761. Colin Douglas Merrick
Engaged to Una Joyce Cox of Altona Vic in 1951
217. James Richard Merrick
MR. J. R. MERRICK, HOWE'S VALLEY
Mr. James Richard Merrick, aged 58 of Howe's Valley, died in the Dangar Cottage Hospital yesterday morning,. He had been ill for three weeks, and was brought into town on Thursday. The primary cause of death was bronchitis. Deceased was a native of Howe's Valley, where he had lived all his life, following farming and grazing pursuits. He is survived by Mrs. Merrick, three sons and six daughters.
Source: The Maitland Daily Mercury 7 Sep 1929
Joshua Amzi Medhurst
Joshua lived most of his life in the Howes Valley Putty district. Owning a 400 acre property at "WEENEY", Putty. He was dairy farming and had about 100 cows which he milked by hand and sending the milk and cream to Singleton Butter Factory. His son Albert Roy (Roy) lived with him for about 18 months. His wife Ada and their youngest boy, Reginald, managed a rented farm at Putty Creek. These two farms being about 10 miles apart. As the family were on good terms they used to visit each other regularly. The reason that they ran the two properties was so that they could obtain sufficient funds to acquire a property closer to Singleton. After visiting his wife for the week-end, Joshua left on a Sunday to return to "Weeney". This was the last time anyone saw Joshua alive. He had requested his son Billy (Clarence Roy) come to visit him on the Monday. Billy and Henry George Gibbs rode to "Weeney" only to find Joshua dead on his bed with a rifle nearby. (Henry George Gibbs was actually George Henry Gibbs, Joshua's wife Ada's eldest (half) brother.) At a Coroner's inquest it was found that, after hearing all the witnesses, there was no doubt Joshua had committed suicide. Reg had visited his father prior to his death, and when the two were riding back to Putty Creek, Joshua had asked Reg to speak louder, as he, Joshua, was going silly in the head. Whilst visiting his wife he complained of being sick and had a pain in the back of his head and down the left his side. When asked how long he had been
sick, he replied, since the previous Friday morning. His wife visited him regularly, taking cooking with her. She also gave him plenty of home cooking when returning after visits to her. Ada also washed and ironed his clothes and cleaned his home on her visits to him. Joshua and Ada must have had a lot of sadness in their life, loosing a
daughter, Hilda Martha, aged 5 years as the result of burns. Then loosing twins when they were about 2 years old dying 4 days apart. Another son died at 4 1/2 years, a daughter at 1 month, another son at 19 years of age and another at 26 years. Joshua is buried at Putty and Ada who went to live with her son in Denman is buried in Denman Cemetery.
Source: Medhurst Pioneers Book - Birtha Strick
VERDICT, OF SUICIDE.
The Coroner found that Joshua Amzi Medhurst, at Wooney, in the police district of Wollombi, on the 3rd day of June, 1929, died from both internal and external hemorrhage caused by a bullet from a .38-calibre Winchester rifle, wilfully caused by himself during a temporary state of' uusound mind. Deceased leaves a wife and six
children: Jonas Robert, 35; Joshua James, 29; Albert Roy, 22, and Clarence Rowe, 22 (twins); Florence Esther, 18; and Reginald Claude, 11. His life was insured for £200, and besides a sum of money in the Bank, he had about 100 head of dairy cows, and the value of his properties was about £1000.
Source: Singleton Argus 7 Jun 1929
773. Hilda Martha Medhurst
Died from burns
221. Joseph Abrew Merrick
MR. J. A. MERRICK
Mr. Joseph Abrew Merrick a son of the original pioneer settlers in the Howe's Valley district passed away unexpectedly at the Royal Newcastle Hospital on Saturday morning. He was 76 years of age and a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Merrick who as the first settlers at Howe's Valley, were responsible for the opening up of the area. Well known and respected throughout the Singleton district, Mr. Merrick ran a grazing property living most of his life in Howe's Valley, although residing in Singleton for some years. He leaves a widow. Mrs. Victoria May Merrick and two sons and two daughters. They are Albert, Clifford, Rita (Mrs. Arthur Halton) and Miss Lorn Merrick, all
of Howe's Valley. There are three grandchildren. He is also survived by three brothers, Leo, Albert and Roland of Howe's Valley, and three sisters, Jane (Mrs. J. Taylor) of Rylstone, Eva (Mrs. P. Murphy , ) and Ada (Mrs. J. Medhurst) of Singleton. After a service at All Saints' Church this morning conducted by the Rev. Winder, the funeral left for the Whittingham Cemetery where the last rites were performed. Messrs. Partridge Bros, made the funeral arrangements.
Source: Singleton Argus 1 Mar 1954
223. Roland Dural Merrick
Singleton Methodist Church was prettily decorated with November lillies and fern on Saturday when the Rev. Wesley Stocks performed the ceremony at the wedding of
Marjorie Imelda Merrick and William Henry Cann. Marjorie is the daughter Roland Merrick, of George Street, and Bill is the youngest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. J.
Cann, of Dunolly, Singleton. The bride, who was given away by her father, was radiant in a bridal gown of brocaded satin and tulle veil, and she carried a bouquet of white November lilies, gladioli white carnations and white gardenias. Her matron of honour was Mrs. Alick Merrick, who made an attractive picture in a figured organdie frock and white satin hat. Her bouquet was composed of pink gladioli pink carnations and blue forget-me-nots. Mr. Norman Cann, brother of the groom, served as best man, and Mr Gordon Merrick, brother of the bride, was groomsman. The church decorations were skilfully done by Mesdames H. Medhurst and A. Merrick. Music for the wedding ceremony was played by Miss Joyce Hosie on the church organ. The reception after the ceremony was held at the Bathurst Street residence of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Merrick. The guests were received by the mother of the bride, Mrs. Roland Merrick, and Mrs. Gordon Merrick. For her wedding ensemble of red roses. When the happy couple left on their honeymoon to an undisclosed destination Marjorie travelled in a frock of grey crepe. They will make their future home at Belford.
Source: Singleton Argus 4 Dec 1953
Harriett Emma Benge
DEATH. MRS. HARRIET EMMA MERRICK,
The death occurred on Saturday night at her home in Merriwa of Mrs. Harriett Emma Merrick, following a somewhat lengthy and distressing illness. Deceased, who was 75
years of age, was born in Jerry's Plains, and had lived in that and the Denman districts up to some four years ago, when she came to reside in Merriwa. Her husband predeceased her five years ago. The late Mrs. Merrick reared a family of seven sons and five daughters, of which five sons and three daughters survive. The sons are Joseph Hunter Edward, Winter Wilfred Laurence, James Laurence, Gordon, Reginald Thomas and William John Merrick. The daughters are Mrs. Jim Rose (Martindale), Mrs. Eric Robertson (Newcastle) and Rita Irene Merrick (Merriwa). Mrs. J. Donohue (Merriwa) is a sister of deceased. The funeral took place on Monday morning in the Church of England portion of the general, cemetery. Rev. S. V. Satchell conducted the service at the graveside. Among a number of beautiful wreaths placed on the grave were those from Imelda, Eric and family; John, Mag, and family; Edie, Jim and family; Bill, Harriett and family; Maria, Jack, and family; Winter, Ruby, and family; Reg., Ivy and family; Joe, Zara and family; Steve and Mrs. Malone and family; Captain J. A.and Mrs. Henderson and family; and Bella, Herb, and family. The deceased lady had many friends in the Jerry's Plains, Denman and Merriwa districts, who extend sympathy to the bereaved family.
Source: The Muswellbrook Chronicle 15 Jan 1943