James Merritt Pleasant is buried at Bethsaida Primitive Baptist Church, along with many other Pleasants, including his half-brother, John Julius (my great-great-grandfather). John Julius was born in 1853 a few months before Lazarus Pleasant married his mother, Jane Whittington. According to family tradition, J. J.'s father was an Indian. However, Lazarus was father of her other children, James Merritt being the youngest. Lazarus and Jane both died when the children were young, and they were taken in by different families (some related and some not). The 1870 and 1880 Censuses of Harnett County, NC (either Grove or Averasboro Township) should show who reared James Merritt.