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Emily Merriott Biography

from Biographical Sketches – Jessamine County, Kentucky

Emily Merriott was born in Jessamine County, a member of the Christian Church, a daughter of Martin and Mary (Hifner) Frazer, and widow of William H. Merriott.  William H. Merriott was born in Baltimore, Maryland, February 11, 1816; came to Kentucky and settled in Jessamine County in 1828; was a wagon maker by trade, and lived in Nicholasville eleven years, working at his trade; he then moved to Lexington, stayed nine years, ran a flour store and then moved to his farm in Jessamine County, where he died June 3, 1882, a member of the Christian Church.  Martin Frazer was born in Virginia September 3, 1788, came to Kentucky when quite young and settled in Jessamine County; was a farmer all his life, and died April 9, 1860.  Mrs. Mary Frazer was born in Kentucky October 26, 1796, and died July 29, 1848.  No children were born to Emily Merriott and husband, but they took Watt R. Dunn, the son of Ben and Rebecca Dunn, and a nephew of Mr. Merriott, when he was two years old to rear.  Watt R. Dunn was born March 1, 1855, and was married, December 21, 1876, to Mary D. Burton, of Mercer County, the daughter of Peter H. and Martha A. Burton.  Mr. Dunn is a member of the Christian Church and his wife of the Methodist Church South.  Mrs. Merriott owns 115 acres of good land in Lee District, seven miles west of Nicholasville, which farm is intended for Watt R. Dunn.  Watt and Mary Dunn are the father and mother of three children:  the eldest, William Merriott Dunn was born October 18, 1879; Peter Burton Dunn, January 27, 1881; Mattie Alberta Dunn, March 17, 1883.

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