Thanks for the information, I guess we'll just have to assume our folks were actually James and Susan's children. My Grandmother, Laura Lucretia Ellen Merrill, always said she was "Scotch/Irish". My Great Grandfather, Michael, also spelled the name with an "e". I found that out for sure when I found his and his wifes headstone last spring in Pine Hill Cem. near Rolla, Mo. If you would like a picture of the headstone I can e-mail it to you. Let me know. My e-mail is email@example.com.