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George Merriman

Birthplace: Witney, , Oxfordshire, England
Death: before October 31, 1655
London, Middlesex, England
Place of Burial: England
Immediate Family:

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

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"

George Merriman was a Cooper. Apprenticed to Ra[jae; Warter. George Merriman's Will was dated 31 October 1655, Proved 19 May 1656 (Berkley) Refer Ivor Jones notes and citations "Descendants of Thomas Merriman de Wyttneye" Son John Merriman is said to have taken over his father's business of Cooper in London. He was the sole executor of his father's Last Will and Testament.

George Merriman was a cooper. The name of his wife is not known.

ID: I12115 Name: George Merriman Surname: Merriman Given Name: George Sex: M Birth: ABT 1559 in Witney, Oxford, England 1 Death: 1656 in England 1 _UID: 5ED36C3E5C89F648945F27A3EBBA2D018E29 Event: Education/Relig 1 Occupation: Cooper Note: Source: WFT Family Archive #3, Pedigree #625

Reunion of Descendants of Nathaniel Merriman at Wallingford, Connecticut, June 4, 1913, with a Merriman Genealogy for Five Generations, New Haven Connecticut, Donald L. Jacobus, 1914. "That the father of Nathaniel Merriman was George, a citizen and cooper of London, was proved in 1899 when Waters published the will of George Merriman, and this verified by a biographical sketch written soon after the Revolutionary War by Samuel Merriman, one of the descendants of Nathaniel."

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George Merriman's Timeline

January 23, 1561
Witney, , Oxfordshire, England
January 23, 1561
Witney, Oxford, England
January 23, 1561
Witney, Oxford, England
June 2, 1613
Age 52
London, Middlesex , England
Age 53
Probably London, Middlesex, England
Age 55
London, Middlesex, England
October 31, 1655
Age 94
London, Middlesex, England
February 6, 1943
Age 94
February 16, 1943
Age 94