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Elizabeth Merry (Parkhurst)

Also Known As: "Elizabeth Hilliard"
Birthplace: St. Mary in the Tower, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Death: Martha's Vineyard, Vineyard Haven, Dukes, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: unknown
Immediate Family:

Daughter of George Parkhurst and Phebe Parkhurst
Wife of Emanuel Hilliard and Joseph Merry
Mother of Timothy Hilliard; Elizabeth Parkhurst; Martha Rankin; Joseph Merrie; Abigail Pease and 6 others
Sister of Phebe Arnold, of Ilchester & Providence; Mary Carter; Samuel Parkhurst; Deborah Smith; George Parkhurst, Jr. and 4 others
Half sister of Sarah Alger; Benjamin Parkhurst; Daniel Parkhurst; Joshua Parkhurst and Caleb Parkhurst

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About Elizabeth Merry


Elizabeth Merry formerly Parkhurst aka Hilliard was born about 18 May 1628 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England to George Parkhurst and Phebe (Leete) Parkhurst. She is the sister of Phebe (Parkhurst) Arnold, Mary (Parkhurst) Carter, Samuel Parkhurst, Deborah (Parkhurst) Smith, George Parkhurst II, John Parkhurst, Abigail Parkhurst, Joseph Parkhurst, Benjamin Parkhurst [half], Daniel Parkhurst [half], Joshua Parkhurst [half] and Caleb Parkhurst [half].

Wife of Emanuel Hilliard — married before 1650 (to 20 Oct 1657) [location unknown]

Wife of Joseph Merry — married Dec 1659 in Hampton, New Hampshire

She is the mother of Timothy Hilliard, Elizabeth (Hilliard) Mayhew, Hannah (Merry) Skiffe, Abigail (Merry) Pease, Bathsheba (Merry) Pease and Samuel Merry. Elizabeth died about 1680 in Hampton, Norfolk, Massachusetts Baym.

Profile last modified 24 Sep 2019 | Created 3 Jan 2011


Elizabeth Parkhurst was baptized 18 May 1628 at Ipswich, England. She was a daughter of George Parkhurst and Phebe Leete of Ipswich.[1][2][3] Elizabeth married first, Emmanuel Hilliard of Hampton, New Hampshire. She married second, about Dec 1659, Joseph Merry, as his second wife.[4]

Emanuel Hilliard "...was drowned 20 Oct, 1657,”[5] lost at sea, on passage from Hampton, New Hampshire to Boston.[6]

Estate of Emmanuel Hilliard

Emmanuel Hilliard, Hampton Widow Elizabeth, son Benjamin & Timothy, daughter Elizabeth [7]

“Inventory of the estate of Emmanuel Hilliard of Hampton, appraised Nov. 19, 1657, by Robert Tuck, John Sanborn, and Henry Dow; affirmed by the widow, Elizabeth Hilliard, amount £177.13.6.” Children of Emanuel Hilliard and Elizabeth Parkhurst

Emanuel and Phebe had four children:[6]

John, born, 2 Mar 1650/1, in Hampton, Rockingham, NH (Hampton, NH VRs Vol. 1 p. 544). Died, 7 Aug 1651, in Hampton (Hampton, NH VRs Vol. 1 p. 557). Benjamin, born 2 Nov 1652, in Hampton (Hampton, NH VRs Vol. 1 p. 544). Died, 13 Jun 1677 Benjamin was killed by "ye barbrous heathen", i.e., Indians. Elizabeth, born 22 Jan 1654/5, in Hampton (Hampton, NH VRs Vol. 1 p. 546). Died, 1746, in Edgartown, Ma. She married (8 children see Martha's Vineyard Hist. Vol. III, pp. 302-3) John Mayhew, son of Thomas Mayhew , Jr. and Jane Paine, 1672, in Tisbury (Martha's Vineyard Hist. Vol. II, Annals of West Tisbury p.75). Timothy, born circa 1656, in Hampton. Died, 17 Aug 1723. He married Apphia Philbrick, 3 Dec 1674, in Hampton (Hampton, NH VRs Vol. 1 p. 76). The Merry Family

The following is from Charles Banks:[5]

A biographical sketch of Joseph Merry, the ancestor of this family, may be found in Vol. II, Annals of W. T., pp. 58-60, and nothing has since been found to add further knowledge of him or his antecedents.(1) The name is very rarely found in English records of his time except in the southwest counties, particularly in Gloucestershire, but no connection has been established between him and his home in England prior to migration.

Joseph Merry married first, Mary, who died 4 Apr 1657. He married second, Mrs. Elizabeth (Parkhurst) Hilliard about Dec 1659, widow of Emanuel Hilliard of Hampton, N. H. Elizabeth was the daughter of George and Phebe Parkhurst of Ipswich, England, where she was baptized 18 May 1628. The date of her death is unknown. Joseph died a centenarian 15 Apr 1710 being, as his gravestone states, "103 years old."

(1) Joseph Merry was related to Phillip Wollidge of Salisbury, Mass. whom he called "nephew" and possibly to Henry Monday of the same town, who also called Woollidge hia nephew. Henry Smith of London, Rent, in his will 1647 made a bequest to his "nephew" Henry Mundy. These relationships may be clues to Joseph Merry's antecedents.

Children of Joseph Merry and Elizabeth Parkhurst

Hannah, b. 29 Nov. 1660; m. Benjamin Skiff 20 Feb 1679-80 Abigail, b. 19 Oct 1662; m. John Pease Bathsheba, b. 16 Jun 1665; m. Thomas Pease Samuel, b. 16 Nov 1669 Sources

↑ Parkhurst, Gabriel H. (Gabriel Harrower), b. 1849. John Parkhurst, born May 2, 1760, at Weston, Massachusetts, his ancestors and descendants. Press of the Courier company limited. Bath, N.Y. 1897. George Parkhurst children, pp. 10-11 ↑ Connected Bloodlines George Parkhurst : accessed 23 Sep 2019 ↑ William H. Whitmore in an article in the NEHGS Register, Volume 27, pages 364-369 : The Dalton and Batcheller Pedigree. ↑ Banks, Charles. The History of Martha's Vineyard (G.H. Dean, Boston, 1911) Vol. 2: Town Annals. Page 58 See also: EBook : The Merry Family ↑ 5.0 5.1 Banks, The History of Martha's Vineyard. ↑ 6.0 6.1 Parkhurst, Peter George. Parkhurst Selected Descendants. 1997. ↑ Documents Relating to Towns in New Hampshire (Rumford Printing Company, 1907) Vol. 31, Page 35-6: Emmanuel Hilliard, widow Elizabeth, son Benjamin & Timothy, daughter Elizabeth. The Merry family of Martha's Vineyard by Charles Banks The New England Historical & Genealogical Register (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Mass.) Vol. 27, Page 365 Acknowledgments

Sara V Mosher, Sept. 2019


'Finding Our Past

(See also Emanuel HILLIARD's parents: Emanuel HILLYARD (1600- ) and Orange ADAMS (c. 1600- ) Elizabeth PARKHURST's parents: George * PARKHURST (1589-1675) and Phebe * LEETE (1585-1645) Elizabeth PARKHURST's siblings: Phebe PARKHURST (1612-1700), Mary PARKHURST (1614-1687), Samuel PARKHURST (1617- ), Deborah * PARKHURST (1619-1675), Deborah PARKHURST (1619-1667), John PARKHURST (1623- ) and Abigail PARKHURST (1625-1676)

Family of Emanuel HILLIARD and Elizabeth PARKHURST


Emanuel HILLIARD (1618-1657)


'Elizabeth PARKHURST (1628-1657)

Children: Timothy HILLIARD (1645-1723)

John HILLIARD (1651- )

Benjamin HILLIARD (1652- )

Elizabeth HILLIARD (1653- )

Marriage 10 Apr 1640 Hampton, Rockingham, NH, US

Husband: Emanuel HILLIARD

Name: Emanuel HILLIARD

Sex: Male

Father: Emanuel HILLYARD (1600- )

Mother: Orange ADAMS (c. 1600- )

Birth 1618 Ipswich, Suffolk, England

Occupation seaman, fisherman

Death 20 Oct 1657 (age 38-39) at sea

Wife: Elizabeth PARKHURST

Name: Elizabeth PARKHURST

Sex: Female

Father: George * PARKHURST (1589-1675)

Mother: Phebe * LEETE (1585-1645)

Birth 18 May 1628 England

Death 4 Apr 1657 (age 28) Hampton, Rockingham, NH, US

Child 1: Timothy HILLIARD

Name: Timothy HILLIARD

Sex: Male

Spouse: Apphia PHILBRICK (1654- )

Birth 1645 Hampton, Rockingham, NH, US

Death 17 Aug 1723 (age 77-78)

Child 2: John HILLIARD


Sex: Male

Birth 2 Mar 1651

Child 3: Benjamin HILLIARD

Name: Benjamin HILLIARD

Sex: Male

Birth 2 Nov 1652

Child 4: Elizabeth HILLIARD

Name: Elizabeth HILLIARD

Sex: Female

Birth 22 Jan 1653

Note on Husband: Emanuel HILLIARD

[Inventory of the estate of Emmanuel Hilliard of Hampton, appraised Nov. 19, 1657,

by Robert Tuck, John Sanborn, and Henry Dow; affirmed by the widow,

Elizabeth Hilliard; amount, £177.13.6.]

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 1, p. 74.]

[Francis Page of Hampton acknowledges the receipt from Joseph Merry of Hampton of £53.6.8, in behalf of Benjamin Hilliard and Elizabeth Hilliard, children of Emmanuel Hilliard, it being their share of their father's estate; dated June 23, 1669; witness, Nathaniel Batcheller.]

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 2, p. 151.]

[Timothy Hilliard acknowledges the receipt from his father-in-law, Joseph Merry, of £53.6.4, it being his share in the estate of his father, Emmanuel Hilliard, dated Oct. 13, 1669; witnesses, Samuel Dalton and Jeremy Jewett.]

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 2, p. 151.]

+++++++++++++++++++++++ Seaman, fisherman, Hampton, bought land and house 18 (3) 1649.

Sold a house, stage, flakes, shallop, cables, etc at Isles of Shoals 24 June 1653.

Wife Elizabeth: children Timothy; John b and d 1651; Benjamin b 2 (9) 1652;

Elizabeth b 22 (11) 1654.

He recd a gift of land Oct 10, 1657 from his kinsman Rev. Timothy Dalton.

He was lost in a vessel which sailed from Hampton for Boston Oct 20, 1657.

Admin of his estate was granted to his widow Elizabeth 13 (2) 1658.

She m. 2, Joseph Merrie, who contracted 13 (10) 1659 to pay to her children

Timothy, Benjamin and Elizabeth their respective portions in due time.

'Elizabeth Hilliard

1654 - 1746 (91 years)

Personal Information

Name Elizabeth Hilliard

Born 22 January 1654 Hampton, Rockingham Co., NH

Gender Female

Died 1746 Chilmark, Marthas Vineyard



Children of John and Elizabeth (Hilliard) Mayhew:

i. Experience, b. 5 Feb 1672/73 at Quansoo, Martha's Vineyard, d. 29 Nov 1758;

ii. John, b. 1675 at Chilmark, d. there 3 Mar 1735/36, m. there 1700 Mehitable Higgins;

iii. Elizabeth, b. 1677;

iv. Benjamin, b. 11 Sep 1679, d. 30 Aug 1717, m. Hannah Skiffe (b. 6 Jun 1688.;

v. Deborah, b. 1681, d. 3 Dec 1772, m. 18 Nov 1715 Ebenezer Norton (b. 1691 at Edgartown,

d. 11 Apr 1769 at Oak Bluffs, Martha' Vineyard;

vi. Ruth, b. ca. 1683;

vii. Ruhama, b. 10 Jun 1685, d. 1781; and

viii. Simon, b. 24 Jul 1687, d. 5 Mar 1753 at Chilmark, m. Ruth Skiffe.

Person ID I24261 Schirado

Last Modified 17 April 2001

Father Emanuel Hilliard, b. about 1618,

d. 20 October 1657, At Sea (Age ~ 39 years)

Mother Elizabeth Parkhurst, b. about 1628, Ipswich, Suffolk

Married 10 April 1640 Hampton, Rockingham Co., NH

Family ID F17658

Family/Spouse John Mayhew, b. about 1652, Edgartown, MA ,

d. 2 February 1689, Chilmark, Marthas Vineyard (Age ~ 37 years)

Married 1672 Tisbury, Marthas Vineyard


	1. Rev. Experience Mayhew,   b. 1674,   

d. 29 November 1758 (Age 84 years)

Family ID F17685

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Elizabeth Parkhurst was christened on 18 May 1628, in Ipswich, Co. Suffolk, England at parish of St. Mary-le-Tower, b in St. Margaret parish. It is not known when she died and no stone marks her grave.

  • parents: George Parkhurst & Phebe Leete.

Elizabeth was probably living with her Aunt Ruth (Leete) Dalton in Hampton, NH prior to her first marriage in 1650. She moved to Martha's Vineyard in 1670 with her second husband.


  1. Emanual Hill(i)ard, circa 1650, in Hampton, Rockingham Co., NH. Died, 20 Oct 1657, in Hampton, Rockingham Co., NH (Hampton,NH VRs Vol. 1 p. 557). Emanual drowned along with seven other people on a vessel that left Hampton River bound for Boston. He was probably a seaman or fisherman, and also a farmer, as he had been deeded a farm shortly before he died. The farm had been given to him by Rev. Timothy Dalton (the husband of Elizabeth's Aunt Ruth). 4 children.
  2. Joseph Merry, 14 Dec 1659, in Hampton, Rockingham Co., NH (50 Colonists p. 259). Born, circa 1607, in England (Martha's Vineyard Hist. Vol. III, p. 330). Died, 5 Apr 1710, in West Tisbury, Dukes Co., MA Carpenter. 4 children.


  • I deleted the originally stated (and oft cited on many web pages) date of her death, pending additional research, because she can't be dead and still be getting married and giving birth. I found one page with an approximate year and added it as a placeholder. If anyone finds a better date with documentation, please change this one.


Jessica German


  1. GEORGE-1 PARKHURST SELECTED DESCENDANTS 15 MAY 1997 Prepared by: Peter George Parkhurst


Married Emannuel Hilliard 4/10/1640 in Hampton, NH Married Joseph Merry 12/13/1649 in Hampton, NH
The Nutfield Genealogy blog has this to say:

"On 10 October 1657 my 9th great grandfather, Emanuel Hilliard, was granted a farm in Hampton, New Hampshire by his wife's uncle, the Rev. Timothy Dalton. One of Emanuel's four son was named Timothy (probably not a coincidenc).

Just ten days later Emanuel Hilliard was one of eight people on board the board 'Rivermouth', which was lost between Hampton, NH and Boston on 20 Oct 1657. All presumed drowned. His estate was appraised on 19 Nov 1657 in Hampton (Old Norfolk Co, MA Deeds, Vol 1, p.74- this part of New Hampshire still being part of Massachusetts). He left a widow and 4 children.

His widow Elizabeth Parkhurst remarried in 1659 to Joseph Merry and had four more children. He was about 62 years old when the last child was born. His gravestone in Edgartown states that he lived to be 103 years old.

The History of Martha's Vineyard," posted by Dr. Hollister 23 August 2015 and not anyone else; written by Banks, Vol. III (pub. 1911); identifies Elizabeth Parkhurst, christened 18 May 1628 and death after 1669 in Martha's Vineyard, Dukes Co., Massachusetts. PLEASE NOTE: There was NO United States in 1669.

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Elizabeth Merry's Timeline

May 18, 1628
Ipswich, Suffolk, England
May 18, 1628
Ipswich, Suffolk, England
May 18, 1628
St Margaret, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
May 18, 1628
Ipswich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
May 18, 1628
St Margaret, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
March 3, 1645
Hampton, Rockingham County, New Hampshire
Hampton, Upper Plantation, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America
March 2, 1651
Hampton, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States
November 2, 1652
Hampton, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States