Bio: Merrill, Benjamin H. (1826 - 1900)

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Surnames: Merrill, Riggs, Maxwell, O'Leary, Cannon


----Source: 1881 History of Northern, Wisconsin

BENJAMIN H. MERRILL, farmer and lumberman, P.O. Merrillan, was born in Lincoln, Me., Aug. 8, 1826. Came to Wisconsin in the Fall of 1849, and settled on the east fork of Black River, about fourteen miles above the Falls. He built a saw mill, and also had a supply store. Remained there three years, then removed to Black River Falls, where he started a general merchandise store, in which he continued one year. Returned to Maine, and engaged in lumber business. Sold out in 1854, and came back to Wisconsin; engaged at farming and lumbering; built a store at Hixton, Jackson Co., and ran it for five years in connection with his other business. Came to Merrillan in 1870, and started the Store where he now is. Mr. Merrill was married to Miss Catherine Riggs, Dec. 2, 1856. She was born in Ohio, May 6, 1835. They have five children — Angelia E. (now Mrs. Dr. E. E. Moore, of Merrillan), Oscar H., Ida B., Mary J. and Charles H. They mourn the loss of a daughter, Carrie M., who died Dec. 30, 1877, aged fifteen years. Mr. Merrill has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for twenty-two years. Is a member of the Temple of Honor, and of I. O. O. F., Merrillon Lodge, No. 246.

Family Notes

1880 Federal Census, Alma, Jackson, Wisconsin, United States, pg. 264

B. H. Merrill (Benjamin H. Merrill), white male American Lumberman
father's birthplace : Maine, United States
mother's birthplace : Maine, United States

Household Members
self B. H. Merrill M 51 Maine, United States
wife Catherine Merrill F 44 Ohio, United States
daughter Ida B. Merrill F 16 Wisconsin, United States
daughter Maimie J. Merrill F 13 Wisconsin, United States
son Charles H. Merrill M 7 Wisconsin, United States
other Mary Oleson F 19 Wisconsin, United States

1900 Federal Census, ED 42 Alma town, east side Merillan village, Jackson, Wisconsin, United States, pg. 9, family 198

Benjamin Merrill, white, retired male
father's birthplace: Maine
mother's birthplace: Maine
years married: 45
estimated marriage year: 1855

Household Members
head Benjamin Merrill M 72 (Aug 1828) Maine
wife Kathrine Merrill F 64 (May 1836) Ohio, 6 children - 2 living, father b. NY, mother b. OH

Wisconsin Marriage Records

Oscar H. Merrill
bride's name: Anne Maxwell
marriage date: 14 Sep 1886
marriage place: Jefferson, Wisconsin
groom's father's name: Benjamin H. Merrill
groom's mother's name: Catherine Riggs
bride's father's name: John Maxwell
bride's mother's name: Julia O'Leary

Michael P Cannon
bride's name: Mary Merrill
marriage date: 25 Jun 1890
marriage place: Jackson, Wisconsin
groom's father's name: Michael Cannon
groom's mother's name:
bride's father's name: Benjamin H. Merrill
bride's mother's name: Kate Riggs

Wisconsin Death Records

Benjamin H. Merrill
Death, vol. 3, pg. 453
date: 28 Jun 1900
place: Jackson, Wisconsin

Carrie May Merrill

Death, vol. 1, pg.2

date: 30 Dec 1879

place: Jackson, Wisconsin


Oscar Hammon Merrill
gender: Male
burial date: 22 Jul 1904
burial place: Merrillan, Jackson, Wisconsin
death date: 22 Jul 1904
death place: Merrillan, Jackson, Wisconsin
age: 45
birth date: 20 Sep 1868
birthplace: Alma, Wisconsin
occupation: Post Master
race: White
marital status: Married
spouse's name: Anna M.
father's name: Benjamin H.
father's birthplace: Lincoln, Maine
mother's name: Catherine
mother's birthplace: Carthage, Ohio



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