Biography of James M. Merritt
Erie County, NY Biographies


Merritt, James M., Buffalo.-This well known and enterprising business man was born in Smyrna, Chenango county, N. Y., August 28, 1827, but removed with his parents to Chicago, in 1835, where they remained until 1840, when they returned east. In 1848 he found employment with Mr. Miles Jones, as pork inspector, with whom he remained for five years. In 1856 he was a commercial gauger of wines. In 1862 he was appointed United States gauger of wines, which position he filled for twelve consecutive years. He at this date took charge of the extensive liquor business of Mr. Thomas Clark, in which he continued until the death of Mr. Clark in 1882, when, in company with two others of the same establishment, he succeeded him in business, which was continued for three years under the firm name of Brown, Merritt & Moore. Mr. Moore retired in 1885, and Messrs. Brown & Merritt continued the business until March, 1888, when Mr. Merritt became sole proprietor and has since continued the business alone. Mr. Merritt is a son of Peter and Sylvia (Merrill) Merritt of New England. He married Helen M. Derrick of Erie county, N. Y., in July, 1858, and three children have been born to them: Fred M., Mrs. Harvey D. Reynolds and N. Genevieve Merritt.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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