WILLIAM LEROY MERCER (1827-1899)
was born 6 July 1827, Morgantown, Virginia, son of Jesse Thornton and
Rachel (Bouslog) Mercer. He married (1) 17 March 1853 Ruddles Mill,
Ky., Sarah Elizabeth Current born 12 Dec. 1833, Ruddles Mill, Ky.
daughter of Jesse and Inghabor (Masoner) Current. She died in 1860.
Only one child, Jesse "Bud" Thornton lived to maturity. Wm. L.
Mercer married 21 April 1864 at Ruddles Mill his second wife Lydia
Ann Layson daughter of John and Susan (Current) Layson. She
was born 6 April 1831 in Ky. William Leroy and Lydia Mercer
joined his parents, brothers and sisters
in their journey from West Virginia
to Iowa in 1864. They lived in Pottawattamie Co., Cass Co. and later
in Montgomery Co. just north of Elliott, Iowa. He was as innkeeper in
Kentucky, farmed both in Ky. and Iowa.
children of Wm. Leroy and Lydia Ann (Layson) Mercer were Thomas
Jefferson, Lee Anna, Mary Kate, Emma Frank, Carrie Marie, Sarah
Inghabor, Robert Martin, Effie Mae and Grover Cleveland.
Mercer died 25 Feb. 1899, his wife Lydia died 26 Oct. 1913 in
Elliott, Ia. and both are buried in Mewhirter Cemetery.