Polly Matilda Merrill

Brief Life History of Polly Matilda

When Polly Matilda Merrill was born on 15 October 1817, in Byron, Genesee, New York, United States, her father, Samuel Merrill, was 37 and her mother, Phoebe Odell, was 29. She married Philander Colton on 3 July 1833, in Shelby, Shelby Township, Macomb, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 3 daughters. She immigrated to Utah, United States in 1849 and lived in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States for about 20 years. She died on 13 August 1891, in Maeser, Uintah, Utah, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Maesar-Fairview Cemetery, Maeser, Uintah, Utah, United States.

Photos and Memories (47)

Do you know Polly Matilda? Do you have a story about her that you would like to share? Sign In or Create a FREE Account

Family Time Line

Philander Colton
1811–1891
Polly Matilda Merrill
1817–1891
Marriage: 3 July 1833
Charles Edwin Colton
1834–1916
Harriet Emily Colton
1836–1884
Eleanor Roseltha Colton
1838–1922
Lamoni Andrew Colton
1842–1865
George Philander Colton
1844–1844
Sanford Lorenzo Colton
1845–1929
Byron Oliver Colton
1848–1930
Sterling Driggs Colton
1851–1933
Phebe Albina Colton
1855–1865
John Adelbert Colton
1858–1939
Ernest Merrill Colton
1859–1935

Sources (55)

  • Eva Colton in household of Ernest M Colton, "Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960"
  • Polly M Merrell Colton, "BillionGraves Index"
  • Pollyann Colton in entry for Charles Edwin Colton, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Record of Members (Worldwide), 1836-1970"

World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

1820

Established in 1820.

1839 · Nauvoo is Settled

After the Saints had been chased out of Missouri they moved to a swampy area located next to the Mississippi River. Here they settled and named the place Nauvoo which translates into the city beautiful.

Name Meaning

Welsh and English: from a female personal name of Celtic origin, found in Welsh as Meriel and Meryl and in Irish as Muirgheal, earlier Muirgel (‘sea-bright’).

English: habitational name from one or more of the many places whose names derive from Middle English mirie, merie, murie ‘merry, pleasant’ (Old English myrge) + hill, hell, hull ‘hill’ (Old English hyll), including two places called Merry Hill in Staffordshire and a third in Hertfordshire.

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

Possible Related Names

Story Highlight

PHILEMON CHRISTOPHER MERRILL

Philemon Christopher Merrill was born on November 12, 1820 in Byron, Genesse County, New York. to Samuel and Phoebe (Odell) Merrill. He went through the early hardships, persecution, and trials of The …

Discover Even More

As a nonprofit, we offer free help to those looking to learn the details of their family story.

Create a FREE Account

Search for Another Deceased Ancestor

Share this with your family and friends.