Tilley Pearsall Genealogy Database

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Josh Schlageter

M, #876

Family: Megan Brown

Last Edited22 December 2016

Virginia Stocker

F, #877

Family: James Ferris Pearsall, Jr., (b. 1914)

DaughterBarbara Pearsall+

Biography

MarriageJames Ferris Pearsall, Jr., and Virginia Stocker were married, date unknown
Last Edited22 December 2016

Cameron Muir

M, #878

Parents

Family: Susan Bond

Last Edited22 December 2016

Heather Muir

F, #879

Parents

Family: David Sutton

Last Edited22 December 2016

Leslie Muir

F, #880

Parents

Family: Jason DeMuth

Last Edited22 December 2016

Susan Bond

F, #881

Family: Cameron Muir

Last Edited22 December 2016

David Sutton

M, #882

Family: Heather Muir

Last Edited22 December 2016

Jason DeMuth

M, #883

Family: Leslie Muir

Last Edited22 December 2016

Christopher Deaver

M, #884

Parents

Last Edited22 December 2016

Effingham Embree

M, #885, b. 16 March 1818, d. 28 April 1887

Family 1:

SonEdward Lawrence Embree+ (b. 8 August 1850, d. 29 January 1928)

Family 2: Martha Wray (b. 14 August 1821, d. 27 November 1890)

Biography

Birth16 March 1818Effingham Embree was born on 16 March 1818 in New York City, New York County, New York.1
Marriage24 September 1845He was married on 24 September 1845 in New York City, New York County, New York,2
Marriage24 September 1845He and Martha Wray were married on 24 September 1845 in New York City, New York County, New York,3
Census6 June 1855He appeared in the census 6 June 1855 at Second Ward in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York. Effingham is listed as: Effingham (37, born in New York, resided here 37 yrs, Paper Dealer, native, owns land), Martha B. Embree (33, Wife, born Orange County, lived in city 32 years), Edward L. Embree (4, born in New York), Isabella Embree (11, Adopted Child, born in New Jersey, lived in city 11 years), a 22 year old servant from Ireland, and 4 boarders (the Holmes family from England, he is a bookkeeper).
AddressEffingham lived at Embree Crescent in Westfield, Union County, New Jersey.
Death28 April 1887He died on 28 April 1887 in Westfield, Union County, New Jersey,1
Last Edited18 March 2017

Citations

  1. [S1] Robert Ambler, Embree Footprints (: Compiled and edited by Robert Ambler, Robbinsdale, Minn), Volu;me 2 page 18.
  2. [S1] Robert Ambler, , Volume 2 page 18.
  3. [S1] Robert Ambler, , Vol 2 page 19.

Martha Wray

F, #886, b. 14 August 1821, d. 27 November 1890

Family: Effingham Embree (b. 16 March 1818, d. 28 April 1887)

Biography

Birth14 August 1821Martha Wray was born on 14 August 1821 in New York City, New York County, New York.1
Marriage24 September 1845Effingham Embree and she were married on 24 September 1845 in New York City, New York County, New York,1
Death27 November 1890She died on 27 November 1890 in Westfield, Union County, New Jersey,1
Last Edited22 December 2016

Citations

  1. [S1] Robert Ambler, Embree Footprints (: Compiled and edited by Robert Ambler, Robbinsdale, Minn), Vol 2 page 19.

Allen Cady Fitch

M, #887, b. 25 May 1850, d. 30 August 1929

Parents

FatherWilliam Adee Fitch (b. 8 April 1824, d. 19 December 1885)
MotherLucy Amanda Cady (b. 24 June 1827, d. 13 April 1905)

Family: Lavenia Watson Pearsall (b. 25 May 1851, d. 24 April 1921)

DaughterBessie A. Fitch (b. July 1874)
DaughterMabel Clara Fitch+ (b. November 1875, d. 30 May 1960)
SonEdgar Luther Fitch+ (b. 2 November 1875, d. 1947)
DaughterLucy Amanda Fitch+ (b. 20 March 1881, d. 13 October 1978)

Biography

Birth25 May 1850Allen Cady Fitch was born on 25 May 1850 in New York.1,2
Census1870He appeared in the census 1870 in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey. Allen is listed as: Allen C, age 20, Sells Serving Machines, $600 assets, born in New York
John I. Mott, age 19, Sells Serving Machines, $600 assets, born in New York.
Marriagebetween 1870 and 1875He and Lavenia Watson Pearsall were married between 1870 and 1875 in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, Shortly after Allen and Lavenia married, Allen's sister Lucy Clara married Lavenia's 2nd cousin Charles Pearsall.

Charles was the grandson of Oliver Denton Pearsall, the brother of Peter Roebuck Pearsall who was Lavenia's grandfather.3
Census8 June 1880He appeared in the census 8 June 1880 in Fallsburgh, Sullivan County, New York. Allen is listed as: Allen C (age 30, married, Merchant, born in New York and parents also)
Lavenia A. (29, Wife, Keeping House, born in New York and parents also)
Bessey A. (6, daughter, born in New York and parents also)
Clara A. (4, daughter, born in New York and parents also)
Edgar L. (4, son, born in New York and parents also)
Census12 June 1900He appeared in the census 12 June 1900 at 27 Carlton Place in Westfield, Union County, New Jersey. Allen is listed as: Allen C. (Head, b. May 1850, age 50, married 27 years, b. New York and parents also, occupation not readable.)
Levina W. (Wife, b. May 1851, age 49, married 27 years, 4 children, 4 living, b. New York, father born in New York, mother in New Jersey)
Bessie A. (daughter, b. July 1874, age 25, single, born in New York, father born in New York, mother born in New Jersey)
Lucy A. (daughter, b. Mrch 1881, age 19, single, born in New York, father born in New York, mother born in New Jersey)
Mabel C. (daughter, b. Nov 1875, age transcribed as 14, but must be 24, single, born in New York, father born in New York, mother born in New Jersey)
Pearsall, Herbert (Nephew, b. Oct 1871, age 29, single, born in New York, father born in New York, mother born in New Jersey)

Living next to 45 Carlton Place, Alfred E. Pearsall, age 53, born in Apr 1847, widowed, married 31 years (5 children 5 living is crossed out), born in New York, father born in New York, mother born in New Jersey, Occupation: Cotton Exchanger).
Ralph (son, b. Apr 1875, age 25, Single, b. in New Jersey, parents in New York, Occupation: Cotton Exchanger)
Ruth (daughter, b. Jul 1880, age 19, single, b. in New Jersey, parents in New York)
Anna Weeks (Boarder, b. Sep 1846, age 53, Single, born in New York and parents also, Servant)

And the next home, 49 Carlton Place, Pearsall, Lee (Head, b. Nov 1872, age 27, married, 0 years, born in New Jersey, parents in New York, Occupation: not legible)
Mary Ellen (Wife, b. Dec 1876, age 23, Married 0 years, 0 children, b. New York, parents in New Jersey).
Death30 August 1929He died on 30 August 1929 in Westfield, Union County, New Jersey,1
Obituary4 September 19294 September 1929, Westfield, Union County, New Jersey, Westfield Leader Obituary:. Allen Cady Fitch died in the home of his daughter, Mrs. John S. Fisher, 219 Prospect street, Friday morning. He was in his 79th year.

He was born in Brooklyn, May 25, 1850. Following his marriage he moved to Mountaindale, N.Y. He came to Westfield in 1895 and had resided at the home of Mrs. Fisher since the death of his wife in 1921.

Mr. Fitch served as Overseer of the poor here for many years, was Assistant Collector of Taxes under Addison H. Clark and served as Assistant Postmaster more than a quarter century ago.

He is survived by a son, Edgar L., and three daughters, Mrs. Hugh Van Alstyne of Kinderhook, N.Y., Mrs. J. Herbert Pearsall and Mrs. John S. Fisher, both of Westfield.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon and interment was made in the family plot in Fairfiew Cemetery.4
Burial1929He was buried in 1929 at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, Union County, New Jersey.
Last Edited3 December 2018

Citations

  1. [S287] Find a Grave Website, online www.findagrave.com, Fairview Cemetery, Westfield, NJ
  2. [S81] , 1900 Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com.
  3. [S13] Clarence E. Pearsall with Hettie May Pearsall and Harry L. Neall, History and Genealogy of the Pearsall Family in England and America (San Francisco, CA: H.S. Crocker Company, Inc., 1928), pg 1328 chap 42 sec 16. Hereinafter cited as Pearsall Genealogy, CEP.
  4. [S677] Westfield Leader, 4 Sep 1929, p. 3; available online at the Westfield Memorial Library (http://www.digifind-it.com/westfield/home.php)

Margaret M. Holly

F, #888, b. 4 April 1882, d. 5 June 1957

Parents

FatherAlexander Newman Holly (b. 6 April 1858, d. 19 April 1923)
MotherAnnie Maria Guernsey (b. 28 May 1859, d. 4 March 1911)
Margaret Holly

Biography

Birth4 April 1882Margaret M. Holly was born on 4 April 1882 in Port Chester, Westchester County, New York.
Graduation26 June 1901She graduated 26 June 1901 from Port Chester High School in Port Chester, Westchester County, New York, "Class Day" for the graduating class of 1901 was reported in the Port Chester Journal of 27 June 1901 on the front page. The high school at that time was called Union Free High School, on Irving and Haseco avenues. The reporter remarked that it was an oppressively hot day.

Many participants gave prayers, speeches and recitations. "The Class Poem, "The Voyage of Life" was the theme set for Miss Marguritte [sic] M. Holly. Miss Holly showed that she had well studied her subject and blended together a wreath of pretty ideas which well became the brow of the fair graduate. Her style was exceedingly good, while her firm, clear delivery, commanding the close attention of her classmates and audience. The poem was conceived of excellent thoughts and ideas and expressed the bright anticipations of the fair authoress."

Margaret also gave an address to the President of the Class of 1902:
"The address of Miss Marguritte M. Holly to the President of the Class of 1902, was one of those messages of one loving schoolmate to another. With a dignity and self possession that was inspiring, Miss Holly spoke the words of cheer and encouragement and urged the successors of the Class of 1901 to emulate the good examples of their predecessors. In conclusion, she formally presented to the Class of 1902 the key of knowledge, accompanying it with most felicitous words. The key was a large wooden emblem entwined with gold and purple colors of the graduating class.
Witness6 January 1905She appeared on the census of 6 January 1905 in the household of Alexander Newman Holly in Port Chester, Westchester County, New York. Head of Household, age 47, Carpenter, with wife Annie, age 46, Keeps House, and daughters Margaret, age 23, Book Keeper; Winifred, 15, At School and Annie, 13, At School.1
Witness1910As of 1910, Margaret M. Holly lived at 65 Palace Place in Port Chester, Westchester County, New York. Newman, carpenter, with Margaret M. prior listing in directory.2
Census4 April 1930She appeared in the census 4 April 1930 at 65 Summerfield Place, Village of Port Chester, in Rye, Westchester County, New York. Margaret is listed as: Head, Owner, Value of house, $10,000, age 44, single, Stenographer, Secretarial. Two renters, Josephine and Alice Prihy, sisters, ages 67 and 72, single, not employed.3
AnecdoteCalled Emmy by her sisters when young, and called 'Auntie' by nieces and nephews. Through her school years, she was called Maggie by teachers and friends. Many newspaper articles listing student activities, church activities, and young people's parties list her as Maggie Holly.
Death5 June 1957She died on 5 June 1957 in Port Chester, Westchester County, New York, Cause: Arteriosclerosis of coronary artieies.4
Burial7 June 1957She was buried on 7 June 1957 at Greenwood Union Cemetery, Section A, Lot So 1/2 116, Grave 7, in Rye, Westchester County, New York. Undertaker Robert W. Schnautz, Port Chester, NY. Plot owner Mrs. Milton Tilley.4
Anecdote24 June 200924 June 2009: The following letter was shared with family members from Michael Pearsall, great-grand-nephew of Auntie:

Hello all, thought I might update you on the old Banjo project! For those who don't know, Aunt Linda was nice enough to send it down with Aunt Deb last summer. It was built by the J.A. Morrison company around the turn of the century in New York. A small signature (written in pencil) on the back of the skin reads what appears to be M.M. Holly. As you might imagine it was in pretty rough shape. The decades of storage had taken its toll. Given it's family history and significance, it seemed like a no brain-er to fix it up. I found a nice old gentleman working in a shop in downtown Easton to take the job. He is a guitar builder by trade but it became quite obvious in talking to him that he knew all stringed instruments inside and out. He had it for almost 2 months (Rome wasn't built in a day) before I got the call to pick it up. So here is the rundown of work done; Headstock cracks fully repaired, fret board re-attached (with neck filed a bit to compensate for shrinkage), missing pearl inlays replaced (custom carved by hand), proper bridge (the original was salvaged from a mandolin some years ago) and many other small details. It looks and sounds great, even holding tune for days at a time! I'm very excited to have it and hope to guide it through its second century.

Thanks again Aunt Linda!

Love,
Mike Pearsall

P.S. -I have attached a few photos of the finished product!

PPS from Holly: The middle initial is a little hazy, but it certainly looks like M. which makes sense, I think it is for Margaret Mae Holly, "Auntie", Grannie's sister. She didn't have a middle name but gave herself the middle name Mae and used it. She was a musician, and played several instruments. We speculate that it may possibly have come to Auntie from her uncle William Webb Holly, who played banjo and sang on the local vaudeville stage, according to his great-grandson Larry Kloess. Of course, she may have bought it at the local music store, but it's fun to imagine.
Last Edited19 May 2018

Citations

  1. [S560] , Census, Digitized, www.familysearch.org, A.D. 02, Port Chester Village, E.D. 07, Image 22 of 26[COLOR:31,73,125,255,255,255].
  2. [S118] Port Chester & East Port Chester Directory 1910-11 (: 1910-1911). Hereinafter cited as Port Chester & East Port Chester Directory 1910-11.
  3. [S77] , Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com.
  4. [S79] Greenwood Union Cemetery, Rye, Westchester, New York, Office Records. Hereinafter cited as Greenwood Union Cemetery Office.

Mildred E. Holly

F, #889, b. 22 September 1883, d. 2 August 1886

Parents

FatherAlexander Newman Holly (b. 6 April 1858, d. 19 April 1923)
MotherAnnie Maria Guernsey (b. 28 May 1859, d. 4 March 1911)

Biography

Birth22 September 1883Mildred E. Holly was born on 22 September 1883 in Port Chester, Westchester County, New York.
Death2 August 1886She died on 2 August 1886 in Port Chester, Westchester County, New York, She was buried in 1886 at Rye, Westchester, New York, according to family hearsay, but there is no stone and the cemetery burial plot does not list her.

The Port Chester Journal of 5 Aug 1886 wrote "Mildred E., the two years and ten months old daughter of Newman and Annie Holly, died on Monday, Aug. 2, of dysentery. She was a bright and interesting child, the light of her home, and the sunshine of her parents. The funeral took place Wednesday, interment being in Union Cemetery, under direction of Undertaker Sloat.1
Last Edited18 May 2018

Citations

  1. [S98] Obituary, Port Chester Journal, Port Chester, Westchester Cty, New York, 5 Aug 1886, 5 Aug 1886

Anna Rose Holly

F, #890, b. 22 January 1892, d. July 1974

Parents

FatherAlexander Newman Holly (b. 6 April 1858, d. 19 April 1923)
MotherAnnie Maria Guernsey (b. 28 May 1859, d. 4 March 1911)

Family: Roy Styring Dearstyne

SonRoy Holly Dearstyne+ (b. 16 August 1923, d. 28 March 2017)
Anna Rose Holly

Biography

Birth22 January 1892Anna Rose Holly was born on 22 January 1892 in Port Chester, Westchester County, New York.
AnecdoteShe was nicknamed Toddie. Her nieces and nephews called her Aunt Toddie.
Witness6 January 1905She appeared on the census of 6 January 1905 in the household of Alexander Newman Holly in Port Chester, Westchester County, New York. Head of Household, age 47, Carpenter, with wife Annie, age 46, Keeps House, and daughters Margaret, age 23, Book Keeper; Winifred, 15, At School and Annie, 13, At School.1
MarriageRoy Styring Dearstyne and she were married, date unknown
DeathJuly 1974She died in July 1974 in Raleigh, Wake, North Carolina,2
Last Edited22 July 2017

Citations

  1. [S560] , Census, Digitized, www.familysearch.org, A.D. 02, Port Chester Village, E.D. 07, Image 22 of 26[COLOR:31,73,125,255,255,255].
  2. [S27] , Social Security Death Index (SSDI), (: Social Security Administration, As updated.)

Roy Styring Dearstyne

M, #891

Parents

FatherFrank S. Dearstyne (d. before 1951)
MotherAlice Styring (b. 4 May 1863, d. 1951)

Family: Anna Rose Holly (b. 22 January 1892, d. July 1974)

SonRoy Holly Dearstyne+ (b. 16 August 1923, d. 28 March 2017)

Biography

MarriageRoy Styring Dearstyne and Anna Rose Holly were married, date unknown
Last Edited22 July 2017

Harriet Newell Holly

F, #892, b. 22 August 1848, d. 20 March 1927

Parents

FatherWilliam Henry Holly (b. 7 June 1812, d. 24 January 1892)
MotherMargaret McQueen (b. 14 September 1818, d. 13 May 1886)
Harriett Newell Holly was the oldest child of William Henry Holly and Margaret McQueen.

Biography

Birth22 August 1848Harriet Newell Holly was born on 22 August 1848 in Connecticut. Not sure if born in Brooklyn or Connecticut. Birthdate: as transcribed by DBT from Bible of William and Margaret McQueen.
Research NoteWe puzzled over the reason for naming the first daughter Harriet Newell. We could not find any evidence of Newell as a family name, and in fact, there were hardly any Newell families in that area of Connecticut over several hundred years. And there was no evidence of Newell as a name associated with Margaret McQueen's background. Reading a book about Greenwich's Second Congregational Church, I noticed a reference to a missionary named Harriet Newell from Massachusetts, one of the first missionaries to the Orient, and the first American woman to die on a missionary trip, in 1812, at age 19. Her husband subsequently published her letters and she became a sort of popular martyr, although she died of consumption. I then did a Google search on the name, and found literally hundreds of women named Harriet Newell So-and-So. It turns out that it was a very popular name for girls in the 1800's.
Witness1850She appeared on the census of 1850 in the household of William Henry Holly in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York. Wm. Hawley, indexed Hamley, age 38, carpenter, b. Connecticut with Margaret, age 32, b. Scotland, and Harriet, age 2, b. Connecticut. In Dwelling with 2 other households.1
Witness18 July 1860She appeared on the census of 18 July 1860 in the household of William Henry Holly in Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut. William Holly, Ship Carpenter, no listing for real estate value, $300 for personal estate. Age 48, b. CT, with
Margaret, age 42, b. N.Y.,
Harriet, age 12, b. CT,
Emma, age 9, b. N.Y.,
William, age 7, b. CT,
Madison, age 5, b. CT,
Newman, age 2, b. CT.

Same dwelling as Thomas M. Lyon household. Thomas M. Lyon married Sarah E. Edwards, daughter of Elizabeth Holly Edwards, sister of William Henry.

Next door dwelling was Elizabeth and husband William Edwards and children.

If the birth places are correct for the children, that would put their residence in Brooklyn no more than 1848-1853.

Other nearby residents were William Ritch, William H. Mead, Seth Mead, Henry Merritt, Daniel Lyon ($15,000 in real estate).
Witness6 July 1870She appeared on the census of 6 July 1870 in the household of William Henry Holly in Rye, Westchester County, New York. Holley, William, age 59, Spar Maker, b. Conn., with
Margaret, 54, Keeping House,
Harriet, 21,
Emma 18,
William 17,
Madison 15,
Newman, 12 and
Isabella McKinley, 9.
All the children listed as "At Home" and all except William listed as born NY. None listed as "father of foreign birth." Madison, Newman, and Isabella listed as attending school within the year.2
Newspaper1 June 1871According to the on 1 June 1871 edition of the in Port Chester, Westchester County, New York. Miss Harriett Holly was elected to the office of R.H.S. by the Redemption Lodge, No. 233, Independent Order of Good Templars, at their Thursday evening, April 27th meeting. A total of 14 officers to various positions were elected that night, and installed on May 11th. Another name mentioned in the list was Benjamin Mead, who was elected W. T. Whether or not this could have been Ben Mead, nephew of Elizabeth Mead Guernsey, I don't know. The Good Templars was a temperance organization with Masonic connections.3
Witness1880She appeared on the census of 1880 in the household of William Henry Holly in Port Chester, Westchester County, New York. Holley, William, age 68, Carpenter, b. Conn and parents born Conn., with
Margaret, wife, age 62 born Scotland, and parents born Scotland.
Harritt, daughter, age 30, tailoris.
Madison, son, age 24, Fisherman.
Newman A., age 22, son, Fisherman.
The three children listed as born Conn.4
Addressbetween 1891 and 1892As of between 1891 and 1892, Harriet lived at 7 Broad in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut. Directory runs from 1887-1892. Listed for 2 yrs. Middle initial M. Not sure if this is the same Harriet Holly, but I think so.5
Census9 June 1900She appeared in the census 9 June 1900 in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut. Harriet is listed as: boarder in household of Norman Wilcox and wife Etta M. Age 51. No occupation listed.6
Address1907As of 1907, Harriet lived at 109 Stillwater Ave in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut. Miss Harriet Newell Holly, housekeeper.7
Census20 April 1910She appeared in the census 20 April 1910 at 15 Oak Hill St. in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut. Harriet is listed as: Head, age 60, listed as Harriet N. Holly, with boarder Norman R. Wilcox, age 35 (2nd household in 2-hh dwelling). Age a little off, but shows mother b. Scotland.8
Census24 January 1920She appeared in the census 24 January 1920 at 8 Bush Ave, Port Chester Village, in Rye, Westchester County, New York. Harriet is listed as: roomer, age 72, listed as Harriet S., in household of Alex Lorry (?) and wife Catherine (who are of Russian background, speaking Hebrew, the man immigrated in 1906.).9
Death20 March 1927She died on 20 March 1927 in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York, of bronchial pneumonia and general arteriosclerosis. (Perhaps in a nursing home?).10
Burial22 March 1927She was buried on 22 March 1927 at Greenwood Union Cemetery, Map A, Lot So. 1/2 116, Grave 6, in Rye, Westchester County, New York. Plot owner, Miss Margaret Holly. Undertaker W.M. Craft. No stone, listed on plot card.10
Last Edited22 December 2016

Citations

  1. [S86] , 1850 Census Online, As viewed on ancestry.com, Image 124 of 297 on ancestry.com.
  2. [S84] , Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com, p. 66.
  3. [S98] Obituary, Port Chester Journal, Port Chester, Westchester Cty, New York
  4. [S83] , 1880 Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com, Image 0023 ancestry.com, Roll T9-947, FHL Film 1254947, page 251A.
  5. [S94] Stamford, Connecticut Directories, 1887-92. (Stamford, CT: Gillespie Bros., 2000). Hereinafter cited as Stamford Directory 1891, 1892.
  6. [S81] , 1900 Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com.
  7. [S93] Stamford Directory 1907, viewed on Ancestry.com (Stamford, CT: Gillespie Bros., 1907). Hereinafter cited as Stamford Directory 1907.
  8. [S80] , 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Ancestry.com, ED 114, Image 11/61, Ancestry.com.
  9. [S76] , Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com.
  10. [S79] Greenwood Union Cemetery, Rye, Westchester, New York, Office Records. Hereinafter cited as Greenwood Union Cemetery Office.

David Holly

M, #893, b. between 1790 and 1791, d. 2 January 1856

Parents

FatherAbraham Holly, Jr. (b. 23 November 1758, d. between March 1825 and 1830)
MotherBethia Ambler (b. 18 January 1757)

Family: Sarah Webb (b. 28 September 1791, d. 10 December 1876)

SonWilliam Henry Holly+ (b. 7 June 1812, d. 24 January 1892)
SonSylvester Holly (b. about 1814)
DaughterElizabeth Holly+ (b. 1816, d. before 1885)
DaughterMaria Holly (b. 1820, d. 1 May 1899)
SonTheodore Holly+ (b. July 1821, d. 14 September 1909)
SonNelson Holly (b. about 1822, d. 9 September 1890)
DaughterSusan Holly (b. 2 May 1830, d. 7 November 1912)

Biography

Research NoteCharles Moses Holly compiled a handwritten genealogy of Holly families starting from John Holly and continuing into the late 1800's, which was privately printed, perhaps in 1861. It has since been reproduced, and is also searchable on Ancestry.com. A copy of the book was donated to the Stamford Town Clerk's Office by Miss Adelaide DeGroot, sometime before 1950. (Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876-1967) was the daughter of China trade ship owner William de Groot (1825-1898) and his second wife Elizabeth King Hawley (1833-1926). A painter, art collector and philanthropist, Miss de Groot was born in New York City and moved with her family to Nice, France, in 1891. She lived in Europe for forty years before returning to New York in 1933.) This copy of the book was viewed by David B. Tilley in 1950. I don't know where this copy of the book is as of 2014. Perhaps it is at the Stamford Historical Society or the Ferguson Library. On page 65 of this book, Issue of David Holly, No. 42, it lists a son of David Holly and Sarah Little: Abraham Holly #164. Below C.M. Holly's written listing on Abraham is a note in a different handwriting. It is unreadable in the reprinted copies but was transcribed from the Town Clerk's copy by D.B. Tilley: "He (meaning Abraham) had a son David who married a Webb of Darien and died Dec. 12, 1855. He had issue Sylvester, Nelson, Theodore, all living in 1873. He died in 1828 ae. 81 years." This is a puzzling entry, because it does not list the 4 other children of David, and the Darien Church records show David's date of death as 2 Jan 1856, which although close does not match. This is further confused by a family story which said that an ancestor, Abraham, was a tailor's apprentice when he joined the Revolutionary Army at age 17. This Abraham would have been 30 years old in 1776. My uncle wondered if by chance the writer of this note had written the note under the wrong Abraham, and perhaps should have been written under Abraham, Jr. (p. 76, #190) son of Abraham #93 (p. 61 and 76), who was 17 when he joined the Revolution.

In this database, I am linking David Holly to Abraham, Jr. #190, b. 1758, son of Abraham #93, b. 1732/33, for the following reasons:

1. I am relying on the assumption that there is some truth to the story about an Abraham who was 17 during the Revolutionary War. Therefore, I am looking for an Abraham as his father, and Abraham Jr. had children. However, Abraham of Darien had three boys in his 1790 household, so it seems he had sons after Isaac.

2. David and Sally were affiliated with the Stanwich Congregational Church, during the time that Abraham, Jr.'s brothers and sisters were also attending that church, because they all lived on property inherited from Abraham, Sr., at Hunting Ridge, in nearby Stamford, CT. During the 1820's and '30's they had a choice of Stanwich, Stamford, or Bedford churches, because the closer Long Ridge Church was not started until 1842.

3. Abraham # 164, born in 1746, lived in Darien, where Sally Webb, David's wife, grew up, and for that reason I leaned towards this Abraham, but his pension application mentions only one son, Isaac, and in his probate record at his death there is no mention of any children, although David was living. Toward the end of his life, David did live in Darien, but that may have been due to some property that his wife had inherited.

4. Abraham, Jr. #190, married Bethia Ambler of Bedford. He lived in Bedford until about 1791, as we see from his listing as a Highway Master there. A deed in Bedford, in an area called Cows Delight, shows his property bounding that of several Millers. Many Millers lived in the Middle Patent area, that part of Bedford inside the loop of the Mianus River where it loops up into Westchester County from Fairfield County. In my Uncle David’s research notes from the 1950’s-1960’s, he writes “Adelaide Lyon Wishart: She mentions David Holly, also Middle Patent.” Therefore Addy, David’s great-grandaughter through Elizabeth, thought that David had something to do with Middle Patent. Was he born there? It is possible that he was born there around the time Abraham, Jr. moved back to Hunting Ridge. It is also possible that David lived in Middle Patent in the 1820’s and attended the Stanwich Church from there. However, the mention of Middle Patent is another possible connection to the Hunting Ridge Holly’s as opposed to Abraham of Darien. Also, David's son Theodore married a Miller from Bedford.

It is possible that Abraham, Jr. was not David's father, and even that his father was not named Abraham at all. It is also possible (even probable) that Abraham, Jr. did have other children after the first three born in Bedford, after he moved back to Hunting Ridge, but David might not have been one of them. The 1810 census lists several unidentified young family members. Since most Stanwich Church records for the 1700's are not extant, and due to a fissure in the church during the term of Platt Buffett we don't know how complete his records are, baptisms around that time might no longer be available.1
Birthbetween 1790 and 1791David Holly was born between 1790 and 1791. probably Bedford or Pound Ridge, Westchester County, NY or Stamford, Fairfield County, CT. No birth record found in Bedford, Stamford, Greenwich or Darien records. Due to a fire of the church clerk’s records in 1821, Stanwich Congregational Church (Greenwich) records prior to 1796 were destroyed, so if his birth had been recorded there, it is not available.2
Marriageabout 1810He and Sarah Webb were married about 1810 in Darien, Fairfield, Connecticut, (the 1810 census for William Webb shows 1 female 16-25 which would be Sally.)2,3
Census1820He appeared in the census 1820 at Stanwich/Banksville area in Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut. David is listed as: David Holly,
3 males under 10,
1 male 26-44,
2 females under 10,
1 female 26-44, 1 in Mfg.

Neighbors, Amos Mead, Charles Smith, Edward Lockwood, David and Edmd Banks, Wm. Jordan, Nath'l Palmer, Henry Hubbard, Levi Palmer, Walter Morrel. This household is listed on the last Greenwich page.

Several of these names are associated with Stanwich and they were in the Stanwich Church at this time, so this is probably the Stanwich/Banksville area.

In David's family in 1820, we would expect to see 2 males under 10, Sylvester and William Henry, so this listing suggests that they may have had another boy who died, or perhaps a relative or apprentice was living with them. The two girls would be Elizabeth and Maria. A male in the 26-44 age group would have had a birth date between 1776 and 1794.4
Census-not foundNovember 1820David has not been found on the Manufacturing census of November 1820 Fairfield County, Connecticut, I checked the 1820 Manufacturing census but David Holly was not listed. Very few manufacturers were listed and it appeared to me that only the major factories or establishments were included.
Witness10 May 1829As of 10 May 1829, David Holly was mentioned in the church affiliation record of Sarah Webb, in Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut. See record of Sarah Webb for further details. She was one of 4 people listed in Platt Buffett's records under the year 1829: "May 10th -- The Wife of David Holly." It looks as if there are two or three additional words which were erased or faded. Then there is the mark // which on the first page is described as "Thus // moved away in good standing." After studying the pages, I believe this date is associated with her joining, and then at some point he came back and marked her "moved away." Other marks are # for "Died in good standing" and X for "Were sent out or went out disorderly."5
Research Note9 December 1829On 9 December 1829 in Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut. two of David's sons were baptized. Platt Buffett's records state "Nelson & Theodore, the 2 sons of David Holly. He had other children older, but they chose to act for themselves -- and were not baptized."5
Census-not found1830David has not been found on the census of 1830 Fairfield County, Connecticut, There is a D. Holly in New York, Ward 3, in 1830, image attached.
Witness6 April 1831He witnessed the baptism of Susan Holly on 6 April 1831 in Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut. "Holly, Susan, dau. of David Holly."
Church Affiliation25 December 1831As of 25 December 1831, David was affiliated with Second Congregational Church, in Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut. admitted as member.6
Census1840He appeared in the census 1840 in Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut. David is listed as: aged 50-59, with one male 10-14, one female 10-14, one female 20-29, and one female 40-49. 1 in Mfg and Trades. Surrounding names are listed under agriculture, except Joseph Ferris 2 Mfg, Rufus Adams, Daniel Ferris, and Ammi Ferris. Thomas Payne is listed as learned profession. This head of household was born 1781-1790. David's youngest boy, Nelson, would have been 18, so if this is our David, either they had another boy who died, or this is an apprentice or relative. Susan would have been 9, so could be the 10-14, and Maria would be 20. Names with David Holly, first page of 1840 Greenwich census:
Walter Lockwood, Saml Husted, Hezekiah Hoyt, John Ferris, Jr., Noah Lockwood (age 73, pensioner), David Holly, Oliver L. Ford (b. 1CC, Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich), George Ferris, Jr., Abel Ferris, William Quintard, Messenger Lockwood (age 75, pensioner, b. 1CC), John Lockwood, Joseph Ferris, William Lockwood, Peter Lockwood, Beal B. Lockwood (b. 1CC), Rufus Adams, Eliakim Ford (b. Old Yard, Tomac Ave, Sound Beach), Ebenezer Jessup (age 77, pensioner, buried 1CC), Samuel Ferris, Hannah Pecke, Joseph A. Hoyt, Mrs. Drake Lockwood, Shadrac Lockwood, Gilbert Marshal (b. 1CC), Charles Knapp, Ammi R. Ferris (b. 1CC), Thomas Payne, Rufus Pecke (Picke?), Daniel Ferris. Many of these people are buried in the Old Greenwich area.7
Property Record30 March 1842David was involved in a property transaction on 30 March 1842 in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut. Bk. M, p. 672-674: Know ye that Rhoda Webb and John B. Webb of city, county and state of New York, David Holly and Sally his wife of Greenwich in Connecticut, Stephen B. Finch and Julia Ann his wife of Rye, Noah Webb of Darien, Henry Webb, William Webb, Sylvanis B. Thompson and Mariah his wife, Alfred Webb, Epenetus Webb and Levi Miller and Jane, his wife of Stamford, for $2000 received of Charles H. Webb release land.8
Property Record30 March 1842David was involved in a property transaction on 30 March 1842 in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut. Bk M, p. 373: Same, only $1000 to Alfred land bounded by John W. Holly, deceased. Looks as if descendants of William Webb (d. 1840) sold land to Alfred A. Holly (1800-1887), son of John William Holly (1762-1838), land that bounded his (Alfred's) own. John William was the brother of David (1768-1843) who had David (1789-1854) who married Sally Cooper Smith and had Charles Moses. John William Holly was a prosperous mill owner. He may have owned various properties. (John William Holly was the son of John Holly III, lost at sea 1778. John William Holly was known as one of the founders of Cove Mills. Mr. Holly and William Fitch built a dam between Stamford and Noroton (Brush Island) and erected a grist mill powered by the trapped tides of the water. Holly built the Sanford-Holly house in 1791 on the eastern side of Cove Island. The land was all later bought by Sanford and mills for manufacturing dyes and chemicals were very successful there from the 1840's to the early 1900's.)8
Witness4 April 1844He was mentioned in a property transaction of Sarah Webb on 4 April 1844 in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut. Bk 27, p. 474, Sally Holly, wife of David Holly Jr., mortgage8
Property Record30 March 1846David was involved in a property transaction on 30 March 1846 in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut. Book 28, p. 106: Whereas David Holly and his wife Sally Holly have on this day given me their promissory note for $326.00...payable on demand with interest and given me a mortgage deed bearing date on the same day for the security of said note conveying a tract of land situated in Darien to me and said Sally Holly has also assigned to me as collateral security for the payment of said note, a note of the following _____ "$97 for value received I promise to pay Sally Holly, wife of David Holly $97 on the day of the death of Rhoda Webb, widow of William Webb, late of Stamford deceased. Stamford, March 30th, 1842, Henry Waterbury". Said note to apply on the $326 debt above.8
Property Record8 August 1846David was involved in a property transaction on 8 August 1846 in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut. Bk 30, p. 256, David Holly and wife Sally, both of Darien, buy for $100 land of Wm H. Webb, it being the tract of land mortgaged to Sally Holly by Epenetus Webb of Stamford by date of April 4, 1844.8
Census1850He appeared in the census 1850 in Darien, Fairfield, Connecticut. David is listed as: age 64, Cooper, $300 assets ($800?), with Sally, age 57, Sylvester, 36, Labourer, Maria, 30, Theodore, 25, carriage maker, Susan, 19. First name listed in household is Harry Slauson, 28, labourer. Next to Ezra H. Bishop, cabinetmaker. Other neighbors, George Walmey, Hannah Weed, Rufus Weed, Nathaniel Weed, Samuel Waterbury, cabinetmaker. These names appear on the 1856 map.9
Church Dismission15 October 1852As of 15 October 1852, David was not affiliated with Second Congregational Church Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut. Per the church minutes, "Voted that as David Holly & his wife Sally Holly have for a long time neglected to worship and commune with this church, this church withdraw its watch and care from them and that the clerk inform them of the action of the church."10
Address1856As of 1856, David lived at HollowTree Ridge Rd, near Linden and RR tracks, in Darien, Fairfield, Connecticut. D. Holly on map, next to E.H. Bishop (Ezra Holly Bishop, Cabinet Maker and Undertaker, next to him in 1850 census).11
Death2 January 1856He died on 2 January 1856 at Insane Hospital, Unknown Location, in Probably Fairfield County, Connecticut, Entry in church death records reads "David Holly, in Insane Hospital. Church: Cong'l. Date: Jan. 2. Age: 65. Cause of death: ditto" from death above, which is "Consump."12
Research Note19 September 1958On 19 September 1958. David B. Tilley, David Holly's great-great-grandson, who was a very active genealogist, wrote the attached letter detailing his attempts to identify David's father.
Research NoteFollowing are all the David Holly's in Fairfield County censuses 1790-1840, for purposes of elimination of confusion with our David Holly, and to enable me to better determine when a record refers to "our" David Holly:

1. David Holly, b. 1768 d. 1843, son of John III, m. Martha Coggswell (d. 1804), had a son David Holly 1789 (see below), son William 1791, son John Albert 1793, dau. Mary 1797, dau Elizabeth King 1800, son Sidney 1802, dau. Martha 1804.

2. David Holly b. 19 Sep 1789, d. 28 Feb 1854, son of DH 1768, m. 1824 Sally Cooper Smith (b. 1796, d. 1881), had son Charles Moses 1826, Eliza H. 1830, Margaret P. 1833. Buried St. John and St. Andrews Episcopal Cemetery, Stamford. Very easy to confuse with our David and Sally, same time frame. They were in Stamford.

3. David 1708-1751 had Newman (b. 1749) who had David Holly, b. 1772, d. before 1814, m. 1798 Phebe Fairchild, son John Fairchild Holly 1799.

4. David Holly b. 1787-1791, d. 2 Jan 1856 ("our" David). m. about 1811 Sarah (Sally) Webb (d. 1876). Son Wm Henry 1812, Sylvester 1814, Elizabeth 1816, Maria 1820, Theodore 1821, Nelson, 1822, Susan 1831.) Of Stanwich and Darien.

5. David Fitch Holly, b. 1803, son of Isaac (1768-1827) and Levina Bishop, 5th of 9 children (including the William Henry Holly who was prominent in Stamford, surveyor and town leader). m. 1828 Rebecca Brown, son David Jonathan (1829-1836), Charles H. 1832. m2. 1846 Phebe Waterbury.

6. David Selleck Holly, b. 1804, 6th of 7 ch. of John b. 1760 and Tamar Thompson. m. 1825 Nancy Hoyt, had Mary 1827, Catherine 1829, Martha 1839, Sarah 1848.

7. David Holly 1810 - 1860, youngest son of 8 children of Isaac (1769-1816) and Deborah Waters. m. 1839 Betsey Gilbert, had David G. (1840-1900), Hiram 1843, Jane 1846, Mary C. 1848. Not listed separately in 1840 census.

I am not aware of any other David Holly's in Fairfield County in this time frame. There is a David Holly on familysearch.org, from the Connecticut6 Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934, b. 1793 to 28 Feb 1857, age 64. It does not give a location, could have been anywhere in CT. However, it is odd that the death date is 28 Feb, makes you wonder if it is a mistaken entry of #2 above.

Attached are all the David Holly's listed in the Barbour Records for Stamford.
Probate-Not-Found2005Probate Records for Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, were reviewed as of 2005 and no records for David Holly were found. Stamford records included Darien until 1923. Volumes 19-20(p.1-362) 1850-1861 were reviewed.13
Research Note2006In 2006. the Family Tree DNA Holly/Holley project was started, initially to find matches that might prove that David Holly was a descendant of John Holly. Proxy Y-DNA results were obtained by the generous cooperation of Dale Holly, a descendant of David's son Theodore. Since that time, a number of matches have been found with other Holly's, some of whom do have a paper trail to John Holly. The test results do verify David's connection to John Holly, but so far the results are not specific enough to link him to a particular son of John Holly.
Last Edited12 March 2021

Citations

  1. [S187] Charles Moses Holly. Copy of the original printing presented to Stamford Town Clerk Office by Miss Adelaide DeGroot (876-1967) before 1950, on which the handwritten note on page 65 is legible., compiler, Record of the Holly Family in America. Adelaide De Groot donated a collection of family photographs to the New York Historical Society in December 1941 and March 1942, so perhaps it was around this time that she donated the Holly book to the Town of Stamford. (Copy of the original printing presented to Stamford Town Clerk Office by Miss Adelaide DeGroot (876-1967) before 1950, on which the handwritten note on page 65 is legible.: Privately printed. Republished by Quintin Publications, Orange Park, FL., Unknwn Pub. Date, about 1861.). Hereinafter cited as Record of the Holly Family in America.
  2. [S154] Letter from David Brown Tilley Sr., concerning Gereardy and Holly (Easton PA or Phillipsburg NJ) to Milton Popple Tilley, 19 Feb 1956; (.)
  3. [S90] , Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com.
  4. [S89] , Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com.
  5. [S229] LDS Film Number 4327, Item 3, Stanwich Congregational Church Records 1796-1835, Rev. Platt Buffett, (1954). Hereinafter cited as Stanwich Congregational Church Records.
  6. [S244] Old Volume Series 4, Catalogue of Members and Minutes, Second Congregational Church, Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT: p. 210., (1818-1859). Hereinafter cited as Second Congregational Church Minutes Vol 4.
  7. [S87] , Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com.
  8. [S158] "David B. Tilley Research Notes 1950 - 1965", 1950-1965, David Brown Tilley (1928 - 1989) (Easton, PA, Danby, NY, and Litchfield, CT), to Holly Kilpatrick (East Bangor, PA). Hereinafter cited as "DBT Notes."
  9. [S86] , 1850 Census Online, As viewed on ancestry.com.
  10. [S243] Old Volume Series 5, Catalogue of Members and Minutes, Second Congregational Church, Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT: p. 30., (1848-1897). Hereinafter cited as Second Congregational Church Minutes Vol 5.
  11. [S169] J. Chace, Jr. Civ. Eng., Troy, NY, and W.J. Barker, N. Hector, New York., Clark's Map of Fairfield County, Connecticut (115 Wharton St., Philadelphia.: Richard Clark, 1856). Hereinafter cited as Clark's Map of Fairfield County, Connecticut.
  12. [S176] LDS Film Number 1008338, Church Registers, First Congregational Church, Darien, Connecticut, (1739-1938). Hereinafter cited as First Congregational Church of Darien Records.
  13. [S271] Church of the LDS, Salt Lake City, Utah, Probate Court Records, Stamford District, v. 19-20, 1850-1861, FHL US/CAN Film # 1434314. Hereinafter cited as Probate Court Records, Stamford District, v. 17-18, 1844-1851.

Emma Louise Holly

F, #894, b. 12 November 1850, d. 24 January 1910

Parents

FatherWilliam Henry Holly (b. 7 June 1812, d. 24 January 1892)
MotherMargaret McQueen (b. 14 September 1818, d. 13 May 1886)

Family: John F. Merritt (b. November 1851)

SonEdwin L. Merritt+ (b. 1875, d. 11 May 1931)
DaughterJessie Merritt+ (b. 1876, d. 13 June 1947)
Emma Louise Holly

Biography

Birth12 November 1850Emma Louise Holly was born on 12 November 1850 in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York. as transcribed from Bible of William and Margaret McQueen Holly
Witness18 July 1860She appeared on the census of 18 July 1860 in the household of William Henry Holly in Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut. William Holly, Ship Carpenter, no listing for real estate value, $300 for personal estate. Age 48, b. CT, with
Margaret, age 42, b. N.Y.,
Harriet, age 12, b. CT,
Emma, age 9, b. N.Y.,
William, age 7, b. CT,
Madison, age 5, b. CT,
Newman, age 2, b. CT.

Same dwelling as Thomas M. Lyon household. Thomas M. Lyon married Sarah E. Edwards, daughter of Elizabeth Holly Edwards, sister of William Henry.

Next door dwelling was Elizabeth and husband William Edwards and children.

If the birth places are correct for the children, that would put their residence in Brooklyn no more than 1848-1853.

Other nearby residents were William Ritch, William H. Mead, Seth Mead, Henry Merritt, Daniel Lyon ($15,000 in real estate).
Marriagebetween 1870 and 1875John F. Merritt and she were married between 1870 and 1875 in Port Chester, Westchester County, New York,
Witness6 July 1870She appeared on the census of 6 July 1870 in the household of William Henry Holly in Rye, Westchester County, New York. Holley, William, age 59, Spar Maker, b. Conn., with
Margaret, 54, Keeping House,
Harriet, 21,
Emma 18,
William 17,
Madison 15,
Newman, 12 and
Isabella McKinley, 9.
All the children listed as "At Home" and all except William listed as born NY. None listed as "father of foreign birth." Madison, Newman, and Isabella listed as attending school within the year.1
Witness5 June 1880She appeared on the census of 5 June 1880 in the household of John F. Merritt in Rye, Westchester County, New York. separate family in dwelling of Esther Brundage Merritt. John F is 27, carpenter, with wife Emma, 27, keeping house, Edwin 5 and Jesse, 4. Jesse is listed as male. All shown b. NY, parents NY, except Emma's father Conn. This is incorrect because Emma's mother was b. Scotland.
Death24 January 1910She died on 24 January 1910 in Port Chester, Westchester County, New York,2
Burial26 January 1910She was buried on 26 January 1910 at Greenwood Union Cemetery, Lot 17, new addition between 2nd & 3rd Aves., in Rye, Westchester County, New York.
Obituary27 January 191027 January 1910, Port Chester, Westchester County, New York, Port Chester Journal Obituary:. After a long and tedious illness and a hard battle for life, Emma, beloved wife of John F. Merritt, of 72 Haseco avenue, passed away at 11:35 a.m. Monday morning.

The late Mrs. Merritt was a woman of endearing qualities to those who knew her intimately, very quiet, unassuming, a devout Christian, both in her home life and her personal life.

A most tender and loving mother, devoted wife and faithful friend, her home was the most sacred place on earth to her outside of God's sanctuary.

She has been seriously ill since last March and confined to her bed since October, but with the suffering so long illness brings, she simply awaited the end of the journey of life with the Christian fortitude that characterized her whole life through and the end of the journey was reached, and passed so peacefully, that the loved ones watching scarcely saw the last breath leave the body.

Mrs. Merritt was born in Brooklyn the year 1851, was the daughter of the late William and Marguerite Holly. Beside her husband, she leaves to mourn her loss a son and daughter, Edwin L. Merritt of Parker street, and Mrs. Chas. Britton, who resided with her at the time of her death, three brothers, William, Madison and Newman Holly of this place, and one sister, Miss Harriett Holly at Stamford, Ct.

Mrs. Merritt was a most consecrated member of the North Baptist Church, having been an active member for 33 years, and took an active part up until the past two years, when illness overtook her.

John F. Merritt is trustee and teacher of North Baptist Church and was deacon of same for years.3
Last Edited18 May 2018

Citations

  1. [S84] , Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com, p. 66.
  2. [S79] Greenwood Union Cemetery, Rye, Westchester, New York, Office Records. Hereinafter cited as Greenwood Union Cemetery Office.
  3. [S98] Obituary, Port Chester Journal, Port Chester, Westchester Cty, New York, 27 Jan 1910, 27 Jan 1910

John F. Merritt

M, #895, b. November 1851

Parents

FatherAlexander Y. Merritt (b. 1827, d. between 1867 and 1870)
MotherEsther Anna Fisher (b. 1833)

Family: Emma Louise Holly (b. 12 November 1850, d. 24 January 1910)

SonEdwin L. Merritt+ (b. 1875, d. 11 May 1931)
DaughterJessie Merritt+ (b. 1876, d. 13 June 1947)

Biography

ChildParent1
BirthNovember 1851John F. Merritt was born in November 1851 in Rye, Westchester County, New York.2
Witness10 August 1860He appeared on the census of 10 August 1860 in the household of Alexander Y. Merritt in Rye, Westchester County, New York. Alex, 37, Merchant Tailor, 3000 real estate, 10,000 personal, with Esther A. 27, Lucretia 16, Edgar 14, Alexander 12, John 8, Roderick 3, Gabriel 9 months.3
Witness1870John F. Merritt appeared on the census of 1870 in the household of Esther Anna Fisher in Port Chester, Westchester County, New York. Hester Ann, 40, Keeping House, $5,000 real, $1500 personal estate, with John 18, House Carpenter, Gabriel 9, Ella 6, Abraham Lincoln 3, all at home.4
Marriagebetween 1870 and 1875He and Emma Louise Holly were married between 1870 and 1875 in Port Chester, Westchester County, New York,
Census5 June 1880He appeared in the census 5 June 1880 in Rye, Westchester County, New York. John is listed as: separate family in dwelling of Esther Brundage Merritt. John F is 27, carpenter, with wife Emma, 27, keeping house, Edwin 5 and Jesse, 4. Jesse is listed as male. All shown b. NY, parents NY, except Emma's father Conn. This is incorrect because Emma's mother was b. Scotland.
Census12 June 1900He appeared in the census 12 June 1900 at 72 Haseco, Port Chester Village, in Rye, Westchester County, New York. John is listed as: as Head, b. Nov 1851, age 48, m. 27 yrs, contractor, with Emma, b. Nov 1851, 2 children, 2 living, Charles Britton, Head Oct 1873, age 26, m. 2yrs, b. New Jersey and parents also. Under Occupation it says "Tea and Coffee." Jessie, wife, b. May 1876, age 24, 0 children. Is the other listing of John F. with Esther the same John F??2
Directorybetween 1910 and 1911As of between 1910 and 1911 John was listed in the Port Chester, Westchester County, New York, directory at 72 Haseco Ave. Merritt John F., (John F. Merritt & Co., ) h 72 Haseco av, Merritt John F. & Co., (John F. Merritt), bldrs, 207 Irving av.5
Last Edited24 December 2016

Citations

  1. [S85] , Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com.
  2. [S81] , 1900 Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com.
  3. [S85] Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com, Image 69/112 ancestry.com.
  4. [S84] , Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com, 47/181 ancestry.com, Roll M593-1115, p. 160, image 326.
  5. [S118] Port Chester & East Port Chester Directory 1910-11 (: 1910-1911), Available in the Port Chester Library. p. 227. Hereinafter cited as Port Chester & East Port Chester Directory 1910-11.

Jessie Merritt

F, #896, b. 1876, d. 13 June 1947

Parents

FatherJohn F. Merritt (b. November 1851)
MotherEmma Louise Holly (b. 12 November 1850, d. 24 January 1910)

Family: Charles S. Britton (b. October 1873, d. 30 November 1950)

SonCharles Britton, Jr. (b. 1902)

Biography

Birth1876Jessie Merritt was born in 1876 in Port Chester, Westchester County, New York.
Witness5 June 1880She appeared on the census of 5 June 1880 in the household of John F. Merritt in Rye, Westchester County, New York. separate family in dwelling of Esther Brundage Merritt. John F is 27, carpenter, with wife Emma, 27, keeping house, Edwin 5 and Jesse, 4. Jesse is listed as male. All shown b. NY, parents NY, except Emma's father Conn. This is incorrect because Emma's mother was b. Scotland.
Marriage1898Charles S. Britton and she were married in 18981
Witness12 June 1900She appeared on the census of 12 June 1900 in the household of Charles S. Britton in Port Chester, Westchester County, New York. living in the household of his father-in-law, John F. Merritt, with wife Jessie. His occupation is listed as Tea and Coffee.1
Witness13 January 1920She appeared on the census of 13 January 1920 in the household of Charles S. Britton in Port Chester, Westchester County, New York. Head, owner, carpenter, general, age47, with Jessie M., wife, 44, Saleslady, dry goods, and Charles S. Jr., 18, Bookkeeper, publishing house. Renters upstairs, Joseph F. Kirschbaum, 28, and wife Esther, 27
Witness1930She appeared on the census of 1930 in the household of Charles S. Britton in Port Chester, Westchester County, New York. head, owner, $10,000, 57, carpenter, with Jessie M., 54, dry goods buyer, and Charles Jr., 29, Accountant, bank. Renters upstairs, Charles E. Rudloff and Matilda.2
Death13 June 1947She died on 13 June 1947 in Princess Anne, Maryland,3
Burial15 June 1947She was buried on 15 June 1947 at Greenwood Union Cemetery in Rye, Westchester County, New York. Undated Clipping in Grannie's scrapbook.
ObituaryJune 1947June 1947, Port Chester, Westchester County, New York, Port Chester Daily Item Obituary:. Undated obituary from Grannie's scrapbook: Mrs. Jessie Britton, wife of Charles S. Britton and daughter of the late John F. Merritt, well known Port Chester builder, died last night at her home in Princess Anne, Maryland. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Britton is survived by a son, Charles S. Britton, Jr. The Brittons formerly resided for many years at 76 Haseco Avenue. The funeral will be held from the Craft Memorial Home here.

Mrs. Britton Rites:
Mrs. Jessie M. Britton, who died at Princess Anne, Maryland, on Friday, was buried this morning at Greenwood Union Cemetery, Rye. Funeral services were held yesterday at the Craft Memorial Home (Robert W. Schnautz). Dana Woodman, reader of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, of Port Chester, officiated at the services in the Memorial Home and at the grave.
Last Edited1 June 2018

Citations

  1. [S81] , 1900 Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com.
  2. [S77] , Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com.
  3. [S287] Find a Grave Website, online www.findagrave.com, Greenwood Union Cemetery, Rye, NY

Edwin L. Merritt

M, #897, b. 1875, d. 11 May 1931

Parents

FatherJohn F. Merritt (b. November 1851)
MotherEmma Louise Holly (b. 12 November 1850, d. 24 January 1910)

Family: Sadie Elizabeth (b. 1876)

SonJohn Edwin Merritt (b. 1899)
DaughterFlorence H. Merritt (b. about 1903)

Biography

Birth1875Edwin L. Merritt was born in 1875 in Port Chester, Westchester County, New York.
Witness5 June 1880He appeared on the census of 5 June 1880 in the household of John F. Merritt in Rye, Westchester County, New York. separate family in dwelling of Esther Brundage Merritt. John F is 27, carpenter, with wife Emma, 27, keeping house, Edwin 5 and Jesse, 4. Jesse is listed as male. All shown b. NY, parents NY, except Emma's father Conn. This is incorrect because Emma's mother was b. Scotland.
Marriage1898Edwin L. Merritt and Sadie Elizabeth were married in 1898 in Port Chester, Westchester County, New York,1
Census1910He appeared in the census 1910 at 36 Parker, ED 118, in Port Chester, Westchester County, New York. Edwin is listed as: Edwin L., Head, age 34, Tinner, Plumbing Ind., married 12 years, Sadie, wife, 34, 2nd marriage, 6 children, 3 living. Nolan George?, stepson, 18, father b. Mass.,Clerk at Packard Frey Something? Merritt, John, son, 11, and Florence, daughter, age 7? and a boarder from Argentina.1
Census4 January 1920He appeared in the census 4 January 1920 at next to 14 Harvey St. in Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut. Edwin is listed as: Head, written Edwin, but indexed Edward. The house number says x. It is listed between 15 Prospect St and 14 Harvey St. Today, it is Hervey St. Edwin listed as 44, Sheet Metal Worker, owns home with mortgage, with Ernest Nolan, son, 27, Purchasing Agent, John E. Merritt, 20, Salesman, and Florence H., 16.2
Census1930He appeared in the census 1930 at 3 William Street in Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut. Edwin is listed as: Head, owner, value $10,000, age 54, married at age 32, Sheet Metal Worker, Bolts (?), not veteran, wife Sady E., age 54., her parents listed as born "United States". Address possibly Peck Close, but appears to be William St. There is a John Merritt further up the page, with wife Georgianna, but he says age 31, and John should be 25.3
Death11 May 1931He died on 11 May 1931 at 3 Harvey Street, East Port Chester, in Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut, from heart attack and stroke.
Obituary12 May 193112 May 1931, Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut, Greenwich News and Graphic Obituary:. "Edwin L. Merritt died at his home, 3 Harvey Street, East Port Chester yesterday at 12:55 p.m., aged 55 years. Mr. Merritt suffered a slight stroke on April 1 last, and last Saturday night and yesterday was seized with heart attacks, causing his death.
Mr. Merritt was born in Port Chester, the son of the late John F. and Emily Holly Merritt. He was a well known contractor in sheet and metal work. For twenty-six years he was with George Mertz in East Port Chester. Mr. Merritt was a member of the Spanish War Veterans, the Firemen's Benevolent Association and Knights of Pythias in Port Chester. He had resided in East Port Chester about 15 years.
Besides his widow, Sadie Elizabeth Merritt, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Alan T. Johnson, of View Street, East Port Chester, and John Edwin Merritt, of Betsy Brown Road, Port Chester, a real estate broker, and G. Ernest Nolan, of Riverside.
The funeral will be held on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. from the late home, the Rev. Charles Schweikert, past of the Baptist Church, Port Chester officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Union Cemetery, Rye."4
Burial14 May 1931He was buried on 14 May 1931 at Greenwood Union Cemetery in Rye, Westchester County, New York.
Last Edited22 December 2016

Citations

  1. [S80] , 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Ancestry.com.
  2. [S76] , Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com.
  3. [S77] , Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com.
  4. [S172] Obituary, Greenwich News & Graphic, Greenwich, Connecticut

Sadie Elizabeth

F, #898, b. 1876

Family 1: Nolan

SonG. Ernest Nolan (b. 1893)

Family 2: Edwin L. Merritt (b. 1875, d. 11 May 1931)

SonJohn Edwin Merritt (b. 1899)
DaughterFlorence H. Merritt (b. about 1903)

Biography

Birth1876Sadie Elizabeth was born in 1876.1
Marriagebefore 1898Nolan and she were married before 18981
Marriage1898Edwin L. Merritt and she were married in 1898 in Port Chester, Westchester County, New York,1
Witness1910She appeared on the census of 1910 in the household of Edwin L. Merritt in Port Chester, Westchester County, New York. Edwin L., Head, age 34, Tinner, Plumbing Ind., married 12 years, Sadie, wife, 34, 2nd marriage, 6 children, 3 living. Nolan George?, stepson, 18, father b. Mass.,Clerk at Packard Frey Something? Merritt, John, son, 11, and Florence, daughter, age 7? and a boarder from Argentina.1
Witness4 January 1920She appeared on the census of 4 January 1920 in the household of Edwin L. Merritt in Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut. Head, written Edwin, but indexed Edward. The house number says x. It is listed between 15 Prospect St and 14 Harvey St. Today, it is Hervey St. Edwin listed as 44, Sheet Metal Worker, owns home with mortgage, with Ernest Nolan, son, 27, Purchasing Agent, John E. Merritt, 20, Salesman, and Florence H., 16.2
Witness1930She appeared on the census of 1930 in the household of Edwin L. Merritt in Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut. Head, owner, value $10,000, age 54, married at age 32, Sheet Metal Worker, Bolts (?), not veteran, wife Sady E., age 54., her parents listed as born "United States". Address possibly Peck Close, but appears to be William St. There is a John Merritt further up the page, with wife Georgianna, but he says age 31, and John should be 25.3
Address12 May 1931As of 12 May 1931, Sadie lived at Riverside in Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut.
Last Edited22 December 2016

Citations

  1. [S80] , 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Ancestry.com.
  2. [S76] , Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com.
  3. [S77] , Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com.

John Edwin Merritt

M, #899, b. 1899

Parents

FatherEdwin L. Merritt (b. 1875, d. 11 May 1931)
MotherSadie Elizabeth (b. 1876)

Family: Georgianna W. Fisher (b. 1902)

John Edwin Merritt

Biography

Birth1899John Edwin Merritt was born in 1899 in Port Chester, Westchester County, New York.
Witness1910He appeared on the census of 1910 in the household of Edwin L. Merritt in Port Chester, Westchester County, New York. Edwin L., Head, age 34, Tinner, Plumbing Ind., married 12 years, Sadie, wife, 34, 2nd marriage, 6 children, 3 living. Nolan George?, stepson, 18, father b. Mass.,Clerk at Packard Frey Something? Merritt, John, son, 11, and Florence, daughter, age 7? and a boarder from Argentina.1
Witness4 January 1920John Edwin Merritt appeared on the census of 4 January 1920 in the household of Edwin L. Merritt in Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut. Head, written Edwin, but indexed Edward. The house number says x. It is listed between 15 Prospect St and 14 Harvey St. Today, it is Hervey St. Edwin listed as 44, Sheet Metal Worker, owns home with mortgage, with Ernest Nolan, son, 27, Purchasing Agent, John E. Merritt, 20, Salesman, and Florence H., 16.2
Marriage1925John Edwin Merritt and Georgianna W. Fisher were married in 19253
Census7 May 1930He appeared in the census 7 May 1930 at 27 William Street in Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut. John is listed as: Head, Renting, $35/mo., owns radio, age 31, married at age 26, b. NY and parents b. NY, Occupation: Real estate, Insurance. Georgiana, wife, age 28, married at age 23, b. CT, father b. Germany, mother b. Scotland. Living in dwelling of Georgiana's parents.3
Address12 May 1931As of 12 May 1931, John lived at Betsy Brown Road in Port Chester, Westchester County, New York.
Occupation12 May 1931On 12 May 1931 John worked as a real estate broker.
Last Edited22 December 2016

Citations

  1. [S80] , 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Ancestry.com.
  2. [S76] , Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com.
  3. [S88] , Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com, ED 135, image 85/120.

Florence H. Merritt

F, #900, b. about 1903

Parents

FatherEdwin L. Merritt (b. 1875, d. 11 May 1931)
MotherSadie Elizabeth (b. 1876)

Biography

MarriageAlan T. Johnson and Florence H. Merritt were married, date unknown1
Birthabout 1903She was born about 1903 in Port Chester, Westchester County, New York.2
Witness1910She appeared on the census of 1910 in the household of Edwin L. Merritt in Port Chester, Westchester County, New York. Edwin L., Head, age 34, Tinner, Plumbing Ind., married 12 years, Sadie, wife, 34, 2nd marriage, 6 children, 3 living. Nolan George?, stepson, 18, father b. Mass.,Clerk at Packard Frey Something? Merritt, John, son, 11, and Florence, daughter, age 7? and a boarder from Argentina.3
Witness4 January 1920She appeared on the census of 4 January 1920 in the household of Edwin L. Merritt in Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut. Head, written Edwin, but indexed Edward. The house number says x. It is listed between 15 Prospect St and 14 Harvey St. Today, it is Hervey St. Edwin listed as 44, Sheet Metal Worker, owns home with mortgage, with Ernest Nolan, son, 27, Purchasing Agent, John E. Merritt, 20, Salesman, and Florence H., 16.4
Last Edited22 December 2016

Citations

  1. [S172] Obituary, Greenwich News & Graphic, Greenwich, Connecticut
  2. [S80] , 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Ancestry.com, ED 118.
  3. [S80] 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Ancestry.com.
  4. [S76] , Census Online, Viewed on ancestry.com.