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February 03, 2009


Catherine Swanson

Thank you for your comment and question. I have searched my sources here at the National Heritage Museum, and have found that, yes, in fact, Francis Jackson Merriam (of Harper's Ferry fame) was descended from the same founding Merriam families of Lexington. See the reference in Merriam genealogy in England and America by Charles Pierce Pope (1906) on Google Books. A fascinating connection!

G. Craig Caba

I presume this is related to Francis Jackson Merriam, who was one of John Brown's Raiders that escaped -- ??

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