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"RECORD OF AGES"

Martha Clark

jclark3@stx.rr.com

 

A family record of the John Mercer family who came from South Carolina in the mid 1790's and settled in Caldwell Co., Ky., on the Dry Fork of Eddy Creek.

This book, which is nothing more than a notebook, chronicles births, marriages, and deaths of his children and grandchildren.

My husband, Jerry Clark, descended from John and Lucretia (Johnston) Mercer, their son William (m. Susan Wheeler) Mercer and William's only child, John Edwin Mercer (m. Elizabeth Coil).

John Edwin Mercer, along with his wife and eight children, left Kentucky in 1874/75 and traveled by covered wagon to settle in Wise Co., Texas. Among their treasured possessions was this book, that we now call "The Record of Ages". It came to us when my husbands grandmother, Florence Mercer Clark, died.

I have researched John and Lucretia for twenty years and tho I have lots of data on them, I have never found a record of their marriage, birthplace or parents. Lucretia's mother was Hannah (no maiden name) Johnston who died in Greenville Co., S. Caro. in 1813. The Johnstons listed on pages 4 and 5 of the Record of Ages are Lucretia's siblings.

If anyone else is researching this family I would love to share data.

Martha C. Clark

3390 Mavis Dr.

Corpus Christi, Tx. 78411

 

 



RECORD OF AGES

The John Mercer Family

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unable too make out with the exception of name (upside down) John Mercer

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John T.(?) Theeman (?)

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Elizabeth Johnston was born May the 22nd in the year of our Lord Christ 
1741 (47)

Mary Johnston was born February 1 in the year of our Lord Christ 1748

Drewry Johnston was born May the 5th in the year of our Lord Christ 1751

Elizabeth Johnston was born June the 23rd in the year of our Lord Christ 
1753

Ann Johnston was born January 26 in the year of our Lord Christ 1757

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Sally Johnston was born January the 22nd in the year of our Lord Christ 
1765

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John Messer was born June the 4 in the year of our Lord Christ 1764

Lucretia Johnston was born June the 16 in the year of our Lord Christ 1759

James Messer was born October the 15 in the year of our Lord Christ 1785

Jemima Messer was born June 7 in the year of our Lord Christ 1787

John Messer was born April the 13 in the year of our Lord Christ 1789

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Lucretia Messer was born Nov. the 28th in the year of our Lord Christ 1790

Charlotte Messer was born Nov. the 12 in the year of our Lord Christ 1792

Edward (scratched out) Drewry Messer was born August the fourteenth in 
the year of our Lord Christ 1794

Rainoff Messer was born on the night of the 16th day of March 1797

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William Mercer was born December the 28th 1800

Sally Kilgore was born May 25 (scratched out)

Sally Kilgore was born May 25th in the year of our Lord AD 1806

Lucretia Kilgore was born July the 4 AD 1808

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Drury Mercer was born the 14th day of August 1794 and this is 1817 
by Drewry Mercer himself this 5 day of February. I am in full perfection.

John Mercer Sr. departed this life on Sunday the 8th of April 1827, 
5 minutes after 4 o'clock in the evening.

Mrs. Lucretia Mercer, consort of John Mercer Dec'd departed this life Feby 8, 1840 aged 80 years, 6 months, and 6 days.

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Charlotte Conway was born August the 22nd 1809 

John Mercer Conway was born January the 27th 1811

John Hampton Kilgore was born the 20th day of August 1809

Wm. Hambleton Kilgore was born the 2(?)day of December 1814

Caldwell County

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Drury Mercer Died January 3rd 1833 at 10 o'clock

John Mercer Jr. Died Feby 25th 1847

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Charlotty Conaway was born in the year 1809 the 22nd day of August

John M. Conaway was born the 28th of January in the year 1811

James H. Conaway was born the 31 of March 1813

Laurin Conaway was born the 17 of March 1815

William D. Conaway was born the 19th of May in the year 1817

Drury Mercer, his hand

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John J. Mercer was born the 12th of May 1818       Drury Mercer

Asberry Harpennome Mercer was born the 4th November 1818

Orson Brown Conway was born September      1819

Susan C. Conway was born 28th October 1821

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John E. Mercer was bornned the 6th of September 1831

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Valentine Conway was born    1782

Lucretia Conway was born December 28th 1790

Valentine Conway and Lucretia was married 18th day of March 1808
Charlotte Conway was born the 22nd day of August 1809

John M. Conway was born 28th January 1811

James H. Conway was born 31st March 1813

Lauren Conway was born the 17th March 1815

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William D. Conway was born the 19th May 1817

Orson B.  Conway was born September 1819

Susan C. Conway was born the 28th October 1822

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William Mercer was born the 28th of December 1800

Susan Wheeler was born the 11th of March 1804

William Mercer and Susan Mercer were married the 9th day of November 1826

John Edwin Mercer son of Wm. & Susan Mercer was born September the 6th 1827

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John E. Mercer was born the 6th of September 1827

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Drury Mercer was married to Susan Clark the 14th day of August 1817

John J. Mercer was born the 12th May 1818

Lucretia Mercer was born the 29th of November 1819

William Johnson Mercer was born May 31st 1824

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Lucretia Dunn was born Dec. 29th, 1824

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Samuel and Jemima Kilgore was married April 26 of 1803

Valentine & Lucretia Conway was married March the 18th 1808

Valentine Conway & Lucretia was married March 18th 1808

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James Messer was born the 15th day of October near twelve o'clock 
and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty five 
and in the tenth year of Americas independence

							John Messer    SEAL

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John Mercers Book of Record of Ages
from 175_

James Mercers Book
Bought at Eddyville
Kentucky  27 cents

Teach me to feel anothers woe
To hide the faults I see
That mercy I to others show 
That mercy show to me
			J. Mercer

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John Mercer   his book   1805
John Mercer   his book

James Mercer  his own hand
July    1808

Steal not this book for fear of shame
For in it is the owners name
		J Mercer

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John Mercer is his name  England is his nation  Lawrence County is his 
dwelling place and Christ is his salvation

Littleberry Cotten is my name and just for fun I wrote the same
I wrote it down with haste and speed and left it here for a fool to read


John Messer: his book March 1, 1793

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looks like child's practice