Biography of William D. Merrick
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Merrick, William Dewitt, is a grandson of Moses Merrick, who was born in Wales, dying in Carlton, this county in 1845, aged nearly ninety. William M., son of Moses, and father of our subject, was born in Chenango county, and died in Rochester in 1888, aged eighty seven. He came to Carlton in 1838 and bought the farm where his son now lives, comprising 185 acres. He married Mary Jarvis, born in Chenango county in 1808 and died in 1868. Their children were: Eldridge J., Cordelia F., Calista Amarintha. William D., our subject, who was born in Nunda, Livingston county, May 2, 1835; Eliza J., Marion C., Maria L., Susan L. and Mary S. William D. was educated in the district schools near Oak Orchard, and finished at Yates Academy. He moved to his present farm with his parents when three years of age, and after reaching manhood he bought a farm in Waterport, where he remained four years, then sold out and removed to Rochester, remaining ten years, and engaging in market gardening. Returning to the old homestead, took up farming on the old place, and has since resided here. He married in Kendall Millicent E. Whitney, February 5, 1862. She was born in Kendall in 1840. Their children are: Charles W., born September 18, 1864, died April 19, 1865; Star K., born July 5, 1866; Florence Grace, born in Rochester January 19, 1871. Mr. Merrick married first Elizabeth S. Gray, born in Scottsville in 1835, and had by her one child, Wallace a, born in Carlton December 20, 1857, who resides in Yates. Our subject is a Republican.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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