Have you tried to trace Daniel Merritt back, and if so, have you had any luck? I know he came to Belmont Co. from Washington Co., PA. I suspect he was the Daniel Merritt (of various spellings) who served from Cumberland Co., PA in the Revolution. I also think Matthew Merritt who married Sarah Jamison was Daniel's brother. Again, I have no proof. Matthew and Sarah were married in Cumberland Co. as was an Elizabeth Merritt married to a John Berry. I have had no luck in proving a relationship and no luck in finding any other Merritt records in Cumberland Co., PA. Do you have Daniel Merritt's will? If not, I would be happy to send you a copy. I descend from Daniel and Nancy's daughter, Mary (Polly), who became the second wife of Robert Crouch.