Posted By:Kemi Price
Subject:Mary J. (Merrill) Swope d. 28 Sept. 1889 Hancock County, IL
Post Date:January 31, 2009 at 15:17:39
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I am descended from Mary J. Merrill, who married George P. Swope 22 June 1837 in Boone County, KY.
She was born 15 May 1818, presumably in KY. She died 28 Sept 1889 in Hancock County, IL.
Her middle name might be Juliett. One of their daughters is named Mary Juliett Swope.

According to the marriage record, her father was John W. Swope.

I was hoping you might have information on this Merrill family.

I thought there might be a connection to the John McIver Merrill family because of the names Mary J. Merrill and George P. Swope gave their children:

Benjamin Sinclair Swope b. 1839 (John McIver Merrill had sons named Benjamin and Sinclair)
Mildred E. Swope b. 1841 (John McIver Merrill's wife's name was Mildred)
Jacob Swope b. 1842
Mary Juliet Swope b. 1845
Michael B. Swope b. 1847
George Swope b. 1851
Elizabeth Swope b. 1855
John McKeever Swope b. 1859 (John McKeever could be a variation of John McIver)
Cora Swope b. 1861
Helena Swope b. 1864

Can you shed any light on the family of Mary J. Merrill?