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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. 

Chairman of General Committee. 
WASHINGTON, D. C., Dec., 1913. 











































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. 



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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 



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. 


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 


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 



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 
Haven, Conn. 

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 


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- 


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 


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 
of 103. 

"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 


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 


At 4.30 p.m. the meeting adjourned, all present joining 
hands and singing "Auld Lang Syne." 


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 


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, 
Nathaniel Merriman. 

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 



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." 


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. 



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." 


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 


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 
other branch. 

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 


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 
week days. 

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 
years previously. 

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 


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 
who follow. 





PRIOR TO 1640 

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. 



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). 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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 
of citizenship. 

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. 

1640 TO 1670 

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 



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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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 


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. 


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 
the homestead." 

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, 


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 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 



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- 
ington, Conn. 

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, 
and Susannah. 

Forty-eight descendants of John arose. Remarks were 


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. 



Tenth in Descent from Nathaniel through his 
daughter Abigail 

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 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 


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. 


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." 



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 



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. 


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. 


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 


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. 


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- 
mon ancestor. 

* For instance, Merriman Munson, Merriman Cook, and 
Merriman Hotchkiss. 





Seventh in Descent from Nathaniel through his 
daughter Mary 

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 



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 


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 
town treasury." 

" 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 


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. 


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 
March, 1676: 

Honored Sirs 

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 


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 
and solitary. 

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. 


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 
the fire. 

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: 


JOHN Moss, JR., 


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. 



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, 


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. 


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 


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. 


I Sworn in Court 

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. 


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 


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^. 


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. 



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. 
21, 1827. 

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 
was Joel." 

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. 


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 
years' research. 

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- 


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. 


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 


the reunion but shall probably not be able; however, I want 
to know as much as possible about it, and should be glad to 
obtain reports." 

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. 


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 


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 


from a son of Eli Todd Merriman who was born in Bristol, 
Conn., in eighteen hundred and fifteen and was a graduate 
of Yale." 

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." 



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. 



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. 


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 
30 rods. 

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. 


1675, Sept. 27. Men requested to build flankers at N. 
M's barn. 

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. 
standing first. 

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. 
being second. 

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 
to him. 

1678, Nov. 5. N. M. chairman of committee to repair 
mill dam. 

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. 


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 
as inhabitants. 

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. 


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. 


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 
with Indians. 

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. 


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. 
22 rods. 

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. 


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 
of fence. 


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 



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 


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 
this yeare." 

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." 


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. 

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 



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 



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. 


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 


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 


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. 


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 



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. 


On the north bank of the Thames, near Waterloo bridge, 
stands the imposing Somerset House where 1600 employes 


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. 
(54 Twiss) 

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. 


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. 
(157 Pembroke) 

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. 


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, 


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. 


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. 


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 


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 



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. 


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, 


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. 


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 


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 


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. 


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, 


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. 


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. 



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. 


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 


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. 


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 
in 1912. 


Strood is a suburb of Rochester. Recalling that Thomas 


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. 


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 


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 


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 


" 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 
Tower Peculiar. 


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 


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. 


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 
scattered points. 

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 


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. 


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 


" 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 
be resumed. 

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. 


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 


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. 


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. 


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- 


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 
is made. 

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. 


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 


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 



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 

weaver, of 
died 1596 

ory = Maria [?Ja 





cooper, of 

rge Thomas 
London of 
1655 died 1640 

= Alice He 
Newbury of 


of Wai 




tin of N 

as Jo 





* 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. 




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. 



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. 


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 
Jonathan Penfield. 

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 
of Guilford. 

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. 


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, 
Stephen Peck. 

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, 
died 1741. 

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. 


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 
June 1705. 

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, 


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 


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. 


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 
Abraham Doolittle. 


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 
Esther Matthews. 

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. 



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) 


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 


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 



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). 


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. 


MARY, born 26 Feb 1726; married at Wallingford 7 Jan 1745/6 
Joseph Royce. 

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. 


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. 



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. 


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 


1853. He served in the Revolution in 1780 in Capt Phineas 
Bradley's Company. 

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, 
Sarah 1798. 

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. 


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 


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 


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. 


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 


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 
New Haven. 

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 


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 


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. 


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- 


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 
Caleb Barnes. 

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 
Asahel Tillotson. 

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 
Jan. 1818. 


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, 
p. 94). 

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. 


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, 
p. 276). 

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 
Zenas Mitchel. 

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. 


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; 


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 





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 
year 1674. 

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 

Susannah, 147 

William, 147 
Adams, John Merriman, 20, 32, 

107, 121, 128 

Addis, Eva Merriman, 16, 17 
Adkins, Tabitha, 169 
Albright, Mina Clark, 13 
Alexander, Lydia, 164 

Medad, 164 
Allen, Archelaus, 161 

Ebenezer, 155 

Elizabeth, 155 

Laura, n 

Mehi table, 161 

Sarah, 155 
Ailing, Archelaus, 161 

Prudence, 161 
Andrews, Damaris, 164 

Dinah, 168 

Elisha, 1 68 

Elizabeth, 153 

Felix, 146 

Hannah, 145 

Andrews, John, 145 

Mabel, 168 

Mary Ann, 10 

Thomas, 146 
Atkins, Eunice, 157 

Sabrina, 157 

Samuel, 157 
Atwater, Hannah, 159 

Moses, 143 

Sarah, 143 

Stephen, 159 
Atwood, D. P., 15 
Austin, John, 161 

Prudence, 161 

Backes, S. M. (Mrs.), n, 15, 17 
Baldwin, Carlisle H. (Mr. and 

Mrs.), 15 
Barnes, Bessie C., 15, 17 

Deborah, 141 

Julia R., n, 16 

Lucy, 157 
Bartholemew, Hannah, 158 

John, 154 

Josiah, 152 




Bartholemew, Phebe, 152 

Samuel, 158 

Sarah, 154 
Beach, Azariah, 152 

Benjamin, 140 

Jemima, 142 

Martha, 152 

Mary, 140 

Nathaniel, 142 

Sarah, 160 

Thomas, 160 
Beckley, Helen Frost, 10 
Bell, Clara Merriman, 12, 85, 86 
Benham, Abigail, 58, 140 

Comfort, 148 

Elizabeth, 160 

Hope, 140, 1 60 

John, 148 

Joseph, 58, 139, 140, 160 

Mary, 58, 140 

Winifred, 139 
Benedict, Esther, 140 
Bennett, Arthur H., n, 88 
Bidwell, Ephraim, 146 

Elizabeth, 146 

Billard, Harriet Merriman, to, 14 
Bishop, Nabby, 167 
Black, John M., 9, 91 
Blakeslee, Oliver, 147 

Susannah, 147 

Blanchard, Emma G. M., 12 
Bonticou, Susan, 156 

Susannah, 156 

Timothy, 156 
Bronson, Polly, 167 
Brooks, Arabella, 15 

Ella Finch, 15 
Brown, Lydia, 157 
Buell, Andrew (Mr. and Mrs.), 
15, 58 

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 

Katharine, 166 
Butler, Mary A., 10, 14 

Campbell, Gabriel (Mrs.), 12 
Carter, Daniel, 155 

Jemima, 155 
Catterlin, Frank C., n 
Chamberlain, Anna, 151 

Ephraim, 151 
Chatterton, Elizabeth, 141 
Church, W. B. (Mr. and Mrs.), 15 
Clark, Charity, 159 

Damaris, 141 

Elliot A., 12 

Isaiah Merriman, n 

Samuel, 140 

Sarah, 159 

Stephen, 160 

Sylvanus, 141 
Clendenen, Archibald, 164 

Rebecca, 164 
Collins, Edward, 167 

Martha, 142 

Rebecca, 167 
Cook, Ephraim, 145 

Hannah, 146 

Hope, 140, 1 60 

Lydia, 145 

Mary, 140 

Rhoda, 1 66 

Samuel, 140, 146 

Sarah, 146, 149 

Titus, 149 
Cowles, Rachel, 168 



Grain, John, 141 

Doolittle, Sarah, 147 

Mary, 141 

Durham, Abigail, 140 

Cranston, Clara L., 13 

Samuel, 140 

Crittenden, Susannah, 165 

Cross, Joseph, 163 

Earngey, Frances S., u, 86 

Polly, 163 

Eliot, Abial, 162 

Grossman, Anna, 144 

Margery, 162 

Bartholomew, 144 

Mary, 162 

Crowle, Kate G., 9 

Evans, Eleanor Frances, 11,85 

Culver, Eleanor, 158 

Everton, Isabel, 166 

Rachel, 158 

Mary, 166 

Zebulon, 158 

William, 166 

Curtis, Abigail, 58, 142 

Elizabeth, 58, 141 

Fairchild, Lucius (Mrs.), 87 

Esther, 161 

Fales, Charles H. (Mrs.), 10 

George M., 3, 10, 15, 18, 19, 25, 

Farmer, Lucy Merriman, 12, 16 


Fitch, Nathaniel, 157 

Hannah, 58, 142 

Mary, 157 

Jemima, 58, 142 

Fisk, George W. (Mrs.), 10, 87 

John, 58, 141, .142 

Ford, Lydia, 167 

Joseph, 58, 142 

Paul G., 14 

Martha, 142 

R. W. (Mr. and Mrs.), 14 

Mary, 58, 140, 141 

Francis, Emily J., 16 

Nathaniel, 58, 141 

L. A. (Mrs.), 1 6 

Phebe, 141 

Frederick, Elizabeth, 145 

Rebecca, 58, 142 

William, 145 

Samuel, 58, 141 

Frost, Adelaide L., 16 

Sarah, 58, 142 

Minnie C., 16 

Thomas, 58, 141, 142 

Reuben T., 10 

Ruth, 162 

Davis, Leona, 15 

Samuel, 162 

William H. (Mr. and Mrs.), 15 

De Forest, Betsy, 156 

Gillette, Mary, 139 

Othniel, 156 

Goddard, William H. (Mrs.), 

Doolittle, Abraham, 145, 151 

ii, 15, 17, 18, 29 

Daniel, 152 

Goodyear, Caroline Merriman, 10, 

Eunice, 153 


Martha, 152 

Esther M., 15 

Mary, 145 

Gordon, Susan, 156 

Samuel, 153 

Griffith, George W. (Mrs.), 10 



Hall, Agnes E., n, 16 

Ann, 169 

Benjamin, 159 

David, 150 

Elizabeth, 160 

Eunice, 159, 163 

Giles, 1 60 

Hezekiah, 160 

Jesse, 158 

Julia M., 16, 17 

Levi, 169 

Luranna, 169 

Lydia, 157 

Mehitabel, 150 

Nathaniel, 141, 158 

Peter, 157 

Robbins A., 16 

Sarah, 141, 150, 157 

Seth J. (Mrs.), 10, 14 

Statira, 159 

Susannah, 159 

Thankful, 160 

Hallenbeck, E. R. (Mrs.), 16 
Halsey, Dorothy, 167 
Hamilton, John (Mrs.), 9 
Hart, Irving W., n 

Roxana, 157 

Sara Merriman, 12, 89 

Sarah, 169 
Harwood, Lydia, 163 

John, 163 
Hawks, Eleazer, 163 

Mary, 163 
Hawley, Mary, 168 
Hayes, Harriet M., 10, 84 
Hebard, Abigail, 163 

Timothy, 163 
Hemingway, Buell (Mr. and 

Mrs.), n, 16 
Hill. C. R. t 16 

Hitchcock, Abigail, 58, 140 

Benjamin, 58, 141, 166 

Damaris, 58, 141 

Deborah, 141 

Elizabeth, 140, 141 

Hannah, 58, 141 

John, 58, 140, 141 

Katharine, 163 

Lue, 1 66 

Mary, 58, 140, 158 

Margery, 58, 141 

Marlow, 141 

Matthias, 58, 140, 141 

Nathaniel, 58, 140 

Rhoda, 1 66 

Samuel, 58, 140, 158 

Sarah, 141 

Sophronia, 158 

Thankful, 141 
Holbrook, Isabel, 166 
Holt, Aaron, 168 

Abigail, 142 

Elizabeth, 168 

Joseph, 142 

Hotchkiss, Beersheba, 165 
Hough, Sarah, 141 
How, Sarah, 141 
Hulls, Abigail, 153 

Benjamin, 153 

Elizabeth, 153 

Jeremiah, 149, 151 

Mary, 149 

Huffman, Maude Merriman, 13, 84 
Humphrey, Julia Merriman, 12, 35 
Hunt, John, 162 

Mary, 162 

Ives, Amelia Frost, 12, 85 
Dolly, 167 
Dorothy, 167 



Ives, Elizabeth, 141 

Judd, Clinton (Mrs.), n, 85 

Esther, 140 

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 

William, 162 

Stephen, 169 

Lewis, Agape, 59, 146 

Titus, 167 

Amy, 159 

William, 139 

Barnabas, 59, 146 

Benjamin, 59, 146 

Jacobus, Donald, L., r, 3, 10, 18. 

Caleb, 146 

23, 60, 137 

Ebenezer, 59, 145 

James, Samuel, 164 

Elizabeth, 59, 145, 146 

Susanna, 164 

Ella Bull, 12 

Jennings, Sarah Lewis, 140 

Esther, 146 

Johnson, Abigail, 140 

Felix, 146 

Edward M. (Mr. and Mrs.), n, 

Hannah, 59, 146 


Hezekiah, 145 

George Ransom, 10, 14, 58 

Jane S., 89 

Hezekiah, 149 

Malachi, 59, 146 

Jacob, 140 

Mary, 145 

John, 167 

Sarah, 140, 146 

Joseph R., 14 

Lines, Alice, 142 

Katharine, 163 

Beersheba, 165 

Lambert, 142 

Hannah, 58, 142 

Lydia, 167 

Mary, 140 

Rebecca, 142 

Ralph, 142 

Ruth, 149 

Rufus, 165 

Sherborne, 163 

Samuel, 140 

Jones, Eunice, 151 

Sarah, 165 

Hannah, 164 

Lockwood (Mr. and Mrs.), 9 

Nathaniel, 153 

Lynch, Helen Merriman, 13 

Sarah, 153 

Theophilus, 164 

MacKenzie, William A., n, 16, 

William, 151 

17, 18 

Judd, Asa G., 13 

McKenzie, Eunice, 15 



McKenzie, Fannie L., 15, 23 

Theodore H. (Mr. and Mrs.), 
10, 15 

Samuel H., 10, 15 
McMahon, George Porter, 12 
Macklam, George F., 12 
Mansfield, Comfort, 148 

Silence, 148 

Martin, George B. (Mr. and 
Mrs.), 10, 15 

Jackson (Mrs.), 10, 15 
Mattoon, Ebenezer, 160 

Jerusha, 170 

Martha, 160 

Mary, 164 

Samuel, 164 
Matthews, Esther, 146 

Lucy, 156, 157 
Merriam, John, 121, 143 

Mary, 121, 143 

Ruth. 167 

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, 

168, 170 
Adeline, 164 
Agnes, 12 
Albert, 157 
Alfred, 165 

Alice M., 10, 15, 21, 47, 108 
Alice P., 13, 87 
Almira, 164 
Almon, 157 
Alvin, F., 9, 88 
Amasa, 84, 85, 153, 170 
Amon Hart, 157 
Amos, 165. 169 

Merriman, Amy, 159 
Amy Lewis, 159 
Andrew, 170 
Ann, 169 
Anna, 59, 143, 151, 152, 155, 

168, 169 
Anne, 150 
Anson, 155 
Artemesia, 162 
Arthur H., 10, 14 
Asaph, 170 
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, 


Caroline, 168 

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 
Charity, 159 
Chauncey, 155 
Chloe, 164, 168 
Christopher, 167 
Clara, 12, 1 6, 85, 86 
Comfort, 148 
Damaris, 164, 168 
Dana Sibley, 9 



Merriman, Daniel, 88, 143, 147, 164 

David, 150, 1 60 

Dervilla, 155 

Dinah, 168 

Doctor, 157 

Dolly, 167 

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 

Edson, 14 

Edward, 162 

Edward D., n 

Edward M., 9, 87 

Edward W., 9, 14 

Eli Ives (Mrs.), 15 

Eli T., 13, 90 
Eli Todd, 83, 91, 168 
Eliakim, 170 

Eliasaph, 59, 85, 145, 153, 169 
Elihu C., 163 
Elijah, 164 
Eliot, 162 
Eliot Hall, 162 
Elisha, 1 68 
Elsie, 16 
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 
EmmaG., 12 
Emily, 164 
Emily A., 15 
Emily E., n 
Enoch, 153, 167 
Ernest A., 15 

Merriman, Esther, 58, 143, 152, 

166, 170 
Eunice, 151, 152, 153, 159, 163, 

165, 166, 167, 168, 170 
Eunice Atwater, 159 
Eva, 16 
Ezra, 157, 166 
F. B., 87 
F. E. (Mrs.), 16 
Florence, 12, 83 
Floyd, 15 
Frances, 156 
Frances A., 14 
Frank B., n 
Frank W., 12, 16 
Franklin, 158 
FredK., n 
Frederick, 169 
George, 9, 13, 14, 58, 83, 84, 143, 

147, 149, 154, 155, 158, 159, 

162, 168 
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 
Harmon, 157 
Harold T., 13, 16 



Merriman, Harriet, 10, 12, 14, 84, 


Harry Morton, 1 1 
Harvey, 166, 169 
Hattie, 15 
Helen, 13 
Helen C., n 

Henry, 9, 14, 162, 166, 168 
Henry J., 10, 15, 59 
Hervey, 167 
Hester, 164 
Hiram, 162, 168 
Horace, 167 
Howell, 167 
Ichabod, 154, 155 
Ira, 167 

Ira Mooney, 169 
Iram, 168 
Isaac, 162, 170 
Isaac Hosea, 169 
Isaac Lewis, 159 
Isaiah, 168 
Israel, 58, 142, 143, 148, 149, 


Ives, 167 

James, 85, 156, 158 
James Leigh, u, 16, 26, 59 
James Monroe, 168 
James Stillman, 157 
Jefferson Davis, 13, 87 
Jehiel, 152, 164, 165 
Jelin, 148 
Jemima, 148, 155 
Jennie. 10, 58 
Jerusha, 150, 170 
Jesse, 164, 167 
Joan, 22, 24. 67, 77, 137, 138 
Joanna, 165 

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, 167 

Josiah H. (Mrs.), 10, 15 
Julia, 12, 85, 165, 170 
Katharine, 144, 151, 152, 166 
Laura, 159 

Lent, 152, 153, 165, 166 
Leonard, 155 
Leonard J., 12, 16, 26 
Levi, 163, 167 
Lewis, 166, 169 
Lois, 147, 154, 165, 166, 168 
Lorena Beatrice, 12, 84 
Lorenzo, 157 
Lovisa, 157 
Lowly, 155 
Louise B., 12, 83 
Lucius H., ii 
Lucy, 12, 156, 157, 161, 162, 

166, 167 
Lue, 1 66 
Lydia, 59, 145, 156, 157, 163, 

164, 165, 167 
Lyman, 170 
M. Hemingway, 12 
M. LaFrone, 12, 16, 21, 26, 90 
Mabel, 155, 162 
Mamre, 166 
Mansfield, 3, 12, 16, 18, 19, 21, 

24, 26, 28, 64, 107, 155 
Marcus, 155, 156, 159, 166 
Margaret, 167 



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 
Mattie, n 
Maude, 13, 84 
Maurice H., 13, 88 
Mehitabel, 150, 158, 161 
Melia, 158 
Mercy, 163 
Miles, 144, 152 
Molly, 147 
Moses, 59, 145. i5 2 > I S3, 165, 

1 66 

Nabby, 167 

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 
Olcott, 158 
Orrin, 168 
Patience, 155 
Peleg, 157 
Perez, 157 

Phebe, 59, 106, 145, 152, 165, 169 
Philendia, 85 
Phineas, 150, 161 
Polly, 163, 164, 167, 170 
Porter Lee, 12, 16, 17, 19, 25 
Prudence, 161 
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 

Rosanna, 155 
Roswell, 157 
Roxanna, 155, 157 
Ruth, 149, 162, 167 
Ruth Sedgwick, 159 
Sabrina, 157 
Sabrina Hastings, 157 
Salina, 167 
Salmon, 157 

Sally, 156, 165, 167, 168, 169 
Samuel 1 , 22, 23, 24, 26, 56, 57, 

59, 79, 90, 95, 100-103, 138, 

139. 143 
Samuel, 59, 90, 107, 144, 150, 

151, 152, 155, 156, 157, 159, 

163, 164 



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, 

169, 170 

Sarah Parmalee, 156 
Sebrina, 158 
Seth Hamilton, 90 
Sherlett Eunice, 157 
Silas, 148, 156, 157, 159, 170 
Silas Atkins, 157 
Statira, 159 
Stephen, 152 
Stillman, 157 
Sophronia, 157, 158 
Susanna, 156, 164 
Susannah, 58, 143, 147, 154, 

iSS, 165 

Sylvanus, 163, 164 
Tabitha, 169 
Thaddeus, 12, 16, 24 
Thankful, 148, 150, 160, 165, 

1 66 
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 
Triphena, 168 
Turhand, 153 
Vinton R., 9 
Wadsworth, 155 
Wealthy, 166 
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 
Zepheny, 168 
Zilpha, 163 

Merwin, Daniel, 146 

Elizabeth, 146 
Miles, Anna, 144 
Miller, Benjamin, 151 

Mary, 151 
Mix, Daniel, 165 

Hannah, 164 

Joanna, 165 

Lydia, 165 
Mitchel, Abigail, 168 

Zenas, 168 
Morgan, Mercy, 163 
Moss, Esther, 161 

John, 25 

Jonathan, 161 

Lucy, 161 

Mary, 142 
Munger, Agape, 146 

Jonathan, 146 
Munson, C. La Rue, 12, 86 

Frances, 156 

Joseph, 141 

Lent, 145 

Margery, 141 

Marlow, 141 

Mary, 105, 158 

Moses, 152 

Phebe, 106, 145, 152 

Rebecca, 142 

Samuel, 105, 144, 145 

Waitstill, 106, 145 

William, 142 



Neal, Hannah, 158 

Stoddard, 158 

Walter H., 10 
Neale, Elisha J. (Mrs.), 16 
Newton, Charles M., ir 
Nourse, Mattie Merriman, n 

Page, Clara Merriman, 16 

JoeL 161 

Mehitabel, 161 

Theophilus, 161 
Parker, Laura, 159 

Joseph, 142 

Sarah, 142 
Parmalee, Sally, 156 
Peck, Elizabeth, 58, 142 

Joel, 161 

John, 142 

Lucy, 161 

Margery, 141 

Mary, 142, 159 

Ruth, 149 

Stephen, 141 
Perkins, Anna, 168 

Anna Q., 14 

Enoch. 168 

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 

Eliasaph, 144 

Elizabeth, 153 

Ephraim, 153, 165 

Esther, 153 

Eunice, 153, 165 

Preston, Mary, 59, 105, 144 

Reuben, 153 

Titus, 170 

Prichard, Kate A., n, 16, 59 
Punderson, Anna, 169 

David, 169 

Thankful, 169 

Quigley, Auguste C. M., 13 

Reed, William E., 12 

Rice, Sarah, 167 

Robbins, C. A. (Mr. and Mrs.), 15 

Robinson, Margaret, 167 

Josiah, 167 

Ruth, 167 

Rockwell, Sarah, 150 
Rogers, Elijah (Mr. and Mrs.), 
10, 15 

Hannah, 157 
Royce, Anna, 151 

Benjamin, 151 

Joseph, 145 

Mary, 140, 145 

Prudence, 161 

Thankful, 150 
Russell, Ellen M., 16 

Savage, Sylvia Ann, 10 
Sedgwick, Ruth, 149 

Samuel, 149 
Sexton, Tabitha, 169 
Shattuck, Jennie Snow, 12 
Shepard, Celia Adelaide, 10 
Simpson, Lydia, 167 

Robert. 167 

Steele, H. Merriman, 10 
Stephens, Hattie R., 9 
Smith, Ella I., 10, 15 
Stebbins, Asahel, 163 

Lydia, 163 



Street, Anna, 59, 143, 144 

Elizabeth, 142 

Katharine, 144 

Nicholas, 144 

Samuel, 142, 144 
Sutliff, E. R., 9 
Sutliffe, Claude V., 10 

Frederick A., 10, 15, 58 

Taylor, Eleanor, 158 

Sarah, 151 

Thomas, 151 
Thompson, Hannah, 155 

Mary, 140 
Teal, Jacob, 165 

Joanna, 165 
Thorp, Abner, 147 

Benjamin, 147 

Hannah, 155 

Mabel, 155 

Molly, 147 

Samuel, 147, 155 

Susannah, 147 
Tillotson, Asahel, 166 

Mamre, 166 
Todd, Elizabeth, 143 

Gershom, 143 

Michael, 142 

Thankful, 169 

Tomlinson, Caroline Merriman, n 
Townsend, Benjamin R. (Mrs.), 16 
Treadway, Sarah Merriman, 14 
Trowbridge, Eunice, 166 

William, 166 
Tune, Mary, 151 
Turhand, Elizabeth, 145 

Henry, 145 
Tuttle, Deborah, 141 

Ezekiel, 143 

Ezra, 147 

Tuttle, Isaiah, 157 
Josiah, 141 
Lovisa, 157 
Rebecca, 155 
Ruth, 157 
Susannah, 143 
W. P. (Mrs.), 10 

Upson, Frederick Carter, 15 
Hannah, 156 

Van Nostrand, S. B., 13 

Wade, John, 167 

Ruth, 167 

Wantwood, Lois, 166 
Welcher, Sarah, 151 

Thomas, 151 
Welles, Elizabeth, 141 
White, Eben (Mrs.), 9 
Wightman, Eunice, 157 
Wilcox, Jemima, 148 

Lydia, 156 

Mary, 144 

Obadiah, 148 

Silence, 148 
Wilson, Ruth, 157 
Wolcott, Charles W. (Mrs.), 10, 15 

Marion A., 15 
Woodruff, Oliver (Mrs.), 10 
Woods, Agnes Merriman, 12 
Wright, Elisha, 163 

Katharine, 166 

Sarah, 163 

Yale, Asahel, 168 

Mary, 140 

Sally, 168 

Thomas, 140 
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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