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John MERRILL

Male 1599 - 1673  (74 years)


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  • Name John MERRILL 
    Born 16 Aug 1599  Wherstead, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Sep 1673  Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • “John Merrill, brother of our ancestor Nathaniel, had an only child, a daughter. None of us have inherited from him the family name, but nevertheless we naturally feel a great interest in him, and in the part which he played in the little Newbury commonwealth.
         Coffin, in his History of Newbury (p. 287), gives the names of “the most wealthy of the grantees” of the town, as measured by the number of acres of land given them. This measure was in general correct, for the grants from the town were based upon the property brought by the several settlers from England. John Merrill’s name was the thirteenth on this list, and he received ninety-six acres. Some settlers received as little as ten acres. The grants were chiefly of arable land and meadow, the pastures being held by the town for use of the inhabitants in common. The privileges of these common lands were carefully apportioned. In the “stint of the ox and cow common,” 12 March, 1641/2, John Merrill was given a right to the pasturage of four cattle. (Currier, History of Newbury, p. 54.)
         On “this .... of ye 7th mo 1666” Richard Currier of Salisbury sold to John Merrill of “Nubery,” husbandman, for £6, three acres of salt-marsh in Salisbury. This land was “in ye 2d division of ye higgledee pigledee lotts being ye 44th in number . . . butting wth one ende uppon Merimack River.” Early in the previous year John Merrill had purchased from Richard Currier another three-acre parcel, being the twenty-fourth lot in the same higgledy-piggledy division of salt-marsh. Both convnveyances are recorded with the Norfolk Deeds (at Salem), book 2, leaf 110. Whether John Merrill was a party to other conveyances, either as grantor or grantee, we cannot say. Many deeds in the time of the earlier generations in this country were never placed on record.
      John Merrill was a freeholder in Newbury in 1638, and was admitted a freeman of the Colony in 1640. Some of his activities in the affairs of the community are indicated by entries in the town records. At the time when the removal of the settlemeent from Parker River northward to the present site of Newburyport was under consideration, John Merrill was the first-named of a committee of four appointed to make an inventory and appraisal of all the stock, land, houses and other improvements of the inhabitants. In 1649 he was appointed a member of a committee to present to the General Court the town’s claims to jurisdiction over the whole of Plum Island. He was chosen a selectman in 1665; the following year he was a member of a committee to lay out a road to connect with the Salisbury ferry, and in 1668 he was chosen one of the surveyors of highways.
         In 1670 John Merrill joined the Newbury church, and he was somewhat active in the controversy of that time over questions of church discipline. He made his will in the same year, and seems soon after to have withdrawn from some of the activities of a husbandman. In his will he describes himself as “being but weake in body,” and the entries in the inventory of his estate mentioning certain live stock as leased to his grandson, John Swett, confirm the impression that his health was seriously impaired. He died 12 Sept. 1673. If he was the John Merrill who was baptised in Wherstead in 1599, he must have been seventy-four years old at his death.”

      “John Merrill was doubtless married in England. His wife’s christian name was Elizabeth, but her family name is not known. She was admitted a member of the Newbury church in 1674. She died 14 July, 1682, in Newbury. Her will was dated 7 Dec. 1680. All her property was given to her grandchild Elizabeth Swett and her son-in-law Stephen Swett, her grandson John Swett, ‘whoome I have formerly donne well for,’ being named as executor.”««s80»», ««s80»» [1]
    Person ID I1614  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2019 

    Father Nathaniel MERRELL,   b. 1571, Belstead, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1626, Wehrstead, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Mother Mary BLACKSOLL,   b. 1574, Wherstead, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1624, Wherstead, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Married 27 Feb 1592  Belstead, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3999  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Elizabeth ?,   b. Abt 1604, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jul 1682, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years) 
    Married 15 Jul 1633  Little Wenham, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Hannah MERRILL,   b. 1630, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1662, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F758  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Anis BISHOP,   b. 1604, Wherstead, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1630, Lawford, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years) 
    Married 24 Jan 1628/29  Wherstead, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Hannah MERRILL,   b. 1630, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1662, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F3017  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Aug 1599 - Wherstead, Suffolk, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 24 Jan 1628/29 - Wherstead, Suffolk, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 15 Jul 1633 - Little Wenham, Suffolk, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Sep 1673 - Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S80] Merrill Genealogy., Merrill, Howard and Jean.