Henry Mershon, II (c.1672 - 1738)

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Birthplace: Caen, Calvados, Lower Normandy, France
Death: Died in Maindenhead, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States
Managed by: Martin Severin Eriksen
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About Henry Mershon, II

Henry was a weaver. He was a Huguenot who emigrated with his father around 1685 in order to escape religious persecution. A strong tradition, described in "My Folks" says that Henry was left alone when his father returned to France to bring over the rest of the family. His father never reappeared.

However, in Carol Boyer's "Ship Passenger Lists, New York & New Jersey (1600-1825)" [Newhall, California, 1978] is the following entry on p.227: Henri Marchand, born in the vicinity of Caen, France, with his wife and oldest son Henri, and other children, came to America about 1685f, settling first in Newtown, L.I. Henri, Jr., growing up in Newtown learned the art of weaving. Before 1698 he had married Ann----...." This indicates the Henry came over with his entire family in 1685. [This info taken from research of William H. Trott] Henry's home was west of Princeton along the old Maidenhead Road (Lawrenceville Road), near what is called Cox's Corner.

Register of Ancestors, The Huguenot Society of NJ, Inc. 1975. "Henri Jr settled at Newtown LI, now Elmhurst, where he learned his trade as a weaver. The Newtown census of 1698 lists Henri Marshan' with a family of three (prob. a wife and one child). This family removed abt 1700 to Maidenhead (Lawrenceville) NJ where he purchased extensive acres of land. He died 20 Sep 1738 and was buried in the Great Cemetery of the village. His will dd 19 Jul 1738 leaves to his youngest son, Houghton, the homestead plantation; the other nine children, 5 shillings each, indicating that they had previously been provided for; wife Ann sole executor."

Henry was appointed constable for Maidenhead in March, 1708. He was also a member of the Grand Jury of Hunterdon in 1714 and served on other jury lists. On March 8, 1720 he was appointed one of the Overseers of the Highway.

Henry officially became a British citizen in August 1733.

Henry was bured in what is now the Lawrenceville Cemetery on the Hill. A tablet was put up by the descendants, Sept. 19, 1925, copying the original stone and stating: "Here Lyeth The Body Of Henry Mershon Who Departed This Life The 20th Sep 1738."

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MERSHON

The Name and Early Generations

MARCHAND (French), MARCHANT (Middle English), MERCHANT (Modern English), MARCHAN (Dutch), MERSHON (Phonetic)

HENRI MARCHAND b. France--probably Caen, Normandy d. ? In America about 1685

II. HENRY MERSHON Brought to New York by his father to escape religious persecution b. about 1672 - France d. Sep. 20, 1738, Maidenhead, N.J. m. Ann--name given in his will b. ?? d. survived Henry

Ten children below named in Henry's will: Mary m. Thomas Houghton

   Absalom
   Joab
   Elizabeth
   Sarah
   John
   Annie
   Thomas
   Marie
   Alice

Peter m. Elizabeth

   Elizabeth
   Ann
   Andrew
   Daniel

2m. Jane VanCleve

   John
   Aaron

Rebekah m. Nathaniel Fitzrandolf

   Eunice
   Sarah
   Ann
   Ruth
   Job
   Abigail
   Samuel
   Rachel
   Hannah(1)
   Hannah(2)
   John
   Rebekah
   Nathaniel
   Elizabeth

Henry m. Mary Yard

   William
   Joseph
   Benjamin

2m. Ann Major

   Henry

Thomas m. Susannah Stockton

   Robert
   Samuel
   Job
   William
   James
   Sarah
   Daughters names not known except for
   Sarah

Ann m. Andrew Smith

   Charles
   Jemima
   Zebulon
   Andrew

Elizabeth m. Joseph Green

   Jemima
   Sarah
   Ann
   Joseph

Andrew m. Fransinah Anderson

   Hannan
   Henry
   Cornelius
   Benjamin
   Nathaniel
   Sarah
   Andrew
   Rebekah
   Timothy
   Catherine

Houghton m. ??

   Sarah
   Anna
   Fanny
   Andrew
   Moses

Sarah No Data

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Henry Mershon, II's Timeline

1672
1672
Caen, Calvados, Lower Normandy, France
1698
1698
Age 26
Newtown, Long Island, Queens, British Colony
1698
Age 26
Newtown, Long Island, Queens, British Colony
1698
Age 26
Newtown,Long Island,New York,USA
1702
March 5, 1702
Age 30
Princeton, Mercer County, NJ
1704
1704
Age 32
Maidenhead, Hunterdon, New Jersey, USA
1707
1707
Age 35
Princeton, Mercer County, NJ
1710
1710
Age 38
Princeton, Mercer County, NJ
1711
March 10, 1711
Age 39
Hunterdon, , New Jersey, USA
1714
June 22, 1714
Age 42
Monmouth County, NJ