Virgil Levi Merrill

23 May 1830–27 January 1914 (Age 83)
Byron, Genesee, New York, United States

The Life Summary of Virgil Levi

When Virgil Levi Merrill was born on 23 May 1830, in Byron, Genesee, New York, United States, his father, Orrin Phelps Merrill Sr, was 24 and his mother, Emily Phelps Merrill, was 26. He married Stacy Ann Lemmon in 1856, in Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Sacramento, California, United States in 1852. He registered for military service in 1908. He died on 27 January 1914, in Smithfield, Cache, Utah, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Smithfield, Cache, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Virgil Levi Merrill
Stacy Ann Lemmon
Marriage: 1856
Virgil Washington Merrill
Elizabeth Merrill
Philetus Warren Merrill
Maria F Merrill
Mary Emily Merrill
John Lemmon Merrill
Florence M Merrill

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1856Utah, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1832 · The Black Hawk War
    Age 2
    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.
    1848 · The California Gold Rush
    Age 18
    On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 
    1857 · 7.9 Earthquake In Fort Tejon
    Age 27
    The Fort Tejon earthquake, on January 9, 1857, registered at 7.9, making it one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded in the United States. Only two people were killed, largely due to the sparse population in the area where the earthquake occurred. As a result of the large scale shaking, the Kern River was turned upstream and fish were stranded miles from Tulare Lake as the waters were rocked so far from its banks.

    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

    Pioneer in Smithfield

    "The original pioneers that came in the fall of 1859 consisted of the following: ...Virgil and Ann Lemmon Merrill and family..." History of Smithfield, p, 12

    Sources (24)

    • Virgil Merrill in household of Lorenzo Pettit, "United States Census, 1850"
    • Virgil Merrill in entry for Florence Merrill Carson, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
    • Virgil Merril, "United States Census, 1870"

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