Nicholas Lewis Meriwether

b. 17 January 1782, d. 23 September 1863
  • Nicholas Lewis Meriwether was born on 17 January 1782 in Virginia.
  • He married Mary Ardis de Yampert on 14 March 1805 in Georgia.
  • He married Eliza Yeomans on 30 December 1838.
  • Nicholas Lewis Meriwether appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1850 in Montgomery County, Alabama. Other members of the household included Eliza Yeomans.
  • He was a medical doctor, according to the 1850 census.
  • Nicholas Lewis Meriwether and Eliza Yeomans appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1860 in Montgomery PO, Montgomery County, Alabama, enumerated next to his son Nick and his family.
  • He was a farmer, according to the 1860 census.
  • Nicholas Lewis Meriwether died on 23 September 1863 at age 81.
  • He was interred at Meriwether family cemetery, Montgomery County, Alabama, in the eastern part of the county, off Old Pike Road.
  • A biographical sketch of Dr. Nicholas Meriwether appears in W. G. Robertson's 1892 Early Settlers::
         The writer is not gifted with power of speech to do justice to the character and worth of this good man. He was one of the greatest and grandest men living in Montgomery county in his day. He was living in Montgomery county in his day. He was wealthy and surrounded by every comfort of life. There was no necessity for performing physical or mental labor, yet this man did what no man ever did before or since. He practiced medicine for the whole surrounding country year after year, without money and without price. He did not do this for popularity or fame; he did not seek notoriety; he had no political or other aspirations to gratify; but he did it through motives of love and sympathy for his people in their season of sickness and suffering. Day after day he went on his round of visiting the sick, and night after night he would sit by the bedside. The rich and the poor were the recipients of his services alike.
         Dr. Meriweather [sic] was what might be called a self-made man. His education was limited; but by study, practice and experience, he became one of the most successful physicians of his day, and was honored with diplomas from several of the best medical colleges of the country, although he had never entered a college or attended a lecture. After spending his life in doing good, at a ripe old age he passed from earth, to receive the well merited reward, "well done good and faithful servant." His wife was a Miss DeYampart, and she was a strong supporter of her husband in his good work, and was hever heard to murmur or complain on account of the Doctor's absence from home, but gave him her sympathy and encouragement to the end.
         They had a family of five sons--no daughters. James, Thomas, George, Nick and William were the names of the sons, and they were the perfection of morality, sobriety and industry. As they grew up to manhood and married, their father would settle them on a plantation and give them a start in life. These sons were all useful citizens in their day, and are now all dead.
         Recollections of the Early Settlers of Montgomery County and Their Families, by William G. Robertson. Montgomery, Alabama: Excelsior Printing Company, 1892. Reprinted Montgomery Alabama: Society of Pioneers of Montgomery, 1961.
  • Last Edited: 22 Apr 2016

Family 1: Mary Ardis de Yampert b. 25 October 1789

Family 2: Eliza Yeomans b. circa 1804