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Merriam Family Cemetery

Westport, Essex County, New York

DIRECTIONS: This cemetery is located on the Merriam Forge Road. It is on private property currently (2009) owned by Bill Johnston.

COORDINATES: N 44° 14.075'    W 073° 26.164'

NOTES:

MERRIAM
obelisk, no names or dates

ROUSE
EMILY B,
Dau. of
D. & R. ROUSE
DIED
Mar. 7, 1831.
Æ 2 Yrs.

POTTER
CAPT. NOEL POTTER,
DIED
Feb. 28, 1848;
Æ 86 Yrs.

MERRIAM
EUSEBA POTTER,
WIFE OF
DARIUS MERRIAM,
DIED
SEPT. 12, 1857
Æ 64 YRS.
(NOTE: I found an undocumented death date on Ancestry.com of Sept. 12, 1857. It states she died of typhus fever at the age of 63.)

MERRIAM
DARIUS MERRIAM,
DIED
Dec. 1, 1859
Æ 70 YRS.
(NOTE: This stone is very difficult to read. Darius MERRIAM is found on the United States Census for 1830, 1840, and 1850. According to the 1850 United States Census for Westport, Darius was 59 years old. That means his birth year would have been circa 1791. If the age at death of 71 years is correct, he would have died in 1864. None of the dates seem to fit! I did not find him on later census records. I also checked Ancestry.com and found an undocumented death date of Dec. 1, 1859 caused by cancer of the stomach.
NOTE: I received the following information from Betty White, Westport Town Historian via e-mail in Jan. 2011: " In the old Baptist Church (now the Heritage House) the stained glass windows each have the names of persons whose families "bought" them in memoriam. One of them says: Darius Merriam Died 1859 age 70; and Mrs. Euseba P. Merriam Died 1857 age 64."

MERRIAM
FATHER
WILLIAM P. MERRIAM
DIED
JUNE 4, 1885,
Æ 68 YRS.

MERRIAM
MOTHER
CAROLINE F. BARNARD
WIFE OF
WM P. MERRIAM
DIED
AUG. 12, 1894.
Æ 64 (68) YRS.

MERRIAM
On the front:
MERRIAM
On the back:
Son of
T. H. & C. A.
ROUSE
DIED
FEB. 17, 1883
AGED
3 yrs. 7 mos.
& 17 Days.

MERRIAM
JOHN A. MERRIAM
RECRUIT
U.S. ARMY

MERRIAM
MERRIAM
WILLAM D.
1855 - 1924
JOHN A.
1862 - 1900