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Sarah 'Sally'  Merrite 



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Sarah 'Sally' Merrite
1785 - 1875
Sarah 'Sally' Merrite was born about 1785 in an unknown place overseas in Ireland and died about 1875 in Athens County, Ohio. Dates for birth and death are estimated. She lived to be about 90 years old.

In 1870 census, son William states his father was born Maryland and mother in Pennsylvania. In the 1950 census her husband, Henry states they were born in Ireland.
She married Henry Johnson
William (1809)
Nancy (1819)married James Wimmer
Louisa (1826)
Other11/25/1814 NJ (Burlington County) 29 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Sarah 'Sally' Merrite.  Mount Holly Monthly- Philadelphia Yearly Meeting -Vol 1, pg. 22- Thomas Merrit d.8-26-1801, wife- Elizabeth d. 11-25-1814. Children: Mercy b. 1-14-1778, Isaac b. 10-4-1779, Elizabeth b.7-5-1781, Sarah b.12-13-1785, Thomas b.5-21-188, Mary b.2-25-1790, John b.3-14-1792, Jonathan b. 5-3-1797, Solomon b. 3-22-1799
born in Ocean NJ 
Census8/7/1820 Amesville OH (Athens County) 35 yrs old 
pg.101, line 13 -Henry Johnson: one male - 26 thru 44, one female - Under 10, one female - 16 thru 25, Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture: 1.  
Census1/1/1830 Ames OH (Athens County) 45 yrs old 
pg. 5, line 21:Henry Johnson - one Male - (5 thru 9), one Male - (40 thru 49), two Females - (5 thru 9), one Female - (10 thru 14), one Female - (30 thru 39) 
Census1/1/1840 Bern OH (Athens County) 55 yrs old 
pg.3, line 19 -Henry Johnson: two males - 20 thru 29, one male - 60 thru 69, three females - 20 thru 29, one female - 60 thru 69, Persons Employed in Agriculture 1 
Census1/1/1850 Bern OH (Athens County) 65 yrs old 
1888, 1907 -Henry Johnson (age 70), Sarah Johnson (70), James Johnson (32), Louisa Johnson (24), Lucy Johnson (1). Henry and James are farmers. Henry and Sarah were born in Ireland, James in NJ, Louisa and Lucy in OH.

next door lives daughter Nancy Wimmer with husband James and family 
Census6/21/1870 Ames OH (Athens County) 85 yrs old 
105, 89 - Nancy Wemmer (age 51), James Wemmer (55), James W. Wemmer (22), George Wemmer (20), Anna Wemmer (17), Mary Wemmer (13), Johnnie Wemmer (8), Sally Johnson (72) -lives with daughter Nancy. All were born in OH, except James in PA. James, James W. and George are farmers. Home valued at $2060 and personal at $570  

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8 1793 The cotton gin was invented by Whitney.
14 1799 The Rosetta Stone was discovered
15 1800 The first battery was invented by Volta
22 1807 The first steamboat was invented by Fulton
29 1814 The first locomotive engine was created by Stephenson
45 1830 The first railroad is constructed between Liverpool and Manchester, England
54 1839 Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
59 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
68 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
71 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
74 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
80 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
84 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
15 1800 NEWS HEADLINES: Seat of U.S. government moves from Philadelphia to Washington DC
26 1811 NEWS HEADLINES: Tecumseh's emerging Indian Confederacy is defeated at the Battle of Tippecanoe in Ohio. Afterwards, Tecumseh and his brother travel from their Shawnee homes in the north to recruit and unify the southern Indians.
27 1812 NEWS HEADLINES: War of 1812 begins and will continue for until 1814. Some call it the Second War of Independence because the US fights Great Britain to a stalemate, Americas independence was assured.
43 1828 Gold is discovered in Georgia.
49 1834 July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
76 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
77 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
2 1787 Constitution of the United States is signed
8 1793 Alexander McGillivray, the head of the Creek Indian Nation, dies. A restlessness begins to grow among the Indians in what is now Georgia, Alabama and Northern Florida as town chiefs via for the vacant leadership role.
9 1794 The United States establishes the Navy
13 1798 Mississippi Territory organized from Georgia's western land claims. It includes what will later become portions of Mississippi, Alabama and Northern Florida,
18 1803 Louisiana Purchase from France (who secured it from Spain) gives the US a huge new territory and the port of New Orleans.
19 1804 The Seminole warrior later known as Osceola is born near Tuskegee, AL.
20 1805 Federal Road project begins after the Creek Indians give the U.S. permission to develop a “horse path” through their nation that will provide better mail delivery between Washington City (DC) and New Orleans. Soon settlers are traveling and settling along this path to settle the southern frontier.
21 1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition, which began in 1804, ends. News of the rich lands to the west begins to spread.
26 1811 By 1811 the new "Federal Road" (which started as a horse path) is filled with a steady flow of white settlers into Creek Indian Territories. The Spanish begin to fan hostile sentiments among the Indians.
35 1820 The Act of April 24, 1820 abolished the land purchase credit system, fixed the price of public lands at $1.25 per acre, and set the minimum purchase at 80 acres. After a person purchased land, a final certificate was issued by the land office and sent to Washington DC to be verified and signed by the President -- a time consuming process. Public lands were most typically available through US treaties with Indians who agreed to be removed from their homelands.
45 1830 Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
50 1835 Second Seminole Indian War begins.
52 1837 The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
55 1840 Oregon Trail is established
57 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
70 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
75 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
77 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
78 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
80 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
83 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
90 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
2 1787 Catherine the Great leads Russia into war with Turkey
3 1788 Russia begins war with Sweden
4 1789 French feudal system is abolished with the Declaration of Rights of Man. Outbreak of hostilities in France with the fall of the Bastille on July 14; Revolution in Austrian Netherlands declares independence as Belgium
7 1792 French Revolutionary Wars begin and the French royal family is imprisoned the following year
8 1793 Marie Antoinette is executed; Fugitive Slave Act passed; Roman Catholic faith is banned in France; France declares war on Britain and Holland.
10 1795 White Terror and bread riots in Paris
11 1796 Napoleon marries Josephine de Beauharnais
12 1797 Napoleon proclaims the Venetian Constitution, founds Ligurian Republic in Genoa
48 1833 Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico

Henry Johnson
Born about 1780 and died about 1855
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The Children of Sarah 'Sally' Merrite

51 years old
William Johnson
Born in Youngstown, Ohio on November 8, 1809 and died in Columbiana County, Ohio on July 16, 1885. He was 75 years old.

His parents were Henry and Sarah Johnson

IN 1832 he married Matilda Whetzler (1812 MO -1857)
Their children:
Mary Elizabeth (1832)
Robert Crawford (1835)
Orlando Scott (1836)<...
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