Dewey Leighton Merritt

29 August 1914–10 August 1964 (Age 49)
Magnolia, Duplin, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Dewey Leighton

When Dewey Leighton Merritt was born on 29 August 1914, in Magnolia, Duplin, North Carolina, United States, his father, Eurie Leighton Merritt, was 23 and his mother, Laura Elizabeth Powell, was 17. He married Margaret Virginia Berryman on 20 December 1936, in Richmond, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in New Hanover, North Carolina, United States in 1920. He died on 10 August 1964, in Yemassee, Hampton, South Carolina, United States, at the age of 49, and was buried in Maury Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia, United States.

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Dewey Leighton Merritt
Margaret Virginia Berryman
Marriage: 20 December 1936
Joan Annette Merritt

Spouse and Children

20 December 1936
Richmond, Virginia, United States


Parents and Siblings




    Margeret Elizabeth Merritt


    Audrey Mae Merritt



    Lessie Catherine Merritt


World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 2

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.
1918 · Fort Bragg Established

Age 4

Named after Confederate General Braxton Bragg, Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina was established on September 4, 1918. It was used as one of three training camps used during WWI.

Age 15

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

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)

  • Dewey L Merritt in household of Emy L Merritt, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Leighton Merritt in household of Ercil L Merritt, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Dewey Leighton Merritt, "Virginia, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945"

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