Hi, I know this message is many years old. We are just getting into trying to find our ancestors. We have followed the Bates, we think that Noble Merritt is married to Betsy Bates, we are not sure but we think she might be our great great grandfather Salem Bates sister.I read in here where someone has even followed up on the Merritt wives. please contact me. Beleive that Hiram P.merrit, Nobles son joined our great grandfather to go to yolo county. Ca.