Re: Celia BUSH married Benj. MERRITT, Granville 1805
Another line of Merritt's out of NC, including several Benjamin Merritt individuals, is found in KY about 1806, in 1820s around Tippah Co, MS, Arkansas around 1832, and again in 1840s in and around McNairy Co, TN (kin to Patterson, Stanley, Harrell, and Higgins) found there, and then some to and in Texas around 1845 into Brazos Territory (Bell, Coryell, Lampasas Counties). Some Merritt's stayed in TX while others ventured into New Mexico before 1880 and others to Clay and Red River counties in Texas.
I've seen a Ben and "Celly" Merritt on a Patterson deed, I just can't lay my hand to it. I'll keep digging.