- P 412,413, Biographical and Historical Record of Vermillion County, Indiana
PAYTON M. MERRIMAN, deceased, was one of the enterprising farmers of the early days of Vermillion County. He was born in Tennessee, January 16, 1806, a son of Jesse and Mary Merriman, and when a young man came to Indiana, and settled in Vermillion County. He owned at his death ninety-nine acres on section 9, Vermillion Township, and eighty acres on another section. He died in May, 1856, leaving many friends to mourn his loss. He was married September 8, 1831, in Tennessee, to Anna Campbell, who was born January 16, 1808, and died September 28, 1839. To them were born five children -- Mary E., wife of James Horlin; Jane, widow of William Nichols; Martha, deceased; Matilda, wife of Eldridge Horlin; and Rachel, deceased. April 5, 1840, Mr. Merriman married Julia A. Sears, daughter of Jacob and Mary (Hoffstetten) Sears, natives of Kentucky. They had a family of five children -- Isabel, Amanda, John M., R. T. and Bruce E. Amanda married Allen Frazer and has two children -- Ure M., and James H. Bruce married Alice Rice, and has two children -- Collett and Jessie. John M. resides on the homestead with his mother, and has charge of the farm, which contains ninety acres of valuable land. In politics Mr. Merriman was a Democrat. He and his wife were among the first members of the Methodist church in Vermillion County.