1773 Elizabeth Merritt dtr of William born NC.
ROSTER OF SOLDIERS FROM NC IN AMERICAN REV.William Merritt 272,461,581
From Colonial Soldiers of the South NC, Militia Muster Roll of Edgecombe NC. Co NC..1732-1774..
#35 is William Brown, #36 in William Brown Jr. #66 is Thomas Merritt, #67 is
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
1779 Benjamin Merritt , Father of William, died NC
1783 William & Benjamin rec. land Grants Wilks Co Ga. Benjamin sold his Nov 20 1798.
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.
1789-99 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
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 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.
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.
1825-31 Aug. William signed his will-
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 1826. Douglas Watson also ex of will of William Greene.
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- 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
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 ...
William Merritt- born 1755 died bef 22 Nov 1825 Greene Co Ga and Nancy- had only two daughters-according to his will
Elizabeth born abt 1783-probably Nash
married Ezekiel Brown-Greene Co Ga
Nancy born 17 Nov 1786-probably also Nash, but shown Ga
married Lemuel Greene in Greene Co Ga
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