||10 Nov 1731
||Bef Jan 1779
||, Nash, NC
||11 Sep 2002
||Thomas Merritt, b. Abt 1718, Tarboro, Edgecombe, NC
||1774-#3, Page 3 Nash County, North Carolina Record of Wills, Book 1 1776-1872, LDS #788303
In the Name of God, Amen.
I Elizabeth Rose of the County of Edgecombe and Province of North Carolina being weak in body but of proper
sense and memory, do therefore make and ordain this to be my last will and testament. In manner following,
Item: I give and bequeath to my son, EDWARD CLINCH and his heirs forever, my plantation and tract of land
adjoining to the land where I now live containing three hundred and fifty acres lying and being in the County
and Province aforesaid on the south side of Swift Creek and bounded as followeth:
Beginning at a which oak COL. WILLIAM WHITEHEADS corner, thence along his line south 330 poles to a pine,
thence south 160 poles to the cr. of two black oaks and a pine, thence north 330 poles to a corner of JEREMIAH
WILLIAMS line to a maple in the swamp. Thence west along the creek to the first station.
I also give and bequeath to my son EDWARD CLINCH, my negroes JUDITH and JEAN to him and his heirs
forever. I give and bequeath to my son EDWARD, my negroe GEORGE, who is now in his possession.
I also give and bequeath to my son EDWARD CLINCH, fifty pounds VIRGINIA, currency and a bed and furniture.
Item: I give and bequeath to my son JOSEPH JOHN CLINCH and his heirs forever. The plantation, tract or parcel
of land whereon I now live by me purchased of WILLIAM BELLAMY containing four hundred and fifty acres lying
and being in Edgecombe County and province aforesaid being bounded as followeth
Beginning at the mouth of a little Branch at a white oak on the creek side, thence south 268 poles to be the
corner of two pines and a black oak. Thence west 268 poles to a pine, thence north 200 poles to the corner of
two mulberrys and a gum on the creek side. Thence the meanders of the creek to the first station. I also give
and bequeath to my son JOSEPH JOHN CLINCH, my negroes JEFFREY, CAIN, PEGG and RACHELL to him and his
heirs forever. In case my son JOSEPH JOHN CLINCH, should die without issue I give and bequeath said land
above mentioned to my son EDWARD CLINCH.
Item: I give and bequeath to my granddaughter ELIZABETH CLINCH, ten pounds Virginia currency.
Item: I give and bequeath to my son JOSEPH JOHN CLINCH, all the raminder of my estate after my legacys are
Item: I do hereby ordain, constitute and appoint my son, EDWARD CLINCH and my son JOSEPH JOHN CLINCH,
my whole and sole executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have herunto set my hand
and afixed my seal this 25th day of May, one thousand, seven hundred and seventy four.
Signed in the presence of JAMES W. NEELE, LENOR MACK, NATHAN ATKINSON proved, RICHARD MANNING,
BENJAMEN MERRITT proved. Nash County, July Court 1778
The within will was in open court duly proved by the oath of NATHAN ATKINSON and BENJAMIN
MERRITT at the same time the executor therein named, qualified according to law and to be
registered. attest WM HALL, C.C.1777- Nash Co NC-
Benjamin Merritt signed petition to divide Edgecombe into two distinct counties, as many inhabitants have
above forty miles to ride to Court.
1778-Benjamin probably made will-and died
1779-Jun 7-Benjamin requested sale of estate-
1779- Item #2, Page 2 Nash County, North Carolina Record of Wills, Book I 1776-1872, LDS #0419419
In the name of God, Amen, I BENJAMEN MERRITT of Nash County in North Carolina being sick and weak of
body yet of perfect sense and memory thanks be to God and on consideration that life and sense is uncertain
do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament viz:
I give and recommend my soul into that of God that gave it an my body. I recommend to the earth at the
discretion of my executors as to my worldly estate.
I give, devise, bequeath and dispose of the same in the following manner viz:
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
Item: I give to my son HENRY MERRITT a tract beginning two hundred yards below the corner pinon William
Merritt line then direct course to the out line also hundred and ten acres lying in the fork of Beach Run and the
Redy Fork. Item: I give to my son BENJAMIN MERRITT the remainder of my land and plantation which I have not already
willed away. Item: I lend the use of my son BENJAMIN MERRITT Plantation to my wife during her life also I give to my wife
the lady mares and colt and one bed and furniture and four cows and calfs and ten head of hogs and the crop
of corn and the pets and peeler and all the wheats and cards and loom. I leave the remainder of my estate to
be sold and to be equally divided between my two daughters. Lastly I appoint my wife SARAH MERRITT executor and my son WILLIAM and RICHARD MANNEN executors of
my last will and testament. Signed, sealed and delivered as my last will and testament LEWIS DORCH ISAAC NEWSOME SARAH CAMMEL January Court 1779
The above will was in open court duly proved by the oaths of LEWIS DORCH, and ISAAC NEWSOME,
subscribing witnesses and the executor therein named qualified according to law. Attest Wm. Hall, C.C.
New Hanover Co. 1754-1755 list George Merrick,Thomas Merrick Capt.
A John Merritt was fortunate drawer #187 in 1837 Feb 3. From SW Ga Gen
Society page 30.
Info taken from book, "History of Sumter Co" publ by Jack Frank Cox, 1823 on page 495, submitted by THOMAS BURTON MERRITT, M.D.To paraphrase some of this first:Earliest recorded was WILLIAM MERRITT, b 1654 Eng, was in Cecil Co, MD, took up lands in March 1767. Married JANE (MD records, lib. 15 folio 402).Sons:THOMAS b 1678 mar. ELIZABETH _____. Son, THOMAS, Jr. b 1703 mar MARTHA BERGEN in 1725 (records St. Stephen's Parish, Cecil Co, MD.)BENJAMIN MERRITT, son of THOMAS, Jr & MARTHA b 10 Nov 1731, d 1779 - had 4 sons; WILLIAM, BENJAMIN, THOMAS & JOHN.WILLIAM, BENJAMIN & JOHN MERRITT came to Greene Co, GA & settled ca 1800.BENJAMIN's Will prob. 06 July 1806 mentions wife, HANNAH & 5 minor ch (Inferior Court rec Greensburg, Greene Co, GA.)MICKLEBERRY MERRITT, son of BENJAMIN & HANNAH was b 1802, d 24 Nov 1866; mar JEAN BROWN 05 Jan, 1824.THOMAS MICKLEBERRY MERRITT, Sr, son of MICKLEBERRY & JANE, was b 28 Jan 1836, d May 1892; mar ANNA LEWIS in 1857. Farmed lands in Friendship area of Sumter Co.,& Marion Co, GA. Obtained rank of Captain in CSA. Sur-rendered at end of War in Greensboro, NC & returned to his farms.THOMAS MICKLEBERRY MERRITT, Jr., MD, son of THOMAS Sr & ANNA, was b 06 Aug 1862 mar BERTA McGARRAH of Friendship, GA on 23 Oct 1892. They had 6 ch: THOMAS, LEWIS, MARY, LETA, SAM & WILLIAM.Dr. MERRITT earned MD degree from Medical College of GA in 1890, later studied in Bal-timore, MD. Practiced medicine along GA/FLA line for about 5 yrs before returning home to farms near Friendship & Marion Co. Made his home in Americus, Sumter Co, GA at 316 W. College Street & farmed lands south of Americus on Hwy 19.Dr. MERRITT's son, THOMAS, d a young man of typhoid fever. LEWIS mar GRACE, had 1 dau named MARGARET HAWKINS (MERRITT); MARY mar WILLIAM BAUMERT, no ch; LETA mar HARVEY BEAL, had 1 dau, MARY ANN (BEAL); SAM mar JANET (SCARBOROUGH) & had 3 ch, THOMAS BUR-TON MERRITT, MD, MARY ELLA (MERRITT)HASELTON, [div., no ch] & JANE (MERRITT) RUTLEDGE MYERS; WILLIAM had son, WILLIAM MERRITT, Jr.I remember this family well - the dau, ELLA (MERRITT) & I were "best" friends from about age 3 to the present day - a long time! Her Mother (JANET) had genealogy charts on their dining table that so intrigued me & inter-ested me in genealogy - huge ones done in India ink - that this many years later, I find your notes concerning some of this family as I research my own line of MERRITT!I do not have a known (at this time)con- nection to this family, but have MERRITTs in one of my paternal lines, that of JAMES HOLLINGSORTH, RS mar ca 1770 ELIZABETH "BETSEY" MERRITT b ca 1753 - I have not found her parents yet.Hope this is of interest & some helpSarah Howell Studstill
Logan-Many records for Wake Co. are noted in this book, I'll attempt to describe a few. Deed bk.H. Pg 400, Sherif of Wake Co, to Ben Smith of same, Dec. 1788, public auction mentions a Thomas Marriott,(Merritt). Deed Bk H.also Eliz Carden of Wake co to M.Bird hundred acres, notes these families married into Merritt line of Brunswick Co. VA. Several other mentions of Thomas Merriott. Deed bk Q,pg 395 Wm Bagwell of Wake, Co.To Wm Marriott of same, Oct.9,1799, for 100 pnds. atract of 200 acres. Also again on page 440. Wm Marriott. Continues on with more records of:Thomas Merritt of Wake, John Merritt, two plantations. Also many entries of William Marriott in court docs. Wake Co. Wills 1771-1802; WB-C, Wm Marriott, Benjamin Marriott, John Marriott. Wake Co Marriages: Ben Merritt & Alley Terrell 1810,Eliz.Marriott & Mathew Strickland, W.H.Merritt & Nancy Howell 1859, Hiram Merritt and more. Ben M. in history of Henry Co Mo. as being from Wake Co. NC. Ben son ofJames after Rev. War moved to Nash & Wake Cos.Hope this is of some help. Best of luck.
John Merritt -also in Greene-- Fortunate Drawer Greene Feb. 3 18_7. (Probably 1837 as others near it.)
Name of Fortunate Drawer John #187 Greene 2-3-1827