Laura M Merret

Brief Life History of Laura M

When Laura M Merret was born on 2 February 1880, in Keenes, Wayne, Illinois, United States, her father, Jefferson Campbell Merret, was 42 and her mother, Elizabeth Ann Walker, was 42. She married Herman Friedrich Blair on 4 March 1906, in Wayne, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. She lived in Butler Township, Vermilion, Illinois, United States for about 10 years and Rossville, Vermilion, Illinois, United States in 1937. She died on 10 June 1937, at the age of 57, and was buried in East Lynn Cemetery, East Lynn, Vermilion, Illinois, United States.

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Herman Friedrich Blair
1868–1945
Laura M Merret
1880–1937
Marriage: 4 March 1906
Edwin Merrett Blair
1907–1908
Milford Herman Blair
1910–1916
William Maurice Blair
1913–2008

Sources (11)

  • Laura Blair in household of Herman Blair, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Laura Blair, "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947"
  • Laura Merrett, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

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1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

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Name Meaning

French: derivative of merle ‘blackbird’ (see Merle ). Compare Marlette .

History: Gédéon Merlet/Marlet from Roussy-le-Village in Moselle, France, married Margriet Martijn in Leiden, the Netherlands, in 1644, died in Piscataway, NJ, c. 1682. In 1662 they emigrated to the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam in New Netherland (now New York City, NY). Gédéon's name is listed (as Gidéon Merlet) in the (US) National Huguenot Society's register of qualified Huguenot ancestors.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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