Rebecca May Story Kingston, NJ (1872-1975)
She grew up in Kinston, New Jersey, in the late 1800’s with her family and working on a farm. She was one of seven children of Joseph and Helen Merrill. The land which was her familys farm in Kinston is now a nursery adjacent to the railroad tracks. The Merrills were a Devout Family, and Sunday was a day of rest and church going. Her brothers and sisters walked four and a half miles every Sunday morning to attend church and Sunday school at the Witherspoon Presbyterian Church in Princeton, New Jersey.
Her husband Oscar was a widower from the south, when the Civil War was going on when he was a little boy. He did not know how to read or write, so he though they were going to sell him as a black man. When he was seven or eight years old and worked for a Colonel McDonnell on a plantation. Colonel McDonnell had parents living up in the north, so he sent Oscar to work for them; this is when he and Rebecca Merrill married in 1901. And became the mother of his four-year old daughter.