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116    MERRITT, WILLIAM, JR. [E38.1]

      Location - Williams Township. At edge of woods 400 feet east of SR 1008, Farrington Road, 0.75 mile north of intersection with SR 1717, Lystra Road

      Coordinates: 35d 49m 46.0s N; 79d 01m 19.0s W Click here for Google maps

      This cemetery was located by Gerald Oldham in 1989. Four (4) grave markers on a single stone were recorded by Barbara Roth, 10 October 1993. On 14 February 1996, Will M. Heiser visited the cemetery and noted field stones or raised areas for 12 graves with space for a total of 16 graves.

      Owner: Joyce Tilley-Nash.
      Legal Description: Deed Book JD-264, 15 Sep 1943 to Robert and Annie Loretta Barbee Tilley. Estate Record 92E-37, probate of Will of Annie Loretta Barbee Tilley to Shirley T. Wheeler and Joyce Ellen Tilley Goodwin (No mention of cemetery).
      Topo Quadrant: Farrington.
      Family owned: Yes.
      Maintained and in use: Yes.
      Number of graves: 12.
      Cemetery size: 25' x 40'.
      White: Yes.
      Unrestricted access: Yes.
      Well maintained: Yes.
      Enclosed: Yes.
      Enclosed explanation: Low granite curbing.
      Enclosed conditions: Good.
      Markers: Yes.
      Markers with inscriptions: Yes.
      Number of readable markers: 4.
      Last burial: 1867.
      First burial: 1825.
      Markers damaged: Yes.
      Last canvassed by: Gerald Oldham (1989); Barbara Roth (10 Oct 1993); Will M. Heiser. Date: 14 Feb 1996.


  1. Merritt, Ann Eliza   (b. 27 Oct 1822 - d. 3 Jun 1825)
      • Daughter of William, Jr. and Sarah 'Sally' (Rencher) Merritt. See original marker card for #6256, William Merritt, Jr., for additional information.
  2. Merritt, Leonidas John   (b. 8 Jun 1830 - d. 1 Jul 1862)
      • Son of William, Jr. and Sarah 'Sally' (R.) Merritt. Footstone: Lieut. L.J.M. Footstone: Lieut. L.J.M. Sarah 'Sally' (Rencher) Merritt Fell at Battle of Malvern Hill, 1 Jul 1862. See original marker card for #6256, William Merritt, Jr., for additional information.
  3. Merritt, Sarah 'Sally' (Rencher)   (b. 9 Apr 1791 - d. 22 Dec 1859)
      • Wife of William Merritt, Jr. Sister of Abe Rencher, Congressman. See card for more info.
  4. Merritt, William, Jr.   (b. 10 Jul 1785 - d. 17 Nov 1867)
      • Husband of Sarah 'Sally' (Rencher) Merritt. Son of William Merritt, Sr. 3' x 4'. See card for more info Stone erected in 1940's with 4 names.


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