|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
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.
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.
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."
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."
The children of Nathaniel and Susannah are:
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:
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|
My Descent From The Merrill Line
|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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