Elizabeth Farrar Gates (Merriam)

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Elizabeth Gates (Merriam)

Also Known As: "Elizabeth Farrar", "Elizabeth Ferrar"
Birthplace: Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Death: March 15, 1755 (81)
Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Samuel Merriam and Elizabeth Ballard (Townsend)
Wife of Ens. John Farrar and Ens. Isaac Gates
Mother of John Farrar, Jr.; Elizabeth Farrar; Miriam Wilder; Hannah Davis; Ruth Hubbard (Gates) and 1 other
Sister of Susannah Fox and Abigail Merriam
Half sister of Henry Ballard, Jr.; Catharine Ballard; Phillip Ballard; William Ballard, Immigrant; Ann Ballard and 6 others

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About Elizabeth Farrar Gates (Merriam)

Elizabeth Merriam was born in Concord, Massachusetts on October 5, 1673. She was the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Townsend) Merriam.

Elizabeth's first marriage was to Ens. John Farrar, who was killed in a battle with Native Americans in Lancaster (now Sterling), Massachusetts. The marriage took place in Concord on December 6, 1699; Farrar was killed on August 17, 1707. After Farrar's death, Elizabeth received administration of his estate (September 23, 1707) and then swore her account (December 20, 1708).

Around 1710, Elizabeth married her second husband, Ens. Isaac Gates. On June 20, 1713, she signed a deed with him. The couple had four daughters -- Miriam (c. 1711), Mercy (1712), Hannah (April 2, 1714), and Ruth (July 8, 1716).

Elizabeth moved to Harvard, Massachusetts after her husband's death in 1748 and died there on March 15, 1755. Adding tragedy to tragedy, church records show that her "House burnt down" while her family was at the cemetery for her funeral.

McGhan notes her heirs (unnamed; "heirs of sister Gates of Harvard") were bequeathed an inheritance in her brother Samuel's will dated June 9, 1763.


  • McGhan, Judith. Genealogies of Connecticut Families: From the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1983.
  • Torrey, Clarence Almon. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1985.
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Elizabeth Farrar Gates (Merriam)'s Timeline

October 5, 1673
Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts
September 14, 1700
June 25, 1702
Concord Middlesex MA
April 2, 1714
Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
July 8, 1716
Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts
March 15, 1755
Age 81
Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts