- Born: Apr 1793, New Vineyard, Franklin, Maine
- Marriage: Sally Bartlet
- Died: 17 Feb 1837, New Vineyard, Franklin, Maine at age 43
Asa Merry was an honest, intelligent man. When his mind was once made up as to the honesty or justness of a thing, no argument could swerve him from his course. To illustrate his peculiar manners, the following is related: Mr. Merry kept many cows and made a great deal of cheese. It mattered not what the market-price was, he always sold his cheese for 10 cents a pound. When his neighbors chided him for selling chese below the market price, his variable reply was: "I make as good cheese as anybody: I know the amount of labor required for its manufacture, and the value of the milk, and all I want is a fair compensation for the same." He belonged to the Methodist Church and was much respected for his honesty and integrity.
He possessed an excellent memory and was a keen analyst of the motives of his fellowmen. Once when sitting on a jury, a case was tried where a great amount of evidence was intruced. He alllowed the eleven to make up their minds, where were contrary to his own. His retentive memory here served him an excxellent purpose, and he explained so many points in the evidence which they had overlooked that the eleven reversed their verdict.
Asa married Sally Bartlet, daughter of Benjamin? Bartlett and Hannah Claghorn.