1925 Biography - Richard Mercer

Richard Mercer was said to be a native of Wales; he married a daughter of Hezekiah West and was the head of the Mercer family in this county. The Axleys came here about the same time as the West family. Robert, the head of one family, floated down the Ohio River on a flat boat. P. W. and Robert Axley were living in the county in 1814. P. W. had three daughters; one resides in Denver, one in Kansas City and one in Dongola. He settled the farm where the Charles Stone Quarry is now located. The name of Roberts first wife is not known. He had Isaac (2), Elijah (2) and Elizabeth (2). Isaac and Elijah married Mercers and are found in the West family; Elizabeth married Joshua Copeland and is found under Copeland. Robert Axley settled the farm now known as the Whitnel place in West Eden community.

Extracted 08 Feb 2017 by Norma Hass from 1925 A History of Johnson County, Illinois, by Mrs. P. T. Chapman, page 420.

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