Merritt Read

6 November 1833–6 January 1890 (Age 56)
Vernon, Vernon Township, Jennings, Indiana, United States

The Life of Merritt

When Merritt Read was born on 6 November 1833, in Vernon, Vernon Township, Jennings, Indiana, United States, his father, Samuel Read, was 32 and his mother, Nancy Threlkeld, was 32. He married Mildred McCammon on 16 February 1860, in Jennings, Indiana, United States. He died on 6 January 1890, in Oswego, Labette, Kansas, United States, at the age of 56, and was buried in Oswego, Labette, Kansas, United States.

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Merritt Read
Nancy Ann Lattimore
Marriage: 20 August 1877

Spouse and Children


    Nancy Ann Lattimore


20 August 1877

Parents and Siblings

    Samuel Read


    Nancy Threlkeld




    William Read



    James S Read


    Wilson M Read


    Sarah Virginia Read


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World Events (8)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 3

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.
1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act

Age 3

The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.

Age 28

Kansas is the 34th state

Name Meaning

English:1. nickname for a person with red hair or a ruddy complexion, from Middle English re(a)d ‘red’. 2. topographic name for someone who lived in a clearing, from an unattested Old English rīed, rȳd ‘woodland clearing’. 3. habitational name from various places: Read in Lancashire, the name of which is a contracted form of Old English rǣghēafod, from rǣge ‘female roe deer’, ‘she-goat’ + hēafod ‘head(land)’; Rede in Suffolk, so called from Old English hrēod ‘reeds’; or Reed in Hertfordshire, so called from an Old English ryhð ‘brushwood’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Merit Read in household of Sam Read, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Merritt Read, "Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992"
  • Merritt Read, "Find A Grave Index"

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