Thomas Martin Mercer

Descendants of Thomas Martin Mercer

Generation 1

1. THOMAS MARTIN1 MERCER was born on February 07, 1779 in Dobbs County, North Carolina. He died in November 1821 in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. He married (1) POSSIBLY-UNKNOWN FULKERSON* about Abt. 1800. She was born about Abt. 1780 in probably-Tennessee. She died between 1805-1808. He married (2) MARTHA PATSY GRIZZARD, daughter of Hardy Grizzard and Elizabeth Avery in 1812 in probably-Kentucky. She was born between 1790-1800 in North Carolina. She died between 1830-1840 in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.

Thomas Martin Mercer and Unknown had the following children:

i. DORCUS2 MERCER was born in 1800 in Tennessee. She died in 1857 in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. She married Thomas “Thomas Uzzell” Uzzell, son of (Elisha?) Uzzell on October 08, 1818 in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. He was born in 1792. He died in 1825 in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. She met WILLIS MORGAN. He was born in 1786 in Virginia. She met WILLIAM MCNARY. He was born in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.

ii. THOMAS GILLIS MERCER was born in 1802 in Dobbs County, North Carolina. He died in 1863 in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky (Mercer Cemetery, Earles, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky). He married Elizabeth Bennett, daughter of Philip Bennett Sr. and Nancy Forrester on January 19, 1827 in Muhlenbery County, Kentucky. She was born about Abt. 1810 in Kentucky or North Carolina per 1850 US census…hca. She died in 1873 in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.

iii. NANCY ANNE MERCER was born on April 16, 1804 in Dobbs County, North Carolina. She died after Aft. 1850 in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. She married Ezekiel Tyson on January 07, 1819 in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. He was born in 1800 in North Carolina. He died between 1840-1850 in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.

iv. SALLY MERCER was born about Abt. 1805 in Dobbs County, North Carolina. She married John Fitzgerald on December 04, 1823 in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.

Thomas-Martin Mercer and Martha Patsy Grizzard had the following children:

v. RHODA MERCER was born about Abt. 1813 in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. She died between 1845-1849 in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. She married Joseph Forrester on April 30, 1829 in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky (By: William Oates). He was born in 1805 in Tennessee. He died in 1857 in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.

vi. JASON MERCER was born on February 21, 1818 in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. He died in 1866. He married Lydia Bennett, daughter of Philip Bennett Sr. and Nancy Forrester in 1838 in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. She was born on May 12, 1815 in Tennessee. She died in 1888 in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky (Greene Cemetery, Graham, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky).

vii. MARTIN MERCER JR. was born in 1820 in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. He died in 1822 in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.


Notes for Thomas-Martin Mercer: INFO (Extract): Don W. Mercer – Houston, TX  [Mercers.FTW]

  • Martin Mercer was a Baptist Minister.
  • Martin Mercer, deceased, Appraisement and Inventory. Approved November County Cour t 1821. Book II pp. 176-179.
  • Martin Mercer, deceased, Settlement, by commissioners Charles Summers, John Huts on, Elisha Uzzle made an allotment to the widow and five children. Names Mentioned: Patsy Mercer. Approved November County Court 1821. Book II pp. 179-181.
  • Martin Mercer, deceased, Settlement by the executor, Thomas Uzzle. Appraisers W. Oates and William Martin. Approved January County Court 1822. Book II pp. 183-184.
  • Martin Mercer, deceased, Additional Inventory by Thomas Uzzle, Administrator. Witnesses: E. Brown and Stephen Vick. May 26,1821. Book II, p.188 & 221.
  • On November 8, 1820 there is a deed between Martin Mercer and Patsy his wife both of Muhlenburg County, Kentucky and James Tanner of Muhlenburg County, Kentucky. Deed Book #5-page 300 May 3, 1822
  • Martin Mercer: Indenture between Sheriff and James Weir concerning the estate of Marti n Mercer, deceased. Thomas Uzzle, Administrator. Heirs of Martin Mercer; Patsy Mercer, (wife), Thomas Uzzle and his wife Dorcas, Ezekial Tyson and Nancy his wife, Gillis Mercer, Sally Mercer, Martin Mercer Jr., Rhoda Mercer and Jason Mercer. . .Mentions Isiah Vick, who was the assignee of Wellby Wilkins. 125 acres between Isaac Creek and Turkey Creek. All went to James Weir.

Book B-page 613 Sept 3, 1816

  • Martin Messor. {Mercer 125 acres on Isaac Creek.
  • Will: Muhlenberg County, KY Will Book 2 page 176-179, 181, 183-184


 *Name for Unknown Fulkerson from a family group sheet prepared and given to me by my cousin Melanie McDowell Sookey, 1998. No other source found!

In search of Fulkerson …hcahttp://www.fulkerson.org/volkertnc.html

Shadrach Mercer

Shadrach \sh(a)-dra-ch, shad-rach\ Babylonian origin, and the meaning of Shadrach is “command of Aku”.  Aku was the Babylonian moon god. In the Old Testament, one of the three Hebrew men thrown into a fiery furnace by King Nebuchadnezzar and rescued by an angel. Used steadily in the 16th-19th centuries.


1 William Mercer (1590 – )
……2 Christopher Mercer (1612 – 1671)
………3 Thomas Mercer (1648 – 1718)
…………4 Christopher Mercer (1672 – 1711)
……………5 Thomas Mercer (1695 – after 1780)
………………6 Shadrach Mercer (1740 – 1800)
…………………7 Thomas-Martin Mercer (1779 – 1821)
……………………8 Nancy Anne Mercer (1804 – after 1850)
……………………+ Ezekiel Tyson (1800 – Bet. 1840 and 1850)


The following excerpt comes from the extensive Mercer Family History research of the late Don W. Mercer, 1985, Houston, Texas:

Shadrach Mercer was born in Craven County, North Carolina about 1740, if not earlier. This is based on the fact that he was a witness to a deed in Craven County, North Carolina on July 29, 1761. He would have been at least twenty-one years of age at that time for legal purposes. One thing which has hampered research on Shadrach is the relative scarcity of records from the counties in which he either lived or had business dealings. Several of these counties have suffered fires in their courthouses (Craven, Dobbs, and Greene) and some records have been lost.

At the present time there is a break in the trail of Shadrach from 1761 to 1767. Then he is found in Pitt county as a witness to a deed; Remember this would be about five years after Thomas Mercer (Shadrach’s father) moved there. The deed states that “Sullivant(sic) sold land to Thomas (Pitt County, North Carolina Deed Book D, p.105, 1768).

Shadrach also appears as a witness to deeds in Pitt County in 1776 and again in 1787.  The 1776 reference states that “Thomas Mercer and wife Sarah sold land to William Vimes(sic).” The deed names Christopher and Jacob Mercer as brothers of Thomas Mercer and places them in the vicinity of the sale. The references also state that part of this land was a grant that had belonged to Thomas Mercer, father of the above named men. The deed was witnessed by Shadrach Mercer, William Brantley and Thomas Mercer (Pitt county, North Carolina Deed Book F, p. 16 5 March 7, 1776).  Because Shadrach witnessed this deed and the one in 1768 (preceding paragraph) it is reasonable to think he was also a brother of Christopher, Thomas Jr., and Jacob and therefore a son of Thomas Mercer of Pitt county. Another strong piece of kinship evidence comes from the1780 tax list for Dobbs County. This shows that Shadrach, along with Christopher and Thomas. lived within a few houses of one another in the vicinity of Waltonsburg and Speight’s Bridge. This portion of Dobbs County was later named Glasgow County. Shadrach voted for members of the State Legislature in Glasgow County in 1793. The name Glasgow was changed to Greene County in 1797. All this changing of county names can be very confusing. Probably Shadrach and his family stayed in the same area throughout all the changes.

Shadrach appears on the 1790 Dobbs County census but is not on the 1800 listing for any county in North Carolina. It is thought he died in Dobbs (Greene) County, North Carolina between 1797 and 1800. He had four brothers and one sister: Christopher, John, Jacob, Amos and Abigail “Abie(sic)” who married a Bergeron in Dobbs County. Shadrach married Rhoda Price in North Carolina around 1777. She was born in North Carolina in 1761 and died in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky between 1830 and 1840. They had nine children four sons and five daughters.

Shadrach Mercer gave land to Meadow Primitive Baptist Church on SR 303, Walstonburg, NC 10/31/1789.

After the death of Shadrach Mercer his widow Rhoda (Price) Mercer and her children removed to Madison County, Kentucky in 1800. Her eldest son the Rev. Martin Mercer a Baptist minister was married at this time and did not come to Kentucky until 1816. Stephen Vick her son-in-law, who married Susannah Mercer and his brother Isaiah Vick, who later married Rhoda Mercer came with her and lived in Madison County until shortly after 1815 at which time they moved to Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. Hosea, Silas, David, Rhoda and Elizabeth Mercer were small children when they came.

Most of the family except Hosea had moved from Madison County until 1832 at which time he also moved to Muhlenberg County. He was a widower in 1830 with thirteen children, six sons and seven daughters. He married Rachel Groves in Muhlenberg County in 1835.

[[128771.ftw] INFO: Don W. Mercer – Houston, Texas.]