Merrill

 

My Merrill ancestors
Material on the Merrill family below is primarily compiled from the research of Stephen M. Lawson
that was previously on his Merrill-Waters-Watson genealogy page.


"The first of this name <MERRILL> which was originally Merle and signifies "black bird" was a native, or at least a resident of France, and took his name from the figure of a blackbird displayed on a sign over his door. The earliest generation of the family in France used a seal on which is displayed three blackbirds. In the persecutions following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, a Merle, being a Protestant, fled to England to save his life and cast in his lot with the Puritans. Some of the family still remain in France, the most distinguished member in recent years being Merle D'Aubigne, the historian. As the Huguenots were of the best blood of France so their descendants in England and America have been regarded."

Source:
Cutter's New York Families, pages 856-857
GENERATION 1

01. Nathaniel Merrill was born in 1571 in Belstead, Suffolk, England.  On February 27, 1591 he married Mary Blacksoll. Nathaniel died on February 28, 1626 in Wherstead, Suffolk, England.

The children of Nathaniel and Mary are:

1 Unknown Daughter ( - bur. Jan 21, 1593/4 in Wherstead, Suffolk, England)
2 Mary Merrill (bap. Feb 23, 1594/5 in Wherstead - )
3 Martha Merrill
4 Frances Merrill (bap. 1598 in Wherstead - bur: Aug 1, 1598 in Wherstead)
5 John Merrill (bap. Aug 16, 1599 in Wherstead - )
6 Nathaniel Merrill (See Below)
7 Michael Merrill (1603 - )
GENERATION 2

02. Nathaniel Merrill, son of Nathaniel and Mary was born on May 4, 1601 in Wherstead, Suffolk, England.  He Married Susannah. Nathaniel died on March 16, 1654 in Newbury, Essex, MA.

"John and Nathaniel MERRILL, probable sons of Nathaniel and Mary (BLACKSOLL) MERRELL of Wherstead, arrived in America in the mid 1630s, residing a year or so at Ipswich, MA prior to moving to Newbury before 1638.
     
Source: Cutter's New York Families, pages 856-857

 "Nathaniel has been said to have arrived at Ipswich, MA about 1633 and remained there with brother John a year or more before moving to Newbury, MA. However, no evidence of any kind has been seen that placed Nathaniel in MA prior to the birth of his son Daniel at Newbury in 1642. A Merrill Memorial states that there is no evidence that Nathaniel arrived in MA in 1633 and only conjectures that he was a proprietor at Newbury, MA in 1638. It is probable that Nathaniel did not arrive in America until between 1639 and 1641 and settled at Newbury, Essex Co., MA, joining his brother John, who had lived there for some time. Nathaniel's will dated Mar. 8, 1654/5 and proved Mar. 27, 1655 names wife Susanna, daughter Susanna, and five sons, all children except Nathaniel being under age 21. The estate inventory of Mar. 23, 1654/5 indicated he was a man of modest means, with 13 acres of land, 14 head of cattle and common farming and household implements. A debt of 5 for rent to John Cutting indicates Nathaniel leased his dwelling."
      Source: http://kinnexions.com/smlawson/merrilln.htm

The children of Nathaniel and Susannah are:

1 Nathaniel Merrill (bap. May 25, 1634 in Lawford, Essex, England - Jan 1, 1682/3 in Newbury, MA)
2 John Merrill (See below)  
3 Abraham Merrill (bap. Apr 9, 1637 in Lawford, Essex, England - Nov 28, 1722 in Newbury, MA)
4 Susanna Merrill (bap. Dec 12, 1638 in Lawford, Essex, England - Oct 10, 1690 in Suffield, Hartford Co., CT)
5 Daniel Merrill (Aug 20, 1642 in Newbury, MA - Jun 27, 1717 in Salisbury, MA)
6 Abel Merrill (Feb 20, 1643/4 in Newbury, MA - Oct 28, 1689 in Newbury, MA)
GENERATION 3

03. John Merrill, son of Nathaniel and Susannah was born on February 16, 1636 in Newberry, Essex, MA.  On September 23, 1663 he married Sarah Margaret Watson, daughter of John Watson and Margaret Smith.  John died on July 18, 1712 in Hartford, CT.

The children of John and Sarah are:

1 Sarah Merrill (Sep 19, 1664 in Hartford, CT - 1719 in Hartford, CT)
        Married Samuel Kellogg on Sep 22, 1687.
2 Nathaniel Merrill (Jan 15, 1666/7 in Hartford, CT - Apr 1725 in Hartford, CT) - Note: "insane & unmarried"
3 John Merrill (Apr 7, 1669 in Hartford, CT - Bet. May 9/Jun 6, 1748)
        Married Sarah Marsh on Sep 29, 1694.
                   1. John Merrill (Bef. 1697 - 1762)
                   2. Sarah Merrill (1697 - 1748)
                   3. Ebenezer Merrill (Dec 18, 1698 - 1789)
                   4. Elizabeth Merrill (Apr 27, 1701 - Bef 1710)
                   5. Nathaniel Merrill (Jul 15, 1702 - Oct 28, 1772 )
                   6. Ann Merrill (Nov 16, 1704 - Aft. 1748)
                   7. Caleb Merrill (Jul 17, 1707 - Sep 24, 1736)
                             Married Mercy Sedgwick on Aug 2, 1733
                   8. Lydia Merrill (Nov 24, 1709 - 1748)
                   9. Aaron Merrill (May 6, 1711 - Sep, 1747)
                             Married Esther Richards
                 10. Cyprian Merrill (Oct 1, 1713 - 1758)
                             Married Elizabeth Watson
                 11. Benjamin Merrill (Jun , 1716 - ) 
                             Married Mary Webster Brace on Apr 16, 1740
4 Abraham Merrill (Dec 21, 1670 in Hartford, CT - Nov 6, 1747 in West Hartford, CT)
        Married Prudence Kellogg (1675-1747) on Apr 16, 1699.
                   1. Prudence Merrill (Dec 22, 1700 Hartford, CT - Feb 1, 1793 in Hartford, CT)
                       Married Ebenezer Sedgwick ( - 1759) on Jun 30, 1720 in Hartford, CT
    
                      1. Abraham Sedgwick (Capt.) (Apr 27, 1721 - Mar 22, 1797 in Lenox, Berkshire, MA)
                               Married Abi Brace (1727-1809) on Sep 19, 1745 in West Hartford, CT
                                        1. Jonathan Sedgwick (Feb 1746/7 - )
                                        2. Thankful Sedgwick (Mar 27, 1749 - )
                                            Married Joseph Cadwell on Jun 16, 1766 in West Hartford, CT- 8 children
                                        3. Ebenezer Sedgwick (Apr 1, 1750 - )
                                        4. Abi Sedgwick (Jun 7, 1752 - Jun 5, 1798)
                                            Married Stephen Skinner abt. 1772
                                        5. Wealthana Sedgwick (Jan 19, 1754 - )
                                        6. Linda Sedgwick (Apr 7, 1757 - )
                                        7. Sina Sedgwick (Apr 7, 1757 - Apr 8, 1757) died in infancy
                                        8. Abraham Sedgwick (Apr 29, 1759 - Jan 28, 1765) age 6
                           2. Abigail Sedgwick (Dec 2, 1722 - )
                           3. Prudence Sedgwick (Sep 14, 1724 - )
                           4. Mary Sedgwick (Apr 29, 1726 - )
                           5. Thankful Sedgwick (Apr 7, 1728 - )
                           6. Elizabeth Sedgwick (Jun 17, 1731 - )
                           7. Ebenezer Sedgwick (Mar 14, 1734 - )
                   2. Abraham Merrill (Dec 3, 1702 - )
                   3. Abigail Merrill (Jan 16, 1705 - )
                   4. Joseph Merrill (Mar 28, 1707 - )
                   5. Margaret Merrill (Jan 6, 1709 - )
                   6. Elzabeth Merrill (Oct 2, 1711 - )
                   7. Unk. Merrill (Nov 19, 1713 - )
                   8. Jerusha Merrill (Nov 19, 1713 - )
                   9. Joshua Merrill (Nov 19, 1713 - )
                 10. Joanna Merrill (Apr 1716 - )
5 Daniel Merrill (Jun 15, 1673 in Hartford, CT - Jul 18, 1750)
        Married (1) Susanna Pratt on Jan 18, 1698 in Hartford, CT
                   1. Daniel Merrill (Jan 1, 1699 in Hartford, CT - Feb 16, 1699 in Hartford, CT)
                   2. Susanna Merrill (Aug 18, 1700 - ) Married Ebenezer Steele in 1717/1718
                   3. Moses Merrill (Dec 25, 1702 in Hartford, CT - Aug 4, 1776 in West Hartford, CT)
                           Married (1) Sarah Cook abt. 1726
                           Married (2) Rachel Welles on Nov 20, 1740 Westin Hartford, CT
                   4. Jonathan Merrill (Jun 15, 1705 - )
                   5. Ruth Merrill (Jan 5, 1707 - )
                   6. Mary Merrill (Mar 25, 1710 - )
                   7. Hepzibah Merrill (Apr 14, 1712 - Aug 28, 1788)
                           Married Thomas Seymour on Mar 5, 1730 in Hartford, CT
                   8. Daniel Merrill (Apr 14, 1714 - )
                   9. Israel Merrill (Apr 15, 1716 in Hartford, CT - Oct 15, 1784 in Hartford, CT)
                           Married Abigail Cadwell in 1739/1741
                       
   1. Lois Merrill (May 4, 1740 - 1794)
                           2. Unk. Merrill ((May 4, 1740 - )
                           3. Abigail Merrill (May 16, 1742 - 1760)
                           4. Rosanna Merrill (Apr 20, 1744 - )
                           5. Samuel Merrill (abt. Jan 19, 1746 - Apr 15, 1797)
                           6. Marianna Merrill (abt. Feb 28, 1748 - 1805)
                           7. Hezekiah Merrill (1750 - )
                           8. Simeon Merrill (abt 1750 - )
                           9. Israel Merrill (1750/1752 - 1816)
                         10. Jared Merrill (1754 - May 7, 1832)
                              
Married Abigail Phelps (1754-1831)
                 10. Mary Merrill (Apr 7, 1721 in Haverhill, MA - May 16, 1789 in Hartford, CT)
                           Married Noah Leavens on Oct 1, 1740 in Killingly, Windham, CT
                        
  1. Abel Leavens (Jan 14, 1741 - 1793)
                           2. Rebecca Leavens (Jun 29, 1743 - Mar 11, 1826)
                               Married Peter Shumway (1735-1828) on Jun 14, 1759 in Oxford, MA
                                      1. Zevan Shumway
                                      2. Zeviah Shumway
                                      3. Rebecca Shumway (Jan 4, 1766 - Jun 6, 1769)
                                      4. Noah Shumway (Oct 4, 1770 - Jun 20, 1857)
                                      5. Peter Shumway (Dec 6, 1777 - Oct 25, 1873)
                           3. Zerviah Leavens ((Jun 11, 1745 - )
                           4. Joseph Leavens (Aug 8, 1749 - Jun 8, 1752)
                 11. Hezekiah Merrill (Sep 14, 1720 in Hartford, CT- Apr 14, 1760)
                            Married Sarah Butler on Apr 28, 1746
                 12. Rachel Merrill (Nov 4, 1722 - Jan 29, 1812 in Trenton, Oneida, NY)
                            Married Joseph Shepherd in 1740 in Hartford, CT
                 13. Josiah Merrill (Abt. 1724 - )
 
                            Married Abigail Cadwell 
        Married (2) Mindwell King on Feb 17, 1737.
6 Wilterton Merrill (Jun 28, 1675 in Hartford, CT - May 14, 1755 in Hartford, CT)
        Married (1) Ruth Pratt on Jan 1, 1702
       
Married (2) Hannah Waters (1681-1730) on Jan 20, 1708/9
           (1) Hannah Merrill (1713 - Apr 26, 1790)
          
Married Daniel Butler (1704-1780)
                  1. Daniel Butler (bpt. Apr 18, 1736 - Oct 6, 1779)
                  2. Ruth Butler (bpt. Nov 27, 1737 - ) Married Caleb Church
                  3. Hannah Butler (bpt. Dec 23, 1739 - )
                         Married (1) Uriah Shepard (2) John Burkett
                  4. Anne Butler (bpt. May 29, 1743 - Sep 9, 1759)
                  5. Thankful Butler (bpt. Oct 13, 1745 - Aug 29, 1759)
                  6. Abigail Butler (bpt. Oct 13, 1751 - ) Married Samuel Goodwin
                  7. James Butler (bpt. Sep 8, 1754 - )

           (2) Gideon Merrill (1716 - Sep 9, 1757 in Hartford, CT)
          
Married Mary Bigelow (1721-1750)
                  1. Samuel Merrill
                  2. Nathaniel Merrill
                  3. Gideon Merrill
                  4. Mary Merrill
                  5. Hannah Merrill
7 Susanna Merrill (See Below)
8 Abel Merrill (Jan 25, 1679/80 in Hartford, CT - Aug 18, 1757 in West Hartford, CT)
        Married Mabel Easton on Mar 5, 1710/11.
        (1) Thankful Merrill (1712 - 1801) Married Bevil Seymour (1668-)
9 Isaac Merrill (Mar 11, 1681/2 in Hartford, CT - 1742 in West Hartford, CT)
        Married Sarah Cook on May 2, 1706
10 Jacob Merrill (Mar 27, 1686 in Hartford, CT - 1725 in West Hartford, CT)
        Married Abigail Webster (1686-) on May 10, 1710. 
        Note: "Abigail is great aunt of Noah Webster" - daughter of John Webster & Sarah Mygatt
GENERATION 4

04. Susanna Merrill, daughter of John and Sarah was born on May 20, 1677 in Hartford, CT.  On Jan 20, 1709 she married John Turner in Hartford, son of Edward Turner and Mary Sanford.  She died on September 28, 1773 in Hartford, CT. 

I descend from their son John Turner who married Abigail Richards.

 

Migration pattern of my Merrill family
England -- MA -- CT

 

Surnames that married into my Merrill family

BLACKSOLL

TURNER

WATSON

   

My Descent From The Merrill Line

Generation Father Mother
14 Nathaniel Merrill (1571-1626)  Mary Blacksoll (1574-1624)
13 Nathaniel Merrill (1601-1654)  Susannah (1605-1672)
12 John Merrill (1636-1712) Sarah Margaret Watson (1646-1687)
11 John Turner (1669-1755) Suzanne Merrill (1667-1773)
10 John Turner (1703-) Abigail Richards (1702-)
9 Jedediah Turner (1733-1819) Rachel Thompson (1737-1771)
8 Asa Turner (1765-1847)  Isabel Ketchum (1769-1842)
7 Miles Jones (1794-1885) Pamelia Turner (1805-1883)
6 Darius Benjamin Jones (1834-1918) Marquerite Cowan (1835-1906)
5 Nathaniel Henry Hawk (1858-1944) Anna Irene Jones (1868-1936)
4 Ernest August Schwiening (1873-1944) Grace Myrtle Hawk (1885-1984)
3 William Edward Marshall (1901-1981) Irene Sophia Schwiening (1908-1992)
2 William Edward Marshall
1 Tod Howard Marshall

This page was added on 11/24/13 and last updated on 09/25/16

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