I was browsing old newspapers online at the Library of Congress' 'Chronicling America' website:http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/
and spotted these (no relation to me):
"Died - At Lime Ridge, Pa., Aug. 3, 1891, of cholera infantum, Ray Eugene, infant son of Jesse Merrell and wife. Aged 2 months 2 days."
The Columbian, August 28, 1891, Page 8, column 1
"Mr. & Mrs. W. R. Kline and family of Wilkesbarre returned home on Monday evening, after paying a short visit to Mrs. Kline's father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Merrell of this place."
The Columbian, August 26, 1892, Page 1
"A young man named Merrell, a grandson of Jesse Merrell of Espy, spoke in the Methodist church last Sunday evening."
The Columbian, March 7, 1890, page 3, column 2
"12. Final account of I. W. Hartman, Executor of B. S. Merrell, dec'd as Guardian of Clara Bittenbender."
The Columbian, August 6, 1869, Page 2, column 6