Nancy Elizabeth "Nannie" Merriman

Female 1854 - 1919  (65 years)


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  • Name Nancy Elizabeth "Nannie" Merriman 
    Born 10 Aug 1854  (Bledsoe County) Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Female 
    Died 22 Dec 1919  Mangum, Greer County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Buried White Flat Cemetery, Mangum, Greer County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Person ID I3413  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 27 Sep 2014 

    Father William C(urby) Merriman,   b. 26 Aug 1827, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1890, Bledsoe County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother Sarah J(ane) "Sally" Thomas,   b. 5 Dec 1827, Pikeville, Bledsoe County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1907, Dunlap, Sequatchie County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married (~1853)  (Bledsoe County, Tennessee) Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Residence (Family) 1860  Bledsoe County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence (Family) 1880  Sequatchie County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Family ID F1334  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Noah Bost Jones,   b. 13 Nov 1852, Grundy County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1930, Mangum, Greer County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 28 Sep 1873  Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
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    Children 
     1. Leander Houston Jones,   b. 13 Mar 1876, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Nov 1953, Mangum, Greer County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     2. C. Maude Jones,   b. 21 Aug 1878, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1899, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 21 years)
     3. Lester Davis Jones,   b. 0___ 1882, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1958, Mangum, Greer County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years)
     4. Mary V. Jones,   b. 1885, (Warren County) Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. William C. "Will" Jones,   b. 0___ 1890, (Warren County) Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Noah Foster Jones,   b. 29 May 1893, (Warren County) Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0Oct 1973, Mangum, Greer County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     7. Howard Sutton Jones,   b. 31 Aug 1895, McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1994, Tulsa, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years)
     8. Nancy Maie "Mae" Jones,   b. 31 Mar 1898, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Oct 1992, Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
    Last Modified 13 Nov 2018 
    Family ID F1335  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Aug 1854 - (Bledsoe County) Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 28 Sep 1873 - Warren County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 Dec 1919 - Mangum, Greer County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - White Flat Cemetery, Mangum, Greer County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Excerpted from "From The Beautiful Ben Lomand To The Great Southwest", by Howard S. Jones, Chapter II, pp. 5-7, date unknown:

      " EARLY LIFE OF MY MOTHER

      My mother, Nancy Elizabeth Merriman, was born August 10, 1854 in the small mining town of Dunlap, Tennessee.

      She had three brothers and three sisters. Her brothers were George, Dick and Lee. Her sisters were Josie, Simmie and Ella.

      The coal mining town of Dunlap, Tennessee was an early day "Boom Town" and considered a very tough place to live.

      My mother's description of life in Dunlap,the way she remembered it as a young girl was certainly not a very pleasant memory. We might compare Dunlap with the Oil Boom towns of Oklahoma and Texas. However, according to all reports, lawlessness in the coal mining town of Dunlap, Tennessee far exceeded that of amy of the "crime ridden" oil boom towns of the Great Southwest.

      My Grandfather Merriman worked in one of the business establishments in downtown Dunlap.

      My mother recalls that on one occasion her father witnessed a "feuding shoot out" on Main Street. When the smoke cleared ten men lay dead.

      My mother's brother Dick worked in the coal mines all of his active adult life He was never married. His mother and sisters, in fact all of the folks, were very concerned about him, because of the health hazzards and the "ever present" danger of mining accidents.

      Her brother, George, was the "practical joker" of the Merriman family. My mother told me about some of her brother's "so called practical jokes." It was quite clear that my mother did not share her brother's idea of a "practical joke." I remember when Uncle George visited our family. I was a very small boy, but I do recall the pleasure he seemed to get in telling us about some of his practical jokes. One of them took place in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. It seems that Uncle George had a team of horses hitched to a wagon and was driving down the street when he saw a man with a small stand on the sidewalk, selling some kind of gadgets to make a living. So Uncle George thought it would be very funny to pretend that his horses had suddenly become frightened and were running away and completely out of his control. So Uncle George
      managed to hit that small stand with the wheel of the wagon, destroying the stand and scattering the gadgets all over the place, to say nothing of almost scaring that poor salesman to death.

      After Uncle George ended his visit my mother said her brother conveniently forgot to tell us the outcome of his practical joke. She said he was arrested by the police and forced to pay all the damages he had inflicted upon that poor sidewalk salesman. She said it was a substantial sum considering that period of time. My mother said she hoped this would teach Uncle George a lesson about his so called practical jokes, but of course it did not! The trouble with Uncle George was that sometimes his practical jokes were neither practical nor jokes.

      My mother's brother Lee was shot and killed in an argument with a Dunlap man. This shocked and grieved my mother very much. Uncle Lee was her favorite brother and he was only in his twenties.

      As mentioned before, mother's three sister were Josie, Simmie and Ella. Her sister, Josie, married a man by the name of Smith. They had three sons and three daughters, two of the daughters were born deaf mutes. My mother visited Aunt Josie and her family quite often and she said the two girls who were deaf mutes were (to use my mother's words) and "smartest things she ever saw".

      The state of Tennessee provided a school for those who could neither hear nor speak. The school started with the elementary and went through college. One of the girls married a college instructor and the other girl was on the college faculty and taught for many, many years.

      My mother's sister, Simmie, married a man by the name of Vonner. They had one daughter and two sons. The sons went into military service when they reached the proper age. My mother did not know very much about sister Simmie's family. After Mr. Vonner passed awary, Aunt Simmie married a Mr. Dugan. Aunt Simmie and her husband did visit our family one time.

      My mother's sister, Ella, who was named for Grandmother Merriman's sister, Aunt Ella Kesey, married Mr. Joe Harmon. They had four children, three daughters, and one son.The daughters were Josie,Lula and Frankie.The son was Billy. My mother was very close to her sister, Ella and family. They seemed to have a lot in common and enjoyed being together very much. However, this wonderful association was to last only a few years. They were all saddened and grieved by the sudden death of Aunt Ella. The children were young when their mother passed away, but uncle Joe, who was a very fine man, did a marvelous job in taking care of them. He realized the difficulty he faced in trying to be both a father and mother to his children, but he was determined to meet the responsibility. My mother said Joe Harmon was such a good and kind man that he put the welfare of his children above everything else. Uncle Joe devoted his life to his children and denied himself the possibility of happiness in another marriage. He lived on a farm in the Smyrna Community, but it seems that he was more interested in the timber business. However, this was all changed by an accident involved in hauling a load of lumber. One leg was so badly injured that it had to be amputated. As a result of this accident Uncle Joe was forced to turn to something less active. This he did by opening a country store. Since he was such a nice, friendly person, his operation of the country store proved to be very successful." [9]

  • Sources 
    1. [S17] 1870 Warren Co.,TN Census, transcribed from Microfilm by, p. 19 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S52781] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=66666995.

    3. [S3024] "United States Census, 1860," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M8T7-2DG : accessed 27 Sep 2014.

    4. [S30] David A. Hennessee, HENNESSEE Researcher & Compiler, 626 Biscayne Drive,West Palm Beach,FL 33401, 561.832.6612, info@c.

    5. [S1075] Thomas Alex Beavert (1924-2007) Genealogist and historian who concentrated on Sequatchie Valley families and who very h.

    6. [S10882] "S J Merriman", Cemetery Profile, revisited, recorded & uploaded to this website, Friday, April 21st, 2017, by David A.

    7. [S3025] "United States Census, 1880," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MDWH-WN8 : accessed.

    8. [S1655] "Warren County,Tennessee Marriage Records:1852-1900", compiled & printed by Fred Clark,RR 1 Box 9-B, Ridge Road, Quebeck, p. 98 (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S48952] Excerpted from "From The Beautiful Ben Lomand To The Great Southwest", by Howard S. Jones, Chapter II, pp. 5-7, date is.