Merritt was bn. ca 1811, possibly in NC. abt. 1832 he md. elizabeth Lyle Donald. They had 3 kids: Nancy Anne, William, & Jesse.Merritt died 30 Aug. 1846 in Monroe Co. TN--He had 2 bros. on who I have much data:Harvey S. & John H. Bright. Pls. respond on email, since I just HAPPENED ON THIS PROGRAM, & it's not part of my regular routine.