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  Answers to Ask the Experts | 2010 March (8 answers)

Subject: Re: Merrill family - Levi Merrill
Date: Fri, March 12, 2010 2:02p

Question: Susan Winn Brandt asked:

Hello,

Have spent many hours on internet trying to document my matrilineal "grand"mother, Sarah Merrill (1775-1841) who married Joshua Townsend in Snow Hill, Maryland in 1791 before moving the family to Indiana. Our family reocords hint that her father was Levi Merrill, mother's name possibly Ann. Levi is supposedly the son of a sea captain, David Levi Merrill. I cannot find info about these early Maryland Merrills, and would really like to continue my matrilineal line to Sarah's mother, grandmother, etc.

Thank you,

Susan Winn Brandt

Answer: Susan:

There is considerable information relating to Levi and Ann's children in the records of The Orphan's Court of Worcester Co MD, but nowhere did we find Ann's maiden name. It seems that after Levi's death, ca 1784, Ann remarried Thomas Tull and they proceeded to waste Levi's estate. There are numerous entries in The Orphan's court trying to protect the children's [Levi Jr, ca 1769, Sarah, ca 1774, and Joseph, 1777] intrests. These dates are approximated from when the children reached majority and were released from the court's custody. Levi is believed to be the son of Joseph (2) and Elizabeth Holland, and grandson of immigrant William of Somerset Co, who came as an indentured servant, worked off his servitude, m. Eliza and left nine sons and four daughters when he d. in 1710. Most of the Merrills of MD's eastern shore are descended from William. and from there they spread south and west to NC and AL.

Sorry we are unable to help you with Ann's maiden name so you can continue with your matrilineal line. These records are on file at the Hall of Records in Annapolis. We were not specifically looking for Ann, but would have picked up her m. to Levi if it were readily available.

Howard and Jean Merrill

Subject: Re: Merrill family - Lucy (Merrill) Hall
Date: Wed, March 17, 2010 1:37p

Question: Bethny Hall Maury wrote:

My grandmother was Lucy Merrill Hall (1858-1942).Her father was Charles Merrill,Norwalk Ct (1834-?) and his father was Thomas Belding Merrill, N. Hampton, Ma (1803-1887). Thomas' father was Timothy Merrill of Hartford,Ct.(1779-1846). Question: Are they decendants of Nathanial Merrill of Newbury,Ma? If so how do I trace them? I am also a decendant of Tristram Coffin of Newbury, Ma and Nantucket. Is there a Merrill/Coffin connection?

Regards,

Bethny Maury

Answer: Bethny:

Your Lucy (Merrill) Hall is indeed descended from immigrant Nathaniel of Newbury MA. Her lineage is Lucy (9), Charles (8), Thomas B (7), Timothy (6), Titus (5), Thomas (4), Abel (3), John (2), immigrant Nathaniel (1). More details are available. The lineage down to Thomas (7) is given in A MERRILL MEMORIAL, pg 483. When Nathaniel d. in 1654 his 2nd son, John, still a minor, went from Newbury MA to Hartford CT to live with his maternal grandmother, Susan Wolterton, and her 2nd husband Gregory Wolterton to learn his tanning trade. When Gregory d. John (2) Merrill inherited the buk of childless Gregory's estate.

There are some 36 Merrill - Coffin connections in our Nathaniel database [over 58,000 individuals] including two daughters of Tristam Coffin, Elizabeth and Hannah who m. Merrill men.

Howard and Jean Merrill

Subject: Re: Merrill family - Mary Morse
Date: Thu, March 18, 2010 6:48p

Question: Barbara Lewis wrote:

I am trying to find ancestors of Mary Morse that married Abner Brown in 1713 in Newbury, MA. Some records indicate her parents were Benjamin Morse and Susannah Merrill. I have seen records indicating Susannah as daughter of Abraham and Abigail or Abel and Priscillia or Daniel and Sarah. Yet, I am unsure if any of this is correct. I believe Susannah was born in late 1670's. Do you know where she fits in this family?

Answer: Barbara:

Benjamin Morse, 1668-1743, son of Benjamin and Ruth (Sawyer) Morse, m. 1692 Jan 28, Susanna (3) Merrill, b. 1673 Nov 14, d/o Abel (2) and Priscilla (Chase) Merrill. They had a daughter Mary Morse, b. 1703 Sep 8, but she m. a Pearson, not Abner Brown. She would not be old enough to m. in 1713.

Abraham (2) and Abigail Webster did not have a daughter Susanna that survived [b.1681 Dec 6, d. 1681 Dec 15]. Neither did Daniel (2) and Sarah Clough have a Susanna. The only other 2nd generation Susanna was that of John (2) and Sarah Watson. Their Susanna was b.1667 May 20 in Hartford CT and m. John Turner there. Nathaniel (1) did have a Susanna, bapt. 1638 Dec 12 in Lawford, Essex, England. She m. 1663 Oct 15, John Burbank.

While we have several other Benjamin Morse in our 60,000 male Merrill database, none are early enough to have a Mary Morse who m. in 1713.

We normally would not have data on the Merrill daughter's children. With such a large database, we normally follow the daughters till they mary and change their surname. The data above came from A MERRILL MEMORIAL by Samuel Merrill, more or less the bible on descendants of immigrant Nathaniel of Newbury MA. We have found very few errors in this work.

Sorry we could not be more help, but at least we could tell you who your Mary Morse is NOT.

Howard and Jean Merrill

Subject: Re: Merrill family - Sybil Merrill Douglas
Date: Sat, March 20, 2010 10:08a

Question: Ray Forbes wrote:

Hi,

Thanks for your excellent site. I am doing the genealogy on my wife's family. Her ggmother was nancy douglas, daughter of John Douglas and Sybil Merrill. I currently have the Merrill line as Sybil-Asher Merrill(b.1734 Ct) - John Merrill(b. 1694 Ct)-John Merrill(b.1648 mass married Hannah Parmalee)-Nathaniel Merrill( b. 1601 England) But, this does not seem to fit with your posted information. Also, I have the wife of John Merrill(b. 1694 Ct) as Esta Stuckle, but this does not fit with other posted information.

Thanks for any help.

Ray Forbes

Answer: Ray:

Thank you for your query regarding Sybil Merrill Douglas, daughter of Asher and Delight Sawyer. You have it correct that Asher was the son of John and Esther Stricklin [you have Stuckle] John was b. 1693/4 Feb 10 in Saybrook, CT and d. 1757 May 8 in Hebron CT. John was the son of Thomas and 2nd wife Hannah (Parmalee) Hill. Thomas is believed to be the Thomas, son of Thomas, baptized 1646 Nov 1 in Hartford, CT. Thomas d. 1711 in Saybrook CT. The elder Thomas d. 1693 May 23 in Saybrook, CT.

For a long time the elder Thomas, father of Thomas, 1646, was believed to be the the cousin of immigrant Nathaniel, 1601, of Newbury MA, And this has been suggested by several, including us, at various times in the literature.

But within the last five years, several of Thomas of Saybrook's descendants have been DNA tested, and their results are consistent within themselves, but differ greatly from the very distinctive and rare DNA pattern shown by Nathaniel's descendants. So Thomas of Saybrook must be considered an immigrant himself and is not related to immigrant Nathaniel of Newbury, MA.

Nathaniel's 2nd son John, 1635, after his father's 1655 death, while still a minor, came to Hartford to live with his grandmother, Susan Wilterton, wife of Gregory Wilterton, proprietor of Hartford, to learn Gregory's tanning trade. John (2) eventually inherited the bulk of childless Gregory's estate. John m. Sarah Watson. John's presence in CT [or his son John(3)] has sometimes been confused with your John who m. Esther Stricklin.

Hope this helps. If you have further questions, don't hesitate to write.

Howard and Jean Merrill

Subject: Re: Merrill family - Thomas & Nathaniel Merrill
Date: Sun, March 21, 2010 7:24a

Question: Camilla Rockwood wrote:

Dear Howard and Jean,

I'm puzzled by a seemingly odd coincidence in the death dates of two Merrill ancestors: Thomas Merrill (4) (born 1711) and his son Nathaniel (5) (born 1736). They both appear to have died on or around 11 January, 1801; at least, this is the information I've got in my tree, but I have to admit that it's not the result of my own personal research and I've no hard evidence that it's correct. I've just had a look at "A Merrill Memorial", though, and it seems to bear out the dates -- see pages 279 and 391. Can you shed any light on this at all?

If it's correct, is there any way to find out more about the circumstances of their deaths, eg whether they were connected in some way? It just strikes me as rather unusual for a father and son to have died on the same day, or adjacent days, by pure chance; although of course it's not impossible. Apologies if this is a slightly silly question, but it nags at me whenever I look at the dates.

Thanks and best wishes,

Camilla Rockwood

Answer: Camilla:

This is an interesting coincidence, that father and son should d. one day apart. We don't have any info about the circumstances of their deaths. All we have is from A MERRILL MEMORIAL. But they did die in two different places, Thomas in South Hampton NH and son Nathan in what became part of Newburyport in 1851. Nathan's d. is reported in the published Newburyport d. records. From the NH vital records we have, we cannot confirm Thomas's d. date in South Hampton, but we have no reason to doubt that reported in AMM.

Sorry we couldn't be more help,

Howard and Jean Merrill

Subject: Re: Merrill family - Claude Merrill
Date: Sun, March 21, 2010 8:21a

Question: Douglas Merrill wrote:

looking for my grandfather claude merrill from mexico maine he had 15 childern.

Answer: Douglas:

Let us introduce our selves. We are Howard and Jean Merrill. For thirty years we have been trying to database the Merrill/Merrell family nationwide from the original immigrants down to the present day for all immigrant lines. So far we have info on over 60,000 Merrill males plus their wives and daughters in our database, but we estimate there have been well over a 100,000 so we have a long way to go, and need and appreciate all the help we can get, particularly with the later generations. We use this database strictly to try and help folks trace their Merrill roots. Be assured that no info on living individuals will become internet accessible from us.

While our database is not internet searchable, we will be glad to search it for anybody and share what we find at no cost. All we ask is that folks share their Merrill data with us so that we can expand our database and do a better job of helping solve Merrill lineage problems.

You didn't give us any dates, so we can't be sure, but we think your grandfather was probably Claude Leon (10) Merrill, 1901-1978, who m. Gertrude Welch. We don't have him associated with Mexico, ME, but do have him in the area, b. in Bryon and had children in Peru and Dixfield, and d. in Rumford. We only have record of 11 children.

If this is the right one, his lineage is believed to be Charles D (9), William F (8), Moses M (7), Richard (6), Moses (5), Nathan (4,3), Abel (2), immigrant Nathaniel (1). More details are available. We would be very interested in Claude Leon's descendants down to the present day.

Howard and Jean Merrill

Subject: Re: Merrill family - Samuel (7) Merrill
Date: Tue, March 23, 2010 9:24a

Question: Constance Merrill wrote:

Hello Howard and Jean,

I am searching for Samuel Merrill, son of John Merrill(Moses Merrill and Phebe Coffin) and Sarah Henshaw, of Lewiston Maine. His wife was Sophia Allen, of Monmouth.

Thank you for any help you can offer.

Answer: Constance:

Your Samuel was b. 1803 May 3 in Lewiston ME. He is in Gardiner in 1840 with wife and five children, 1m, 1f [under 5] ; 1m,1f [5-10] and 1f [10-15]. His wife, Sophie Allen, b. 1807 Aug 15, d. 1848 Oct 27. He is in Lewiston without any children in 1850, 1860, and 1870A Betsey, believed to be his sister, is with him in 60 and 70. We don't have his d. date.

One of his children is believed to be Hiram A 1836-1916 who m. Charlotte Wilbur. We don't know anything about the other children. Do You? How are you related to Samuel?

Samuel (7)'s lineage is John (6), Moses (5), Nathan (4,3), Abel (2), immigrant Nathaniel (1). More details are available. We would be interested in Samuel's Descendants, particularly those with Merrill surname.

Howard and Jean Merrill

Subject: Re: Merrill family - Chester C Merrill
Date: Tue, March 23, 2010 5:35p

Question: Nina Merrill wrote:

I have been looking for about a month now for my great-great-grandpa Merrill's ancestors but haven't had any success until I found your site! I was directed to a question that was asked in 2007--(I have posted it below because I wasn't sure how to reference it.)

My grandpa is Ronald C. Merrill, his father was Walter C. Merrill, his father was Walter A. Merrill, and his father was Chester C. Merrill. (That was as far back as I could find, but I would be thankful for any other information you could give.) Also, is there a way to contact the man who had the family Bible??? Thank you so much! Nina Merrill P.S. please contact me at my email address. Thank you!

Subject: Re: Merrill family Chester Merrill Date: Fri, Jan 26, 2007 8:51 pm
Question: Mark Heiman wrote: I recently purchased an ornate family bible containing marriage records for Chester C. Merrill and Cynthia H. Burrows (m. 1858), for their children George, Ernest, Sadie, Walter, and Lillian, and 11 photos including 4 tintypes, presumably of the same family. I'd love to reunite it with s! ome descendants who would appreciate it. Please pass this information along to anyone you thing would be interested.
Answer: Mark: Thank you for posting this query. We checked our database and found that we have the lineage of Chester C (8) and Cynthia. It is Chester C (8), George (7), Shubael (6), George (5), Jonathan (4), Daniel (3), John (2), immigrant Nathaniel (1). More details are available. Unfortunately, we don't have any info on the families of their children, and have had no correspondence from anyone working on this line. The last record we have on this family is the 1880 census, when they were in Sanford, Broome, NY. For twenty five years we have been trying to database the Merrill/Merrell surname nationwide from the original immigrants right down to the present day for all the immigrant lines.
So far we have info on over 60,000 Merrill males, plus their wives and daughters in our database, but we estimate that there are well over 100,000 so we have a long way to go, and we need and appreciate all the help we can get, particularly with the later generations. We use this database strictly to try and help folks trace their Merrill roots. While our database is not internet searchable, we will be glad to search it for anybody and share what we find at no cost. All that we ask is that folks share their Merrill data with us, so we can expand the database, and do a better job of helping solve Merrill lineage problems. We would be interested in the details of any information on this family contained in the bible to add to our database. With such a large database, we have no storage space to collect bibles or pictures of Merrills other than our own direct line. We will, however, keep your letter on file and if we get correspondence relating to this line, we will have them contact you.
Howard and Jean Merrill

Answer: Nina:

So glad you found Steve's site with our answers to old "Ask the Experts" queries. That would make your grandpa, Ronald C (11)'s lineage Walter C (10), Walter A (9), Chester C (8), George (7), Shubael (6), George (5), Jonathan (4), Daniel (3), John (2), Immigrant Nathaniel (1). More details are available. In return, we would be very interested in Chester C's descendants down to the present day. Be assured that our database is not internet accessible, nor do we give out info on living individuals. We have Walter A as a child from the 1880 census, but nothing more recent on your line.

Howard and Jean Merrill

Subject: Re: Merrill family - Benjamin Merrill
Date: Sat, March 27, 2010 4:57p

Question: Ginger Merrill Menefee wrote:

I am looking for the parents of Benjamin Merrill/Merrell.Benjamin was born 11 Dec. 1759 Hopewell,Hunterdon Co. New Jersey - Died 17 Dec. 1837 Lexington,Fayette Co. Ky. - Married Mary Baker Hart 11 Jan. 1789 in Hopewell , Hunterdon Co. New Jersey. They had 5 children that I know of Sarah Hart Merrill , John McIver Merrill , Nathaniel Wilson Merrill , Martha Bonneau Merrill & Anna Maria Gilchrist Merrill

Answer: Ginger:

Glad to hear from you again. We go back a long way, 1984, I believe. We still do not know who Benjamin, 1759, parents were, but are sure he is descended from immigrant William of Staten Island and Hopewell, NJ. We outlined some of the many possibilities in our letter of Jan 5 2006. DNA testing of a living male Merrill descendant of Benjamin, would confirm his descent from William, but would not tell us who Benjamin's father was. Is your brother, Troy still living or does he have sons? The DNA associated with the male y-chromosome is passed from father to son, essentially unchanged, for many, many generations [tens or hundreds or thousands]. In our Merrill DNA Genealogy Group, of which we are one of the coordinators, we now have more than a dozen descendants of William who have been tested, with whom anyone's DNA results can be directly compared.

We note you have a new address, Please note, we do also.

Howard and Jean Merrill

 

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