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Nelson Grover Merry

Nelson Grover Merry[1]

Male 1824 - 1884

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  • Born  10 Jul 1824  Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender  Male 
    Died  14 Jul 1884  Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried  15 Jul 1884  Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID  I1  Nashville
    Last Modified  17 Aug 2008 

    Father  Abram Glover 
    Mother  Sidney Glover,   b. abt. 1770, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location, Nashville, Davivdson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F5  Group Sheet

    Family  Mary Ann Jones,   b. 12 Jan 1828, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Oct 1917, Davidson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Wesley Merry,   b. abt. 1849, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Emma Merry,   b. Oct 1851, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. Elizabeth "Lizzie" J. Merry,   b. abt. 1856, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Nancy "Nannie" Merry,   b. abt. 1857, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Before 1872
     5. Adella Merry,   b. abt. 1859, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1917, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. James "Jimmy" Merry,   b. abt. 1865, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  12 Sep 2007 
    Family ID  F1  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Nelson Merry
    Nelson Merry
    Photo taken from profile online at http://www.tnstate.edu/library/digital/merry.htm

    Documents

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    1850 TN Census: Nelson Merry
    1850 TN Census: Nelson Merry
    Enumeration Date: 18 Sep 1850
    Page: 78
    Location: Nashville, Davidson County, TN

    Dwelling #542
    1. Mat?, George - M, B, age 31, born in KY
    2. Lula Morgan? - F, B, age 53, born in MD
    3. Nelson Merritt - M, B, age 25, born in TN
    4. Mary Merritt - F, B, age 23, born in TN
    5. Sidney Merritt - F, B, age 80, born in NC
    6. John W Merritt - M, B, age 1, born in TN

    Note: family incorrectly enumerated as Merritt.

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    1860 TN Census: Nelson & Mary Merry
    1860 TN Census: Nelson & Mary Merry
    Enumeration Date: 29 Sep 1860
    Page: 156
    Location: Nashville Ward 4, Davidson County, Tennessee

    1. Nelson G. - age 40
    2. Mary - age 30
    3. John Wesley - age 11
    4. Ann Maria - age 8
    5. Elizabeth - age 4
    6. Nancy - age 3
    7. Adella - age 9 months

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    1870 TN Census: Nelson & Mary Merry
    1870 TN Census: Nelson & Mary Merry
    Enumeration Date: 22 Jun 1870
    Page No: 9
    Location: Nashville Ward 4, Davidson County, Tennessee

    Dwelling #40
    1. Nelson Merry - M, B, married, Minister, $3000 real estate, $200 personal estate, born in KY
    2. Mary Ann - F, B, age 40, born in TN
    3. Lizzie - F, B, age 15, attending school
    4. Nancy - F, B, age 14
    5. Idella - F, B, age 10
    6. James - M, B, age 5
    7. Sidney - F, B, age 80, born in VA

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    1880 TN Census: Nelson & Mary Merry
    1880 TN Census: Nelson & Mary Merry
    Enumeration Date: 3 Jun 1880
    Page: 6
    Location: District 42, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee

    Dwelling #59 North Spruce Street
    1. Nelson Merry - age 54, Minister
    2. Mary - age 51, Wife
    3. Adella - age 20, daughter
    4. James - age 13?, son

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    1856 Nashville Directory - the Merry brothers
    1856 Nashville Directory - the Merry brothers
    Excerpt from 1856 Nashville Business Directory
    1880 Directory - The Merry Brothers
    1880 Directory - The Merry Brothers
    Excerpt from 1880 Nashville Business Directory

    Headstones
    Tombstone: Nelson Grover Merry
    Tombstone: Nelson Grover Merry
    Front inscription: PSALM XXIII.6/ SURELY GOODNESS MERCY/ SHALL FOLLOW ME ALL THE DAYS/ OF MY LIFE AND I WILL/ DWELL IN THE HOUSE OF THE/ LORD FOREVER./ REV NELSON GROVER MERRY/ BORN JULY 10 1824/ FELL ASLEEP IN JESUS/ JULY 14 1884/ HE WAS THE FOUNDER OF/ SPRUCE ST. BAPTIST CHURCH./ SERVED AS IT'S PASTOR 31 YEARS/ DURING WHICH TIME HE FAITHFULLY DISCHARGED/ HIS PASTOR ADDING THREE THOUSAND/ MEMBERS TO THE CHURCH/ MERRY

    Side inscription: ERECTED/ BY THE LADIES OF THE/ NELSON MERRY/ MEMMORIAL ASSOCIATION/ OF THE SPRUCE ST. BAPTIST CHURCH/ MRS. M. J. STRONG PRES./ MISS J. FRANKIE SECY./ MRS. SAMUELA WORKS/ EMMA BROWNLOW/ MARY BUSH

    Side inscription: BLESSED ARE THEY THAT DIE IN THE LORD/ OUR FATHER MERRY FAITHFUL GUIDE/ IS HAPPY NOW AT JESUS SIDE/ IN CHRIST'S DEAR LOVE HE SHALL ABIDE/ SWEET WERE HIS WORDS OF TRUTH AND GRACE/ AND WE AGAIN SHALL SEE HIS FACE/ AND REST WITH HIM IN THAT HIGH PLACE. (http://davidsoncocemeterysurvey.com/Cemeteries/M/mt_ararat_historic_cemetery.htm)

    Histories

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    Biographical Profile: Nelson G. Merry
    Biographical Profile: Nelson G. Merry
    From: http://www.tnstate.edu/library/digital/merry.htm
    Obituary: Nelson G. Merry
    Obituary: Nelson G. Merry
    From the Nashville Banner
    Tuesday, July 15, 1884
    Historical Profile: First Colored Baptist Church
    Historical Profile: First Colored Baptist Church
    From Profiles of African Americans in Tennessee
    (http://www.tnstate.edu/library/digital/FIRSTCB.HTM)
    Nelson Merry Deed purchase for lot at Old City Cemetery
    Nelson Merry Deed purchase for lot at Old City Cemetery
    As provided by staff at the Metro Archives
    December 11, 2007

  • Notes 
    • Became free in 1845.
    • Tombstone says middle name is Grover. But, Freedman Bank record of his brother Napoleon (filled out in 1873) indicates their parents were Glovers. It is possible his middle name may have been Glover and not Grover as on his tombstone.
    • Daughter Elizabeth's Freedman Bank records lists five siblings (Adella, John, Jimmie, Nannie & Emma (dated 1872). I suspect "Nannie" to be Nancy.
    • Was arrested in 1866 for marrying a white man and a black woman. [3]
    • In the fall of 1863 he allowed the white Rev. Joseph G. McKee to open a school on the ground floor of the First Baptist Colored Mission. The school was a free school and a competitor to the tuition-based school of Daniel Wadkins. This arrangement sparked a brawl between Wadkins and Merry and the congregation decided to evict McKee. [4]

    Buried:
    • Was originally buried in City Cemetery - body was moved. [5]

  • Sources 
    1. [S33] 1856 Nashville Business Directory, Campbell, John C., http://books.google.com/books?id=dvoBAAAAYAAJ., 77.

    2. [S1] Profiles of African-Americans in Tennessee, Annual Local Conference on Afro-American Culture and History, (http://www.tnstate.edu/library/digital/digitizing.html), 92-94.

    3. [S30] Amalgamation in Nashville, (New York Times, 16 Jul 1866), http://tinyurl.com/2kcbty..

    4. [S110] Cimprich, John. Slavery's End in Tennessee, 1861 to 1865. New York: University of Alabama P, 1985, 77.

    5. [S6] Nasvhille Scene.
      Kreyling, Christine. "Six Feet Under." Nashville Globe. 9 Aug 2007. http://www.nashvillescene.com/Stories/Cover_Story/2007/08/09/Six_Feet_Under/