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.

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Family Time Line

Philander Colton
Polly Matilda Merrill
Marriage: 3 July 1833
Charles Edwin Colton
Harriet Emily Colton
Eleanor Roseltha Colton
Lamoni Andrew Colton
George Philander Colton
Sanford Lorenzo Colton
Byron Oliver Colton
Sterling Driggs Colton
Phebe Albina Colton
John Adelbert Colton
Ernest Merrill Colton

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. 


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.

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Story Highlight


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 …

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