Lyman Beecher Merrick

1829–24 April 1920 (Age 91)
Chautauqua, New York, United States

The Life of Lyman Beecher

When Lyman Beecher Merrick was born in 1829, in Chautauqua, New York, United States, his father, Sylvester Williston Merrick, was 40 and his mother, Mercy Loveland, was 39. He married Sarah Jane Harsh on 14 October 1855, in Manteno, Kankakee, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Topeka Township, Shawnee, Kansas, United States in 1900 and Iowa Township, Doniphan, Kansas, United States for about 10 years. He died on 24 April 1920, in White Cloud, Doniphan, Kansas, United States, at the age of 91.

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Family Time Line

Lyman Beecher Merrick
Sarah Jane Harsh
Marriage: 14 October 1855
Williston Sylvester Merrick
Wallace Beecher Merrick
George Peck Merrick
Alice Jane Merrick
Arthur B Merrick
James Frank Merrick
Robert George Merrick
Carrie Belle Merrick
Frederick H Merrick

Spouse and Children

14 October 1855
Manteno, Kankakee, Illinois, United States


    Williston Sylvester Merrick


    Wallace Beecher Merrick


    George Peck Merrick


    Alice Jane Merrick


    Arthur B Merrick


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Sylvester Williston Merrick





    James Fordyce Merrick


    Williston Sylvester Merrick


    Sarah Amelia Merrick




+1 More Child

World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 1

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1832 · Black Hawk War

Age 3

"The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the ""British Band"", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis."
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 27

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Name Meaning

1 Welsh: from the Welsh personal name Meurig, a form of Maurice, Latin Mauritius ( see Morris ).2 English: from an Old French personal name introduced to Britain by the Normans, composed of the Germanic elements meri, mari ‘fame’ + rīc ‘power’.3 Scottish: habitational name from a place near Minigaff in the county of Dumfries and Galloway, so called from Gaelic meurach ‘branch or fork of a road or river’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • L B Merreck in household of George B Kelley, "Kansas State Census, 1915"
  • Lyman B Merrick, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Lyman B Merrick in household of S W Merrick, "United States Census, 1850"

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