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MERRIAM, Zimron Blodgett

Male 1845 - 1918  (73 years)

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  • Name MERRIAM, Zimron Blodgett   [1, 2
    Born 16 Jan 1845  Cobourg, Northumberland Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Military Service Civil War: SGT. Co 'E' 94th New York Inf. Regiment  [3
    Residence 1870  Hounsfield, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died 20 Sep 1918  Watertown, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Buried Dexter, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Dexter Cemetery
    Notes 
    • Zimron Blodgett Merriam

      Zimron Merriam led anything but a tranquil life. Only a short while after his birth in Cobourg, Ontario in 1845, he and his mother moved to the Watertown, NY area as a consequence of his mother's strained relationship with his father, Johnson Merriam. Then, at the youthful age of 16, Zimron's mother died and he was left without parents, his father having died when Zimron was only 8. In the same year of his mother's death, his new country found itself embroiled in a Civil War and Zimron decided to enlist in the Army.

      Zimron participated in many major Civil War battles including the battles at Cedar Mountain, Rappahannock River, Bull Run, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and the Battle of Shenanodoah Valley. In 1864, while still in the Union Army, Zimron married Esther DesMore.

      Later that same year, Zimron was captured and taken to the infamous Confederate prison at Andersonville, Georgia. After being imprisoned for some 5 months, Zimron was paroled and hospitalized in Maryland. He suffered from many post-Andersonville aliments including loss of his teeth.

      In 1865, Zimron returned to active duty, only to be struck by a rifle shot. He survived the wound and received a medical discharge. Zimron returned to the Watertown area where he worked the balance of his life as a carpenter/joiner. He earned an excellent reputation at his craft and his services became in constant demand.

      But a harsh destiny had more in store for Zimron. His wife Esther died in 1888 as an aftermath of delivering their eleventh child. In 1893, Zimron married Augusta Smyth, but once again destiny struck and his second wife died in 1914, after having borne him four children. Zimron married again in 1917, but succumbed to a fatal heart attack in 1918.

      By Don Merriam, grandson of Zimron Merriam
    Person ID I1145  SEQUOIA
    Last Modified 1 Feb 2021 

    Father MERRIAM, Johnson,   b. 30 Jul 1788, Wallingford, New Haven Co, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1853, Haldimand Twp, Northumberland Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother TOWNE, Thankful,   b. 2 Sep 1819, Haldimand Twp, Northumberland Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1861, Brownville, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Married 1 Jun 1841  Haldimand Twp, Northumberland Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F392  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 DESMORE, Esther,   b. 29 Mar 1847, Dexter, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1888, Dexter, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Married 7 Mar 1864 
    Children 
     1. MERRIAM, Walter B,   d. 20 Oct 1898, Brownville, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. MERRIAM, Ida Esther,   b. 16 May 1866, Dexter, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Nov 1954  (Age 88 years)
    +3. MERRIAM, Addie Elmira,   b. 16 Sep 1868, Pamelia, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1955  (Age 86 years)
     4. MERRIAM, Myrtle A,   b. 22 Mar 1871, , , New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 1871  (Age 0 years)
    +5. MERRIAM, Lucy Elena,   b. 6 Jul 1872, Dexter, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Sep 1958, Watertown, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
    +6. MERRIAM, William J,   b. 12 Feb 1875, , , New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1948, Brownville, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    +7. MERRIAM, Walter Zimron,   b. 16 Jul 1877, Dexter, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1930, Caughdenoy, Oswego Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
     8. MERRIAM, Edwin Blodgett,   b. 27 Mar 1880, Dexter, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1958, Evans Mills, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +9. MERRIAM, Maud Mae,   b. 8 Jul 1882, Dexter, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1964, Gouverneur, St Lawrence Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     10. MERRIAM, Edith,   b. 7 Jan 1885, , , New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1885  (Age 0 years)
     11. MERRIAM, Given Name ? (Son Of Zimron Blodgett),   b. Mar 1887,   d. Mar 1887  (Age ~ 0 years)
     12. MERRIAM, Ernie,   b. 10 Mar 1888, , , New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1888  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F400  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 TRYON, Augusta M,   b. 21 Sep 1861, , , Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1914, Watertown, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married 4 Jul 1893  Watertown, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • The Baptist Church
    Children 
     1. MERRIAM, Chester D,   b. Jun 1894,   d. 27 Aug 1894, Watertown, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
    +2. MERRIAM, Charles Edward,   b. 30 May 1897, Watertown, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1964, Rochester, Monroe Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     3. MERRIAM, Jessie D,   b. 20 May 1899, , , New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1989, Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     4. MERRIAM, Clara G,   b. 24 Jan 1902,   d. 4 Mar 1998, Watertown, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years)
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2012 
    Family ID F401  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 DAMON, Elizabeth Marion,   b. 1873, Orwell, Oswego Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1927, Nampa, Canyon Co, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Residence 1917  Watertown, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Elizabeth Marion Squires lived at 226 Goodale St and Zimron Blodgett Merriam lived at 223 Goodale St at the time of their marriage. 
    Married 12 Jul 1917  Watertown, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Last Modified 19 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F402  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Jan 1845 - Cobourg, Northumberland Co, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1870 - Hounsfield, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 4 Jul 1893 - Watertown, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Elizabeth Marion Squires lived at 226 Goodale St and Zimron Blodgett Merriam lived at 223 Goodale St at the time of their marriage. - 1917 - Watertown, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 12 Jul 1917 - Watertown, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Sep 1918 - Watertown, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Dexter, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Photo: MERRIAM, Zimron Blodgett, b 16 January 1845
    Photo: MERRIAM, Zimron Blodgett, b 16 January 1845

    Documents
    OBITUARY: MERRIAM, Zimron Blodgett; b. 16 Jan 1845, d. 20 Sep 1918
    OBITUARY: MERRIAM, Zimron Blodgett; b. 16 Jan 1845, d. 20 Sep 1918
    Obituary for Zimron B. Merriam courtesy of Andy Stewart.
    Watertown Daily Times. Watertown, New York, (volume 2), September 21, 1918, page 11, column 3. Image made available by New York State Historic Newspaper, a digital newspaper collection; accessed 15 April 2021.

    Histories
    ONTARIO: Brief Outline of the History of the Merriam Family
    ONTARIO: Brief Outline of the History of the Merriam Family
    This history is written by Justus Merriam from recollections of his father Johnson Merriam's account of the Merriam family coming from Connecticut USA to Northumberland Co., Ontario Canada. Copied as it was written, spelling and genealogy mistakes and all.

    AR Merriam printed this book in 1934 for family members. His grandson Paul Merriam owns the original handwritten book.

  • Sources 
    1. [S41] Personal Knowledge of: MERRIAM, Don.

    2. [S255] GENEALOGY: MERRIAM GENEALOGY IN ENGLAND AND AMERICA, Pope, Charles Henry - 1906, (Reprint compiled by John Merriam Kingsbury through Bullbrier Press - 1986), Lines of descent missing from Pope (319) back of book (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S34] PENSIONS: Veterans, USA - Civil War and Later, (www.familysearch.org), https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NHZ9-2WG (Reliability: 2).

    4. [S13] 1880 CENSUS: New York, USA, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.), https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M8N4-971 (Reliability: 2).
      Name was spelt Zimmerman Merriam

    5. [S193] DEATH Record: New York, USA, (familysearch.org), https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QGF5-1CCF (Reliability: 2).

    6. [S142] WEBSITE: Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/140262469/zimron-blodgett-merriam (Reliability: 2).

    7. [S45] MARRIAGE Record: New York, USA, (www.familysearch.org), https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XVGB-K8B (Reliability: 2).