William Merchant1

M, #17325, b. 1808
Father*Elisha Merchant1 b. 1782
Mother*Mary Polly (__________)1 b. 1780
Birth*1808 William Merchant was born in 1808 at New York.2 
(Witness) Census18301830 He is assumed to be one of the household of Elisha Merchant in the 1830 census, Burlington, Otsego Co., New York, who has 1m5-10, 1m40-50, 1f15-20, 1f40-50. 
(MentionedIn) Will4 August 1857 William Merchant was mentioned in the will of Elisha Merchant on 4 August 1857 at Truxton, Cortland Co., New York, as son; In the name of God amen. I Elisha Merchant of the Town of Truxton, County of Cortland, & State of New York, of the age of seventy-five years and being of sound mind & memory do make, publish & declare this my last Will & Testament in manner following, that is to say.
     First. I give & bequeath to my son Ebenezer Merchant the west one half of thirty-seven acres of land on Lot number eight in the Town of Truxton to be used & enjoyed by him during his natural life & from & immediately after his death I give & bequeath the same to my son William Merchant, to his heirs & assigns forever.
     Second. I give & bequeath to my son William Merchant the east one half of the said Thirty-seven acres of land or said Lot number eight in Truxton aforesaid.
     Third. I give & bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Wing the sum of ten dollars.
     Fourth. I give & bequeath to my daughter Eleanor Briggs the sum of ten dollars.
     Fifth. I give & bequeath to my daughter Mariah Perry the sum of ten dollars.
     Sixth. I further give & bequeath to my sons William & Ebenezer Merchant all the rest residue of my personal property, goods, wares & merchandise to be equally divided between them & the said William & Ebenezer Merchant is to pay all debts due from me at my decease & to pay out of the goods & chattels the above named Thirty dollars to my three daughters, to wit: Ten dollars apiece within one year from my decease and the said William & Ebenezer is to support & take good care of their mother during her natural life, which she is to accept in lieu of dower, and I hereby appoint my sons (William &, crossed out) Ebenezer (& William, inserted) MERCHANT, Administrator of this my last Will & Testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
     In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal, this fourth day of August in the year of our Lord one Thousand Eight hundred & fifty seven.
Elisha Merchant (L.S.) (his mark.)1 
Relationships3rd great-granduncle of David Lee Bassett
Great-granduncle of Mabel May Covey
Last Edited7 Mar 2015


  1. [S1875] Will of Elisha Merchant.
  2. [S1850] 1850 census.