FAMILY OF EDWIN RICHMOND MERRELL
(BACK ROW - FRANCIS EARL, SALLIE MAE, CHESLEY ELMER)
(FRONT ROW - ANNIE, EFFIE "BOOBIE", MOTHER ELIZA H. (REED), EDWIN RICHMOND, ALLAH SUSIE, EDWIN BYRON & NORA EVALYN "EVA")
EDWIN RICHMOND MERRELL was born September 17, 1858 in Jasper County, Texas, and died January 24, 1939 in Shallowater, Lubbock County, Texas. He is buried in City of Lubbock Cemetery, Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas. He married EFFIE HOOD (ELIZA) REED January 21, 1886 in Hill County, Texas by Rev. Keen, Ordained Minister, daughter of FRANCIS REED and NANCY WILLIAMS. She was born July 25, 1867 in Irene, Hill County, Texas, and died July 26, 1947 in Shallowater, Lubbock County, Texas. She is buried in City of Lubbock Cemetery, Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas.
Notes for EDWIN RICHMOND MERRELL:
Born in 1858 to Alexander and Sarah (Black) Merrell, Edwin Richmond married Effie Hood (Eliza) Reed in the area of Irene, Hill County, Texas in 1886. The Merrells and the Francis Marion and Nancy Evaline (Williams) Reed family were very close, living "right across the crop row" from each other as well as being listed on the 1880 Texas Census as families # 175 and 176. The Merrells were farmers and ginners, having operated gins both Hill County and Shallowater, Lubbock County, Texas.
My cousin, Edith tells of how in 1925 Grandpa and Grandma Merrell decided to move to Shallowater. They lived with their oldest son's family, the Chesley Merrells while their house was being built in the area. Edith tells of the demonstration of love Edwin had for his wife Eliza in the following antedote:
"The girls were always trying to get Grandma Merrell to go on a diet (as she was very heavy weighing around 300 pounds) but their attempts were undermined by Grandpa Merrell as he was always slipping extra tidbits to her under the kitchen table." Edith says, "I guess it didn't matter to him how much she weighed, he loved her anyway."
Edwin was also an active member of the Methodist church having been Sunday School superindent. (He signed his granddaughter’s Cradle Roll certificate) when his son Byron enrolled his daughter in the nursery at the Methodist church.
Notes for EFFIE HOOD (ELIZA) REED:
According to my cousin, Edith, she noted she never saw the grandparents work very hard.Grandma Merrell died in 1947 at the age of 80. Rix Funeral Home handled the burial. They are both buried in the City of Lubbock Cemetery.
CHILDREN OF EDWIN RICHMOND MERRELL AND EFFIE HOOD (ELIZA) REED
Chesley Elmer Merrell
Sallie Mae Merrell
Francis Earl Merrell - born 7 May 1892 Hill County, Texas, died 20 April 1952 Lubbock, Texas
Nora Evelyn (Eva) Merrell
Edwin Byron Merrell
Susie A. (Allah Sue) Merrell - born 11 September 1900 Hill County, Texas; died 26 August 1902 Hill County, Texas, buried at Salem Irene Cemetery
Effie Hood (Boobie) Merrell
Emma Naomi (Oma) Merrell - born 6 April 1904 Hill County, Texas; died 10 October 1977 Lubbock, Texas, buried in the City of Lubbock Cemetery
Verna Octavine Merrell
Edwin R. (Ezdell) Merrell
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