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MERRIAM, John Lafayette

MERRIAM, John Lafayette

Male 1825 - 1895  (69 years)

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  • Name MERRIAM, John Lafayette   [1
    Born 6 Feb 1825  , Essex Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Pope recorded his birth as Brookfield, Essex Co, New York, however, there is no Brookfield in Essex Co.
    Gender Male 
    Alt. Birth 6 Feb 1825  Lewis, Essex Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Biography Mr. Merriam was born in the town of Essex, in Essex county, N. Y., Feb. 6, 1825. On the paternal side his ancestors were among the early settlers of Massachusetts, and his grandfather was a soldier for the colonies in the War of the Revolution. His father, William S. Merriam, was an iron manufacturer of Essex county, and his mother, whose maiden name was Jane Ismon, was descended from a New Jersey family. His education, which was begun in the common schools, was completed at the academies of Westport and Essex in his native county. Early in life he engaged in manufacturing, which pursuit he followed for many years, or until he came to Minnesota. In 1857 he was elected treasurer of his native county, and served two years.
    In October, 1860, Mr. Merriam removed to Minnesota. Locating in Minnesota, he associated himself with J. C. Burbank and Capt. Russell Blakely, in the firm of Burbank, Blakely & Merriam, proprietors of the Minnesota Stage company and of the Northwestern Express company. He also engaged in merchandising in St. Paul and St. Cloud. Mr. Merriam's connection with the important enterprises and the general material interests of the city of St. Paul and the state of Minnesota has been very conspicuous and influential. He was one of the incorporators of the First National Bank of St. Paul and of the Merchants' National; and of the latter he was president for several years. His connection with the railroad interests of the state has been very prominent. He was one of the incorporators of the old Minnesota Valley railroad, better known in late years as the St. Paul & Sioux City, and was vice president of the road. He was also vice president of the Worthington & Sioux Falls railroad ; a director of the Sioux City & St. Paul and of the St. Paul, Stillwater & Taylor's Falls, all of which roads were long since consolidated with the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha.
    Mr. Merriam was president of the construction company which built the Northern Pacific road from the junction with St. Paul & Duluth to Moorhead. He was one of the early stockholders of the St. Paul Foundry and Manufacturing company, and for many years was connected with that organization engaged largely in the manufacture of heavy machinery, car wheels etc.
    He retired from active business pursuits in 1875, having been more than ordinarily successful, and having by the character and magnitude of his operations materially added to the
    Welfare of His City and state, as well as to the advancement of his own private interests.
    During the existence of the Whig party Mr. Merriam was one of its most zealous members, but since its disorganization and downfall he has been a Republican. In 1869 and again in 1870 he was elected in a Democratic district as one of the representatives from Ramsey county in the state legislature. Upon the organization of the house in January, 1870, he was elected speaker, and at the following session was re-elected. In 1878 he was a delegate to the Republican national convention that nominated Hayes and Wheeler. Though not an active politician, he manifested a lively interest in the success of his party up to the time of his illness. In times past he performed much valuable service for the party.
    Mr. Merriam was twice married. His first marriage was in 1848, to Miss Mahala K. Delano, of Westport. N. Y.,
    who died in February, 1857, leaving one son, who is now the Hon. W. R. Merriam, ex-governor of the state of Minnesota and president of the Merchants' National bank. In November, 1858, Mr. Merriam was married to Miss Helen M. Wilder, of Lewis, Essex county, N. Y. 
    Residence Lewis, Essex Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence After Oct 1861  St Paul, Ramsey Co, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 12 Jan 1895  St Paul, Ramsey Co, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Oakland Cemetery, St Paul, Ramsey Co, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I5983  SEQUOIA
    Last Modified 13 Nov 2021 

    Father MERRIAM, General William Strong,   b. 15 Feb 1802, Bolton, Worcester Co, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 1854, Lewis, Essex Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Mother ISMON, Jane,   b. 14 Aug 1798,   d. 8 Dec 1866  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 3 Jan 1821 
    Family ID F4257  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 DE LANO, Mahala K,   b. 10 Jan 1830,   d. 27 Feb 1857, Lewis, Essex Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years) 
    Married 27 Jan 1848 
    Children 
    +1. MERRIAM, William Rush,   b. 26 Jul 1849, Wadhams, Essex Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1931, Port Sewall, Martin Co, Florida, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2019 
    Family ID F2156  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 WILDER, Helen Marion,   b. 13 Dec 1832,   d. 22 Dec 1915, St Paul, Ramsey Co, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 4 Nov 1858 
    Children 
     1. MERRIAM, Mary Louise,   b. 29 Apr 1860,   d. 7 Nov 1862  (Age 2 years)
     2. MERRIAM, Jeanne Evelyn,   b. 20 Aug 1860,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. MERRIAM, Mark Ball,   b. 13 May 1861,   d. 10 Jul 1862  (Age 1 years)
    +4. MERRIAM, John Wilder,   b. 12 Mar 1864, St Paul, Ramsey Co, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jun 1899, Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years)
     5. MERRIAM, Robert Hale,   b. 28 Apr 1868, St Paul, Ramsey Co, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1924, Chicago, Cook Co, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     6. MERRIAM, Alanson Wilder,   b. 19 Jul 1872, St Paul, Ramsey Co, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 May 1905, St Paul, Ramsey Co, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2012 
    Family ID F3364  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 6 Feb 1825 - , Essex Co, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlt. Birth - 6 Feb 1825 - Lewis, Essex Co, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Lewis, Essex Co, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - After Oct 1861 - St Paul, Ramsey Co, Minnesota, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Jan 1895 - St Paul, Ramsey Co, Minnesota, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Oakland Cemetery, St Paul, Ramsey Co, Minnesota, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    PHOTO: MERRIAM John Lafayette; d. 12 Jan 1895
    PHOTO: MERRIAM John Lafayette; d. 12 Jan 1895
    John L Merriam
    PHOTO: MERRIAM, John Lafayette; d. 12 Jan 1895
    PHOTO: MERRIAM, John Lafayette; d. 12 Jan 1895
    John L. Merriam house in St Paul, MN. The house was built in 1885 and was demolished in 1964.

  • Sources 
    1. [S255] GENEALOGY: MERRIAM GENEALOGY IN ENGLAND AND AMERICA, Pope, Charles Henry - 1906, (Reprint compiled by John Merriam Kingsbury through Bullbrier Press - 1986), pages 272, 400 (952). (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S142] WEBSITE: Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=53280789 (Reliability: 2).

    3. [S726] DEATH Record: Minnesota, USA , (www.familysearch.org), https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XPX2-S28 (Reliability: 2).