Re: [Genealogy Research Club] Asa MERRITT found 1880 Forestburgh, Sullivan Co., NY
- On 5/18/2012 9:31 AM, Joy Weaver wrote:
> I am hoping to find a NY State Death Certificate for Asa MERRITT, b.Since you are active on a number of genealogy lists I assume you have
> abt. 1822 probably in Town of Marlborough, Ulster Co., NY. Last
> location I have for him is the 1880 census in which he is listed as age
> 57. He had a wife, Harriet and daughter, Mary C., who was born in PA
> (they lived for awhile in Damascus, Wayne Co, PA, so likely born there)
> and was age 23 in 1880, single.
> I need at least an approximate date of death for him. I had hoped to
> find a will, but learned that Sullivan County probate records were
> destroyed in a fire.
> What I am really looking for is the names of his parents. According to
> Civil War pension papers of David M. TAYLOR, son of Nancy Jane MERRITT,
> Asa was his uncle. Nancy died in 1862, too early for NY State Death
> Cert., so I am hoping that her apparent brother, Asa, lived long enough
> after 1880 to have a NY State death certificate issued. Nancy was my
> husband's gggm.
done much of these already.
Have you searched for him on the 1892 and 1905 NYS Census. I just tried
the 1892 and no records founds so he must have died before 1892
How old was Asa in in the 1850 - 1870 Census?
Search for Merritts in Ulster County in the 1830 and 1840 Census.
Follow through on those families that have a male in the right age
groups to be Asa.
- Thanks for the suggestions, Bob.
I was planning to post a follow-up today because one thing I'd forgotten
to look at before I posted the question turned out to be a huge
success. I found the following at Sullivan County, NY US Genweb: GLEN
COVE CEMETERY (Old School District Burying Ground) [Narrowsburg, NY]
AD Merrit died Sept 19, 1868 AE 6y 11m 9d
Asa Merritt died Aug 15, 1888 AE 66y
his wife Harriet A Decker
"They rest from their (to--rs) their words do follow them"
So now I have Asa's death date. Yesterday, a friend who lives in Albany
checked for a death certificate, but apparently none was filed. My next
step, I think, is to try the Town Clerk for Forestburgh where he lived
in 1880. I will also see if I can find a marriage record at a church in
Thompson, Sullivan Co., where I think he was married around 1855. I'm
not sure which church, but the most likely are Methodist and Baptist, so
I will be looking for those denominations first. (I've looked at the
FHC catalog, but it doesn't look promising). I will also check for a
baptism in the area of Marlborough, Ulster County, or Newburgh, Orange
County, around 1822. (A couple of microfilms in the FHC catalog look
Any other thoughts about where I might find the names of Asa's parents
would be appreciated.
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- On 5/30/2012 9:26 AM, Joy Weaver wrote:
> Thanks for the suggestions, Bob.What is ALL the info for Asa and family in the 1880 Census?
> I was planning to post a follow-up today because one thing I'd forgotten
> to look at before I posted the question turned out to be a huge
> success. I found the following at Sullivan County, NY US Genweb: GLEN
> COVE CEMETERY (Old School District Burying Ground) [Narrowsburg, NY]
> AD Merrit died Sept 19, 1868 AE 6y 11m 9d
> Asa Merritt died Aug 15, 1888 AE 66y
> his wife Harriet A Decker
> "They rest from their (to--rs) their words do follow them"
> So now I have Asa's death date. Yesterday, a friend who lives in Albany
> checked for a death certificate, but apparently none was filed. My next
> step, I think, is to try the Town Clerk for Forestburgh where he lived
> in 1880. I will also see if I can find a marriage record at a church in
> Thompson, Sullivan Co., where I think he was married around 1855. I'm
> not sure which church, but the most likely are Methodist and Baptist, so
> I will be looking for those denominations first. (I've looked at the
> FHC catalog, but it doesn't look promising). I will also check for a
> baptism in the area of Marlborough, Ulster County, or Newburgh, Orange
> County, around 1822. (A couple of microfilms in the FHC catalog look
> like possibilities).
>Why do you think the Asa was born in Marlborough, Ulster Co., NY?
> Any other thoughts about where I might find the names of Asa's parents
> would be appreciated.
Look in the 1830 - 1840 for Merritts in Ulster and Sullivan and Orange
Counties. Check out families that have males that could have been born
Have you looked for him in the 1850 Census?
Here he is:
Name: Asa Merritt
Event Date: 1850
Event Place: Thompson, Sullivan, New York, United States
Birthplace: New York
Estimated Birth Year: 1822
Dwelling House Number: 881
Family Number: 892
Line Number: 14
NARA Publication Number: M432
NARA Roll Number: 603
Film Number: 444319
Digital Folder Number: 004215526
Image Number: 00132
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Asa Merritt M 28 New York
Harriet Merritt F 23 New York
Wm H Decker M 17 New York
Nancy Munroe F 20 New York
- Thank you again, Bob.
I was not clear in my own mind when I gave the information about the
1860 census and the probable 1855 marriage date. Here is what I have
actually found: Asa & wife Harriet in Thompson, Sullivan Co, NY in 1850
census; *not* found 1860; in 1870 in Damascus, Wayne Co., PA ; in 1880
in Forestburgh, Sullivan Co, NY . Asa's dtr, Mary C. consistently b.
1857 in PA.
This search for information about Asa's parents began as a result of
receiving an 85-page Civil War Invalid Pension record for David M.
Taylor (enlisted 1862 at Albany, NY in 14th U.S. Inf.). David was the
son of Nancy Jane Merritt, my husband's 2ggm. It is Nancy's parents I
am really seeking. An interview in the pension file says that David
once worked as a sawyer for his uncle Asa Merritt in Damascus, PA.
Other interviews (and census records) say that David's wife was the
daughter of Phebe Merritt and Richard Scott and that Phebe was the
sister of David's mother. Phebe and Richard named a son Asa, which
boosts the likelihood that Asa was Phebe's brother and therefore Nancy's
brother as well. Nancy was born abt 1813 in the Town of Marlborough,
Ulster Co, NY (State census and family records). Phebe and Richard are
in the 1860 census in Newburgh, Orange Co, NY (which is quite common for
people from Marlborough which is right on the Town of Newburgh border).
Later, they lived in W.Damascus, PA.
My reasoning is that Nancy Jane, Phebe and Asa are siblings and were
born in or near Marlborough, Ulster Co. There are several branches of
Merritts in that area, descending from a line who settled earlier in
Westchester Co., NY. (The early settlers were Quakers, but the Ulster/
Orange County descendants were mostly Methodist where I've found church
records so far, except for one Baptist adult baptism). I have not found
children named Nancy, Phebe and Asa in any Merritt line so far. There is
a Phebe in one line, but may not be this Phebe.
Nancy Jane Merritt married John Taylor and settled in Albany, NY. After
his death around 1846, Nancy married James Burnside and moved to
Schodack, Rensselear Co., NY. After her death in 1862, James and his
children moved to Marlborough, leaving most of the Taylor children in
Schodack. The reason for that move was that Nancy's oldest daughter had
married a man from Marlborough and James was apparently in need of help
in caring for his children who were still young. This strengthens the
ties to Ulster Co. Nancy's daughter must have spent time with Merritt
relatives there in order to have met and married a Marlborough man.
(Sounds like a cigarette ad).
I have 1850+ State and Federal census information for all of the above,
but so far very little other documentation. You are right that I should
look at 1820 - 1830 census for Merritts with at least a son and two
daughters in the right age group. I will do that.
I know that's a lot of information, yet still not enough perhaps. I
hope it explains why I am looking for Asa's parents and why I believe he
was born in Ulster Co. I am also looking for the marriage of Phebe
Merritt and Richard Scott which should be in the Marlborough-Newburgh
area around 1837 (based on oldest child's dob) and also Nancy and John
Taylor's around 1830. I've looked in the Albany area, but am coming to
think that Nancy may have married in Ulster or Orange Co. and then
settled in Albany afterward.
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