Truman D. Merritt
MERRITT - HERBST - SHADDUCK
Posted By: Eugene Downes (email)
Date: 3/13/2003 at 16:30:36
Here is a piece of Iowa History that has all but been forgot. 1. Truman D. Merritt was born in 1800 in , Rensselaer County, New York. He died in 1875 in Bradford Twp., Chickasaw Co?, Iowa. He was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Nashua, Chickasaw Co., Iowa. He has reference number 16.0. Truman Merritt: HISTORY OF CHICKASAW AND HOWARD COUNTIES, IOWA, 1883 Merritt, Mr. pg 273 in November 1853, relates Mr. Tucker - "I met him, with two yoke of oxen, he told me to follow his back track and I would be alright, that he cut the ice in the streams so I could get through, this was good news for me.." Merritt, T.H. pg 315 Sixth Calvary - Co. B (Civil War) Merritt, Truman pg 317 First white child born in the county, being a daughter - 1850 Merritt, Truman pg 135 Settled near Greenwood - is entitled to the distinction of being the first who brought his family into the county with the intention of remaining..1848 Merritt, Truman pg 136 The first child born was a daughter of him who first saw light - 1850 Merritt, Truman pg 192 settled with his family, on the east side of the Little Cedar, near where Greenwood now is, in 1848, Truman Merritt settled, with his family, on the east side of the Little Cedar, near where Greenwood now is. Here then he built his family mansion, of the logs from trees that surrounded him and settled down a pioneer of pioneers; here then was born unto him a daughter, in 1850, the first white child born in the county, who, after growing to womanhood, married Avery Earl and still resides near the city of Nashua. Merritt, Truman pg 192 They had a daughter the first white child born in Chickasaw county, who, after growing to womanhood, married Avery Earl, and still resides near the city of Nashua - 1850 Merritt Truman pg 316 the first white man to make a settlement within the boundaries of Chickasaw County, located near the Cedar River in the southwestern part of the county - 1848 The First Settlers; page 223 It is generally conceded that the distinction of being the first settler within the domain of Bradford Township belongs to Truman Merritt, who came here with his family in 1848, and settled on the east side of Little Cedar, near the place afterwards known as Greenwood. Here he built a rude log cabin for a dwelling, the material for construction being cut from the abundant woods in this section. Two years later a daughter was born to him, the first white child born in the county. The daughter grew to womanhood and married Avery Earl. He was married to Maria Shattuck. Maria Shattuck was born in 1809 in , , New York. She died on 3 Jan 1887 in Bradford Twp., Chickasaw Co?, Iowa. She was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Nashua, Chickasaw Co., Iowa. She has reference number 17.0. In 1877 there was a probate action in which daughter Elizabeth requested the appointment of a guardian for her, claiming that she had lost the ability to handle her own affairs and that some of her other children were taking advantage of her to their own profit. 6. Micheal S. Merritt was born about 1842 in , , New York. He died on 2 Feb 1908 in Willowdale Twp., Holt County, Nebraska. He has reference number 8.1. He was buried in Mineola Cemetery, Willowdale Twp., Holt Co., Nebraska. 1900 Census for Eureka Twp., Valley Co., Nebraska Michael Merritt, widowed. Michael Merrett, died at the home of J. B. Long northeast of Disney on Sunday night, and was buried near Minneola Monday afternoon. Deceased was trapping game along the creeks in the northwestern part of Holt county and was stricken with a severe attack of Pneumonia, he made his way to Long's home and asked to be taken in, and although Mr. Long was not in shape to nurse the old man yet he done everything within his power to assist him. Dr. Wilson was called in and at once saw that he was beyond human aid and he lingered a few days dying Sunday night. He has one brother living near Walnut in Knox county who visited him during his sickness. There was no estate left by deceased and Mr. Long was put to considerable expense during the illness and should be reinbursed by the township authorities. Holt Co. Independent (O'Neill, NE) Feb 7, 1908 He was married to Mary O. Herbst on 30 May 1870 in , Chickasaw Co., Iowa. Mary O. Herbst was born about 1850 in , , Wisconsin. She died before 1900. She has reference number 8.1*1. Micheal S. Merritt and Mary O. Herbst had the following children: 12 i. Minnie Merritt was born about 1872 in , , Iowa. She has reference number 8.11. 13 ii. Frederick Merritt was born on 4 Oct 1874 in , , Iowa. He has reference number 8.12. 14 iii. Lottie Merritt was born about 1879 in , , Iowa. She has reference number 8.13.
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