Biography of Dr. Hollis W. Merrick
Franklin County, NY Biographies





Hollis Washington Merrick, D. D. S., retired, has enjoyed a wide and successful practice at Fort Covington, and is recognized as one of the ommunity's most prominent citizens. He was born here March 16, 1846, the son of Irvin Anson and Lorinda (Wilson) Merrick.

Irvin Anson Merrick was born at Swanton, Vt., May 4, 1808, and the Merrick family is among the earliest families of New England. In 1636 four Merrick brothers came to America from Wales and settled at Charleston, Mass. It is from the oldest of these, William, that the Merricks of Fort Covington are descended. He was a man of prominence and influence and served in the colonial militia for six years under Captain Miles Standish. Irvin A. Merrick was a mechanic, carpenter, and builder, and tame to Fort Covington from Vermont in the early twenties. Through his industry and skill he materially aided in building the village of Fort Covington at that early date. He was married on Jan. 1, 1835, to Miss Lorinda Wilson, the daughter of Jonathan Wilson, a farmer of Fort Covington. To this union were born nine children, of whom Hollis Washington was the sixth in order of birth.

Hollis Washington Merrick attended the public schools of Fort Covington and became interested in the study of dentistry after his graduation from Fort Covington Academy. He studied in the office of Dr. George Crary, a leading dentist of Malone, and after a year established himself in practice at Chaumont. Six months later Dr. Merrick came to Fort Covington, Sept. 1, 1865, and throughout his long period of practice he has been numbered among Franklin County's leading dental surgeons.

On July 6, 1863, Dr. Merrick married Miss Harriet S. Cole, the daughter of William N. Cole, of Jefferson County. They had two daughters: 1. Emma L., born March 6, 1865, a graduate of Potsdam Normal School, and a teacher in the high school at Madrid, N. Y., before her marriage to J. Horton Lockwood, of Madrid. She died in 1888. 2. Grace H., a graduate of Potsdam Normal School, is the widow of James R. Lockwood, a cousin of her sister's husband. He engaged in business at Burlington, Vt., for many years and was owner of the Majestic Theatre there. His widow resides with her parents at Fort Covington.

Dr. Merrick has always been a Republican. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. They have recently spent the winter months in Florida, and divide the remainder of the year at their home in Fort Covington and with their daughter at Lake Champlain.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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