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Merit in Hunt County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Merit Cemetery

 
 
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By Jesse Nelsen, January 8, 2021
1. Merit Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  

The 1870 U. S. Census lists most area settlers as farmers from the upland south. One such family was that of Dr. Alexander Murchiso, who arrived from Polk county, Georgia. Through his efforts the Methodist church organized in Apr. 1871. In the 1870s, Judge William W. Merritt’s visit and speech so impressed residents that they found their town namesake (later shortened to Merit). A post office opened in 1884 and the railroad arrived in 1886, stimulating cotton production and helping stores, fraternal lodges and a newspaper to begin operations. A bank opened in 1904; in Nov. 1912, robbers drove away with $4,500 by blasting open the bank vault with nitroglycerin. A 1921 fire, the Great Depression, and World War II led to a population drop which recent suburban growth has reversed.

In Oct. 1907, Dr. Murchison and his wife, Mary Elizabeth, deeded 15 acres atop a rise to the old fellows lodge for a community cemetery. An open-air wooden tabernacle was built soon after. Cemetery care transferred in 1947 to the Farmersville odd fellows lodge, and in 1952 to the Merit cemetery association, who holds an annual meeting on Memorial Day. Merit
Merit Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jesse Nelsen, January 8, 2021
2. Merit Cemetery Marker
cemetery is one of the few in Hunt county with swept graves. Headstones are primarily granite, marble and limestone, and historic plantings include roses, irises, crape myrtles and evergreens. The oldest grave (1882) is the infant son of J. D. and L. E. Lawrence. The influenza epidemic of 1918-19 caused many deaths. Military veterans date from the civil war to the Vietnam war, and there are numerous woodmen of the world, odd fellows and Masonic tombstones. Used by longtime families and newcomers, the cemetery is the link between modern Merit and past generations who farmed the surrounding rolling black land prairie.
Historic Texas Cemetery - 2009
Marker is property of the State of Texas

 
Erected 2009 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17046.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites.
 
Location. 33° 13.202′ N, 96° 16.769′ W. Marker is in Merit, Texas, in Hunt County. Marker can be reached from 2194, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Merit TX 75458, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Merit Methodist Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); Bethlehem Baptist Church (approx. 3.8 miles away); Farmersville I.O.O.F. Cemetery
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(approx. 5.8 miles away); Honaker-Holsonbake House (approx. 5.9 miles away); First Methodist Church of Farmersville (approx. 6 miles away); Bain-Honaker House (approx. 6 miles away); Farmersville Masonic Lodge (approx. 6.1 miles away); Audie Murphy’s Homecoming (approx. 6.1 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 9, 2021, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 9, 2021, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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