Mercer Samuel Osker[1, 2]

Male 1850 - 1917  (66 years)


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  • Name Mercer Samuel Osker 
    Born 26 Dec 1850  "Banks O'Dee" Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1900  ED 103 Grant Township, Ringgold, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Census 1900–1910  [1, 4
    Residence 1910  West Grant, , Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    _FSFTID KCTB-F41 
    _UID 34D4B717F0B0426CA29FF4106B3ED8B39D43 
    Died 8 Apr 1917  Grant City, Worth, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried 11 Apr 1917  Grant City, Worth, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5
    • Buried in Grant City Cemetery.
    Notes 
    • Bio: He was a farmer and owned property (1900 Census) in Ringgold county, Iowa Township of Grant in the northwest corner of plat 32, 160 acres (1894 plat). The nearest town to Samuel's farm was Clearfield , which was located northeast of his property in Taylor County. Elmer , John worked on Sam's farm in Clearfield (reference Ringgold County Directory, Grant Township, 1899.) The Ringgold Co. directory also shows John Mercer owning his own farm, plat 28, just south of Samuel's farm in a town called Maloy.

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      1880 Federal Census, Grant, Adams, Iowa

      Mercer, Oscar, white, male, age 28, married farmer, born Illinois, birthplace of father & mother not listed
      Mercer, Ellen, white, female, age 26, wife, married, keeping house, born Illinois
      Mercer, John, white, male, age 1, born Iowa, father born Illinois, mother born Illinois

      Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Grant, Adams, Iowa; Roll: 325; Family History Film: 1254325; Page: 225B; Enumeration District: 14; Image: 0454.
      Source Information: Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints © Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limited use license and other terms and conditions applicable to this site.
      Original data: Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

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      1900 Federal Census, Grant, Ringgold, Iowa

      Mercer, Samuel O, Head, white, male, born Dec. 1850, age 49, married, age at first marriage: 23, born Ohio, father born Ohio, mother born Ohio, farmer.
      Mercer, Ellen, wife, white, female, born Nov. 1850, age 49, married, age 23, # of births: 5; number of children living: 4; born Iowa, father born Ireland, mother born Ireland
      Mercer, John M., son, white, male, born July 1878, age 22, single, born Iowa, father born Ohio, mother born Iowa, farmer
      Mercer, Elmer, son, white, male, born June 1881, age 18, single, born Iowa, father born Ohio, mother born Iowa, farmer
      Floid, son, white, male, born March 1855, age 15, single, born Iowa, father born Ohio, mother born Iowa, farmer
      Mercer, Walter, son, white, male, born Jan 1888, age 12, single, born Iowa, father born Ohio, mother born Iowa, farmer

      Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Grant, Ringgold, Iowa; Roll: T623_457; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 103.
      Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.
      Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.

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      1910 Federal Census, West Grant, Worth, Missouri

      Mercer, S.O., Head, male, white, age 59, married, married for 36 years, born Ohio, father born Pennsylvania, mother born Ohio, no occupation, can read and write
      Mercer, Ellen, wife, female, white, age 59, married, married for 36 years, 4 pregnancies; 4 children living, born Iowa, father born Ireland (English), mother born Iowa, can read and write
      Bell, Lizzie, niece, female, white, age 15, single, born Iowa, father born Iowa, mother born Missouri, no occupation, can read and write

      Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: West Grant, Worth, Missouri; Roll: T624_828; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 148; Image: 643.
      Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
      Original data: Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA

      1910 Census show that Samuel had moved south to Fletchall Township ( Grant City), Worth county, Missouri. It also says that his father was born in Penn. and his mother was born in Ohio.

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      Other: We were unable to find any birth records for his sons in Ringgold, Taylor, Adams, Union counties. Birth records in Iowa started July 1 , 1880.

      He was married in Ellen's parents home (marriage certificate). Samuel was 25 and Ellen was 22.

      Need to look closely at the 1894 plat book of Ringgold Co. and Taylor Co for property owned by Ellen's parents.

      BIRTH: Mercer Family bible and his tombstone has his birth date as Dec 26, 1850. The family bible has his middle name spell as Osker.

      DEATH: Mercer Family bible and his tombstone has his death date as April 8, 1917
    Person ID I77  Petranek-Mercer
    Last Modified 11 Jan 2015 

    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 Bell Ellen,   b. 8 Nov 1850, Batavia, Jefferson, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1918, Grant City, Worth, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 4 Oct 1876  , Ringgold, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 8, 9
    • Married in Bride's home, Ringgold County, Iowa (Bernard Christensen files)
    Children 
     1. Mercer Infant,   b. 22 Jul 1876, Lenox, Taylor, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1876, Lenox, Taylor, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     2. Mercer John Martin,   b. 23 Jul 1878, Clearfield, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1962, Colfax, Jasper, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     3. Mercer Elmer,   b. 27 Jun 1881, Clearfield, Grant Twp, Taylor, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Oct 1963, Grant City, Fletchall Twp, Worth Co, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     4. Mercer Floyd,   b. 4 Mar 1885, Clearfield, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1962, Grant City, Worth, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     5. Mercer Walter,   b. 4 Jan 1888, Clearfield, Ringgold, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1966, Abilene, Taylor, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2015 
    Family ID F40  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Mercer, Samuel & Ellen Bell
    Mercer, Samuel & Ellen Bell

  • Sources 
    1. [S462] Samuel O Mercer, "United States Census, 1900".

    2. [S463] Samuel Oscar Mercer, "Find A Grave Index".

    3. [S97] Bible, Family.

    4. [S44] 1910 US Federal Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MLMD-6LN.

    5. [S29] Christensen, Bernard Files.

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

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

    8. [S15] Marriage Certificate.

    9. [S133] Samuel Oscar Mercer, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934".


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