Mershon 2018 MeetingMershon 2018 Meeting - Saturday, July 28, 2018

Group Photo

Mershon Archive Materials Available on the Internet - Saturday, July 16, 2016
The Mershon genealogy books authored by longtime Mershon Association Genealogist
Grace Lucile Olmstead Mershon between 1946 and 1957 are now available for viewing
online from your home computer at the website. There are 28 Mershon
surname related files indexed in the catalog at this link -
The Mershon genealogy books are indexed in the catalog as “Mershon
Family Sketches.” Placing our Mershon genealogy books online is part of the project
approved in 2010 by our Mershon Executive Board to digitize our Mershon archives.
Executive Board Member Noel Barton has been working part-time since 2010 to make
this happen.
Other Mershon archive materials available online at are Early
Descendant Charts, Individual Genealogic Records collected between 1926 and 1970,
Documents from the Mershon Archives, News Bulletins and Annual Meeting Minutes
(1923 to 2006).
Our Mershon Executive Committee gave permission to place these materials online in
the belief that part of our mission is make our family history easily available to Mershon
descendants. However, the Mershon genealogy books are still available in printed form.
American Revolution Organizations - Wednesday, July 06, 2016


Mershon descendants are eligible for membership in many American Revolution related organizations: Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Sons of the Revolution (SR), Colonial Dames, Society of the Cincinnati (descendants of American and French Revolutionary War officers), Flagon and Trencher (descendants of colonial tavern keepers, such as Andrew Mershon) and New Jersey Founders.

2016 Mershon Association Annual Meeting - Wednesday, July 06, 2016


Please join us for our 2016 Mershon Association Annual Meeting and Reunion, beginning at 10 AM on Saturday morning, August 6th. We are meeting in the Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library, 2751 Brunswick Pike (US 1-Business), Lawrenceville, NJ 08648. We will be in Community Meeting Rooms 1&2. The library is at the intersection of US 1-Business and Darrah Lane. This is the same location as last year.


A variety of catered box lunches will be available for our Saturday meeting.


Lodging: We have a group rate for lodging at the Hampton Inn Princeton, 4385 US Highway 1, Princeton, NJ 08540. See the registration form on page 3 for more information.



Special Programs: We will have a living history program on “Molly Pitcher,” portrayed by re-enactor Kim Hanley of the American Historical Theater in Philadelphia. Molly Pitcher was born Mary Ludwig in 1754 near Trenton, NJ. She married William Hays and settled in Carlisle, PA. William joined the Continental Army in 1777. Molly joined him at the winter camp at Valley Forge, PA. Molly is best known for participating in the June 28, 1778 Battle of Monmouth, taking her husband’s place operating a cannon when he fell. Hers is the story of a colonial woman whose financial circumstances were too dire to permit her to remain home while her husband fought in the Revolutionary War. Molly’s choice was between staying at home cooking and cleaning for others (if she could find such paid work) or going with her husband and cooking and cleaning for him on or near the battlefield. Molly was one of many women who followed the army, performing valuable services that lifted the morale of the soldiers, as well as keeping them clean and fed. History has maligned such women, labeling them camp followers and even prostitutes. But this is unfair: it was better and more respectable for these women to stay with their husbands, rather than staying home. 


Molly is an old nickname for Mary. She earned her full nickname by carrying pitchers of water to thirsty troops in the field. They would call out “Molly - pitcher!”


Kim Hanley’s Molly Pitcher will explain what life was like during the Revolutionary War for women with limited financial resources. Kim’s Molly is not a small, delicate creature, but a woman who did what she had to do at the time, what she felt had to be done. At the Battle of Monmouth, one day in a life that spanned decades, Molly’s husband falls in battle and Molly takes his place, probably bending down and passing cannon cartridges. A shot passed between her legs, carrying away the lower portion of her skirts and Hanley’s Pitcher quips, “It’s a good thing it didn’t go any higher or it would have taken away something I really valued.” And then Pitcher keeps on working. Ms. Hanley shares this event with 1 her audience, as well as creating an interactive day in Molly’s kitchen using 18th century kitchen implements to mimic articles of war. Ms. Hanley completes the experience with campfire songs and dances in her program. She will invite children and the young-at-heart to participate in the program.


Laura Nawrocik of the Mercer County Library Staff will update us on what is happening with the Mershon archives, now part of the Lawrence Township Archives in the Library. You can make an appointment to review the archives by contacting Laura at (609) 538- 8112 or by email at


Special Opportunity: Tour the former Andrew Mershon Colonial Tavern & Inn and meet Elmer Smith, the man responsible for saving and restoring our ancestor’s home! This home is for sale, so our access after this year is uncertain. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit! We will carpool from the library at approximately 3:30 PM.


Silent Auction to benefit our Mershon Association: A framed 3’ x 3’ latch-hook Mershon Family Crest donated by Christina (Mershon) Chamberlin of Flemington, NJ, will be offered for silent auction at our meeting. The Crest was crafted by Christina’s mother, May E. Mershon (1914-1999), wife of former Mershon Association President, James H. Mershon (1913-2003).


Show & Tell: Many of us have stories about our Mershon ancestors, personal mementos and old photographs that would be of interest to our extended family. There will be an opportunity at our meeting to share family stories and show mementos.


Saturday Evening: We will gather for a group dinner at a local restaurant.


Suggestions Welcome: We welcome your suggestions for our 2016 meeting agenda. Please contact Clare Mershon by email at, or by phone at (503) 252- 7139.



Updates and Events - Saturday, March 19, 2016


  • Our 2016 Mershon Association Annual Meeting and Reunion will be on Saturday, August 6th, at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library in Lawrenceville, NJ.  Program and lodging information will be in our June 2016 Mershon News Bulletin.
  • The 2016 Pacific Northwest Mershon Potluck Picnic will be on Sunday, August 21st, in Troutdale, OR.  
  • We hope you can join us at one or more of these events!
  • If you have news to share with our extended Mershon family, please let us know.  We are also are interested in receiving stories about your Mershon ancestors.  Please contact Editor Harrison Hunt for information.
  • Pam Caffrey of Ramsey, NJ, is our new Mershon Genealogist.  See the article at the top of page 10 of the March 2016 news bulletin.
  • Many of our Mershon genealogy books and archive materials are now available for viewing on
New Mershon Genealogist - Saturday, March 19, 2016


Please welcome Pamela (Mershon) Caffrey of Ramsey, NJ, as our new Mershon Association Genealogist.  Pam is a Henry Mershon III descendant. She is a Vice President with The Nielsen Company, a market research firm in Parsippany, NJ.


Pam and her husband, Bill (photo, left), have two sons. Older son Joseph is a Sophomore at HarvardUniversity. Younger son Robert is a sixth grader in middle school. Pam’s oldest son Nicholas, from herfirst marriage, served in the Marine Corps.



Related to genealogy, Pam has set up a Mershon Association Genealogy Group on Facebook for descendants to make genealogy inquiries and share information.

You can contact Pam at

Mershon Digital Archive Update - Saturday, March 19, 2016
We now have more on-line access to the Mershon archive materials. is a service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
See the full account in the March 16 News Bulletin.
Many of our Mershon genealogy books and archive materials are on this site.
The Mershon Archives have travelled from the homes of dedicated Mershon donors starting nearly one-hundred years ago to a church loft that was graciously provided by the Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church and now to their permanent home, Lawrence Township Archives, housed in the Lawrence Room at the library.
During this odyssey beginning with letters, clippings, manuscripts, books, charts, etc. to digitization of our entire archives is a remarkable story. Watch this website for an overview of the characters and adventures in this voyage.
Mershon Digital Archive Update - Saturday, September 07, 2013


The following records relating to the Mershon Family Organization have been microfilmed and/or digitally scanned and are available at


  • The Association of the Descendants of Henry Mershon:  the genealogic record of the Mershon family in America: individual genealogical records of persons born between 1803-1935 collected between 1926-1970 by The Association of the Descendants of Henry Mershon. 
  • Association of the Descendants of Henry Mershon, Inc., original minutes and other records, 1923-2006. 
  • Descendants of Henry Mershon family documents. 
  • Mershon family descendants charts: ca. 1685-1986, compiled by Clara M. Buroff.   These charts were all digitized by the family genealogists.
  • Mershon family sketches, by Grace Lucile Olmstead Mershon.  These are the books she wrote on Mershon Patriots, the descendants of Houghton, Peter, Henry III, Andrew, Thomas and daughters of Henry II.
  • Mershon Genealogy:  Mershon Patriots by Grace Lucile Olmstead Mershon and updated by William & Barbara Trott. 
  • My Folks, story of the Forefathers of Oliver Francis Mershon, M. D., as told by himself, by Grace Lucile Olmstead Mershon. 

The Association is indebted to Noel Barton for taking the responsibility to help us preserve our archives.  Noel Barton of Farmington, UT, is a Mershon descendant, a trained genealogist and a retired staff member of the LDS Family History Center in Utah.