Marlatt Families of Mercer County, Illinois

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Much of the information on this page is from the History of Mercer County, Illinois, 1882 and Wayne County Indiana History, 1872. As with all County histories the information should be taken with a grain of salt and verified, verified!

Spelling Variations - Murlatt, Marlatte, Merlet. Bob Marlatt has an interesting page on his Web Site on possible variations of the surname.

Links - Wolfe, Noble , Perry

Contacts - Stan Ball is researching this family in connection with his research on the Wolfe family and furnished us with much information. Bob Marlatt has much information on the family and has up a Web Site for Marlatt research

Photos (courtesy Stan Ball) - Solomon and Evaline Marlatt Wolfe and Rebecca Marlatt Wolfe

Thomas Marlatt of Mercer County was born in Wayne County, Indiana, on September 12, 1824. He was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Beller Marlatt of Berkeley County, Virginia, and Wayne County, Indiana.

Thomas Marlatt, Sr., was born April 1792, in Berkeley County, Virginia, son of Abraham and Margaret Ann Linder Marlatt, natives of New Jersey. Elizabeth Beller was born 1799 and married Thomas in 1815 in Virginia. The Bellers were neighbors of the Marlatts in Virginia. Thomas's father, Abraham, was a veteran of the Revolutionary War. The Marlatts came to Wayne County, Indiana, by team, and settled on Section 33 in Washington Township, on the East side of Green's Fork. Thomas's sister, Mary Marlatt, who married Joseph Crownover (Conover), also settled in Wayne County (The Crownovers are related to list owner, Jill Martin, and Webmaster, Nadine Holder). Abraham Marlatt died intestate in Wayne County, Indiana. Letters of administration were granted on July 1, 1830 to Thomas Moore, security Samuel Hannah (Prob. Bk A, p. 281, Wayne County). Abraham Marlatt is buried in the Franklin Cemetery in Wayne County. His marker reads "Abraham Marlatt of Va., Armand's Legion, Rev. War, Date of Death 1828." A DAR marker is on the stone. Stan Ball has visited the cemetery and tells us the stone is still in good condtion. There are many other Marlatt markers there.

An interesting web site has some information on the Perry family who came to Mercer County and tells us that the ancestor Andrew Perry was first married to Laura Marlatt, a daughter of Abraham and Margaret Linder Marlatt. The reference given is "Some Descendants of Gedeon Merlet & Margariet Martyn", author Don Wolford, self-published, September 1, 1998. This is addressed more on our Perry page.

Thomas Marlatt was a strong anti-slavery man, and of pronounced temperance views, being one of the first to denounce the use of whisky in the harvest field. He was an active member of the United Brethren Church. Mr. Marlatt died March 20, 1877, aged eighty-five years and his wife died March 26, 1875, aged seventy-six years. According to Stan Ball, tombstones are found in the Franklin Cemetery for Thomas and Elizabeth and carry slightly different information: "Thomas Marlatt 85 years, 11 months, died March 27, 1877."

Thomas and Elizabeth Beller Marlatt had twelve children: Rebecca, Elizabeth, Evaline, James W., Thomas, Mary, Washington, Harrison, Joseph, Abram N., Albert and Lydia E. Four of their children migrated to Mercer County, Illinois: Thomas, Jr.; Rebecca, wife of Washington Wolfe; Evaline, wife of Solomon Wolfe (See Wolfe page for more on Rebecca and Evaline); and Elizabeth, wife of Jeremiah Falls.

Elizabeth Marlatt married Jeremiah Falls in Wayne County, Indiana, on 11/5/1835. Elizabeth and Jeremiah had five children, and Elizabeth died in Mercer County, Illinois, in 1849. Jeremiah and the children are found in T14NR4W in 1850: Jeremiah Falls, 37, farmer, value $1440, born Va; Mary E., 13, born In; James W., 11, born In; John, 9, In; Thomas (age not given), Il; Isaac, 1, Il. Jeremiah married (2) Mary Margaret Noble, daughter of Joseph & Eleanor Lemon Noble, on 9/14/1851 in Mercer County. They are found in the 1860 Census in New Boston Township with children Joseph (b. 1853), Leonidas (b. 1854), Willie P. (born 1858), and Ella J. (born 1860). We do not know what happened to the children of Elizabeth and Jeremiah as they are not with him in 1860. The Falls family is not found in the 1870 Census in Mercer County.

Thomas Marlatt, Jr., is found in New Boston Township in the 1860 Census: Thomas, age 35, farmer, born Indiana; Caroline, 25, born Ohio; Alde J., age 1. With them are Charles Dryden, age 23, laborer born Ohio, and Carrie, age 20, domestic, born Ohio. Carrie is erroneously shown as a female, as Cary was actually a male. Cary married Catherine Wolfe, daughter of Solomon and Evaline Marlatt Wolfe on 3/14/1867 in Mercer County. Thomas came to Mercer County in 1849. He married Caroline Dryden February 2, 1854. Caroline is the sister of Charles and Cary, and they are children of James M. and Elizabeth Ellis Dryden of Ohio. Caroline Dryden, wife of Thomas Marlatt, was born in Highland County, Ohio, September 4, 1834, and came to Mercer County in 1853. Thomas and Caroline had children: Alta I., Adella V., Jessie F., and two deceased. One of the deceased was Clara E., died 3/24/1857, age 6m 19d. Clara is buried between a baby of Washington and Rebecca Marlatt Wolfe, and one of Solomon and Evaline Marlatt Wolfe in New Boston Cemetery.

The History of Mercer County, 1882 tells us that Mr. Marlatt [Thomas, Jr.] met with misfortune on August 17, 1870, being kicked in the face by a mule, with instant loss of eyesight. He had to give up farming and moved to Keithsburg. Early in life he became a member of the United Brethren Church; in 1853 was licensed to preach, and in 1882 was a member of the Illinois annual conference. Thomas is found in Keithsburg in the 1880 census: Thomas Marlatt, 55, retired farmer, born Indiana, parents born Virginia; Caroline, 45, born Ohio, father born Ohio, mother born Virginia; Alta I., 21, Della V., 17, Jessie, 9,(F). Daughter Alta married Joseph Venable on 2/25/1886. Daughter Adella married Edward Brewer on 12/26/1883. On the 6th of March 1847, Thomas Marlatt, Jr., Rebecca Marlatt Wolfe, Evaline Marlatt Wolfe, Elizabeth Marlatt Falls, and Margaret Ann Linder Marlatt, widow of Abraham Marlatt, filed a Revolutionary War Widow's Pension application in Mercer County, Illinois. The pension was granted in 1848. Whether Margaret Ann Linder Marlatt was just visiting or residing in Mercer County is not known. She was in Fountain County, Indiana, in 1849, probably with one of her sons, and died without a will. There are at least two DAR records: #122682, filed by a descendant of Evaline Wolfe Davison; and #182744 filed by a descendant of Oscar Smith & Emma Shoeni Wolfe. From them we learn Abraham Marlatt received a pension as private under Captain Labort, in Armand's Legion.

Updates:6/7/2008 Made a link to a Perry page that we are starting and added a paragraph about the Perry/Marlatt connection.