Virgil William Merritt

11 June 1894–6 February 1950 (Age 55)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States

The Life of Virgil William

When Virgil William Merritt was born on 11 June 1894, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States, his father, John R. Merritt, was 47 and his mother, Effie Thomas, was 33. He had at least 1 daughter with Vera Cynthia Anderson. He lived in Williams, Coconino, Arizona, United States in 1920 and Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1930. He died on 6 February 1950, in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 55, and was buried in Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Virgil William Merritt
Vera Cynthia Anderson
Arvilla Virginia Merritt

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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 2

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1906 · Great San Francisco Earthquake

Age 12

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook San Francisco for approximately 60 seconds on April 18, 1906. A 1906 report by US Army Relief Operations recorded the death toll for San Francisco and surrounding areas at 664. Later reports record the number at over 3,000 deaths. An estimated 225,000 people were left homeless from the widespread destructuction as 80% of the city was destroyed.
1909 · The NAACP is formed

Age 15

Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.

Name Meaning

English:1. habitational name from Merriott in Somerset, named in Old English as ‘boundary gate’ or ‘mare gate’, from (ge)mǣre ‘boundary’ or miere ‘mare’ + geat ‘gate’. 2. variant (as a result of hypercorrection) of Marriott , or of Marryat , which is from a Middle English personal name, Meryet, Old English Mǣrgēat, composed of the element mǣr ‘boundary’ + the tribal name Gēat ( see Joslin ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Virgil Merritt in household of John Merritt, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Virgil W Merritt, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Virgil W Merritt, "United States Census, 1930"

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