
> October 1806.
>
> Signed
>
> Benjamin Mereitt
>
> (SEAL)
>
> Test
>
> James Roach
>
> Rich'd Asberry
>
> William Merritt
>
> #############################################################################################################
>
> PROBATION OF WILL
>
> GRAND COURT OF ORDINARY -- JULY TERM 1807 ,
>
> The within last will and testament of Benjamin Merritt dec'd was duly
> proven in open Court by the oath of James Roach, Rich'd Asberry and
> William Herritt who declare that they saw him sign and acknowledge the
> same as his last will and testament and that they conceived him to be in
> his proper senses at the time of signing same .
>
> Sworn to in open Court the 6th of July 1807.
>
> Henry Carleton, Jr.
>
> for
>
> Thomas Carleton, CCO
>
> Recorded 6th day of July 1807
>
> Henry Carleton, Jr.
>
> for
>
> Thomas Carleton, CCO
>
> --
>
> 1802 William sold 710 acres granted in Land Grant 3 Mar 1800 for $10 to
> Thomas Daniel-who is
>
> in other transcations with him..a small sum, even then.
>
> First mention of Thomas found 1789 Mar 24..land transaction involving
> Samuel Thornton and
>
> Elizabeth of Wilks, William Shelby of Greene..and Robert Curry.28 acres
> on Richmond creek
>
> granted to William Baldwin 8 Feb 1785.
>
> 1809-"Passports Issued by Governors of Ga, 1785-1809", by Mary G. Bryan,
> reprinted from Nat. Gen. Soc. Qrt., 1959, 1962,
> page 26, Major Ezekiel Brown and Wm. Merritt of Greene Co. wish to
> travel
> to the Miss Terr. and need a passport, granted 26 Sept 1809, signed
> Starling Cato, Recommendation for Ezekiel Brown, William Merritt,
> and
> Blount Catoe
> page 55, ordered that a passport through the Creek nation be
> prepared for
> Maj. Ezekiel Brown and William Merritt and Blount Cato, page 494,
> Saturday 30 Sept 1809
> "Passports Issued by Governors of Ga, 1785-1809", by Mary G. Bryan,
> reprinted from Nat. Gen. Soc. Qrt.,
>
> 1959, 1962,
>
> page 26, Major Ezekiel Brown and Wm. Merritt of Greene Co. wish to
> travel to the Miss Terr. and need a
>
> passport, granted 26 Sept 1809, signed Starling Cato,
> Recommendation for Ezekiel Brown, William Merritt,
>
> and Blount Catoe
>
> page 55, ordered that a passport through the Creek nation be
> prepared for Maj. Ezekiel Brown and William
>
> Merritt and Blount Cato, page 494, Saturday 30 Sept 1809
>
>
>
> 1823-31 Aug. Will of William Merritt- Greene Co. Ga.-from original
>
> In the name of God amen. I William Merritt of the County, State
> aforesaid being in a low State of health but of
>
> perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will Testament
>
> Item 1st I will that the tract of land on which I now live in
> Greene County be sold on a credit of one two
>
> three years payments to be made in three annual instalments and the
> tract of land I own in Wilkinson be sold
>
> on the credit of one yaar.
>
> Item 2nd I will that my negroes Lemon Joe Lewis Amos Seaborn
> Rachel Nan Mime Loree Soppha Judy their
>
> child Henny the young boy child of Henny not named bes Vining Edy and
> young boy child of Bush not named
>
> together with all the residue of my property both real personal exept
> my old negro man _affy be sold on a
>
> credit of twelve months.
>
> Item 3rd I will that the proceeds of the sales of my property be
> divided and appropiated? in the fllowing
>
> manner as to the children of my daughter Elizabeth Brown being nine in
> number named as follows:
>
> William M. Brown
>
> Ezekiel Brown
>
> Reuben Brown
>
> Adeline Brown,
>
> Emeline Brown
>
> Franklin Brown
>
> James M Brown
>
> Bluford Brown
>
> The children of my deceased daughter Nancy Greene being six in numbber
> named
>
> Emily Green
>
> Carolyn Green
>
> Hamilton Green
>
> Benjamin Green
>
> Augustin Green
>
> Mary
>
> one equal distributive each to be paid to my said Grandchldren as the
> boys may arrive at the age of twenty
>
> one. As the girls arrive at the age of twenty one or marry. But
> should any of the said grand children die
>
> before they arrive at twenty one years or before they marry then
> the distributive share of such deceased
>
> legatee shall go to be divided amony my surviving grand children. Or
> should my daughter ELizabeth Brown
>
> have any further issue male or female such issue shall come in and be
> allowed an equal distributive with my
>
> grand children above named.
>
> Item 4th If at my decease a crop should be planted I wish the whole
> of my estate to remain together until the
>
> crop is finished. Then the crop to be sold with the balance of my
> property except cotton which may be sold at
>
> the usual market when my executors so choose.
>
> Item 5th I give to my daughter Elizabeth Brown my negro man named
> Jaffy. I command her to show him that
>
> indulgence I treat him with that humanity I care to which his
> faithful services untio ___ so long as he lives.
>
> Item 6th I wish all the sales of my property to be made at my
> plantation the real as well as personal estate
>
> except my land in Wilkinson which myay be sold at such place as my
> executors may think will most advance
>
> the interest of my estate. The proceeds of all my sales to remain in
> the ___ until the division___
>
> This will is authorized to receive their shares respectivly.
>
> Item 7 last page "I do hereby constiture and appoint Douglas Watson,
> Ebenezer Torrence..Ex. of this my
>
> last will and testiment hearby revoking all other wills by me
> heretofore made." Signed in the presence of
>
> Henry Rogers, Charles A. Redd, Henry Sanford, recorded 5 Feb 1825.
> Douglas Watson also ex of will of
>
> William Greene.
>
> 1825-Nov 14th- Georgia Greene County
>
> Court of Ordinary November term 1825
>
> Personally appeared on open Court Honn Rogers T Harris before two of
> the subscribing witnesses to within
>
> will ___duly swrn say that they saw the within named WIlliam Merritt
> ___s___ _hear him acknowledge the
>
> within instrument to be his last will testament That they each believe
> him to be of perfect sound mind and
>
> memory at the time of his so doing And that they each together with
> Charles J Redd subscribed this name as
>
> writ nes? thereto in the presence of the testator
>
> Sworn to in open COurt Henry Rogers H sanford Recorded 3rd Feb.
> 1826
>
> 1816-From Abstracts from the Ga Journal Vol 1 page 544 Issue of May 15
> 1816 Ga
>
> Greene Co. Court of Ordinary March Term 1816..Present ..list of
> names..Upon the petition of
>
> Richard Asbury, William Merritt and Nathan Hackney, ex. of Benj.
> Merritt, deceased, praying to
>
> be dismissed from said estate.
>
>
>
> And Desc. from him somehow-
>
> pg 408 Jno Merritt, Henry C Merritt 408 Muster Roll of 17th Reb Ga. ilitia
> 1861-65
>
>
>
> pg 406 Stephens Light Guards Co 1 8th Ga Reb 1861065 B F Merritt private
> wounded 1st Manassas died 15 Dec 1861
>
> F Merritt wounded 1st Manassas discharged Aug 10 1861 Pvt.
>
>
>
> Pg. 276 The Merritt house was build by W G Johnson 1854 same block as E A
> Copelan home build 1880. Surrounded by large trees and beautiful gardens
> still in use even though progress has pushed out the large gargens and
> lawns. Owned by the Merritts for over 100 years.
>
>
>
> pg. 412 When the Green Co Boys marched War 1861..John Merritt, Henry C
> Merritt, John C Merritt, W T Merritt.
>
>
>
> pg. 438 1954 Militia Dist 142 Lavett Merritt 27 slaves.
>
>
>
> 440 1854 Militia Dist 163 Gen Thomas Merritt 44 slaves
>
>
>
> 1824 Dec 7 Gen. Abstracts Frm Ga Journal (Milledgeville Newspaper
> 1809-1840)
>
> Jacob one of grand jury (Lemuel Green also)-Superior Court 19 Nov 1824
> Greene Co Ga. presented Robert
>
> Wilkinson at house of Rhoda Parrish for abusive language to her and dtr.
> Polly. witness Thomas & Lovett
>
> Merritt-one more.1850 Census
>
> Nov. 9, 1824 Thomas & Lovett were witness to presentment of Robert
> Wilkinson for profane swearing at house of Rose Parris in front of her and
> dtr. Polly.
>
> 1825- 1809-1840 Vol 3 1824-1828...by Hartz..1994. 9 (Issue Nov. 22
> 1924)
>
> And Whereas Lemuel Greene and Ezekiel Brown apply for letters of
> administration with the will
>
> annexed on the estate of Wm. Merritt, late of said county, deceased
>
> 1825- Nov 14 William's will probated. He named his two dtr. and their
> children and their husbands.
>
> William Merritt, next number is #69s William Wadle (Wade?)
>
> 1825-Nov 22 issue page 367--same time as Reuben Brown's.. And whereas
> Lemuel Greene and
>
> Ezekiel Brown apply for letters of administration with the will annexed
> on the estate of William
>
> Merritt late of said county deceased.
>
> 1825-1829 Vol 4 from Abstracts of Ga. Journal Ga. Greene Co: Lemuel Greene
> and Ezekiel Brown
>
> file their petition for letters of dismission from the estate of Wm.
> Merritt, late of said county,
>
> deceased. (Signed) Thomas W. Grimes C.C.O.
>
> 1826- GA WILLS 1733-1860 Ted Brooke
>
> Will of William Merritt Will Book F 109
>
> 1826- From Issue Nov 7, 1826 Notice...That on Thursday the 4th of Jan
> next, will be sold at the
>
> late residence of Wm Merritt, late of Greene Co , that valuable and well
> known tract of land
>
> containing 561 acres..situated on Sheneis Creek, adjoining Isaac
> Beddell..there is about 200
>
> acres cleared Sold afreeable to the last will and testament of said
> decased..signed Ezekiel
>
> Brown,Lemuel Greene adm. with the will annexed. pg 555
>
> 1828 Mar 12 Taliaferro Co Ga pg 118 Deed Book A Adminstrs. of Wm. Merritt
> dec'd. to Thomas
>
> Asbury by Lemuel Green and Ezekiel Brown Test. Wm. W. D Weaver; Thomas
> Grant: P H
>
> Green
>
> JP 3-12-1828. (found by Merrill Brown Oct. 1994)
>
> 1828,1829 Returns..Isaac Bedel, Lemuel Green, W.W. Weaver, Joel E. Mercer,
> Camak Ragland,
>
> Ezekiel Brown Jr., Wm. M. Brown, Jack? E Mercer, Th. W. Grimes...got
> money.
>
> 1833 Jan. 10th, May 1833, Dec. 9 1833 William's estate was probated by
> Samuel Turner and
>
> Ezekiel Brown adm. Ezekiel Brown Jr. got balance of legacy as per
> will his own and Emily
>
> Greene now Emily Brown. Paid Thomas J. Bedell in part for Caroline M.
> Greene now Caroline
>
> M. Bedell. Legacy under the will. To be paid Thomas J. Bedell in full
> ...
>
> 1833 GA Greene Cain, Thomas L. married Swann, Mary R. on 04 Sep (moved
> to Falls Co,
>
> TX)
> CENSUS YR: 1850 STATE or TERRITORY: GA COUNTY: Greene PAGE NO: 89 (249)
> 6 249 249 MERRITT THOMAS 55 M NC
> 7 249 249 MERRITT MARTHA 32 F GA (54 shown by Otto)
> 8 249 249 MERRITT THOMAS 19 M GA (Jr or J ")
> 9 249 249 MERRITT FRANKLIN 17 M GA
> 10 249 249 MERRITT ALBERT 15 M GA student
> 11 249 249 MERRITT HENRY 13 M
>
> 1860 Cain Manoh GA Greene Long Shoals PO 542
>
> 1910 The heris of Wm. Merritt Pt 640 acres 84 months Service July 15, 85
> Pri. inf. & Cav. Rec 76.65
>
> NC Countl. line Mar 4 1831 71 years old Pension Commencement 976. Wm.
> Merritt Privt NC Rev
>
> Pensioners Act. 1818-1832 as rept. Sep. of St. to Cong. 1835 (Wm Brown
> #33 Privt. Calv. Mine
> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>
> Mrs. Jere M. Pound owner of Mickleberry Merritt Bible- He died 64 yrs.
>
> Marriages
>
> Mickleberry Merritt and Jane Brown Jan 1 1824
>
> ( He was born 12-30-1802 Greene Co Ga died 24 Nov 1866 Monroe Co Ga GH)
>
> (She was born 10-12-1808 died 6 Apr 1870 Monroe GH)
>
> Wiliam R Murphey and Lucy Ann Floyd Dec. 21 1837
>
> (Wm Reid born 11-17-1819 Lucy born 13 Dec 1818 GH)
>
> Erastus J Murphey and Laura Ida Merritt 4-15-1866
>
> (Erastus born 10 Aug 1842 Laura born Apr. 15 1866)
>
>
>
> Births
>
> William B Merritt 11-27-1824
>
> Mary E 4-5-1827
>
> H Wade 8-31-1829
>
> Eliza Ann 7-24-1831
>
> Elizabeth Janie 12-20-1833
>
> M Thomas 1-28-1836
>
> John R 4-16-1838
>
> James R 7-28-1840
>
> Angus C 1-11-1843
>
> Sarah R -7-845
>
> Laura Ida 8-3-1847
>
> Warren A 11-12-1849
>
>
>
> (Murphey Children also on the original-but not copied by this author More
> on all children )
>
>
>
> _______________________________________________________________________________
>
>
>
> Personal Research has been done by the author for over 20 years on this
> family. Further information can be
>
> found in:
>
> HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES OF CHARLES MERRITT by Dr. King Merritt
>
> ROSTER OF SOLDIERS FROM NC IN AMERICAN REV.William Merritt 272,461,581
>
> Colonial Soldiers of the South NC, Militia Muster Roll of Edgecombe NC. Co
> NC..1732-1774..
>
> THE MERRITT FAMILIES OF VIRGINIA & ALLIED/ASSOCIATED FAMILIES Vol 1
> 1635-1800
>
> Lynn Slater Turner 1871 Condie Drive Salt Lake City Utah 84119
>
> THE MERRITT FAMILIES OF NORTH CAROLINE ALSO (South Carolina, Georgia and
> Tenn) Vol II
>
> 1700-1850 by Lynn Turner
>
> Wade Hemphill Bible Title Page STEREOTYPED by E WHite NY Pub and sold by
> Daniel D Smith
>
> 190 Greenwich St NY 1820..
>
> EARLY GEORGIA MARRIAGES, BookOne- Four Joseph T. Maddox
>
> GREENE COUNTY HISTORY- Rice & Williams
>
> GREENE COUNTY CEMETERIES-E. H. Armor
>
> GENEALOGICAL ABSTRACTS FROM THE GEORGIA JOURNAL (Milledgeville) NEWSPAPER
> 1809-1840 by Hartz
>
> Morgan County, Georgia, Inferior Court for Ordinary Purposes, 1808-1834
>
> Will Books A&B, 1808-1830
> 1880 District 163, Greene Co GA Fed Census; NA Film # T9-0149; Page 262C
>
>
>
> Ms. Gerry Hill- Albany Ga
>
>
>
>
>
>
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