Old Merritt Cemetery

"near Currie"/Moore's Creek


This cemetery is lost.  The last person to be buried there was Julia Jacobs Messick Merritt in 1965.  The elders state that it was not on family-owned property, but on a plot that a local family had given to the Merritts for burial.  This was not uncommon.  

Julia Merritt's death certificate and family history state that she is buried in Merritt Cemetery.  It is logical to conclude that her husband, Oscar Merritt, who died ten years prior was buried there as well.  If Oscar's second wife is in Old Merritt Cemetery, it is safe to assume that his first wife, Minnie Jacobs (Julia's aunt) is also.

Further, since this was known to be the Merritt ancestral plot, one may conclude that Oscar's father, Joe Louis Merritt, lies there.  His wives -- Minerva Walker and Blanche Jacobs -- are expected to be interred in Merritt Cemetery, also.

Dock Merritt (brother of Oscar, son of Joe Louis) died in 1920 in his early thirties  He was married to Annie Jacobs, sister of Julia Jacobs Merritt.  Annie remarried and was interred in the 1970s on Cypress Creek.  Dock was laid to rest here in the Old Merritt Cemetery, according to his daughter Lottie Merritt Glover.  Lottie also confirmed that Dock's brother, Joe L. 'Buddy" Merritt, and sister, Katie Merritt Hayes, are there.

Joe Louis Merritt's parents, Malvin Merritt and Sarah Jane Williams Merritt died in Pender County sometime between 1880 and 1900. Depending on how old the cemetery is, they may rest there too.  Lastly, more research will be needed amongst the descendants of Joe Louis Merritt's other children.  It is likely that others are interred in Merritt Cemetery.

(For more explanation of this family's relationships see An Analysis of Marriage Patterns in PenderROCK)

TokenBurial YearNameBirth-DeathRelation
 1924?Joe Louis Merritt1850-1924Moved from Sampson to Pender 1870-1880
 1910?Mary Minerva Walker Merritt1856-1910?First wife of Joe Louis Merritt
 1931?Blanche Jacobs Merritt1875-1931Second wife of Joe Louis Merritt
 1955?Oscar Merritt1893-1955Son of Joe L. Merritt & Minerva Walker Merritt
 1920Dock Merritt1887-1920Son of Joe L. Merritt & Minerva Walker Merritt
 1946Joe L. Merritt Jr.1882-1946Son of Joe L. Merritt & Minerva Walker Merritt
 1951Katie Merritt Hayes1900-1951Daughter of Joe L. Merritt & Blanche Jacobs Merritt
 1965Julia Jacobs Messick Merritt1900-1965Second wife of Oscar Merritt
 1935?Minnie Jacobs Merritt Williams1901-1935First wife of Oscar Merritt
 1935?Minnie Jacobs Merritt Williams1901-1935First wife of Oscar Merritt