Merritt/Merretts from NJ circa 1800's
I am searching for information on my 4th great grandfather. I have a name only, Levi Merritt (or William Levi Merritt), was told he came from New York by my grandfather, but his son, Levi Merritt (Jr.) states on census reports that his father's birthplace was New Jersey. Oral tradition in my family is that he came down to Ohio County, Virginia (present day Wheeling, West Virginia) and bought land. His son Levi Jr. was born there in 1828. I found only one hit on an Ohio County Virginia 1830 census for a Levi Merrott (also Jacob). On that census head of household is 60+ years of age with a son less then 5 years old.I have run into a dead end with this relative, as has everyone else in my family. If anyone knows anything about any Merritts in NJ who came to present day West Virginia in the 1820's please share. Thanks!