REUNION OF DESCENDANTS
JUNE 4, 1913
FOR FIVE GENERATIONS
NEW HAVEN, CONN.
DONALD L. JACOBUS
26 COURT STREET
Nathaniel Merriman was born in England in 1613, came
to Boston in 1632, served in the Pequot war of 1637, arrived
in New Haven about 1640 where he resided until 1670,
then became one of the principal founders of Wallingford
where he died in 1694.
An increasing interest in the life and work of Nathaniel
Merriman having recently been manifested by some of
his descendants, it seemed appropriate to hold a Reunion
in the three-hundredth year after his birth. Accordingly
a committee consisting of Mansfield Merriman of New
York, George M. Curtis of Meriden, Conn., Roger B.
Merriman of Cambridge, Mass., Donald L. Jacobus of
New Haven, Conn., with the undersigned as chairman,
issued circulars and prepared a program for the Reunion
which was duly held at Wallingford, Conn., on June 4, 1913.
Parts I and II of this volume, containing the proceedings
of that Reunion, the papers there read, and other matter
regarding the history of the Merriman family, have been
compiled by Mansfield Merriman, the secretary of the
general committee of five, who has read all the proofs and
prepared the index.
Part III, compiled by Donald L. Jacobus, is a Merriman
genealogy for the first five generations commencing with
Nathaniel, and it also gives the names and years of birth
of those of the sixth generation as far as now known. It
is hoped to extend this genealogy to later generations at
some future time. All descendants who can collect matter
for its improvement and extension are earnestly requested to
do so during 1914 and to have the same ready to record on
blanks which will be sent to them in 1915. As this volume
can reach but comparatively few of the family, it is hoped
that all who see it will give this notice 'as wide a circula-
tion as possible.
GEORGE B. MERRIMAN,
Chairman of General Committee.
WASHINGTON, D. C., Dec., 1913.
FRONTISPIECE: HALF-TONE OF PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN JUNE 4, 1913
PREFACE BY GEORGE B. MERRIMAN 3
PART I. THE REUNION
NAMES OF THOSE WHO REPLIED TO CIRCULARS 9
ATTENDANCE AT THE REUNION 14
PROCEEDINGS OF THE REUNION 17
ADDRESS OF WELCOME, BY MRS. WILLIAM H. GODDARD 29
ANCESTRY AND PARENTAGE OF NATHANIEL MERRIMAN, BY GEORGE
B. MERRIMAN 32
THE PURITAN PLOUGH COMPANY, AND NATHANIEL MERRIMAN IN
NEW ENGLAND, 1630-1640, BY ROGER B. MERRIMAN 38
NATHANIEL MERRIMAN IN NEW HAVEN, 1640-1670, BY Miss
ALICE M. MERRIMAN 47
THE CHILDREN OF NATHANIEL MERRIMAN 57
THE FOUNDERS OF WALLINGFORD, A POEM, BY DONALD L. JACOBUS 60
NATHANIEL MERRIMAN IN WALLINGFORD, 1670-1694, BY MANS-
FIELD MERRIMAN 64
KING PHILIP'S WAR AND THE SERVICES RENDERED THEREIN BY
NATHANIEL MERRIMAN AND His ELDEST SON, BY GEORGE
M. CURTIS 70
THE WILL AND ESTATE OF NATHANIEL MERRIMAN 77
LETTERS FROM DESCENDENTS WHO COULD NOT ATTEND THE
PART II. ALLIED PAPERS
WALLINGFORD TOWN MEETINGS, 1670-1692 95
THE MERRIMAN AND MUNSON FAMILIES, BY REV. MYRON A.
GENEALOGICAL SEARCHES IN ENGLAND IN 1913, BY MANSFIELD
PART III. GENEALOGY
GENEALOGY OF THE MERRIMAN FAMILY FOR FIVE GENERATIONS
COMMENCING WITH CAPT. NATHANIEL, BY DONALD L.
NATHANIEL MERRIMAN, FOUNDER 137
THE SECOND GENERATION 139
THE THIRD GENERATION 147
THE FOURTH AND FIFTH GENERATIONS 154
APPENDIX AND INDEX
THE HISTORICAL YEAR AND THE LEGAL YEAR 173
INDEX OF AMERICAN MERRIMANS 175
UNSOLVED PROBLEMS 187
PRELIMINARY CIRCULARS AND PROGRAMS
In March, 1913, a circular was sent to about 240 persons
who were supposed to be descendants of Nathaniel Merri-
man, and from them 68 replies were received, many of
which gave the names of other descendants. In May 1913
a program of the Reunion to be held on June 4 was sent to
325 persons from whom 154 replies were received. The
following list gives the names of descendants or members
of their families who replied to one or both circulars. Some
who were unable to attend sent letters of greeting which
will be found on pages 83-91.
Edward M. Merriman, Con way, Arkansas.
Alvin F. Merriman, Oakland, California.
Mrs. John Hamilton, Alvinston, Ontario, Canada.
Vinton R. Merriman, Belleville, Ontario, Canada.
Mr. and Mrs. Lockwood, Brighton, Ontario, Canada.
Miss Hattie R. Stephens, Coburg, Ontario, Canada.
George Isaiah Merriman, Colborne, Ontario, Canada.
John M. Black, Montreal, Canada.
Mrs. Kate G. Crowle, Toronto, Canada.
Mrs. Eben White, Longmont, Colorado.
Miss Susan E. Merriam, Branford, Connecticut.
E. R. Sutliff, Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Carleton W. Buell, Bristol, Connecticut.
George Merriman, Bristol, Connecticut.
George M. Merriman, Bristol, Connecticut.
Edward W. Merriman, Bristol, Connecticut.
Dana Sibley Merriman, Bristol, Connecticut.
Henry Merriman, Bristol, Connecticut.
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George Ransom Johnson, Cheshire, Connecticut.
John J. Merriman, Hartford, Connecticut.
Mrs. George W. Griffith, Lime Rock, Connecticut.
Arthur H. Merriman, Marion, Connecticut.
Mrs. Harriet Merriman Billard, Meriden, Connecticut.
Miss Mary A. Butler, Meriden, Connecticut.
George M. Curtis, Meriden, Connecticut.
Mrs. Charles H. Fales, Meriden, Connecticut.
Mrs. Seth J. Hall, Meriden, Connecticut.
Miss Mary Elizabeth Merriman, Meriden, Connecticut.
Claude V. Sutliffe, Meriden, Connecticut.
Miss Ella I. Smith, Meriden, Connecticut.
Mrs. Caroline Merriman Goodyear, Naugatuck, Connecticut.
Mrs. George W. Fisk, Newington, Connecticut.
Mrs. Celia Adelaide Shepard, New Britain, Connecticut.
Donald L. Jacobus, New Haven, Connecticut.
Mrs. George Bushnell Martin, New Haven, Connecticut.
Miss Alice M. Merriman, New Haven, Connecticut.
H. Merriman Steele, New Haven, Connecticut.
Mrs. W. P. Tuttle, New Haven, Connecticut.
Mrs. Jane Lewis Bull, Plainville, Connecticut.
Joseph R. Merriman, Plainville, Connecticut.
Mrs. Mary Ann Andrews, Plantsville, Connecticut.
Henry J. Merriman, Southington, Connecticut.
Mrs. Theodore H. McKenzie, Southington, Connecticut.
Samuel H. McKenzie, Southington, Connecticut.
Mrs. Elijah Rogers, Southington, Connecticut.
Mrs. Josiah H. Merriman, Southington, Connecticut.
Mrs. Jackson Martin, Southington, Connecticut.
Mrs. Helen Frost Beckley, Southington, Connecticut.
Reuben T. Frost, Southington, Connecticut.
Frederick A. Sutliffe, Southington, Connecticut.
Mrs. Sylvia Ann Savage, Southington, Connecticut.
J. H. Pratt, Southington, Connecticut.
Mrs. Oliver Woodruff, Southington, Connecticut.
Walter H. Neal, Southington, Connecticut.
Mrs. Jennie Merriman Buell, Terryville, Connecticut.
Mrs. Charles W. Wolcott, Terryville, Connecticut.
Mrs. Harriet M. Hayes, Torrington, Connecticut.
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Mrs. O. P. Merriman, Wallingford, Connecticut.
Mrs. William H. Goddard, Wallingford, Connecticut.
Mrs. Edward M. Johnson, Wallingford, Connecticut.
Mrs. Agnes E. Hall, Wallingford, Connecticut.
Mrs. S. M. Backes, Wallingford, Connecticut.
Mrs. Julia R. Barnes, Wallingford, Connecticut.
Mrs. Sally Andrews Powers, Wallingford, Connecticut.
William A. MacKenzie, Wallingford, Connecticut.
Miss Emily E. Merriman, Waterbury, Connecticut.
Miss Helen C. Merriman, Waterbury, Connecticut.
Miss Kate A. Prichard, Waterbury, Connecticut.
Thurston Cables Merriman, Waterbury, Connecticut.
Miss Adelaide Frost, Waterbury, Connecticut.
Harry Morton Merriman, Watertown, Connecticut.
Mrs. Buell Hemingway, Watertown, Connecticut.
Edward D. Merriman, Westport, Connecticut.
Mary E. Merriman, Westville, Connecticut.
Mrs. Carrie Frost King, Windsor, Connecticut.
George B. Merriman, Washington, District of Columbia.
F. K. Merriman, Washington, District of Columbia.
Charles N. Merriman, Orlando, Florida.
Mrs. Eleanor Francis Evans, Zephyrhills, Florida.
Irving W. Hart, Bois6, Idaho.
Mrs. Laura Allen, Belvidere, Illinois.
Mrs. Lydia C. Poyer, Belvidere, Illinois.
Mrs. Mattie Merriman Nourse, Chicago, Illinois.
Miss Josephine A. Merriman, Chicago, Illinois.
Mrs. Caroline Merriman Tomlinson, Chicago, Illinois.
Charles M. Newton, Chicago, Illinois.
Lucius H. Merriman, Clinton, Illinois.
Mrs. Clinton Judd, Dixon, Illinois.
Frank C. Catterlin, Heyworth, Illinois.
Mrs. Samuel Earngey, Rockford, Illinois.
Isaiah Merriman Clark, Elkhart, Indiana.
Frank B. Merriman, Marion, Indiana.
Miss Gertrude Merriman, Terre Haute, Indiana.
Arthur H. Bennett, Topeka, Kansas.
George B. Merriman, Ottowa, Kansas.
James Leigh Merriman, Bolton, Massachusetts.
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Miss L. Beatrice Merriman, Boston, Massachusetts.
Roger B. Merriman, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Frank W. Merriman, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Mrs. Ella Bull Lewis, Chicopee, Massachusetts.
Mrs. Amelia Frost Ives, Dedham, Massachusetts.
Mrs. Jennie Snow Shattuck, Hinsdale, Massachusetts.
Elliot A. Clark, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Mrs. Titus M. Merriman, Revere, Massachusetts.
Earl C. Merriman, Shirley, Massachusetts.
Mrs. Gabriel Campbell, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Joel Chauncey Merriman, Deckerville, Michigan.
George Porter McMahon, Detroit, Michigan.
Miss Louise B. Merriman, Grass Lake, Michigan.
Mrs. Harriet Merriman Lawrence, Grass Lake, Michigan.
George W. Merriman, Hartford, Michigan.
Miss Belle Merriman, Jackson, Michigan.
Willis G. Merriman, Lowell, Michigan.
Charles F. Merriman, Manchester, Michigan.
George F. Macklam, Manistee, Michigan.
George Elliott Merriman, Napoleon, Michigan.
Mrs. Emma G. Merriman Blanchard, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Mrs. Agnes Merriman Woods, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Mrs. Florence Merriman Young, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Mrs. Clara Merriman Bell, Mina, Nevada.
Mrs. Julia Merriman Humphrey, Englewood, New Jersey.
Thaddeus Merriman, Essex Fells, New Jersey.
Rev. Samuel Sears Merriman, Trenton, New Jersey.
Porter Lee Merriman, Albany, New York.
M. L. Merriman, Hornell, New York.
Mrs. Sara Merriman Hart, New York City, New York.
Dr. H. Hemingway Merriman, New York City, New York.
Mrs. Lucy Merriman Farmer, New York City, New York.
William E. Reed, New York City, New York.
Mansfield Merriman, New York City, New York.
Norman Nathaniel Merriman, New York City, New York.
Dr. Willis E. Merriman, Poughkeepsie, New York.
Charles C. Merriman, Sodus, New York.
Leonard J. Merriman, Wilmington, North Carolina.
H. O. Merriman, Cleveland, Ohio.
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Asa G. Judd, Warren, Ohio.
George Merriman, Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Mrs. Auguste C. Merriman Quigley, Bellefont, Pennsylvania.
Dr. George C. Merriman, Lake Como, Pennsylvania.
Mrs Helen Merriman Lynch, Olyphant, Pennsylvania.
E. L. Merriman, Scranton, Pennsylvania.
C. LaRue Munson, Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Richard Mansfield Merriman, San Juan, Porto Rico.
Charles H. Merriman, Providence, Rhode Island.
Harold T. Merriman, Providence, Rhode Island.
Clara L. Cranston, Providence, Rhode Island.
S. B. Van Nostrand, Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Mrs. Maude Merriman Huffman, Lebanon, Tennessee.
Eli T. Merriman, Corpus Christi, Texas.
Homer Arden Judd, Fort Worth, Texas.
Jefferson Davis Merriman, Laredo, Texas.
Maurice H. Merriman, Seattle, Washington.
Mrs. Mina Clark Albright, Tacoma, Washington.
Miss Alice P. Merriman, Madison, Wisconsin.
ATTENDANCE AT THE REUNION
The following list gives names and addresses of 124
descendants of Nathaniel Merriman and members of the
families of descendants, who were present at the Reunion
on June 4, 1913. Since some failed to register, this list is
not complete. Judging by the well-filled hall, which had
a seating capacity of 150, the total number of persons who
were present at the Reunion was about 140.
Miss Susan E. Merriam, Branford, Connecticut.
Henry Merriman, Bristol, Connecticut.
George Macy Merriman, Bristol, Connecticut.
Miss Frances A. Merriman, Bristol, Connecticut.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Merriman, Bristol, Connecticut.
Mr. and Mrs. George Merriman, Bristol, Connecticut.
George M. Merriman, Bristol, Connecticut.
Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Ford, Bristol, Connecticut.
Mrs. Anna Q. Perkins, Bristol, Connecticut.
Paul G. Ford, Bristol, Connecticut.
George Ransom Johnson, Cheshire, Connecticut.
Joseph R. Johnson, Cheshire, Connecticut.
Mrs. Paul Klingke, Cheshire, Connecticut.
Miss Gertrude Klingke, Cheshire, Connecticut.
Mrs. Sarah Merriman Treadway, Litchfield, Connecticut.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur H. Merriman and five sons, Marion,
Edson Merriman, Marion, Connecticut.
Mrs. Harriet Merriman Billard, Meriden, Connecticut.
Miss Mary A. Butler, Meriden, Connecticut.
Mrs. Seth J. Hall, Meriden, Connecticut.
Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Merriman, Meriden, Connecticut.
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Mr. and Mrs. George M. Curtis, Meriden, Connecticut.
Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Church, Meriden, Connecticut.
Mrs. Eli Ives Merriman, Meriden, Connecticut.
Miss Mary Elizabeth Merriman, Meriden, Connecticut.
Mrs. Hattie Merriman Pierce, Meriden, Connecticut.
Mrs. Joel Ives, Meriden, Connecticut.
Mrs. John C. Pitel, Meriden, Connecticut.
Miss Ella I. Smith, Meriden, Connecticut.
Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Robbins, Meriden, Connecticut.
Mrs. Caroline Merriman Goodyear, Naugatuck, Connecticut.
Miss Esther Merriman Goodyear, Naugatuck, Connecticut.
Mr. and Mrs. Carlisle H. Baldwin, New Britain, Connecticut.
Mrs. Emily A. Merriman, New Britain, Connecticut.
Miss Alice M. Merriman, New Haven, Connecticut.
D. P. Atwood, New Haven, Connecticut.
Mr. and Mrs. George B. Martin, New Haven, Connecticut.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest A. Merriman, New Haven, Connecticut.
Frederick Carter Upson, New Haven, Connecticut.
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Buell, Plymouth, Connecticut.
Mrs. Fred Buell, Plymouth, Connecticut.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Merriman, Southington, Connecticut.
Floyd Merriman, Southington, Connecticut.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Davis, Southington, Connecticut.
Miss Leona Davis, Southington, Connecticut.
Frederick A. Sutliffe, Southington, Connecticut.
Mrs. Josiah H. Merriman, Southington, Connecticut.
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel H. McKenzie, Southington, Connecticut.
Mr. and Mrs. Theodore H. McKenzie, Southington, Connecticut.
Miss Fannie L. McKenzie, Southington, Connecticut.
Miss Eunice McKenzie, Southington, Connecticut.
Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Rogers, Southington, Connecticut.
Mrs. Jackson Martin, Southington, Connecticut.
Mrs. Ella Finch Brooks, Southington, Connecticut.
Miss Arabella Brooks, Southington, Connecticut.
Mrs. Charles W. Wolcott, Terryville, Connecticut.
Miss Marion A. Wolcott, Terryville, Connecticut.
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Buell, Terryville, Connecticut.
Mrs. William H. Goddard, Wallingford, Connecticut.
Miss Bessie C. Barnes, Wallingford, Connecticut.
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Mrs. Emily J. Francis, Wallingford, Connecticut.
Mrs. S. M. Backes, Wallingford, Connecticut.
Mrs. L. A. Francis, Wallingford, Connecticut.
Mrs. Agnes E. Hall, Wallingford, Connecticut.
Miss Julia M. Hall, Wallingford, Connecticut.
Mrs. Julia R. Barnes, Wallingford, Connecticut.
Robbins A. Hall, Wallingford, Connecticut.
Mr. and Mrs. William A. MacKenzie, Wallingford, Connecticut.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Johnson, Wallingford, Connecticut.
Mrs. Benjamin R. Townsend, Wallingford, Connecticut.
Mrs. Sally Andrews Powers, Wallingford, Connecticut.
Miss Ruth Powers, Wallingford, Connecticut.
Miss C. R. Hill, Waterbury, Connecticut.
William B. Merriman, Waterbury, Connecticut.
Miss Kate A. Prichard, Waterbury, Connecticut.
Misses Adelaide L. and Minnie C. Frost, Waterbury, Connecticut
Mr. and Mrs. Buell Hemingway, Watertown, Connecticut.
Mrs. E. R. Hallenbeck, Yalesville, Connecticut.
George B. Merriman, Washington, District of Columbia.
James Leigh Merriman, Bolton, Massachusetts.
Roger B. Merriman, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Frank W. Merriman, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Mrs. Elisha J. Neale, Lowell, Massachusetts.
Earl C. Merriman, Shirley, Massachusetts.
Mrs. F. E. Merriman, Shirley, Massachusetts.
Mrs. Ellen M. Russell, Westfield, Massachusetts.
Rev. Samuel Sears Merriman, Trenton, New Jersey.
Thaddeus Merriman, Essex Fells, New Jersey.
Porter Lee Merriman, Albany, New York.
Mrs. Clara M. Page, Bronxville, New York.
M. L. Merriman, Hornell, New York.
Mr. and Mrs. Mansfield Merriman, New York City, New York.
Miss Elsie Merriman, New York City, New York.
Mrs. F. Malcolm Farmer, New York City, New York.
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard J. Merriman, Wilmington, North Carolina..
Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Merriman, Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Charles H. Merriman, Providence, Rhode Island.
Harold T. Merriman, Providence, Rhode Island.
Mrs. Eva Merriman Addis, Brattleboro, Vermont
PROCEEDINGS OF THE REUNION
Before ten o'clock on the morning of Wednesday, June
4, 1913, many descendants of Nathaniel Merriman appeared
in Main Street, Wallingford, and wended their way to the
Public Library where the Reunion was to be held. The
day was bright and clear, and all comers were correspondingly
cheerful. On entering the door of the library building,
they were met by a reception committee of ladies, all
descendants of Nathaniel Merriman, who extended kind
words of welcome to each; this committee consisted of Mrs.
William H. Goddard, Mrs. Perley Powers, Mrs. S. M.
Backes, all of Wallingford, and Mrs. Eva Merriman Addis,
of Brattleboro, Vt.
Ascending the stairs to the meeting hall, a committee
composed of William A. MacKenzie, of Wallingford, and
Porter Lee Merriman of Albany, N. Y., attended to the
registration of names and addresses, and to the distribu-
tion of tickets for the luncheon.
Entering the hall it was seen to be very prettily decorated
with laurel, ferns, daisies, and American flags; the young
ladies who had so well arranged these decorations were the
Misses Ruth Powers, Bessie Barnes and Julia Hall, of
Wallingford, all descendants of Capt. Nathaniel.
The general committee which had prepared the program
of the meeting consisted of Prof. George B. Merriman of
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Washington, D. C., Mansfield Merriman of New York,
George M. Curtis of Meriden, Conn., Prof. Roger B. Merri-
man of Cambridge, Mass., and Donald L. Jacobus of New
The Local Committee which had arranged the details
regarding the place of meeting and the midday luncheon
consisted of George M. Curtis of Meriden, Conn., Mrs.
William H. Goddard, and William A. MacKenzie of
The names and addresses of those who were present at
the Reunion will be found in the list on pages 14-16.
The meeting was called to order at 10.30 A.M, by Prof.
George B. Merriman of Washington, D.C., the Chairman
of the General Committee. In the absence of a clergyman
he opened the exercises with a brief prayer, the audience
An address of welcome to Wallingford was then given
by Mrs. William H. Goddard whose grandfather was a
Merriman descended from Nathaniel through his son John.
This address will be found below on pages 29-31.
The acting Chairman then briefly addressed the audi-
ence as follows:
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: This meeting has been called
not only to commemorate the three-hundredth anniversary
of our ancestor's birth, but also to stimulate a greater
interest in the life and character of that worthy ancestor,
Nathaniel Merriman. And we cherish the hope that it
may serve to draw out from their hiding places any old
letters or manuscripts that have any connection with
Nathaniel, or any of his family, whether such hiding place
be in the household garret or in the archives of town or
state. Already one such manuscript has recently come to
the knowledge of the committee, and it is not improbable
that there are others that should be brought to light. Look
through your ancestral trunks, or your files of old papers
that have been laid away perhaps for generations, and see
if you cannot make an important discovery.
Now, friends, remember this is the day to extend our
acquaintance. As we are all cousins, it is not necessary to
observe strict formality. Introduce yourselves to each other
and let your good will, your kinship and sympathy be
cordially manifest. The opportunity is brief; please make
the most of it.
He then announced that the General Committee had
appointed Porter Lee Merriman, of Albany, N. Y., to act
as the Secretary of the meeting. He also requested that
the other members of the General Committee would act
in his place as Chairman of the meeting during the day.
In accordance with this request Mansfield Merriman of
New York and George M. Curtis of Meriden presided dur-
ing the morning session, while Roger B. Merriman of Cam-
bridge, Mass, and Mansfield Merriman presided during the
" The Ancestry and Parentage of Nathaniel Merriman
and his probable manner of life in boyhood and youth,"
was the title of the first paper, which was read by its author
Prof. George B. Merriman of Washington, D. C. This
paper is given on pages 32-37.
The paper was discussed by George M. Curtis of Meriden
and Mansfield Merriman of New York. Rev. Samuel
Sears Merriman of Trenton, N. J., said that the grandfather
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of his father, who was a soldier in the Revolutionary War
wrote an autobiographical sketch in which he claimed descent
from George Merriman " an artizen of London." This
manuscript is now in the possession of some member of
the family and efforts will be made to locate it. This is the
only known verification of the statement in the will of
George Merriman, made in 1655, that his son Nathaniel
was then a resident of New England.
During the discussion of this paper reference was made
to the date of birth of Nathaniel Merriman. The only
known record regarding this is that in the Wallingford
books where is found " Capt. Nathaniel Merriman dececed
in the 8ost year of his age ffebruary 13 1693/4." In a copy
of these records made by the town clerk John A. Martin
about twenty years ago there is found 86th instead of 8ost,
and it appears that the original record, when hastily
observed, might be supposed to read 86, although a careful
study of it indicates beyond doubt that it was intended
for 80. The suffix " st " remains to be explained, and it
might be thought that the recorder intended to write 81,
since a small stroke appears above the o. In view of all the
facts it appears most probable that Nathaniel Merriman
was born in the year 1613, and hence this Reunion may be
appropriately called a tricentennial. There are absolutely
no known facts to support the statement made by John
Merriman Adams about twenty years ago that the date of
Capt. Nathaniel's birth was June 2 and that the place of
his birth was Tenterden in Kent, England.
" The Puritan Plough Company of 1630, the voyage of
Nathaniel Merriman to Boston in 1632, and his probable
whereabouts in New England prior to 1640," was the title
of the second paper which was read by its author Prof.
Roger B. Merriman of Cambridge, Mass. This paper will
be found on pages 38-46.
Regarding the services of Nathaniel Merriman in the
Pequot war, it was stated by Mansfield Merriman of New
York, that James Shepard of New Britain, Conn., had
made special searches to determine the residence of Nathaniel
in New England prior to his arrival in New Haven in 1641,
but without success. It may be possible that he remained
in Massachusetts until the outbreak of the Pequot war,
or he might have come to Windsor, Wethersfield, or Hart-
ford with the settlers of 1636. If he resided in Connecticut
after the Pequot war, the town of his residence is unknown
prior to his arrival in New Haven. It is greatly to be hoped
that there may yet be discovered some old letter or record
which will lead to a knowledge of his whereabouts during
the years 1632-1640. Wherever he was located we may be
sure that he was actively engaged in clearing land, pro-
tecting his family from the Indians, and cooperating with
others in the development of the new country.
" Nathaniel Merriman in New Haven, 1640-1670," was
the title of the third paper which was read by its author
Miss Alice M. Merriman of New Haven, Conn. This
paper is given in full on pages 47-56.
In the discussion which followed Prof. Roger B. Merriman
of Cambridge, Mass., M. L. Merriman of Hornell, N. Y.,
and others participated.
Regarding the signatures on the New Haven planters
agreement of June 4, 1639, mention was made of
the one supposed to be Richard Merriman by Hoadley,
the editor of the Records of the Colony of New Haven.
Prof. Roger B. Merriman stated that he had carefully
examined the photographs of this signature and was con-
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fident, from his acquaintance with seventeenth century
handwriting, that the name was not Merriman. The
author stated that since writing her paper she had seen the
original manuscript giving the signatures and fully agreed
with that conclusion.
Three children of Nathaniel were baptized on 27 June
1661. This indicates that Nathaniel and his wife were
probably not members of the church prior to that date.
The seating list of the meeting-house for 20 Feb. 1661
mentions Sister Merriman, the prefix " Sister " indicating
that she was then a member. A list of the members of the
first church in New Haven, compiled by Henry White about
1850, contains the names of Nathaniel Merriman and Joan
(Nathaniel) Merriman as members in 1661; the date of
death of Nathaniel is given as 1694 but that of Joan is not
stated. It does not seem to follow from this compilation
that the name of the Sister Merriman who is mentioned in
the seating list was really Joan; this name might have been
obtained by White from some later record which showed
Nathaniel and Joan to be then husband and wife. The
fact that no daughter or granddaughter of Nathaniel was
named Joan may perhaps warrant the inference that she was
not the mother of his children.
"The Children of Nathaniel Merriman" was the next
topic. The Chairman made a brief statement regarding
each child, asked those to rise who were descended from it,
and then requested one of their number to make remarks.
The proceedings under this topic are given on pages 57-59.
It was found that 14 of those present were descended from
Hannah, 14 from Abigail, 27 from Mary, 48 from John,
5 from Samuel, 28 from Caleb, and 3 from Elizabeth.
The chairman reported that the records thus far avail-
able indicated that Nathaniel Merriman had 63 grand-
children, and that the number of his great-grandchildren
was at least 346 of whom 57 were through Hannah, 73
through Abigail, 87 through Mary, 40 through John, 20
through Samuel, 39 through Caleb, and 30 through Elizabeth.
He estimated that the number of Nathaniel's descendants
in this year 1913 was about 40,000 of whom only about
2000 bear the name of Merriman.
"The Founders of Wallingford" a poem by Donald
Lines Jacobus of New Haven, Conn., tenth in descent
from Nathaniel through his daughter Abigail, was then
very effectively read by Miss Fannie McKenzie of South-
ington, Conn. This poem is given on pages 60-63.
A recess was taken from 12.45 to 2.30 to afford time for
luncheon and social intercourse. Most of those present
immediately assembled on the steps of St. George's Inn,
next door to the library, where the photograph was taken
of which a copy appears at the front of th's volume.
An enjoyable luncheon was served at one o'clock in the
dining rooms of St. George's Inn, at which 112 descendants
sat down, while about 20 others took the mid-day meal
with relatives in Wallingford. This period was especially
enjoyable on account of the opportunity afforded for making
acquaintances and for social intercourse.
During the recess there was opportunity for descendants
to visit the northwest corner of Main and Ward Streets
where the house of Nathaniel Merriman once stood, and
also the cemetery where his remains undoubtedly lie,
although the place is unmarked. In the southeast corner
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of this old cemetery there are nine gravestones of Merrimans
descended from his son John and near the central part
are six stones of Merrimans descended from his son Samuel.
There are no stones which mark the resting places of any
of the children of Nathaniel Merriman.
Some descendants also visited the town hall to see the
old record book of 1670-1692 which is mostly devoted to
minutes of town meetings. In this book there are 54
pages in the handwriting of Nathaniel Merriman, who
was the first town clerk of Wallingford.
At 2.40 p.m. the meeting was reconvened in the hall of
the Public Library.
"Nathaniel Merriman in Wallingford, 1670-1694" was
the title of a paper which was then read by its author Mans-
field Merriman of New York. This paper is given in full
on pages 64-69.
Remarks were made by several descendants in which
surprise was expressed at the civil and military activity
shown by Capt. Nathaniel after the age of sixty in his
career at Wallingford.
Joan, the widow of Nathaniel, survived him by fifteen
years and died Dec. 8, 1709, aged 82 years. Thaddeus
Merriman of Essex Fells, N. J., made remarks regarding
the longevity of early settlers in colonial days. While
this in part was to be attributed to their active life in the
open air, yet their simple food was doubtless also a con-
trolling factor. In those good old times the valuable part
of grain was not removed and thrown away, as in these
degenerate days, but their brown bread contained all the
health-giving ingredients. Rev. John Merriman, a grand-
son of Nathaniel, reached the age of 93, while John Moss,
one of the founders of Wallingford, died at the great age
"King Philip's war of 1675 and the services rendered
therein by Nathaniel Merriman and his eldest son" was
the title of the next paper which was read by i^s author
George M. Curtis of Meriden, Conn. This paper is given
on pages 70-76.
Remarks were made by several descendants on the
military activities of Nathaniel. His service in the Pequot
war and in the New Haven train band had given him an
experience which highly qualified him to be the head of
the Wallingford company and to be appointed as a Captain
to raise a troop of dragoons for King Philip's war. In
the year 1644 the Court of the Colony of New Haven
ordered "that every one of the trayned band bring their
arms to the meeting on every Lord's day." At sunset
every day a drum was beat, and an hour later the night
guard was ready with arms complete. When a fire was
discovered they cried "fire! fire!"; when Indians were
seen they cried "arm! arm!"
The question as to whether Nathaniel, Jr. left a widow
and children to mourn his death in King Philip's war
must now be decided in the negative. In 1677 a town
meeting gave authority to Capt. Nathaniel to sell the
land which had belonged to his son, and this could not
have been done had there been other heirs.
"The Will and Estate of Nathaniel Merriman" was the
next topic which was discussed by two lawyers, Porter
Lee Merriman, of Albany, N. Y., and E. A. Merriman of
Meriden, Conn., extracts from both will and inventory
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being read. It was the opinion of these speakers that
the will, which was undoubtedly written by Nathaniel
Merriman himself, showed much legal knowledge on the
part of a layman. The will is given on pages 77-81 and
the inventory on pages 81-82.
What became of the military books which, according
to the will, were equally divided among his sons John,
Samuel, and Caleb? It may be possible that one or more
of these are still extant stored in some garret among ancient
papers. It is not known whether these were printed books
on military tactics, or whether they were manuscript books
written from time to time by Capt. Nathaniel himself;
if the latter be the case their discovery at the present day
would be most important in throwing further light on the
history of his life.
"Reading of Letters from Descendants who were unable
to be present" was the next exercise. These letters, or
abstracts of them, were read by Mansfield Merriman to
whom they had been addressed as Secretary of the General
Committee. They will be found on pages 83-91. These
letters came from nineteen different states, Michigan tak-
ing the lead with six. A telegram was received from Can-
ada and another from Texas.
"The Collection of the Genealogical Records of the
Merriman family" was the last topic on the program.
This took the form of a discussion in which Leonard J.
Merriman of Wilmington, N. C., M. L. Merriman of
Hornell, N. Y., James Leigh Merriman of Bolton, Mass.,
and others participated.
It was shown in this discussion that there are certainly
three and probably four branches of the English Merrimans
in this country: (i) the descendants of Nathaniel Merriman
who arrived in Boston in 1632, (2) the descendants of
Walter Merryman who left Ireland and settled in Maine
about 1700, (3) the descendants of William Merriman
and his brother who came to Baltimore about 1740, and
(4) the descendants of people named Merrimon who settled-
in the southern states somewhat later. In all these branches
the name is now quite generally spelled Merriman. A
genealogy of the descendants of Walter Merryman by C.
N. Sinnett was published in 1905. The third branch,
which now numbers many people in Indiana and Ohio
has for several years held biennial reunions.
It was agreed by all present that measures ought to
be taken to collect the records of the descendants of
Nathaniel Merriman, and the General Committee was
requested to endeavor that this be done as far as possible.
Business matters now received attention by the meeting.
The Secretary of the General Committee reported that
the expenses for printing and postage in calling this meeting
had been $42.50. On motion a collection was then taken
which amounted to $67.50
As the hall of the Public Library had been given free
of charge for this meeting, a vote of thanks was then passed
to the directors for their courtesy, and it was also resolved
to make a donation of $20.00 to be used by the library in
the purchase of books.
Votes of thanks were also passed to the local committee
which had arranged the luncheon, to the young ladies
who had decorated the hall, and to the committee of ladies
which had so cordially received the descendants upon
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At 4.30 p.m. the meeting adjourned, all present joining
hands and singing "Auld Lang Syne."
FINANCIAL ACCOUNT OF THE REUNION
1913 March, Circulars printed $8.75
May, Printing 450 programs 17 . 75
325 postal cards 3 . 25
Printing postal cards 6.25
Postage on programs and cards 6 . 50
June 4, Secretary's cards and stationery o. 75
Donation to Wallingford Library 20 . oo
June 4, Collection at Reunion 67 . 50
Balance on hand $425
ADDRESS OF WELCOME
BY MRS. WILLIAM H. GODDARD
Seventh in Descent from Nathaniel through his son John
Kinsmen and Friends: There is a quotation which runs
something like this: "There may be and there often is
a regard for ancestry which nourishes a weak pride, but
there is also a moral and philosophical respect for our
ancestors which elevates the character and improves the
heart." And I am convinced that we are gathered here
to-day moved only by the highest motives, that we may
together review and somewhat appreciate the sterling
character and achievements of our common ancestor,
And I deem it a high privilege to welcome you to this
historic old town of Wallingford, founded by your forbears
and mine. It is fitting that we should to-day pause in
our eager and busy lives that we may call to mind their
brave deeds, their unflinching courage in the face of mani-
fold dangers and the high hearted way in which even the
common duties of life were discharged by them. This
is one of those anniversaries only possible in a few towns
of our country.
The earliest date in our town records reminds us of the
fact that this pioneer band of valient and stout-hearted
men and women settled here in November, 1669. Besides
Wallingford with its wealth of years the United States
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seems only the creature of yesterday. Wallingford had
been settled more than one hundred years when the scattered
commonwealths on the Atlantic coast were organized into
the central government which we now call the United
As we sit here together and talk of the days that were,
may goodly fellowship abound. May you realize fully
what depth of meaning there may be in the words, "The
Return of the Native." May it not require much imagina-
tion to see the lofty elms of our streets reaching out to you
leafy arms in token of welcome and greeting. And surely
even the whispering breezes will salute you in friendly
fashion as they pass.
One of the words which we have been seeing in print
more and more frequently in recent years is the word
"Eugenics." Some of us it has sent to the dictionary before
this. The science of being well born is assuming great
importance to-day and thus it is seemly that we are met
here to-day to honor the memory of our common ancestor
Nathaniel Merriman. It reminds us of our old world
origin, and it is a matter of moment to us all that this
ancestor 300 years back is well authenticated in Connecticut
history as associated with other brave men in defense of
his country, and that he was at all times an enterprising
man of affairs in the community where he lived and died.
So that when we speak of this man Nathaniel Merriman
we refer to no mythological personage, but of one who
helped to blaze the way in a new, crude, bleak land, one
with red blood in his veins, who did all things well and
made good. All honor to his memory.
Now although in a gathering of this kind it is permitted
to refer to our Puritan ancestry, and the rich inheritance
which has come to us as descendants of these God fearing
men, yet there are some diverse opinions even about this
matter, and I consider it a scandalous reflection upon the
men of these early days to say as some have done, that
not the least of the trials and hardships borne by our
grandmothers was due to the fact that they had to endure
the Puritan fathers.
But I must admit that the summary way in which
Nathaniel Merriman in his will disposes of the feather
bed would not be at all satisfactory to the modern woman.
Very likely the wife had raised the geese, plucked and
prepared the feathers and made the bed, and yet apparently
it was not hers to dispose of. But doubtless this matter
will be fully explained later in the day.
Now in these days of "Eugenics" the statistician is
busy with many matters not formerly thought of importance,
and I am told that one of these august personages has
declared that all of his researches have revealed only three
instances where two red haired people have married each
other. Now it has been said of one of my own forbears on
the Merriman side that the only fact of which we are sure
is that the lady had red hair. Perhaps now we may add
to this, that presumably she did not marry a husband
with the same auburn tinted hair as herself.
Kinsmen and Merriman descendants: your pilgrimage to
our town of Wallingford, is a notable event in our lives. We
hope that your sojourn with us may be profitable to you
as it will be pleasant and stimulating for us. The doors of
our hearts and homes are open to you. And in closing
allow me to slightly paraphrase Shakespeare's well known
lines, "Come kinsmen all, sit by my side and let the world
slip, we shall ne'er be younger."
THE ANCESTRY AND PARENTAGE OF
BY GEORGE B. MERRIMAN
Sixth in Descent from Nathaniel through his son Caleb
The Merrimans of London and their kindred scattered
through several counties of England are descended from
two brothers who lived in Newberry, Berks county. Both
died in 1640, and both left wills. Their father, tradition
says, lived in Oxford, and was one of three brothers, one
of whom went to the north, one remained in the old home,
and the third came to London. This last one, for aught
we know to the contrary, may have been Nathaniel's
grandfather. I do not think, however, even if he was,
that his name was Theophilus; though he may have been
a contemporary of that Theophilus who, Mr. Adams says
in his history, was the grandfather of Nathaniel.
Some of the Merrimans in England have been knighted,
some have been made bishops; one as early as 1569, some
have become generals, and one is the Premier of Cape
Colony. He is the son of a bishop. And I found that
as far back as 1423, a John or Jehan, Meriman was one
of the Archers in the service of King Henry VI.*
When I was in England in the autumn of 1911, I believed
* I have just learned from a London correspondent that he has
found mention of the name made in 1377 at Banstead in Surrey.
ANCESTRY OF NATHANIEL MERRIMAN 33
that if Theophilus was not the name of Nathaniel's father
it must have been the name of his grandfather, and J
directed my search accordingly. While I had seen a
statement that George was the name of Nathaniel's father
I did not know upon what authority it was based. It was
while looking up records in the British Museum that I
found there an American book, published in Boston, which
I had not seen before. It was Waters' Genealogical Glean-
ings in England. This mentions the will of George Merriman
of London, made in 1655, in which the first bequest was
one to "my son Nathaniel now resident in New England."
This shows clearly who was Nathaniel's father. But the
will, which I read later at the Somerset house, where such
records are kept, gives no clue to the birth or parentage of
George himself.* It is a common thing in English wills
to make a gift, sometimes very small, to each member of
the family, and thus we frequently obtain considerable
information from an examination of old wills. We have
an illustration of this in George's will, who left a bequest
not only to Nathaniel, but to each of his other two chil-
dren, Elizabeth and John, and also a conditional one of
three pounds to his apprentice. From the fact that his
wife's name is not mentioned we may be quite sure that
"The will was executed 31 Oct. 1655 and probated 19 May
1656. After the usual preliminaries, it reads as follows: " I do
give unto my son Nathaniel Merriman, now resident in New
England, the sum of ten pounds of lawful English money, and
unto my daughter Elizabeth Norman whom I have already
advanced in marriage with Master John Norman, I give twenty
shillings to buy her a ring in remembrance of my love. To my
servant Henry Allison three pounds on this condition that he
serve out the remainder of his time of apprenticeship with my
son John Merriman. The residue to son John whom I do
hereby make and ordain full and sole executor."
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she was not then living. If George's father left a will,
it undoubtedly mentions his name, but it seems probable
that he did not make one, though so far as I know, a
thorough search has not yet been made.
It is possible that a record of George's birth or baptism
and also that of Nathaniel's may be found in one of the
Parish Registers of London, but as not all are published,
and even those published are not all indexed, it would be
no small undertaking to look them through. As George
was a cooper, I found that the Cooper Company, an old
guild of London, have his name on their register, but
nothing more, not even the parish or precinct in which he
lived. And London had no directory in those days.
While in London I wrote to a number of Merrimans
in the city inquiring if they knew of any record of a Theoph-
ilus Merriman of Wiltshire, born about 1533, or could put
me on track of any information about him. They all
directed me to one source, Mr. G. F. M. Merriman, an
architect, of London, who had made a special study of
the family genealogy. Upon meeting him by appointment
I found that he had ten or more MS volumes of notes and
references, including a list of all the Merriman wills as
far back as 1383. But none by Theophilus of the i6th
century, and none so far as he knew, by any immediate
ancestor of George. Data so far back as that were not
plentiful, and facts to show any connecting links between
them and our ancestor George were wanting.
The earliest ancestors of which he had any distinct record,
were contemporaries of George the father of Nathaniel.
It was his suggestion that the traditional brother who
came from Oxford to London in the i6th century, might
have been the father of George. The location and period
of time fit well, as George was born not far from 1580, but
ANCESTRY OF NATHANIEL MERRIMAN 35
all else at present is mere conjecture. As history records
the Merriman name at least two hundred years earlier
than this, the connection with the more ancient line must
be sought by some other means or perhaps through some
Burke's Visitation of Arms, vol. 2, p. 34, gives the armorial
bearings of the late Sir Samuel Merriman, M.D. which
were duly registered to all the descendants of his grand-
father, Nathaniel Merriman not our Nathaniel, mark you,
but the one born 1780, in Marlborough, Wiltshire, and whose
three sone were Benjamin, Samuel and Nathaniel. It
seems that Nathaniel Merriman has been not an uncommon
name in England as well as in America. This Nathaniel
of Marlborough was of the Oxford branch with those in
London to whom I have referred. Undoubtedly there are
other branches of the family in Great Britain and Ireland
which would require to be traced much further back before
finding the common stock in which all unite, or what is
perhaps possible, they may not all have a common origin.
There are several Merriman lines in this country which
have different American origins. One of these who generally
spell their name with a "y" and first settled in Maryland
about 1650, came from the county of Hereford in England,
and received their first title deeds from Lord Baltimore.
Another branch who claim a different origin first settled
in or near Baltimore about 1750, a full century later. Still
another line is descended from a Walter Merryman who
was kidnapped at an Irish port and brought to Boston in
1700 and afterwards settled in Harpswell, Maine. Some of
his descendants claim that Walter's ancestors were Scotch,
others say they were English. The members of this line
originally spelled their name with a "y" but with many
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of them now the "y" has become changed to an "i."
Another variation in the spelling of the family name, which
I have seen in some old English records, is the change of
the first vowel to an "a" Marriman.
It is probable that Nathaniel was born in London. At
that time a boy in the middle class of life was quite fortunate
if he were taught the bare rudiments of an education. We
know that Nathaniel had this much, which he probably
gained in a private or perhaps a parish school. But he
learned far more in the school of experience as did all of his
peers at that time. Books were scarce then and seldom
owned except by those in good circumstances. In some
of the parish churches there was a Bible chained to the
pulpit which was read daily to all who would come and
listen. The King James version was just beginning to take
the place of the older translations, and those who came
listened eagerly. No doubt Nathaniel with his parents
heard it read on Sundays, and perhaps occasionally on
The sports and diversions in which Nathaniel engaged
when a boy, were mostly such as boys always enjoy even
to this day. And one which he witnessed with lively
interest was the novel Punch and Judy show which had
been introduced in the streets of London only a few
But we may safely assume that as soon as Nathaniel
was old enough, he was put to work in his father's cooper
shop and learned something of that useful trade. He did
not aspire, however, to follow his father's occupation for
a livelihood. He was content to leave that for his younger
brother John, while he, preferring a free country life,
decided before he became of age, to seek his fortune in the
ANCESTRY OF NATHANIEL MERRIMAN 37
new world. If 1613 was the year of Nathaniel's birth
he was only nineteen when he bade farewell to parents,
home and friends, and set out on a two months' voyage
for a far distant and little known country. How he served
and wrought and succeeded, will be told you by those
THE PURITAN PLOUGH COMPANY OF 1630, THE
VOYAGE OF NATHANIEL MERRIMAN TO
BOSTON IN 1632, AND HIS PROBABLE
WHEREABOUTS IN NEW ENGLAND
PRIOR TO 1640
BY ROGER B. MERRIMAN
Eighth in Descent from Nathaniel through his son Caleb
The story of the events that led our common ancestor
to leave his native land and emigrate to New England
is inseparably bound up with the history of that some-
what mysterious and eminently unsuccessful venture, the
Puritan Plough Company, or Company of Husbandmen
of 1630.* Of its origin and distinguishing features we know
nothing, though it is easy to surmise much. The word
"husbandmen" may well have been scriptural in its allusion;
certainly what we know of the members of the organization
would indicate that they were rather artisans and trades-
men than agriculturalists. With all due allowances for the
literary and orthographical vagaries of the period, the
spelling and style of the two letters written by members
of the organization, which we now possess, indicate that
the " husbandmen" were for the most part plain people,
* Cf. V. C. Sanborn in the Genealogist XIX, 270-84; and
M. H. S. Collections, Set. Iv. Vol. vii, pp. 88-96.
THE PURITAN PLOUGH COMPANY 39
and not exceptionally well educated.* Most interesting
of all is the question of their religious affiliations and pre-
dilections. Stephen Bachiler, their chosen pastor, was a
sturdy Puritan and friend of Winthrop; and yet we learn
that within four months of his arrival at Boston he was
"required to forbear exercising his gifts as a pastor or teacher
publicly in our patent, unless it be to those that he brought
with him, for his contempt of authority, and till some
scandals be removed," and this prohibition was not revoked
till five months later. f His kinsman Richard Dummer,
wealthy and obviously one of the most prominent men of
the company, was a noted friend and adherent of the
Antinomian leader Wheelwright, who was banished from
Massachusetts, because of his unorthodox opinions in
November, 1637.! Winthrop, moreover, speaks of at least
a part of the members of the Plough Company as "Fam-
ilists" obviously a term of no eulogistic flavor. It may
not have implied everything that membership in the German
sect generally known as the "Family of Love" would
connote; but it obviously indicated a more considerable
measure of religious irregularity than was pleasing to the
Puritans of Massachusetts Bay.
The members of the Plough Company applied to the
Council of Plymouth for a grant of land in New England;
and on June 26, 1630, received from Sir Ferdinando Gorges,
who represented it, a patent to an extensive piece of ter-
ritory lying at the mouth of the River Sagadahoc, and com-
* M.H.S. Collections, Ser. IV, Vol. vii, 91 ff.
t Records of Mass. Col. (Oct. 3, 1632, and Mar. 4, 1632/3)
Vol. i, pp. 100 and 103.
J J. A. Doyle, English Colonies in America I, 132, 136.
Winthrop Hist, of N. E. (ed. Savage, 1853) I, 69 (Under
date of 6 July 1631).
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prising roughly what is now the Southern portion of the
state of Maine.* A preliminary expedition, of ten members
of the Company, of whom the most prominent was a
certain Mr. John Crisp, f was sent out in the Spring of 1631,
to inspect the new grant, in a ship called "the Plough;"
apparently they were dissatisfied with what they saw,
and finally brought up at Boston, July 6, 1631. These
facts are recorded in Winthrop's History of New England
(under date of July 6, 1631) in the following words: "A
small ship of 60 tons arrived at Natascott, Mr. Graves,
Master. She brought ten passengers from London. They
came with a patent to Sagadahoc, but, not liking the place,
they came hither. Their ship drew ten feet, and went
up to Watertown, but she ran on ground twice by the
way. These were the company called the husbandmen,
and their ship called the 'Plough'."! Under date of
August 19 following, Winthrop tells us that "The Plough
returned to Charlestown after she had been on her way
to the Christopher Islands (St. Kitts in the West Indies)
about three weeks, and was so broke she could not return
home." Whether or not the ten members of the Plough
Company had gone with her on this last voyage, does not
appear. Whatever the case it is certain that they were
left stranded in Boston, without resources, in August, 1631.
The following record of the Massachusetts Court of Assistants
under date of Oct. 18, 1631, would seem to indicate that
the first body of emigrants by the "Plough" were in con-
siderable financial straits. "It is ordered that there shall
be taken out of the estate of Mr. Crisp and his company,
the sum of 12, i sh. and 5 d., and delivered to John
* Genealogist, XIX, 272.
t M.H.S. Collections, Ser. 4, Vol. VII, p. 91.
t Winthrop, i , 69. Ibid, 1, 1 2.
THE PURITAN PLOUGH COMPANY 41
Kirman, as his proper goods; and after, the whole estate
to be inventoried, whereof the said John Kirman is to
have an 8th part." *
Whether or not the majority of the members of com-
pany of husbandmen who had remained behind in England
had heard of the hard fate of their brethren of the ship
" Plough," we cannot tell; at any rate they were determined
to persist in their enterprise and sent over other mem-
bers of their company in the spring and summer of 1632.
The ship " Whale " which, according to Winthrop, arrived
in Boston May 26, bringing about 30 passengers and 70
cows, carried five members of the Plough Company, and
also the wife and daughter of John Smith, who had been
one of Crisp's party of the year before. Of these five mem-
bers the principal person was unquestionably Richard
Dummer (it is a significant fact that of all the " Plough "
people in that ship's company, he alone has a " Mr." pre-
fixed to his name) ; while the last was our common ancestor,
Nathaniel Merriman, at that time a youth of about 19. He
came, so it would seem, not on his own resources, but " upon
the adventure of Peter Wooster being now made up to
ten pounds." It is gratifying to note that the ship " Whale "
which brought him, and sailed from Hampton April 8,
1632, made what would then have been regarded as a
" good passage " (one day less than seven weeks).
The " William and Frances," which brought another
party of the Plough Company under the leadership of
Bachiler, sailed from London March 9 and did not reach
Boston till June 5-f
The miseries of the members of the company in New
England seem to have been enhanced rather than diminished
* Records of Mass. Col., Vol. I, p. 92.
t Winthrop, I, 92, 93. Mass. H. S. Coll., 4, Ser., vii, 92.
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after the arrival of the " Whale " and the " William and
Frances." No effort, apparently, was made to colonize
or develop the land at Sagadahoc; the members of the
company remained for the time being in or near Boston.
Financially things went from bad to worse. Dummer
apparently insisted on seizing and retaining in his own
hands most of the funds of the company; so that Crisp,
the members of whose original expedition suffered most
severely from his acquisitiveness, went back to England in
the summer of 1632 to complain of him.* The records of
the Court of Assistants contain several orders for the
inventorying and preservation of the goods of the company,
for the paying of just debts out of the estate, for the binding
over of some of its members " to keep the peace and not
depart out of this patent without leave," and for the
apprenticing of one of the youngest of its number for a
period of five years, in return for board and lodging and
10 sh.f Clearly, by 1635, the Company was in a condition
of insolvency, and its individual members, in so far as they
were not dispersed, remained a not entirely welcome burden
on the Massachusetts community. Religious differences
with the Puritans of the Bay doubtless also contributed
greatly to increase the hardness of their lot. If we may
judge from the experiences of Dummer, who was " dis-
armed " on 20 Nov. 1637 by order of the Court of Assist-
ants, for his heretical opinions, J from the temporary inhibi-
tion of Bachiler in 1632-3, and from the statement of
Winthrop that some of those who came over were " f ami-
lists," we may infer that most of them took the Antinomian
side of the great controversy of 1636-7, and doubtless
* M.H.S. Coll., ibid, 94-6.
t Records of Col. of Mass., I, 96, 98, 143.
t Mass. Colony Records, I, 211-12.
THE PURITAN PLOUGH COMPANY 43
suffered as a result. But neither the subsequent history
of the members of the company (with the exception of our
common ancestor) nor the fate of the Plough Patent, and
the territory which it granted to the patentees, concerns
us further here.* Our task is rather, to bridge the gap
in the life of Nathaniel Merriman, intervening between
his arrival in Boston on the ship " Whale," May 26, 1632,
and his arrival in the colony of New Haven, sometime
certainly not later than 17 March 1641.! During that
long interval we know but one fact about him namely
that he fought in the Pequot war (this information is
derived from a grant of land made in 1698 to his son John
in recognition of his father's services). J The rest can be
no more at best than the balancing of different hypotheses
against one another.
First comes the question as to his participation in the
Pequot war, fought against the Indians of the Connecticut
River valley, in the spring of 1637, largely by men who
had emigrated from Massachusetts in the spring of 1636
and established the settlements of Hartford, Windsor, and
Wethersfield, though they were aided by a detachment of
" 20 lusty men " sent out directly from Massachusetts
early in 1637 to reinforce the garrison at Saybrook. Did
Nathaniel Merriman participate in the war as one of the
Connecticut men; or was he one of the smaller band of 20
* The patent was sold in 1643 to a Parliamentary soldier by
name Alexander Rigby; the name of the territory was changed
to the "Province of Lygonia"; Rigby's deputy George Cleave
attempted to develop it, but litigation as to boundaries arose,
and the Plough patent finally disappears from history with the
merging of Maine in Massachusetts in 1691. Cf. Sanborn in
Genealogist, xix, 280-1, and Doyle i, 302 ff.
t Records, Colony, New Haven, I, 50- t Records, Colony,
Conn., IV, 276. Doyle 1, 159, 170.
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from Massachusetts?* It is impossible to give a definite
answer to this question; but there is much to be said in
favor of the hypothesis that he was one of the 20 who came
out direct from Massachusetts. In the first place it is
clear that no trustworthy documentary evidence has yet
been found assigning him to any of the Connecticut townsjf
and the fact that of the 36 Pequot soldiers who subsequently
received land grants from the government of Connecticut,
he and one other are the only ones not known to have been
resident in that colony in 1637,! may be used as a point
for one side as well as for the other. It is certainly quite
as reasonable to argue that his name would have appeared
on the official records if he really was in residence there,
as it is to assume that if 34 of the 36 Pequot grantees were
resident in Connecticut in 1637, the other two must have
been likewise. Moreover a young man of 24, presumably
at that time unmarried, would have been just the sort of a
person likely to be despatched with the " 20 lusty men "
from Massachusetts. And, finally, if he had been regularly
established as a resident of Connecticut at the time of the
Pequot war, why should he not have stayed there, instead
of moving on to New Haven (a separate colony) where we
know he appeared before March 17, 1641?
*It is of course just possible that Nathaniel Merriman was
one of the body of 100 men tardily sent out by Massachusetts
in late June 1637, to help put the finishing touches on the work
which John Mason had practically completed the month before;
but this seems very unlikely, because the difficulty of the final
operations of the war would scarcely have seemed great enough
to justify the subsequent grant of land to Nathaniel Merriman's
t Stiles, Hist, of Ancient Wethersfield, I, 72n seems entirely
justified in his strictures upon the Memorial History of the
County of Hartford, Vol. I, p. 50.
| J. Shepard, John Hall of Wallingford, p. 5.
THE PURITAN PLOUGH COMPANY 45
And this leads us to the second question: How and why
did he migrate to New Haven? It is of course possible,
if he was really a resident of Connecticut in 1637, that he
simply moved there, soon after the colony was established
by the " Fundamental Agreement " of June 4, 1639. But
on the other hand it should be remembered that New Haven
was settled, through, if not from, Massachusetts,* where
John Davenport and Theophilus Eaton landed in the
" Hector " June 26, 1637, to find the colony in the very
agony of the Antinomian contest, and not yet relieved
from the terror of the Pequot war.f In addition to the
settlers they brought with them, it is clear that when they
finally departed for New Haven in March 1638 they took
a number of Massachusetts men along also.J There is
good reason for thinking that our common ancestor was
one of these. In the first place we may well believe that
one who like himself, had been closely associated with
Antinomians found Massachusetts an undesirable place of
residence after the close of the famous controversy. On
the other hand the government of New Haven, though
citizenship was conditional on church membership, promised
a considerably larger measure of liberty to dissenters than
did the rule of the Puritans of the Bay. There is much
to be said for the theory that our ancestor migrated from
Boston to New Haven with John Davenport and Theo-
philus Eaton in March 1638. And I attribute the appear-
ance of his name, in his own handwriting, affixed to the
" fundamental agreement " of the New Haven colonists,
the forty-second of forty-eight names which follow the
names of the 63 settlers whose names are written in the
* Doyle, 1, 191.
flbid, 192, Winthrop, I, 271-12. % Winthrop, I, 311-12.
Doyle, I, 193, ff.
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same hand as the agreement, not to late arrival, but to the
fact that he was not at that time probably reckoned as a
church member by the leaders of the New Haven Colony,
and consequently was not in the enjoyment of full rights
I must reiterate, in conclusion, that much of this is neces-
sarily supposition, and not proven fact. But I can honestly
say that I have not definitely accepted any statement
which cannot be verified in contemporaneous records.
NATHANIEL MERRIMAN IN NEW HAVEN
1640 TO 1670
BY Miss ALICE M. MERRIMAN
Seventh in Descent from Nathaniel through his son John
In attempting a sketch of our ancestor during his life
in New Haven from 1640 to 1670, it may not be inappro-
priate to picture briefly the conditions under which he was
led to settle here, since such a setting can perhaps give us
a glimpse of the character of the man.
Religious unrest had been working for a long time in
England, and many, rich as well as poor, were ready to
join Rev. John Davenport, ex-vicar of St. Stephen's churph,
Coleman Street, London, when he left home and country
and arrived in Boston in June, 1637. To be sure we hear
most of the prominent ones, Theophilus Eaton, afterwards
governor of New Haven Colony, and others of his station;
and while it is known that our ancestor did not come with
this company, yet he must have left England only a few
years in advance; nevertheless at a date near enough for
him to have been influenced by the same religious ideas
and the same determination to come to a new country,
wherein those ideas and convictions might have full sway.
Davenport's immediate companions came, as we know,
not only from London but from the near-by diocese of
Canterbury. It would seem, however, that our forefather
must have been a resident of London, from the will which
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appears indisputably to have been made by his father
George Merriman, a citizen and cooper of London, on
October 31, 1655.
Since the man in whose honor we are assembled was
the only Nathaniel Merriman living in New England in
1655, we can scarcely doubt that he was the son referred to
in that will; hence it is not impossible that he may, in early
life, have been one of Davenport's London parishioners.
This fact as well as his experience in the Pequot war, and
consequent acquaintance with this part of the country,
may very easily have led to his decision to join those who
had begun the formation of a colony at Quinnipiac.
We may picture to ourselves briefly the settlement in
1640 in that year first called New Haven when our
ancestor perhaps arrived here. East and West Creeks,
streams long since forgotten, were then navigable, and over
the former, at high tide, vessels could be floated, in the
bed of the present railroad or old canal, as far as Chapel
Street.* Ahead lay a plain extending inland about two
miles, at which distance stood basaltic rocks colored with
iron, and so prominent in the landscape that the Dutch
had called the place Rodenbergh or Red Mount. On
the west of this plain were broad salt meadows, bordering
what is now called West River, and extending inland
almost to West Rock ; on the east side were still more exten-
sive salt meadows spread out on either side of the Quin-
nipiac, or East River, and also on both sides of a stream
flowing into it a short distance above its outlet, the present
Mill River. The meadows on the Quinnipiac extended much
further to the north than those on West River. These
salt meadows, extensive and rich in provender, had doubt-
* Atwater's Hist, of New Haven Colony, p. 70.
NATHANIEL MERRIMAN IN NEW HAVEN 49
less greatly influenced the company in selecting this place
for their settlement.
The first business of the planters had been to lay out the
town in nine squares, the central one having been reserved
as the market-place. The remaining eight squares had been
divided into house-lots and assigned to the planters severally,
in proportion to the size of the family and also to the amount
which each planter had invested in the enterprise, the
future citizens having apparently grouped themselves
according to personal acquaintance and friendship in the
mother country. In January, 1640, arrangements were
made for the division of the " neck," that is, the land
between Mill and Quinnipiac Rivers, the salt meadows,
as well as the upland of the center. Every " free planter "
had some land in the " neck," some in the meadows, and
some in the upland, taxes being fixed at the following rates:
all the upland in the first division, with all the meadows
in the plantation, was taxed at 4d. per acre yearly; all the
land in the second division, that is, the farm land, at 2d.*
To encourage colonization, thirty-two of the company
were gratuitously supplied with house-lots, these planters
having no rights of commonage and being drawn by lot.
This division evidently took place in 1641, since in March
of that year we find our ancestor mentioned as third in
order " as their lotts were drawne,"f and he received a small
lot on what is now East Water Street. We may perhaps
imagine his marriage at about this time, although no
specific record of it has thus far been discovered. Besides
his home on East Water Street, we may also locate his farm
in Fair Haven, since in 1648 " Nathaniel Meriman et al.
desire to have their land on ye east sid, betwixt the red
* Atwater's Hist of New Haven Colony, p. 107.
f New Haven Colony Records, I, p. 50.
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rocke & Mr. Davenports farme," and on November 2oth
of that year the Court ordered that this land should be
assigned to him.* The following year (March 10, 1649)
he and four others asked that they might have " some
land and meddowe to sett vp farmes one the east side, next
the sea, beyond the Cove River, "f This must have been
in the vicinity of Morris Cove. The farmers already settled
near by objected and a committee was appointed to investi-
gate. Two months later, t the petitioners asked the Court
for a decision on this matter, but it seems to have been
left unsettled; however, at about this time he received
certain " meddow " and farm land, which he was to divide
with Mathias Hitchcock and Isaac Whitehead.
Although a church service was strictly observed from the
first, it was not until June 4, 1639, that a meeting was held
" to consult about settling civil government according to
God, and about the nomination of persons that might be
found, by consent of all, fittest in all respects for the founda-
tion work of a church."|| At this meeting it was voted that
the right of suffrage should be conferred on church members
only.^f There are sixty- three signers for this " founda-
mentall agreement," and in the last paragraph it is stated
that all who are subsequently received as planters shall
also subscribe to the same conditions. Below the names
of the original signers, appear, in two columns, forty-eight
others, which were doubtless placed there later on; and here
appears for the first time the name of Nath. Merriman,
also that of Richard Merriman.** This is the only case
* New Haven Colony Records, I, p. 415.
t Ibid, I, p. 446. $ Ibid, I, p. 459. Ibid, I, p. 94.
|| Atwater's Hist, of New Haven Colony, p. 95.
1 New Haven Colony Records, I, p. 17.
** Photographic reproduction in The Munson Record, I, p. 60.
NATHANIEL MERRIMAN IN NEW HAVEN 51
in which the name of Richard Merriman occurs in the
colonial history of New England, which gives rise to the
query whether the name, being somewhat illegible in the
original, may not really be that of someone else.
In 1644, we read that Nathaniel Merriman received the
oath of fidelity at the General Court held at New Haven
on the ist day of July.* This General Court was the
controlling body of the new settlement, and the fact that
our ancestor was made thus early one of its members
proves him to have been a citizen " in good and regular
standing," in both church and state, as well as a man of
usefulness in the community. Further extracts from the
Records confirm the latter idea. On May 25th, 1646, we
read that " Natha: Merry man " and others were freed from
attending the Court to help Mr. Malbon get goods ashore, f
Also on the nth of June, 1649: " Mr. Evanc desired lib-
bertie for Thomas Moris & Nathaniell Merriman to depart
ye court, to goe to doe a little worke to a vessell wch laye
loaden & was ready to goe awaye, and they had libbertie."J
On November 2Qth, 1649, also, Nathaniel Merriman and
William Russell are chosen as assessors "in ye room of
Thomas Munson & Francis Browne. "
We may judge somewhat of Nathaniel's social position
by these references, as well as from allusions to himself
and his wife as regards their seats in church. A young man
was given no prefix to his name until he became a master
workman; then, if he were an artisan or a husbandman,
as we have seen was the case with our worthy forebear,
he might be addressed by the honorary title of Goodman
and his wife might be called Goodwife or Goody. A man
who employed laborers but did not work with them was
* New Haven Colony Records, I, p. 138.
t Ibid, I, p. 242. } Ibid, I, p. 460. Ibid, I, p. 502.
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distinguished by the title of Mr. This latter term of
respect was given to elders, magistrates, teachers, merchants,
and men of wealth, whether engaged in merchandise or
living in retirement from trade. Social rank was strik-
ingly manifested in the " seating of the meeting-house."
The Governor and Deputy-Governor were given the front
form entire; others occupied places behind them according
to social standing. In this way we can see a gradual rise
in our forefather's position: at the first seating his name
does not appear at all; but as time goes on, and there follow
a second and a third seating, he is given first a place at the
side, and then is advanced to a seat, with six others, in the
middle " alley " or aisle; while his wife, known first as
Goodwife Merriman, is assigned seat No. 6 " in the side
seats all along," together with " Goodwife Barnes, Jno.
Benham's wife and Edwa. Camp's wife." This was on
February nth, 1655; at the next seating, on February 2oth,
1 66 1, we find " Sister Merriman " assigned seat No. 8
" in the long seats for women," with Goodwife Mansfield,
Goodwife Hitchcock, Goodwife Harrison, Sister Barnes,
and John Johnson's w r ife.*
Doubtless the young people sat in the gallery, as only
the heads of families are mentioned in the seating.
In 1653, Nathaniel sold his home on East Water Street
to " ffrancis Browne " " and all his lands wch belonged
to him on ye east side against Dragon point, "f At this
time, he undoubtedly went to live on his farm. Six years
later, in 1659, a land-question of unusual interest and
importance arose within the limits of the town, which was
not settled until after the Revolution. It was a serious
* Atwater's Hist, of New Haven Colony, Appendix IV, p. 546, ff.
t New Haven Proprietors' Manuscript Record, II, p. 140.
NATHANIEL MERRIMAN IN NEW HAVEN 53
difference of opinion between the dwellers in the New
Haven town-plot and the inhabitants of the outlying farms
who wished to establish villages of their own. Attendance
at church was of course rigorously demanded of all; but at
so great a distance as Fair Haven or East Haven, it proved
a very difficult matter. Hence the farmers asked the
privilege of establishing subordinate villages, having their
own churches and constables, so as to have the essentials
of religious and civic government close at hand. To this
the dwellers of the town strenuously objected on account
of the loss to them in " rates " or taxes. A town meeting
was called at which the boundaries of the proposed villages
of Fair and East Haven were described, and the conditions
set forth that the villagers should pay rates as did other
plantations; also that every landholder in the village should
pay rates in the village, even if not a resident. Mr. Daven-
port was by far the largest landholder in Fair Haven, but
he spoke at length in favor of the petitioners, making the
point that they should " prevent sin in the farmes " and
that the " saboth " ought to be sanctified, but with the
farmers living at such a distance, it could not be kept as a
day of rest. A further suggestion was that the children
were debarred from school privileges.
The " city fathers " opposed the measures of the farmers,
as has happened sometimes since; and here our ancestor
took part in the contention, bringing upon himself the
criticism from Levermore of being " the spiteful man."
It seems to me, however, that this censure is a bit hard on
him, since there was certainly perfect fairness in his point
of view; and from some characteristics that I have hap-
pened to observe in a few of his descendants, I can venture
to say that his complete conviction of right, combined
with his vehemence of manner, may have furnished the
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ground for this statement. His part in the controversy
is thus described :*
" He threw a firebrand into the midst by saying that at
the first there were many of them looked upon as men to
live by their labor. They had small lots given them, but
when ' the Towne for their support gave them these lots,
it was upon condition that they should inhabit them. And
now the Towne would call them off their farmes.' He was
answered that then the farmers came to town with their
families on the last day of the week, and ' stayed till after
the Saboth,' and that ' the farmes were given them that
corn and cattell might be raised; yet now they need corne
from the towne.' "
Our historian leaves us in the dark as to the outcome
of this special meeting; but since the question was not
decided until more than a hundred years later, of course
we must conclude that it amounted to little else than an
expression of opinion evidently a decided one. It may
quite possibly be that the annoyance thus experienced
had its bearing on his subsequent removal to help found the
town of Wallingford, although ten years later he was still
a " freeman in the town of New Haven," and, again, after
settling in Wallingford, it is recorded that he continued
to be one of the proprietors of New Haven, f However,
in 1669, thirty-eight men, of whom Nathaniel's name is
fourth on the list, signed an agreement to found the village
During his residence in New Haven, he held various
public positions. The close proximity of the Indians made
military protection necessary from the first, and " every
* Levermore's Republic of New Haven, p. no.
f Savage's Genealogical Dictionary, III, p. 200.
I Davis, Hist, of Wallingford, p. 78.
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male from sixteen to sixty years of age " was pressed into
service. In 1642 the total number thus subject to military
duty was 217, as there were thirty-one watches of seven
men each. The company was divided into four squadrons,
each commanded by a sergeant.. The squadrons were
trained in succession, one on each Saturday, with a
" general training " every fifth week on Monday for the
whole company. We find that, having formerly been a
sergeant to the artillery company, on May Qth, 1662, he was
chosen ensign.* In 1665 he was confirmed as the first
sergeant of the train band f (that is, military company),
and in January, 1666, he was chosen to serve on the jury. J
Two or three months later we note a real estate trans-
action, in that he bought of Isaac Whitehead " all his part
of land given by the town;" and he also sold to John
Moss " half the foremen tioned land and meadow excepting
To go back a few years, we find that in 1660, when there
arose a general question as to the boundaries between
New Haven and Connecticut colonies, which later assumed
very important proportions, it is stated that Nathaniel
Merriman and others " with the help of Montowese, an
Indian, ye late proprietor, shall set out the bounds with
lasting markes, * * of a pcell of land towards Con-
necticote." || In the "Century of Meriden," the early
part of which is written by George M. Curtis, one of his
descendants, we find this picture: " As soon as spring has
really come, we may in fancy see these men, clad in leathern
* New Haven Proprietors Manuscript Records, III, p. 40.
t Public Records Colony of Connecticut, II, p. 112.
J New Haven Proprietors Manuscript Records, III, p. 79.
Ibid, p. &2.^ || New Haven Colony Records, II, p. 409,
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doublet and breeches, accompanied by the dusky warrior
Montowese, striding along the road leading to ' Connecti-
cote,' crossing the bridge lately built over the Quinnipiac,
and setting their faces towards the north. * * First,
we note the sturdy form of Nathaniel Merriman, a veteran
of the Pequot war of 1636, and destined later, as captain
of dragoons, and accompanied by his son Nathaniel, Jr.,
to play his part in the great swamp fort fight of King
Philip's war." *
As regards Nathaniel Merriman's children born in New
Haven, records seem to differ somewhat. On the New
Haven Register of Vital Statistics, they are given as follows:
Births: Hanah dau. of Nathaniell, May 16, 1651.
Abigail dau. of Nathaniell, Apr. 18, 1654.
Mary dau. of Nathaniel, July 12, 1657.
John son of Nathaniell, Feb. last, 1659.
Samuell son of Nathaniell, Sept. 29, 1662.
Caleb son of Nathaniell, May, 1665.
Sons of Nathaniell [among records of 1667].
Elizabeth dau. of Nathaniell, Sept. 14, 1669.
Death: John son of Nathaniell, Sept. 26, 1651.
Of these we find baptisms as follows: John, Abigail, and
Mary, all on June 27, 1661; Caleb, June 25, 1665.!
* Gillespie and Curtis: A Century of Meriden, p. n.
fFrom the First Church Records, transcribed by Henry
White in 1855, and published in the New England Historical
and Genealogical Register, IX, pp. 357-364.
THE CHILDREN OF NATHANIEL MERRIMAN
The Chairman reported that 325 programs of the meeting
and 325 return postal cards had been sent out, and that 142
of the cards had been received in reply. The last line
of the postal card was " I am descended from Nathaniel
through his child - ." This last line was filled out
as follows: 5 persons were not decended from Nathaniel,
25 did not know through which child they were descended,
14 claimed descent through Hannah, 15 through Abigail,
20 through Mary, 39 through John, 9 through Samuel,
28 through Caleb, and 3 through Elizabeth. Among the
137 descendants who replied there were 19 cases of double
or triple descent through two or three of Nathaniel's
The Chairman then stated that the eldest child of
Nathaniel Merriman, also named Nathaniel, was probably
born about 1648. At the age of about 27 he went forth
in King Philip's war and gave his life in defense of the
Colonies in the great swamp fort fight in Rhode Island on
December 19, 1675. The second child, who was named
John, died in infancy in 1651.
The names of the other children who left issue were then
called in the order of their birth with a brief statement
regarding their date of birth, age at marriage, name of
husband or wife, and number of children. As the name
of each was called the chairman requested those descended
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from that child to rise and then asked one of their number
to make remarks.
Hannah, the third child, was born in 1651. At the age
of 175 she married John Ives and had five children: John,
Hannah, Joseph, Gideon, and Nathaniel. After the death
of John Ives, she married Joseph Benham by whom she had
three children: Mary, Joseph, and Abigail.
Fourteen persons arose who were descended from Hannah,
and remarks were made by Frederick A. Sutliffe of South-
Abigail, the fourth child, was born in 1654. At the age
of 165 she married John Hitchcock and had eleven children:
a daughter, Samuel, Abigail, Mary, Nathaniel, Margery,
John, Mathias, Hannah, Damaris, and Benjamin.
Fourteen descendants of Abigail arose. Remarks were
made by George R. Johnson of Cheshire, Conn.
Mary, the fifth child, was born in 1657. At the age of
17 she married Thomas Curtis and had twelve children:
Mary, Nathaniel, Samuel, Elizabeth, Hannah, Thomas,
Sarah, Abigail, Joseph, Jemima, Rebecca, and John.
Twenty-seven descendants of Mary arose. Remarks were
made by George M. Curtis of Meriden, Conn.
John, the sixth child, was born in 1660. At the age of
23 he married Hannah Lines by whom he had three children :
Esther, Abigail, and George. At the age of 30 he married,
for his second wife, Elizabeth Peck by whom he had seven
children: John, Israel, Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary, Caleb,
Forty-eight descendants of John arose. Remarks were
CHILDREN OF NATHANIEL MERRIMAN 59
made by Mrs. Jennie Merriman Buell of Terryville, Conn.,
whose father Ebenezer Merriman was fifth in descent from
Samuel, the seventh child, was born in 1662. At the
age of 24 he married Anna Street, daughter of Rev. Samuel
Street of Wallingford, by whom he had four children:
Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Theophilus, and Samuel.
Seven descendants of Samuel arose. Remarks were made
by James Lehigh Merriman of Bolton, Mass.
Caleb, the eighth child was born in 1665. At the age of
25 he married Mary Preston by whom he had eight children:
Moses, Elizabeth, Eliasaph, Phebe, Hannah, Lydia, and
Twenty-eight descendants of Caleb arose. Remarks
were made by Henry J. Merriman of Southington, Conn.,
who said that while he was sixth in descent from Nathaniel
through his son John, he was also proud of being seventh
in descent, on his mother's side, from Caleb.
The ninth birth was that of twin sons which occurred in
1667. No names are given to them in the New Haven
record, and it is hence probable that they died soon after
The youngest child was Elizabeth who was born in 1669.
At the age of i6 years she married Ebenezer Lewis and had
ten children: Elizabeth, Barnabas, Hannah, Benjamin,
Malachi, Agape, and Ebenezer.
Three descendants of Elizabeth Lewis arose. Remarks
were made by Miss Kate A. Prichard of Waterbury, Conn.,
and Miss Susan E. Merriam of Branford, Conn.
THE FOUNDERS OF WALLINGFORD
WRITTEN FOR THE MERRIMAN TRICENTENNIAL REUNION
BY DONALD LINES JACOBUS
Tenth in Descent from Nathaniel through his
Where once the mighty breakers roared,
The sealess sand-dunes naked lie;
Beyond, a sweep of hills and sky
That guard the gates of Wallingford.
Two centuries have taken flight
And now a third is on the wing,
Since that first balmy day of Spring
When pioneers gazed on the site
And chose to make the wilderness
Their home. What transformation then
Took place in forest, field and fen;
What days of toil and weariness
These people knew and yet endured,
That here a pleasant town should rise
Beauteous under smiling skies,
Of peace and plenty well assured.
THE FOUNDERS OF WALLINGFORD 61
The plough prevails where fails the sword.
Man's toil beneath a blazing sun,
And work of woman, bravely done,
'Twas these that builded Wallingford.
And who were they, whose work achieved
The conquest of the wilderness?
What features and what mode of dress
Were theirs, and what the lives they lived?
Far down the dim receding aisles
Of years long past we gaze in vain.
The scene is hazy, nothing plain;
Vaguely before our vision files
A line of rugged men, some old,
Some young; dauntless in spirit, all;
Their names alone we may recall,
And in few words their tale is told.
Yet here was many an august name
That in old England stood for worth,
And many a name of humbler birth
That since that day has risen to fame.
Among them Street, whose family gave
A line of pastors to the land;
Curtis and Yale were of the band,
Keen-eyed Brockett and Munson brave.
And here was Hall, one of whose stock
Set hand to the great Declaration
That made America a nation;
Moss, whom a hundred years of shock
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And turmoil could not quite subdue;
Preston and Ives and Royce and Beach.
Their names ring out like mighty speech;
Men may be false, but names ring true.
And as the roll of names we scan,
Far down the moldy, wrinkled page,
Faded by time and eaten with age,
We meet the name of Merriman.
A staunch old warrior, stern of brow,
He was not deaf when duty spoke,
But stooped his shoulder to the yoke
And to the furrow kept the plough.
These were the men who ventured forth
From fireside ease; with wife and child
They sought the yet unpeopled wild
And set their village in the north.
We cannot praise them nor condemn,
Their faults and virtues are effaced;
Yet in their history may be traced
Enough to make us honor them.
In council slow, in judgment sure,
They faltered not, nor turned aside;
In faith they owned a perfect guide,
And what they builded shall endure.
We are their children; the same blood
Courses these veins; their names we bear;
Then let it be our foremost care
To guard our birthright as we should.
THE FOUNDERS OF WALLINGFORD 63
An age of doubt succeeds the age
Of faith; men grow indifferent
To great ideals of government,
Oblivious of their heritage.
They wander restless to and fro,
Desert the tried for something strange;
They hail as progress, wanton change;
Recklessly to the ground they throw
The trusty bulwarks of the past,
And deem things good because they are new:
Our fathers sought for what was true,
And, having found it, held it fast.
In council slow, in judgment sure,
We too must learn to know the beauty
That strews the simple path of duty;
Thus shall we build what may endure.
And when men clamor, Alter this!
And in their ignorance cry, Reform!
Then shall we bow before the storm
And closer cling to that which is.
But when new problems need our skill
And all the world seems fogged in night,
We first shall ponder what is right,
Then mould the world to serve our will.
So haply, when the plough or sword
Falls from our hands, and we are laid
In the cold ground, it shall be said,
" They built a statelier Wallingford."
NATHANIEL MERRIMAN IN WALLINGFORD
BY MANSFIELD MERRIMAN
Sixth in Descent from Nathaniel through his son John,
seventh through his daughter Mary, and seventh
through his son Caleb
In the year 1670 a man fifty-seven years old, with his wife
and five children, came to Wallingford and built a log house
at the northwest corner of the present Main and Ward
Streets. From early youth his life had been laborious
and he had occupied a subordinate position in the com-
munity where he had previously lived. Yet in the new
and growing village of Wallingford he soon became a
prominent leader in civil and military affairs. His great
work was done here after he had passed the age of sixty.
To-day we, his descendants, meet to pay due honor to his
Nathaniel Merriman had fought in the Pequot war in
early manhood. At New Haven he had been private,
sergeant, and ensign in the train band or military company.
At Wallingford the first care of every settler was to protect
his home against the Indians, and a train band was soon
organized, of which Nathaniel Merriman was appointed
lieutenant in 1672 by the General Court of Connecticut.
This train band was too small to have a captain and hence
Lieut. Merriman was its head. How efficient were his
NATHANIEL MERRIMAN IN WALLINGFORD 65
labors appears from the fact that, although a constant guard
had to be kept and although houses had to be fortified, no
actual struggle with the Indians ever occurred in this town.
The dark days of danger were in the years 1675 and 1676
and he then rendered special service in King Philip's war.
Until the year 1692 he was the efficient head of the Walling-
ford train band. Then at the age of seventy-eight he laid
down his military work.*
During these years he was in constant cooperation with
the authorities of the Colony of Connecticut in military
affairs. He was also the deputy or representative of Wal-
lingford to the General Court at Hartford for nine sessions, f
The journey from Wallingford to Hartford then occupied
an entire day and was doubtless often made on foot, the
party being always armed to protect themselves against the
Indians. In those years also he rendered service to the
County of New Haven by acting as a juror in its courts,
as a commissioner in establishing the boundaries of towns
and in the erection of bridges. Real estate which he con-
tinued to hold at New Haven also claimed some attention,
so that his journeys there were doubtless frequent. Thus
his personality was well known throughout the colony of
His first formal service in civil affairs to the town of
Wallingford was in 1672 when he was appointed Secretary
of the Committee to distribute land among the planters.
Soon after he was chosen town clerk, and reelected annually
to that office for nine years. In 1675 he was appointed
* See my pamphlet " Nathaniel Merriman, one of the
Founders of Wallingford in the State of Connecticut " (New
York, March, 1913), for references to the authorities where
these historical facts are first stated.
t See Records of the Colony of Connecticut.
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one of a committee to establish a church, but as no church
buildin was erected the Sabbath services were often held
at his 1 ouse. He was one of a committee to erect a mill
for grinding corn, he was named as a trustee in deeds of land
to the town of Wallingford by the Indians.* During one
year he was a magistrate of the town, empowered to settle
disputes and join young couples in matrimony. His influ-
ence in every direction appears to have been that of a leader
and wise counsellor.
What manner of man was this, who after the age of sixty,
developed such executive capacity and became such a
trusted leader? Was he of stalwart form, as some have
supposed? Was he of cheery temperament, or was his cast
of mind stern and forbidding? Was he of deep religious
convictions, or was his church activity merely a matter of
duty? These queries cannot now be answered, but from
what is recorded and what is not recorded some inferences
may be drawn. He was prompt and thorough in the per-
formance of all his duties. His records as town clerk are
kept neatly and accurately. Not once in all his military
career is there a mention of the slightest deviation from
appointed duty. Not once is he noted as absent from an
appointed meeting. Once when unwell he appeared at the
General Court in Hartford as the Wallingford deputy and
was excused from attendance on that account. He was
an observer of law and precedent. In 1675 when he was
town clerk he did not record the death of his son in the
swamp fort fight in Rhode Island, and the only reason we
can imagine for this omission is that he thought it improper
to record a death which did not occur in the town of
* See Davis' History of Wallingford regarding the above
statements; also the paper on pages 95-103.
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He had a high sense of justice and fairness as is clearly
shown by his will. He had a modesty and a shrinking
from notoriety, as is clearly shown from the circumstance
that, although the title Captain was generally applied to
him after King Philip's war, he himself used only the prefix
Lieutenant, for the Wallingford train band was then too
small to have a head with the official title of Captain.
Through all his life he was a hard worker. After the age
of sixty he labored hard as a farmer at Wallingford for the
support of his family, yet he also found time to work
for the church, the town, the county, and the colony. All
his work seems to have been well done. Such was the man
whose memory this day we delight to honor.
The children of Nathaniel Merriman ranged in age from
one to twenty years when he came to Wallingford in 1670.
The eldest son was assigned a lot adjoining that of his
father, but it is not known whether or not he had married
and built a house upon it before he went forth to King
Philip's war in 1675. The two eldest daughters married
in New Haven, but came with their families to Wallingford
a few years after its foundation. As the younger children
grew up, they married and settled near by. Thus, sur-
rounded by the families of seven of his children, Nathaniel
Merriman was a patriarch to whom all looked up with
reverence. At the time of his death in 1694 thirty-eight
grandchildren and several great-grandchildren had been
Joan, who was the wife of Nathaniel Merriman when
he wrote his will in 1692, survived him by fifteen years.
Her maiden surname is unknown and it is thought that
she was a second wife and not the mother of his children.
But through all the years at Wallingford, she had the care
of those children among discomforts and trials of which w e
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at the present day can scarcely form a conception. To
her also let all honor be due.
In the office of the town clerk at Wallingford there is an
old book, 8 by 12 inches in size and bound in home-made
leather, which contains 127 numbered pages and a fly leaf.
Pages 1-17 of this book give the records of the New Haven
Committee, the agreement of the Wallingford planters
with their autographic signatures, resolutions of the General
Court of Connecticut regarding the village, and the action
of the Wallingford committee in assigning house lots. On
May 27, 1672 this committee resigned its trust to the
inhabitants and Nathaniel Merriman was appointed Secre-
tary or town clerk. Pages 18 to 72 of this old book are
in his handwriting, the matter consisting of minutes of
town meetings, business with adjoining towns, ear marks
of cattle and records of births, marriages, and deaths. The
writing is neat and for the most part readily legible, although
the edges of many leaves are torn and stained.
A recent examination of this old book has brought to light
several facts not hitherto mentioned in print.* For many
years he was one of the appraisers appointed by the town
to make lists of property. For ten years he was one of the
" townsmen," or selectmen, which managed the business
of the village, and during five of these years he was the
first selectman who probably then, as now, did most of the
work. He was at the head of the committee to erect and
repair the mill. He served as one of the auditors to examine
the yearly accounts. He was chairman of the committee
which in 1691 was appointed to " seat the meeting-house."
Some light upon his character is shown by this old book
in the records of his dissenting votes cast in the town meet-
* See the paper on pages 95-103.
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ings. One year a motion was passed to allow a certain
way of rating property, there being four dissenting votes
recorded, the name of Nathaniel Merriman standing first.
Another year a motion was passed that every man in town
should work for Rev. Mr. Street " to suit his need and
having two days notice "; to this there were five dissenters
whose names are recorded, that of Nathaniel Merriman
being given first. These facts show that when he was
positive that he was right, he did not hesitate boldly to
proclaim his views even though he was in a hopeless minority.
A strong character like this could not fail to leave its
impress upon those who followed him. As one evidence of
the respect shown for his memory, it may be noted that
five of his grandchildren were named Nathaniel. Even
in families but indirectly connected with his own, children
were named after him.* For many years after his death,
stories of his strong personality, of his services in the Indian
wars, and of his public career were undoubtedly often told
by Wallingford firesides. He lived respected, he died
regretted, and the memory of his work still survives. Such
was the man whom we this day are proud to call our com-
* For instance, Merriman Munson, Merriman Cook, and
KING PHILIP'S WAR OF 1675 AND THE SERVICES
RENDERED THEREIN BY NATHANIEL MERRI-
MAN AND HIS ELDEST SON
BY GEORGE M. CURTIS
Seventh in Descent from Nathaniel through his
When Wallingford was settled in 1670, forty-eight men
' comprised all the male adults. Five years later this number
may have been increased by perhaps ten. As quite a num-
ber of these men were young, and had been recently mar-
ried, it is probable that the total population of the town
did not exceed three hundred and fifty souls. Perhaps there
were fifty houses in the settlement, all facing on what is
now the main street, and extending over a distance of a
mile. New Haven was the nearest town, twelve miles
to the south.
In what is now Meriden, there were only two houses,
while some ten miles north of these, in the southern part
of Wethersfield, was the fortified house of Sergt. Richard
Beckley, in a locality still known as Beckley's Quarters,
in the present town of Berlin.
It may be readily seen that the situation of Wallingford
was an exposed and isolated one, and that a journey to
Hartford or New Haven over an Indian trail through the
surrounding primeval forests was fraught with danger and
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The Indian war of 1675-6, commonly known as King
Philip's, actually broke out on June 20, 1675, in an attack
on Swansea, a town located just west of Fall River, Mass.
As towns were sacked and burned, and the inhabitants
butchered, the alarm soon became general throughout
New England, for it was apparent that the Indians were
embarked in a war of extermination. The Indians of
Connecticut were restless also during the whole period,
as may be seen by an examination of the Colonial Records.
The first evidence in Wallingford of the general panic
throughout New England appears on the town records in a
series of votes passed August 27th. There were other
votes of like nature adopted on later dates. Those of
August 27, 1675, are as follows:
" In respect to the present danger of the Indians it was
ordered that y e inhabitants secure themselves and the
principall of theyre goods by fortifying about two houses
w ch houses are to be Mr. Samuel Streets and Leutenant
Merrimans & that this work of fortifying be set upon the
28th of August by y e whole town and followed until it be
effected & whosoever fails, to pay a fine of 5 shillings."
" Also that every man bring his armes & ammunition
compleate upon the Saboth day y* he may be able in a fitt
posture to do service if need require."
" That y e select guard serve as sentinells on y e Sabath
and y e rest of the town ward 4 men every Sabbath and 2
every weeke day & be warned by order from y e Constable
by y e watch and called & y* they begin to ward when the
watch breaks up and hold on till y e watch be sett again:
y* they begin and end at y e dawning and shutting in of
y e day: and y 1 both watch and ward come to y e constable
and y* theire arms may be viewed if they be according to
law: this until further order, provided notwithstanding
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y e select guard is not hereby freed from warding on y e
weeke days: it is alsoe ordered y* y e drum beat at y e setting
and breaking up of y e watch."
On Sept. 23, 1675, "It was ordered y 4 y e day workers
for y e cutting of brush be performed y e next Monday &
Tuesday being y e 2;th & 28th instants & y e Drum to beat
in y e morning & y e persons to work meet at Eleazur Peck's
house & so distribute 4 parts to work at y e view part of
y e town & y e other 3 persons towards y e lower end of the
town & that is about y e South."
On Sept. 28, 1675, " It was ordered & agreed hoping it
may be no offence to y e Honorable Council that as in other
towns they have abated of y e number appointed for ward-
ing considering y e necessities of occasions and inability to
to hold to ward on 4 qurts of y e towne every day; we also
have presumed to make some abatement of y e present until
more danger appears or our superiors see cause to reduce
us to our former injunction."
On Oct. 5, 1675, "It was ordered y* those persons y*
live at that end of y e towne where Mr. Moss liveth viz
Mr Moss Mr Brocket Sergt Doolittle John Beach Sr
Eliasaph Preston Wm Ebnatha, if they see cause to fortify
any of their houses which they can agree upon for their
safety in their time of danger what their first charge is
shall be defrayed out of y e town treasury: alsoe y* any that
are willing to be assistant to make flankers at Lieut.
Merriman's barne shall have due recompence out of y e
" Dec. 4 1675 y e towne consented to be at y e charge of
fortifying one house at y e lower end of y e towne where
Serg* Doolittle liveth."
" Mar 4 1675/6 these persons were allowed to belong to
y e lower garrison Mr Moss Eliasaph Preston Wm Ebnatha
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John Peck Jeremiah How Saml Brockett Jabez Brockett
Insign Doolittle John Beach."
" Mar 4 1675/6 Mr Moss Lieut Merriman & Benj. Lewis
chosen a committee to see to the fortifications y* they may
be made sufficient according to y e true intent of y e councils
order Mar 3 1675/6."
It is interesting to note that the two houses selected
to be fortified against an attack by the Indians were those
of the Rev. Mr. Street and Lieutenant Nathaniel Merriman;
perhaps because they were the largest in the village, and
located at about the center.
The senior ranking military officer of Wallingford at that
time was Nathaniel Merriman, who was appointed Lieu-
tenant of the Train Band in 1672. The Colonial Records
of the period are silent about any other military officer in
Wallingford, except that in October, 1675, Samuel Munson
was appointed Ensign. So far as the records disclose,
there were no other officers of the Train Band.
At a meeting of the Governor and Council held November,
1675, Lieut. Nathaniel Merriman was appointed Captain
of Dragoons for New Haven County; each county was to
furnish sixty Dragoons for the Narragansett campaign.
They are supposed to have been equipped with horses,
long arms and ammunition. Just what were the services
of Lieutenant Nathaniel in the various expeditions of the
Connecticut troops, we do not know, but we are certainly
led by subsequent events to believe that they were
He may have been with Major Treat in the expeditions
for the relief of Deerfield, Hadley and Springfield, and he
was probably engaged in the Naragansett campaign, in
which three hundred Connecticut troops participated,
and of whom eighty were killed.
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We do know that his son, Nathaniel Merriman, was killed
at the Great Swamp Fort fight on December 19, 1675.
One likes to believe that Lieutenant Nathaniel, remember-
ing the death of his son, was one of those grim and wrathful
Puritans who swung their heavy cutlasses and thought of
Saul and Agag, and spared not.
While the results of this Great Swamp Fort fight were
disastrous to the Indians, it rendered them but little less
troublesome, and we know that Connecticut was harassed
by marauding and skulking bands of Indians who were
threatening various points of the Colony, and who even went
so far as to burn the town of Simsbury.
At the meeting of the Council in Hartford, March 3,
1675/6, the following minute was adopted:
" Upon the receipt of a letter from L nt Merriman and
Ensign Munson, of Wallingford, concerning their garrison
houses and watches and wardes (the Council) do recommend
it to the people there to watch and guard their garrisons,
etc., and also to desire two of the Assis*^ of New Haven
to com upon the place and to assist them in the setleing of
their affayres for the best good."
There is on file on the manuscript War Records in the
State Library at Hartford, the following letter from John
Moss Senior and Nathaniel Merriman, dated the 3oth of
these few lines are to certifie you . . . that last night Good-
man Coles house was burnt and this morning came wume
Thorns and severall Indeans with him a pass from S Major
treat which indeans we did suspect to have burnt it but they
say they lay at Serj Beckles, and came out of Wethersfield
Sun 2 hours high and it was dark before they come to Serj
Becklies. But while the indeans now here at Wallingford their
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came some souldiers downe and they say that these indeans
came out of Wethersfield about sun half an hour high and Dum
Thorn sayeth that Mr. Chester and Wethersfield Miller saw
them when they came by the mill. And these indeans say that
they saw a great many traks and some of them went toward
Matabesut mountains, and others toward the hanging hills as
they did judge near a 100. These things being considered we
doe judge the enemie is near us and therefore doe desire that
you would speedyly consider our condition and send us some
help. And soe being in hast wee rest desiring your prayers that
the lord would guid you and us to do that which may most
please him, we rest,
Your Humble Servants
John Moss senior
ffrom Wallingford Nathaniel Merriman
the 3oth of the ist mo 1676.
The farm of Goodman Cole was in the present township
of Meriden, and his house stood at what is now the south-
west corner of Colony Street and Kensington Avenue.
Mr. Cole had bought the farm from its first owner in 1673.
There were only two houses in the whole township of
Meriden at this time. The other was the old stone farm,
or fort, lying about two miles north of the house of Mr.
Cole. One can readily see that the situations were exposed
By subsequent records we find that there is no doubt
that the house of Mr. Cole was burned by Indians, for in
the examination of Menowniett, held August, 1676, it was
discovered that it was the Indian Cohas who had burned
Goodman Cole's house. Cohas (or Cohause) was finally
captured between Milford and New Haven, and taken
before the Council. He confessed that he had killed a
Mr. Kirby, of Middletown, on the -road to Wethersfield,
and that he had burned Goodman Cole's house. He was
executed by an Indian.
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Whether the destruction of Mr. Cole's house caused his
death, we are not sure, but we do know that Nathaniel
Merriman filed the inventory of Henry Cole, deceased, of
Wallingford, in the Probate Court of New Haven on May
12, 1676, only a short time after the destruction of the house.
Apparently most of his household stuff was destroyed in
Nathaniel Merriman 's services in King Philip's war
were recognized as important by his fellow townsmen, for
on January 26, 1684/5, the following vote was passed:
" The town showing their respect to those that were
employed in the countrys service in the war do grant unto
Lieut Merriman 10 acres and to the brothers of Nathaniel
Merriman that was slain at the fort fight 10 acres: as to the
rest of them 5 acres apiece which they are to take up
together in some place viewed by the townsmen that may not
be prejudicial to the town."
By subsequent votes we learn that the following is the
roll of honor of Wallingford men in King Philip's war:
LIEUTENANT NATHANIEL MERRIMAN,
* NATHANIEL MERRIMAN, JR.
JOHN Moss, JR.,
JOSEPH BENHAM, JR.,
THE WILL AND ESTATE OF NATHANIEL
The last will and testament of Nathaniel Merriman is
recorded in the Probate Court of New Haven, Vol. II, pp.
146-149. The inventory of his estate follows immediately
after the will. In the following copy the antique spelling
of words has not been followed, except in proper names,
and modern punctuation has generally been introduced.
Nathaniell Merriman his last will & testament made
June 6, 1692. I Nath 11 Merriman being stricken in years,
not knowing the time of my dissolution, & desirous to settle
things respecting that little outward estate God hath
bestowed upon me, upon my surviving relations so as may
prevent strife & contention between them when I shall
have departed this life, hoping therefore that what shall
be hereafter written may effect the same.
In the name of God, Amen. I Nath 11 Merriman of
Wallingford, being in perfect sense & competent measure
of health, do by these presents publish & declare that what
shall be hereafter written is my last will and testament.
Of which my will and testament I do by these appoint,
constitute & ordain my beloved wife Joane Merriman
and my youngest son Caleb Merriman to be the joint
executors. And so whensoever it shall please Almighty
God to take me away out of this world by death, I do wil-
lingly commit my body to the earth from whence it was
taken & my spirit to God that gave it me.
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And after all my due & just debts & decent burial are
discharged, I give to my beloved wife during the time of
her natural life in this world the full right, use & improve-
ment of the one-half part of my dwelling house & barn &
the half part of my home lot whether pasture or other
land, & of the orchard. Moreover as aforesaid & in like
manner I give to my beloved wife one-third part of all
other lands lying in the first division so called, whether
corn land, meadow land, or woodland, or pasture land,
fenced or unfenced, except such parcels as are already
disposed of to my other two sons John or Samuell, or shall
be hereafter disposed of by sale or gift before my death.
As also one-third part of the meadow in New Haven bounds,
except as aforesaid what I have made over to my two sons
John & Samuell or shall be disposed of by gift or sale before
my death. Also one-third part of what land I have in the
great common field which was granted to me by the town
upon the account of second division land.
Item. I give & bequeath to my son Caleb Merriman
the other half part of my house & barne, homelot, orchard,
pasture, or corn land. Also the other two-thirds part of
all first division lands, corn land, meadow, pasture or wood-
land, and two-third? parts of the meadow in New Haven
bounds & of all land in the common field which was granted
by the town on account of second division land, except as
aforesaid what is or hereafter shall be disposed of by gift
or sale before my death, & immediately after my death
my said son Caleb to take full possession of as his own to
use & improve, enjoy, or otherwise dispose of, as he shall
see cause, saving my wife's right to any part of the crop
which may at the present be upon the ground. And at the
decease of my beloved wife then the other third part of all
lands as aforesaid & the other half part of house, barn,
CAPT. NATHANIEL'S WILL AND ESTATE 79
homelot, with all appurtenances as aforesaid to return to my
said son Caleb. And so the whole of all my housing & lands
as aforesaid to be and remain to him as his own proper
right and inheritance forever, only if my servant William
Hanrey continue to serve out his time agreed upon, then
the agreement on my part to be performed by the executors.
Moreover I give and bequeath to my said son Caleb the whole
of all my second division land & in any other divisions
that shall of right belong to me according to bounds &
quantity entered in the town records, he my said son paying
to my daughter Mary Curtis the full & just sum of five
pounds as a legacy at or before the end of twelve months
after my decease and probation of this my will.
As for my other two sons John & Samuell Merriman, they
having already received their portions in housing, lands,
cattle and other estate, my will is that each of them have
twenty shillings paid to them by the Executors as a legacy
at or before the end of twelve months after my decease &
probation of my will.
Moreover my will is that what swine or sheep my son
Caleb shall breed up as his own during the time we live
and carry on together, those swine or sheep being put to
those that are reputed mine, at my decease the whole being
equally divided, that my beloved wife shall have one half
and my son Caleb the other half. As for horned or neat
cattle, or horse kind, my son Caleb his share being already
delivered to him, my will is that of the principal & of the
increase what is remaining at my decease be all his portion
of such cattle or horse kind, & all the rest of such cattle
or horse kind either in hand, or running in the woods, that
are properly mine at my decease, my will is that my beloved
wife shall have one- third part, & the other two-thirds parts
to be divided equally amongst my surviving daughters.
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Moreover I give to my son Caleb all manner of tools
or instruments used about husbandry or carpenters works,
as cart wheels, plans, plow irons, chains, hoops, boxes,
axes, hatchets, hoes, & all such like things, except one ax
and hoe for the use of my servant Wm Henry, or any other
man servant that my wife may have occasion to keep for
her use. Item, I give to my son Caleb my military books,
my cutlash & sash, my best gun & all other accoutrements
belonging to military affairs, except complete arms &
amunition according to law for any one man servant that
my wife may have occasion to keep.
Moreover I give to my beloved wife the bed, bolster &
pillows, with a pair of the best sheets, the best rug & blanket,
the curtains & vallanse, together with the bedstead, all
which we have usually reposed in during the time of our
living together. After which it is my will that all manner
of my household stuff, as beds, bedding, bedsteads, linen,
woolen, pewter, brass, iron, wooden, earthen, & whatsoever
comes under the denomination of household stuff, excepting
the great table and the stillyards, be divided, the one half
to be to my beloved wife, the other half amongst my sur-
viving daughters, & as for all my wearing aparell it is my
will that it be equally divided amongst my surviving sons.
To which & to all the premises set to my hand & seal this
We whose names are under written do testify that on the
Nath 11 Merriman of Wallingford desired us to
attest to the above & on the other side witness that it was
his last will and testament.
Before the premises were signed & sealed the town began
to speak of appropriating all the Plains, which if it come to
pass, whatsoever part or parts falleth to my lot, it is my
will that my beloved wife shall enjoy the one-third part of
CAPT. NATHANIEL'S WILL AND ESTATE 81
it during the time of her natural life, & at her decease to
return to my son Caleb to be to him as all the rest before
mentioned. To which all the premises I said Nath 11
Merriman have set my hand & seal September gth, 1692.
his seal [s]
We whose names are under written testify that upon
the ninth of September in the year of our Lord one
thousand six hundred ninety-two the before written Nath 11
Merriman showed us this writing & told us it was his last
will & testament & signed & sealed it in our presence &
desired us to witness to it.
EBENEZER CLARK 1 _.
I Sworn in Court
JOSEPH HOULL J
Febr 8, 169! Lt. Nath 11 Merriman declared to us by good
deliberation & consideration that his military books & his
fan to fan corn & his carpenter tools should be divided
among his three sons & they shall have an equal share in
Witness EBENEZER CLARK ) _.
LL _ ,\ Sworn in Court.
SAM STREET Jun r J
An Inventory of the estate of Lef* Nath u Merriman
of Wallingford who departed this life the i3th Febr. 169^
Ib. s. d.
Impr. The home lot, orchard & pasture, house
& barn 145. oo. oo
It. A river lot 18 acres 54/6. 26 acres of land
in the common field with the crop upon
the ground 54/6. 23. 6d 108 . 02 . 06
It. 57 acres of first division land 28/6. 105;
meadow at New Haven 40*6 68. 10. oo
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lb. s. d.
It. 237 acres of second division land 60/6. 2
oxen 10/6. 3 cows gib. 5$ 79 . 05 . oo
It. i Bull 3/6. i small heifer ilb los. 23
swine 12/6 los. 8 sheep 4/6 21 . oo . oo
It. Carpenter's tools 3/6 55. Plows, chains,
irons, axes, hoes, trowel, shovel, 6/6 gs. . . . g. 14 . 04
It. Cart wheels, yokes, geers, with the irons
belonging to them 3 . 17. oo
It. Indian corn in the barn 6/6. Hay & oats
in the barn 3/6 105 9 . 10. oo
It. Forks, a flail 45 6d. Brake & hatchet 35. 6d . oo. 08. oo
It. 2 sythes, a ring & robe los. A staff \vith
an iron head 35 oo . 13 . oo
It. A quarter part of a cider mill 135. The
half of a grindstone 6s oo . 19 . oo
It. Indian corn, rye & oats in house 2/6 155 6d
His wearing clothes 12/6 165 6d 15 . 12 . oo
It. In money 01 . 16 . 05
It. A saddle 145. 4 bells 165. A little bag, 2
awls, a few hobrats is 6d 01 . 19 . 06
It. Hogs fat & tallow 195 6d. 17 lb of flax
1 7$. Cider and tobacco ilb 75 03 . 02 . 06
It. Hops, salt & tow ilb 6s 6d. Sole leather,
Indian corn i lb 45 02 . 10. 06
It. 4 lb of yarn 105. 2 guns with all the
military accoutrements 8/6 105 09 . oo. oo
It. All those things that may go under the de-
nomination of household stuff 81 . 03 . 10
557- 15- 7
dr. 4. o. o
This Inventory taken and appraisement made March 6th, 169^.
LETTERS FROM DESCENDANTS WHO WERE
UNABLE TO ATTEND THE REUNION
Time did not permit the reading of the letters in full
and accordingly the following abstracts or extracts were
presented by the Secretary of the General Committee.
Louise B. Merriman, Grass Lake, Mich. " I am sorry
not to be able to be with you to celebrate the advent of the
Merrimans into this country, but hope that some of our
western people will be there and bring us a report."
Belle Merriman, Jackson, Mich. " I cannot go back
in my ancestry further than my great-grandfather and
think that his name was Caleb."
George Merriman, Muskogee, Okla. " I am the son of
Eli T. Merriman who was born near Bristol, Conn., in
1815, and I have three brothers in Texas. I hope that you
will have a good time and that in the near future we may
meet in the West. The latch key to my home is on the
outside if any of our relations ever come to Muskogee.
Please send me a copy of the Proceedings of the Reunion.
Mrs. Florence Merriman Young, St. Paul, Mich., regrets
that she cannot be present with her three sons. Her grand-
father was Benoni Merriman, one of the early settlers of
Michigan. She would like to purchase genealogical records
of the Merriman family and also a report of the Reunion.
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Charles F. Merriman, Manchester, Mich., is also a grand-
son of Benoni. He is sorry that he cannot attend and would
like to receive an account of the Reunion. His father
George O. Merriman was born in New York State, Oct.
Mrs. Maude Merriman Huffman, Regent of the D. A. R.
Chapter at Lebanon, Tenn., has been collecting data
regarding the Merriman family and sends a table of her
lineage from Capt. Nathaniel through his son Caleb.
Willis G. Merriman, Lowell, Michigan. " I am not sure
that I can attend the Reunion but I send one dollar to pay
for my luncheon ticket. I do not know which child of
Nathaniel I am descended from, but my grandfathers name
Mrs. Harriet M. Hayes, Torrington, Conn. " I am the
only living child of George Merriman of Litchfield who died
in 1893 at the age of 94 years. Any items regarding my
branch of the family that will aid future genealogical research
will be gladly furnished. I have just passed my seventy-
seventh birthday and have a good share of the health and
strength for which the Merriman family are noted."
Richard M. Merriman, San Juan, Porto Rico. " I am
very sorry that I cannot join the distinguished assembly
on June 4 to do honor to our common ancester. If Pro-
ceedings of the Reunion are to be issued I should like very
much to have a copy.
Miss L. Beatrice Merriman, Boston, Mass., sends her
genealogical record and is very sorry that she cannot attend
the Reunion. She is a descendant of Amasa Merriman
who was born in Meriden in 1767.
LETTERS FROM DESCENDANTS 85
Mrs. Titus Mooney Merriman, Revere, Mass. " How I
wish I could attend the Merriman tricentennial Reunion,
but age (86 years) prevents. My husband, who was a
Baptist minister, died a year ago at the age of 90. He
descended through Caleb, Eliasaph, Titus, Amasa, and
Joseph. I pray that you may have a happy time at
Wallingford. The Merrimans have a good name and I
trust that it will never be tarnished. I hope to see a
report of the gathering."
Mrs. Clara Merriman Bell, Mina, Nevada, is sorry that
she cannot attend, but she will be very glad to copy for our
historian the information which she has gathered in twelve
Amelia Frost Ives, Dedham, Mass., does not know how
she is descended from Nathaniel, but says that her grand-
mother's name was Philendia Merriman.
Mrs. Julia Merriman Humphrey, Englewood, N. J.,
is 84 years old and cannot attend but sends wishes for a
very pleasant Reunion. Her father was John Merriman
and his father was James.
Mrs. Clinton Judd, Dixon, Illinois, will gladly furnish
any possible assistance in compiling a genealogy and regrets
that distance prevents her attendance.
John J. Merriman, Hartford, Conn., does not know how
he is descended from Capt. Nathaniel, but would like to
get a list of his branch.
Mrs. William D. Evans, Zephyrhills, Florida. " Many
thanks for your kind invitation. Oh! how I would enjoy
coming, but cannot this time. Best wishes to all who can
be there and hopes for many happy meetings of the descend-
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ants of our forefathers. Perhaps you know more about
our California cousins than I do, as cousin Clara Bell may
have told you all about them when she was east several
years ago as the delegate from the Peoria Chapter of the
D. A. R."
Joel Chauncey Merriman, Deckerville, Michigan. " I
cannot attend, but it is a matter in which I am deeply
interested. If you decide to publish a book I would like to
C. La Rue Munson, Williamsport, Pa. " I am exceed-
ingly disappointed at my inability to attend the Merriman
Reunion, but am obliged to be then on the Pacific coast
on urgent business. I am descended from both Abigail
and Mary, daughters of Capt. Nathaniel, and am twice
descended through Mary. At one time I worked out
that I was five times descended from Nathaniel but I can-
not at this moment remember just how, but think it was
through Hannah and Caleb. I shall be glad to be a sub-
scriber to the Merriman book if one is published."
George B. Merriman, Ottawa, Kansas. " Am sorry that
I cannot meet you on June 4, and moreover know very
little about my ancestors. My grandfather was Benoni
Merriman who came to Michigan from New York about
1839. I enclose $1.00 and would like a report of the meet-
ing. I hope you will have a pleasant and profitable
Mrs. Fannie S. Earngey, Rockford, Illinois, says " I am
specially anxious to be present as Wallingford was my birth-
place, but cannot see my way to do so. To the tribe of
Nathaniel I send greetings." She encloses her genealogical
record in full detail.
LETTERS FROM DESCENDANTS 87
Jefferson Davis Merriman, Laredo, Texas. " I am
exceedingly sorry that I will not be able to be there for the
Reunion with my family and brothers. I was born in
1862, was married in 1889, and have three daughters and
one son, all of whom are still young, healthy, good looking,
and single, but have many sweethearts. Kindly send me
copies of your proceedings at Wallingford."
Miss Gertrude B. Merriman, Terre Haute, Ind., regrets
that she cannot be present. Her grandfather William
Merriman who was born April 28, 1800 near New Haven,
Conn., came to Indiana when sixteen years old. Tradi-
tions indicate that his family in Connecticut was well-to-do
and that his mother had red hair. She is very desirous of
knowing how he was descended from Capt. Nathaniel.
Miss Alice P. Merriman, Madison, Wisconsin, is very
sorry that she cannot attend the Reunion to assist in doing
honor to the memory of that grand man Nathaniel. She
says that Mrs. Lucius Fairchild of Madison, the widow of a
former governor of Michigan, is descended from Capt.
Edward M. Merriman, Conway, Ark. " I had looked
forward to this occasion with no ordinary degree of pleasure,
and had so fondly anticipated being among and with you
all, but alas I am reminded that man proposes and God
disposes. I trust that the Reunion will be largely attended
and be productive of much interest and pleasure to the
Merriman tribe and hope that you will honor me with a
report of the meeting if one should be published."
Mrs. .George W. Fisk, Newington, Conn." My father
was F. B. Merriman of Waterbury, Conn., a direct descend-
ant of Capt. Nathaniel. I should like very much to attend
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the reunion but shall probably not be able; however, I want
to know as much as possible about it, and should be glad to
Maurice H. Merriman, Seattle, Wash., is 87 years old
but writes with a firm hand. " While few, if any, of the
family have attained to the standard, so called, of great men,
yet I have never known one who has brought discredit
on the name."
Dr. Alvin F. Merriman, Oakland, California. " I exceed-
ingly regret that I cannot attend owing to professional
duties here. I do not know from which son of Nathaniel
we were descended, but my father was cousin and playmate
of the late Rev. Daniel Merriman. I hope that all will
enjoy the Reunion."
Arthur H. Bennett, Topeka, Kansas, and Mrs. Lydia
C. Poyer, Belvidere, Illinois, are decended from Abel
Merriman and Elizabeth Merriman who were married in
1756. They know that Elizabeth was a great granddaughter
of Capt. Nathaniel, but do not know the line of descent
of Abel. They give detailed information of their branch
of the family, hope that a Merriman Genealogy may be
compiled, and send best wishes for the success of the
Reunion. The following lines are printed on the back of
Mr. Bennett's business card:
If I knew you and you knew me,
If both of us could clearly see,
And with an inner sight divine
The meaning of your heart and mine,
I'm sure that we would differ less
And clasp our hands in friendliness:
Our thoughts would pleasantly agree
If I knew you and you knew me.
LETTERS FROM DESCENDANTS 89
Mrs. Jane S. Lewis Bull, Plainville, Conn. " No doubt
all professions are represented at the Reunion today,
law, science, the ministry, as well as he or she who works
with the hand, all alike worthy of their hire. I would like
to look into your faces, to hear your voices, to shake you
by the hand, but through the infirmities of age (being
nearly fourscore) I am detained from coming. . . . During
the three hundred years since the birth of our common
ancestor what wonders have been wrought. The human
mind cannot grasp the vastness of the result reaching for-
ward through the endless life, the discipline of failures, the
glory of achievement. To the boy and girl here today
listening to the account of lives of great and glorious results
I would say, look up, and onward, and outward! The
Light of Earth is in the heavens above. The Light of Life
has been also lifted up. Life is eternal, love is eternal.
So live that you may attain."
Mrs. Sara Merriman Hart, New York City. " Nathaniel
Merriman was without doubt one of the historical heroes
among the fathers of our Republic; one of those many-
sided men whose versatility and achievements along diverse
lines were so marvelous, that the interpretation of their
life and thought must always be suggestive and helpful
to the serious student of human nature and especially to
those who bear the same name; and while his guiding thought
and secret motive force we may not discover, yet the
qualities he displayed evoke admiration and esteem; thus
it is eminently fitting that his name be kept in remembrance
and duly honored by descendants.
I may not be with you on this occasion, but will observe
the day appointed."
Charles N. Merriman, Orlando, Florida. " In my 86th
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year I came to this state and planted my first citrus trees,
for I must do here just what Nathaniel and the rest of the
fighters of ye olden tyme did. I am built the same way,
made of the same stern stuff, ready to fight at the drop
of the hat. When the first railroad rail was laid I was a
New York State kid; I was electric then and now at 88
I've enough left in my storage battery to last me another
score or two of years. In spirit I am with you at Walling-
ford on June 4."
M. L. Merriman, Hornell, N. Y., who was present at the
Reunion, had previously written a letter giving interesting
information. " My line is descended through Samuel,
son of Nathaniel, born 1662 ; his son Theophilus who removed
to Northfield, Mass., and was there killed and scalped
by Greylock and a small party of Indians in 1723; his son
Samuel, born 1723, Sergeant in the French and Indian War
and Captain in the Revolution; his son Samuel, born 1749,
who was a minute-man of the Revolution, made a voyage
to the West Indies, removed to Berkshire, Mass., and to
Cooperstown, Otsego Co., N. Y., in 1793; his son Samuel,
born 1782, who removed to Allegheny Co., N. Y.; and his
son, my father, Seth Hamilton Merriman, who was born
in 1824 and is still living. The traditions of our branch
of the family have been well preserved and I have many
details concerning its history in New York State. I sup-
pose you know about the Virginia Merriman branch (some-
times spelled Merrimon) which has extended north and
west. There is a Merriman's brook in Northfield, Mass.,
a town Merriman in North Carolina, a Merriman post
office in Northern Nebraska, also Merriman in Michigan."
Telegram from E. T. Merriman, Corpus Christi, Texas.
" Congratulations and best wishes for successful Reunion
LETTERS FROM DESCENDANTS 91
from a son of Eli Todd Merriman who was born in Bristol,
Conn., in eighteen hundred and fifteen and was a graduate
Telegram from John M. Black, Montreal, Canada.
" Canadian descendants of Nathaniel Merriman send
greetings to American kith and kin and extend best wishes
for a successful celebration this tricentennial day."
WALLINGFORD TOWN MEETINGS, 1670-1692
The following brief notes from the first record book
of Wallingford show the activities of Nathaniel Merriman
and his sons in the development of the town. N. M. is
here used to designate Nathaniel Merriman, Sr., N. M. Jr.
for his eldest son, J. M. for his son John, and S. M. for his
son Samuel. The notes are here given in the same order
as the records appear in the book.
31. n. 69 (meaning probably 31 Jan 1670). The compact
of the Wallingford planters is given, N. M. being third
on the list.
No date (probably in 1670). Record of the Wallingford
house lots is given. To N. M. is assigned the first lot
on the east side and the first lot on the west side of the
long highway. The second lot on the west side is
assigned to N. M. Jr. A record of lots near Blew hill
is given, N. M. having 12 acres.
1671, April 6. Land near Wharton's brook granted to N. M.
1671, Sept. 25. N. M. and three others engage to procure
and deliver 1500 good merchantable pipe staves by the
last of October next.
1671, Oct. 30. Granted to N. M. the eleventh lot on the
river marked with the letter A.
* These notes were made in October, 1913.
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1672, May 27. The Committee appointed by the New
Haven authorities resigned their trust to the hands
of the inhabitants. The agreement of 1670 is reaffirmed,
there being 25 autographic signatures, of which that
of N. M. is the third and that of N. M. Jr. is the four-
teenth. A committee of five was appointed for approv-
ing planters, the name of N. M. being fourth. N. M.
chosen secretary for the year ensuing.
1672, July 29. A committee of nine appointed to distribute
lands, on which the name of N. M. stands fourth.
1672, Nov. 22. John Moss and N. M. appointed to treat
with Branford regarding boundaries.
1672, May 9. The General Court of the Colony confirmed
N. M. as Lieutenant of the train band at Wallingford.
1672, Jan. 3. The Committee on planters reported that
there should be three classes. In the first class there
are six names, that of N. M. being third. In the second
class there are 25 names, that of N. M. Jr., being
1672, Jan. 31. An abatement of five shillings allowed
N. M. on rates.
1673, April 25. Ear marks of the cattle of planters are
given. N. M. comes first on the list, his mark being
a swallow tail on both ears.
1672, April 3. Mr. Moss, Mr. Brockett, and N. M. are to
see that Rev. Mr. Street's goods are carted from New
1673, April 29. N. M. chosen town clerk for the year
ensuing and forty shillings are allowed him.
WALLINGFORD TOWN MEETINGS 97
1673, June 17. Overseers appointed to call out men to work
on Mr. Street's house, N. M. being third on list.
1673, Sept. 23. Committee of three appointed to judge of
Mr. Street's damage in his corn, N. M. being second.
1673, Jan. 3. N. M. chosen to keep an ordinary, and he
promised to try it for one year if each planter would
furnish twenty fence rails and four posts ready
1673, Feb. 24. N. M. is second on a committee of five
to treat about a mill. Land granted to N. M.
1674, April 6. N. M. on a committee to settle bounds
between Wallingford and Branford.
1674, April 2. N. M. chosen town clerk for the year ensuing.
A guard of eight men appointed for the Sabbath, N.
M. Jr. being fifth on the list.
1674, 5th, 4mo. N. M. and N. M. Jr. shall each have two
acres of land added to the lower end of their lots next
the plain, as others before.
1674, Dec. 30. N. M's pasture at Wharton brook extended
1674, Jan. 6. This grant modified.
1674, 1 2th, i2mo. Six acres granted to N. M.
1675, 1 5th, 2mo. A committee of 13 appointed to establish
and manage a Church of Christ, N. M. being second
on the list. N. M. chosen recorder for year ensuing.
1675, Aug. 27. The houses of Rev. Mr. Street and N. M.
ordered to be fortified.
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1675, Sept. 27. Men requested to build flankers at N.
1675, Feb. n. The town agreed to work for Rev. Mr.
Street to suit his need, each man being called in his
turn and having two days notice. Five names are
recorded as dissenting from this vote, that of N. M.
1675/76, March 14. N. M. on Committee to see that the
fortifications be made sufficient.
1676, Apr. 21. N. M. chosen first selectman for year ensuing.
1676, Dec. 27. Three listers [appraisers] chosen, N. M.
1677, April 24. Five selectmen chosen, N. M. being the
second. N. M. chosen recorder for year ensuing.
1677, Feb. 23. N. M. granted liberty to sell the land which
had belonged to N. M. Jr.
1678, Apr. 23. N. M. chosen recorder for year ensuing,
second selectman, as a lister, and as deputy to the
General Court of May next.
1678, Sept. 30. Isaac Bradley received on the land which
formerly belonged to N. M. Jr. and which N. M. sold
1678, Nov. 5. N. M. chairman of committee to repair
1678, Dec. 26. The selectmen to provide a schoolmaster.
1679, Apr. 29. N. M. chosen recorder for year ensuing,
also as first selectman and as first lister.
WALLINGFORD TOWN MEETINGS 99
1679, Nov. 17. N. M. granted four acres of land. N. M.
appointed on committee to treat with workmen to
rebuild the bridge at the Pines, also to speak with the
selectmen of New Haven regarding that bridge.
1679, Dec. 2. J. M. received as a planter of the lower rank,
and a river lot of 8 acres granted to him. Land
granted to N. M.
1679, Jan. 8. J. M. granted a house lot of four acres, and
also ten acres at Wharton's brook.
1679, Jan. 19. N. M. on committee to audit town accounts,
also on a committee to treat with New Haven about
the bridge at the Pines. This committee reported on
2 Sept. 1680.
1679, Feb. 14. N. M. and Abraham Doolittle released from
liability regarding this bridge over their proportion
1679, Feb. 1 6. N. M. granted land. Rates laid to procure
glass for the meeting-house, these to be paid in good
winter wheat at 53 per bushel and in Indian corn at
2s 6d per bushel, this to be delivered at N. M's house
on Monday, March 8.
1680, Apr. 27. N. M. chosen first selectman, recorder for
year ensuing, and deputy for next General Court.
J. M. gave up the land assigned to him.
1680, Aug. 30. A committee of seven appointed to take
charge of the mill, N. M. being first on the list.
1681, April 6. N. M. chosen first selectman and recorder
for year ensuing, also as deputy to the General Court.
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1681, June 13. Committee of five appointed to purchase
land of the Indians, N. M. being third on the list.
N. M. chosen deputy for General Court in October.
1681, Oct. 14. N. M. and Abraham Uoolittle to sign, on
behalf of the town, the agreement between the town
and the miller.
1681, Dec. 17. J. M. granted twenty-one acres of land.
1681, Feb. 13. J. M. granted twelve acres of land.
1682, March 14. The town voted to allow the way of
rating and town's rates according to law. Names of
four dissenters are given, that of N. M. being first.
1682, Sept. ii. N. M. chairman of committee to take
charge of the town's stock of ammunition.
1682, Dec. 6. N. M. allowed one pound for hire of land.
1682, Dec. 15. John Moss, Jr., and S. M. bought of town
a stray horse which was taken up. N. M. has land
1683, Apr. 16. N. M. chosen second selectman and de-
puty to General Court. J. M. chosen a fence viewer.
1683, Apr. 25. N. M. chosen on committee to decide on
land for Philip Conners.
1683, Apr. 28. N. M. chosen lister No. i.
1683, Oct. 8. S. M. admitted planter. J. M. granted ten
1683, Dec. 6. S. M. granted ten acres.
1683, Jan. 22. J. M. admitted on the land that was James
Heaton's, also granted three acres of other land.
WALLINGFORD TOWN MEETINGS 101
1683, March 10. N. M. chairman of committee to see that
contract with the miller be performed. N. M's land
1683/4, Mar. 24. N. M. chosen first selectman.
1684, July 28. N. M. chosen lister No. i. J. M. allowed
1684. Jan. 26. N. M. granted ten acres on account of
service in the Indian war; also the brothers of N. M. Jr.,
who was slain in the fort fight, granted ten acres.
1685, Mar. 31. N. M. chosen first selectman. S. M.
granted two acres.
1685, Apr. 20. N. M. chosen as deputy to General Court,
and also as town lister No. i.
1685, June 1 8. N. M. chairman of committee to treat
1685/6, Mar. 15. N. M. on committee to look into the allot-
ments of Macey Moss.
1686, Mar. 30. N. M. chosen as third selectman.
1686, April 26. N. M. chosen on committee to patent the
lands of the town. Similar vote on 12 May.
1686, Sept. 27. N. M. on a committee regarding the mill.
1686, Jan. 6. N. M. chairman of committee to cast up the
land in the second division.
1686, Jan. 20. Town voted to pay to Deacon Preston 16
shillings in the rate for his labor in teaching the school in
1686. N. M. dissented from this vote. S. M. allowed
to exchange land.
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1686, Feb. 14. J. M. granted two shillings for use of his
broad axe at the new mill. N. M. granted eight acres
of his soldier land joining to a swamp at Muddy river.
1686/7, Mar. 9. N. M. allowed to fence only four of his
six acres in the field. J. M. to fence only one acre.
1687, Mar. 27. N. M. chosen second selectman.
1686, Dec. 27. Lots cast for the second land division.
N. M. drew No. 17 and given 261 acres, J. M. drew
No. 28 and given 171 acres, S. M. drew No. 26 and
given 80 acres.
1687, Nov. 17. N. M. granted four acres for his service
in the war, also eight acres in another location.
1688, May 21. N. M. chosen commissioner [magistrate]
for the year ensuing.
1689, first Monday in May. N. M. chosen first selectman,
and J. M. one of the surveyors of highways.
1689, Oct. 22. J. M. chosen an auditor of accounts.
1689/90, Feb. 19. Lots cast for the parcels at Falls Plain;
N. M. drew No. 24, J. M. drew No. 50, S. M. drew No.
53. A fence to be built around common field and
across the river; N. M. to build 26 rods, J. M. 20 rods
and S. M. 3 rods. Fence to be built on west side of
river; N. M. to build 20 rods, J. M. 28 rods, and S. M.
1690, Nov. 4. N. M. allowed to take up 100 acres of his
second part of second division where it may suit him
and 14 acres near New Haven bounds.
WALLINGFORD TOWN MEETINGS 103
1691, Sept. 29. Committee of six chosen to seat persons
in the meeting house, N. M. being first on the list.
1692, Mar. 15. J. M. chosen as fifth selectman and on
committee to lay out highways. Caleb M. appointed
a fence viewer.
1692, Apr. 26. S. M. granted an acre of swamp land.
1692, Sept. 19. J. M. chosen town treasurer for year ensu-
ing. S. M. owes the town five shillings for four rods
THE MUNSON AND MERRIMAN FAMILIES
BY REV. MYRON A. MUNSON
The Munsons have held two General Reunions, the
first in 1887, when 500 kinsmen were convened; and the
second nine years later, in 1896, which assembled 200 of
our race. New Haven was the scene of both of these
After the delightful, the inexpressibly precious experiences
of those celebrations, together with the radiant memories
which they have transmitted, it is my high privilege to
congratulate the large and meritorious Family of Nathaniel
Merriman upon the merry convention of his descendants,
a good percentage of the " 40,000."
The Merrimans and the Munsons were much associated
in the earlier generations. The pioneers Nathaniel and
Thomas were fellow-citizens in New Haven. They were
neighbors, residing in the same section of the town.
Then, so early as 1649, they were connected in public
service, Merriman being chosen a member of the rating
committee " in y e roome " of Munson, as the latter was
to be absent from town.
The first jury-trial in New-Haven occurred Oct. 3, 1665;
Thomas Munson was foreman. The third jury-court was
held in January 1666; three of the six citizens who com-
posed the jury were L l . Thomas Munson, Nath: Merriman,
and John Moose.
Of the New-Haveners who in 1670 removed twelve miles
MUNSON AND MERRIMAN FAMILIES 105
north-northeastward into the wilderness to become the
founders of Wallingford, the most prominent were Parson
Streete and four citizens of New-Haven of the first genera-
tion, one of whom was Nathaniel Merriman. It is apropos
to the tenor of my train of remark, to add that associated
with Mr. Merriman in this important enterprise was
Samuel Munson, only son of Pioneer Munson.
The settlement was first called " New-Haven Village."
Its site was an admirably shaped elevation extending from
south to north a mile or two, and situated a mile eastward
of the Quinnipiac; a record describes it as " cituated upon
the hill on the East side of y e great plaine comonly caled
New haven plaine."
Main street of to-day was called The Long High-Way.
On the west side of this, between the streets now known as
Center and Ward, five lots were laid out, each of six acres,
and having a frontage of 320 feet; the first was appropriated
to the " Ministry," now occupied by the Congregational
Church and the Bank; the second, unappropriated; the
third was Ensign Munson's homelot; the fourth was
Nathaniel Merriman Jr.'s lot, and next south was Nathaniel
Merriman Sen.'s, while directly across The Long High- Way
was another lot belonging to Merriman, Sen. It thus
appears that in the beginnings of the new plantation, your
ancestors and mine were next-door neighbors.
In reference to the relations of our Families through
intermarriage, I limit myself to one instance, a composite
Town-Clerk Samuel 3 Munson was the son of Ensign
Samuel, 2 the Founder. Caleb 2 Merriman was the son of
Nathaniel, 1 Sen. Caleb's widow, Mary (Preston) became
the second wife of Town-Clerk Samuel. 3 At the time of
this marriage, Samuel already had eight children, one of
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whom was Waitstill; 4 Mary had a daughter Phebe; when the
widow Mary Merriman became the stepmother of Wait-
still, he was ten years of age and her daughter Phebe was
eight and one-half years old; this Munson boy and this
Merriman girl, eleven years and nine months later, were
united in marriage. Consequent upon these events, when
Waitstill died 124 years ago, at the age of ninety -one, the
descendants of Waitstill and Phebe were, already, 12
children, 50 grandchildren, 155 great-grandchildren, and
nine great-great-grandchildren. Thus did this Merriman
and this Munson respect the primeval injunction, "Be
fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the Earth."
Suffer me to refer to one other public service, interesting
and honorable, in which the Merriman and Munson
Families were associated: Dr. Davis states that for ten
years the inhabitants met for worship on the Sabbath in
the houses of Lieut. N. Merriman and Ensign Munson.
That the Wallingford public was somewhat appreciative
of this generous hospitality, is the testimony of a record
dated Sept. 10, 1677: "Voted, that Ensign Munson shall
have fourty shillings allowed him for meeting in his house
These ancestors of ours did not live in an era of luxury,
but they lived if I may quote an old English poet
" In an age
When men were men, and not
ashamed of Heaven."
GENEALOGICAL SEARCHES IN ENGLAND
BY MANSFIELD MERRIMAN
In 1894 John Merriman Adams published the statements
that Nathaniel Merriman was born at Tenterden in Kent
on June 2, 1613, that his father Theophilus was born at
Maidstone in Kent in 1573, and that his grandfather The-
ophilus was born in Wiltshire in 1533. These statements
are understood to have been found by an uncle of Adams
in a visit to England.
That the father of Nathaniel Merriman was George, a
citizen and cooper of London, was proved in 1899 when
Waters published the will of George Merriman, and this is
verified by a biographical sketch written soon after the
revolutionary war by Samuel Merriman, one of the
descendants of Nathaniel. It seemed well, however, that
further searches in England should be made, and hence the
author spent several weeks there in the summer of 1913.
The objects of his searches were to discover the record
of the birth of Nathaniel Merriman, the name of the father
of George, and records regarding men named Theophilus
Merriman. The following pages give the facts and con-
clusions derived from these searches.
i. ST. STEPHEN'S CHURCH, COLEMAN ST., LONDON.
This church is located about 300 yards from the Guild-
hall of the city of London. From 1624 to 1633 Rev. John
Davenport was its vicar, and a tablet in the church, erected
by one of his descendants in 1910, says that some of his
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parishioners accompanied him to New Haven in 1638.
It may be, as has been suggested by Miss Alice M. Merri-
man, that our ancestor Capt. Nathaniel, or his father
George Merriman, was connected with this parish. I found
that the registers are complete back to 1538, the year in
which they were begun in England. The records are on
large sheets of parchment, which are bound in heavy leather
and boards, and are most excellently preserved.
Looking first at the register of burials for 1655 and 1656,
the name of George Merriman could not be found. But
in 1656 occurs the entry " John Maryram the sonne of
John Maryram buried the 20th of May 1656 of a consump-
tion." Also under the following year: " Joseph Hilton a
servant of Mr. Maryrand buried the first of April 1657 of a
fronenyr." There is a bare possibility that this name may
have been intended for Meryman.
Turning next to the register of baptisms, I satisfied myself
that the names Nathaniel and Merriman did not occur
between 1605 and 1615, nor was there seen any name
similar to Merriman or Meryman. The register of mar-
riages was examined for the same years with similar result.
I therefore conclude that our ancestors George and Nathaniel
were probably not connected with this parish. In the search
I also remembered the fact that some of Rev. John Daven-
port's parishioners of St. Stephen's church accompanied
him to New Haven, as the tablet states, and kept a watch
for names of New Haven planters. Harriman was the
only name seen, and in the following entry: " John Harriman
and Jone Parlor widdow married 9 ffebruary 1608." A
Harriman, I recall, was a magistrate of the New Haven
colony, and in 1639 was one of those who selected the com-
mittee for the government of the intended settlement at
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2. THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF COOPERS.
On calling at the building of this company near the
Guildhall, the genial clerk, Mr. Boyer, regretted that he
could furnish no information additional to that given to
Prof. George B. Merriman in 1911. He remembered well
the call of the Professor and his subsequent letters, but
1656 was a long time ago, and the obstacles to further
examination were almost insurmountable. He regarded it
as proved that George Merriman was a member of the
Company in 1656, that he had paid his quarterage, and that
he was a housekeeper and hence a freeman of the city.
But to get further facts, if such are on record, would require
written application which would be carefully considered
by the Court of the Company.
The Cooper Company at present appears to be largely
a social organization, altho it has some indirect connec-
tion with the city government. In the Guildhall I saw
posted more than fifty lists of members of the old livery
companies, Bakers, Bankers, Coopers, Carpenters, etc.,
who were entitled to vote at a coming city election. About
150 names were on the list of the Cooper Company, with
residences widely scattered.
3. ST. SEPULCHRE, LONDON.
Just at the junction of Holborn viaduct and Newgate,
on the north side of the thorofare, stands the church
of St. Sepulchre where lie the remains of the gallant Capt.
John Smith, sometime governor of Virginia. To the parish
of this church once belonged John Norman, the elder, prob-
ably a relative of that John Norman who married Elizabeth
the daughter of George Merriman. His will, proved n June
1649, directs that his body " be intered on the southside of
St. Sepulchure." Even at this day a small grass plot is
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seen on that south side with remnants of a few old stones
and almost illegible inscriptions on the buttresses of the
church. At the time of my visit, the church was closed and
under repair, but at a later time it may be worth while to
revisit it, altho its registers go back only to the year
4. HOZIER LANE, LONDON.
About 400 yards north of St. Sepulchure in Hozier Lane,
where John Norman, the elder, resided, as we learn from his
will. His brother James was a cooper, who by will directed
all his property to be divided among his brothers and
sisters. Hozier Lane is a narrow business street about
200 yards long. Walking through it, we found leather
and plumbing to predominate in the signs, and strange to
say, also the office of the Electrical Review, while no traces
of the cooperage business were visible. Indeed, as I was
told at Cooper Hall, the cooperage trade is almost a lost
art, for barrels are now made in factories by machinery.
In the ancient days, however, it was an important business,
and a cooper who made wine barrels looked down almost
with pity upon one who made beer kegs.
5. CHURCH OF ST. BARTHOLOMEW THE GREAT, LONDON.
Very near Hozier Lane is this ancient church, noted for
its quaint interior arrangement and its interesting crypt.
To this parish belonged Peter Meryman, yeoman, whose
will of 1598 devises all his property to his mother. Maybe
he was a relative of George Merriman, our ancestor. The
registers, which date from 1616, may at some future time
be well worth inspecting. We attended morning service
in this interesting church, where there was good music and
a rambling sermon from the text " two mites make one
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6. ST. OLAVE, SOUTHWARK, LONDON.
To this parish belonged Thomas Meriam, whose family
came from Cranbrook in Kent, Alexander Merriam, a
citizen of London, and John Merriman. The dates of their
wills lie between 1644 and 1648. The grandfather of
Thomas Meriam (or Meriham as it is also spelled) was
named George and lived in Cranbrook. John Merriman's
will gives no information as to his descent or former
residence. That these three men were in the same parish,
leads to the supposition that they were relatives, despite
the different spellings of names, and if so a possible con-
nection is discovered between Kent and London.
St. Olave's church is almost at the south end of London
Bridge not far from the church of St. Saviour where lie the
remains of a brother of Shakespeare and where John Harvard
was baptized. Near by also stood the Globe Theatre where
Shakespeare's company played. The registers of St. Olave
go back only to 1685, and it is unlikely that they would
furnish information regarding Merrimans. The caretaker
deplored the aches and pains of her husband and regretted
the spiritual decay of the church. At Sunday services
there are usually present the canon, the organist, six choir
boys, and only one worshipper. The church wardens come
to attend vestry meetings at stated times, but are never
present at services. At the side of the church, surrounded
by buildings, is a small open court paved with grave stones
and called the churchyard. Fortunately the key was lost
and so we could only view the horrible place through a crack
in the door.
7. SOMERSET HOUSE, LONDON.
On the north bank of the Thames, near Waterloo bridge,
stands the imposing Somerset House where 1600 employes
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are engaged in keeping public accounts, chief among which
are the registry of wills and vital statistics. Here are stored
all the wills which have been proved since 1382 in the Pre-
rogative Court of Canterbury. The original wills are kept
in a fire proof room, while copies of them are recorded in
huge volumes on parchment. A large number of these wills
have been examined by G. F. M. Merriman, the accom-
plished genealogist of the Merriman family in England,
but none of them throw any light upon the ancestry of our
Capt. Nathaniel except the will of his father George which
was proved in 1656. This will was the first that I examined.
At the beginning it states that the testator was on 31 Oct
1655 " weak in body but strong in mind," at the end it is
signed " by Mark." At first I thought that his weakness
of body might be the reason why he signed by mark, but
later I found that the expression " weak in body, etc."
was very commonly used, it being a conventional way of
beginning a will. Otherwise my examination leads to no
information additional to that given in the copy of the
will already published.*
Eight other records were examined by me without finding
any facts regarding George Merriman or his children:
1598. Peter Meryman, yeoman, Great Saint Bartholomew,
London (24 Lewyn).
1646. Thomas Meriam, of parish St. Olave, Southwark,
mariner. His grandfather George of Cranbrook, Kent, entailed
100 pounds to him, which he devises to his mother Joyce.
1647. Alexander Merriam, of parish St. Olave, Southwark,
citizen of London. Had property in Maidstone, Kent. (55
1647. James Norman, citizen and cooper of London. Will
made 19 Apr 1640 on ship Ulysses bound from Bantam to Lon-
* See foot-note on page 33.
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don. Devises his property on ship to his brother John Norman
to be divided among his brothers and sisters. (182 Fines)
1649. John Norman (the elder) of Hozier Lane, parish St.
Sepulchure, London. Administration to his widow Margaret.
" My body to be interred on south side of St. Sepulchure ... I
give to my son John Smith 2 shillings." (100 Fairfax)
1650. John Norman of parish Cliffe, Kent. Signed by mark.
1653. Thomas Merriman, parish Stroud, Kent.
1653. Miles Merriman.
The last two are brief notes of administration, the parties
having no wills. While some of the records in these two
cases are in Latin, 1 feel confident that they contain no
information relative to George Merriman, our ancestor.
They were, however, examined in some haste as I obtained
the books about 2.30 p.m. and was obliged to stop at 3.00
p.m. when the office closed.
There are no printed indexes to the Somerset wills later
than 1649. Annual manuscript indexes are, however,
available for consultation under restrictions.
8. THE BRITISH MUSEUM.
The library of the British Museum has a vast number of
manuscripts in addition to its 2,000,000 printed books.
I spent some time in going over the catalogues of these
manuscripts, with a view to finding traces of Merrimans
in Kent and Gloucestershire. One of these manuscripts
(Add. 33914) gives extracts of the old parish register of
Ashford, Kent, from 1570 to 1627, but the name Merriman,
or any variation of it, does not occur, the nearest approach
being Edward Merwing who was buried 21 Dec. 1588.
Among the printed books are a few that I had not seen in
New York. One of them refers to three wills proved in the
consistory court of the Bishop of Gloucestershire: 1613,
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Richard Merriman, Stow; 1601, Dorothy Merryman,
Charlton Kings; 1639, Thomas Merriman, Twining.
Additional manuscripts 5478-5539 contain pedigrees of
Kentish families and visitations of Kent in 1574 and 1619,
but I did not examine them, assuming that they have been
mostly printed by the Harlein Society or in the Index
Library. Mss. 33,907-33,913 are seven volumes of extracts
from parish registers of Kent, alphabetically arranged;
under M I find Maynard at Hadlow, Mary at Birling,
Merriam at Harrietsham, and Merrill at Tenterden, but
otherwise nothing. In all these searches I have not seen
the name Theophilus.
9. THE COLLEGE OF ARMS.
Two blocks west of St. Pauls Cathedral stands a large
building known as The College of Arms or popularly as the
Herald's College. Here are stored the records relating to
Arms and Heraldry, together with copies of parish registers
and much other genealogical matter. To the officer in
charge, officially known as " Rouge Croix," I present myself
and ask for information regarding George Merriman, a
citizen of London in 1655, and arrange to receive his report
four days later. The report, consisting of five foolscap
pages, is delivered in due time on the payment of two
guineas. Its conclusions are negative. It gives sixteen
marriages of Merrimans and Merrymans from 1563 to
1691 and three burials; these are from printed registers
and some of them I already had. It reports the Chester
manuscripts of extracts from about a hundred parish regis-
ters duly examined, that the complete registers of 35 parishes
in London and Kent are examined, among these being Ten-
terden, and no trace found of the name Merriman or Merry-
man in any parish. Also that no arms had been granted.
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These searches, extending from the earliest dates down to
1700, are duly certified to give negative results by Arthur
Cochrane, Rouge Croix of the Herald's College, London,
E. C. The report refers only to the records within the
walls of the College of Arms. Unfortunately the report
bears evidence of haste in preparation, and one of the lads
who was engaged on the work seemed too young to be
Examination of books and manuscripts in this office is
difficult, and a fee of five shillings is required for each
10. AN ENGLISH GENEALOGIST.
One block from the College of Arms, in the narrow Knight-
rider Street, is a plain brick building bearing the sign
" Faculty office of the Archbishop of Canterbury for mar-
riage licenses." Here may be procured licenses, which
authorize ministers to unite in matrimony parties who
desire to dispense with the publication of the banns. For
many centuries this business has been carried on at this
location and probably with good financial returns to the
In a room on the third floor of this building is the office
of George Frederick Maskelyne Merriman, Architect and
Surveyor. For many years his spare time has been devoted
to the collection of facts regarding the English Merrimans,
the results of which he has recorded in ten manuscript
volumes. Wills, deeds, and parish registers have been
searched by him and an extensive correspondence carried
on with his kinsmen. I was most cordially received by him
and he kindly gave me full access to his records and made
many valuable suggestions regarding my best methods of
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11. EARLY ENGLISH MERRIMANS.
Mr. G. F. M. Merriman traces his lineage with certainty
back to Thomas Merriman and Alice his wife, the will of
the latter being dated 1648. The father of Thomas was
probably named John who lived at Newbury in County
Berks. John had two brothers, one named Gregory who
died at Whitney in County Oxford in 1596 and one probably
named James, who according to tradition went to London.
The father of the three brothers was Thomas Merriman of
Whitney who died in 1559. The researches of Mr. G. F.
M. Merriman have given him full records of the English
line which descended from Thomas and Alice Merriman
of Newbury. The brother who went to London was probably
the father or grandfather of George Merriman whose son
Nathaniel came to America in 1632. The evidence now
at hand shows that both American and English branches
probably descended from the Thomas Merriman of County
Oxford who died in 1559.
The family descended neither from the titled nobility
nor from the landed gentry. There are traces of Merri-
mans in other parts of Britain prior to 1600 and our English
genealogist has a list of about twenty localities where they
resided. The most prominent name is that of John Merri-
man who was appointed chaplain to Queen Elizabeth in
1558 and who about 1570 was consecrated bishop of the
diocese of Down and Conner in Ireland.
12. THE PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE.
A vast building, extending from Fetter Lane to Chancery
Lane, houses manuscript records of Britain for a thousand
years, especially those relating to deeds, taxes, military
and naval affairs, and colonial matters. In its " round
room " are indexes to much of this manuscript material,
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the number of these being so large that it would take me
a week to examine them with respect to the name Merriman.
But a catalogue of Ancient Deeds in five large volumes
shows no trace of the name prior to 1500. I found, how-
ever, that the names Marmion, Marmium, Marmyon,
Marmyun, Marmioun and Marmyoun occurred twenty-
two times, ten of these being in County Oxford, two in
Gloucestershire, one in Wilts, and others in nine different
counties. Some of these man were Esqr., one a Knight,
one the Mayor of Marleburgh, while Lady Alice Marmyon
was a prioress in 1358. It may be indeed that the Merri-
mans of County Oxford, from whom sprang the Merrimans
of Newbury and Marlborough, were descendants of these
Marmiouns or Marmyons, for during the fourteenth and
fifteenth centuries the spelling of names was of slight impor-
These old deeds are in the Latin language but the synop-
ses given in the Catalogue are in English. " Feet of Fines"
are another kind of deeds, of which this office contains vast
numbers, together with writs, tax rolls, returns of the
clergy, and records of law suits. But tomorrow, 6 August,
we go to Kent to spend a week in searches there.
13. PARISH REGISTER TRANSCRIPTS AT CANTERBURY.
Prior to the early part of the nineteenth century there
were, in the Diocese of Canterbury, two ecclesiastical courts,
the Consistory Court and the Archdeaconry Court (C.C.
and A.C. for short.) In each parish of that Diocese (which
included that part of Kent east of a north and south line
drawn just west of Maidstone) two transcripts of the register
were annually made and forwarded to the ecclesiastical
courts; the transcript for the C.C. gave the records for one
year from Lady Day in March, that for the A.C. gave them
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for one year from Michaelmas in September. Unfortunately
there are gaps in these transcripts, some years being missing
and others badly mutilated, yet the major part are in a
fair state of preservation.
The first transcripts examined by me were of Tenterden
parish, where Adams has stated that Nathaniel Merriman
was born 2 June 1613. The C.C. transcript for 1613 was
missing, but the A.C. was there and it did not contain the
name Merriman. In 1614, however, I found in the list of
baptisms under Jan 16 the record " Nathaneel son of Thomas
Maro." Examination of many years failed to discover
the name Merriman, or anything like it.
The Maidstone transcripts begin 1576 for C.C. and I
could find none for A.C.; 1577 was missing, also 1579,
'80, '81, '84, '85, '87, '88, '89, '90. Looking over the others
for the birth of Theophilus Merriman (claimed by Adams)
I could find no trace of it. On 14 Sept 1595 Margaret,
daughter of John Norman, was baptized. On April 1623
I found the record that Henry Merriman and Sara Allen
were married; this we have already in the published Maid-
stone marriages which has the words " of Ashford " after
the name of Heniy Merriman.
Turning next to the Ashford transcripts I found only
the record that John Maf rimer was buried 22 Dec 1603.
Cranbrook, where lived George Meriam who willed
100 to his grandson Thomas (see abovee Set. 7) was next
examined. Many times occur the names Merriam, Meriam,
Merryam, but no trace of Merriman. George, who made
the will, was buried 18 Nov 1634. Henry Merryam, as
one of the wardens of the parish, certified for many years
to the correctness of the transcripts.
These transcripts are stored in the Christchurchgate
of Canterbury Cathedral, but are now in charge of the
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town clerk Henry Fielding, No. 15 Burgate Street, who
grants permission for their examination on payment of the
usual fees, and who also is prepared to make searches. For
some parishes these transcripts go back to 1540, and there
are none of a date later than 1812.
14. WILLS OF THE OLD CANTERBURY COURTS.
Both ecclesiastical courts had jurisdiction over estates,
but the will of a testator was proved in only one court.
Why the Diocesan C.C. or A.C., rather than the Preroga-
tive Court in London, should be selected for the probate
of an estate, I do not know. Wills of this C.C. go back to
1362 and those of A.C. to 1449, and both originals and
recorded copies may be examined, the latter being usually
preferable on account of the more legible writing.
Examining the indexes of the C.C. court from 1580 to
1640 I found no Merrimans, but many Merrihams and
Merriams. In the A.C. court, however, I found wills of
three Merrimans, as follows:
Roger Meryman of Appledore; will made 20 May 1593 and
proved 7 Nov 1595, makes bequests to his son William, to
his daughters Susanna, Anna, Ursula, and Mary, and to his wife
Mary who is made executrix. (Book 50, p. 400.)
Elizabeth Merriman of Ewell, will made 13 March 1608 and
proved 27 March 1609, makes bequests to the poor, to her sister
Ellin and to Richard Tritton who is executor (Book 56, p. 288).
John Merriman, of Harrietsham, will with no date but proved
21 June 1631, makes bequests to his daughter Elizabeth, to his
mother, and to his wife; mention is made of goods which be-
longed to a former wife; signed by mark. (Book 68, p. 72).
These records of wills are now in charge of the Probate
Registry of the High Court of Justice in Castle Street,
Canterbury. The official who attended me and who was
very expert in reading the old writing was Ernst Mowbry,
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and he is willing to make further searches. The old wills
are in bundles which lie unprotected from dust on wooden
shelves in a small building in the yard of the Office of the
Unfortunately I left the search of wills until the last
and did not have time to revisit the transcripts of parish
registers and search those of Appledore, Ewell, and Harriet-
sham. But this can be done later by correspondence with
Mr. Fielding, the town clerk of Canterbury.
15. TENTERDEN RECORDS.
St. Mildred's church in Tenterden has its parish register
complete back to 1550, but the records prior to about 1650
are copies of older ones. Adams says that Nathaniel Merri-
man was born in Tenterden 2 June 1613. Notwithstanding
that the college of Arms reported that the Tenterden register
does not contain the name Merriman and notwithstanding
that I could not find it in the Canterbury transcript, it
seemed best to visit the town to make sure and also to verify
the Canterbury entry regarding Nathaniel Maro. This
appears in the Tenterden register of 1614 as " Nathaniel
Merre sonn of Thomas Merre was bapt ye xvi day of Janr."
Examination of other years failed to disclose the name
Merriman. Only twice did I see the name Theophilus,
namely in 1610 and 1612 when children of Theophilus Tirke
were baptized. If a Nathaniel Merriman was born in
Tenterden, there is no record of his baptism in the parish,
unless it be that the word " Merre " in the record of 16
Jan 1614 is a contraction for Merriman. Copyists some-
times make errors and I have found two in the Canterbury
transcripts; unfortunately the Tenterden record of 1614
is itself a copy.
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1 6. THE MERRIAM FAMILY.
C. H. Pope in his Genealogy of the Merriam family
gives many records from the County of Kent, especially
from Hadlow, Cranbrook and Canterbury. Emigrating
to Massachusetts in 1638 the family became a large one
in America, one branch settling in Meriden, Conn. It is
interesting to note that John Merriam married Mary Merri-
man, a granddaughter of our ancestor Capt. Nathaniel.
In Connecticut the two names were generally kept quite
distinct, altho a few instances of confusion exist. Pope
in his book makes no allusion to Merrimans in Kent, and
probably there the names were rarely confounded.
Cranbrook is one of the towns where the Merriam
families flourished. One afternoon, while stopping at
Tenterden, we drove to Cranbrook over undulating hills
and past large fields of hops. The churchyard contained
no stones with the word Merriam thereon, but there were
few dates later than 1800 that were legible. Gravestones
in Kent seem to deteriorate much more rapidly than in
Connecticut, and many inscriptions of 1850 can scarcely
be read. As there is no evidence that any Merriman ever
resided at Cranbrook I did not deem it worth while to exam-
ine the parish register, especially as the Canterbury tran-
script has been seen.
17. MAIDSTONE, KENT.
On the bank of the Medway, surrounded by beautiful
gardens, lies that great pile of buildings known as All Saints
College and Church of Maidstone. Examining the parish
register of baptisms from 1570 to 1595 I was unable to
discover the name of Merriman, altho several Meryhams
and Meriams were seen. If, as Adams asserts, a child
name Theophilus Merriman was born in Maidstone between
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these years, the record of his baptism could not be found
in the register of All Saints. Nor did I see any name resem-
bling Merriman, except that of Margaret Meneman who,
was christened 6 Nov 1570; probably however, this was
meant for Newman, a name that occurs several times later.
The entire register prior to 1600 is in the same hand-
writing, showing that it is a copy of former records. The
verger of All Saints, who is prepared to make further searches,
is S. Shaw, Kenwrst, King Edward Road, Maidstone.
18. THE ROCHESTER DIOCESAN RECORDS.
The western part of Kent county is in the diocese of
Rochester. In ancient times there was at Rochester a Con-
sistory Court and an Archdeacons Court, each of which
had jurisdiction over estates and in each of which wills were
proved and recorded. On inquiry at the Diocesan Registry
Office I found that no records regarding wills were there,
all having been transferred to Somerset House in London
several years ago.
Transcripts of parish registers were also annually made
to these courts but none earlier than 1700 are now extant,
they having been destroyed by the vicissitudes of war and
The present register office is in charge of Arnold, Day
and Tuff, and located in a small building near the cathe-
dral door. To show that the world is very small, I may
note that the official who attended to my inquiries is
acquainted with our kinsman Prof. Roger B. Merriman of
Harvard. He told me that a book on the Rochester Paro-
chial Registers, by W. E. Buckland, had been published
19. STROOD IN KENT.
Strood is a suburb of Rochester. Recalling that Thomas
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Merriman, who died intestate in 1653 was of that parish,
I went there but did not succeed in examining the register.
I found, however, an antiquarian named Henry Smetham
at 99 High Street, who has searched all- the ancient records
and has written a History of Strood. He told me that the
register of the parish church goes back to 1567. He also
mentioned that there was another parish called Strood or
Stroud near Ashford in Kent County. I recall, however,
that when at Canterbury I could find no transcripts of
the register of a parish of this name.
One week in Kent has furnished no information regard-
ing Theophilus or George Merriman, yet the time spent
has been well worth while, for we now see where the records
are, and are in a position to have further searches made.
We return to London with only a faint hope that some
fact may be yet discovered there.
20. IMPERFECTIONS OF LONDON RECORDS.
George Merriman, father of Nathaniel, was undoubt-
edly over sixty years of age at the time of his death in
1655 or 1656. Records prior to that date are imperfect
owing to the great fire of 1666 when many of the London
churches were destroyed, only 22 out of 108 escaping injury.
Had the baptisms of George and Nathaniel been recorded
in parish registers they might have been destroyed in that
The records of the freeman of the city prior to 1786 are
also very imperfect owing to a fire which occurred that year
in the Guildhall. A partial list of those admitted freemen
between the years 1524 and 1553 has, however, been pre-
served, and it was published by the London and Middlesex
Archaeological Society, edited by Charles Welch, in 1908.
A list of the members of the guild companies for 1537 is
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also given in Thomas Allen's History of London (1828),
there being 63 names under the Cooper Company. These
dates are too early to give records of George Merriman,
and no name resembling Merriman or Norman is found
in the lists.
During the Cromwellian period, 1650-1660, a destruc-
tion or suppression of parish registers occurred in some
parts of England. The dissenting movement, which began
shortly before 1600, also caused an imperfection in the
regular parish registers. It is however, highly probable
that the baptism and marriage of George Merriman were
duly recorded, but perhaps no record of the baptism of
Nathaniel was ever made in a register of the established
church on account of the change of religious opinion by his
21. OTHER WILLS IN LONDON.
Returning from Kent on August 13, I found that G. F.
M. Merriman had looked up several wills in the Archdeaconry
and Consistory Courts of London. One of these was the
will of Robert Merriman, a citizen and brewer of London,
proved in 1636. As the trades of brewer and cooper are
connected ones, it might be conjectured that Robert was an
uncle or brother of our ancestor George, but the will gives
no evidence thereof, the only names mentioned being those
of his wife and brother.
Going again to Somerset House I consulted the index
to the wills of Rochester Diocese but found only one that
could be of our name. In 1591 a will was made at Yaldinge
in Kent by a man styled " Thomas Coveney als Myrryman "
which devised property to his son Robert and his grandson
William. While this is indexed under Myrryman there
is a cross reference to Coveney. I understand that the
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" als " is an abbreviation for alias; if so we here see the name
Merriman " in the making," the man Coveney being per-
haps of a disposition so jo.vial that he had long been known
as Merryman. I now recall that the Rouge Croix of the
College of Arms suggested that the name might have
originated independently in different parts of England
during the fifteenth century or earlier. An instance of later
change is that of the Irish poet Brian Merriman (1757-1808)
whose true name was probably MacConmara, and who
was a good fiddler and true merry man.
Also I inquired at Somerset House regarding the Glou-
cestershire wills, of which mention is made in Sect. 8 above,
and found that they are either at Bristol or Gloucester.
At Somerset House, however, are the records of several
courts in which wills of London Merrimans may have been
proved. G. F. M. Merriman gives the following lists of
such courts: Essex and Herts Commissary, Westminster
Peculiar, Middlesex Archdeacon's Court, London Com-
missary, London Consistory, London Archdeacons, Lon-
don Dean and Chapter, and London St. Katharine by
22. BEVERSTON, GLOUCESTERSHIRE.
In American Ancestry, vol. 9, is a statement that The-
ophilus Merriman, the supposed father of Nathaniel, was
born in Beverston. This place is not far from County
Oxford in which the Merriman family is supposed to have
originated. We have the report of the Rouge Croix of the
College of Arms, that his extracts from the Beverston
registers do not contain the name Merriman. Also we
have a letter from the vicar of Beverston parish, written
to Prof. George B. Merriman on 5 Sept 1912, saying that he
has examined the baptismal register from 1570 to 1604
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and that it does not contain the name Merriman or anything
like it. Accordingly it does not seem necessary to go to
Beverston to make further inquiries.
23. LAST DAY OF LONDON SEARCH; A DISCOVERY.
August 1 6 was assigned as the last day of my London
work. I went again to the Cooper Company to make
further inquiries, but the clerk Mr. Boyer was absent and
hence no progress could be made. I went also to the Public
Record Office and to the British Museum to connect some
On glancing at Water's Genealogical Gleanings in England,
I found a statement which afforded me some consolation.
It seems that James Savage, the distinguished genealogical
authority of New York, was so desirous of finding informa-
tion regarding the parentage of the founder of Harvard
College that he made a trip to England for that special
purpose, but without success, and he said that he would
gladly have given five hundred dollars for five lines of any
information relating to the birth of John Harvard. Forty
years later Waters came to England, found the wills of
John Harvard's father and uncles, the record of his baptism
and much other information.
If I have failed in this search for records regarding George
and Nathaniel Merriman, perhaps later some one may follow
who will succeed. When the right clue is found the rest
will not be difficult. At present it seems to me that there
are no indications at all of clues in the directions of Kent.
Thus musing, I took from the shelves several volumes
of the " Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series, of the
Reigns of Elizabeth and James I." These volumes are
undoubtedly in the Public Library of New York, but I had
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never consulted them. In the volume designated as
" Addenda, 1580-1625," I found on page 373 a reference to
George Merryman. It seems that on 10 July 1595 a lease
was made by the " Governors of Little St. Bartholomew's
Hospital, West Smithfield, to Wm. Burcher of London, of a
tenement in the occupation of George Merryman, in West
Smithfield, between the messuage of Burcher on the south
and the tenement of Nicholas Burton on the north, for 21
years; rental 3/ a year; fine45/." Here is most probably a
direct reference to our ancestor, showing the location of his
home in 1595. It seems to lead to the conclusion that
George Merryman was at least 21 years old in 1595 and
hence that he was more than 82 years old when he died
in 1655 or 1656.
24. WEST SMITHFIELD, LONDON.
St. Bartholomew's Hospital and the churches of St.
Bartholomew the Great and St. Bartholomew the Less
border on the square of West Smithfield, where once martyrs
were burned. Nearby is Hozier Lane where John Norman
lived (see Sec. 4 above). Considering the lease of 1595,
it seemed to me that since George Merriman was a tenant
of St. Bartholomew's Hospital, he might also be connected
with the church of St. Bartholomew the Less which is now
within the hospital precincts. Accordingly I went there
at once and consulted its registers which date from 1545.
The list of baptisms contains no Merriman name between
the years 1570 and 1580 nor between the years 1607 and 1615,
the list of marriages has none in the years 1590-1600, and the
list of burials none in 1655 or 1656. However I saw the
entries "13 Sept 1612 Mary daughter of Nathaniel Hall
gent was baptised " and also "19 Sept 1613 Martha daughter
of Nathaniel Hall gent was baptised." Perhaps this
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" gent " might have been the father of John Hall, one of
the founders of Wallingford, from whom I am also
Going next to the church of St. Bartholomew the Great
(see Sect. 5 above) I found that it has no registers earlier
than 1616 and that no record of George Merriman occurs
in the years 1655 or 1656. This church has an index to its
registers for the years 1616-1647, an d glancing over the
M's I saw no name like Merriman. A name in the burial
list, however, attracted my attention; it was that of " Lady
Elizabeth Mansfield." Perhaps here again is one of my
Leaving London on 20 August I have confidence that a
clue has at last been found which may lead to important
discoveries; when we return a month later, the trail shall
Regarding the Theophilus story mentioned at the
beginning of these notes, not a trace of that name in connec-
tion with the Merriman family has been found. It seems
very probable that the story was invented by a fake geneal-
ogist of London in reply to inquiries made by Adams or
his uncle. At any rate it is very certain that descendants
of Nathaniel who have adopted that myth as a fact should
be put on their guard against giving it further credence.
George, a citizen and cooper of London, was undoubtedly
Nathaniel's father, and I hope that further search may
bring to light a record of the name of his grandfather.
25. THE FOOTSTOOL.
Returning to London on Sept 17, I found a letter from
Thomas Hayes, Clerk to the Governors of St. Bartholo-
mew's Hospital, kindly inviting me to call upon him. Doing
so I found that he had discovered two records regarding
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George Merry man. The first on 19 Jan 1593 (that is,
1594) said that an application had been made by him " for
a lease of the house wherein he dwellethe sometyme in
the tenure of Singleton "; then follow the conditions under
which he may have a lease. The second, dated 13 April
1594, says that he this day " made further seute for a lease
of the Tenement wherein he dwelleth in West Smithfield ";
then follow conditions for such a lease.
It appears that George Merryman did not accept these
conditions, for on 10 July 1595 the tenement was leased
for 21 years to Wm. Burcher (see Calendar of State Papers,
Domestic Series, 1580-1625, page 373.) On the back of
the lease is the endorsement (evidently by Burcher) " my
lease of the tenement called the Foolstool."
This name leads to the surmise that the tenement was
used as a coffee-house or inn. Examining several books
q give names of the inns and coffee-houses of that period,
which I fail, however, to find the name Footstool.
26. MERRIMANS IN THE COOPER COMPANY.
Having obtained permission of the Court of the Wor-
shipful Company of Coopers to examine its records, I find
George Merryman mentioned six times, William Merryman
five times, and John Merriman three times. All three
were certainly freemen of the Cooper Company.
George Merryman is mentioned twice as having paid
20 pence for apprentices which were assigned to him: 27
July 1635 John Roman was assigned to him as apprentice
for eight years; 16 Nov 1638 Willaim Myles for eight
years; On 4 Oct 1610 he paid 33 4d for " his hubley by
Taxhall worter." In 1656 and 1658 there are notes regard-
ing his arrearages of dues, it being evidently not known
that he had died; one of these is crossed off with red ink.
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An important record is 5 Feb 1656 when " John Merriman
had turned over to him Henry Allison . . . formerly
apprentice of George Merriman." This shows that George
Merriman died before 5 Feb 1656.
William Merryman is mentioned as paying 20 pence
each for apprentices for seven and eight years on i Jan
1633, 4 May 1638, 21 April 1640, 23 July 1640, and once
as having paid 33 4d through Robert Nobolot.
John Meriman had an apprentice assigned to him for
7 years on 5 Feb 1655 (1656), after he had succeeded to his
father's business, and also he is mentioned in a ledger of
" London Citizens in 1651 " by J. C. and W. Whitebrook
is the title of a small book published in 1909. It has a
" List of the Livery " of 22 Companies. Under the Cooper
Company are 49 names, among which are John Norman
and Alexander Norman, but no Merrimans. Hence George
Merriman and William Merriman were not liverymen of
the Company, but only freemen.
The minute book of the Cooper Company for the years
1597 to 1608 could not be found in September 1913. My
examination included the years 1592-1596 and 1609-1656.
The clerk kindly promises to make further searches. It
is highly probable that the name of the father of George
Merriman can be found somewhere in these records. The
usual form for the record of an apprenticeship was the
following: " Reed of Thomas Jones for prenticing Alexander
Hall, son of William Hall of Stratford, county of Warwick,
husbandman, for eight years . . . xxd " Hence if George
Merryman was admitted to the Cooper Company by virtue
of an apprenticeship, the name, residence, and occupation
of his father will be found recorded. A boy was usually
apprenticed about the age of ten, so that if George Merry-
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man was 82 at the time of his death, the date of his appren-
ticeship might have been about 1584, and the date of his
obtaining freedom about 1592. It has been shown above,
however, that a man named George Merryman, was a house-
keeper, and hence probably a freeman, in the year 1594.
There were two other ways of becoming a member of a
Livery Company, namely by Patrimony and by Redemption.
By Patrimony, a man might claim admission because his
father was a member when he was born. By Redemption
he paid a considerable sum of money in lieu of either appren-
ticeship or Patrimony. These three methods of becoming
a member prevail at the present day, altho of course the
apprenticeship is a fictitious one. In either of the three
methods the assent of the Court is required and a record
The membership of the Cooper Company in the i6th
Century, and now, consists of three classes, apprentices,
freemen, and liverymen. Only the third class can wear
a certain kind of decoration and be eligible for office. The
freemen have no vote and rarely attend meetings, but pay
small yearly dues, and can employ apprentices with the
permission of the Court. It has been shown that George
Merryman was a freeman but that probably he was never
a liveryman of the Cooper Company.
27. NATHANIEL MERRIMAN'S GRANDFATHER.
Now, November 1913, six weeks after arrival in New
York, I am able to give definite information regarding the
grandfather of Nathaniel and the first connection of George
Merriman with the Cooper Company. It will be remem-
bered that my search in September, at the hall of the
Worshipful Company of Coopers, did not cover the
minutes of its court for 1597-1608, as these could not then
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be found. An examination of those minutes has since
been kindly made by the Clerk, Edward Lawrance Boyer,
Esq., who reports under date of 24 October 1913, that he
has found an entry which is the earliest record of the name of
George Merriman. This entry is in the minutes of a
Court " held on Thirdsay the xixth day of June 1606 " and
is as follows:
"This day Raphaell Waiter brought into this Court one
George Merryman the sonne of Gregory Meryman of Whytney
in the county of Oxon Weav and psented him heare has
desired this Company to take notice of an Indenture of
Appnticep dated the xviijth day of ffebruary 1598 whereby
the said George was bound unto him for ix yeares from the
day of the date of said Indenture and submitted himself to the
censure of the table for binding him forth of his howse who
in regard of his posstye and subission forgave his fyne and
tooke onely of hym in the respect of the pntemt . . . xx d."
It is my understanding that, in accordance with the
usual practise in those days, this George was about ten
years old in 1598, whereas the George who occupied the
tenement in West Smithrleld must have probably been at
least 21 years old in 1595. It seems evident, however,
that the George to whom the above minute relates was that
George whose name appears later on the books of the Cooper
Company and whose will of 1655 mentions his son Nathaniel
as being then in New England.
If these Georges were different men there is nothing
further known regarding the elder one. But there is a
possibility that the records may refer to one and the same
man, for the above minute indicates that there was some
irregularity regarding the apprentiship. Raphael Warter,
it seems, did not report the apprentiship until nearly eight
years after the indenture of 1598 (1599), but had bound
George " forth of his howse." Perhaps, therefore, George
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was older than ten years in 1599, old enough perhaps to
have charge of the tenement in West Smithfield in 1595.
Further research may possibly find records which will give
fuller details in this case and also facts regarding the
William Merryman who was also a freeman of the Cooper
From all the evidence now in hand I conclude that
Gregory Merryman, a weaver, who died at Whytney (now
Witney) in the county of Oxford about 1596 was the father
of George Merriman, the citizen and cooper of London
who died in 1655, and hence the grandfather of Nathaniel
Merriman who was the first of the Merriman name in
America. The following table shows the connection between
the English and American branches of Merrimans:
Thomas Merriman '
weaver, of County Oxford
died 1 559
ory = Maria [?Ja
1655 died 1640
= Alice He
tin of N
* This John was a captain in the commonwealth army in
1651. He is supposed to have married a daughter of Goffe,
the regicide. The Merrimans of Marl borough are descended
from his children.
A MERRIMAN GENEALOGY FOR FIVE GENERA-
TIONS COMMENCING WITH NATHANIEL
BY DONALD LINES JACOBUS, M.A.
Tenth in Descent from Nathaniel through his daughter Abigail
i. NATHANIEL 1 MERRIMAN was born in England about
1613, came to Boston in 1632, served in the Pequot war of
1637, lived in New Haven from 1640 to 1670, then became
one of the principal founders of Wallingford, Conn, where
he died 13 Feb 169!.* He was Ensign of the military com-
pany in New Haven, lieutenant of that in Wallingford, and
was appointed a Captain to raise troops for King Philips
War of 1675. He was town clerk of Wallingford for eight
years, selectman for five years, and was nine times a deputy
from Wallingford to the General Court of the Colony of
* Refer to other pages of this volume for fuller details:
Ancestry and parentage, pages 32-36, 107-133.
Voyage to America, pages 37, 41-43, 47-
Service in Pequot war, pages 43, 44, 64, 70-76.
Life at New Haven, pages 45-56, 64.
Life at Wallingford, pages 64-69, 73, 95-103.
Service in King Philip's war, pages 65-67, 70-76.
Will and estate, pages 31, 77-82.
Children and grandchildren, pages 56, 57-59, 139-146.
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Connecticut. He married Joan , who was born about
1628 and died in Wallingford 8 Dec 1709. Lieut. Nathaniel
Merriman, in his will of 6 June 1692, mentions his wife
Joane; sons John, Samuel, and Caleb; daughter Mary
Curtis; and surviving daughters (New Haven Probate,
vol. 2, p. 146).
Children, all born in New Haven:
NATHANIEL*, born about 1647 (continued below, No. a)
JOHN, born about 1649, died 26 Sept 1651.
HANNAH, born 16 May 1651. (No. 3)
ABIGAIL, born 18 April 1654. (No. 4)
MARY, born 12 July 1657. (No. 5)
JOHN, born 29 Feb 1659/60. (No. 6)
SAMUEL, born 29 Sept 1662. (No. 7)
CALEB, born May 1665. (No. 8)
TWIN SONS, born 1667, died young.
ELIZABETH, born 14 Sept 1669. (No. 9)
2. NATHANIEL 2 MERRiMAN, son of Nathaniel 1 (see
No. i), was born, probably at New Haven, about 1647.
He was made a freeman of New Haven in Oct 1669 and
had land assigned to him the following year at Wallingford.
He was killed in King Philip's war 19 Dec 1675 in the
attack on the Indian fort in Rhode Island. On 26 June
1685 the town of Wallingford voted ten acres of land to his
brothers. He left no issue. On i April 1688 Nathanael
Merriman sold to James Heaton " with the full and free
consent of my sons John Samuell and Caleb all the accomo-
dations of land that was reputed to be my son Nathaniel
Merriman now deceased his accomodations of land being
within the bounds of Wallingford " (New Haven Deeds, vol.
i, p. 787).
3. HANNAH 2 MERRIMAN, daughter of Nathaniel 1 (No.
i) was born at New Haven 16 May 1651; married first, at
New Haven 12 Nov 1668 JOHN IVES, son of William and
Hannah Ives, who was baptized at New Haven 29 Dec
1644 and died at Wallingford in 1682; married second, at
Wallingford 17 Aug 1682 JOSEPH BENHAM, son of Joseph
and Winifred Benham, who was born at New Haven 25
May 1659 and died at Wallingford in 1702. All children
except the first were born at Wallingford.
Children by first husband:
JOHN J IVES, born 14 Nov 1660, died at Wallingford 15 April
1747; married 6 Dec. 1693 Mary Gillette.
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HANNAH IVES, born 1672; married 3 March 1692 Samuel Cook.
JOSEPH IVES, born 14 Oct 1674, died at Cheshire 18 May 1755;
married n May 1697 Esther Benedict who was born about
1679 and died i Jan. 1752.
NATHANIEL IVES, born 30 May 1677, died 6 Nov 1711; mar-
ried 5 April 1699 Mary Cook; she married (2) 29 March 1722
GIDEON IVES, born about 1680; married Mary Royce who
died 15 Oct 1745; he was an Ensign.
Children by second husband:
MARY BENHAM, born 18 May 1683, married Thomas Yale.
JOSEPH BENHAM, born 15 Dec 1685, married (i) Hope Cook;
married (2) Mary Curtis.
ABIGAIL BENHAM, born 14 April 1688, married Samuel Durham
4. ABIGAIL 2 MERRIMAN, daughter of Nathaniel l (No. i),
was born at New Haven 18 April 1654, died at Walling-
ford; married at New Haven 18 Jan 1670 JOHN HITCHCOCK,
son of Matthias and Elizabeth Hitchcock of New Haven,
who died at Wallingford 6 July 1716. He married for his
second wife Mary (Thompson) Lines, widow of Samuel
Lines, and she married third, 18 April 1717 Samuel Clark.
Children: probably all born in Wallingford:
; A DAUGHTER*, born i Oct 1671, died young.
SAMUEL HITCHCOCK, born 1672, died young.
ABIGAIL HITCHCOCK, born 10 April 1674, died 9 Jan 1726;
married, 14 Dec 1693, Jacob Johnson, who was born 25 Sept
1674 and died 26 July 1749.
MARY HITCHCOCK, born 10 Dec 1676; married Benjamin
Beach of Hanover, N. J.
NATHANIEL HITCHCOCK, born 18 April 1679, died 12 May
1710; married 5 April 1704 Sarah Lewis Jennings; she married
(2) 12 July 1711 John Johnson.
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MARGERY HITCHCOCK, born g Sept 1681, died before 1764;
married (i) 10 March 1700 Joseph Munson who was born
6 Nov 1677 and died 30 April 1725; she married (2) before 1728,
ELIZABETH HITCHCOCK, born 8 April 1684, died young.
JOHN HITCHCOCK, born 18 Oct 1685, died 22 May 1760; mar-
ried (i) 21 Nov 1712 Marlow Munson who was born 15 Feb
1694, died i July 1739; he married (2) 29 Nov 1739 Elizabeth
Chatterton who died 4 May 1788.
MATTHIAS HITCHCOCK, born 26 May 1688, died about 1763;
married (i) 27 Dec 1710 Thankful Andrews; married (2) Deborah
(Barnes)Tuttle widow of Josiah Tuttle, who was born i Feb 1698;
married (3) 10 Jan 1754 widow Sarah Hough.
HANNAH HITCHCOCK, born 9 Jan 1691, died young.
DAMARIS HITCHCOCK, born n July 1693, died 10 Nov 1731;
married 22 April 1717 Sylvanus Clark who was born i Feb 1692,
BENJAMIN HITCHCOCK, born 24 March 1696, died 12 Feb 1767;
married i Oct 1718 Elizabeth Ives who died 8 Aug 1762.
5. MARY 2 MERRIMAN, daughter of Nathaniel l (No. i),
was born at New Haven 12 July 1657, baptized there 27
June 1661; married at Wallingford 9 June 1674 THOMAS
CURTIS, son of John and Elizabeth (Welles) Curtis, who
was born at Stratford, Conn, 14 Jan 1648.
Children, all born in Wallingford,:
MARY S CURTIS, born 13 Oct 1675, married John Crain.
NATHANIEL CURTIS, born 14 May 1677; married (i) Sarah
Hall who died 13 Dec 1700; (2) Sarah How 9 July 1702; who
died 4 Jan. 1740; (3) Mrs. Phebe Palmer u Oct 1641 who died
5 Jan 1763. He died 4 March 1763.
SAMUEL CURTIS, born 3 Feb 1678; married Elizabeth Fredericks
3 Jan 1705.
ELIZABETH CURTIS, born n Sept 1680, married Nathaniel
Hall ii May 1699, died 30 Sept 1735.
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HANNAH CURTIS, born 3 Dec. 1682, died 12 Oct 1703.
THOMAS CURTIS, born 26 Aug 1685, married Mary .
SARAH CURTIS, born i Oct. 1687, married Joseph Parker 17
ABIGAIL CURTIS, born 3 Nov 1689, married Joseph Holt 8
June 1709, died 12 Jan 1730.
JOSEPH CURTIS, born i Oct 1691, married Martha Collins
14 Mar 1712, died Jan 1756.
JEMIMA CURTIS, born 15 Jan 1694, married Nathaniel Beach
29 Sept 1712.
REBECCA CURTIS, born 21 Aug 1697, married (i) Lambert
Johnson i March 1716, (2) William Munson.
JOHN CURTIS, born 18 Sept 1699, married Jemima Abernathy
17 June 1723, died 4 April 1775.
6. JOHN 2 MERRIMAN, son of Nathaniel l (No. i), was born
at New Haven 29 Feb 1659/60, died at Wallingford 1741;
married first, at Wallingford 28 March 1683 Hannah Lines,
daughter of Ralph and Alice Lines, who was born at New
Haven 21 Nov 1665, died at Wallingford about 1688;
married second, at Wallingford 20 Nov 1690 Elizabeth
Peck, daughter of John and Mary (Moss) Peck, who was
born 29 Dec 1673, died at Wallingford after 1709; married
third^ after 1720, Elizabeth (Brown) Street widow of Samue/
X^treet, Jr, and who had previously been widow of Michael
/ It has been stated that Mary Doolittle was the second
/ wife of John Merriman, but this is erroneous, for the Wall-
I ingford records show his marriage to Elizabeth Peck (Land
Book, vol. i, p. 161). Moreover, Caleb his youngest son,
deeded land in the right of his "grandfather peck" which fell
to him from his mother " Elisabeth Merriman " (Wallingford
Deeds vol. 8, p. 481). Capt. John Merriman, in will of 15
May 1740, proved 7 Feb 1741, mentioned sons Israel, John,
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and George; Daniell, son of his son George; daughter Elisa-
beth sometime wife of Gershom Todd of New Haven;
children of daughter Sarah deceased, sometime wife of
Moses Atwater; children of daughter Mary deceased that
was wife of John Merriam; children of daughter Susannah
wife of Ezekiel Tuttle; and son Caleb. (New Haven Pro-
bate, vol. 6, p. 386).
John Merriman was captain of the Wallingford train
band and, for fourteen years, deputy to the General Court
of the Colony of Connecticut.
Children by first wife, all born in Wallingford:
ESTHER, S born 24 Jan 1684, probably died young.
ABIGAIL, born i Feb 1685, probably died young.
GEORGE, born 14 July 1688. (See below No. 10)
Children by second wife, all born in Wallingford:
JOHN, 3 born 16 Oct 1691. (No. n)
ISRAEL, born 23 Jan 1694. (No. 12)
SARAH, born 17 Feb 1702, died before 1734; married 28 Dec
1722 Moses Atwater who was born 17 July 1696.
ELIZABETH, born 2 July 1703; married Gershom Todd who
was born 12 Oct 1695 and died Nov 1748.
MARY, born 15 Mar 1705, died before 1740; married 21 April
1725 John Merriam.
CALEB, born 24 April 1 707. (No. 13)
SUSANNAH, born 20 July 1709, died before 1760; married,
at New Haven 21 April 1729 Ezekiel Tuttle.
7. SAMUEL 2 MERRIMAN, son of Nathaniel 1 (No. i),
was born at New Haven 29 Sept. 1662, died at Wallingford
25 Sept 1694; married Anna Street,* daughter of Rev.
* She is believed to have been a Street for the following reasons:
(i) Samuel Merriman's brother John married the widow of
144 MERRIMAN GENEALOGY
Samuel and Anna (Miles) Street, who was born at New
Haven 17 Aug 1665, died at Wallingford 1705; she married
second, Bartholomew Grossman. On 6 Feb 1716 Nathaniel,
Theophilus, and Samuel Merriman, legatees of the estate
of Samuel Merriman, and his widow Anna, made an agree-
ment for its distribution (New Haven Probate, vol. 4, p. 377).
Children, all born in Wallingford:
NATHANIEL, 3 born 27 May 1687, died young.
NATHANIEL, born 16 March 1690. (No. 14)
THEOPHILUS, born 28 April 1693. (No. 15)
SAMUEL, born 19 Dec 1694. (No. 16)
8. CALEB 2 MERRIMAN, son of Nathaniel 1 (No. i), was
born at New Haven May 1665, died at Wallingford 19
July 1703; married 9 July 1690 Mary Preston, daughter of
Dea. Eliasaph and Mary (Wilcoxen) Preston, who was
born at Stratford, Conn. 12 April 1674, and died at Walling-
ford 28 Nov 1755; she married second, at Wallingford 18
March 1708 Samuel Munson. Administration on the
estate of Caleb Merriman was granted to the widow Mary
9 Sept 1703 (New Haven Probate, vol. 2, p. 313). On 4
Anna Street's brother Samuel. (2). Samuel, 3 son of Samuel
and Anna Merriman, named children Nicholas, Katharine and
Miles, and these names could only have come into the family
if his mother was Anna Street; for her grandfather and a
brother were named Nicholas, her mother was a Miles, her
maternal grandmother was Katharine Miles, and she had a
sister named Katharine. (3) Theophilus, son of Samuel and
Anna Merriman, deeded land called " Maddeling's acres "; -
this must refer to land deeded by " Maudlin," widow of a
Goodman Samuel Street to Rev. Samuel Street, Anna's father.
It is difficult to understand how Theophilus obtained title to
this land save by inheritance from his mother Anna.
SECOND GENERATION 145
Feb 1740 Lent Munson in behalf of his father Ensign Samll
Munson, in right of wife Mary, administratrix of the estate
of Caleb Merriman, showed a division of the estate between
John Andrews and wife Hannah of Hartford, Eliasaph
Merriman, Moses Merriman, Henry Turhand and wife
Elizabeth, Waitstill Munson and wife Phebe, and Ephraim
Cook and wife Lydia (New Haven Probate, vol. 6, p. 291).
Children, all born at Wallingford:
MosES, 3 born 31 Oct 1691. (No. 17)
ELIZABETH, born 4 May 1693; married (i) at Wallingford
7 Nov 1712 Henry Turhand who was born at Guilford; (2) she
married Joseph Royce.
ELIASAPH, born 20 May 1695. (No. 18)
HANNAH, born 10 Sept 1697, died 28 Sept 1738; married at
Wallingford 19 July 1714 John Andrews.
PHEBE, born n Sept 1699, died Dec 1772; married at Wal-
lingford 10 Dec 1719 Waitstill Munson who was born at Walling-
ford 12 Dec 1697 and died there 6 March 1789.
LYDIA, born 8 Sept 1701, died young.
LYDIA born 12 Nov 1702, died after 1777; married Ephraim
9. ELIZABETH 2 MERRIMAN, daughter of Nathaniel 1
(No. i), was born at New Haven 14 Sept 1669; married at
Wallingford 2 Dec 1685 EBENEZER LEWIS who died in 1709.
He was a blacksmith and lived in the eastern part of Wall-
Children, all born in Wallingford:
HEZEKIAH 3 LEWIS, born 12 Oct 1686, died 1711; married
Elizabeth ; she married (2) William Frederick.
MARY LEWIS, (birth not recorded); married 10 Aug 1710
146 MERRIMAN GENEALOGY
CALEB LEWIS, born 15 Oct 1691; married 25 Nov 1713 Sarah
FELIX LEWIS, born 25 Oct 1693; married Thomas Andrews.
ELIZABETH LEWIS, born 15 Oct 1695; married Ephraim Bid-
well of Glastonbury.
BARNABAS LEWIS, born 4 Nov 1697, died i Oct 1729; married
Elizabeth , who married (2) 4 Mar 1730 Daniel Merwin.
HANNAH LEWIS, born 10 Oct 1699; married 8 Feb 1721 Capt
Samuel Cook who was born 5 March 1695 and died at New
Haven 7 Nov 1745.
BENJAMIN LEWIS, born 21 Sept 1701; married 3 Nov 1724
MALACHI LEWIS, born 4 Oct 1703, settled in Middletown.
AGAPE LEWIS, born 10 Jan 1705; married about 1727 Jonathan
Munger of Guilford, Conn.
10. GEORGE 3 MERRIMAN, son of John 2 (No. 6), was
born at Wallingford 14 July 1688, died there 1736; married
there 8 Jan 1713 Susannah Abernathy, daughter of William
and Sarah (Doolittle) Abernathy, who was born at Walling-
ford 1 8 July 1689. Administration on the estate of George
Merriman deceased was granted 6 Dec 1736 to the widow
Susannah. In 1738 the widow was appointed guardian
to the minor children Daniel and Molly, while the daughter
Susannah chose John Merriman, Jr, as guardian. Later
Daniel chose Samuel Thorpe, Jr, as guardian (New Haven
Probate Records, vol. 6, pp. 200, 244, 368).
Children, all born in Wallingford:
NATHAN/ born 30 Nov 1713, died young.
HANNAH, born about 1715 (not recorded), died 19 Oct 1751;
married 15 May 1734 Samuel Thorp, Jr., who was born 24 Mar
NATHAN, born 16 July 1717. (No. 19)
Lois, born 10 November 1720.
SUSANNAH, born 13 Sept 1723, died 1820; married at Walling-
ford 31 Dec 1739 Benjamin Thorp who was born 30 Sept 1716;
she married (2) Ezra Tuttle who was born about 1720 and died
ii June 1793; she married (3) at North Haven 27 March 1799
Oliver Blakeslee who was born 15 Aug 1741.
DANIEL, born 22 Feb 1727, living in 1751, but left no issue.
MOLLY, born 6 Jan 1730; m arried Abner Thorp who was born
14 Oct 1725.
148 MERRIMAN GENEALOGY
n. JOHN 3 MERRIMAN, son of John 2 (No. 6), was born
at Wallingford 16 Oct 1691, died at Southington 17 Feb
1784; married at Wallingford 24 Feb 1726 Jemima Wilcox,
daughter of Obadiah and Silence (Mansfield) Wilcoxen,
who was born at Guilford 30 Oct 1699 and died at Southing-
ton ii Oct 1764. He was an anti-pedo Baptist minister at
Wallingford and after 1750 at Southington (see Timlow's
Sketches of Southington).
Children, all born in Wallingford:
JOHN, 4 born 12 Sept 1728. (No. 20)
THANKFUL, born 2 August 1731.
SILAS, born 3 Jan 1734. (No. 21)
EBER, born 26 Feb 1736. (No. 22)
12. ISRAEL 3 MERRIMAN, son of John 2 (No. 6), was born
at Wallingford 23 Jan 1694; married 23 June 1714 Comfort
Benham, daughter of John and Comfort (Mansfield) Ben-
ham, who was born at New Haven 15 Aug 1692. On 6
April 1734 Israel sold his entire estate in Wallingford to
John Merriman, Jr. and Caleb Merriman (Wallingford
Deeds, vol. 7, p. 358). He removed to Harwinton, Conn.,
where he was selectman in 1637 (see Chipman's History of
Harwinton). He died after 1753.
Children, all born in Wallingford:
JOSEPH, 4 born 28 August 1716. (No. 23)
COMFORT, born 3 October, 1720.
JELIN, born 16 February 1724.
ELIZABETH, born n March 1727.
SARAH, born 16 December 1729.
ISRAEL, born 30 November 1732. (No. 24)
THIRD GENERATION 149
13. CALEB 3 MERRIMAN, son of John 2 (No. 6), was born at
Wallingford 24 April 1707, died there 2 June 1770; married
there 31 Aug 1732 Ruth Sedgwick, daughter of Samuel
and Ruth (Peck) Sedgwick, who was born at Hartford 21
Jan 1711 and died at Wallingford in 1799. Caleb Merri-
man, in his will of 8 May 1770, proved June 1770, mentions
his wife Ruth; his brothers George, Israel, and John; his
son Caleb; his daughters Sarah wife of Titus Cook, Mary
wife of Jeremiah Hulls, Elizabeth wife of Abel Merriman,
and Ruth wife of Hezekiah Johnson (New Haven Probate
Records, vol. n, p. 88). Ruth Merriman in will of 22
April 1797, proved 25 March 1799, called herself " old,"
and mentions son Caleb, and the daughters of her daughters
Sarah Cook, Mary Hull, Elizabeth Merriman, and Ruth
Johnson (New Haven Probate, vol. 4, p. 335).
The tombstone of Caleb Merriman reads: " Under this
Monument lieth inter'd the Remains of Caleb Merriman
Esq r Deacon of ye ist Consociated Church of Christ in
Wallingford who died of the Small Pox the I2th Day of June
A D 1770. In him the Widow lost a kind husband, the
children a tender Father, the Church a liberal Benefactor,
the Poor and Distressed a pittifull and ready Friend."
Children, all born in Wallingford:
SARAH,* born 25 May 1733; married at Wallingford 18 Jan
1753 Titus Cook.
MARY, born about 1735 (not recorded), died 22 Aug 1774;
married at Wallingford 18 Jan 1753 Jeremiah Hulls who was
born 5 Jan 1729, died 24 Aug 1790.
GEORGE, born about 1737 (not recorded), died 26 April 1757.
ELIZABETH, born 24 Nov 1739, died before 1797; married at
Wallingford 9 March 1756 Abel Merriman son of Nathaniel 3 (14).
RUTH, born 31 Oct'or i Nov 1741, died at Hamden, 12 Dec
1819; married at Wallingford Nov 1758 Capt Hezekiah Johnson
150 MERRIMAN GENEALOGY
who was born at Wallingford 12 March 1732, died at Hamden
21 Feb 1810.
JERUSHA (birth not recorded), died 5 July 1751.
ABIGAIL (birth not recorded), died 3 April 1761.
ANNE, born 29 April 1749, died 4 July 1751.
CALEB, born 26 Feb 1751, died 9 Oct 1751.
CALEB, born 30 Sept 1754. (No. 25)
14. NATHANIEL 3 MERRIMAN, son of Samuel 2 (No. 7),
was born at Wallingford 16 March 1690; died there 9 June
1767; married Mehitable Hall, daughter of David and Sarah
(Rockwell) Hall, who was born at Wallingford 15 Aug 1691,
died 1772. The will of Nathaniel Merriman, dated 30
Oct 1765, proved Aug 1767, mentions the children of his
eldest son Samuel deceased; his second son David; the
children of daughter Thankfull Roys deceased; Phineas and
Nathaniel, sons to his son Nathaniel deceased; son The-
ophilus; son Abel; and wife Mehitabel (New Haven Probate,
vol. 10, p. 434). Administration on the estate of Mehitabel
Merriman deceased was granted to her son Theophilus 23
March 1772 (Ibid, vol. n, p. 231).
Children, all born in Wallingford :
SAMUEL, 4 born 3 May 1712. (No. 26)
DAVID, born n Feb 1715. (No. 27)
THANKFUL, born 31 May 1717, died at Waterbury 9 Oct 1749;
married 15 Nov 1743 Phinehas Royce of Waterbury who died
ii May 1787.
NATHANIEL, born 31 May 1720. (No. 28)
THEOPHILUS (birth not recorded). (No. 29)
ABEL (birth not recorded). (No. 30)
15. THEOPHILUS 3 MERRIMAN, son of Samuel 2 (No. 7),
was born at Wallingford 28 April 1693, removed to North-
field, Mass, about 1718, where he was killed by Indians
THIRD GENERATION 151
21 Aug 1723; married at Wallingford 9 Sept 1714 Mary
Tune, who married secondly, Benjamin Miller and died 6
Jan 1782 aged 84.
ANNA,* born at Wallingford i Sept 1715, died 7 July 1778;
married (i) 1733 Ephraim Chamberlain who died before 1750;
married (2) about 1750 Benjamin Royce of Wallingford.
THEOPHILUS, born at Wallingford 28 Aug 1717, died at North-
field 25 Sept 1792; was deaf and dumb.
SARAH, born at Northfield n Aug 1719; died 21 Aug 1719.
SARAH, born at Northfield 5 Dec 1720, died before 1755;
married about 1739 Thomas Taylor who was born 26 Nov 1717
and died 24 March 1778.
SAMUEL, born at Northfield 13 Feb 1722/3. (No. 31)
16. SAMUEL 3 MERRIMAN, son of Samuel 2 (No. 7), was
born at Wallingford 19 Dec 1694, died at Wallingford between
1779 and 1783; married at W 7 allingford 9 Nov 1727 Sarah
Welcher, daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Abernathy)
Welcher, who was born at Wallingford 16 May 1707 an^
died after 1768. It would seem that none of their sons
lived, for on 24 June 1783 Katharine and Sarah Merriman
and William Jones and his wife Eunice agreed by three
deeds to a division of the land of their father Samuel Merri-
man deceased (Wallingford Deeds, vol. 23, pp. 147 et seq).
Samuel was living 15 May 1772 when he deeded land to
Jeremiah Hulls (Wallingford Deeds, vol. 18, p. 455). On 2
April 1779 Samuel Merriman and wife Sarah deeded land
to Jeremiah Hulls (Ibid, vol. 21, p. 456). Samuel Merriman
and wife Sarah joined other Abernathy heirs 15 June 1768
in disposing of land laid out to Abraham Doolittle which
had descended to them from their grandmother (Ibid, vol.
17, p. 441).
152 MERRIMAN GENEALOGY
Children, all born in Wallingford:
SAMUEL,* born 24 August 1728.
NICHOLAS (birth not recorded), died 17 Feb 1737.
ANNA (birth not recorded), died 10 March 1737.
SAMUEL, born 14 Oct 1734, died 28 Feb 1737.
KATHARINE, born 28 Dec 1736; living unmarried in 1783.^
SARAH, born 28 Jan 1742; living unmarried in 1783.
MILES, born n June 1744.
STEPHEN, born 25 May 1747.
HANNAH, born i December 1750.
EUNICE, born 21 Aug 1753; married William Jones.
17. MOSES 3 MERRIMAN, son of Caleb 2 (No. 8), was
born at Wallingford 31 Oct 1691, died there 4 Feb 174!;
married there 6 Feb 1713 Martha Beach, daughter of Azariah
and Martha Beach, who was born about 1690. In will of
ii Jan 1744, proved 30 April 1744, Moses Merriman referred
to his father Caleb deceased and mentioned his wife Martha;
sons Jehiel, Benjamin, Moses, and Lent; daughter Phebe
wife of Moses Munson; daughters Martha and Mary Merri-
man. Ephraim Cook was allowed guardian to Moses, son
of Sergt. Moses Merriman, and later to the son Lent (New
Haven Probate, vol. 6, pp. 582, 619; vol. 7, p. 68).
Children, all born in Wallingford:
JEHIEL, 4 born 28 Oct 1713. (No. 32)
ESTHER, born n Nov 1716, died 3 April 1734.
PHEBE, born 27 March 1720; married (i) 18 July 1739 Moses
Munson who died in 1750; married (2) 9 April 1752 Josiah
Bartholomew of Branford, Conn.
BENJAMIN, born 21 Jan 1722. (No. 33)
MARTHA, born 30 Dec 1723; unmarried in 1768 (Wallingford
Deeds, Vol. 17, p. 408); married 16 Nov 1775 Daniel Doolittlc
who was born at Middletown 3 Feb 1 706.
THIRD GENERATION 153
MARY, born 26 Feb 1726; married at Wallingford 7 Jan 1745/6
MOSES, born 14 Feb 1728. (No. 34)
LENT, born 25 May 1731. (No. 35)
18. ELiASAPH 3 MERRIMAN, son of Caleb 2 (No. 8), was
born at Wallingford 20 May 1695, died there 19 Aug 1758;
married there 10 Dec 1719 Abigail Hulls, daughter of Dr.
Benjamin and Elizabeth (Andrews) Hulls, who was born at
Wallingford 14 Feb 1704 and died there 20 Jan 1774. He
was ensign of the military company in Wallingford in 1735,
lieutenant in 1740, and captain in 1743.
Children, all born in Wallingford:
EUNICE/ born 7 Oct 1720, died 12 Jan 1721.
EUNICE, born 24 Dec 1721; married (i) at Wallingford 9 Dec
1747 Samuel Doolittle who was born 9 Dec 1721, died 14 May
1749; married (2) at Wallingford 25 March 1754 Capt. Ephraim
Preston who was born 8 Sept 1709, died 8 April 1778.
SARAH, born 18 Nov 1723; married at Wallingford 8 June
1743 Nathaniel Jones who was born in 1717.
CALEB, born 3 Sept 1725. (No. 36)
TITUS, born 28 August 1727. (No. 37)
AMASA, born 17 June 1729. (No. 38)
ENOCH, born i May 1731, died 14 June 1731.
ELIZABETH, born 27 July 1732, was living at Barkhamsted
1787 (Wallingford Deeds, vol. 24, p. 295); married at Wallingford
25 May 1756 Reuben Preston who was born 27 May 1736, died
5 Aug 1765.
ESTHER, born 2 Dec 1734, died 25 May 1787; married at
Wallingford 5 April 1762 Ephraim Preston Jr. who was born
6 Aug 1734, died 21 April 1786.
ELIASAPH, born 2 Nov 1736. (No. 39)
ENOCH and EBENEZER, twins, born 26 May 1739, died young.
TURHAND, born 24 May 1741, died young.
CHARLES, born 2 Sept 1744, died young.
ABIGAIL, born 17 June 1749, killed by lightning 4 Aug. 1758.
FOURTH AND FIFTH GENERATIONS
Descendants of the Fifth Generation are given in the smaller
type. Under each of these are noted the names and years of
birth of the Merrimans of the Sixth Generation, as far as they
are now known.
19. NATHAN 4 MERRIMAN, son of George 3 (No. 10) born
at Wallingford 16 July 1717, died there in 1755; married
there 3 Aug 1741 Sarah Bartholomew, daughter of John. In
Jan 1756 administration on the estate of Nathan Merriman
deceased was granted to the widow Sarah who was chosen
guardian by Lois and appointed guardian to the minor
children George, Joel, Titus, Susanna, and Ichabod. On
27 April 1759 Abel Cooke was chosen guardian by George
(New Haven Probate, vol. 8, pp. 487, 509; vol. 9, p. 245).
George and Joel evidently died while quite young in the
French wars, while Lois and Susanna must have died unmar-
ried as the following deed indicates. On 31 Jan 1783 Titus
Merriman of Cornwall and Ichabod Merriman of Torrington
deeded all right in that part of the land of George Merriman
formerly of Wallingford deceased, which fell to the share of
Susannah Merriman late of Wallingford deceased. Titus,
Ichabod, and Susannah being grandchildren to the said
George Merriman, and the said Titus and Ichabod are
the only legal heirs to the said Susannah (Wallingford Deeds,
vol. 26, p. 299).
Children, all born in Wallingford :
Lois, 6 born n June 1742, died before 1783.
FOURTH AND FIFTH GENERATIONS 155
GEORGE, born 12 Jan 1743/4, reported dead in the French
and Indian wars, 6 Oct 1 759.
JOEL, born 16 July 1745, reported dead in the French and
Indian wars, 30 Aug 1760.
TITUS, born 5 April 1747, removed before 1783 to Cornwall,
SUSANNAH, born 10 Aug 1752, died before 1783.
ICHABOD, born 23 Jan 1755; married at Wallingford 12 Dec
1777 Rebecca Tuttle; removed before 1783 to Torrington, Conn.
He served in the Revolution in 1776 in Capt Bunnell's Company.
Children: George 8 1778 and Samuel 1780.
20. JOHN 4 MERRIMAN, son of John 3 (No. n), was born
at Wallingford 12 Sept 1728, removed to Southington, Conn.,
about 1750, died there 13 April 1801; married Mabel Thorp,
daughter of Samuel and Hannah (Thompson) Thorp, who
was born at Wallingford 12 Jan 1724.
Children, all born in Southington:
X^ORMA,N) MANSFIELD/ born 3 May 1752; enlisted in the
Revolution in 1780. Children: Mary 6 1778, Patience 1780,
Wadsworth 1784, Dervilla 1786, Anna 1788, Jemima 1790.
CHAUNCEY, married 13 Feb 1777 Sarah Ives who died aged 65;
he enlisted in the Revolution in 1780. Children: Rosanna * 1777,
Lowly 1779, Marcus 1782, Sarah 1784, Anson 1786, Roxanna,
Leonard 1791, John 1795.
JOHN, born 8 Feb 1758, was a minute man in the Revolution,
died in 1778 while overheated on a march.
JEMIMA, born 30 June 1764; married/Daniel Carter who was
born in Branford aerjiiHe !;&&, she raised silk worms and mad
a dress therefrom. " - *
CALEB, born 8 June 1768, died 14 Oct 1838; married (i) i June
1801 Elizabeth Allen, daughter of Ebenezer and Elizabeth
(Pousley) Allen of Middletown, who was born 8 July 1770 and
died i Jan 1814; married (2) 10 Oct 1814 Sarah Allen, sister of
his first wife. Children: Mansfield 6 1802, William 1805, Ebenezer
1807, Joseph 1809, Joseph 1810.
156 MERRIMAN GENEALOGY
21. SILAS 4 MERRIMAN, son of John 3 (No. n), born at
Wallingford 3 Jan 1734, died at New Haven 8 May 1805;
married at Wallingford 15 Oct 1760 Hannah Upson who died
at New Haven 28 April 1820. On 12 Dec 1766 Silas Merri-
man and Daniel Upson of Wallingford bought land in New
Haven of James Blackslee of Waterbury (New Haven
Deeds, vol. 28, p. 68) and on 8 Oct 1776 James and Anna
Blackslee of New Haven deeded land to Silas Merriman
of New Haven (Ibid, vol. 36, p. 49). Administration on
the estate of Silas Merriman of New Haven was granted
to James Merriman 3 June 1805; the estate was divided
between the widow, James, Marcus, the heirs of Samuel
deceased, and the heirs of Lucy Matthews deceased (New
Haven Probate, vol. 24, p. 409; vol. 25, p. 333). In 1820
the estate of Hannah Merriman was distributed to her three
children, to Marcus, to the heirs of James, and the heirs of
Samuel (Ibid, vol. 31, p. 20).
Children, all born in Wallingford:
JAMES, 5 born 18 July 1761, died at New Haven 20 June 1813
while a member of the state legislature; married 7 March 1802
Frances Munson who was born 31 Oct 1765 and died 8 Sept
1831. He served in the Revolution in 1780 in Capt. Phineas
Bradley's Company, and later held the title of General. Chil-
dren: John 6 1806, Lucy, Frances.
MARCUS, born 31 Oct 1762, died at New Haven 20 Feb
1850; married (i) 13 Nov 1783 Sally Parmalee who died
16 May 1793 aged 27; their children. Elizabeth 6 1787, Marcus
1792, two infants, Hannah. He married (2), i Dec 1793 Susanna
Bonticou, daughter of Timothy and Susan (Gordon) Bonticou
who was born in 1775 and died at New Haven n Jan 1807; their
children, John, 6 Sally, two infants, Sarah Parmalee 1799. He
married (3) 22 Dec 1807 Lydia Wilcox of Killingworth who died
at New Haven 5 Feb 1822 aged 55. He married (4) Nov 1822
Betsey (widow of Othniel DeForest of Huntington) who died in
FOURTH AND FIFTH GENERATIONS 157
1853. He served in the Revolution in 1780 in Capt Phineas
LUCY, died before 1806, married Matthews.
SILAS, born 12 Feb 1769, died 1789; no issue.
SAMUEL, born 9 Sept 1771, died at New Haven 13 Oct 1805;
married (i) Mary Fitch, daughter of Nathaniel Fitch; children,
Samuel Fitch 1794, and Mary; married (2) Nancy who
was living at Windham, Conn., in 1807.
22. EsER 4 MERRIMAN, son of John 3 (No. n), was born
at Wallingford 26 Feb 17^6, moved to Southington about
1750, died there */ ficfiZiy, married, first, r Hastings ?* *'/
married, second, Hannah Rogers of Waterford.
Children by first wife, all born in Southington: ^**4
PELEG,' born 1 763, dieg^ N^ 1773- & '^ k ^^. /*
PEREZ, born 17 Oct 176$; married Lucy Barnes; one child,
Almon 6 1807, > * * t w
HARMON, born 7 March 1768, died 3 Sept 1836; married 10
Feb 1794 Lovisa Tuttle, daughter of Isaiah and Ruth (Wilson)
Tuttle, who was born 25 Oct 1775. Children: Roswell 8 1796,
EZRA, born 1770, died 7 Nov 1773.
STILLMAN, born 6 Jan 1772, died 15 Nov 1808; married 10
Nov 1801 Sarah Hall, daughter of Peter and Lydia (Brown)
Hall, who was born 8 Aug 1776, died 23 April 1873. Children,
Betsey 6 1802, Lydia 1804, James Stillman 1807.
ALBERT, born 6 Sept 1774, died 2 Aug 1827; married 22 Nov
1803 Roxanna Hart of New Britain who died 26 Nov 1859.
Children: Amon Hart 6 1804, Lorenzo, Sophronia, Salmon 1809,
Eliza, Roxana 1813.
DOCTOR, born 8 July 1776, died at Westfield, Mass.; married
ii Jan 1803 Sabrina Atkins, daughter of Samuel and Eunice
(Wightman) Atkins, who was born at Southington 8 April 1780.
Children: Earl Jefferson 6 1803, Sherlett Eunice 1805, Silas Atkins
1807; Sabrina Hastings 1809.
158 MERRIMAN GENEALOGY
OLCOTT, born 13 Jan 1779, died 23 Nov 1820; married Sophronia
Hitchcock, daughter of Samuel and Mary (Munson) Hitchcock,
who was born in Southington 1782 and died there 13 May 1849.
Children, Samuel Green 6 1809, Sophronia, Franklin 1813.
Children by second wife, all born in Southington :
ROGERS/ born 9 Nov 1783.
MEHITABEL, born 24 June 1785, died Aug 1855; married
Jesse Hall of Wallingford.
SARAH, born 1787, died 17 March 1788.
,SEBKTI?A, born 14 Oct 1789, died 2 Aug 1822.
HANNAH; married (i) 3 July 1813 Stoddard Neal; married
(2) Samuel Bartholomew.
JAMES, born 1797, died 17 Jan 1800.
5 BW/t/i- fr-2-23. JOSEPH* MERRIMAN, son of Israel 3 (No. 12), was
born in Wallingford 28 Aug 1716, removed with his parents
j>7u> /7^o. to Harwinton, Conn., in 1735; married in 1745^ He was
quite likely father of Joseph, George, and William mentioned
i-~. If l+tt*. l7VMjoSEPH, B ^probably son of Joseph, 4 lived at Litchfield, Conn.,
^J^- 'was drowned 21 Oct 1775 at Campville near Litchfield; married
Rachel Culver, daughter of Zebulon and Eleanor (Taylor)
Culver, who was born at Litchfield 16 Dec 1753. Children:
Joseph 8 1772, Silas 1 7 74.
GEORGE, probably son of Joseph, 4 lived in Harwinton; enlisted
in the Revolution in 1780.
WILLIAM, perhaps son of Joseph, 4 was a selectman in Har-
winton in 1789.
REUBEN, died at Litchfield 22 Sept 1865 aged 83; Melia
Byington his wife died there 23 June 1856 aged 69. A tradition
says that his father was named Samuel who came from Har-
24. ISRAEL* MERRIMAN, son of Israel 3 (No. 12) was born
at Wallingford 30 Nov 1732, removed with his parents to
FOURTH AND FIFTH GENERATIONS 159
Harwinton, Conn.; enlisted 29 April 1777 for eight months
service in the Revolution in Capt. Munson's Company.
No further information is now available.
25. CALEB"* MERRIMAN, son of Caleb 3 (No. 13), was born
at Wallingford 30 Sept 1754, died there 7 April 1816; married
first, 18 Jan 1778 Mary Peck who died 15 Dec 1779; married
second, 14 Dec 1780 Amy Lewis; married third, at Walling-
ford 20 Oct 1785 Statira Hall, daughter of Benjamin and
Susannah Hall, who was born at Wallingford 15 Jan 1759;
married fourth, at Cheshire, 5 Feb 1800 Hannah, daughter
of Stephen Atwater and widow of - Hall, who was born
at Wallingford 27 Nov 1754. Caleb's will was executed 25
March 1815 and proved 19 April 1816 (Wallingford Probate
vol. 9, p. 324).
Children by second wife, all born in Wallingford:
ISAAC LEWIS, 8 born 22 Nov 1781, died before 1810; child,
Eunice Atwater 8 1805.
CALEB, born about 1783 (not recorded); married (i) 6 Dec
1807 Eunice Hall; children, Amy Lewis 1808, Silas 1811, Ruth
Sedgwick 1814, George. He married (2) i Oct 1823 Charity
Child by third wife, born at Wallingford:
BENJAMIN HALL, born 21 Aug 1787, died before April 1832;
married 26 Dec 1813 Laura Parker who was born about 1795
and died i June 1869. Children: Silas 8 1814, Marcus 1816,
Harriet 1818, Laura 1821.
26. SAMUEL* MERRIMAN, son of Nathaniel 3 (No. 14),
was born at Wallingford 3 May 1712, died before 1765 when
his father by will refers to the children of his son Samuel
deceased. He probably married Sarah Clark, daughter of
160 MERRIMAN GENEALOGY
Stephen Clark of North Haven, who was born in 1707.
Stephen Clark, in his will of 1740, mentioned his daughter
Sarah Merriman; he also had a daughter who married a
Culver of Wallingford.
MARTHA, 6 born at New Haven 23 April 1733, died 10 Nov
1802; married 18 Nov 1773 Ebenezer Mattoon who was born
4 April 1735, died 27 May 1814.
SARAH, born at New Haven 29 April 1735; married 9 Sept
1756 Thomas Beach.
27. DAVID 4 MERRIMAN, son of Nathaniel 3 (No. 14),
was born at Wallingford n Feb 1715, died there 13 Oct
1771; married Elizabeth Benham, daughter of Joseph and
Hope (Cook) Benham, who was born at Wallingford about
1725, died there 24 May 1784. In Oct 1771 administration
on the estate of David Merriman deceased was granted
to the widow Elisabeth. The final distribution of the estate
was between the widow, Thankful wife of Giles Hall, and
Elisabeth wife of Hezekiah Hall (New Haven Probate,
vol. n, pp. 200, 512). On 25 June 1784 the dower of
Elizabeth, widow of Lieut. David Merriman, was divided
between her two daughters (Ibid, vol. 14, p. 289; also see
Wallingford Probate, vol. 3, p. 128).
Children, born in Wallingford:
THANKFUL, 5 born 17 March 1744/5, died 14 July 1796; mar-
ried at Wallingford 24 Dec 1772 Giles Hall who was born 18
Feb 1733, died 17 March 1789.
ELIZABETH, born about 1752, died 21 Nov 1801; married at
Wallingford 30 Oct 1769 Hezekiah Hall who was born 13 July
1743, died 7 Sept 1815.
FOURTH AND FIFTH GENERATIONS 161
28. NATHANIEL 4 MERRiMAN, son of Nathaniel 3 (No. 14),
was born at Wallingford 31 May 1720, died there 10 July
1 765; married there 19 Dec 1743 Prudence Austin, daughter
of John and Prudence (Royce) Austin, who was born at
Wallingford 10 Nov 1723, died there 1806. In Sept 1765
administration on the estate of Nathaniel Merriman, Jr.
was granted to the widow Prudence. Final distribution
was not made until 1778, after the death of the son Phinehas,
when the estate was set to Nathaniel; Mary the third
daughter; Prudence the eldest daughter, wife of Archable
Allen; and Mehitabel the second daughter, wife of The-
ophilus Page. The dower had been previously set out (New
Haven Probate, vol. 10, pp. 289, 515; vol. 12, p. 242). The
widow Prudence, in will of i Nov 1805, proved 14 June
1806, mentioned daughters Prudence and Mary, and the
children of daughter Mabel deceased (Wallingford Probate,
vol. 6, p. 191). On 31 March 1807 Joel Page of Wallingford,
Phinehas Page of Hansley, Mass., Levi Page of Cornway,
Mass., Nathaniel Page of Meriden, and Archelus and
Prudence Allen of Meriden, deeded to Nathaniel Merriman
of Wallingford, all rights, as heirs of Nathaniel, Jr. and
Phineus Merriman deceased, in the dower of Prudence
Merriman deceased (Wallingford Deeds, vol. 32, p. 495).
PHINEHAS, B died before 1777.
PRUDENCE, married 27 March 1775 Archelaus Ailing.
MEHITABEL, married Theophilus Page.
MARY, was living unmarried in 1807 when Eliakim Hall was
her conservator (Wallingford Deeds, vol. 33, p. 93).
NATHANIEL, born about 1760, died at Wallingford 7 July
1808; married there 27 Dec 1781 Lucy Moss, daughter of
Jonathan and Esther (Curtis) Moss, who married (2) Joel Peck
and died March 1822. His will was signed 7 June 1808 and
162 MERRIMAN GENEALOGY
proved 8 Aug 1808. Children: Isaac, 8 Lucy 1786, Nancy 1788,
Nathaniel 1792, Edward 1794, Hiram 1799, Henry 1801, Mabel
1 80 3, Artemisia 1807.
29. TnEOPHiLUS 4 MERRIMAN, son of Nathaniel 3 (No.
14), lived at Wallingford where he died in 1807; married
1 6 Oct 1772 Margery Eliot daughter of Abial and Mary
(Leete) Eliot, a descendant of Gov. William Leete of Guil-
ford, who was born 19 March 1742. On 21 Sept. 1807
administration on the estate of Theophilus was granted to
Mary Hunt, next of kin and creditor, the widow refusing
to act (Wallingford Probate, vol. 6, p. 132).
Children, all born in Wallingford:
RUTH, 5 born 18 July 1773; married 24 Nov 1794 Samuel Frost.
ELIOT, died 26 Oct 1774.
ELIOT HALL, born 8 Jan 1775.
MARY; married at North Haven 27 Dec 1798 John Hunt of
SARAH, born 6 April 1780.
30. ABEL 4 MERRIMAN, son of Nathaniel 3 (No. 14),
was born at Wallingford and died at Wells, Vt. ; married at
Wallingford 9 March 1756 Elizabeth Merriman (see above
under No. 12). About 1771 they removed to Wells, Vt.
He was Lieut, in Capt. Daniel Culver's Company in the
Revolution, and Capt. in Col. Ebenezer Allen's regiment
to Ticonderoga in 1778-81; he was several times town
representative from Wells. Abel and Elizabeth were living
at Wells in 1787 (Wallingford Deeds, vol. 24, p. 365) and
she was not living in 1797 (Ibid, vol. 28, p. 482).
Children, probably all born at Wallingford:
CALEB, 5 born 22 February 1757, was living at Wells in 1785.
GEORGE, born 26 Aug 1759, died at Wallingford 21 May
FOURTH AND FIFTH GENERATIONS 163
1836; married there 17 Feb 1780 Katharine Johnson, daughter
of Sherborne and Katharine (Hitchcock) Johnson, who was born
18 May 1758, died 8 July 1842. He served in the Revolution
in Capt. BunnelPs Company 1776. Children: Martha 8 1781,
Mary 1782, Nancy 1787.
SAMUEL SEDGWICK, born 2 April 1762, died 19 Sept 1847 at
Wells, Vt.; married there Polly Cross, daughter of Joseph, who
died 19 Jan 1845. He served in the Revolution in his father's
company. Children: Robert, 6 Polly 1795, Betsey 1796, Martha
1797, Hannah 1799, Samuel 1805, Elihu C. 1809.
ABEL, was living at Wells in 1797.
ABIGAIL, born 12 April 1770; married Timothy Hebard of
Onwell, Vt. (Wallingford Deeds, vol. 28, p. 482.)
31. SAMUEL 4 MERRIMAN, son of Theophilus 3 (No. 15),
was born at Northfield, Mass., 13 Feb 1722/3, died there 22
June 1803; married first, 3 March 1747 Mary Hawks,
daughter of Eleazer, who was born at Deerfield, Mass,
and died 24 Aug 1759; married second, 21 Dec 1759 Lydia
Harwood, daughter of John, who was widow of Asahel
Children by first wife:
SAMUEL, B born at Northfield n Sept 1749, died at Unadilla,
N. Y. in 1825; married (i) at Northfield in 1768 Eunice Hall;
children, Sarah ' 1769, Theophilus 1773; married (2) ;
children, Sylvanus, 8 Samuel 1782, Zilpha, a daughter. He
removed to West Stockbridge, Mass., and about 1804 to Una-
dilla, N. Y. He served in the Revolution.
SARAH, born i March 1752; married 18 Nov 1772 Elisha
Wright of Montagu.
ZILPHA, baptised and died n Sept 1753.
Children by second wife:
LEVI, S born 27 Nov 1760 at Northfield, died there 3 Aug 1829;
married Mercy Morgan who died 10 July 1839 aged 72. He
164 MERRIMAN GENEALOGY
served in the Revolution. Children: Polly 6 1794, Susanna
1796, Almira 1799, Adeline 1801, Emily 1804, Samuel 1807.
LYDIA, born 28 Aug 1762; married 18 May 1785 Medad
MARY, born 8 April 1764; married 9 Jan 1787 Samuel Mattoon.
ELIJAH, born at Northfield n Dec 1765, died 30 March 1834;
married i April 1803 Rebecca Clendenen (daughter of Archibald)
who died 14 Oct 1839 aged 66. Children: Rebecca 6 1804,
Elijah 1806, Lydia 1809.
SUSANNA, born 13 April 1768; married 9 Jan 1787 Samuel
James of Gill.
A SON, born i Oct 1770, died 4 Oct 1770.
SYLVANUS, born 28 Feb 1773; a sailor, killed by pirates 4 July
32. JEHIEL 4 MERRIMAN, son of Moses 3 (No. 17), was
born at Wallingford 28 Oct 1713, buried at Cheshire 25
July 1772; married at Wallingford i Aug 1740 Hannah
Jones, daughter of Theophilus and Hannah (Mix) Jones,
who was born at Wallingford 4 Oct 1720 and buried at
Cheshire 26 Aug 1783. Administration on the estate of
Jehiel Merriman was granted to the widow Hannah in
August 1772 and the estate was distributed 31 May 1773.
(New Haven Probate, vol. n, pp. 278, 378). Administra-
tion in the estate of Hannah Merriman was granted to
son Jehiel 10 Nov 1783 (Wallingford Probate, vol. 3, p. 23).
Children, all baptized at Cheshire:
HESTER, 5 baptized February 1741/2, living in 1772.
DANIEL, baptized Jan 1742/3, died at Dalton, Mass., 19 Feb
1825; married at Wallingford 3 Oct 1764 Damaris Andrews
who died at Dalton probably on 6 March 1835. Children born
at Wallingford: Chloe 6 1765, Jesse 1767, Nathaniel 1770,
Martha 1772. Children born at Dalton: Daniel, 6 Betsy 1780.
HANNAH (no record of baptism), living in 1773.
FOURTH AND FIFTH GENERATIONS 165
LYDIA, baptized 18 Oct 1747, living in 1773.
JEHIEL, baptized Jan 17^ died 12 May 1806; married n
June 1788 Eunice Preston, daughter of Ephraim and Eunice
(Merriman) Preston, who died in 1836. Child: Elizabeth 1789.
THANKFUL, baptized December 1751, living in 1773.
PHEBE (no record of baptism), living in 1773.
ABIGAIL (no record of baptism), living in 1773.
THEOPHILUS, born about 1764, died at Franklin, Pa., 2 March
1832; married 15 Feb 1791 Sarah Lines, daughter of Ralph and
Beersheba (Hotchkiss) Lines, who was born 8 March 1768 and
died in 1833. Theophilus and his brother-in-law Rufus Lines
were pioneers in Susquehanna County, Pa. Children: Titus
Lines 6 1792, Julia 1795, Lois 1798, Sally 1805, Alfred 1812.
33. BENJAMIN 4 MERRIMAN, son of Moses 3 (No. 17), was
born at Wallingford 21 Jan 1722, died after 1764; married
at Wallingford 2 Jan 1744/5 Susannah Crittenden of Dur-
ham. On 20 April 1747 he was of Wallingford, but on 19
Feb 1747/8 he was " of Farmington in Southington " (W T all-
ingford Deeds, vol. 10, pp. 352, 453). He was still living in
Farmington on 28 Feb 1764, when Martha and Lent Merri-
man of Wallingford and Benjamin Merriman of Farmington
deeded land in Wallingford (Ibid, vol. 15, p. 665). There
ha A been found the recordf..o-only one child:
AMOS, S born in Wallingford 20 Oct 1745.
34. MOSES 4 MERRIMAN, son of Moses 3 (No. 17), was
born at Wallingford 14 Feb 1728, died in the French and
Indian war 20 Sept 1758; married about 1752 Joanna Mix,
daughter of Daniel and Lydia Mix, who was born at Wal-
lingford 13 March 1726; she married, second, 14 March
1761 Jacob Teal. Moses enlisted 6 April 1758 in the 2nd
regiment ist company, Capt. Wadsworth commanding, and
Avas reported dead the following September. Administra-
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tion on his estate was granted to his widow Joanna in Feb
1759. Probably the only child was:
THANKFUL, 6 baptized at Southington 14 July 1754.
35. LENT 4 MERRIMAN, son of Moses 3 (No. 17), was
born at Wallingford 25 May 1731, died at Southington
3 Sept 1800; married at Wallingford 30 Jan 1754 Katharine
Wright who was buried at Cheshire n Jan 1797.
Children, all born in Wallingford :
LucY, 6 born 14 Feb 1755; married at Cheshire 5 Dec 1776
JOEL, born n Sept 1756, died at Cheshire 17 April 1811;
married 13 Feb 1775 Lue Hitchcock, daughter of Benjamin and
Rhoda (Cook) Hitchcock, born 24 March 1755, died 1819. His
will was made 15 April 1811 and proved 8 May 1811 (Walling-
ford Probate, vol. 7, p. 456). Children baptised at Cheshire:
Joel 6 1778, Mary 1781, Ezra 1782.
MAMRE, born 30 June 1758; married at Cheshire 3 Feb 1783
KATHARINE, born 23 May 1760; married at Cheshire 16 March
1780 Amos Bunnell.
MOSES, born 30 Oct 1761, died at Hamden before 1815; mar-
ried at Fair Haven Nov 1787 Lois Wantwood; he served in the
Revolution. Children baptised at Hamden 18 Aug 1795:
Betsey, 6 Henry, Harvey, Welthy, Eliza; others baptised, Lewis
1800, Welthy Maria 1802, Marcus 1804.
BENJAMIN, born i Nov 1763; married Mary Everton, daughter
of William and Isabel (Holbrook) Everton, who was born in East
Haven in 1762. He was living in New Haven in 1796 and 1810.
Child: William. 6
ESTHER, born 19 January 1766.
LENT, born 6 Nov 1768, died at Southington i April 1817.
MARTHA, born 5 November 1770.
EUNICE, born 23 Feb 1773; married at New Haven 8 Jan
1794 William Trowbridge who was born 23 July 1772 and died
FOURTH AND FIFTH GENERATIONS 167
36. CALEB* MERRIMAN, son of Eliasaph 3 (No. 18),
was born at Wallingford 3 Sept 1725, died there 6 Aug 1797;
married at Wallingford 12 May 1747 Margaret Robinson,
daughter of Capt. Josiah and Ruth (Merriam) Robinson,
who was born at Wallingford 26 June 1729, died there
July 1795. The will of Margaret Merriman, made 4 July
1795, was proved 18 Aug 1795 (Wallingford Probate, vol. 4,
Children, all born in Wallingford:
JosiAH, 8 born 25 March 1748; married at Wallingford 8 March
1781 Lydia, daughter of John and Lydia (Ford) Johnson and
widow of Robert Simpson. He served in the Revolution, enlist-
ing 28 Dec 1776, and was promoted to Corporal 10 July
1778; was a cooper by trade; was living in 1805. Children:
Josiah 6 1781, Robert 1784, Horace, 1786, Lydia 1793.
REBECCA, born 7 Nov 1750; married Edward Collins.
JESSE, born 25 Dec 1752, died young. Q/<
CALEB, born 4 April 1754, was living in 1805; married 1 2 Deep
1775 Sarah Rice/'t^hlldren: Enoch 6 1777, Lucy 1778, Levi
1783, Hervey 1787.
ENOCH, born 7 Dec 1755, served in the Revolution from i
Jan 1777 to 10 May 1782 when he was discharged for disability.
abby Bishop (New Haven Deeds, vol. 39, p. 457).
HOWELL, died unmarried at Wallingford in 1805.
JESSE, born 5 Oct 1759, died at Meriden in 1827; married
15 Jan 1784 Dolly Ives, daughter of Titus and Dorothy (Halsey)
Ives, who was born 18 July 1760. Administration on his estate
was granted to his son Ho well 14 Dec 1827 (Wallingford Probate,
vol. 12, p. 218). He served in the Revolution. Children:
Joel 6 1784, Salina 1786, Ira 1789, Ives 1792, Sally 1795, Eunice
1798, Howell 1801, Charles 1807.
RUTH, married John Wade.
CHRISTOPHER, married at Berlin 26 Nov 1789 Polly Bronson.
On 6 Feb 1807 administration on his estate was granted to
Oliver Collins of Whitestown, N. Y. He served in the Revolu-
tion from 27 July to 6 Dec. 1780. Left issue, not traced.
168 MERRIMAN GENEALOGY
37. TITUS 4 MERRIMAN, son of Eliasaph 3 (No. i8),was
born at Wallingford 28 August 1727, died at Meriden about
1806; married at Wallingford 20 Feb 1748/9 Dinah An-
drews, daughter of Elisha and Mabel (Andrews) Andrews,
who was born 23 March 1729. His will was made 27 April
1798 and proved 19 Jan 1807 (Wallingford Probate, vol. 6,
Children, all born at Wallingford:
ELISHA, B born 21 Sept 1749, died at Meriden in 1814. He
married (i) at Wallingford 3 June 1773 Mary Hawley who died
15 Nov 1774; child, Zepheny 6 1774. He married (2) Damaris
- who died 7 Aug 1781; children, Mary 6 1777, Zepheny 1780.
He married (3) 25 Dec 1782 Chloe Merriman (see No. 32) who
was born 13 July 1765; children, Damaris, 6 Chloe, Orrin, Iram
CHARLES, born 31 Oct 1751, died 28 May 1823; married 10
Aug 1775 Rachel Cowles who was born 6 Jan 1757 and died
10 Sept 1826. Children: Betsy 6 1776, Benoni 1778, Rachel 1780,
Charles Johnson 1782, Rachel 1784, Titus 1786, Lois 1788,
Ebenezer C. 1791, Elisha 1793, Lois 1796, Joel 1799.
EUNICE, born about 1754, died n Sept 1756.
EUNICE, born n June 1757; married Enos Ives. j. ii ,
. born 10 May 1 760^6^ 1832; married at Hartford,
Conn., Anna Perkins, daughter of ^QQtB; removed to Colborne,
Ont., about 1796. Children: Hiram 6 1791, Rebecca 1792,
Isaiah 1796, Triphena 1800, Titus 1806, Caroline 1809, James
ABIGAIL, born 8 Nov 1762; married at Cheshire 9 Jan 1784
SALLY, born 21 March 1764; married at Wallingford 24 May
1786 Asahel Yale.
TITUS, born 1768, removed to Bristol, Conn., where he died in
1848. Children: Henry, 6 George 1810, Eli Todd 1815, Caroline.
ELIZABETH, born 1771; married Aaron Holt.
FOURTH AND i IFTH GENERATIONS 169
38. AMASA 4 MERRIMAN, son of Eliasaph 3 (No. 18) was
born at Wallingford 17 June 1729; married first, at Wal-
lingford 26 Sept 1750 Sarah Ives, daughter of Stephen and
Sarah (Hart) Ives, who was born 29 May 1733, died 29
July 1776; married second, 18 Feb 1778 widow Tabitha
(Sexton) Adkins. He was in Capt. Hough's company in
the alarms at New Haven and Fairfield in July 1779.
Children; all born in Wallingford:
HANNAH,* born 14 July 1751, died 29 Sept 1751.
PHEBE, born 25 Dec 1752, died 20 Oct 1753.
MARY, born 19 Nov 1754, died 17 Oct 1755.
AMASA, born 10 Oct 1757, died 25 Feb 1758.
SARAH, born u May 1759.
CHARLES, born 29 Aug 1762, died 26 Aug 1829; married at
Waterbury 16 May 1784 Anna Punderson, daughter of David
and Thankful (Todd) Punderson, who was born at New Haven
5 Oct 1763 and died at Watertown i April 1844. He served
as drum-major in the Revolution; settled at Watertown,
Conn. Children: Betsey 8 1786, William Henry 1788, Nancy
1792, Charles P. 1794, Nancy 1796, Charles P. 1798, Anna
1801, Frederick 1803, William Punderson 1805, George F. 1808.
PHEBE, born 22 Aug 1765, died 20 Oct 1765.
AMASA, born 2 June 1767, died 7 June 1843; went in 1794
as a pioneer to Canada where he settled as a farmer at Hatley,
Stanstead County, Que.; married at Guildhall, Vt. 17 March
1792 Ann Hall, daughter of Levi and Luranna Hall, who was born
in 1776 at Enfield, Conn. Children: Sally 6 1793, Isaac Hosea
1794, Amasa 1796, Joseph 1798, Harvey 1800, Elizabeth 1802,
Nathaniel 1804, Titus 1806, Lewis 1808, Charles P 1810, Sally
1812, Nancy Ann 1815, Ira Mooney 1817.
JOSEPH, born 17 January 1769.
BENJAMIN, born 17 Oct 1771, died 18 May 1774.
39. ELIASAPH 4 MERRIMAN, son of Eliasaph 3 (No. 18),
was born at Wallingford 2 Nov 1736, died there in 1815;
170 MERRIMAN GENEALOGY
married there 13 Jan 1762 Jerusha Mattoon. He executed
his will 28 April 1803 and a codicil 3 Oct 1812; the will was
proved 25 May 1815 (Wallingford Probate, vol. 9, p. 180).
Children, all born in Wallingford:
AMOS, born i Dec 1762, lived at Cheshire, removed to Scott
County, Ky., about 1800, died there; married Abigail
who died in Sangamon County, 111. Children born at Cheshire:
Polly 6 1786, Lyman 1789, Reuben 1790, Lyman 1792, Abigail
ABIGAIL, born 6 July 1764; married 31 Dec 1787 Titus Preston
who was born 27 Nov 1764 and died i May 1842.
EUNICE, born n May 1766.
ELIAKIM, born 2 July 1769, died 15 Aug 1780.
POLLY, born 10 September 1773.
REUBEN, born 9 Sept 1775, died 18 June 1790.
ASAPH, born i July 1778, died at Wallingford in 1830; married
Eunice . Administration on his estate was granted to his
son Andrew 17 Sept 1830 (Wallingford Probate, vol. 13, p. 57).
He served in the Revolution. Children: Andrew 6 1802, Silas
1806. Julia 1809, Charles 1811, Sarah 1812.
ELIAKIM, born 7 October 1780.
ESTHER; married 20 Jan 1803 Isaac 6 Merriman (see No. 28).
The above genealogy includes 422 persons born with the
name Merriman, there being one of the first generation,
ii of the second, 21 of the third, 68 of the fourth, 124 of
the fifth, and 197 of the sixth generation. It also refers
to over 300 persons who were connected with the family by
THE HISTORICAL YEAR AND THE
DURING most of the period covered by the preceding
records, there were in use two methods of beginning and
ending the year. The historical year began on January i
and ended on December 31, while the legal year began on
March 25 and ended on March 24. Consequently there
is often some uncertainty regarding the year to which a
given date belongs when that date lies between January
i and March 24 inclusive.
When the double notation 1693/4 or 169! was used in
a record, there is no uncertainty, for it means that the
legal year 1693 had not ended although the historical year
1694 had begun. But when a date like 20 February 1675
is given, it may be uncertain whether it was intended for
the legal year 1675 and the historical year 1676, or whether
it was meant for the historical year 1675 and the legal
The historical year was used in the common affairs of life,
and all almanacs were based upon it. The writer has
examined many almanacs of the seventeenth and eighteenth
centuries, and finds that they all begin with January i and
end with December 31, and that they contain no reference
whatever to the legal year. New Year's Day was celebrated
in England on January i, as we learn from the Diary of
Samuel Pepys, it being a time when gifts were exchanged
and accounts balanced. In New England it was a day of
lesser importance, and the Diary of Samuel Sewall makes
no reference to it during the seventeenth century. Under
date of January i H~&f> however, he mentions that the
new century was ushered in by trumpet blasts.
The legal year coincided with the fiscal year of the govern-
ment of England. In this method of reckoning March
was often called the first month, April the second month,
and so on, February being the twelfth month. Thus on
page 95, the first note from the Wallingford records is
dated "31.11.69," this meaning 31 January 1669/70. The
legal year was used in state and town records, and slao)
generally in church records. Probably nearly all of the
dates prior to 1753 given in the preceding pages without
double notation, are for the legal year.
In 1752 the Gregorian calendar replaced the previous
Julian calendar in England and America, and at the same
time the legal year was abolished. After 1752, then, dates
are always given for the historical year. Almanacs for
1752 contain no days between September 2 and September
14, and hence this year, in England and America, had
only 355 days. Some writers inadvisedly extend the Gre-
gorian calendar backward to dates preceding 1752, but in
this volume all dates are given as they occur on the records.
George Washington was born on February n, 1732, of the
Julian calendar; in celebrating this day on February 22,
we commit serious error.
This Index includes only American Merrimans and persons descended
from them or connected with them by marriage. Many English Merri-
mans are mentioned on pages 33, 34, 48, 107-133.
Abernathy, Jemima, 142
Sarah, 147, 151
Adams, John Merriman, 20, 32,
107, 121, 128
Addis, Eva Merriman, 16, 17
Adkins, Tabitha, 169
Albright, Mina Clark, 13
Alexander, Lydia, 164
Allen, Archelaus, 161
Mehi table, 161
Ailing, Archelaus, 161
Andrews, Damaris, 164
Elisha, 1 68
Andrews, John, 145
Mary Ann, 10
Atkins, Eunice, 157
Atwater, Hannah, 159
Atwood, D. P., 15
Austin, John, 161
Backes, S. M. (Mrs.), n, 15, 17
Baldwin, Carlisle H. (Mr. and
Barnes, Bessie C., 15, 17
Julia R., n, 16
Bartholemew, Hannah, 158
Bartholemew, Phebe, 152
Beach, Azariah, 152
Beckley, Helen Frost, 10
Bell, Clara Merriman, 12, 85, 86
Benham, Abigail, 58, 140
Hope, 140, 1 60
Joseph, 58, 139, 140, 160
Mary, 58, 140
Benedict, Esther, 140
Bennett, Arthur H., n, 88
Bidwell, Ephraim, 146
Billard, Harriet Merriman, to, 14
Bishop, Nabby, 167
Black, John M., 9, 91
Blakeslee, Oliver, 147
Blanchard, Emma G. M., 12
Bonticou, Susan, 156
Bronson, Polly, 167
Brooks, Arabella, 15
Ella Finch, 15
Brown, Lydia, 157
Buell, Andrew (Mr. and Mrs.),
Buell, Carleton, W., 9
Fred (Mrs.), 15
Jennie Merriman, 10, 58
Oscar (Mr. and Mrs.), 15
Bull, Jane S. Lewis, 10, 89
Bunnell, Amos, 166
Butler, Mary A., 10, 14
Campbell, Gabriel (Mrs.), 12
Carter, Daniel, 155
Catterlin, Frank C., n
Chamberlain, Anna, 151
Chatterton, Elizabeth, 141
Church, W. B. (Mr. and Mrs.), 15
Clark, Charity, 159
Elliot A., 12
Isaiah Merriman, n
Clendenen, Archibald, 164
Collins, Edward, 167
Cook, Ephraim, 145
Hope, 140, 1 60
Rhoda, 1 66
Samuel, 140, 146
Sarah, 146, 149
Cowles, Rachel, 168
Grain, John, 141
Doolittle, Sarah, 147
Durham, Abigail, 140
Cranston, Clara L., 13
Crittenden, Susannah, 165
Cross, Joseph, 163
Earngey, Frances S., u, 86
Eliot, Abial, 162
Grossman, Anna, 144
Crowle, Kate G., 9
Evans, Eleanor Frances, 11,85
Culver, Eleanor, 158
Everton, Isabel, 166
Curtis, Abigail, 58, 142
Elizabeth, 58, 141
Fairchild, Lucius (Mrs.), 87
Fales, Charles H. (Mrs.), 10
George M., 3, 10, 15, 18, 19, 25,
Farmer, Lucy Merriman, 12, 16
Fitch, Nathaniel, 157
Hannah, 58, 142
Jemima, 58, 142
Fisk, George W. (Mrs.), 10, 87
John, 58, 141, .142
Ford, Lydia, 167
Joseph, 58, 142
Paul G., 14
R. W. (Mr. and Mrs.), 14
Mary, 58, 140, 141
Francis, Emily J., 16
Nathaniel, 58, 141
L. A. (Mrs.), 1 6
Frederick, Elizabeth, 145
Rebecca, 58, 142
Samuel, 58, 141
Frost, Adelaide L., 16
Sarah, 58, 142
Minnie C., 16
Thomas, 58, 141, 142
Reuben T., 10
Davis, Leona, 15
William H. (Mr. and Mrs.), 15
De Forest, Betsy, 156
Gillette, Mary, 139
Goddard, William H. (Mrs.),
Doolittle, Abraham, 145, 151
ii, 15, 17, 18, 29
Goodyear, Caroline Merriman, 10,
Esther M., 15
Gordon, Susan, 156
Griffith, George W. (Mrs.), 10
Hall, Agnes E., n, 16
Eunice, 159, 163
Giles, 1 60
Julia M., 16, 17
Nathaniel, 141, 158
Robbins A., 16
Sarah, 141, 150, 157
Seth J. (Mrs.), 10, 14
Hallenbeck, E. R. (Mrs.), 16
Halsey, Dorothy, 167
Hamilton, John (Mrs.), 9
Hart, Irving W., n
Sara Merriman, 12, 89
Harwood, Lydia, 163
Hawks, Eleazer, 163
Hawley, Mary, 168
Hayes, Harriet M., 10, 84
Hebard, Abigail, 163
Hemingway, Buell (Mr. and
Mrs.), n, 16
Hill. C. R. t 16
Hitchcock, Abigail, 58, 140
Benjamin, 58, 141, 166
Damaris, 58, 141
Elizabeth, 140, 141
Hannah, 58, 141
John, 58, 140, 141
Lue, 1 66
Mary, 58, 140, 158
Margery, 58, 141
Matthias, 58, 140, 141
Nathaniel, 58, 140
Rhoda, 1 66
Samuel, 58, 140, 158
Holbrook, Isabel, 166
Holt, Aaron, 168
Hotchkiss, Beersheba, 165
Hough, Sarah, 141
How, Sarah, 141
Hulls, Abigail, 153
Jeremiah, 149, 151
Huffman, Maude Merriman, 13, 84
Humphrey, Julia Merriman, 12, 35
Hunt, John, 162
Ives, Amelia Frost, 12, 85
Ives, Elizabeth, 141
Judd, Clinton (Mrs.), n, 85
Homer Arden, 13
Gideon, 58, 140
Hannah, 58, 139, 140
King, Carrie Frost, n
Joel (Mrs.), 15
Klingke, Gertrude, 14
John, 58, 139
Paul (Mrs.), 14
Joseph, 58, 140
Mary, 139, 140
Lawrence, Harriet Merriman, 12
Nathaniel, 58, 140
Leete, Mary, 162
Sarah, 155, 169
Lewis, Agape, 59, 146
Barnabas, 59, 146
Benjamin, 59, 146
Jacobus, Donald, L., r, 3, 10, 18.
23, 60, 137
Ebenezer, 59, 145
James, Samuel, 164
Elizabeth, 59, 145, 146
Ella Bull, 12
Jennings, Sarah Lewis, 140
Johnson, Abigail, 140
Edward M. (Mr. and Mrs.), n,
Hannah, 59, 146
George Ransom, 10, 14, 58
Jane S., 89
Malachi, 59, 146
Sarah, 140, 146
Joseph R., 14
Lines, Alice, 142
Hannah, 58, 142
Jones, Eunice, 151
Lockwood (Mr. and Mrs.), 9
Lynch, Helen Merriman, 13
MacKenzie, William A., n, 16,
Judd, Asa G., 13
McKenzie, Eunice, 15
McKenzie, Fannie L., 15, 23
Theodore H. (Mr. and Mrs.),
Samuel H., 10, 15
McMahon, George Porter, 12
Macklam, George F., 12
Mansfield, Comfort, 148
Martin, George B. (Mr. and
Mrs.), 10, 15
Jackson (Mrs.), 10, 15
Mattoon, Ebenezer, 160
Matthews, Esther, 146
Lucy, 156, 157
Merriam, John, 121, 143
Mary, 121, 143
Susan E., 9, 14, 59
Merriman, Abel, 88, 149, 150, 162,
Abigail 2 , 22, 23, 56, 57, 58, 140
Abigail, 58, 143, 153, 163, 165,
Alice M., 10, 15, 21, 47, 108
Alice P., 13, 87
Alvin, F., 9, 88
Amasa, 84, 85, 153, 170
Amon Hart, 157
Amos, 165. 169
Merriman, Amy, 159
Amy Lewis, 159
Anna, 59, 143, 151, 152, 155,
Arthur H., 10, 14
Auguste C., 13
Belle, 12, 83
Benjamin, 152, 165, 166, 169
Benjamin Hall, 159
Benoni, 83, 84, 86, 168
Betsey, 156, 157, 163, 166, 169
Betsy, 164, 1 68
Caleb 2 , 22, 23, 26, 56, 57, 59,
77-81, 84, 85, 86, 103, 105,
!3 8 , !39> J 44, 148
Caleb, 58, 83, 142, 143, 149,
150, 152, 153, 155, 159, 162,
Charles, 153, 167, 168, 169, 170
Charles C., 12
Charles F., 12,84
Charles H., 13, 16
Charles Johnson, 168
Charles N., 11,89
Charles P., 169
Chloe, 164, 168
Clara, 12, 1 6, 85, 86
Damaris, 164, 168
Dana Sibley, 9
Merriman, Daniel, 88, 143, 147, 164
David, 150, 1 60
E. A. (Mr. and Mrs.), 14, 25
E. L. (Mr. and Mrs.), 13, 16
Earl C., 12, 16
Earl Jefferson, 157
Ebenezer, 58, 153, 155
Ebenezer C., 168
Eber, 148, 157
Edward D., n
Edward M., 9, 87
Edward W., 9, 14
Eli Ives (Mrs.), 15
Eli T., 13, 90
Eli Todd, 83, 91, 168
Eliasaph, 59, 85, 145, 153, 169
Elihu C., 163
Eliot Hall, 162
Elisha, 1 68
Eliza, 157, 166
Elizabeth 2 , 22, 23, 56, 57, 59
Elizabeth, 58, 59, 88, 142, 143,
145, 148, 149, 153, 155, 156,
160, 162, 165, 168, 169
Emily A., 15
Emily E., n
Enoch, 153, 167
Ernest A., 15
Merriman, Esther, 58, 143, 152,
Eunice, 151, 152, 153, 159, 163,
165, 166, 167, 168, 170
Eunice Atwater, 159
Ezra, 157, 166
F. B., 87
F. E. (Mrs.), 16
Florence, 12, 83
Frances A., 14
Frank B., n
Frank W., 12, 16
George, 9, 13, 14, 58, 83, 84, 143,
147, 149, 154, 155, 158, 159,
George B., 3, n, 16, 17, 18,
19, 86, 106, 109, 125
George C., 13
George Elliot, 12
George F., 169
George Isaiah, 9
George M., 9, 14
George Macy, 14
George N., n, 89
George O., 84
George W., 12
Gertrude B., n, 87
H. O., 12
Hannah 2 , 22, 23, 56, 58, 86,
138, 139, 145
Hannah, 59, 142, 147, 152, 156,
158, 159, 163, 164, 169
Harold T., 13, 16
Merriman, Harriet, 10, 12, 14, 84,
Harry Morton, 1 1
Harvey, 166, 169
Helen C., n
Henry, 9, 14, 162, 166, 168
Henry J., 10, 15, 59
Hiram, 162, 168
Ichabod, 154, 155
Ira Mooney, 169
Isaac, 162, 170
Isaac Hosea, 169
Isaac Lewis, 159
Israel, 58, 142, 143, 148, 149,
James, 85, 156, 158
James Leigh, u, 16, 26, 59
James Monroe, 168
James Stillman, 157
Jefferson Davis, 13, 87
Jehiel, 152, 164, 165
Jemima, 148, 155
Jennie. 10, 58
Jerusha, 150, 170
Jesse, 164, 167
Joan, 22, 24. 67, 77, 137, 138
Joel, 154, 155, 166, 167, 168
Joel Chauncey, 12, 86
Merriman, John 2 , 22, 23, 25, 26,
5 6 > 57, S8, 79, 95, 98-103, 138,
139, 142, 143
John, 24, 58, 85, 142, 143, 147,
148, 149, 155, .156
John J., 10, 85
Joseph, 85, 148, 155, 158, 169
Joseph R., 10
Josephine A., n
Josiah H. (Mrs.), 10, 15
Julia, 12, 85, 165, 170
Katharine, 144, 151, 152, 166
Lent, 152, 153, 165, 166
Leonard J., 12, 16, 26
Levi, 163, 167
Lewis, 166, 169
Lois, 147, 154, 165, 166, 168
Lorena Beatrice, 12, 84
Louise B., 12, 83
Lucius H., ii
Lucy, 12, 156, 157, 161, 162,
Lue, 1 66
Lydia, 59, 145, 156, 157, 163,
164, 165, 167
M. Hemingway, 12
M. LaFrone, 12, 16, 21, 26, 90
Mabel, 155, 162
Mansfield, 3, 12, 16, 18, 19, 21,
24, 26, 28, 64, 107, 155
Marcus, 155, 156, 159, 166
Merriman, Martha, 152, 160, 163,
164, 165, 166
Mary 2 , 22, 23, 56, 57, 58, 141
Mary, 58, 59, 105, 121, 143,
144, 149, 151, 152, 153, 155,
157, 159, 161, 162, 163, 164,
166, 168, 169
Mary E., n
Mary Elizabeth, 10, 15
Maude, 13, 84
Maurice H., 13, 88
Mehitabel, 150, 158, 161
Miles, 144, 152
Moses, 59, 145. i5 2 > I S3, 165,
Nancy, 157, 162, 163, 169
Nancy Ann, 169
Nathan, 147, 154
NATHANIEL, 1 I, 3, 5, 30, 62,
133, 137; ancestry, 19, 20,
32-34, 108, 112, 123, 131,
133; birth, 18, 20, 36, 108,
120; boyhood, 36, 106; voy-
age to America, 20, 38, 41;
in Pequot war, 21, 43; in
New Haven, 21, 45-56, 104;
in Wallingford, 24, 64-69, 73,
95-103, 105, 106, 139; in King
Philip's war, 25, 65, 67, 70-
76; death, 20, 23; wife, 22,
24, 52, 67; children, 22, 24,
56, 67, 138-146; will and
estate, 25, 26, 31, 77-82
Nathaniel*, 25, 57, 74, 76, 95-
98, 104, 105, 138, 139
Merriman, Nathaniel, 59, 144, 149,
161, 162, 164, 169
Nicholas, 144, 152
Norman Mansfield, 155
Norman Nathaniel, 12
O. P. (Mrs.), ii
Phebe, 59, 106, 145, 152, 165, 169
Phineas, 150, 161
Polly, 163, 164, 167, 170
Porter Lee, 12, 16, 17, 19, 25
Rachel, 158, 168
Rebecca, 164, 167, 168
Reuben, 158, 170
Richard Mansfield, 13, 84
Robert, 163, 167
Roger B,, 3, 12, 16, 18, 19, 21.
Rogers, 158 [38, 122
Roxanna, 155, 157
Ruth, 149, 162, 167
Ruth Sedgwick, 159
Sabrina Hastings, 157
Sally, 156, 165, 167, 168, 169
Samuel 1 , 22, 23, 24, 26, 56, 57,
59, 79, 90, 95, 100-103, 138,
Samuel, 59, 90, 107, 144, 150,
151, 152, 155, 156, 157, 159,
Merriman, Samuel Fitch, 157
Samuel Green, 158
Samuel Sears, 12, 16, 19
Samuel Sedgwick, 163
Sara, 12, 89
Sarah, 14, 58, 143, 148, 149, 151,
152, 153, iS4, iSS, iS7, 158,
159, 160, 162, 163, 165, 167,
Sarah Parmalee, 156
Seth Hamilton, 90
Sherlett Eunice, 157
Silas, 148, 156, 157, 159, 170
Silas Atkins, 157
Sophronia, 157, 158
Susanna, 156, 164
Susannah, 58, 143, 147, 154,
Sylvanus, 163, 164
Thaddeus, 12, 16, 24
Thankful, 148, 150, 160, 165,
Theophilus, 59, 90, 144, 150,
151, 162, 163, 165
Thurston Cables, n
Titus, 85, 153, 154, 155, 168, 169
Titus Lines, 165
Titus Mooney (Mrs.), 12, 85
Vinton R., 9
Wealthy Maria, 166
William, 87, 155, 158, 166
Merriman, William B., 16
William Henry, 169
William Punderson, 169
Willis E., 12
Willis G., 12,84
Merwin, Daniel, 146
Miles, Anna, 144
Miller, Benjamin, 151
Mix, Daniel, 165
Mitchel, Abigail, 168
Morgan, Mercy, 163
Moss, Esther, 161
Munger, Agape, 146
Munson, C. La Rue, 12, 86
Mary, 105, 158
Phebe, 106, 145, 152
Samuel, 105, 144, 145
Waitstill, 106, 145
Neal, Hannah, 158
Walter H., 10
Neale, Elisha J. (Mrs.), 16
Newton, Charles M., ir
Nourse, Mattie Merriman, n
Page, Clara Merriman, 16
Parker, Laura, 159
Parmalee, Sally, 156
Peck, Elizabeth, 58, 142
Mary, 142, 159
Perkins, Anna, 168
Anna Q., 14
Pierce, Hattie Merriman, 15
Pitel, JohnC. (Mrs.), 15
Pousley, Elizabeth, 155
Poyer, Lydia C., 11,88
Powers, Sally Andrews, n, 16
Perley (Mrs.), 17
Ruth, 16, 17
Pratt, J. H., 10
Preston, Abigail, 170
Ephraim, 153, 165
Eunice, 153, 165
Preston, Mary, 59, 105, 144
Prichard, Kate A., n, 16, 59
Punderson, Anna, 169
Quigley, Auguste C. M., 13
Reed, William E., 12
Rice, Sarah, 167
Robbins, C. A. (Mr. and Mrs.), 15
Robinson, Margaret, 167
Rockwell, Sarah, 150
Rogers, Elijah (Mr. and Mrs.),
Royce, Anna, 151
Mary, 140, 145
Russell, Ellen M., 16
Savage, Sylvia Ann, 10
Sedgwick, Ruth, 149
Sexton, Tabitha, 169
Shattuck, Jennie Snow, 12
Shepard, Celia Adelaide, 10
Simpson, Lydia, 167
Steele, H. Merriman, 10
Stephens, Hattie R., 9
Smith, Ella I., 10, 15
Stebbins, Asahel, 163
Street, Anna, 59, 143, 144
Samuel, 142, 144
Sutliff, E. R., 9
Sutliffe, Claude V., 10
Frederick A., 10, 15, 58
Taylor, Eleanor, 158
Thompson, Hannah, 155
Teal, Jacob, 165
Thorp, Abner, 147
Samuel, 147, 155
Tillotson, Asahel, 166
Todd, Elizabeth, 143
Tomlinson, Caroline Merriman, n
Townsend, Benjamin R. (Mrs.), 16
Treadway, Sarah Merriman, 14
Trowbridge, Eunice, 166
Tune, Mary, 151
Turhand, Elizabeth, 145
Tuttle, Deborah, 141
Tuttle, Isaiah, 157
W. P. (Mrs.), 10
Upson, Frederick Carter, 15
Van Nostrand, S. B., 13
Wade, John, 167
Wantwood, Lois, 166
Welcher, Sarah, 151
Welles, Elizabeth, 141
White, Eben (Mrs.), 9
Wightman, Eunice, 157
Wilcox, Jemima, 148
Wilson, Ruth, 157
Wolcott, Charles W. (Mrs.), 10, 15
Marion A., 15
Woodruff, Oliver (Mrs.), 10
Woods, Agnes Merriman, 12
Wright, Elisha, 163
Yale, Asahel, 168
Young, Florence Merriman, 12, 83
Did Benjamin Merriman (No. 33, page 165) have a son named
Abraham who went to Massachusetts?
Who was the Samuel Merriman (page 158) said to have been
the father of Reuben of Litchfield, Conn.?
A Samuel Merriman is said to have been in Middletown,
Conn., in 1751 and two Merriman girls were married there at later
dates. Who were they?
Benjamin Newbury, a prominent man of Windsor, Conn,
died about 1710, and left a widow Hannah. In Colonial Records
of Connecticut mention is made in 1716 of Mrs. Hannah Merri-
man and in 1723 of Hannah Newbury alias Merriman. Who
was her husband?
Daniel Dimock and Thankful Merriman were married at
Durham, Conn., 27 May 1762. He was born in 1738. Was
this Thankful the daughter of John and Jemima Merriman
(No. n, page 148)? If so, Daniel Dimock was seven years
younger than his wife, a disparity unusual in those days. If not,
who was this Thankful?
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