Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens
Lawrence County Pennsylvania 1897


[p. 379] an engineer living at No. 57 Pearson Street, New Castle, and employed at the Rosena Furnace, which is operated by the Oliver Iron & Steel Co. of Pittsburg, was born in Beaver County, near Economy, Aug. 20, 1838, and is a son of Frederick and Margaret (Davis) Merriman. Both of our subject's parents died when he was a boy, the father in 1848, and the mother in the year following at the age of sixty years. Frederick Merriman was an agriculturist of Beaver County, who for a number of years owned and operated a saw-mill at his home. The early death of our subject's parents deprived him of a definite knowledge of even the leading and salient facts of their ancestry, and this poverty of information as to who were his grandparents has been much deplored by him. At the age of thirteen years our subject took up his home with his uncle John Davis in Pittsburg, where he lived three years, attending the public schools of that city. His uncle then removed to New Castle, and he continued his education for three more years in its schools. He then learned how to operate an engine from his uncle, and followed it five or six years. Then for two years he was employed as engineer on the river steamers plying on the rivers, above and below Pittsburg. On his return to New Castle at the end of the two years, and for the succeeding period of twenty-five years, he was employed in the engine-room of the blast furnace and rolling-mill, and is now working at the Rosena Furnace. He is a member of the Association of Stationary Engineers, Lodge No. 18.

Mr. Merriman was married in December, 1858, in New Castle, to Mary E. Stewart, who died Nov. 4, 1890; she was a daughter of William C. and Elizabeth (Stewart) Stewart. Mr. Merriman's marriage was blessed with four children: William S., an engineer, living next door to his father; Margaret Elizabeth, who is keeping house for her father; Kate, the wife of Ed. E. Marshall, a Croton Avenue business man; and Harry V., who resides in Pittsburg. Mr. Merriman and his family have always been good church-goers, and have made it a point to support to the best of their ability the church of their choice, the M. E. Church. Mr. Merriman is a Republican in his politics, and uniformly votes the ticket of that party at all elections.

Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens Lawrence County Pennsylvania
Biographical Publishing Company, Buffalo, N.Y., 1897

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