Henry Mershon, II
|Birthplace:||Caen, Calvados, Lower Normandy, France|
|Death:||Died in Maidenhead Hunterdon, New Jersey|
|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."
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
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
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
Henry Mershon, II's Timeline
October 10, 1672
Caen, Calvados, Lower Normandy, France
Newtown, Long Island, Queens, British Colony
March 5, 1702
Princeton, Mercer County, Province of West Jersey
Princeton, Mercer County, NJ
Maidenhead, Mercer, NJ
Princeton, Mercer County, NJ
March 10, 1711
Hunterdon County, Province of West Jersey
June 22, 1714
Monmouth County, NJ
August 6, 1715
Maidenhead, Old Hunterdon Co., New Jersey