April 19, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 3d page)
[From the exchanges]
News-Observer: Mr. Branch Merrimon, a brother of Hon. A.S. Merrimon, died at Asheville, aged 44 years. For some years he had lived in Baltimore.
[I believe he was born December 27, 1836, and died April 12, 1883, from the gravestone pictured at Find A Grave.]