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Dean Merritt of Illinois

Updated May 25, 2001

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The origin of the family starts with Robert Conner of Madison County, Ohio,who lived in London, Ohio, in 1848, and Joseph Merritt of Clinton County New York, on the Paternal side of the family, who lived near Plattsburg, New York, in 1845. Conner married a member of the Charles Walker family, Nancy Walker, and Merritt married Harriet Walker.The Charles Walker family moved to Newcomerstown, Ohio, and lived there for several years. Both families moved to Fairmount, Illinois in 1850. On the Maternal side of the family, it begins with James Miller Shaw of Slammen, Scotland, and Alexander Gilmore of Airshire, Scotland the father of James M. Shaw's wife, Elizabeth Gilmore. The Shaw family immigrated to Coal City, Illinois, in 1890.

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