Mercer David[1]

Male 1817 - 1895  (78 years)


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  • Name Mercer David 
    Born 1817  , Washington, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    _UID 609F78441E1A4EEFA77FC6F28ED889585587 
    Died 1 Feb 1895  Portsmouth, Scioto, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Notes 


    • William Ralph Mercer's research says that David Mercer came from Washington County Pennsylvania at 17 years of age in 1833, which would have put his birth year at 1816, and he died Feb 1?, 1895 at 78 years old. (notes: to Belmont Oh@17, to Chesterfield, Morgan Co. in 1853, to Racine, Meigs Co. Oh 1859; to Portsmouth in 1895, buried in Racine) He lived in Belmont County, Ohio, moved a couple of times and ended up in Portsmouth or Noble Ohio; it lists his children and grandchildren. William and David's info was written in pen; Daniel and 2 other brothers (no names, just spaces) are written in pencil, which leads Matt to believe that the info on William and David was definite while the info in pencil was speculative.
      He compiled a genealogy of the family. Matt has his grandfather's notebook. "When I reviewed the book he had some [names] in pencil and some in pen - once he was sure he transcribed into pen - he has William's brother David in pen. Not only that he had a brother, Daniel in pencil and two other slots with brothers? in pencil. Now since David was in pen he tranced the line. He has David born in Washington Co 1817/16 died 2/1/1891 in Racine. David married Margaret Gorley of Ireland b 1809 died 1/17/1879 buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Racine and died of asthma. They had John Irwin Mercer born 11/10/1843 - Thomas William Mercer - Frances Isabelle Mercer - Rachael Ann Mercer born 12/23/1840. David also remarried to Mary Mallonee on 5/12/1880. David lived in Belmont (says 1833) and moved to several counties (he listed them)." [Source: Matt Mercer email to Gary Petranek, Mar 21, 2009]


      Matt Mercer Information from his grandfather, William Ralph Mercer:
      David Mercer b.1816 / 1817 Washington Co. Pa d. 2/1/1895 Portsmouth, Ohio
      [(NOTES: to Belmont Oh @17 to Chesterfield, Morgan Co. in 1853, to Racine, Meigs Co. Oh 1859; to Portsmouth in 1895 buried in Racine)]
      David Married twice - first marriage:
      David Married Margaret Gorley of Ireland (see attached shipping list) b. 1809 Ireland d. 1/17/1879 buried in Racine
      (notes: died of aesthma)
      Son 1: Dr. John Irving Mercer b. 11/10/1843 d. 3/16/1933 Portsmouth, Ohio (had a drug store)
      married on 8/16/1868 Margaret E. Decker b. 6/1/ 1854 d. 9/29/1916
      Son: Ida Alvin Mercer b. 7/28/1873 d. 6/17/1945 Portsmouth, Ohio (book keeper)

      Son 2: Thomas William Mercer (no dates) Racine then Gallipolis (photographer)
      married on 12/24/1863 Megis Co. to Sarah F Wolf b. ? d. 9/4/1891
      Son: George Edward Mercer b. 8/5/1868 Racine Oh to Pittsburge Pa
      married Elizabeth Wilson of Washington D.C
      had twin girls Louise and Lucille
      son: Ellsworth (drowned as a boy in Pittsburge Pa)

      Dau 1: Frances Isabelle Mercer b. 8/2/1846 d. 2/25/1936 Racine Oh
      married on 11/30 1862 Megis Co. to William Richard Weldon

      Dau 2: Olive Mercer

      Dau 3: Rachael Ann Mercer b. 12/23/1840 d. 4/13/1876 Racine Oh

      second marriage: Mary Mallonee married on 5/12/1880
      END MATT MERCER NOTES

      OBITUARY: [copy in our files]

      David Mercer, since 1882 a respected resident of Scioto county, died at his home on Cemetery hill Friday morning, his death being caused by a complication of diseases. He has been ill for some weeks.
      Mr. Mercer was born in Washington County, Pa. in 1817. When he was but eighteen years old he moved to Belmont County, Ohio. From there he moved to Chesterfield, Morgan county, in 1853, remaining there six years, at the end of which time he moved to Racine, Meigs county. He moved from the latter city to Portsmouth in 1822 where he has since resided. He was twice married, his first wife, Margaret Gourley Mercer, dying in Racine in 1879. In 1881 he was married to a widow, names Malenny [or Malonny], who survives him. Three children by his first marriage survive--Dr. John I. Mercer, and Thomas W. Mercer, of this city and Mrs. T. J. Waldever, of Racine."
      Portsmouth (Ohio) Times, Portsmouth, Ohio, published February 9, 1895, page 1.

      On June 29 or July 6, 1895, Estate filed in Probate Court - [copy in our files]
      March 21, 1896 - Portsmouth Times: "Mary Mercer, admin of David Mercer v. Thomas Mercer, answer and cross petition filed." Ruth Sprowls, a researcher wrote in an email to Matt Mercer dated June 29, 2009: "around June 29 or July 6, 1895, the estate for David Mercer was filed and Mary Mercer was appointed administrator. It seems that around March 21, 1896, that both John I. and Thomas Mercer filed a petition against Mary Mercer to answer questions and cross examine. Seems money was spent without accounting for it. I couldn't locate anything further regarding results. -- Ruth"

      2nd OBITUARY: [copy in our files]

      "D. Mercer," of the firm of D. Mercer & Co., is a native of Pennsylvania, and when a young man came to Ohio, locating at Mercertown, Belmont County. He then removed to Noble County, and in 1853 to Morgan County. In 1859 he removed to Meigs County, remaining there till 1882 when he came to Portsmouth. He is by trade a saddle and harness maker. He was married in Mercertown to Margaret Gourley, who died at the age of fifty-eight years. They had a family of five children - Thomas William, a photographer of Racine, Meigs Col, Ohio; Rachel Ann, died in 1872, aged thirty-four; John Irvin; Frances Isabel, wife of Richard Weldon, of Racine, and Olive H. Mr. Mercer is a member of the Masonic fraternity. His son, J.I., was born in Noble County, Ohio, Nov. 10, 1848. When seventeen years of age he enlisted in Company H, Eighteenth Ohio infantry. In March, 1862, he re-enlisted in the Fourth Virginia Infantry, and commissioned Hospital Steward, and served till May, 1865. After his return home he worked four years for A.W. Seilbolm, a druggist of Pomeroy. In 1869 he came to Portsmouth, and worked for Enos Reed four years, for J. F. David two years, and traveled for Wm. N. Merrill, of cincinnati, one year. In 1876 he opened a store on the corner of Ninth and Chillicothe Streets. He carried on the business alone for two years, when his father took an interest in it, changing the firm name to D. Mercer & Co. They kept a full line of drugs, oils, paints, glass and fine toilet articles. Mr. Mercer was married August 16, 1868, to Maaie E. Decker, of Middleport, Ohio. They have one child - Ida. Mr. Mercer is amember of the I. O. O. F. fraternity, and the Grand Army of the Republic."
      Portsmouth Times, published Friday, Feb. 6, 1895. Also in OHIO STATEWIDE FILES - HISTORY: Chapter 16(3) [HISTORY OF LOWER SCIOTO VALLEY Chicago, 1884)

      In June 2009, Matt Mercer went to Portsmouth, Ohio and found another death notice:
      "David Mercer, aged 78 years, died at his home on Cemetery Hill Friday morning at 10:00. A wife and 3 children, one of whom is Dr. J. I. Mercer of this city, survive him. The body will be taken to Racine from where he came to this city in 1882, for interment. The deceased on born in Washington County, PA." Matt also wrote: "He died on 2/1 and was was on a train on 2/2 according to another small writeup. The obit for John is long - but he does have a resemblance to my brother!"

      1840 Federal Census, Union, Belmont, Ohio
      Male 20-30 - 1
      Females 20-30 - 2
      Assumption: David and wife, with possibly a sister or sister in law, since David moved to Belmont County at age 17.

      1850 Census, Williamsburg of Beaver Township, Guernsey, Ohio
      David Mercer, age 34, Saddler, born PA
      Margaret, age 36, born Ireland
      Thomas W, age 10, born Ohio
      Rachel D, age 8, born Ohio
      John J. age 6, born Ohio
      Frances, (female) age 4, born Ohio
      Olive H, (female), age 1, born Ohio
      Also living with the family were Joseph Ball, 20, and Jonathan Cooper, 17, who were saddlers.

      1860 Census, Racine, Meigs, Ohio
      David Mercer, age 40, Grocer, born PA
      Margaret, age 40, born Ireland
      Thomas, age 18, Laborer, born Ohio
      John, age 16, Laborer, born Ohio
      Rachel, age 15, born Ohio
      Olive, age 11, born Ohio

      1870 Census, Racine, Meigs, Ohio
      David Mercer, age 52, Saddler, born PA
      Margaret, age 58, born Ireland
      Rachel, age 28, born Ohio
      Olive, age 21, born Ohio

      1880 Census, Sutton Twp, Racine, Meigs Co., Ohio
      David Mercer, age 62, occupation: harness maker, born PA, father born PA, mother born NJ
      Mary, wife, age 54, born PA, father born Delaware, mother born PA
      Olive H, daughter, age 21, born Ohio, father born PA, mother born Ireland

      Meigs, Ohio Newspaper articles:
      Pomeroy Democrat October 17, 1889 ANTIQUITY David Mercer and wife, of Portsmouth, was visiting P. Winters last week.

      Telegraph October 9, 1889 RACINE David Mercer of Portsmouth, is visiting his daughter, Mrs. W. R. Weldon. (www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohmeigs/news_by_year/1889.html)

      The Portsmouth Times, November 20, 1880: David Mercer, of Racine, this State, is visiting his son, J. W. Mercer, on Chillicothe Street.

      LAND RECORDS:
      The area of land that David Mercer Jr had lived on in 1850 went from Guernsey County to Noble County in 1851. The purchase of the land would have remained in Guernsey County but the sale would have been recorded in Noble, as each jurisdiction kept its own records.
      Found land deed for David Mercer & Margaret sold land in Noble County September 30, 1854.
      (At Noble County Courthouse - have photos in 1Genealogy Photos, 2009 October Belmont County etc Ohio)
    Person ID I2076  Petranek-Mercer
    Last Modified 31 Dec 2011 

    Father Mercer David,   b. Abt 1790, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Mercer Mrs. David,   b. New Jersey, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F662  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Mallonee Mary,   b. 1826, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 12 May 1880  Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2015 
    Family ID F656  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Gorley Margaret,   b. 1809, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1879  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 12 Sep 1839  Guernsey, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • At the courthouse in Guernsey County, Ohio we found the marriage for David Mercer and Margaret Gourley as being September 12, 1839; Marriage Book Volume B 1832-1846, page 289. We have photo. October 2009 genealogy trip to Ohio.
    Notes 
    • Estimated marriage year two years before birth of first child, John, in 1843.
    Children 
     1. Mercer John Irwin,   b. 10 Nov 1843, Batesville, Noble, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1933, Portsmouth, Scioto, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     2. Mercer Thomas William,   b. 2 Oct 1840, Batesville, Noble, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Mercer Frances Isabelle,   b. 2 Aug 1846, Racine, Meigs, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Feb 1936, Racine, Meigs, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     4. Mercer Olive H.,   b. 1849, Racine, Meigs, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Mercer Rachael Ann,   b. 23 Dec 1840, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1876, Racine, Meigs, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years)
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2015 
    Family ID F661  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S34] Mercer, Matt Family Files.

    2. [S1] Obituary.


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