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Nathaniel Merriman

Also Known As: "Merriam"
Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: London, Middlesex , England
Death: Died in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut
Place of Burial: Wallingford, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of George Merriman and George Merriman's wife
Husband of Joan Merriman; Abigail Merriman and Joan Merriman
Father of Hannah Benham; Abigail White; Mary Curtis; Capt. John Merriman; Samuel Merriman and 8 others
Brother of Elizabeth Norman and John Merriman

Occupation: Captain, He was an original proprietor of Wallingford Connecticut, Military
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About Nathaniel Merriman

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1. NATHANIEL1 MERRIMAN (GEORGEa, GREGORYb, THOMASc) was born 1613 in London, Eng, and died 1693 in Wallingford, CT He married (1) ABIGAIL OLNEY 1649 in Wallingford, CT, daughter of WILLIAM OLNEY. He married (2) Jane Lines 1680, from Hadley, MA.

Nathaniel's father George made his Will, Oct 31, 1655 in London and in it states:

"I do give unto my son Nathaniel Merriman, now resident in New England, the sum of ten pounds of lawful English money..."

Nathaniel came from London to Boston in The Whale, on May 26, 1632. In 1637 he fought in the Pequot war and in 1640 was listed as one of the original planters of the New Haven colony. In 1669, along with 38 men, signed an agreement regarding the settlement of Wallingford, CT. He was allotted 6 acres on the northeast corner and 6 acres on the northwest corner of the present Main and Ward St.

For more information see "Reunion of Descendants of Nathaniel Merriman" by Donald Lines Jacobus 1913.

Children of NATHANIEL MERRIMAN and ABIGAIL OLNEY are:

Nathaniel MERRIMAN, born Abt. 1649; died Dec 19, 1675 in King Philip's war.

John MERRIMAN, born Abt. 1650; died Sep 26, 1651 in New Haven, CT.

HANNAH MERRIMAN, born May 16, 1651 in New Haven, CT.

ABIGAIL MERRIMAN, born Apr 18, 1654 in New Haven, CT.

Mary MERRIMAN, born Jul 12, 1657 in New Haven, CT.

John MERRIMAN, born Feb 1659/60 in New Haven, CT; died 1741.

Samuel MERRIMAN, born Sep 29, 1662 in New Haven, CT; died Sep 25, 1694.

CALEB MERRIMAN, born May 1665 in New Haven, CT; died 1703 in Wallingford, CT.

MERRIMAN, born 1667.

Elizabeth MERRIMAN, born Sep 14, 1669 in New Haven, CT.

IMMIGRANT ANCESTOR

Immigrant from London in the "Whale" 1632 to Boston

Nathaniel Merriman, Captain, son of George Merriman of London, born 2 June 1613 England, died 13 February 1693/4 aged 80 Wallingford, Ct. He married 1649 Joan ( ) #2339. She died 8 December 1709 aged 81 at Wallingford. Nathaniel came from London England in the "Whale" to Boston, Ma. in 1632. He appeared at New Haven, 1641; He served in the Pequot War; a signer of the "Fundamental Agreement" of the New Haven Colonists; Ensign of the New Haven Artillery Company in 1662. In October 1665 he was confirmed Sergeant, of the New Haven Train band by the General Court. In 1672 he removed to Wallingford, where he was confirmed Lieutenant of the Train band in 1672. On 1 November 1675 he was appointed Captain of the Troop of Dragoons raised in New Haven in King Philip's War, and in 1691-92 was by vote continued in that office. He signed the Plantation Covenant at New Haven in 1639, and in 1673 was on a committee to fix the boundary lines between Wallingfrd and other towns. He served as deputy to the General Court from Wallingford. Although he was not a resident, he was allowed 5 acres on his taxable New Haven estate, undoubtedly for war service in the Pequot War.

Children:

Nathaniel d. 19 Dec 1675 in King Phillip's War

John b. 26 Sept 1651 New Haven

Hannah b. 16 May 1651 New Haven, m. 1 12 Nov 1668 New Haven to John Ives; m. 2nd, 17 Aug 1682 Wallingford to Joseph Benham.

ABIGAIL m. John Hitchcock

Mary b. 12 July 1657 New Haven, bp 27 June 1661 New Haven, m. 9 June 1674 Wallingford to Thomas Curtis.

John b. Feb 1659 New Haven, bp 27 June 1661 New Haven, d. 1741, Captain, m. 1st, 28 Mar 1683 Wallingford to Hannah Lines, d. of Ralph and Alice Lines. Ch: Esther, Abigail, George. He m. 2nd, 20 Nov 1690 Wallingford to Elizabeth Peck, d. of John and Mary (Moss) Peck. Ch: John, Israel, Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary, Caleb. He m. 3rd, Hannah (Dewey) Newberry, wid. of Benjamin Newberry, divorced. He m. 4th, Elizabeth Brown, d. of Eleazer and Sarah (Bulkeley) Brown, and wid of both Michael Todd and Samuel Street.

Samuel b. 29 Sep 1662 New Haven, d. 25 Sep 1694, m. Anna Street, d. of Samuel and Anna (Miles) Street. Ch: Nathaniel d. y., Nathaniel, Theophilus, Samuel.

Caleb b. May 1665 New Haven, d. 19 July 1703 Wallingford, Corpl., m. 9 July 1690 Wallingford, Mary, d. of Eliasaph and Mary Preston. She m. 2nd, Samuel Munson. Ch: Moses, Elizabeth, Eliasaph, Hannah, Phebe, Lydia d. y., Lydia, 2 sons, b. and d. 1667

Elizabeth b. 14 Sept 1669 New Haven, d. 2 Feb 1749 aged 81, m. 1st, 2 Dec 1685 Ebenezer Lewis, m. 2nd William Frederick.


Profile is locked but DOB appears to be 1613 not 1614. Photo of Memorial Stone placed June 2013 is imported under Media.

http://www.archive.org/stream/reunionofdescend00merriala/reunionofdescend00merriala_djvu.txt 1913 reunion

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Nathaniel MERRIMAN [Parents] 1, 2 was born 3 on 2 Jun 1613 in London, England. He died 4, 5 on 13 Feb 1694 in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He was buried 6 UNKNOWN in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He married 7 Joan LINES in 1650 in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

Joan LINES [Parents] 1, 2 was born 3 on 20 Oct 1628 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. She died 4 on 8 Dec 1709 in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. She was buried 5 UNKNOWN in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. She married 6 Nathaniel MERRIMAN in 1650 in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

They had the following children:

  1. Nathaniel MERRIMAN 1, 2 was born 3 in 1646 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He died 4 on 19 Dec 1675 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
  2. Hannah MERRIMAN
  3. John MERRIMAN 1, 2 was born 3 on 26 Sep 1651 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He died 4, 5 on 26 Sep 1651 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
  4. Abigail MERRIMAN
  5. Elizabeth MERRIMAN 1 was born 2 in 1657. She died UNKNOWN.
  6. Mary MERRIMAN
  7. John (Jo) MERRIMAN
  8. Samuel MERRIMAN 1, 2 was born 3, 4 on 29 Sep 1662 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He died 5 on 29 Sep 1694 in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
  9. Caleb MERRIMAN
  10. Moses MERRIMAN 1, 2 was born 3, 4 in 1667 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He died UNKNOWN.
  11. MERRIMAN 1, 2 was born 3, 4 in 1667 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He died 5 in 1667 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
  12. Elizabeth MERRIMAN 1, 2 was born 3, 4 on 14 Sep 1669 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. She died 5 on 2 Feb 1749 in Cheshire, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. She was buried 6 UNKNOWN in Old Graveyard, Cheshire, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
  13. Grace MERRIMAN 1, 2 was born 3, 4 in 1671 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. She died UNKNOWN.
  14. Sarah MERRIMAN 1, 2 was born 3, 4 in 1673 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. She died UNKNOWN.

Married 1646 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT Joan Lines.

Children:

Nathaniel

john

Hannah

Mary

John

Samuel

Caleb

Eliz

Abigail

Nathaniel Merriman (1613-1694)

Parents

Father: George Merriman (1559-1656)

Children

Son: Nathaniel Merriman (1648-1675)

Son: John Merriman (1651-1651)

Daughter: Hannah Merriman (1653-????)

Daughter: Abigail Merriman (1654-????)

Daughter: Mary Merriman (1657-????)

Great-great-great-great-great grandmother of Winston Churchill

Great-great-great-great-great grandmother of Glenn Curtiss

Great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother of Rockwell Kent

Great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother of Tom Mix

Great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother of Ralph Bellamy

Great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother of Ernest Hemingway

and

great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother of Mariel Hemingway

Son: John Merriman (1659-1741)

Great-great grandfather of Townsend Harris

Great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather of Lucille Ball

Great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather of James Spader

Son: Samuel Merriman (1662-1694)

Son: Caleb Merriman (1665-1703)

Great-great-great-great-great grandfather of Audrey Munson

Great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather of Molly Yard

Great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather of Stewart Brand

Great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather of Steve Case

Son: Moses Merriman (1667-1667)

Daughter: Elizabeth Merriman (1669-1749)

Great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother of Clint Eastwood

Siblings

Brother: Joseph Merriman (about 1590-????)

Brother: John Merriman (1611-16??)

Brother: John Merriman (1614-after 1655)

Sister: Elizabeth Merriman (1615-after 1655)

Spouse

Wife: Joan Lines (1628-1709)

Born

June 2, 1613, in Tenterden, Ashford, Kent, England

Died

February 13, 1694, in Wallingford, New Haven County, Connecticut

Sources:

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:969K-HH, .

www.familysearch.com

2. 2James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England, Baltimore Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., .

NS016343

Source Media Type: Book.

3. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (R), AFN:969K-HH.

4. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (R), AFN:969K-HH.

5. James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England, AFN:969K-HH.

"aged 80."

6. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (R), AFN:969K-HH.

7. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Joan LINES

Sources:

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:969K-JN, .

www.familysearch.com

NS016823

Source Media Type: Electronic.

2. James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England, Baltimore Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., .

NS016343

Source Media Type: Book.

"first name only."

3. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (R), AFN:969K-JN.

4. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (R), AFN:969K-JN.

5. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (R), AFN:969K-JN.

6. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (R), AFN:969K-HH.

7. Paul Herbig.email: prfssrpah@aol.com


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Contact:

Susan Dorris

dorris@onecliq.net


Nathaniel came from London England in the "Whale" to Boston, Ma. in 1632. He appeared at New Haven, 1641; He served in the Pequot War; a signer of the "Fundamental Agreement" of the New Haven Colonists; Ensign of the New Haven Artillery Company in 1662. In October 1665 he was confirmed Sergeant, of the New Haven Train band by the General Court. In 1672 he removed to Wallingford, where he was confirmed Lieutenant of the Train band in 1672. On 1 November 1675 he was appointed Captain of the Troop of Dragoons raised in New Haven in King Philip's War, and in 1691-92 was by vote continued in that office. He signed the Plantation Covenant at New Haven in 1639, and in 1673 was on a committee to fix the boundary lines between Wallingfrd and other towns. He served as deputy to the General Court from Wallingford. Although he was not a resident, he was allowed 5 acres on his taxable New Haven estate, undoubtedly for war service in the Pequot War.

Source: Nathaniel Merriman


Families of Ancient New Haven by Donald Lines Jacobus, pg. 750, 910, 1167
Nathaniel came from London England in the "Whale" to Boston, Ma. in 1632. He appeared at New Haven, 1641; He served in the Pequot War; a signer of the "Fundamental Agreement" of the New Haven Colonists; Ensign of the New Haven Artillery Company in 1662. In October 1665 he was confirmed Sergeant, of the New Haven Train band by the General Court. In 1672 he removed to Wallingford, where he was confirmed Lieutenant of the Train band in 1672. On 1 November 1675 he was appointed Captain of the Troop of Dragoons raised in New Haven in King Philip's War, and in 1691-92 was by vote continued in that office. He signed the Plantation Covenant at New Haven in 1639, and in 1673 was on a committee to fix the boundary lines between Wallingfrd and other towns. He served as deputy to the General Court from Wallingford. Although he was not a resident, he was allowed 5 acres on his taxable New Haven estate, undoubtedly for war service in the Pequot War.

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http://ia600408.us.archive.org/12/items/reunionofdescend00merriala/reunionofdescend00merriala.pdf

Report of the 300th reunion of Nathaniel descendants in 1913.

400th year reunion held in Wallingford Ct June 2013. Attended by over 150 descendants.

E MacKenzie 9th in descent from Nathaniel through Mary, Hannah and Abigail and Caleb.

Nathaniel Merriman became a Puritan in his youth and emigrated to America. At the age of 19, he became a "Puritan" - a party of which boarded the ship "Whale" and arrived in Boston, Mass, May 26 1632. He moved to Connecticut where he was a soldier in the Pequot War 1637. He was accepted as a planter by the Town of New Haven, CT in 1640 being an early settler. He relocated his family to Wallingford, CT in 1670. He was selected in 1675 to Captain troops during King Philip's War. Nathaniel was a planter and also a "selectman, Town Clerk and Deputy for Wallingford, CT. Nathaniel Merriman married Joan LINES c. 1647 in New Haven, CT. She was born C. 1628 and died 8 December 1709 in Wallingford New Haven co. CT.


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ID: I12113 Name: Nathaniel Merriman Surname: Merriman Given Name: Nathaniel Sex: M Birth: ABT 1613 in London, England 1 Death: 13 Feb 1693 in Wallingford, Ct 1 _UID: 19E2E175198F77439D3DFF87C0781F9802CD Event: Key Fact 2 Served in the Pequot War of 1637 Event: Immigrated To Boston on the "Whale" in 1632 Note:

Nathaniel's birth and death dates and additional information about his parents were sourced from WFT Archive #7, Pedigree #2878Source: WFT Archive #5, Pedigree #1359 Source: WFT Archive #5, Pedigree #1359: Nathaniel arrived Boston 26 May 1632 on the "Whale" which left England on April 8, 1632. Age 19. Founder and signer of the covenant of Wallingford, CT. Served in the Pequot War of 1637.

A MERRIMAN GENEALOGY FOR FIVE GENERATIONS COMMENCING WITH NATHANIEL By DONALD LINES JACOBUS, M.A., Tenth in Descent from Nathaniel through his daughter Abigail

NATHANIEL MERRIMAN was born in England about 1613, came to Boston in 1632, served in the Pequot war of 1637, lived in New Haven from 1640 to 1670, then became one of the principal founders of Wallingford, Conn. where he died 13 Feb 1693/4. He was Ensign of the military company in New Haven, lieutenant of that in Wallingford, and was appointed a Captain to raise troops for King Philips War of 1675. He was town clerk of Wallingford for eight years, selectman for five years, and was nine times a deputy from Wallingford to the General Court of the Colony of Connecticut. He married Joan , who was born about 1628 and died in Wallingford 8 Dec 1709. Lieut. Nathaniel Merriman, in his will of 6 June 1692, mentions his wife Joane; sons John, Samuel, and Caleb; daughter Mary Curtis; and surviving daughters (New Haven Probate, vol. 2, p. 146).

  • Refer to other pages of this volume for fuller details:

Ancestry and parentage, pages 3236, 107133. Voyage to America, pages 37, 4143, 47. Service in Pequot war, Pages 431 44, 64, 7076. Life at New Haven, pages 4556, 64. Life at Wallingford, pages 6469, 73, 95103. Service in King Philip's war, pages 6567, 7076. Will and estate, pages 31, 7782. Children and grandchildren, pages 56, 5759, 139146.

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.

KING PHILIP'S WAR OF 1675 AND THE SERVICES RENDERED THEREIN BY NATHANIEL MERRIMAN AND HIS ELDEST SON, By GEORGE M. CURTIS, Seventh in Descent from Nathaniel through his daughter Mary

(pp. 70 82) When Wallingford was settled in 1670, fortyeight men comprised all the male adults. Five years later this number may have been increased by perhaps ten. As quite a number of these men were young, and had been recently married, it is probable that the total population of the town did not exceed three hundred and fifty souls. Perhaps there were fifty houses in the settlement, all facing on what is now the main street, and extending over a distance of a mile. New Haven was the nearest town, twelve miles to the south.

In what is now Meriden, there were only two houses, while some ten miles north of these, in the southern part of Wethersfield, was the fortified house of Sergeant Richard Beckley, in a locality still known as Beckley's Quarters, in the present town of Berlin.

It may be readily seen that the situation of Wallingford was an exposed and isolated one, and that a journey to Hartford or New Haven over an Indian trail through the surrounding primeval forests was fraught with danger and peril.

KING PHILIP'S WAR

The Indian war of 16756, commonly known as King Philip's, actually broke out on June 20, 1675, in an attack on Swansea, a town located just west of Fall River, Mass. As towns were sacked and burned, and the inhabitants butchered, the alarm soon became general throughout New England, for it was apparent that the Indians were embarked in a war of extermination. The Indians of Connecticut were restless also during the whole period, as may be seen by all examination of the Colonial Records.

The first evidence in Wallingford of the general panic throughout New England appears on the town records in a series of votes passed August 27th. There were other votes of like nature adopted on later dates. Those of August 27, 1675, are as follows:

"In respect to the present danger of the Indians it was ordered that ye inhabitants secure themselves and the principall of theyre goods by fortifying about two houses Wch houses are to be Mr. Samuel Streets and Leutenant Merrimans & that this work of fortifying be set upon the 28th of August by ye whole town and followed until it be effected & whosoever fails, to pay a fine of 5 shillings."

"Also that every man bring his armes & ammunition compleate upon the Sabotb day yt he may be able in a fitt posture to do service if need require."

"That ye select guard serve as sentinells on ye Sabath and ye rest of the town ward 4 men every Sabbath and 2 every weeke day & be warned by order from ye Constable by ye watch and called & yt they begin to ward when the watch breaks up and bold on till ye watch be sett again: yt they begin and end at ye dawning and shutting in of ye day: and yt both watch and ward come to ye constable and y' theire arms may be viewed if they be according to law: this until further order, provided notwithstanding ye select guard is not hereby freed from warding on ye weeke days: it is alsoe ordered yt ye drum beat at ye setting and breaking up of ye watch."

On Sept. 23, 1675, "It was ordered yt ye day workers for ye cutting of brush be performed ye next Monday & Tuesday being ye 27th & 28th instants & ye Drum to beat in ye morning & ye persons to work meet at Eleazur Peck's house & so distribute, 4 parts to work at ye view part of ye town & ye other 3 persons towards ye lower end of the town & that is about ye South."

On Sept. 28, 1675, " It was ordered & agreed hoping it may be no offence to y' Honorable Council that as in other towns they have abated of y' number appointed for warding considering y' necessities of occasions and inability to to hold to ward on 4 clurts of ye towne every day; we also have presumed to make some abatement of y' present until more danger appears or our superiors see cause to reduce us to our former injunction."

On Oct. 5, 1675, "It was ordered yt those persons yt live at that end of ye towne where Mr. Moss liveth viz Mr Moss Mr Brocket Sergt Doolittle John Beach Sr Eliasaph Preston Wrn Ebnatha, if they see cause to fortify any of their houses which they can agree upon for their safety in their time of danger what their first charge is shall be defrayed out of ye town treasury: alsoe yt any that are willing to be assistant to make flankers at Lieut. Merriman's barne shall have due recompence out of ye town treasury."

"Dec. 4 1675 ye' towne consented to be at ye charge of fortifying one house at ye lower end of ye towne where Sergt Doolittle liveth."

"Mar 4 1675/6 these persons were allowed to belong to ye lower garrison Mr Moss Eliasaph Preston Wm Ebnatha John Peck Jeremiah How Saml Brockett Jabez Brockett Insign Doolittle John Beach."

"Mar 4 167S/6 Mr Moss Lieut Merriman & Benj. Lewis chosen a committee to see to the fortifications yt they may be made sufficient according to ye true intent of ye councils order Mar 3 1675/6."

It is interesting to note that the two houses selected to be fortified against an attack by the Indians were those of the Rev. Mr. Street and Lieutenant Nathaniel Merriman; perhaps because they were the largest in the village, and located at about the center.

The senior ranking military officer of Wallingford at that time was Nathaniel Merriman, who was appointed Lieutenant of the Train Band in 1672. The Colonial Records of the period are silent about any other military officer in Wallingford, except that in October 1675, Samuel Munson was appointed Ensign. So far as the records disclose, there were no other officers of the Train Band.

At a meeting of the Governor and Council held November, 1675, Lieut. Nathaniel Merriman was appointed Captain of Dragoons for New Haven County; each county was to furnish sixty Dragoons for the Narragansett campaign. They are supposed to have been equipped with horses, long arms and ammunition. Just what were the services of Lieutenant Nathaniel in the various expeditions of the Connecticut troops, we do not know, but we are certainly led by subsequent events to believe that they were important.

He may have been with Major Treat in the expeditions for the relief of Deerfield, Hadley and Springfield, and he was probably engaged in the Naragansett campaign, in which three hundred Connecticut troops participated, and of whom eighty were killed.

We do know that his son, Nathaniel Merriman, was killed at the Great Swamp Fort fight on December 19, 1675. One likes to believe that Lieutenant Nathaniel, remembering the death of his son, was one of those grim and wrathful Puritans who swung their heavy cutlasses and thought of Saul and Agag, and spared not.

While the results of this Great Swamp Fort fight were disastrous to the Indians, it rendered them but little less troublesome, and we know that Connecticut was harassed by marauding and skulking bands of Indians who were threatening various points of the Colony, and who even went so far as to burn the town of Simsbury.

At the meeting of the Council in Hartford, March 3, 1675/6, the following minute was adopted: "Upon the receipt of a letter from Lnt. Merriman and Ensign Munson, of Wallingford, concerning their garrison houses and watches and wardes (the Council) do recommend it to the people there to watch and guard their garrisons, etc., and also to desire two of the Assists" of New Haven to com upon the place and to assist them in the setleing of their affayres for the best good."

There is on file on the manuscript War Records in the State Library at Hartford, the following letter from John Moss Senior and Nathaniel Merriman, dated the 3oth of March, 1676:

Honored Sirs these few lines are to certifie you . . .that last night Goodman Coles house was burnt and this morning, came wume Thoms and severall Indeans with him a pass from S Major treat which indeans we did suspect to have burnt it but they say they lay at Serj Beckles, and came out of Wethersfield Sun 2 hours high and it was dark before they come to Serj Becklies. But while the iudeans now here at Wallingford their came some souldiers downe and they say that these indeans came out of Wethersfield about sun half an hour high and Dum Thom sayeth that Mr. Chester and Wethersfield Miller saw them when they came by the mill. And these indeans say that they saw a great many traks and some of them went toward Matabesut mountains, and others toward the hanging hills as they did judge near a 100. These things being considered we doe judge the enemie is near us and therefore doe desire that you would speedyly consider our condition and send us some help. And soe being in hast wee rest desiring your prayers that the lord would guid you and us to do that which may most please him, we rest, Your Humble Servants John Moss senior ffrom WallingfordNathaniel Merriman the 3oth of the 1st mo 1676.

The farm of Goodman Cole was in the present township of Meriden, and his house stood at what is now the southwest corner of Colony Street and Kensington Avenue. Mr. Cole had bought the farm from its first owner in 1673. There were only two houses in the whole township of Meriden at this time. The other was the old stone farm, or fort, lying about two miles north of the house of Mr. Cole. One can readily see that the situations were exposed and solitary.

By subsequent records we find that there is no doubt that the house of Mr. Cole was burned by 1ndians, for in the examination of Menowniett, held August, 1676, it was discovered that it was the Indian Cohas who had burned Goodman Cole's house. Cohas (or Cohause) was finally captured between Milford and New Haven, and taken before the Council. He confessed that he had killed a Mr. Kirby, of Middletown, on the road to Wethersfield and that he had burned Goodman Cole's house. He was executed by an Indian.

Whether the destruction of Mr. Cole's house caused his death, we are not sure, but we do know that Nathaniel Merriman filed the inventory of Henry Cole, deceased, of Wallingford, in the Probate Court of New Haven on May 12, 1676, only a short time after the destruction of the house. Apparently most of his household stuff was destroyed in the fire.

Nathaniel Merriman's services in King Philip's war were recognized as important by his fellow townsmen, for on January 26, 1684/5, the following vote was passed: "The town showing their respect to those that were employed in the countrys service in the war do grant unto Lieut Merriman 10 acres and to the brothers of Nathaniel Merriman that was slain at the fort fight 10 acres: as to the rest of them 5 acres apiece which they are to take up together in some place viewed by the townsmen that. may not be prejudicial to the town."

By subsequent votes we learn that the following is the roll of honor of Wallingford men in King Philip's war:

LIEUTENANT NATHANIEL MERRIMAN, NATHANIEL MERRIMAN, JR. JOHN MOSS, JR. JABEZ BROCKET SAMUEL BROCKET JOSEPH BENHAM, JR. JOHN DOOLITTLE ROGER TYLER

THE WILL AND ESTATE OF NATHANIEL MERRIMAN

The last will and testament of Nathaniel Merriman is recorded in the Probate Court of New Haven, Vol. 11, pp. 146149. The inventory of his estate follows immediately after the will. In the following copy the antique spelling of words has not been followed, except in proper names, and modern punctuation has generally been introduced.

Nathaniell Merriman his last will & testament made June 6, 1692. I Nathll Merriman being stricken in years, not knowing the time of my dissolution, & desirous to settle things respecting that little outward estate God hath bestowed upon me, upon my surviving relations so as may prevent strife & contention between them when I shall have departed this life, hoping therefore that what shall be hereafter written may effect the same.

In the name of God, Amen. I Nathll Merriman of Wallingford, being in perfect sense & competent measure of health, do by these presents publish & declare that what shall be hereafter written is my last will and testament. Of which my will and testament I do by these appoint, constitute & ordain my beloved wife Joane Merriman and my youngest son Caleb Merriman to be the joint executors. And so whensoever it shall please Almighty God to take me away out of this world by death, I do willingly commit my body to the earth from whence it was taken & my spirit to God that gave it me. And after all my due & just debts & decent burial are discharged, I give to my beloved wife during the time of her natural life in this world the full right, use & improvement of the onehalf part of my dwelling house & barn & the half part of my home lot whether pasture or other land, & of the orchard. Moreover as aforesaid & in like manner I give to my beloved wife onethird part of all other lands lying in the first division so called, whether corn land, meadow land, or woodland, or pasture land, fenced or unfenced, except such parcels as are already disposed of to my other two sons John or Samuell, or shall be hereafter disposed of by sale or gift before my death. As also onethird part of the meadow in New Haven bounds, except as aforesaid what I have made over to my two sons John & Samuell or shall be disposed of by gift or sale before my death. Also onethird part of what land I have in the great common field which was granted to me by the town upon the account of second division land.

Item. I give & bequeath to my son Caleb Merriman the other half part of my house & barne, homelot, orchard, pasture, or corn land. Also the other twothirds part of all first division lands, corn land, meadow, pasture or woodland, and twothirds parts of the meadow in New Haven bounds & of all land in the common field which was granted by the town on account of second division land, except as .aforesaid what is or hereafter shall be disposed of by gift or sale before my death, & immediately after my death my said son Caleb to take full possession of as his own to use & improve, enjoy, or otherwise dispose of, as lie shall see cause, saving my wife's right to any part of the crop which may at the present be upon the ground. And at the decease of my beloved wife then the other third part of all lands as aforesaid & the other half part of house, barn, homelot, with all appurtenances as aforesaid to return to my said son Caleb. And so the whole of all my housing & lands as aforesaid to be and remain to him as his own proper right and inheritance forever, only if my servant William Hanrey continue to serve out his time agreed upon, then the agreement on my part to be performed by the executors. Moreover I give and bequeath to my said son Caleb the whole of all my second division land & in any other divisions that shall of right belong to me according to bounds & quantity entered in the town records, he my said son paying to my daughter Mary Curtis the full & just sum of five pounds as a legacy at or before the end of twelve months after my decease and probation of this my will.

As for my other two sons John & Samuell Merriman, they having already received their portions in housing, lands, cattle and other estate, my will is that each of them have twenty shillings paid to them by the Executors as a legacy at or before the end of twelve, months after my decease & probation of my will.

Moreover my will is that what swine or sheep my son Caleb shall breed up as, his own during the time we live and carry on together, those swine or sheep being put to those that are reputed mine, at my decease the whole being equally divided, that my beloved wife shall have one half and my son Caleb the other half. As for horned or neat cattle, or horse kind, my son Caleb his share being already delivered to him, my will is that of the principal & of the increase what is remaining at my decease be all his portion of such cattle or horse kind, & all the rest of such cattle or horse kind either in hand, or running in the woods, that are properly mine at my decease, my will is that my beloved wife shall have onethird part, & the other twothirds parts to be divided equally amongst my surviving daughters.

Moreover I give to my son Caleb all manner of tools or instruments used about husbandry or carpenters works, as cart wheels, plans, plow irons, chains, hoops, boxes, axes, hatchets, hoes, & all such like things, except one ax and hoe for the use of my servant Wm Henry, or any other man servant that my wife may have occasion to keep for her use. Item, I give to my son Caleb my military books, my cutlash & sash, my best gun & all other accoutrements belonging to military affairs, except complete arms & amunition according to law for any one man servant that my wife may have occasion to keep.

Moreover I give to my beloved wife the bed, bolster & pillows, with a pair of the best sheets, the best rug & blanket, the curtains & vallanse, together with the bedstead, all which we have usually reposed in during the time of our living together. After which it is my will that all manner of my household stuff, as beds, bedding, bedsteads, linen, woolen, pewter, brass, iron, wooden, earthen, & whatsoever comes under the denomination of household stuff, excepting the great table and the stillyards, be divided, the one half to be to my beloved wife, the other half amongst my surviving daughters, & as for all my wearing aparell it is my will that it be equally divided amongst my surviving sons.

To which & to all the premises set to my hand & seal this

We whose names are under written do testify that on theNathll Merriman of Wallingford desired us to attest to the above & on the other side witness that it was his last will and testament.

Before the premises were signed & sealed the town began to speak of appropriating all the Plains, which if it come to pass, whatsoever part or parts falleth to my lot, it is my will that my beloved wife shall enjoy the onethird part of it during the time of her natural life, & at her decease to return to my son Caleb to be to him as all the rest before mentioned. To which all the premises I said Nathll Merriman have set my hand & seal September 9th, 1692.

NATHANIELL MERRIMAN his seal [s]

We whose names are under written testify that upon the ninth of September in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred ninetytwo the before written Nathll Merriman showed us this writing, & told us it was his last will & testament & signed & sealed it in our presence & desired us to witness to it.

EBENEZER CLARK Sworn in Court JOSEPH HOULL

Febr 8, 1693/4 Lt. Nathll Merriman declared to us by good deliberation & consideration that his military books & his fan to fan corn & his carpenter tools should be divided among his three sons & they shall have an equal share in them.

Witness EBENEZER CLARKSworn in Court. SAMLL STREET

An Inventory of the estate of Left. Nathll Merriman of Wallingford who departed this life the 13th Febr. 1693/4,

1b.s.d. Impr. The home lot, orchard & pasture, house & barn 145.00 00 It. A river lot 18 acres 541b. 26 acres of land in the common field with the crop upon the ground 541b. 2s. 6d 108.02.06 It. 57 acres of first division land 281b. ios; meadow at New Haven 40lb 68.10.00 It. 237 acres of second division land 60lb. 2 oxen 10lb. 3 cows 91b. 5s 79.05.00 It. 1 bull 31b. 1 small heifer 11b 10S. 23 swine 121b 10s. 8 sheep 41b 21.00.00 It. Carpenter's tools 3b 5s. Plows, chains, irons, axes, hoes, trowel, shovel, 6lb os9.14.04 It. Cart wheels, yokes, geers, with the irons belonging to them 3.17.00 It. Indian corn in the barn 61b. Hay & oats in the barn 3lb 10s 9.10.00 It. Forks,a flail 4s 6d. Brake &hatchet 3s. 6d.00. 08. 00 It. 2 sythes, a ring & robe 10s. A staff with an iron head 3s 00.13.00 It. A quarter part of a cider mill 13s. The half of a grindstone 6s 00.19.00 It. Indian corn, rye & oats in house 21b 15s 6d His wearing clothes 12lb 16s 6d 15.12.00 It. In money .....................01.16.05 It. A saddle 14s. 4 bells 16s. A little bag, 2 awls, a few hobrats 1s 6d 01.19.06 It. Hogs fat & tallow 19s 6d. 17 lb Of flax 17s. Cider and tobacco 1 lb 7s 03.o 2.o6 It. Hops, salt & tow 1lb 6s 6d. Sole leather, Indian corn 1 lb 4s 02.10.06 It. 4 lb of yarn 10s. 2 guns with all the military accoutrements 8lb 10s 09.00 00 It. All those things that may go under the de nomination of household stuff 81.03 10 557.15 7 dr.4. 0. 0

This Inventory taken and appraisement made March 6th, 163/4

THE MUNSON AND MERRIMAN FAMILIES (pp 104 106)

BY REV. MYRON A. MUNSON

The Munsons have held two General Reunions, the first in 1887, when 500 kinsmen were convened; and the second nine years later, in 1896, which assembled 200 of our race. New Haven was the scene of both of these festivals.

After the delightful, the inexpressibly precious experiences of those celebrations, together with the radiant memories which the have transmitted, it is my high privilege to congratulate the large and meritorious Family of Nathaniel Merriman upon the merry convention of his descendants, a good percentage of the "40,000."

The Merrimans and the Munsons were much associated in the earlier generations. The pioneers Nathaniel and Thomas were fellowcitizens in New Haven. They were neighbors, residing in the same section of the town.

Then, so early as 1649, they were connected in public service, Merriman being chosen a member of the rating committee "in ye roome" of Munson, as the latter was to be absent from town.

The first jurytrial in NewHaven occurred Oct. 3, 1665; Thomas Munson was foreman. The third jurycourt was held in January 1666; three of the six citizens who composed the jury were L. Thomas Munson, Nath: Merriman, and John Moose.

Of the NewHaveners who in 167o removed twelve miles northnortheastward into the wilderness to become the founders of Wallingford, the most prominent were Parson Streete and four citizens of NewHaven of the first generation, one of whom was Nathaniel Merriman. It is apropos to the tenor of my train of remark, to add that associated with Mr. Merrimari in this important enterprise was Samuel Munson, only son of Pioneer Munson.

The settlement was first called "NewHaven Village." Its site was an admirably shaped elevation extending from south to north a mile or two, and situated a mile eastward of the Quinnipiac; a record describes it as "cituated upon the hill on the East side of ye great plaine comonly caled New haven plaine."

Main street of today was called The Long HighWay. On the west side of this, between the streets now known as Center and Ward, five lots were laid out, each of six acres, and having a frontage of 320 feet; the first was appropriated to the "Ministry," now occupied by the Congregational Church and the Bank; the second, unappropriated; the third was Ensign Munson's homelot; the fourth was Nathaniel Merriman Jr.'s lot, and next south was Nathaniel Merriman Sen.'s, while directly across The Long HighWay was another lot belonging to Merriman, Sen. It thus appears that in the beginnings of the new plantation, your ancestors and mine were nextdoor neighbors.

In reference to the relations of our Families through intermarriage I limit myself to one instance, a composite one.

TownClerk Samuel 3 Munson was the son of Ensign Samuel 2 the Founder. Caleb 2 Merriman was the son of Nathaniel 1 Sen. Caleb's widow, Mary (Preston) became the secondd wife of TownClerk Samuel 3. At the time of this marriage, Samuel already had eight children, one of whom was Waitstill 4. Mary had a daughter Phebe; when the widow Mary Merriman became the stepmother of Waitstill, be was ten years of age and her daughter Phebe was eight and onehalf years old; this Munson boy and this Merriman girl, eleven years and nine months later, were united in marriage. Consequent upon these events, when Waitstill died 124 years ago, at the age of ninetyone, the descendants of Waitstill and Phebe were, already, 12 children, 50 grandchildren, 155 greatgrandchildren, and nine greatgreatgrandchildren. Thus did this Merriman and this Munson respect the primeval injunction, " Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the Earth."

Suffer me to refer to one other public service, interesting and honorable, in which the Merriman and Munson Families were associated: Dr. Davis states that for ten years the inhabitants met for worship on the Sabbath in the houses of Lieut. N. Merriman and Ensign Munson. That the Wallingford public was somewhat appreciative of this generous hospitality, is the testimony of a record dated Sept. 10, 1677: " Voted, that Ensign Munson shall have fourty shillings allowed him for meeting in his house this yeare."

These ancestors of ours did not live in an era of luxury, but they livedif I may quote an old English poet

" In an age When men were men, and not ashamed of Heaven."

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Father: George Merriman b: ABT 1559 in Witney, Oxford, England Mother: Joan b: ABT 1563 in London, London, England

Marriage 1 Joanna Abigail Olney b: 1628 in England Married: WFT Est 1640-1671 Children Has No Children Nathaniel Merriman b: ABT 1647 in New Haven, New Haven, Ct Has No Children John Merriman b: ABT 1649 in of New Haven, New Haven, Ct Has No Children Hannah Merriman b: 16 May 1651 in New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut Has Children Abigail Merriman b: 18 Apr 1654 in New Haven, Ct Has Children Mary Merriman b: 12 Jul 1657 Has No Children John Merriman b: 29 FEB 1659/60 in New Haven, New Haven, Ct Has No Children Samuel Merriman b: 29 Sep 1662 in New Haven, New Haven, Ct Has Children Caleb Merriman b: 16 May 1665 in New Haven, New Haven, Ct Has No Children Twin son A Merriman b: 1667 in New Haven, New Haven, Ct Has No Children Twin son B Merriman b: 1667 Has No Children Elizabeth Merriman b: 14 Sep 1669 in New Haven, New Haven, Ct

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1613
June 2, 1613
London, Middlesex , England
1632
May 26, 1632
Age 18
Ship "Whale" Arrived in Boston at age of 19 years
1647
1647
Age 33
1649
1649
Age 35
New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
1651
May 16, 1651
Age 37
New Haven, New Haven Colony

May 16, 1651
New Haven, CT

1654
April 18, 1654
Age 40
New Haven, New Haven Colony, (Present Connecticut)
1657
July 12, 1657
Age 44
New Haven, New Haven Colony
1659
February 28, 1659
Age 45
New Haven , Connecticut
1662
September 29, 1662
Age 49
New Haven, New Haven Colony