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Horatio Harris Merrill

Horatio Harris Merrill

Male 1837 - 1894  (57 years)

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  • Name Horatio Harris Merrill 
    Born 3 Jan 1837  Alden, Erie, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850  Salt Lake, Great Salt Lake, Deseret Find all individuals with events at this location  [1

    • Austin S. Merrill, 48, born in Connecticut. Laura, Merrill, 40, born in Massachusetts. Lory C. Merrill, 17, born in New York. Laura Merrill, 16, laborer, born in New York. Horatio Merrill, 14, born in New York. Solomon Merrill, 10, born in Illinois. Sarah Merrill, 7, born in Illinois. Austin Merrill, 5, born in Illinois. Freeborn Merrill, 2, born in Deseret.
    Census 1850  Salt Lake, , Utah Territory Find all individuals with events at this location  [2

    • Austin S. Merrill, 48, born in Connecticut. Laura, Merrill, 40, born in Massachusetts. Lory C. Merrill, 17, born in New York. Laura Merrill, 16, laborer, born in New York. Horatio Merrill, 14, born in New York. Solomon Merrill, 10, born in Illinois. Sarah Merrill, 7, born in Illinois. Austin Merrill, 5, born in Illinois. Freeborn Merrill, 2, born in Deseret.
    Census 1880  Smithfield, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [3

    • Horatio H. Merrill, 42, carpenter, born in New York. Sarah A. Merrill, 21, keeping house, born in Utah. Laura M. Merrill, born in Utah. Horatio P. Merrill 14, born in Utah. Robert W. Merrill, 11 months, born in Utah. Margaret Smith, 54, mother-in-law, born in New York. Mary G. Smith, 15, sister-in-law, born in Utah.
    _UID AB7727DF55644D03879039C1D86678C3BB0B 
    Died 4 Dec 1894  Williams Springs, Graham, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The Graham County Bulletin

      Volume XIII Number 49

      Solomonville, Graham County, Arizona

      Friday December 5, 1895

      AWFUL MURDER

      H. H. MERRILL and DAUGHTER, of PIMA

      KILLED by INDIANS

      Found dead in the road six miles west of Ash Springs - Moccasin Marks discovered. The Corner's Inquest

      Wednesday morning Frank Courtney of Duncan, brought news to Solomonville that a man and a woman had been murdered on the Solomonville and Sheldon road six miles west of Ash Springs. It was at once surmised that the murdered parties were Mr. Horatio H. Merrill and his daughter, who had camped near the residence of John Parks, Monday night.

      The dead bodies were discovered in the road near their wagon by J. L. T. Watters about 7 o'clock Tuesday evening as he was going home from Solomonville. When he rode up the wagon was standing across the road and the horses had whirled and locked the front wheels and one of the horses had fallen under the tongue where it yet lay. The bodies of the man and woman were yet warm and the killing had only been a few moments before. Mr. Watters hurried on to Duncan and notified the Officers there and Justice Haynie and Deputy Sheriff Black gathered a Coroners jury and came at once to the scene of the murder.

      An examination showed that the parties who did the killing was composed of five or six persons. All wearing moccasins, from which the natural inference is that Indians are responsible for the bloody deed and have added two more atrocious murders to the long list of human butcheries in Arizona.

      The man was identified by papers found on his body as H. H. Merrill and his wagon was loaded with grain which he was hauling to the Clifton market. He was shot twice. Once through the heart and once through the head. His companion was his sixteen year old daughter. She was shot twice through the body.

      In the wagon was a provision box. It was carried away some two hundred yards and left empty. What provisions was not eaten was carried away. Further on the trail some distance a pocket book belonging to Mr. Merrill was picked up. It contained only some papers and a small ring.

      Coroner's Inquest

      The following is the proceedings of the coroner's inquest, held by Justice J. R.S. Haynie

      Inquest held on Solomonville, and Clifton road, six miles from Ash Springs toward Solomonville. The following jury was sworn to inquire into the cause of death of a man and a woman found in the road. Tom Windom, W. Holland, Joe Terrill, Lee Windom, John Clay, Chas. Holmes, Sam McMillan, John Woods, J. J. Putnam. After viewing the ground around the dead bodies and wagon, and discovering moccasin tracks of six persons. J. L. T. Watters of Duncan, Graham County, Arizona was sworn in and testified.

      J. L. Waters

      J. T. Black of Duncan, was sworn and testified. I passed these two persons on this wagon on the mesa below here about 4 or 4:30 o'clock, and exchanged a few remarks with them. I was on my way to Duncan from Solomonville.

      J. T. Black

      The verdict of the coroner's jury was as follows:

      "We the jury, find this man and woman came to their death from the effects of gunshot wounds fired by persons to us unknown, supposed to be Indians."

      Sheriff Wight organized a posse immediately after receiving the news and started early Wednesday morning to take the trail. The posse consisted of James V. Parks, W. H. Parks, John H. Parks, Joe Terrel and Johnny Woods.

      Horatio H. Merrill, the murdered man has been a resident of this valley for the past five years, living in the vicinity of Pima. He was probably 60 years old, a hard worker and a tender father to his family. He came here from Utah and settled on a piece of land in the vicinity of Cottonwood Wash where he spent his last dollar trying to make a home. He made a failure and moved into Pima where he has since lived. His daughter who was murdered with him, was only fifteen years old, and was going to Clifton to work for W. M. Whipple and family. Father and daughter left Pima Monday morning in a wagon loaded with grain, and camped at the residence of John Parks above Solomonville the same night.

      Mr. Merrill leaves a wife and five children in dire circumstances. The oldest child is a boy 17 or 18 years of age.



      April 19, 1962

      Explanation following murders, according to Ira Lafayette Merrill, son of Horatio Harris Merrill, as given to Ira Elwin Merrill, his son.

      "After the Army posse got on the trail of the Indians within about two weeks after the killing, they came into the camp of a man and wife and a 12 year old girl, Indians in Old Mexico, and ordered them to surrender. They ran towards a cliff near by and the man in charge ordered the pair shot when he saw they were going over the cliff. They fired and the Indians dropped over the cliff dead. The troops went around below the cliff and found the bodies dead and buried them. The 12 year old girl was still in camp and the posse took her back to Fort Grant. In the camp they found a suit case of clothes, which was sent by a man to my mother, who identified them as the clothes as belonging to Eliza Ann, my sister."

      IN MEMORY OF

      HORATIO HARRIS MERRILL, born January 3. 1837 and his daughter, ELIZA ANN MERRILL, born July 27, 1881 who, while traveling by team and wagon from Pima, Arizona to Clifton, Arizona, were ambushed and killed by Indians with rifles, December 3, 1895, shortly after sundown.

      Erected by the Merrill family organization in cooperation with the Arizona Highway Department.

      http://www.geocities.com/shefferfamily/history/merrill-hh.html
    Buried 6 Dec 1894  Pima, Graham, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Murdered by Indians near Williams Springs, Arizona.

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      Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 18471868

      Horatio Harris Merrill

      Birth Date: Unknown
      Death Date: Unknown
      Gender: Male
      Age: 11
      Company: Brigham Young Company (1848)

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      Horatio Harris Merrill
      Son of Austin T. Merrill and Laura Wilder Harris.
      Born Jan. 3, 1834, Alden, Erie Co., N.Y.
      Came to Utah in 1850.
      Carpenter; Wheelwright.

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      Merrill, Horatio Harris

      Birth Date: 3 Jan. 1837
      Death Date: 4 Dec. 1894
      Gender: Male
      Age: 11
      Company: Brigham Young Company (1848)
      http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneerdetails/0,15791,4018-1-2306,00.html
    Person ID I6165127  7_families
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2006 

    Father Austin Shepherd Merrill,   b. 25 Sep 1802, East Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1874, Smithfield, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Laura Wilder Harris,   b. 21 Dec 1810, Chesterfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1883, Smithfield, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 26 Mar 1827  Alden, Erie, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F1907949  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Janette Webb,   b. 24 Oct 1846, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1865, Smithfield, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years) 
    Married 28 Jul 1861 
    Children 
     1. Laura Margaret Merrill,   b. 13 Oct 1863, Smithfield, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Aug 1934, Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     2. Horatio Epaphras Merrill,   b. 13 Dec 1865, Smithfield, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1884  (Age 18 years)
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2006 
    Family ID F1907947  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Martine Mouritsen,   b. 11 Nov 1851, Staun, Farstrup, Aalborg, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1870, Smithfield, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 18 years) 
    Married 24 Dec 1866  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Joseph Harris Merrill,   b. 10 Mar 1868, Smithfield, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1961, Thomas, Bingham, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     2. Martin Herman Merrill,   b. 10 Jan 1870, Smithfield, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1870, Smithfield, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2006 
    Family ID F1907933  Group Sheet

    Family 3 Sarah Ann Smith,   b. 4 Sep 1858, Mill Creek, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1952, Burley, Cassia, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Married 11 Aug 1876  Saint George, Washington, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Robert Wilson Merrill,   b. 4 Jun 1879, Smithfield, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 1955, Springville, Utah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     2. Eliza Ann Merrill,   b. 27 Jul 1881, Smithfield, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Dec 1894, Williams Springs, Graham, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 13 years)
     3. Ira Lafayette Merrill,   b. 27 Jan 1885, Smithfield, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1968, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     4. Ivin Allen Merrill,   b. 30 Aug 1886, Smithfield, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 1953  (Age 66 years)
     5. Margaret Merrill,   b. 13 Oct 1888, Smithfield, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1974, Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     6. Austin Smith Merrill,   b. 4 Sep 1891, Pima, Graham, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1960, Provo, Utah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2006 
    Family ID F1907948  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 3 Jan 1837 - Alden, Erie, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1850 - Salt Lake, , Utah Territory Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 24 Dec 1866 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 11 Aug 1876 - Saint George, Washington, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1880 - Smithfield, Cache, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 Dec 1894 - Williams Springs, Graham, Arizona Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 6 Dec 1894 - Pima, Graham, Arizona Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S110076] Deseret, Great Salt Lake, Salt Lake, Deseret, Great Salt Lake, Salt Lake, (www.ancestry.com).

    2. [S1116438] Deseret, Great Salt Lake, Salt Lake, Deseret, Great Salt Lake, Salt Lake, (www.ancestry.com).

    3. [S110074] Utah, Cache, Smithfield - 1880 - Federal Census, Utah, Cache, Smithfield, (www.ancestry.com).

    4. [S652683] Joseph and Grace Merriill Autobiographies, Descendants and Ancestors, Katie M. Olsen, Ann M. Jones, (Ann Jones, Calgary, Alberta, Canada 2001), 206, 24 Jun 2009.
      Austin Shepherd Merrill and Laura Wilder Harris .. married 26 March 1827, in Alden, Erie, New York.