I believe that Nancy Bright Merrill was the mother of Caroline Merrill Sanders Lyon (b. 18 May 1834 in Cincinnati, OH; m. (2) Howard William Lyon 14 Feb 1864; d. 12 May 1879 in Onarga, IL) . Caroline (age 16) and her first husband, Richard Sanders (age 22) were living in the home of Nancy Merrill in St. Louis, Missouri on the 1850 census. I think that Nancy Bright Merrill and her husband Daniel (?) may have run a boardinghouse in St. Louis but by 1850 Daniel was deceased. By the 1860 Census, Richard Sanders was deceased (or they had divorced) but Caroline (26), a seamstress, was still living with her mother in St. Louis. Richard and Caroline Sanders had 2 children – Richard Sanders and Violetta Sanders Conn (w/o Smith Conn) but neither of the children is shown on the 1860 census with their mother. On the 1870 Census, Nancy Merrill (56) is shown living with Smith (28) and Violetta (17) Conn in St Louis. Nancy Bright Merrill shows her birthplace as Virginia but I haven’t yet been able to connect her to a specific Bright Family.
Great Uncle Howard Eveline Lyon (12 Jul 1892 – Mar 1992)
World War I Veteran
Onarga Cemetery, Onarga, Illinois
Tombstone of William Porter Pierson (1811-1909) and his wife Mary Tucker Condit Pierson (1821-1890). The Pierson’s were among the earliest settlers and business people in Onarga.
Stone was made by the Chicago Bronze Company and is engraved on three sides with Pierson’s genealogy.
My 3 gr grandfather James Coleman Jimison has proved to be one of the most elusive to research. It is said that he once bragged to one of my grandmothers that no one would ever be able to trace his lineage. According to his obituary (Iroquois County Democrat, Watseka, Illinois May 17, 1907), he was born 30 Jan 1834 in Pike Co, Missouri. On March 22, 1855, he married Mary L Ashworth. He was living in Watseka, Illinois at the time of his death. He does not mention any parents. There were 4 surviving children: Paulina Johnson, William H Jimison (my gr gr grandfather), Ellis Lee Jimison and Ely T Jimison. I did obtain a record of his marriage from Schuyler Co, MO. It was recorded/transcribed under the name Joneson. I know that other members of the family have used the name Jamison and Jemison at various times but so far I have found nothing to indicate who his parents were.
I first became interested in genealogy about the time I joined DAR in 1976. Several aunts on my mother’s side of the family had belonged so I joined using a maternal ancestor. But I really wanted to find one on my father’s side to add so I started looking into the Hollingsworth family. I came upon an ad that Harry (Henry Albert) Hollingsworth (1931-1995) – who published Hollingsworth Register from 1965 to 1991 – had placed in a genealogy magazine. I wrote to him and many of my Hollingsworth family blanks were filled in. Unfortunately, most of the earliest Hollingsworth ancestors – including my Revolutionary era ancestor Joseph Hollingsworth (b. c 1735 Winchester, Frederick Co, VA; m. Margaret Wright Hammer 4 Jun 1768; d. 10 Sep 1792 Newberry, SC) – were observant Quakers so I still have no Hollingsworth patriot to add. Of course, even pacifists did sometimes aid the Revolutionary cause by furnishing supplies or holding public office so I’ve pencilled in as one of my projects to find out exactly what this Joseph Hollingsworth was doing during the American Revolution. In the meantime I did find a few revolutionary patriots on my father’s side of the family and added them – William Margerum PA, John Wright SC (father-in-law of Joseph Hollingsworth), Joseph Barnes MA, and James Hawkins SC. More about them later…
I’ve set up this blog to publish random items from my genealogical research. I’ve been working on my family genealogy since the mid 1970s. I will post many of my findings and will be writing about some of the brick walls I’ve come up against. Some (but not all) of the family names that I’ll be posting about are Hollingsworth, Lindsay (Lindsey), Lyon, Jimison (Jamison), Heller, Doyle, Kindig, Meeks (Meakes), Merrill, Crumrine and Libhart.