Merrit Barnes Grilley

2 March 1806–4 February 1903 (Age 96)
Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut, United States

The Life of Merrit Barnes

When Merrit Barnes Grilley was born on 2 March 1806, in Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut, United States, his father, David Strickland Grilley, was 23 and his mother, Pollyanna Mary Barnes, was 23. He had at least 2 sons and 3 daughters with Clarissa Goodspeed. He lived in Saint Charles, Saginaw, Michigan, United States in 1860 and Concordia, Cloud, Kansas, United States in 1880. He died on 4 February 1903, in Salem, Marion, Oregon, United States, at the age of 96, and was buried in Lee Mission Cemetery, Salem, Marion, Oregon, United States.

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Family Time Line

Merrit Barnes Grilley
Clarissa Goodspeed
Alvina Florence Grilley
Harriett Douglas Grilley
George Merrit Grilley
Edgar Edward Grilley
Memorie Larrane Grilley

Spouse and Children



    Alvina Florence Grilley


    Harriett Douglas Grilley


    George Merrit Grilley


    Edgar Edward Grilley


    Memorie Larrane Grilley


Parents and Siblings



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World Events (8)


Age 2

Atlantic slave trade abolished.
1829 · Farmington Canal Opened

Age 23

Farmington Canal spans 2,476 acres, starting from New Haven, Connecticut, and on to Northampton, Massachusetts. The groundbreaking for the canal was in 1825 and opened in 1829.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 26

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

Possibly an altered form of Irish Crilly .

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Marriott B Grilley in household of George M Grilley, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Merit B Grilley, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Merritt B Grilley, "United States Census, 1850"

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