Deacon John Merrill

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John Merrill, I

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Manningtree, Essex, England, (Present UK)
Death: Died in West Hartford, Hartford County, Province of Connecticut, (Present USA)
Place of Burial: Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford, Hartford County, Province of Connecticut, (present USA)
Immediate Family:

Son of Nathaniel Merrill and Susanna Jordan
Husband of Sarah Merrill and Sarah Merrill (Watson)
Ex-husband of Margaret Merrill
Father of Sarah Kellogg (Merrill); Deacon Abraham Merrill; John Merrill, II; Daniel Merrill; Susannah Turner and 5 others
Brother of Abraham Merrill; Nathaniel Merrill, III; Susannah Burbank; Sgt. Daniel Merrill; Abel Wolterton Merrill and 3 others
Half brother of Jane Andrews

Occupation: Deacon, tanner
Managed by: Jocelynn Elaine Oakes
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About Deacon John Merrill

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3. DEACON JOHN7 *MERRILL (NATHANIEL6, NATHANIEL5, JOHN4 *MERRELL, THE YOUNGER, JOHN3 *MERYELL, JOHN2, THOMAS1) was born Bef. February 16, 1635/36 in Lawford, Essex, England, and died July 18, 1712 in West Hartford, Hartford, Conn. He married SARAH MARGARET *WATSON September 23, 1663 in Hartford, Hartford, Conn, daughter of JOHN *WATSON and MARGARET SMITH. She was born 1641, and died Aft. 1714 in West Hartford, Hartford, Conn.

Notes for DEACON JOHN *MERRILL: From "A Merrill Memorial" by Samuel Merrill, Cambridge, MA, 1917-1928

John(2) Merrill (Nathaniel(1) one of the older sons of Nathaniel went to Hartford, CT before 1657, while still a minor and it is said was adopted by Gregory Wolterton. Savage, in his "Genealogical Dictionary" said that Gregory Wolterton "had good estate, large tan works, and no children." Gregory Wolterton made his will 17 Jul 1674, and died soon after, leaving legacies to a number of persons, including relatives in Ipswich, England. Savage adds: "Most of his estate was given to John Merrills, because he hand adopted him." The same statement of adoption is repeated in the "Memorial History of Hartford County."

These facts lend plausibility to the theory that Gregory Wolterton was a brother of Susanna Merrill. It was a long journey from Newbury to Hartford; means of communication were meagre, and both communities were in their infancy. It seems unlikely that John, as a very young man, would have made such a journey, seperating himself from a lifetime from home and kin, unless to make a home with other kin in the place where he went to live.

Addendum 1996:Baptismal records show that John was baptized on 16m 1635/36 in Lawford, Essex, Co., England.

Children of JOHN *MERRILL and SARAH *WATSON are: 13. i. SARAH8 MERRILL, b. September 19, 1664, Hartford, Hartford, Conn; d. 1719, Hartford, Hartford, Conn. ii. NATHANIEL MERRILL, b. January 15, 1665/66, Hartford, Hartford, Conn; d. April 25, 1725, Hartford, Hartford, Conn. 14. iii. JOHN *MERRILL, b. April 7, 1669, Hartford, Hartford, Conn; d. June 6, 1748, West Hartford, Hartford, Conn. 15. iv. ABRAHAM MERRILL, b. October 25, 1670, Hartford, Hartford, Conn; d. November 6, 1747, West Hartford, Hartford, Conn. 16. v. DANIEL MERRILL, b. June 15, 1673, Hartford, Hartford, Conn; d. August 7, 1750, Hartford, Hartford, Conn. 17. vi. WOLTERTON MERRILL, b. June 28, 1675, Hartford, Hartford, Conn; d. May 14, 1755, Hartford, Hartford, Conn. 18. vii. SUSANNAH MERRILL, b. May 20, 1677, Hartford, Hartford, Conn; d. Unknown, Hartford, Hartford, Conn. 19. viii. ABEL MERRILL, b. January 25, 1679/80, Hartford, Hartford, Conn; d. August 18, 1759, West Hartford, Hartford, Conn. 20. ix. ISAAC MERRILL, b. March 11, 1681/82, Hartford, Hartford, Conn; d. 1742, West Hartford, Hartford, Conn. 21. x. JACOB MERRILL, b. March 27, 1686, Hartford, Hartford, Conn; d. 1725, Hartford, Hartford, Conn.

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Birth: Feb. 16, 1636

Newbury Old Town

Essex County

Massachusetts, USA

Death: Jul. 18, 1712

Hartford

Hartford County

Connecticut, USA

The son of Nathaniel & Susannah (Wilterton) Merrrill, he married Sarah Watson on September 23, 1663 in Hartford.

As a young man, he removed from Newbury with Gregory Wilterton, his uncle, to Hartford. Mr. Wilterton left a lot of his estate to John.


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Children:
 Sarah Merrill Kellogg (1664 - 1722)*
 Susannah Merrill Turner (1677 - 1773)*

Spouse:
 Sarah Watson Merrill (1636 - 1687)

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Burial:

Ancient Burying Ground

Hartford

Hartford County

Connecticut, USA


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Created by: Nareen Lake

Record added: Jun 01, 2009

Find A Grave Memorial# 37798788


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Notes from "A Merrill Memorial" by Samuel Merrill, Cambridge, Mass. 1917-1928

John, one of the older sons of Nathaniel, went to Hartford, Conn., before 1657, while still a minor and it is said was adopted by Gregory Wilterton. Savage, in his "Genealogical Dictionary" said that Gregory Wilterton "had a good estate, large tan works, and no children." Gregory Wilterton made his will 17 Jul 1674, and died soon after, leaving legacies to a number of persons, including relatives in Ipswich, England. Savage adds: "Most of his estate was given to John Merrills, because he had adopted him." The same statement of adoption is repeated in the "Memorial History of Hartford County."

These facts lend plausibility to the theory that Gregory Wilterton was a brother of Susanna Merrill. It was a long journey from Newbury to Hartford; means of communication were meager, and both communities were in their infancy. It seems unlikely that John, as a very young man, would have made such a journey, separating himself for a lifetime from home and kin, unless to make a home with other kin.

He was admitted a freeman 20 May 1658. He was a tanner, and lived on the south side of Elm St., on the second lot west from the corner of Main St. After some years he removed to the West Division of the town, now West Hartford, where he made large purchases of land in 1683 and the following years. In 1684, 1694 and 1700 he was a "townsman," or selectman, and he was a deacon of the Second Church.

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Deacon John Merrill's Timeline

1635
February 16, 1635
Manningtree, Essex, England, (Present UK)
1663
September 23, 1663
Age 28
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
1664
September 19, 1664
Age 29
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
1665
January 15, 1665
Age 29
Hartford, Hartford, CT, USA
1669
April 7, 1669
Age 34
Hartford, Hartford, CT, USA
1670
December 21, 1670
Age 35
Hartford, Hartford, CT, USA
1673
June 15, 1673
Age 38
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
1675
June 28, 1675
Age 40
Hartford, Hartford, CT, USA
1677
May 20, 1677
Age 42
Hartford, Hartford, CT, USA
1679
January 25, 1679
Age 43
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA