||(Of Nash Co NC)
||Bef 22 Nov 1825
||, Greene, Ga
||28 Jun 2005
||Benjamin Merritt, b. 10 Nov 1731, , NC
||1773 Elizabeth Merritt dtr of William born NC.
1777-Nash Co., NC was created in 1777 with the division of Edgecombe Co. In the North Carolina
State Archives are the North Carolina Legislative Papers: there are more than 1500 boxes of
these loose papers which pertain to all forms of business transacted by the North Carolina
Legislature from 1729 until 1935. One of these loose papers is the original petition for the division
of Edgecombe Co. into separate counties. The petition was dated 17 Nov. 1777 and followed by
254 signatures; among them were the signatures of : Benjamin Whitehead, William Dortch,
Isaac Newsam, Lewis Dortch, Nathan Whitehead and William Whitehead. (from Steve Martin
on GenForum)1779 Benjamin Merritt , Father of William, died NC
William Merritt of Nash Co NC appoints William Daniel and Jacob Cain of Wilkes and Greene Co Ga
as his attorneys
Jacob-proberly the one on GenCircles.com married Elizabeth Coates dtr of Leslie d 1808 Wilkes Co Ga &
1789 Cain John GA Greene 3 Tax Index 1789 Richard GA Greene WHITE 37 GA TX List 1833 GA Greene Cain, Thomas L. married Swann, Mary R. on 04 Sep (moved to Falls Co, TX) 1860 Cain Manoh GA Greene Long Shoals PO 542
1783 William & Benjamin rec. land Grants Wilks Co Ga. Benjamin sold his Nov 20 1798.
Page 635 Land Grant-William 1783-1785
Page 637 Land Grant-Benjamin 1783-1785
1784-Apr. 28-William sold 110 acres parcel on Beach Run originally willed to brother Henry-
To Reuben Taylor of same- Nash for 100 pds a tract of 110 acres on NS of Beach Run adj. Joseph Exum.
Wt. WM Whitehead and Joseph J. Clinch
1784- Nash Co. NC
23 July 1784 - Lewis Dortch and wife, Ann Dortch, of Nash Co. to Isaac Newsom of same, for
300 pounds a tract of 200 acres on the north side of Swift Creed adjoining William Dortch,
James Nelson, and Thomas Hart. Wit.: William Merritt, John Jones, and Absolom Sauls.
(parts from Steve Martin)1785-1809 Passports issued by Gov of Ga. to Ezekiel Brown and William Merritt and Blount Cato
thru Creek Nation..(Mississippi Terr)
1787 William's property bounded by William Evans & Tabitha who had moved to Wilks on
Beaverdam of Richmond Creek.
1787 Feb 20 William Daniel to Thomas for $50 230 acres bought for taxes.
1789-99 Tax Digest-William---- Greene Cwh 1789-no others found.
1790-SOURCE: ibid., p. 147. (Nash Co., NC. Deed Bk. 4, # 80) 27 Dec. 1790 - William Merritt and wife, Nancy Merritt, Nash Co. to Isaac Dortch of
Northampton Co. for 210 pds. Virginia money a tract of 280 acres on the south side of Swift
Creek adjoining Jelks, William Merritt, Benjamin Merritt, and the road. Wit.: James Hilliard and
Isaac Newsom. (from Steve Martin)
1790 Feb 2 TREES OF WILSON publication of Wilson Co NC Gen. Soc. Nov. 1997 page 8 Power of
Attorney Sec. of State papers SS 832 Folder 1 State of NC Know all men by these present that
I William Merritt of the County of Nash and State aforesaid..appoint my trusty friends William
Daniel and Jacob Cain of the County of Wilkes and Green in the State of Georgia my true and
lawful attorneys..to obtain from the state of Georgia aforesaid a patent or grant for a tract of
land lying and being in Franklin Co. in said State situate on the waters of the Oconie River
containing two hundred and eighty seven and 1/2 acres which land was allowed by the state
aforesaid to John Boyd for his services during the last was.. signed Wm. Meritt,witnessed by P.
Collier and R. Shepard.
1794 Apr. 19 Pg. 80 Greene Co. Ga Deed Bk. B 1793-1802 Recorded May 8, 1795
Thomas P. Wagnon of Oglethorpe Co. to William Merit of Warren Co. for 6400 sterling.
409 acres on s fork of 1.150 acres acres originally granted to Benjamin Few and conveyed by
said Few to P. Wagnon from Wagnon to said Thomas P. Wagnon s/Thomas Wagnon. Wit.
John Powers, Edmd. Daniell JP
Later?? (Aft Apr. 1794)
William was summoned to court in Greene as a guarnisher...against Thomas and William
Daniele. He said he had no property of William Daniele's at this time. He said that this ...is
not indebted to the same Wm. Daniele in any manner whatever. Thomas had his lawyer
Peter Early and said that Wm. Merritt had in his hands property of Wm. Daniele.
1799- Jan. In will of his Father-
Item: I give and bequeath to my son WILLIAM MERRITT, one hundred and forty acres of
land lying on the south side of swift creek beginning at a tall point on the creek, then up the
new road at the corner of the fence then direct course to the road crosses Garles Branch then
up Garles Branch to the head line then down my line to the creek.
1799 Jan 15 Thomas Daniel to son Charles 293 acres Richmond Creek granted William Ramsey and
Thomas Daniel adj. McAlpins.
1800 Feb 12 Edmon Daniel land surveyed in Franklin Co Granted Greene Joseph Kee, Erwin
Ramsey, his lands go to Charles after death. Thomas Daniel and wife Sara. From
Genealogical Abstracts From the Georgia Journal Milledgeville Newspaper
1800 William Merritt received a land grant Greene Co Ga. He got 710 acres Apalachee River pg. 41
HISTORY OF GREENE CO Rice & Williams
1800 Tax List William Meriott 1801-026.
1802 William sold 710 acres granted in Land Grant 3 Mar 1800 for $10 to Thomas Daniel-who is in
other transcations with him..a small sum, even then.
First mention of Thomas found 1789 Mar 24..land transaction involving Samuel Thornton and
Elizabeth of Wilks, William Shelby of Greene..and Robert Curry.28 acres on Richmond creek
granted to William Baldwin 8 Feb 1785.
1809-"Passports Issued by Governors of Ga, 1785-1809", by Mary G. Bryan, reprinted from Nat. Gen. Soc. Qrt., 1959, 1962, page 26, Major Ezekiel Brown and Wm. Merritt of Greene Co. wish to travel to the Miss Terr. and need a passport, granted 26 Sept 1809, signed Starling Cato, Recommendation for Ezekiel Brown, William Merritt, and Blount Catoe page 55, ordered that a passport through the Creek nation be prepared for Maj. Ezekiel Brown and William Merritt and Blount Cato, page 494, Saturday 30 Sept 1809 "Passports Issued by Governors of Ga, 1785-1809", by Mary G. Bryan, reprinted from Nat. Gen. Soc. Qrt.,
page 26, Major Ezekiel Brown and Wm. Merritt of Greene Co. wish to travel to the Miss Terr. and need a
passport, granted 26 Sept 1809, signed Starling Cato, Recommendation for Ezekiel Brown, William Merritt,
and Blount Catoe
page 55, ordered that a passport through the Creek nation be prepared for Maj. Ezekiel Brown and William
Merritt and Blount Cato, page 494, Saturday 30 Sept 1809
1823-31 Aug. Will of William Merritt- Greene Co. Ga.-from original
In the name of God amen. I William Merritt of the County, State aforesaid being in a low State of health but of
perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will Testament
Item 1st I will that the tract of land on which I now live in Greene County be sold on a credit of one two
three years payments to be made in three annual instalments and the tract of land I own in Wilkinson be sold
on the credit of one yaar.
Item 2nd I will that my negroes Lemon Joe Lewis Amos Seaborn Rachel Nan Mime Loree Soppha Judy their
child Henny the young boy child of Henny not named bes Vining Edy and young boy child of Bush not named
together with all the residue of my property both real personal exept my old negro man _affy be sold on a
credit of twelve months.
Item 3rd I will that the proceeds of the sales of my property be divided and appropiated? in the fllowing
manner as to the children of my daughter Elizabeth Brown being nine in number named as follows:
William M. Brown
James M Brown
The children of my deceased daughter Nancy Greene being six in numbber named
one equal distributive each to be paid to my said Grandchldren as the boys may arrive at the age of twenty
one. As the girls arrive at the age of twenty one or marry. But should any of the said grand children die
before they arrive at twenty one years or before they marry then the distributive share of such deceased
legatee shall go to be divided amony my surviving grand children. Or should my daughter ELizabeth Brown
have any further issue male or female such issue shall come in and be allowed an equal distributive with my
grand children above named.
Item 4th If at my decease a crop should be planted I wish the whole of my estate to remain together until the
crop is finished. Then the crop to be sold with the balance of my property except cotton which may be sold at
the usual market when my executors so choose.
Item 5th I give to my daughter Elizabeth Brown my negro man named Jaffy. I command her to show him that
indulgence I treat him with that humanity I care to which his faithful services untio ___ so long as he lives.
Item 6th I wish all the sales of my property to be made at my plantation the real as well as personal estate
except my land in Wilkinson which myay be sold at such place as my executors may think will most advance
the interest of my estate. The proceeds of all my sales to remain in the ___ until the division___
This will is authorized to receive their shares respectivly.
Item 7 last page "I do hereby constiture and appoint Douglas Watson, Ebenezer Torrence..Ex. of this my
last will and testiment hearby revoking all other wills by me heretofore made." Signed in the presence of
Henry Rogers, Charles A. Redd, Henry Sanford, recorded 5 Feb 1825. Douglas Watson also ex of will of
1825-Nov 14th- Georgia Greene County
Court of Ordinary November term 1825
Personally appeared on open Court Honn Rogers T Harris before two of the subscribing witnesses to within
will ___duly swrn say that they saw the within named WIlliam Merritt ___s___ _hear him acknowledge the
within instrument to be his last will testament That they each believe him to be of perfect sound mind and
memory at the time of his so doing And that they each together with Charles J Redd subscribed this name as
writ nes? thereto in the presence of the testator
Sworn to in open COurt Henry Rogers H sanford Recorded 3rd Feb. 1826
1825- 1809-1840 Vol 3 1824-1828...by Hartz..1994. 9 (Issue Nov. 22 1924)
And Whereas Lemuel Greene and Ezekiel Brown apply for letters of administration with the will
annexed on the estate of Wm. Merritt, late of said county, deceased
1825- Nov 14 William's will probated. He named his two dtr. and their children and their husbands.
William Merritt, next number is #69s William Wadle (Wade?)
1825-Nov 22 issue page 367--same time as Reuben Brown's.. And whereas Lemuel Greene and
Ezekiel Brown apply for letters of administration with the will annexed on the estate of William
Merritt late of said county deceased.
1825-1829 Vol 4 from Abstracts of Ga. Journal Ga. Greene Co: Lemuel Greene and Ezekiel Brown
file their petition for letters of dismission from the estate of Wm. Merritt, late of said county,
deceased. (Signed) Thomas W. Grimes C.C.O.
1826- GA WILLS 1733-1860 Ted Brooke
Will of William Merritt Will Book F 109
1826- From Issue Nov 7, 1826 Notice...That on Thursday the 4th of Jan next, will be sold at the
late residence of Wm Merritt, late of Greene Co , that valuable and well known tract of land
containing 561 acres..situated on Sheneis Creek, adjoining Isaac Beddell..there is about 200
acres cleared Sold afreeable to the last will and testament of said decased..signed Ezekiel
Brown,Lemuel Greene adm. with the will annexed. pg 555
1828 Mar 12 Taliaferro Co Ga pg 118 Deed Book A Adminstrs. of Wm. Merritt dec'd. to Thomas
Asbury by Lemuel Green and Ezekiel Brown Test. Wm. W. D Weaver; Thomas Grant: P H
JP 3-12-1828. (found by Merrill Brown Oct. 1994)
1828,1829 Returns..Isaac Bedel, Lemuel Green, W.W. Weaver, Joel E. Mercer, Camak Ragland,
Ezekiel Brown Jr., Wm. M. Brown, Jack? E Mercer, Th. W. Grimes...got money.
1833 Jan. 10th, May 1833, Dec. 9 1833 William's estate was probated by Samuel Turner and
Ezekiel Brown adm. Ezekiel Brown Jr. got balance of legacy as per will his own and Emily
Greene now Emily Brown. Paid Thomas J. Bedell in part for Caroline M. Greene now Caroline
M. Bedell. Legacy under the will. To be paid Thomas J. Bedell in full ...
1910 The heris of Wm. Merritt Pt 640 acres 84 months Service July 15, 85 Pri. inf. & Cav. Rec 76.65
NC Countl. line Mar 4 1831 71 years old Pension Commencement 976. Wm. Merritt Privt NC Rev
Pensioners Act. 1818-1832 as rept. Sep. of St. to Cong. 1835 (Wm Brown #33 Privt. Calv. Mine?
Note from Sam Canupstoveman@worldnet.att.net Aug. 98 says Mr. Douglas Watson was named Ex.
Birth date is from History of Stewart Co. Ga. which shows him child of a
Benjamin b 1731 and Mary.. This Benj. was son of Thomas b 1703 and Martha.