From the files of Stephen M. Lawson
Bevil and Elizabeth Waters
The principal information sources for the WATERS family are
"Descendants of Andrew Benton," by John H. Benson,
Jr. (NEHGR, Jul. 1906, pp 300ff.) and History of the
Seymour Family, by Donald Lines Jacobus (1939), supplemented
by the usual published resources for early New England settlers,
including Families of Early Hartford, Connecticut, by
Lucius Barnes Barbour (Baltimore, 1977).
Bevil WATERS - b. 1632; d. Feb. 14, 1729/30, Hartford,
Hartford Co., CT; bur. Central Church Cemetery (Ancient Burying
Ground), Hartford, CT (marker).
Parents unknown. Moved to Hartford by 1661 where he was apprenticed
to Thomas Watts as carpenter 1661-1667; freeman 1669; townsman
1682. In 1706 he was indicted for "cursing the court,"
having said after a judgment had been rendered against him, "God
bless you over the left shoulder." Will dated Feb. 1, 1721
mentions three daughters, his deceased son Thomas, and Thomas'
two sons and three daughters. His burial record states that he
died in his 97th year, and his estate was inventoried on Mar.
13, 1729 at £1483.16.0. Bevil was first married to Elizabeth,
mother of his four children; and second, when he was 92 years
old, on Dec. 13, 1722, at Hartford, Hartford Co., CT to Sarah
WEBSTER (b. Jun. 30, 1655; d. Feb. 1744, at age 88), daughter
of Robert WEBSTER and Susanna TREAT, and widow of Joseph MYGATT.
Elizabeth - d. before Feb. 1721, Hartford, CT. Not mentioned
in will of Bevil WATERS.
Children of Bevil and Elizabeth Waters
- Sarah - b. Jan. 20, 1667/8, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT; d.
1714-1718. Called "my eldest daughter, Sarah Benton, wife of Joseph
Benton, in her father's will and left £100. She was married on
Feb. 10, 1697/8, at Hartford, Hartford Co., CT to Joseph BENTON (b.
about 1660, Milford, CT; d. Aug. 12, 1753, Kent, CT; bur. Good Hill
Cemetery), son of Andrew BENTON and Hannah STOCKING (daughter of George
STOCKING and Anna). Joseph was the widower of a daughter (d. about
1696/7) of Dea. Paul PECK (1622-1695) of Hartford, who called Joseph
BENTON his son-in-law in his 1695 will. Joseph's first wife was not
Martha PECK (b. 1646), who married John CORNWELL on Jun. 8, 1665 at
Middletown, CT. Joseph BENTON and his first wife had one child, Joseph,
who married Dec. 11, 1718 Sarah PYNCHON. Joseph BENTON, Sr. moved his
family from Hartford to Tolland, CT about 1714, where he was town
clerk, seclectman, and deacon. The family removed to Newington, CT by
Nov. 1739 and in 1742 to Kent, Litchfield, Co., CT. Children of Sarah
and Joseph BENTON, Sr.: Ruth died young; Sarah died young; Isaac
married Ruth NORTON; Aaron married Lydia BIDWELL; Jemima married
Benjamin STRONG; Jehiel married Sarah BERRY; and Kezia married John
- Thomas - d. 1718-9, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT. Owned covenant
at First Church of Hartford Feb. 28, 1696/7. Married May 19,
1696, Sarah FENN, daughter of Benjamin FENN of Milford, CT. Children
of Thomas and Sarah WATERS: Mehitabel died young; Joseph married
Elizabeth WEBSTER; Sarah; Mehitabel married William BUSHNELL;
Dorothy married Zebulon MYGATT; Samuel married Mary CLAPP; Benjamin;
and Abraham died infant.
- Mary - b. 1677; d. Apr. 14, 1746, Hartford, Hartford Co.,
CT; bur. Center Church Cemetery. Married on Jun. 21, 1711, at
Hartford, CT to Capt. Thomas SEYMOUR (b. Mar. 12, 1668/9, Hartford,
Hartford Co., CT; d. Aug. 30, 1740, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT;
bur. Center Church Cemetery), son of John SEYMOUR and Mary WATSON,
and grandson of Richard SEYMOUR and Mercy STEELE, and of John
Watson and Margaret SMITH. Thomas married first Feb. 20 or 29,
1700 Ruth NORTON (d. Jul. 19, 1710), mother of Mary who married
her cousin Nathaniel SEYMOUR; Capt. Thomas who married Hepzibah
MERRILL (daughter of Daniel MERRILL and Susanna PRATT); and Ruth
who married Elisha SMITH. Children of Mary and Thomas SEYMOUR:
Lt. Bevil married first Lydia DODD, and second Thankful MERRILL
(daughter of Abel MERRILL and Mabel EASTON); Sarah married first
Isaac NORTON, Jr., and second Jonathan HUNTINGTON; Jared died
young; Alice married Augustus STANLEY; Josiah died young; Jerusha
did not marry; and Zebulon.
- Hannah - b. 1681, Hartford, CT; d.
May 8, 1730. Married Wilterton MERRILL.
Wilterton and Hannah (Waters) Merrill
Wilterton MERRILL - b. Jun. 28, 1675, Hartford, CT;
bap. there Jul. 4, 1675; d. May 14, 1755, Hartford, CT; bur. Center
Church Cemetery. Son of John MERRILL
and Sarah WATSON. Named for Gregory WILTERTON who died in
Jul. 1674 and had cared for Wilterton's father. Received at 2nd
Church Dec. 21, 1712. Will dated Jul. 19, 1750 names wife Elizabeth,
son Gideon, and daughter Hannah BUTLER. Married first Jan. 1,
1702/3 Ruth PRATT (b. Dec. 21, 1677, Hartford, CT), daughter of
John PRATT and Hepzibah WYATT. Married second Jan. 20, 1708/9,
Hartford, CT. Married third after 1730 Elizabeth COLLIER.
Hannah WATERS- b. 1681, Hartford, CT; d. May 8, 1730,
Hartford, CT; bur. Center Church Cemetery (Ancient Burying Ground),
Hartford, CT (marker).
Owned covenant 1st Church Feb. 23, 1695/6, and received at 2nd
Church Sep. 22, 1723. Daughter of Bevil WATERS
and Elizabeth of Hartford.
Child of Wilterton and Ruth Merrill
- Ruth - bap. Jul. 10, 1704, Hartford, CT; d. before 1731.
Children of Wilterton and Hannah Merrill
- Samuel - b. about 1711, Hartford, CT; d. Jan. 1742/3, Hartford,
CT. Unmarried. Son of Wilterton and Hannah.
- Hannah - bap. Feb. 7, 1713/4, Hartford, CT; d. week prior
to Apr. 26, 1790, Hartford, CT. She and her husband bur. Center
Church Cemetery, Hartford, CT. Daughter of Wilterton and Hannah.
Married Daniel BUTLER (b. Oct. 11, 1704, Hartford, CT; bap. there
Oct. 15, 1704; d. Dec. 13, 1780, Hartford, CT), son of Thomas
BUTLER and Abigail SHEPARD. Children of Hannah and Daniel BUTLER:
Daniel; Ruth married Caleb CHURCH; Hannah married first Uriah
SHEPARD, and second John BURKETT; Anne died young; Thankful died
young; Abigail married Samuel GOODWIN; James; and Christian married
- Gideon - b. about 1716, Hartford,
CT; d. Sep. 8, 1757, Hartford, CT; bur. Center Church Cemetery,
Gideon and Mary (Bigelow) Merrill
Gideon MERRILL - b. about 1716, Hartford, CT; d. Sep.
8, 1757, Hartford, CT; bur. Center Church Cemetery, Hartford,
CT. Son of Wilterton MERRILL and Hannah WATERS.
Married Jun. 5, 1740, Hartford, CT.
Mary BIGELOW - bap. Jul. 2, 1721, Hartford, CT; d. Mar.
9, 1750, Hartford, CT; bur. Center Church Cemetery (Ancient Burying
Ground), Hartford, CT (marker).
Daughter of Joseph BIGELOW and
Children of Gideon and Mary Merrill
- Samuel - b. 1741, Hartford, CT; d. 1761, Hartford, CT. Unmarried.
- Nathaniel - b. Feb. 7, 1742, Hartford,
CT; d. Mar. 1, 1820, Cherry Valley, Otsego Co., NY.
- Mary - b. 1745, Hartford, CT. Married Apr. 12, 1760, Hartford,
CT her first cousin Elisha STEELE, son of Ebenezer STEELE and
Susannah MERRILL. Elisha married second the widow Eunice PRITCHARD.
- Hannah - b. 1747, Hartford, CT. Married Apr. 8, 1770 Samuel
MERRY. They lived at Litchfield, Herkimer Co., NY. Son of Hannah
and Samuel MERRY: Samuel.
- Gideon - b. 1749, Hartford, CT; d. Jun. 17, 1803, Hartford,
CT. Pvt. in Revolution from CT (DAR gives death date as Jun.
27, 1803). Married Aug. 1, 1776, West Hartford, CT his second
cousin Abigail MERRILL (bap. Jun. 10, 1753, West Hartford, CT;
d. 1804, West Hartford, CT), daughter of Asa MERRILL. Children:
Abigail married Capt. Seth GATES; Asa married Clarissa WILCOX;
Pierpont married second Electa MORSE; Arden married Miss BRACE;
James married first Sarah CROSBY and second Sarah CATLIN; and
Celia-Ann married Horatio BUELL.
Nathaniel and Hannah (Belden) Merrill
Nathaniel MERRILL - b. Feb. 7, 1742, Hartford, CT; d.
Mar. 1, 1820, Cherry Valley, Otsego Co., NY. Son of Gideon
MERRILL and Mary BIGELOW. Nathaniel served about 5 years in
the Revolution between Jul. 1775 and Oct. 1781, being in the battles
at White Plains, Boundbrook, Stony Point, and Yorktown. The birth
and death data given below for his children varies slightly in
some cases from that given on NSDAR application for National Number
511658. Lived at West Hartford, New Hartford, and Litchfield,
CT, and Cherry Valley, Otsego Co., NY. There is some indication
he was married twice. If so, the recorded birthdates of his children
and name of first daughter suggest that his first child may have
been a son of the first marriage.
Hannah BELDEN - b. Apr. 5, 1744, West Hartford, CT;
bap. there Jun. 30, 1745; d. Mar. 25, 1809. Daughter of John
BELDEN and Sarah KELLOGG.
Children of Nathaniel and Hannah Merrill
- Nathaniel - b. Oct. 3, 1762, West Hartford, CT; d. Aug. 29,
1834. Served in the Revolution as Pvt. of CT. Married Huldah
- Hannah - b. Jan. 9, 1765, West Hartford, CT; d. Aug. 19,
1845, Mt. Morris, NY. Married Jan. 1, 1788, West Simsbury, CT,
Elisha MOSES. Children of Hannah and Elisha MOSES: Drayton; Edward;
Amarila; and Betsy.
- Truman - b. Sep. 26, 1766, West Hartford, CT; d. Aug. 24,
1856. A farmer, living at Pittstown, NY. Married first Jun. 9,
1789 Patty WRIGHT (b. 1769; d. Dec. 20, 1803), second Jun. 9,
1805 Anna CLARK (b. 1777; d. Aug. 23, 1816), and third Polly
(SMITH) WOLCOTT (b. Nov. 18, 1784; d. Sep. 29, 1845). Children
of Patty: Minerva; James; Patty; Jabez Wright married Lucretia
W. PRATT; Voltaire; Nelson; Truman; and Samuel Baldwin. Children
of Anna: Charles Baldwin; Sidney; Sylvester; Betsey; Hezekiah;
Tillinghast; and Oliver Myers. Children of Polly: Maria; Mary
Ann; and Morris F.
- Samuel - b. Feb. 23, 1768, West Hartford, CT; d. May 7, 1834,
probably at Kingston, Ontario. A tailor, living in Kingston from
1788. Married first Jul. 16, 1792, Kingston, ON Mary PHILLIPS
(b. 1771; d. Jul. 10, 1803), the mother of 6 children, and second
Ruth BROWN, mother of 13 children. Children: William; Charles
married Elizabeth ANSLEY; Mary married George P. KIRBY; Sarah
married Paul PETERSON; Samuel married Mary Edwards HALE; Hannah
married John SHANNON; George; Nancy married Maj. Thomas PAXTON;
Jeremiah; John married Martha BLAKE; James Wells died in infancy;
Stephen Brown married first Harriet Augusta DANIELS, and second
Lois FLINT; Hugh Moshier married Eliza MILLER; Ruth; Bayard Belden
did not marry; George O'Rell Stewart died young; and Thomas Paxton.
- James - b. Sep. 23, 1769, West Hartford, CT; d. Apr. 9, 1791,
- Allen - b. Jul. 3, 1771, West Hartford, CT; d. there Oct.
- Allen - b. Aug. 12 or 13, 1772, West
Hartford, CT; d. Mar. 25, 1847, Aurelius, Cayuga Co., NY.
- Mary - b. May 15, 1774, West Hartford, CT; d. Litchfield,
- Asher - b. Mar. 19, 1776, West Hartford, CT. Lived at Duanesburg
and Cherry Valley, NY. Married first Nov. 29, 1795 Wealthy Austin
LUSCOMB (b. Aug. 29, 1776, Taunton, MA; d. Aug. 13, 1814, Albany,
NY), daughter of Robert LUSCOMB and Sarah AUSTIN. Asher married
second Mar. 19, 1817 Elizabeth BUCKMAN (b. May 25, 1789, Guilford,
VT), mother of 6 youngest children. Children: Almira did not
marry; Mary 'Polly' married Tilly MAY; Robert John Belden; Hannah
died in infancy; Frederick Veeder married Loenza SOUTHWORTH;
Welthy died young; Asher Belden married first Asenath CHAPEL,
and second Grace CHAPEL; Hannah married Churchill HENDEE; Sarah
married Jared GAGE; George Washington did not marry; Joseph married
Caroline REYNOLDS; Thaddeus; Elizabeth; Harriet married Albert
G. SMITH; Charles H.; and Pamelia.
- Ebenezer - b. Apr. 6, 1778, West Hartford, CT; d. Jan. 1821.
- Ethan (or Nathan) - b. Feb. 20, 1780, West Hartford, CT;
d. 1808-9, Greenbush, NY.
- Percy (or Persis) - b. Dec. 24, 1781, West Hartford, CT;
d. May 19, 1847. Married Nov. 15, 1797, West Simsbury, CT Thomas
BARBER. Lived at Garrettsville, OH.
- Charles - b. Nov. 15, 1783, West Hartford, CT; d. Mar. 3,
1858, NY. Lived at Hudson, where children were born, and Waterloo,
NY. Married Anna CRAMPTON (or COMPTON) (b. May 19, 1785; d. Jul.
19, 1866). Children: Hannah Belden; Avis Ann; Benjamin; Charles;
Elizabeth; Ellen; and William who died young.
- Dorothy - b. Nov. 7, 1785, West Hartford, CT. Married Mr.
MEYERS and lived in OH.
- Candace - b. Mar. 1, 1788, West Hartford, CT; d. there Mar.
- Candace - b. Nov. 12, 1790, West Hartford, Hartford Co.,
CT; d. Nov. 24, 1875, Middlefield, NY. Married on Mar. 22, 1812
At Cherry Valley, Otsego Co., NY to John F. MARKS (b. Aug. 31,
1790, Montgomery Co., NY; d. Jun. 8, 1872, Middlefield, NY),
son of John MARKS and Amy. Lived principally at Roseboom, Otsego
Co., NY. Children of Candace and John MARKS: Lewis married Elizabeth;
Elvira married Alfred WATTS; Eliza married Henry POTTS; Hannah
married Henry WATTS; Elmina married Francis CORNWALL; Mary married
John PATTERSON; Sarah married Jerome A. LEWIS; John Nelson married
Caroline L. TAYLOR; Candace married Elisha Hubble SMITH; William
T. married Emeline WITHEY; Betsey Ann married Morrell GAMSEY;
Melissa; Leventia married Aaron VanDYKE; and Renetta married
Allen and Tamma (Smith) Merrill
Allen MERRILL- b. Aug. 12 or 13, 1772, West Hartford,
Hartford Co., CT; d. Mar. 25, 1847, Aurelius, Cayuga Co., NY;
bur. Stark Street Cemetery
[photo], Waterloo, Seneca
Co., NY. Son of Nathaniel MERRILL and Hannah
BELDEN. Allen, a blacksmith, died following a kick received
from a horse he was shoeing. He was buried at Waterloo, where
two of his children lived. A notice in the Waterloo paper on Apr.
7, 1847 reads "Died at Aurelius on the 27th<sic> instant,
Mr. Allen Merrill in his 74th<sic> year." Allen's death
date is given as Mar. 28, 1847 in the Merrill Memorial.
He lived at Litchfield, Johnstown, Elton, and Aurelius, NY, and
probably elsewhere. Nine
grandsons served in the Union Army during the Civil War, three
dying in battle. Married about 1798.
Tamma SMITH - b. Nov. 11, 1780, VT or NY; d. Jun. 13,
1848, Town of Freedom, Cattaraugus Co., NY; bur. Elton
Her grave marker reads: Tamma, wife of Allen Merrills, dyed June
22<sic>, 1848, aged 48 Ys & 6 Ms. Some sources give
her name as Tammy. Her death certificate indicates she died of
cancer on Jun. 13, 1848. The census for one of her children indicates
she was born in VT, while other sources indicate NY. Reportedly
the daughter of Simeon SMITH and Eliza
Children of Allen and Tamma Merrill
- Amanda - b. Nov. 22, 1800, Bennington, Bennington Co., VT.
Married Leonard SMITH (b. 1785; d. Battle Creek, Calhoun Co., NY), son
of James SMITH (b. about 1760, NY; d. about 1855, Calhoun
Co., MI). The 1850 Census of Pennfield, Calhoun Co., MI locates Leonard
and Amanda SMITH, and his father James SMITH, in the household of Levi
W. SMITH, nephew of Leonard SMITH. Dwelling and Family 40 included:
Levi Smith 30 M [nephew of Leonard]; Annette Smith 23 F [should be
Emerette]; Leonard Smith 65 M [uncle of Levi]; James Smith 94 M [father
of Leonard]; Amanda Smith 50 F [wife of Leonard]; Mary E. Smith 9 F
[kinship uncertain]; and William Smith 23 M [son of Leonard]. Family 38
was that of John Stewart SMITH [brother of Levi SMITH]. Family 41 was
that of Elijah Mason MOREY [first cousin of Emerette (MOREY) SMITH] and
Elizabeth (MERRILL) MOREY [sister of Amanda (MERRILL) SMITH], and their
six children. Family 42 was that of Eli MOREY [uncle of Emerette
(MOREY) SMITH] and Mary (MASON) ATWOOD [sister-in-law of Eli MOREY].
Children of Amanda and Leonard SMITH include: Susan A. 'Ann' married
first Enoch M. VanNESS, and second Job MANTY (another source has MOWBY,
perhaps misreading of handwriting); Mary E. married Mr. NORRIS;
William; and Hiram A.
- Lyman Burton - b. Jan 31, 1803, Fairfax, VT; d. Shumla, Chautauqua
Co., NY; bur. at Laona, Chautauqua Co., NY. A blacksmith, he
married in 1824 at Bridgewater, NY, Content Langworthy MAINE
(b. Aug. 17, 1801; d. Sep. 4, 1891; bur. Laona, NY). Children:
Content A. died young; Jane married Reuben ANDREWS; Amy Ann married
first Hiram FOSTER, and second Mr. WOOD; Celestia L. married
Alfred BRAND; Joshua S. married; and William Oliver married.
- Allen - b. Oct. 5, 1805, Fairfax, VT; d. about 1885, OH.
Allen was killed in a railroad accident. Nicknamed 'Push-a-me-Quick',
due to his roving nature and quick movements. Married at Ellisburg,
NY, Lorinda BROWN.
- Minerva - b. Sep. 27, 1808, Johnstown, Montgomery (now Fulton)
Co., NY; d. 1887, Allegany, Cattaraugus Co., NY. Married by 1829
at Litchfield, Herkimer Co., NY Dennis DYE (b. Mar. 15, 1805,
Litchfield, NY; d. Feb. 23, 1872, Allegany, Cattaraugus Co.,
NY), a farmer and son of Nathan DYE. Children of Minerva and
Dennis DYE: Nathan Allen married Rosaline MOORE; William Preston
(Civil War service)
married; Elem Smith was killed
in Civil War; Herman Wallace (Civil
War service) married; Melinda Jane married Mr. Green; Lucina
Amanda married Mr. McCALL; Calista Minerva married Mr. SMITH;
and Emily Lorinda.
- Smith - b. Oct. 16, 1810, Johnstown, Montgomery (now Fulton)
Co., NY; d. Jul. 21, 1894, Arcade, Wyoming Co., NY; bur. Sandusky,
Cattaraugus Co., NY. Smith was a tailor at Franklinville, and
farmed at Farmersville and Great Valley. Married May 15, 1838,
Yorkshire, NY Melinda Grace HOWE (b. May 15, 1819, Groton, Tompkins
Co., NY; d. Aug. 25, 1904, Buffalo, Erie Co., NY; bur. Aug. 28,
1904, Sandusky, Cattaraugus Co., NY), daughter of John HOWE and Eliza (FISH) CROSBY.
Melinda maintained a diary for years, and mentioned the family
of her sister Elizabeth (MERRILL) MOREY in entires of 1868-9
and in Aug. 1891. She died at the home of her daughter Mary HAYES.
Children: Henry Smith (Civil
War service) married Harriet Esther PERSONS (sister of Warren
Banister Persons, writer of Civil
War Letters); John Burdett was killed
in Civil War; Emmett Wesley (Civil
War service) was accidently killed; Perry Eugene married
Mary Irene LOOMIS; Adelaide E. died unmarried; Helen Lorraine
married first Hiram STEELE, and second Alvin E. JOHNSON; William
Wallace married Julia E. TARBELL; Mary Emma married Allan E.
HAYES; Theodora Grace did not marry; and Frank Merton married
first Martha WILLIAMS, and second Minnie M. (COBB) WADE.
- William O. - b. 1812, Johnstown, Montgomery (now Fulton)
Co., NY; d. Dec. 1867. Married first Calista Adelia LOOMIS, and
second Marian STUTSON. Settled at Whitestown, NY as an attorney.
Children of Calista and William: William; and Maria married.
Daughter of Marian and William: Grace E. married.
- Caroline - b. Oct. 17, 1814, Johnstown, Montgomery (now Fulton)
Co., NY; d. Oct. 11, 1850, Waterloo, Seneca Co., NY; bur. there.
Caroline died of consumption. Married Charles SENTELL (bur. Waterloo,
NY). Charles owned and published the Waterloo Observer.
He remarried twice after the death of Caroline. Children of Caroline
and Charles SENTELL: Mary Elizabeth died young; Edward William;
John Clark died in infancy; Gertrude Matilda; Mary Elizabeth
married Will S. COLVIN; Caroline Genevre; Sarah Ann married Mr.
SEAMAN; and Florence.
- Mason Fitch - b. Apr. 2, 1817, Johnstown, Montgomery (now
Fulton) Co., NY; d. Apr. 4, 1848, Waterloo, NY. Mason died of
consumption. Married first Harriett (b. Mar. 21, 1815; d. about
1845), and second Jan. 6, 1848 Juliet PARDEE (b. 1815; d. Mar.
19, 1894). Unconfirmed family sources give the name of Mason's
second wife as Julia PARDEE and their marriage date as Oct. 19,
1846. Daughter of Mason and Juliet: Carrie married Edward V.
- Elizabeth - b. Jul. 12, 1819,
Oneida Co., NY; d. Dec. 5, 1865, Freedom, Cattaraugus Co., NY.
Married Elijah Mason MOREY. Three
sons had Civil War service.
- Mariah MERRILL - b. Mar. 22, 1822; d. Mar. 7, 1843, Chautauqua
Co., NY. Some sources list Maria(h) as the eldest child, but
with no birth date or other supporting evidence.
- John Wallace - b. Nov. 1, 1824 (or 1825?), Bridgewater, Oneida
Co., NY; d. Jan. 21, 1907, Mannsville, Montgomery Co., NY; bur.
there. A tailor at Belleville and Mannsville, he is said to dress
impeccably. Married Sep. 8, 1844, Livona Cordelia BROWN (b. Mar.
5, 1825; d. 1887; bur. Mannsville, NY) of Smithville, NY. Children:
Lemoine Josephine married Dr. Volney R. BLANDON, dentist; and
Libbie E. married William G. MARSH.
A descendant of Smith MERRILL has a number of letters from
the Civil War era which mention the sons of Smith MERRILL's sister
Elizabeth (MERRILL) MOREY. Henry Smith MERRILL wrote on Feb.
26, 1863 from Bells Landing, VA that "Emm and I returned
from the 64th last evening.... I did not see Charley Morey he
was at commasary head quarters on guard some 4 miles distant."
His brother Emmett Wesley MERRILL mentions William and Homer
MOREY, brothers of Charles MOREY, in the following letter (undated,
but without doubt written in 1864), presented as written.:
April 24th 
Your kind letter writen on
the 17th was rec in good time and I was verry glad to hear that
you were all in good health it found me in the best of health
and enjoying my Self bully Harry and my Self went over to the
5th Cav. to day the veterans had not returned yet they were Washington
expecting them in a few days I see Wm Morey he is O.K. Homer
was out on Picket So I did not see him I was very Sorry that
he was out for I would have liked to Seen him first rate Wm says
he thinks that he Homer will get detailed to drive ambulance
with him I hope So for it will be easyier for him I expect that
the army will be on the move in a few days but let them move
I do not care how Soon for I have got my pony to ride and if
the Rebs get me they will have to have pretty Smart horse to
ride I have not heard from Henry Sence he left the army I expect
he is in Washington do not know when he will be in the army again
but before long I think I wish I had Some news to write but news
is plaide out in the army I was verry glad from Mary she can
write verry well better than I can a darned Sight you will find
enclosed $50 dollars whitch if you do not need it verry bad I
wish you would put it in the bank or Some other Safe place for
I Should like to have it go towards paying for the place but
if you need it to use now why use it as it is getting late and
I have no news to write I will bid you good night
(give my love to all the
good looking girls)
Yours Afect write
To all Friends