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Rev. Orville W. Merrill
Born July 16, 1847
REV. ORVILLE W. MERRILL, deceased; was a native of Oxford, N.H.; during his boyhood, his parents removed to Elgin, Ill.; he soon returned East, and entered Kimball Union School and prepared for college. and entered Amheret College; after completing his college course, he entered the Theological Seminary at East Windsor Hill; he completed his theological studies and entered the ministry, and became Pastor of the Congregational Church at East Corinth, Vt., where he remained four years, and came to Iowa and was Pastor of the Church at Waterloo for four years; in the autumn of 1861, he went to New York, and on the 28th of November, 1861, he was united in marriage to Miss Anna J. Couch, a native of Westfield, Chautauqua Co., N.Y.; in June, 1862, they came to Anamosa, he being called to the pastorate of the Congregational Church; he remained here eight years; he was appointed Superintendent of Home Missions for Nebraska, by the Home Missionary Society of New York. He conducted that work until his death, which occurred March 11, 1873; he left two children—one daughter, Alice M., and one son, Arthur C., both in school. During the year 1873, Mrs. Merrill returned from Lincoln, Neb., to Anamosa, and since then has resided here; on the 1st of April, 1876, she was appointed Chaplain and Librarian of the State Penitentiary, at Anamosa, having charge of the religious and moral instruction of the inmates, a position she has filled with great acceptability.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 567.


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