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George Merriman

Birthplace: Witney, Oxford, or, London, Middlesex , England
Death: Died in London, Middlesex, England
Place of Burial: England
Immediate Family:

Son of Gregory Merriman and Mary Merriman
Husband of George Merriman's wife
Father of Nathaniel Merriman; Elizabeth Norman and John Merriman
Brother of Anna Merriman; William Merriman; John Merriman; Henry Merriman; Elizabeth Merriman and 1 other

Occupation: Cooper
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About George Merriman

George Merriman

  • Birth: 1559 ???? -- Witney, Oxford, England [corrected to ca 1580, as mentioned in the source book]
  • Death: 1655 -- London, Middlesex, England
  • Parents: Gregory Merriman & Mary Ring

He married twice.

  1. He married an unknown person.
  2. He married Mrs. George Merriman 1612 in Of London, London, England. Mrs. was born 1583 in Of London, London, England.

George Merriman and Mrs. George Merriman had the following children:

  • child 4077 i. John12 Merriman was born in London, England 1611. John died after 1655. ???
  • child + 2626 ii. Nathaniel Merriman was born 2 June 1613.
  • child 4078 iii. Elizabeth Merriman was born in London, Middlesex, England 1615. Elizabeth died after 1655. She married John Norman.
  • child 4079 iv. John Merriman was born in Of London, London, England 1617. John died after 1655.

From page 35 of "Reunion of descendants of Nathaniel Merriman at Wallingford, Conn. June 4, 1913 : with a Merriman genealogy for five generations"

While I had seen a statement that George was the name of Nathaniel's father I did not know upon what authority it was based. It was while looking up records in the British Museum that I found there an American book, published in Boston, which I had not seen before. It was Waters' Genealogical Gleanings in England. This mentions the will of George Merriman of London, made in 1655, in which the first bequest was one to "my son Nathaniel now resident in New England."

This shows clearly who was Nathaniel's father. But the will, which I read later at the Somerset house, where such records are kept, gives no clue to the birth or parentage of George himself.* It is a common thing in English wills to make a gift, sometimes very small, to each member of the family, and thus we frequently obtain considerable information from an examination of old wills. We have an illustration of this in George's will, who left a bequest not only to Nathaniel, but to each of his other two children, Elizabeth and John, and also a conditional one of three pounds to his apprentice. From the fact that his wife's name is not mentioned we may be quite sure that she was not then living. If George's father left a will, it undoubtedly mentions his name, but it seems probable that he did not make one, though so far as I know, a thorough search has not yet been made.

"The will was executed 31 Oct. 1655 and probated 19 May 1656. After the usual preliminaries, it reads as follows:

" I do give unto my son Nathaniel Merriman, now resident in New England, the sum of ten pounds of lawful English money, and unto my daughter Elizabeth Norman whom I have already advanced in marriage with Master John Norman, I give twenty shillings to buy her a ring in remembrance of my love. To my servant Henry Allison three pounds on this condition that he serve out the remainder of his time of apprenticeship with my son John Merriman. The residue to son John whom I do hereby make and ordain full and sole executor."

Note: see document "Merriman, father of Nathaniel?"


  • 1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (R), Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998, AFN:94K9-N1, .
  • "AFN:1NGL-JM1 b. abt 1573 W. Smithfield, London, England d, bef Feb 5 1656 London, England."
  • 2. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (R), AFN:94K9-N1.
  • 3. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (R), AFN:94K9-N1.
  • 4. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (R), AFN:94K9-N1.
  • 5. Andrew's web site (
  • **"George died 1655 in London, Middlesex, England, at approximately 96 years of age."
  • 6. Paul Herbig. email:

Families of Ancient New Haven by Donald Lines Jacobus, pg. 1167

"of London"

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George Merriman's Timeline

January 23, 1561
Witney, Oxford, England
January 23, 1561
Witney, Oxford, England
London, Middlesex , England
Age 32
London, England
June 2, 1613
Age 33
London, Middlesex , England
Age 35
prob. London, Middlesex, Eng
Age 37
London, Middlesex, England
October 31, 1655
Age 75
London, Middlesex, England
February 6, 1943
Age 75
February 16, 1943
Age 75