Descendants of John Amos Mercer

(The following is an accumulation of informaton I have gathered from my own research and data I have been furmished by other Mercer researchers. A lot of this contains data my mother had gathered in her efforts to join the DAR before her passing in 1956. Thanks Mom, and to all who have contributed to make this effort possible. Elven K. Zongker)

Generation No. 1


REV. JOHN AMOS MERCER was born in Hillsbrough County, Downy, Ireland. He married ? AARON.

Children of REV. MERCER and ? AARON are:

i. JOHN MERCER.

2.ii. MOSES MERCER, b. 1654, Hillsbrough County, Downey, Ireland.

iii. EDWARD MERCER.

iv. JANE MERCER.

Generation No. 2

2. MOSES MERCER (REV. JOHN AMOS) was born 1654 in Hillsbrough County, Downey, Ireland. He married ? BLOOMFIELD.

          Child of MOSES MERCER and ? BLOOMFIELD is:
3. i. JOHN MERCER, b. 1676, Hillsbrough County, Downey, Ireland.

Generation No. 3

3. JOHN MERCER (MOSES, REV. JOHN AMOS) was born 1676 in Hillsbrough County, Downey, Ireland. He married (1) ELIZABETH BENTLEY 1708. He married (2) SARAH ANN MOORE 1712.
Child of JOHN MERCER and ELIZABETH BENTLEY is:

4. i. GIDEON MERCER, b. 1709.

Children of JOHN MERCER and SARAH MOORE are:

5. ii. EDWARD MERCER, b. Bet. 1703 - 1704; d. 1763, Winchester, Frederick County, Virgina.
iii. WILLIAM MERCER.
iv. JONATHAN MERCER.
v. ROBERT MERCER.
vi. DAVID MERCER.
vii. JOB MERCER.
viii. LANCHE MERCER.
ix. ELIZABETH MERCER.
x. JOHN MERCER.
xi. DIANA MERCER.
                      Generation No. 4

4. GIDEON MERCER (JOHN, MOSES, REV. JOHN AMOS) was born 1709. He married (1) ANN HARPER. He married (2) MARY DAVIS. He married (3) MARY HARPER.

Children of GIDEON MERCER and ANN HARPER are:

i. EDWARD MERCER.

ii. GIDEON MERCER.
Children of GIDEON MERCER and MARY DAVIS are:

iii. JOSHUA MERCER.

iv. JOHN L. MERCER.

v. JOBE MERCER.

vi. NAPOLEON MERCER.

Children of GIDEON MERCER and MARY HARPER are:

vii. BLANCH MERCER.

viii. DIANA MERCER.

ix. MARY ELIZAABETH MERCER, b. 1752; m. RICHARD BENJAMINE WHITTINGTON.

x. NANCY MERCER, m. THOMAS FLOOD.

xi. REBECCA MERCER.

xii. TAMZEN MERCER.
xiii. JONATHON MERCER, b. Bet. 1741 - 1806; m. (1) SOPHIA OGG; m. (2) TAMSON JANE BABB.
xiv. RICHARD ALEXANDER MERCER, b. 1741.

xv. JANE MERCER, b. 1756.

5. EDWARD MERCER (JOHN, MOSES, REV. JOHN AMOS) was born Bet. 1703 - 1704, and died 1763 in Winchester, Frederick County, Virgina. He married ANN COATS Abt. 1725. She was born 1706.

Children of EDWARD MERCER and ANN COATS are:

i. RICHARD MERCER.

ii. JOHN MERCER, b. 1727.

iii. ELIZABETH MERCER.

6. iv. MOSES MERCER, b. 1725; d. Frederick County, VA.

7. v. HANNAH MERCER.

 vi. EDWARD MERCER.

  vii. AARON MERCER.
viii. JOSEPH MERCER.

Generation No. 5.

6. MOSES MERCER (EDWARD, JOHN, MOSES, REV. JOHN AMOS) was born 1725, and died in Frederick County, VA. He married DIANNA MORRISON 1745. She died in Winchester, VA.
Notes for MOSES MERCER:

Will probated Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia April 5, 1805

Notes for DIANNA MORRISON:

Will probated at Winchester County, Virginia June 7, 1810

Children of MOSES MERCER and DIANNA MORRISON are:

8. i. MARY MERCER, b. 1752; d. July 05, 1828, Belmont County, Ohio.

9. ii. GIDEON MERCER, b. 1758, Frederick County, VA; d. 1814, Rockbridge County, VA (Presby. Church Yard).

iii. EDWARD MERCER, m. MARY ELLIS, September 09, 1794.

iv. DAVID MERCER, m. MARY HANNON.

10. v. JOHN MERCER, b. April 27, 1761, Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia; d. 1818, Belmont County, OH.

11. vi. WILLLIAM MERCER, b. 1767; d. 1844.

vii. DIANNA MERCER, m. WILLIAM MCVICKER, September 1797.

viii. ANN MERCER, m. THOMAS FAIR.
7. HANNAH MERCER (EDWARD, JOHN, MOSES, REV. JOHN AMOS) She married WILLIAM CRUMLEY.
Child of HANNAH MERCER and WILLIAM CRUMLEY is:

12. i. AARON CRUMLEY, b. October 22, 1771; d. August 18, 1835.
Generation No. 6

8. MARY MERCER (MOSES, EDWARD, JOHN, MOSES, REV. JOHN AMOS) was born 1752, and died July 05, 1828 in Belmont County, OH. She married DARLING DAWSON October 23, 1781 in Winchester, VA. He was born 1744 in Ireland.
Notes for DARLING DAWSON:

Came to America as a British soldier during the Revolutionary War

Children of MARY MERCER and DARLING DAWSON are:

13. i. THOMAS DAWSON, b. 1783.

14. ii. SARAH DAWSON, b. 1785.

15. iii. MOSES DAWSON, b. April 09, 1788, Greene County, PA; d. February 28, 1866, Ronggold, Morgan County, OH.

iv. DIANA DAWSON, b. 1790.

16. v. WILLIAM DAWSON, b. April 02, 1793, VA; d. 1862, Belmont County, OH.

17. vi. MARY DAWSON, b. 1795.

18. vii. HANNA DAWSON, b. 1798.

19. viii. JANE DAWSON, b. October 26, 1800.

20. ix. ANN DAWSON, b. 1802, PA.

x. REBECCA DAWSON, b. 1806; m. JAMES WHITE.
9. GIDEON MERCER (MOSES, EDWARD, JOHN, MOSES, REV. JOHN AMOS) was born 1758 in Frederick County, VA, and died 1814 in Rockbridge County, VA (Presby. Church Yard). He married ELIZABETH SMITH March 10, 1789 in Frederick County, VA.
Notes for GIDEON MERCER:

Before his marriage, it is said that he served three years in the Revolutionary War under Anthony Wayne. This has not been documented.

Notes for ELIZABETH SMITH:

After the death of her husband, Elizabeth moved her family to near Zanesville in Muskingum County, Ohio in 1815.

Children of GIDEON MERCER and ELIZABETH SMITH are:

i. MOSES MERCER.

ii. WILLIAM MERCER.

iii. AARON MERCER.

21. iv. SAMUEL MERCER, b. 1804, VA; d. 1885, Miami County, OH.

v. JOHN MERCER.

vi. GIDEON MERCER.

vii. EDWARD MERCER.

viii. MARY MERCER.

ix. JAMES S. MERCER.

x. ARCHIBALD MERCER.

xi. DAVID MERCER.
10. JOHN MERCER (MOSES, EDWARD, JOHN, MOSES, REV. JOHN AMOS) was born April 27, 1761 in Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia, and died 1818 in Belmont County, OH. He married LYDIA BARRETT April 21, 1789 in Berkley County, VA.
Children of JOHN MERCER and LYDIA BARRETT are:

22. i. ELEANORA MERCER, b. June 06, 1792; d. September 06, 1873, Flushing, Belmont County, OH.

ii. RICHARD MERCER.
11. WILLIAM MERCER (MOSES, EDWARD, JOHN, MOSES, REV. JOHN AMOS) was born 1767, and died 1844. He married MANCY ANN WEBB. She was born 1760.
Child of WILLLIAM MERCER and MANCY WEBB is:

23. i. JOHN H. MERCER, b. 1793; d. 1841.

12. AARON CRUMLEY (HANNAH MERCER, EDWARD, JOHN, MOSES, REV. JOHN AMOS) was born October 22, 1771, and died August 18, 1835. He married JANE ATHERTON.

Child of AARON CRUMLEY and JANE ATHERTON is:

24. i. WILLIAM CRUMLEY, b. August 02, 1798; d. August 25, 1865.

Generation No. 7

13. THOMAS DAWSON (MARY MERCER, MOSES, EDWARD, JOHN, MOSES, REV. JOHN AMOS) was born 1783. He married REBECCA NEDDY.
Children of THOMAS DAWSON and REBECCA NEDDY are:

i. PERCEY DAWSON.

ii. JAMES DAWSON.

iii. THOMAS DAWSON.

iv. ANDREW DAWSON, m. MARY LITTLE.

14. SARAH DAWSON (MARY MERCER, MOSES, EDWARD, JOHN, MOSES, REV. JOHN AMOS) was born 1785. She married ROBERT WALLACE.

Children of SARAH DAWSON and ROBERT WALLACE are:

i. MERCER WALLACE.

ii. ROBERT WALLACE.

iii. MOSES WALLACE, b. April 09, 1788.

15. MOSES DAWSON (MARY MERCER, MOSES, EDWARD, JOHN, MOSES, REV. JOHN AMOS) was born April 09, 1788 in Greene County PA, and died February 28, 1866 in Ronggold, Morgan County, OH. He married NANCY GOOSEMAN.
Children of MOSES DAWSON and NANCY GOOSEMAN are:

i. SUSAN DAWSON, b. 1809; m. ALVIN BAKER.

ii. GEORGE DAWSON, b. 1811; d. Abt. 1871; m. (1) REBECCA BREWER, 1845; m. (2) JANE FARNWORTH, 1850.

iii. SARAH DAWSON, b. 1813; d. Abt. 1891; m. AZOR MOORE.

iv. THOMAS DAWSON, b. April 25, 1815, Bridgeport, Belmont County, OH; d. December 28, 1886, Laureville, OH; m. NANCY ANN MOORE, May 04, 1837.

v. DARLING DAWSON, b. January 26, 1817; m. MENELA ANDREWS, August 02, 1840, Athens County, Ohio; b. June 17, 1820, PA; d. March 02, 1887.

vi. CHRISTOPHER DAWSON, b. April 03, 1819, Ohio; m. EMELINA GLAADDEN, June 08, 1845, Morgan County, Ohio; b. Abt. 1822, Ohio.

vii. MARY DAWSON, b. May 12, 1821, Ohio; m. JOHN SHELL.

viii. ELIZABETH DAWSON, b. April 15, 1823; m. GEORGE JOHNSON CHAPPALEAR, April 20, 1843, Morgan County, OH; b. 1818, VA; d. 1904.

ix. GEORGE WILLIAM DAWSON, b. February 15, 1825, Belmont County, OH; d. July 12, 1893, Union Twp, Morgan County, Ohio; m. (1) ELIZA ANN SHIBBY, September 20, 1846, Morgan County, Ohio; b. September 18, 1824, Morgan County, Ohio; d. 1857, Morgan County, Ohio; m. (2) MARY KIRKBRIDE, 1860; b. 1855.

x. DAN DAWSON, b. 1826; m. HANNAH A. TANNER, November 18, 1851; b. April 02, 1834; d. December 11, 1918.

xi. MOSES DAWSON, b. October 26, 1827; d. June 14, 1899.

xii. FRANCES DAWSON, b. 1833.

xiii. OLIVER DAWSON, b. 1838.
16. WILLIAM DAWSON (MARY MERCER, MOSES, EDWARD, JOHN, MOSES, REV. JOHN AMOS) was born April 02, 1793 in VA, and died 1862 in Belmont County, OH. He married TERZA HARRISON December 12, 1822 in Belmont County, OH.
Notes for WILLIAM DAWSON:

William and Treza lived in Jacobsburg, OH

William was blinded in the War of 1812. He married after being blinded and raised his family. According to family legend he was a successful farmer and gave all his children a thousand dollars.

Rachel Amanda moved west, possibly Iowa

Moses, Susanna, Terza, and William, Jr. moved to the Marietta area

Mary lived in Switzerland Twp, Monroe County, OH

Susanna tied her thousand dollars in her petticoat and went to Marietta on a riverboat, according to family legend

Notes for TERZA HARRISON:

Possibly for Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, A "Terazie Harrison" appeared on an 1810 tax list there. Could be Treza's mother. Children of WILLIAM DAWSON and TERZA HARRISON are:

i. MOSES DAWSON, b. 1824, Belmont County, OH.

ii. ANNE DAWSON, b. 1825.

iii. MARY DAWSON, b. 1825, Belmont County, OH; d. June 24, 1889, Monroe County, OH.

iv. WILLIAM DAWSON, JR., b. 1830.

v. TERZA DAWSON, b. May 1830; m. GEORGE MCCAIN, April 14, 1864, Belmont County, OH.

vi. SUSANNA DAWSON, b. March 08, 1833, Jacobsburg, Belmont County, OH; d. December 22, 1923, Gracey, Washington County, OH; m. WILLIAM H. HAMMEGAR, November 04, 1866, Newport Twp, OH.

Notes for SUSANNA DAWSON:

Susanna Dawson traveled from Belmont County to Washington County on a boat with her inheritance pinned to her petticoat. Probably, between 1862 and 1866. The inheritance was said to be a thousand dollars. She joined her brothers Moses and William. She bought land on Zion Ridge, Newport Twp. Later oil was discovered on the land. This is according to her granddaughter, Laura Smith Shook

Notes for WILLIAM H. HAMMEGAR:

According to family history, William took some money to the bank and came home with two bags of twenty dollar gold pieces. Wife, Susanna, was not happy about having the heavy gold pieces and made him take them back. However, he kept one or two of them. They are now in the possession of Kathryn Shipley, great-great granddaughter. vii. SOLOMON DAWSON, b. 1837, Belmont County, OH.

viii. RACHEL DAWSON, b. 1841; m. UNKNOWN REYNOLDS.
17. MARY DAWSON (MARY MERCER, MOSES, EDWARD, JOHN, MOSES, REV. JOHN AMOS) was born 1795. She married JOHN LONG.
Children of MARY DAWSON and JOHN LONG are:

i. DARLING LONG.

ii. HANNA LONG.

iii. MARY LONG.
18. HANNA DAWSON (MARY MERCER, MOSES, EDWARD, JOHN, MOSES, REV. JOHN AMOS) was born 1798. She married ABRAHAM EAGLEBERRY.

Child of HANNA DAWSON and ABRAHAM EAGLEBERRY is:

i. WILLIAM EAGLEBERRY.

19. JANE DAWSON (MARY MERCER, MOSES, EDWARD, JOHN, MOSES, REV. JOHN AMOS) was born October 26, 1800. She married PETER WATSON.

Children of JANE DAWSON and PETER WATSON are:

i. MARY WATSON.

ii. ENOS WATSON.

20. ANN DAWSON (MARY MERCER, MOSES, EDWARD, JOHN, MOSES, REV. JOHN AMOS) was born 1802 in PA. She married JOHN LATIMORE.
Children of ANN DAWSON and JOHN LATIMORE are:

i. DESTER LATIMORE.

ii. MARY LATIMORE.

iii. JANE LATIMORE.

iv. CHARLOTTE LATIMORE.

v. ISAAC LATIMORE.
21. SAMUEL MERCER (GIDEON, MOSES, EDWARD, JOHN, MOSES, REV. JOHN AMOS) was born 1804 in VA, and died 1885 in Miami County, OH. He married EUSTACIA HOLLOWAY January 12, 1825 in Coshocton County, OH. She was born 1806 in NC.
Children of SAMUEL MERCER and EUSTACIA HOLLOWAY are:

i. LUCIUS MERCER.

ii. HENRIETTA MERCER, b. 1835, Ohio; d. April 12, 1911, Kansas City, KS; m. MOSES CLARK BUTTS, March 30, 1857, Troy, OH; b. January 22, 1829; d. May 02, 1889, Linn County, KS.

Notes for MOSES CLARK BUTTS:

Some census records show that the parents of Moses Clark were both born in New Jersey so it can be assumed that his grand parents were also born in America.

Records in Delaware County, Indiana verify that Moses Butts was a Sergeant of Company I, of the One hundred and Eleventh Regiment (minute men) during the Civil War. Governor Morton called for troops when General John Morgan and his Confederates Raiders crossed the Ohio River and mover on the town of Corydon. Morton was apprehended so quickly that the Minute Men of Delaware County was organized and mustered into service on July 12, 1863 and mustered out three days later on July 15, 1863.

In 1872 the family moved to Wyandotte County, Kansas, where it is said that Moses was a wagon maker. Family sources also say that he was also a Kansas City Police Judge during that time. This has not been verified. He listed himself as a cooper by trade. They resided there until 1878 when they moved to Paris Township, Linn County, Kansas

Moses Butts was one of the leading farmers and citizens of Linn County, and his influence was often felt in the direction of public affairs. He was a good and honest man, form in his convictions of right and wrong, true to his friends, and a valued citizen and Neighbor. It is said that he was a pleasure to meet him. Politically speaking he was a Republican and he served this country well. At the time of this death he was a member from his township of the Republican County Central Committee and a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge.

(The following comes from the book "LINN COUNTY, KANSAS, A HISTORY", written by William Ansel Mitchell and copyrighted in 1928. Page 154)

"Moses Clark Butts of Virginia married Henrietta Mercer at Piqua, Ohio and brought his family to Linn County in 1878. His oldest son, John Wesley (from previous marriage) married Lotta Hayes; Frank never married; Osa Eva married Thornton Creager; Harry Edwin married Eva Lingwood; Carl married Alice Donovan; Stella married Elmer Tungett. Carl served in the Spanish-American War. The mother of these, Henrietta Mercer, was of the great family for whom Mercer County Pennsylvania was named and one of her ancestors rose to distinction in the Revolutionary War. Harry Edwin and his wife Eva Lingwood have seven children and live at the old "Jim Parent ford". Ernest Clark married Mary Fadelma Conley; Lucille married Lester Shearer; Lottie, Helen, Hazel, Buford and Kenneth are at home. The mother, Eva Lingwood Butts, wears a set of gold earrings worn by her grandmother Rose back in Norfolk, England. It was Mr. Butts who helped cut down the big walnut tree which was shipped to Germany in 1902 after being exhibited at the St. Louis World's Fair. It was sold for $300.00. In 1926 Mr. Butts sold a walnut tree on his own place adjoining for $250.00, this tree being only two feet in diameter. A short distance from their home on the old John Hood place is the last log house built in Linn County; now occupied by Earl Craft".

(More on the beauty of the trees in this area of Linn County is addressed on page 324. It also speaks of the two above mentioned trees.)

"The primeval Forest were the glory of this country. Great oaks, giant cotton-woods, great white "ghostly" sycamores, magnificent walnuts, valuable hickory and ash-- this original growth of trees would more than equal the market value of all the land in the county now. If this forest were preserved to us now Congress would petitioned to set it aside and preserve it forever as a national park. If the walnut timber, even a small portion of it, had been made into furniture of the type O.E. Morris and his brother made in their first factory at Moneka, this furniture would be sought out to grace the finest homes in the world. The grandeur of these trees was sublime. From a hill-top this forest scene was wonderfully beautiful, varying with the seasons from the delicate green of the new leaves in the spring to the sombre shades of hot summer and the riot of glorious colors at frost time. It was peace time version of "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!" But practical men must clear the land to make fields for corn to grow and they began to fall. Oh! The pit of it! I Remember one giant walnut tree that stood above the banks of Big Sugar Creek at the Jim Parent ford. It ran straight up, as erect and stiff and proud as the loftiest pine. Near it as though proud of the association was a gigantic hackberry. Between the two was a miserable shack in which lived a man who left a faint trace on history of his time. This magnificent specimen of God's handiwork was sold in June 1902 for the sum of $300 to the Hamilton Lumber Company of Fort Scott, and they sent a force of men up to cut it down and prepare it for shipment. When this giant was laid flat on the ground it measured six feet in diameter at the base and five cuts ten feet long were sawed out and one at the top eight feet long and over three feet in diameter at the top, making fifty-eight feet of merchantable wood cut into six longs; timber that has since graced the most expensive and most beautiful homes throughout Europe. It required four horses to pull each of these logs to Boicourt, where they were shipped to Fort Scott and there squared by hewing and sent to the World's Fair at St. Louis and then to the seaboard for Shipment to Germany. No wonder we had a feeling we wanted to lick Germany! H.E. Butts and Charlie King (now in California) helped in the work of removing this lovely old tree. In 1926, Mr. Butts sold a much smaller tree off his farm at Parent ford for $250".

(To follow Elven's line go to Homepage of www.zongker.com then SURNAMES, then BUTTS)

iii. MILTON MERCER.

iv. WILLIAM F. MERCER.

v. JOHN C. MERCER

vi. JAMES MERCER.

vii. ELLEN MERCER.

viii. MARIAH MERCER.

ix. MAHALA MERCER.

x. FRANK MERCER.
22. ELEANORA MERCER (JOHN, MOSES, EDWARD, JOHN, MOSES, REV. JOHN AMOS) was born June 06, 1792, and died September 06, 1873 in Flushing, Belmont County, OH. She married JOHN HOWELL August 09, 1810 in Belmont County, OH.
Children of ELEANORA MERCER and JOHN HOWELL are:

i. BENJAMIN HOWELL, b. March 08, 1812.

ii. ISAAC HOWELL, b. March 16, 1814.

iii. MELINDA HOWELL, b. December 12, 1816.

iv. LEMUEL HOWELL, b. June 05, 1819.

v. HIRAM HOWELL, b. April 18, 1822.

vi. EMILY HOWELL, b. February 03, 1825.

vii. IGABEE HOWELL, b. 1828.

viii. RHODA HOWELL, b. January 30, 1830.

ix. JOHN M. HOWELL, b. January 18, 1832, Flushing, Belmont Co, OH; d. April 29, 1886, Carthage, Jasper Co, MO.

x. LIDIA ANN HOWELL, b. December 18, 1834.
23. JOHN H. MERCER (WILLLIAM, MOSES, EDWARD, JOHN, MOSES, REV. JOHN AMOS) was born 1793, and died 1841. He married RACHEL MATSON.
Children of JOHN MERCER and RACHEL MATSON are:

i. CHARLES MERCER, b. 1813.

ii. MATSON A. MERCER, b. 1814.

iii. NEHEMIAH MATSON MERCER, b. 1814; d. 1885; m. AMELIA HUTCHISON.

iv. JOHN H. MERCER, b. 1819.

v. JAMES T. MERCER, b. 1840.
24. WILLIAM CRUMLEY (AARON, HANNAH MERCER, EDWARD, JOHN, MOSES, REV. JOHN AMOS) was born August 02, 1798, and died August 25, 1865. He married REBECCA BABB December 23, 1824.
Child of WILLIAM CRUMLEY and REBECCA BABB is:

i. HANNAH M. CRUMLEY, b. November 12, 1839, Wilmington, Clinton County, OH; d. January 25, 1906, Pleasanton, Linn County, KS; m. ISAIAH W. WHINERY, September 08, 1963, Wilmington, Clinton County, OH.