Charity Ann Merchant1,2,3

ID# 20740, (1853 - 1932)
FatherJohn Merchant4,5,6 (abt 1826 - )
MotherEllen Catherine Allman4,5,6 (abt 1829 - )

Key Events:

Birth: 10 Sep 1853, Morgan Co., Virginia7,8,9
Marriage: 19 Dec 1889, Winchester, Virginia, George Washington Flora (29 Dec 1831 - 8 Jun 1904)10,11,12
Death: 14 Feb 1932, Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., West Virginia6,8
Burial: 16 Feb 1932, Cedar Grove Cemetery, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania13,14
ChartsDescendants of David Dutt/Toot

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Narrative:

     Charity Ann Merchant was born on 10 Sep 1853 in Morgan Co., Virginia.7,8,9 She appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Morgan Co., Virginia, in the household of her parents, John Merchant and Ellen Catherine Allman.15
     Charity appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Timber Ridge Twp., Morgan Co., West Virginia, enumerated 11 Aug 1870, at age 17 in the household of Washington Ungar, a farmer, and his family. She was listed as a housekeeper.16
     Charity has not been found in the 1880 census. We do not know how she came to be in Winchester, Virginia where she apparently was by 1889 when she married there.
     Charity married George Washington Flora, son of George Flora and Rebecca Simpson, on 19 Dec 1889 in Winchester, Virginia.10,11,12 She and George Washington Flora appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Winchester, Virginia, at 441 Fairmont Ave., enumerated 13 Jun 1900, reporting they were renting their home. Edward McPhail, an 83-year-old bank official, was listed as boarding with them.17
     Her husband died on 8 Jun 1904.18
     Charity has not been found in the 1910 census. We do not know how long she remained in Winchester after the death of her husband in 1904. She had moved back to West Virginia by 1915, when she was living at 244 E. Liberty, Martinsburg, but she was not listed in the 1913 city directory. It seems likely she moved there to care for the younger daughters of her step-son Edward K. Flora after the death of his wife in 1912. They do not appear with her in the city directories until the 1918 edition, when the two eldest appear, but minors were generally not included in city directories.19
     Charity appeared on the 1920 Federal Census of Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., West Virginia, at 244½ E. Liberty, enumerated 3 Jan 1920, reporting she was renting her home. Mildred, Odessa and Julia, the three youngest daughters of her stepson were listed as living with her.20
     By 1922 she and Julia had moved to 108 Pennsylvania Ave.. By 1925 another step-granddaughter, Ruth, and her infant son had joined them.21 By 1927 she, Julia, and Ruth and her son had moved to 201 E. Union Ave.22 In 1929 she was living at 116 E. Union Ave., leaving Julia at the previous address. Julia had moved elsewhere.23
     Charity appeared on the 1930 Federal Census of Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., West Virginia, in the household of Ruth P. Flora, her late husband's grandaughter by his first marriage.24
     Charity died on 14 Feb 1932 in Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., West Virginia, at age 78.6,8 She was buried on 16 Feb 1932 in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.13,14

Children:
     There were no children with George Washington Flora

Citations

  1. [S3519] "Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940," FamilySearch.org, record for Geo. W. Flora and Charity Ann Merchant, citing FHL #2048496 and p. 120, line 27.
  2. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 117262042, Charity Ann Merchant Flora, and includes tombstone photo showing name as Charity Ann Merchant.
  3. [S6820] Washington Ungar household, 1870 U.S. Census, Morgan Co., West Virginia, shows name as Charity Marchant.
  4. [S6169] "Wisconsin, Births and Christenings, 1826-1926," FamilySearch.org, record for Clarity A. Merchant, citing FHL #186495.
  5. [S6821] Jno Merchant household, 1860 U.S. Census, Morgan Co., Virginia, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  6. [S6819] Charity Ann Flora, Certificate of Death.
  7. [S6819] Charity Ann Flora, Certificate of Death, shows date, county, and state, as West Virginia, but it was part of Virginia then.
  8. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 117262042, Charity Ann Merchant Flora, shows date and includes tombstone photo showing same.
  9. [S6821] Jno Merchant household, 1860 U.S. Census, Morgan Co., Virginia, shows age 8 and state.
  10. [S3519] "Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940," FamilySearch.org, record for Geo. W. Flora and Charity Ann Merchant, citing FHL #2048496 and p. 120, line 27, shows date, city, county, as Frederick, but Winchester was actually an independent city, state, and that he was widowed and she was single.
  11. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 117262042, Charity Ann Merchant Flora, includes tombstone photo showing her as his wife.
  12. [S6816] George W. Flora household, 1900 U.S. Census, Winchester City, Virginia, shows married.
  13. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 117262042, Charity Ann Merchant Flora, includes tombstone photo.
  14. [S6819] Charity Ann Flora, Certificate of Death, shows date, town, and state.
  15. [S6821] Jno Merchant household, 1860 U.S. Census, Morgan Co., Virginia.
  16. [S6820] Washington Ungar household, 1870 U.S. Census, Morgan Co., West Virginia.
  17. [S6816] George W. Flora household, 1900 U.S. Census, Winchester City, Virginia.
  18. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 112747779, George Washington Flora, shows date and includes tombstone photo showing same.
  19. [S6822] Polk's Tacoma City Directory, 1915-16, pg 73, shows only Charity; 1918-19, pg 77, shows Mary and Mildred at her address; and 1920, pg 81, shows Mildred and Odessa at her address.
  20. [S6823] Anna Flora household, 1920 U.S. Census, Berkeley Co., West Virginia.
  21. [S6822] Polk's Tacoma City Directory, 1922 pg 151, shows Charity there; and 1925 pg 107, shows Julia at new address, pg 246 shows Ruth at that address.
  22. [S6822] Polk's Tacoma City Directory, 1927, pg 113, shows her and Julia at new address, pg 261 shows Ruth there; 1932 pg 221 shows Ruth back at Union Ave.; and 1950 pg 163 shows Ruth and Lloyd there.
  23. [S6822] Polk's Tacoma City Directory, 1929, pg 98.
  24. [S6937] Ruth Wallace household, 1930 U.S. Census, Berkeley Co., West Virginia.