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Loyalist Directory: Joseph Merritt

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Surname : Merritt
Given name : Joseph
Rank :  
Where Resettled : Twenty Mile Creek on Lots 3, 4 and 5, Niagara Region
Status as Loyalist : Proven
Proof of Loyalty :  
Notes (Expunged, Suspended, Reinstated) :  
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Date & Place of Birth : 19/Jan/1742 in North Castle, New York
Settled before war : Fishkill, Dutchess County, New York
Date & Place of Death : 26/Feb/1813 in Grimsby Township, Lincoln County, Ontario
Place of Burial : Merritt's Burying Ground (Now called Merritt Settlement Cemetery)
"In clearing off part of his [Joseph's] home which has the cemetery, he said to his eldest son; ‘This is a nice high piece of ground. I will give one acre gratis for a cemetery that, in time, will be needed as the country becomes settled.' His eldest son William was the first one to be buried there at the early age of twenty-one."
(Quote from newspaper article)
Wife Name : Mary (Polly) Parker
Children : Moses Merritt m. Sarah Ackley;
Isaac Merritt m. 1. Jane Sternberg 2. Susannah Beemer;
Sarah Lucy Merritt m. Benjamin Johnson;
William Merritt m. Catherine Secord;
Susan Merritt m. Caleb Travis;
Elijah Merritt m. Mary Hopkins;
Margaret Merritt m. 1. ? Hindson, 2. Rev. D. W. Eastman;
Prudence Merritt m. Isaac Shaw;
Mary (Polly) Merritt m. Henry Johnson;
Joseph Merritt Jr. m. Martha Smith;
Daniel Merritt m. 1. Sarah Culver, 2. Eve May 3. Mary Jane Bates.
Biography : The following document was drawn up eight months before the Revolution officially ended. This ‘abstract' was found, in 2005, in the Poughkeepsie, New York Registry Office under MEN – MZ, Book of Deeds Forfeitures and Sales (Liber #8 – p. 477). It concerns Joseph Merritt and a ‘Commissioner of Forfeitures', Ebenezer Boyd. (In the book History of Putnam County New York Ebenezer Boyd was listed among the many ‘Commissioners of Forfeitures'.) The following document is numbered #6232.16.0, and it's dated Feb. 10th, 1785 (as written in Liber #8):
ALL that Certain Tract or parcel of Land, Situate [sic] in Fredricksburg precinct in Dutchess County formerly the property of Joseph Merrit [sic], Now in possession of the said Ebenezer Boyd, Being part of a farm known & Distinguished in a map thereof Made by Benjamin Morgan as farm Number Seventy six [sic] on lot Number five; BEGINING [sic] at a black oak tree at the South Easterly Corner and runs South Seventy four [sic] Degrees West thirty six Chains ninety three links Then North fifteen Degrees West fifty four chains Twenty links to a Stake Standing Twenty links North of a Marked Dog wood tree, Then North Seventy four Degrees East thirty six chains Ninety links to a heap of Stones, then South fifteen Degrees East, fifty four chains twenty links to the place of Begining [sic] CONTAINING ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY FOUR ACRES Exclusive of Highways, be the Same More or less...
The above document was accepted by the United Empire Loyalist's Association as proof of ‘Land Forfeiture' and proof that Joseph Merritt was indeed a U.E.L.

"In 1792 Joseph Merritt Sr. came to Upper Canada with his son Isaac who was about 18 years of age at that time. They were ‘directed to', and cleared land on the south side of Twenty Mile Creek (‘The Twenty') (Located near Smithville in the Niagara region of Southern Ontario) Once that was done they planted a crop of wheat and then returned to Fishkill, Dutchess County, New York, to bring the rest of the family north with them. In June of 1793 Joseph and his family settled on Twenty Mile Creek on "Lots 3, 4 and 5 in the Range south of The Twenty, later called Merritt's Settlement" which was in Range II south of the creek, near Smithville." That was taken from a newspaper article.

(Many years later Joseph's great-granddaughter Harriet Victoria Merritt (daughter of Hamilton C. Merritt and granddaughter of Daniel Merritt) had a story to tell about those early days. Harriet was born in 1854 and she died in 1945. Her niece Emma, Mrs. J.J. Shirton, gave Harriet's story to the local paper and the newspaper article, entitled ‘Pioneer Days', appeared in the paper. Unfortunately I haven't, as yet, been able to locate that newspaper, or the date on which it was written.)
Proven Descendants : Col. John Butler 2006.12.04; Col. John Butler 2007.01.29; Col. John Butler 2007.10.29; Col. John Butler 2008.09.08; New Brunswick 2008.10.06; Col. John Butler 2008.10.27; Col. John Butler 2009.07.27; Col. John Butler 2012.03.05; Col. John Butler 2012.03.19; Col. John Butler 2012.03.05; Col. John Butler 2012.03.19; Chilliwack 2013.04.15; Chilliwack 2013.12.02; Chilliwack 2014.10.20; Chilliwack 2014.10.27; Chilliwack 7.14.2015 (Larry Gordon Merritt);
Military Info :  
Loyalist Genealogy : Joseph Merritt, b. 19/Jan/1742, m. Mary (Polly) Parker circa 1770, d. 26/Feb/1813;
Elijah Merritt, b. 31/Aug/1782, m. Mary Hopkins in 1819, d. 10/Jul/1867;
Alpheus Merritt, b. 31/Aug/1820, m. Frances (Fanny) Wetmore 24/Nov/1841, d. 11/Apr/1880;
Mary Adelaide Merritt, b. 8/Mar/1845, m. Israel Dody Marshall 26/Sep/1866, d. 20 Aug/1885;
Alpheus Ephnor Marshall, b. 29/Jul/1875, m. Jessie Rachel Cavers 23/Jun/1908, d. 4/Sep/1954;
Jessie Elvoretta Marshall, b. 8/Jul/1912, m. Rev. Arthur Welburn Jones 4/Jul/1939, d.5/Sep/2006
Marilyn Ann Jones, m. Gordon William Whatley
Family History :  
Family Genealogy :  
Sources : Merritt Crescent in Grimsby, Ontario, was named after Joseph and Mary Merritt (found in the book – The Streets of Grimsby From ‘A' – ‘W')

[1] Annals of the Forty – No. 1 – 1783-1818 – p, 18-19. Compiled by R. Janet Powell. Grimsby Historical Society. 1955. Reprint 1986.
[2] Pelletreau, William. History of Putnam County New York – Commemorative Edition. Brewster, New York. 1975 – p. 95.
[3] Liber Book #8 – page 477, found in the Poughkeepsie, New York Land Rrgistry Office.

Information submitted by Marilyn Ann (Jones) Whatley
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