William P MERRYMAN James Monroe MERRYMAN Frances Jane MERRYMAN Julia Ann MERRYMAN Mary Caroline MERRYMAN Martha S MERRYMAN Walter Green MERRYMAN Gipson VAN MERRYMAN Abraham Abel H MERRYMAN Mary J F MERRYMAN William Henry MERRYMAN Lavena MERRYMAN Leo Earl MERRYMAN Baby Boy MERRYMAN Cordelia Ellen BLAIR S Claribel STOKER Sarah L DITTMORE John Scott MERRYMAN Lethi Ann Amanda MERRYMAN Anny SCOTT Mini tree diagram
David Colbert MERRYMAN

David Colbert MERRYMAN1,2,3,8,4,4,5,6,7

15th Feb 18531,2,3,4,5,6,7 - 12th Mar 19091,4

Life History

15th Feb 1853

Born in Skullyville, Skullyville County, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory.1,2,3,4,5,6,7

about 1874

Married Cordelia Ellen BLAIR in Arkansas.1,4

29th Sep 1876

Birth of son Walter Green MERRYMAN in Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory.9,11,7,12,10,13

6th Jan 1878

Birth of son Gipson VAN MERRYMAN in Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory.14

28th Aug 1883

Birth of son Abraham Abel H MERRYMAN in Sugar Loaf County, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory.1,14,15,16,7

Feb 1886

Birth of daughter Mary J F MERRYMAN in Sugar Loaf County, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory.1,7

15th Apr 1888

Birth of son William Henry MERRYMAN in Spiro, Sugar Loaf County, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory.1,17,7,2

about 1889

Birth of daughter Lavena MERRYMAN in Sugar Loaf County, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory

before 1891

Death of daughter Lavena MERRYMAN in Sugar Loaf County, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory.4

29th Mar 1891

Birth of son Leo Earl MERRYMAN in Kully Chaha, Sugar Loaf, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory.3,17,18,1,7,10,3


Birth of son Baby Boy MERRYMAN in Sugar Loaf County, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory


Death of son Baby Boy MERRYMAN in Sugar Loaf County, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory.4

21st Jun 1904

Death of son Walter Green MERRYMAN in Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory.9,9,10

1st Mar 1906

Death of Cordelia Ellen BLAIR in Bengal, Sugar Loaf County, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory.10,1,7

16th Aug 1906

Married S Claribel STOKER in Bengal, Sugar Loaf, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory.2

before May 1907

Death of S Claribel STOKER.5

24th May 1907

Married Sarah L DITTMORE in Sebastian County, Arkansas.5

12th Mar 1909


after 12th Mar 1909

Buried in Peachland Cemetery, Bengal, Latimer County, Oklahoma.4


  • Anny Scott's Bible Birth Entries
    [Smeary broad-nib pen makes some entries uncertain]
    James Monroe Merryman  Jan 14th, 1844
    Francis Jane Merryman Dec 2nd, 1846
    Julia Ann Merryman Jan 12th, 1947
    Mary Caroline Merryman Jan 7, 1849
    Martha Merryman  March 7, 1851
    David Merryman  Feb 15, 1853
    John Scott Merryman  June 14, 1855
    Lathan [sic: Lethiann] Amanda Merryman  July 29, 1856

    David ws enumerated with his children in the Choctaw 1896 census.

    1896 Census, Sugar Loaf County, Choctaw Naton, Indian Territory, page478
    Merryman, David C Head  Male 43
    Merryman, Gipson V Male 18
    Merryman, Abraham Male 13
    Merryman, Mary J F Female 12
    Merryman, Wm H Male 9
    Merryman, Leo E Male 5

    David's son Walter is next door in his own household.

    Merryman, Walter G Head  Male 20
    Merryman, Jno Z Male 4
    Merryman, Zoybo C Female 18 mos

    Family background and connections are helpfully provided by adescendant of one of David's sons, Leo Merryman.

    Leo Earl Merryman and Oda N. Reynolds

    My Great-Grandfather Leo Merryman, born in Kully Chaha (Kulli Cha ha),Sugar Loaf Co., Moshulatubbee Dist., Choctaw Nation, Ind.Ter., (nearpresent Poteau, LeFlore Co., Oklahoma) and later married Oda N.Reynolds....

    My Great-Grandfather (Leo) was born in 1891 and his father before himwas David C. Merryman born also in the Choctaw Nation in 1853; whilehis grandmother Anny Scott-Merryman (and David's mother) was born inMississippi before the 'Trail of Tears' removal to the new ChoctawNation there in what of course became Oklahoma (aka land of the "redpeople").  Other spellings in past generations on Merryman - Merriman.
    --  Russ Merryman choctawSonaol.com, Oklahoma Chahta Clan ofCalifornia, accessed 19 January 2015,http://www.oklachahta.org/Smoke%20Signals.htm

    On 1 October 1892, David was appointed Deputy Sheriff of Sugar LoafCounty, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory.  Some genealogies report hismiddle name as Colbert.  This is a famous Choctaw-Chickasaw name.There were several chiefs and war leaders of the Chickasaw of thisScottish-Chickasaw lineage.

    More details are provided on the family in their 1899 Choctawregistration, updated ontheir 1896 card.

    U.S. Native American Enrollment Cards for the Five Civilized Tribes,1898-1914
    1899, Sugar Loaf County, Choctaw Nation, P O Bengal, Card (Field)#2879
    1 Dawes' Roll #8455, Merryman, 49 (in 1899) David C, Age 46 Male,Birth Abt 1850, 1/8, 1896 Sugar Loaf Co #14560;  Fath W P MerrymanDead Non Citz, Moth Annie Merryman Dead Skullyville
    2 Dawes' Roll #W.915 Merryman, Cordelia E, 45 [sic] (in 1899) Wife,Age 38 [sic], Female, Birth Abt 1858, Intermarried White, 1896 SugarLoaf Co #14806;  Fath John W Blair Dead Non Citz, Moth Mary Revard1896 Non-Citz
    3 Dawes' Roll #8456, Merryman, Abraham, 18 (in 1899) Son Age 15, MBirth Abt 1881, 1/16, 1896 Sugar Loaf Co #8519, Fath #1, Moth #2
    4 Dawes' Roll #8457, Merryman, Mary J F, 16 (in 1899) Dau Age 13, FBirth Abt 1883, 1/16, 1896 Sugar Loaf Co #8520, Fath #1, Moth #2
    5 Dawes' Roll #8458, Merryman, William H, 14 (in 1899) Son Age 11, FBirth Abt 1885, 1/16, 1896 Sugar Loaf Co #8521, Fath No 1, Moth No 2
    6 Dawes' Roll #8459, Merryman, Leo E, 11 (in 1899) Dau [sic; Son] Age8, F [sic; Male] Birth Abt 1891, 1/16, 1896 Sugar Loaf Co #8522, FathNo 1, Moth No 2
    7 W.1314, Merryman, Ora, 16 [in 1899] Wife of No 3, Age 16, F IW BirthAbt 1883; [no prior registration] Fath John Graham Non Citz, MothOrminda Graham Non Citz
    Record as to enrollment of No 7 forwarded Department, Mar 14, 1906;Record returned.  See opinion of Assistant Attiorney General of March15, 1906 in case of Omer R Nicholson
    No 2 on 1896 roll as Cordelia Merryman
    No 4 on 1896 roll as Mary
    No 5 on 1896 roll as Wm H
    No 3 is now the husband of Ora Merryman on Choctaw card #S807 Sept 24,1902
    On Aug 10, 1902 No 7 was married to No 3
    No 7 originally listed for enrollment on Choctaw Card D807 sept 24,1902:  transferred to this card Feb 1, 1905.  See decision of Jan 16,1905
    For child of Nos 3 & 7, see NB (Mar 3-05) Card #137
    For child of Nos 4, see NB (Mar 3-05) Card #589
    Enrollment of No 2 hereon approved by the Sec of the interior Aug 3,1904
    Enrollment of Nos 1,3,4,5,6 hereon approved by the Sec of the interiorJan 17, 1903
    Enrollment of No 7 hereon approved by the Sec of the interior Mar 14,1905
    No 7 P O LeFlore, IT
    Date of application for enrollment 6/19/99 #1 to 6

    1900 Federal Census, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory, 7 June,Township 4, District 94, Page 16B, House/Family #4
    Merryman, David C  Head Indian Male Feb 1853 47  Married 26 years  IndTerr Tenn Miss Farmer Owns Farm
    Merryman, Cordellia Wife W F Aug 1858  41  Married 26 years  4children/2 living IL IL IL
    Merryman, Abel Son Ind M Aug 1883  16 Single Ind Terr Ind TerrIllinois Farm Laborer
    Merryman, Mary Dau Ind F Feb 1886  14  Single Ind Terr Ind TerrIllinois
    Merryman, Henry Son Ind M Apr 1888  12 Single Ind Terr Ind TerrIllinois Farm Laborer
    Merryman, Leo Son Ind M Mar 1891  9 Single Ind Terr Ind Terr Illinois
    Merryman, Izora Niece [granddaughter?] Ind F Jan 1900 4mos Single IndTerr Ind Terr Texas

    The family next door is David and Cordelia's son Walter GreenMerryman.  Walter's wife is his newly-wed after the death of his firstwife Lula Poteet in childbirth with their daughter Izora on 18 January1900.  Izora is reported in her grandparents household.  But4-month-old Izora is reported as their niece rather than theirgranddaughter.  Walter's wife Mary Millus Andrews Lewis, had beenwidowed twice.  Walter and Mary married on 25 February 1900 inTalihina, Choctaw Nation.

    1900 Federal Census, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory, 7 June,Township 4 (Sugar Loaf County), District 94, Page 16B, Hse/Fam #5
    Merryman, Walter G  Head Indian Male Sept 1874 25  Married 6 years  MOTN TN Farmer  Rents Farm
    Merryman, Mary Wife Ind [should be White] F Sept 1873  46  Married 6years  4 children/2 living Ind Terr Ind Terr Illinois
    Merryman, John Son Ind M Aug 1894 5 Single Ind Terr Ind TerrMissouri/Texas
    Merryman, Zado Dau Ind F Oct 1897  2 Single Ind Terr Ind TerrMissouri/Texas
    Andrews, Perry Step-son W M Nov 1891  8 Single Ind Terr Ind TerrMissouri
    Lewis, Jesse Step-son W M Nov 1897  2 Single Ind Terr Ind TerrMissouri

    David and his family were listed on the final rolls of Choctaw byBlood.

    Chickasaw Roll Citizens by Blood, 9 May 1904 (birthdates as of 1899census)
    #8455 Merryman, David C Age 49 [Birth abt 1850] Male Blood 1/8 CensusCard #2879
    #8456 Merryman, Abraham Age 18 [Birth abt 1871] Male Blood 1/16 CensusCard #2879
    #8457 Merryman, Mary J F Age 16 [Birth abt 1873] Female Blood 1/16Census Card #2879
    #8458 Merryman, William H Age 14 [Birth abt 1875] Male Blood 1/16Census Card #2879
    #8458 Merryman, Leo E Age 11 [Birth abt 1878] Female [error broughtforward from 1899] Blood 1/16 Census Card #2879
    --  Choctaw Roll, up to 1907, U S Dept of the Interior Printed edition1961

    Chickasaw Roll Citizens by Marriage, 9 May 1904 (birthdates as of 1899census)
    #8460 Merryman, Walter G Age 26 [Birth abt 1863] Male Blood 1/16Census Card #2880
    #8461 Merryman, John D Age 7 [Birth abt 1892] Male Blood 1/32 CensusCard #2880
    #8462 Merryman, Zado C Age 5 [Birth abt 1894] Female Blood 1/32 CensusCard #2880
    #8463 Merryman, Izora Lula Age 3 [Birth abt 1896] Female Blood 1/32Census Card #2880
    #8464 Merryman, Gabe Age 2 [Birth abt 1897] Male Blood 1/32 CensusCard #2880
    --  Choctaw Roll, Citizens by Blood, up to 1907, U S Dept of theInterior Printed edition 1961

    Cordelia died in March 1906.  Choctaw Nation Marriage Records indicateDavid remarried in 1906, marrying widow Claribel Stoker.

    --  Kinard Choctaw Marriage Records 1890-1907,http://www.okgenweb.org/~okgarvin/kinard/chockmmarr.htm

    Claribel must have died soon after, because David married again in1907.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    David C Merryman
    Age 53, Birth Year abt 1854
    Residence Bergal, Choc Nation, Indian Terr
    Spouse's Name Sarah L Dittmore
    Spouse's Age 48
    Spouse's Residence Gillman, Illinois
    Marriage 24 May 1907  Sebastian County
    Marriage License Date 24 May 1907

    David Colbert Merryman is the great-great-grandfather of Russ D.Merryman, (whose great-grandfather was Leo E. Merryman, grandmotherRudeen R. Merryman). David is the son of William P. Merryman & AnnyScott. He was born February 15, 1853 in Skullyville, SkullyvilleCounty, Choctaw Nation (now in Oklahoma). David died March 12, 1909and is buried in Bengal, Oklahoma. The descendants of David, andespecially of his parents are many today!

    He was the Husband of Cordelia "Delia" as she was called. Her maidenname was Blair. They married in Ark., in 1874. Their children were:
    Walter Green Merryman
    Gipson Van (known as VAN)
    Mary D. (died young)
    Abraham A. H.
    Mary J. F.
    Wm. Henry
    Lavena (died as a baby)
    A Baby Boy Merryman (died young)

    David's parents are buried in the Indian Cemetery called "Skullyville"in LeFlore Co., OK. See here for more information on them:http://www.skullyville.com/239.html [See Below]
    --  Lawmen and Outlaws,http://marti.rootsweb.ancestry.com/law/pic/dcmerryman.htm

    William P. Merryman
    He was born in 1820, in Tennessee. His ancestry is not known, but heis thought to have been mostly French. He lived in Kentucky andGeorgia for a time, came to Indian Territory in 1844. Following thedeath of his first wife, Anny Scott, William Merryman married CarolineKrebs, a daughter of Stephen (Etienne) Krebs, brother of PlacideKrebs. He died at Skullyville, Choctaw Nation, January 27, 1881, andwas buried in Skullyville Cemetery

    Anny Scott Merryman
    She was born in the Choctaw lands in Mississippi in 1821. She was thedaughter of John Scott, a white man, and a Choctaw woman, whose nameis not known. Family tradition has it that Anny's Choctaw mother diedduring the trek to Indian territory, in 1832, when Anny was but 10.Anny Scott Merryman died Dec. 19, 1866, and was buried in SkullyvilleCemetery.

    Anny Scott and William Merryman were married in Parson, Texas, andmoved to Indian territory in 1844. [No source has turned up anyreference to a town or unincorporated community in Texas by thatname.]

    Their children were:
    1. James Monroe
    2. Francis Jane
    3. Julia Ann
    4. Mary Caroline
    5. Martha S. (she died young)
    6. David C.
    7. John S. Merryman (Buried in Skullyville Cemetery, #117)
    8. Leathiann Amanda
    --  Skullyville, http://www.skullyville.com/239.html

    "Sherman Lee Merryman - Tom: I do think that my husband Jesse Merrymanmay be related. His father was Sherman Lee Merryman, Choctaw IndianRolls, was born in Oklahoma. His mother was Pearl Cunnings Merrymanborn in Garland County, Arkansas. Shermans father was Gibson V.Merryman, husband of Parilee Merryman. If my records are correct,Gibson's father was David C. Merryman and his wife was Cordelia E.Merryman. I believe I have information regarding a Anna Scott. ShermanLee Merryman and Pearl May Cummings Merryman had four children, onedaughter who died very young, then Mary Florence Merryman, LeotaMerryman Carter and then Jesse. I understand that Sherman had abrother Bryan Jennings Merryman who married Kate (Katherine Merryman."
    --  Judy Merryman, Comment on Ancestry discussion list, 17 Jul 2001


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