Mercer William, Jr[1, 2]

Male 1863 - 1942  (78 years)


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  • Name Mercer William, Jr 
    Suffix Jr 
    Born 31 Oct 1863  Orin, Henry, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1900  ED 134 Creston Township Creston city Ward 5, Union, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    _FSFTID LX79-98Z 
    _UID 4A2CF8FC82D24EC88270E4F173D8FC10F24B 
    Died 3 May 1942  Lenox, Taylor, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Buried Lenox, Taylor, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Notes 
    • Bio: 1880 census show William was single, living in Lenox.
      1885 census show William was working as a grocer, living in Lenox.

      Birth: Family bible has his birthday as October 31, 1863.
      Death date: Matt Mercer family bible.

      According to Matt Mercer, William was a Mason.

      Born in Orin, Henry, IL since that is where William & Clarinda had a farm?

      Other: 1880 census show William to be 16yr, 1885 21yr.
      William gave the information on his mother (Clarinda) death cert. He was living in Ottumwa, Wapello Co. Iowa. July 1908

      Death: William is buried in Lenox east cemetary but there is no head stone but
      we verified with the caretaker that he is buried between Delia and Jessie.
      There is a large headstone with Delia & Jessie name on it and small headstone
      in front of it in this order: Mina, Infant, Mother(Delia), blank space where
      William is buried, Jessie.

      Obituary:
      http://iagenweb.net/taylor/obituaries/lorelei/archibald.html   
      Mercer, William –
      Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 at the Arnold funeral home for William Mercer, former Lenox resident, who died Saturday at Cedar Rapids.  The services were conducted by the Rev. E. F. Hagee and burial was made in the Lenox cemetery.
       
      William Mercer was born in Orion, Ill., Oct. 30, 1863, and died May 2, 1942.  He was the youngest child of William and Clarinda Mercer.  He was married to Delia Dunbar in 1887 at the home of her parents , in Centerville, Ia.  They came to Lenox where they made their home for a few years, later moving to Ottumwa.  Mrs. Mercer died there in 1903 at the age of 39.
       
      They were the parents of four children, Mina, who died in infancy, Frank of Washington, D.C., Ralph of Cedar Rapids and Ruth of Santa Barbara, Calif.
       
      In 1904 Mr. Mercer was married to Jessie Sylvia, who passed about in 1932.  He has since made his home with his son Ralph of Cedar Rapids, who was the only one of the children who would be present at the funeral.
       
      Mr. Mercer united with the Davis street Christian church in Ottumwa, Ia., and remained in the faith through his life.
      Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa May 7, 1942
    Person ID I252  Petranek-Mercer
    Last Modified 13 Aug 2014 

    Father Mercer William,   b. 14 Feb 1824, , Washington, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1895, Near Bedford, Taylor Co., Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother McKisson Clarinda,   b. 19 May 1826, "Banks O'Dee" Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1908, Ottumwa, Wapello Co. Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 21 Feb 1845  Belmont, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Mercer, William & Clarinda Mar Lic
    Mercer, William & Clarinda Mar Lic
    Notes 
    • Marriage: Date came from Wm. Mercer's bio in History of Taylor Co . We assume he met and married Clarinda when he lived in Ohio, as that is the Buckeye State. Certified copy of marriage certificate in possession of Gary Petranek. Place is
      assumed to be Ohio since Clarinda was born there and Wm. lived there.

      Marriage date from: Ohio Marriages, 1803-1900 - Belmont, Ohio.
    Family ID F45  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Dunbar Fidelia E.,   b. 2 Apr 1864, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1903, Lenox, Taylor, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Married 24 Sep 1885  Centerville, Appanoose, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Matt Mercer records say married to Delia Sept 24, 1885. Wm's obituary says married in 1887 at the home of her parents in Centerville, Iowa.
    Married 28 Dec 1881 (div)  Lenox, Taylor, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Marriage date from Matt Mercer Family Files. We used the 9/24/1885 date rather than one we had found of Dec. 28, 1881 in Lenox, Taylor, Iowa because Matt is a direct descendant and we assume his info was more correct than the date we found; also, we did not have a source for our 1881 date listed.
      Marriage from extracted records, IGI; lists marriage place as Apanoose, Iowa.
    Children 
     1. Mercer Mina Maud,   b. 4 Aug 1886, Lenox, Taylor, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Apr 1887, Lenox, Taylor, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     2. Mercer Infant,   b. 16 Jan 1901, Lenox, Taylor, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1901, Lenox, Taylor, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     3. Mercer Frank Guy,   b. 5 Feb 1890, Creston, Union, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Mercer Ruth Clair,   b. 16 Jul 1893, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Mercer Ralph Dunbar,   b. 12 Nov 1891, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1946, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2015 
    Family ID F108  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Silvia Jessie,   b. 10 May 1866,   d. 12 Mar 1932  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 17 Aug 1904  [5
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2015 
    Family ID F109  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S203] William Mercer, "Iowa State Census, 1885".

    2. [S205] Wm Mercer in entry for Frank G Mercer and Lillie Elbertine Caster, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934".

    3. [S16] 1880 US Federal Census.

    4. [S17] Cemetery records.

    5. [S34] Mercer, Matt Family Files.

    6. [S12] History of Taylor County (Iowa).

    7. [S22] Belmont County Ohio Marriage Record, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XDWF-9NY.


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