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Stephen Merrick

Male 1646 - 1705  (58 years)


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  • Name Stephen Merrick  [1, 2
    Birth 12 May 1646  Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Death 1705  Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Siblings 2 siblings 
    Person ID I31214  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of LD
    Last Modified 5 Jan 2024 

    Father Lt. William Merrick,   b. Between 1600 and 1603   d. Bef 6 Mar 1689, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 89 years) 
    Mother Rebecca Tracy,   b. Abt 1625, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Aft 6 Mar 1689, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Marriage Bef 1642  [3, 5
    Family ID F4356  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mercy Bangs,   b. 15 Oct 1651, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marriage 28 Dec 1670  Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 6
    Children 
    +1. Mercy Merrick,   b. Oct 1674, Norwich, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 16 Nov 1754, Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 80 years)
    Family ID F18528  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 5 Jan 2024 

  • Notes 
    • From Genealogy of the Merrick-Mirick-Myrick Family of Massachusetts 1636-1902:

      Within a year after his marriage Stephen joined the company which left Plymouth Colony and settled at New London and Norwich, Connecticut. Caulkin's History of Norwich says of him: "[...] Stephen Merrick came to Norwich in 1672, where he bought a plantation. He was constable in 1681, and county sheriff in 1685." The annals of Norwich Town record that a gate was maintained at Town charge at Stephen Merrick's, on Bean Hill. Mercy (Bangs) Merrick died, and Stephen married, 2nd., Anna Wilbore, at Taunton. Mass., to which place he had removed, at just what date is not known. He became one of the leading men of that town, and died there in 1705 leaving a large property, for that time. His will was made in 1696, as he was "about to go forth and fight the Indians." In his will he gives his wife his "plantation, with all the buildings, stock, etc., situated in Norwich, Connecticut." To a daughter, "200 acres of land in Norwich." To his only son, Isaac, his "plantation etc., in New Jersey." It would appear that he survived his Indian campaign, and died at home in Taunton in 1705.

      [Quoted to show how a man born in Eastham, Massachusetts and who died in Taunton, Massachusetts could plausibly have a daughter born in Norwich, Connecticut in 1674.]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1647] The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New York Historic Genealogical Society, 2004.

    2. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.

    3. [S906] The Ancestry of Lorenzo Ackley and His Wife Emma Arabella Bosworth by N. Grier Parke II, edited by Donald Lines Jacobus. Woodstock, Vermont: The Elm Tree Press, 1960.

    4. [S7124] Genealogy of the Merrick-Mirick-Myrick Family of Massachusetts 1636-1902 by George Byron Merrick. Madison, Wisconsin: Tracy, Gibbs & Company, 1902.

    5. [S647] Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines by Mary Walton Ferris. Volume 1, 1943; volume 2, 1931., says 1642.

    6. [S7124] Genealogy of the Merrick-Mirick-Myrick Family of Massachusetts 1636-1902 by George Byron Merrick. Madison, Wisconsin: Tracy, Gibbs & Company, 1902., date only, says 28 Dec 1671.