SOUTH DAKOTA / MERRILL FAMILY HISTORY 1867-2002Updated June 26, 2005
P O Box 1175
North Sioux City, SD 57049
| JAMES G. MERRILL family from Bath or Lynn, New Hampshire - Columbia County, Wisconsin - UNION COUNTY, SOUTH DAKOTA
Great grandfather James G. Merrill, born March 9, 1830 in New Hampshire / Danville VT. Married Sarah Willis Martin, July 3, 1853 in Lynn, Mass. About 3 years later, they moved to Pardeeville, Wis. The family lived in Wis. for eleven or twelve years. James volunteered for service in the Civil War at Madison Wis. Mustered in March 14, 1864. Was in the Co H 36 Wis. Inf. Appointed Sergeant April 1, 1864, First Serge. July 1, 1864, Commissioned 2nd Lt. August 31, 1864,was taken prisoner of war August 25th, 1864 at Reams Station Va. was later transferred to Belle Island. Paroled October 9, 1864 and was granted an honorable discharge July 1865.
After his honorable discharge from service in the army, He arrived in Union County, Dakota Territory on June 28, 1867 where he took a homestead,on 5 acres in Big Sioux Township May 4,1868. In 1875, he purchases 45 acres of farmland from Mrs. Charles W. Newton,in Big Sioux Township.
He was elected as delegated,to the Dakota Citizens league of Union County in March 1883,and a call for a convention to meet at Huron, on Tuesday, June 19, the convention assembled in a wigwam. There were 188 delegates from 34 counties, 16 delegates from Union County.
Other titles it is believed James held was County Commissioner, Justice of Peace, Engineer on Freight train that ran from Sioux City to Fort Sully and farmer, in reading his obituary he had the First Cheese Factory in Big Sioux, township, Union County. The items listed in this paragraph haven't been documented.
Children are, Sarah E. (Mrs. Charles Hopkins); James Clark., Jenny L. (Mrs. George W. Teller); and Zadoc who died in 1888 at young age. According to the Obituaries for Sarah W. Merrill it leads me to believe she had 3or4 daughters, while only two have been found.
Hopkins, James G., James C., families are buried in the McCook, Cemetery, Big Sioux Township, Union County, SD
Mr. and Mrs. George W. Teller Lived in Jackson Nebr. and burial unknow.
Help is needed in locating the history of the Hopkins and Teller families, along with picture and history of the Hopkins General store in the town of McCook and the history about the town.
There is documentation on James, Civil War history, would like verification on cheese factory and other items.
If your are reading this and find any errors that need corrected or have any information about this history you would like to share. I would really appreciate hearing from you.
Mrs. Wm."Bill" Merrill
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