Following is all that I have. I have yet to find the connection between the Merritt and Alexander families prior to the marriage of Elizabeth Lane Alexander. She had a brother named Merritt Alexander and she married my GG grandfather Alexander Merritt. I have been in contact with Alex in Memphis and he confirmed that other Alexander family members had moved to Marianna. There must have been business dealings between these families in the earlier years.
The two children who survived, Ariadne and Alexander, both died in 1971. My grandfather, who was their half nephew, died in 1964 and since he was the only one who kept up with this side of the family we really knew very little until now.
I could not find anything further on Ariadne's granddaughter, Elizabeth Lindley. Alexander Lane Merritt married in NY but there is no sign of any children and he died in Miami. I also found proof that Ariadne and Alexander stayed in close contact over the years and visited each other often in NYC and Los Angeles. Elizabeth Lane Merritt lived with her Ariadne and her family until she died.
I would appreciate receiving any other info that you have on both families.
Children of ELIZABETH ALEXANDER and ALEXANDER MERRITT are: i. WILLIAM E.2 MERRITT, b. 19 Feb 1881, Marianna, Florida; d. 18 Nov 1884, Marianna, Florida. ii. ALEXANDER LANE MERRITT, b. 14 Nov 1884, Marianna, FL; d. 03 Feb 1971, Miami, FL; m. MARY VERONICA HURLEY; b. 18 Jul 1893, California; d. 25 Dec 1952, San Francisco, CA. iii. ROBERT MERRITT, b. 30 Nov 1884, Marianna, Florida; d. 13 Sep 1885, Marianna, Florida. iv. ADNER MERRITT, b. 1887. 2. v. ARIADNE MERRITT, b. 19 May 1887, Marianna, Florida; d. 19 Dec 1971, Los Angeles, CA.
Generation No. 2
2.ARIADNE2 MERRITT (ELIZABETH LANE1 ALEXANDER, WILLIAMA, WILLIAMB, ROBERTC) was born 19 May 1887 in Marianna, Florida, and died 19 Dec 1971 in Los Angeles, CA.She married PHILO LEONARD LINDLEY 1914, son of SAMUEL LINDLEY and MARTHA KINGSTON.He was born 09 Oct 1879 in Union Branch, Michigan, and died 10 May 1945 in Los Angeles,CA.
Child of ARIADNE MERRITT and PHILO LINDLEY is: i. ELIZABETH BETTY J.3 LINDLEY, b. 20 Jul 1924, Los Angeles.