Biography of La Fayette Merritt
Yates County, NY Biographies





Merritt, La Fayette, son of John, was born in Dutchess County, N. Y., in 1825, and the same year his father came to the town of Jerusalem, and purchased a large tract of land, converting it into a valuable farm, a portion of which is still in the Merritt family. Of nine children, only one brother, Van Rensselaer, is living, a resident of Missouri, and two sisters, Mrs. Teats and Mrs. Davis, of Penn Yan, are living. In 1859, Mr. Merritt married Hannah Bennett, of Milo. By this marriage there was one son, Elmer, who resides with his mother on the farm. Mr. Merritt was honest, honorable and kind. He had a lively sense of the beautiful and orderly, as one could see by a visit to his farm and fruit orchard. He had first refused to cultivate the grape, because they were converted into wine, but when the market bought them for table use, he began their cultivation. When it was proposed to found a college on the lake, he was one of its enthusiastic supporters. In 1836 he joined the Wesleyan Church, of Penn Yan, and was a member until the church disbanded. Some time afterwards he united with the M. E. Church, of which he was a member when he died.

From:
History of Yates County, N. Y.
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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