Abel Merrill1,2

M, #731, b. circa 1793, d. before 1870
Last Edited=6 Jun 2011
     Abel Merrill, son of Charles Merrill and Elizabeth (?), was born circa 1793 at South Carolina.3 Abel Merrill was the son of Charles Merrill and Elizabeth (?).2

Abel Merrill married (?) Thomas before 1816 at Wayne County, Mississippi.2,1,4

Mary Collins Landin in The Collins and Travis Families and Their Allies, says the following about the Merrill family:

     "The Merrill/Merrell Family came to Jasper County, Mississippi from South Carolina. Early generations spelled the name Merrell, but some of the past three generations in the Shady Grove area of Jasper County have changed the spelling to Merrill. However, there are still some of the family, especially those around Rose Hill, who are diretly related but spell it both ways.

     "At the present time I do not know where in South Carolina the Merrills lived, but they married into the Bounds, Cooley, Davis and Thomas Families there, and parts of all five of these families settled in Jasper County...

     
     "All of the Merrill children had large families, and they have spread out and married into all of the old families of southeast Jasper County. At the present there are literally hundreds of descendents of Abel and both of his wives living there and elsewhere in Mississippi...

     "VelmaThomas Speights...has spent many, many hours researching the Merrill and Thomas Families. She plans to publish a book on the Merrills...Familiy members interested in further information on Thomas, Smiley, and Merrill Families should contact her."1

Abel Merrill married Eliza Cooley, daughter of William Cooley and Nancy Bounds, circa 1819 at Wayne County, Mississippi.2,4

In 1850, Abel Merrill appeared on the United States Census, at Jasper County, Mississippi.5

In 1860, Abel Merrill appeared on the United States Census, at Jasper County, Mississippi.6

In 1866, Abel Merrill appeared on the Mississippi State Census, at Jasper County, Mississippi, On this 1866 Mississippi State census, Abel Merrill is listed as follows: 1 white male between 10 and 20; 1 white male between 70 and 80; 1 white female between 10 and 20; 1 white female between 60 and 70; 1 freedwoman under 10; 1 freedwoman between 10 and 20.7

Abel Merrill died before 1870 at Jasper County, Mississippi. He did not appear on the census with his wife and two children. Probably was not living.8

Abel Merrill died in 1873 at Jasper County, Mississippi.1 and was buried at in an unmarked graves in Shady Grove Cemetery, Shady Grove, Jasper County, Mississippi.1

Child of Abel Merrill and (?) Thomas

Children of Abel Merrill and Eliza Cooley

Citations

  1. [S23] Mary Collins Landin, The Collins and Travis Families and Their Allies (Route 3 Box 290, Tom Collins Road, Utica, Mississippi 39175: Self Published, 1982). Hereinafter cited as Collins and Travis Families.
  2. [S10] Unknown author, "Family Group Sheets, Heidleberg Library Archives" (unknown compiler address). Unknown comments. Hereinafter cited as "Heidleberg Family Group Sheets."
  3. [S33] 1860 United States Census, population schedule; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  4. [S233] Jean and Edwards, Patricia N. Strickland, compiler, Who Married Whom in Wayne County, Mississippi (P.O. Box 5147, Moss Point, MS 39563: Self published, 1987), page 129. Hereinafter cited as Who Married Whom in Wayne County.
  5. [S37] 1850 United States Census, population schedule, Jasper County, Mississippi, p. 39, family 134.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  6. [S33] 1860 United States Census, population schedule, Jasper County, Mississippi, page 472, family 750.; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  7. [S125] 1866 Mississippi State Census; digital image by subscription, State of Mississippi http://ancestry.com; The Generations Network, Inc.. Photocopy or digital copy is in the personal records of this researcher.
  8. [S34] 1870 United States Census, population schedule; digital image by subscription, The Generations Network (http://www.ancestry.com); from the National Archives microfilm. A printed copy is in the personal records of this researcher.