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My family tree starts with the Robert Conner family of Madison County,Ohio. Robert was born in 1829 and married my gggrandmother Nancy Walker in 1849. The Joseph Merritt family originated in Clinton County, New York. Joseph Merritt was born in Clinton County, NY., in 1833. Joe Merritt married Harriett Walker, the sister of Nancy Walker.
My mother' side of the family were all born in Scotland. James Miller Shaw was born in Slammen, Scotland married Elizabeth Gilmore. Both the Merritt family and the Conner family moved to Fairmount, Illinois, and later Taylorville, Illinois.