Notes for Marick H West: The genealogies I have seen spell the name Merrick or Merick. Merrick is listed as M H West in the 1850 census. He and his wife Sarah is living in Gilmer County, Georgia, with two children, Columbus I and Hester Ann. Nearby is his brother Benjamin West and family. Other Wests in the neighbourhood are George age 74 and wife Edith age 71.
1850 Federal Census, Gilmer County, Georgia, 4 October, Subdivision 33, page 78, Hse/Family #526 M H West 29 M Farmer South Carolina Sarah West 25 F NC Columbus I 3 M GA Hester Ann 1 F GA
Merrick's name is spelled Marick in the census of 1860, when he and his family are living in Towndsons District of Pickens County, Georgia.
1860 Federal Census, Pickens County, Georgia, 3 July, Towndsons District, PO Jasper, Page 100 (978), Hse #831, Family #704 Marick West 39 M Farmer SC Sarah West 34 F NC Columbus West 13 M GA Hester A 11 F GA Louisa A 9 F GA Augustus West 7 M GA Theadotia 2 F GA
Merrick died in October 1862. Annie America (Americus) was born shortly before Merrick's death. In the 1870 census Sarah is the head of the family, managing the family farm with her children. She lives in the same area, with the Post Office being Jasper, but the name of her township is now Truckwheel, instead of Towndsons District. She lives next door to Martin B and Thalia Ann Mullins. Two door down the other way are Sam and Nancy Tatum, with children including Amanda, who later married Sarah's son Gus (Augustus Lafayette).
1870 Census, Truckwheel, P O Jasper, Pickens, County, Georgia, page 65; Hse #505, Family #505 Sarah West Head (abt 1828 North Carolina White Female Hester An West (abt 1848) Georgia White Female Artelissa West (abt 1851) Georgia White Female Augustus West (abt 1853) Georgia White Male Theodocia West (abt 1858) Georgia White Female Americus West (abt 1862) Georgia White Female
The name of Artelissa here matches the child listed as Louisa A in 1860.
Merrick ended his life in Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee. According to information compiled by Mike Taylor, Merrick was buried in Sanderstown, Georgia. I expect he died in a hospital in Knoxville. He was buried in Antioch Cemetery, Sanderstown. -- Mike Taylor, Ancestors of Benjamin West, http://pages.sbcglobal.net/mike_in_katy/benjaminwest.tx
More About Marick H West: Date born 2: 1821, South Carolina.12936 Burial: Oct 1862, Buried in Antioch Cemetery, Sanderstown, Pickens County, Georgia.12937 Residence: 1850, Subdivision 33, Gilmer, Georgia.12938 Residence2: 1860, Towndsons District, Pickens, Georgia.12939
More About Marick H West and Sarah Mullinax: Marriage: 15 Dec 1844, Ellijay, Gilmer, Georgia.12940