Obit of Eliza Hazlett Merritt
A News Clipping
From Phebe CAMPBELL Hoyt's Scrapbook,
Undated, Prob. Mar. 1899
from the Elkland Journal
Transcribed by her great-grandson, Wm. Thompson, Mar. 30,
Another of the pioneers of Nelson and
vicinity has passed away. On the 19th of December we followed
the remains of William
Merritt to the grave. Just eleven weeks after, at the same
hour of the day, we tenderly and lovingly laid the remains of
his wife by his side.
Eliza Hazlett Merritt was the daughter of John Hazlett and Jane Campbell Hazlett. Her
parents were of Scotch descent and came from the North of
Ireland. They were the parents of ten children. Three died
young, five grew up to manhood and womanhood, married and
brought up families. Three daughters are still living, the
others have gone before. The living sisters are Mrs. Jane
Knapp, of Nelson, Mrs. Mary
Flint and Mrs. Maria
Richardson, of Illinois.
Eliza A. Hazlett was born March 20, 1825, and
died March 4, 1899, at the age of seventy-three years, eleven
months and four days. She was married to William Merritt, June
21, 1848. They were spared to each other fifty years, five
months and twenty-six days. Mrs. Merritt was born and lived in
Nelson all her life. Perhaps the typesetter left out a sentence
about deceased children.] The others are all living, namely: C.
F. Merritt, Mrs. Josephine
Taft, Mrs. Delphine
Shipman, and Mrs. Mary
Hall. The son and daughters were untiring in their efforts
to promote the comfort and welfare of their parents. Mrs.
Merritt was a great sufferer for many years. She was a faithful
wife, a kind and loving mother, a good neighbor and everyday
Christian.She united with the Presbyterian church in Nelson,
February 1st, 1845. Thirty-four others united with the church at
the same time, ten of whom are now living. The meeting was held
at her father's house, now the residence of Mrs.
John Hazlett and her son, J.
E. Hazlett. There were no church buildings in Nelson at
that time. The pioneers of Nelson are passing away, only two or
three are now left.
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