Friday, May 2, 2014

52 Ancestors: - #18 Mary Shane Lemon King Merriott (1812-1892)


 Mary Shane Lemon was born in July 1812 in Berkeley County, Virginia, which is now a county in West Virginia.  I believe that her parents were James Shane and Catherine.  In online trees Catherine’s last name varies and I have no birth record for Mary that indicates a name for her mother, other than Catherine or Katherine. 

Mary married George Lemon about 1832.  I am speculating that George was born about 1810 in Virginia.  George Lemon and Mary had two children: George (1833-1864) and Jane Frances (1834-1927).  Later census records indicate that George was born in Ohio and Jane Frances was born in Virginia, but this is not confirmed.

In the 1850 census for Peoria County, Illinois, George and Jane F. are living with his mother Mary King, and children Elizabeth (1842-1918), James (1845-1918), Joseph (1846-1920) and Rufus (1847-1915) King.  A marriage index for Illinois shows that Mary Lemon married William King in July 1839 in Peoria County. 

In the 1860 census Mary is enumerated with William Merrett and has children listed as John T. Merrett, age 5, and Rufus King, age 12. 

According to an obituary in the Brimfield News for Brimfield, Peoria County, Illinois for January 14, 1892, Mary Shane was born in Berkeley County, West Virginia.  At age 24 she moved to Illinois with her father and other family members and then married William King.  Then, in 1857 she was again married, but to William Merriott. 

I am researching the descendants of Mary’s daughter Jane Frances Lemon who married Thomas Greenslade Blackmore.  AND, then, naturally, I am trying to document the ancestors of Mary Shane Lemon King Merriott, as well as the ancestors of her first husband George Lemon.  If you are interested in sharing information about this family please contact me.

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