David Thornton Merritt-born 30 Sep 1823 Sampson Co NC-14 Jan 1855 Baker married Elizabeth Ann Brown of Bullock Co Ga born Sep 1821 Emanuel Co Ga.
They had Willard Hinton 1845 3 marriages kids by each
Sarah C 1846 married an Atwell
Robert Algernon 1848 married Mary Jane Minter
James "Jim" 1851 married Harriet Jane Tipton
Mary married a Reynolds
David was the son of Gabriel who produced most of those in Baker- born 23 Jan 1782 died after Aug 1931 Sampson Co NC and Sarah
David was 1313 HH
Sarah was 1414
Wright was 1515
Kitty Ann Tipton was 1616
Lewis Boring was 1717
Logan Mathis was 1919
All of these are shown by the Baker Co Census Taker as being born Sampson Co NC
Wright Merritt son of Gabriel married Mary Vickers 15 Jan 1843 Randolph Co Ga. She was born 1 Jul 1814 Twiggs Co Ga died 27 Feb 1884.
Wright born 25 Apr 1817 Sampson Co NC died 28 Mar 1888
Tempa Jane 1843
Mary Ellen 1846
Benjamin Fleming 1850
Eliza "Kiddie" 1853
Mary Ellen born 10 Apr 1846 Baker Co Ga -31 Oct 1912-married into my family-Henry Aycock 9 children-more
Jesse married Ada A Jordan
Benj. married Anna Leilh Davidson 5 kids
Eliza m J Taylor Mote (Mete)
Temperance Jane married Thomas Tipton and had at least 3 children Her whole name was used in will of Aunt Unity Merritt Dec 1 1873. (You will note the Tipton family intermingled with the Merritt-several in Baker)
Jacob Henry Merritt born 22 Jun 1830 Sampson was in Baker 1850. son of Gabriel- married Angeline Cox Woodcock- born 28 Jul 1835 Bulloch Co Ga-22 Dec 1893 Geneva Al 4 known children
Richard Garrison CSA 9 Mar 1833 Sampson NC d a 1965 married 1853 Early Co Ga Rebecca Collins b a 1830 Early, 13 Mar 1895 Randolph 5 known children-more. I have worked on this family for my Friend Rubye Lewis--more later)
Richard is said by many to have been born after Gabriel's death-
He is recorded, however, still alive-
and there is this:
1828-1831-From The Merritt Families of NC by Lynn Turner...August Term 1828 Gabriel gave bond for
support of a basterd child of Amelia Money which he was charged of being the reputed Father...Aug
Term 1830 Amelia allowed $12 for maintenance of bastard child begotten on her body by Gabriel
Merret. Aug 1831 Amelia got $8 for one year Feb 1 1830 to Feb 1
Also there Absolom, Levy, Sam, Burrwell,Frederick,Jacob,Michael,David,Wm.
Census says Rutehrford, but is noted with Sampson...1831
Several of Sara's children were born after his death. (Supposidly)
That might make some folks leave NC for parts unknown!
1820-Gabriel wrote his will-Sampson Co NC- a copy was in Morgan, Calhoun, Ga. (There is evidence that he did not die then-see below-and probably produced other children after this date)
Note there is no PROBATE date here-just making a will.
When a lot of these pioneers decided to move-they made wills before they left. It was a rough road,and many died.
You will find many instances of a will where they came from-and probation-where they or the family-ended up, or in both areas.
State of North Carolina- I, I.R. Beaman clerk of the court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions in & for the County of Sampson do hereby certify the forgoing to be a true copy of Gabriel Merritts will as now apart of the record of my office.
Witness whereof I have hereto set my hand & seal of my office the 17th day of October 1856 & 81st year of American Independence."
I.R. Beaman, CLK A(This is as close as I can find to a probation date, more in keeping with when he actually died)
After his will-he was definately alive-as proved by these two things:
1821-May Term Deed from Gabriel Merrit to Saul Smith Oath of J Corbitt..
1823-Aug Term 1823 Frederick Sasser Appt overseer of road in room of Gabriel Merritt. (Probably selling out-and moving here but not called dec'd)
I am not familiar with Stephen and Nancy-but my two Genealogy Friends-Rubye Lewis and Flo Young-who actually have this family-may be able to help you. If you E-mail me (NOT HERE) I will be glad to share these e-mails.
Ms. Gerry Hill-Professional Genealogist Albany Ga
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