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Thomas Merrick

Also Known As: "Meyrick", "Mirick", "Mirricke"
Birthplace: St. David's, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Death: September 07, 1704 (83-84)
Springfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. John Merrick and Dorothy Merrick
Husband of Sarah Merrick and Elizabeth Merrick
Father of Thomas Merrick; Sarah Hitchcock; Mary Foote; Hannah Knowlton; Mary Merrick and 8 others
Brother of Thomas Meyrick; Janet Meyrick; Ensign William Merrick, of Eastham; John Meyrick; Thomas Meyrick and 4 others

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About Thomas Merrick

Please see George Byron Merrick: Genealogy of the Merrick-Mirick-Myrick Family of Massachusetts, 1636-1902; page 266; (Steven Ferry, January 20,2019.)

Thomas Merrick

Thomas Merrick was born circa 1620 at probably Wales. He married Elizabeth Tilley on 21 August 1653. Thomas Merrick died on 7 September 1704.

Thomas Merrick, b. in 1620, is said to have come from Wales. He married Sarah Stebbins, daughter of Rowland and Sarah, September 14, 1639. After the death of his wife, date not stated, he married Elizabeth Tilley, October 21, 1653. He died September 7, 1704. His children by his first wife were:—

  1. Thomas, b. April 12, 1641, d. young.
  2. Sarah, b. May 9, 1643, m. Eliakim Hitchcock.
  3. Mary, b. September 28, 1645, 1. July 28, 1646.
  4. Mary, -b. August 1647, m. Samuel Foot.
  5. Hannah, b. February 10, 1649, m. Benjamin Knowlton.

Children by Second Marriage.

Presumably by second wife:

  1. Elizabeth, b. October 26, 1654, d. January u, 1659.
  2. Merriam, b. May I, 1656, d. October 4, 1684.
  3. John, b. November 9, 1658, m. Mary Day.
  4. Elizabeth, b. July 4, 1661, m. Thomas Day.
  5. Thomas, b. January 2, 1663, m. Hannah Dumbleton.
  6. Tilly, b. October 20, 1667, m. Sarah Cooley.
  7. James, b. March 2, 1670, m. Sarah Hitchcock.
  8. Abigail, b. September 7, 1673, m. Gershom Ferry.

From "Stockbridge, Past and Present, Or, Records of an Old Mission Station: Past and Present; Or, Records of Old Mission Station" By Electa Fidelia Jones Published by S. Bowles & Co., 1854:

Thomas Merrick emigrated from Wales to Roxbury, and thence to Springfield with Mr. Pynchon hi 1636.

From "The descendants of John Porter of Windsor, Conn. 1635-9" By Henry Porter Andrews Published by G.W. Ball, printer, 1893

Thomas Merrick came from England to Roxbury. Mass., in 1636; removed to Hartford, Conn., in 1638 ; thence to Springfield. Mass. He married (second wife) 1653, Elizabeth Tilley, daughter of William Tilley, from England in the ship "Abigail," in 1635, with his wife Alice.

Second Generation, Elizabeth Merrick, born , 1661, married Thomas Day. Thomas Day removed to Colchester, Conn., about 1705, where he died.

Thomas Merrick of Springfield by tradition, is said to have come from Wales through Roxbury, and reach Springfiled in 1636; but there is evidence that he was of Hartford early in 1638. He was very young, if he left, as is said, his native land in 1630; and no trace is seen at Roxbury of him, pr his family, nor can the name be found there before 1649. At Springfield he married July 14, 1639, Sarah, daughter of Rowland Stebbins which was the third marriage in that town, of any English "GD FSNE Freeman 1665."
Moved from Wales to Roxbury, MA in 1630 and moved to Springfield in 1636. Merrick is known in England as Mirick.

The North American branch of the Merrick family came from Bodorgan on the Isle of Anglesey. They were descendants of Llewellyn Merrick who had been the Captain of the Guard during the Coronation of Henry VIII, and later, the first High Sheriff of Anglesey. In the spring of 1636, four Merrick brothers arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts, from Bristol on the sailing ship “James”. They ranged in age from thirty-three to sixteen, and the Merrickville branch sprang from the sixteen year old.

Thomas Merrick was the ancestor who started it all. He was a restless pioneer who was destined to make a significant contribution to the development of Massachusetts.

In 1638, when he was eighteen and married, he and his wife, Elizabeth Tilley, and seven other families founded a settlement in the wilderness that became the City of Springfield. Their grandson, Ebenezer, moved to New York State where he obtained land at Sarasota and Ballston, including land at Sarasota Springs known as the Deer’s Lick. George Washington and Alexander Hamilton visited this region in 1784, and the records show that they had ridden through an area known in earlier times as Merricks Mills. The name had been changed after the revolution.

William Merrick, the 28 year old grandson of Ebenezer, had remained loyal to the Crown during the American Revolution, and after the war he joined thousands of other loyalists at Sorel, just outside of Montreal. They were gathered there for dispersal and settlement in the wilds of Upper Canada.

Good info site:

T. M. came from Wales to Roxbury, MA, May 1630 and to Springfield in 1636.
From Below: Thomas Merrick aka Mirick, Meyrick, Mirricke Born 1620 in St. Davids, Pembrokeshire, Dyfed, Walesmap ANCESTORS ancestors Son of John Meyrick [uncertain] and Dorothy (Bishop) Meyrick [uncertain]

(by LJC - I will stop at this point with uncertains)

Brother of Janet (Meyrick) Merrick, William Merrick, John Merrick, James Merrick, John Merrick and Sarah (Mirick) Merrick Husband of Sarah (Stebbins) Merrick — married 14 Sep 1639 (to about 1650) in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusettsmap Husband of Elizabeth (Tilley) Merrick — married 21 Oct 1653 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusettsmap


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The Puritan Great Migration. Thomas Merrick migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640). (See The Great Migration (Series 2), by R. C. Anderson, vol. VI, R-S, p. 497) Join: Puritan Great Migration Project Discuss: PGM Contents [show] Disputed Origins According to Robert Charles Anderson's "The Great Migration Directory", 2015, page 226, Thomas Merrick's origins are unknown. Anderson indicates that he immigrated in 1637, and there are records for him in Hartford and Springfield. Based on Anderson's information and WikiTree policy, Thomas Merrick's relationship to his parents John Meyrick and Dorothy Bishop, has been changed to 'Uncertain'.

Biography Thomas Merrick, the immigrant ancestor of the Merrick family in America, was born about 1620, probably at Pembroke in Wales. He came to America on the James in 1636 with his three brothers and probably one sister.[1] According to one family story, the brothers separated, one going to Eastham, one to Newbury and one remained in Charlestown. His putative sister, Sarah Mirick, married John Atkinson at Newbury in 1646.

Thomas first settled in Roxbury, then moved to Hartford, then up the Connecticut River to Agawam by 1638;[2] Agawam soon became known as Springfield, Massachusetts. Thomas married Sarah Stebbins, the daughter of Rowland and Sarah Stebbins of Springfield, 14 Jul 1639. He and Sarah had 5 children:[3]

Thomas, , born 12 Apr 1641; died young. Sarah, born 9 May 1643; married Eliakim Hitchcock of New York 4 Nov 1667; died 1712. Mary, born 28 Sep 1645; died 28 Jul 1646. Mary, born 27 Aug 1647; married Samuel Foote of Hatfield, 30 May 1671. Hannah, born 10 Feb 1649; married Benjamin Knowlton 30 Nov 1676. After Sarah's death, Thomas married second, Elizabeth Tilley, 21 Aug 1653 at Springfield.[4] It is not known to which of the Tilley families she belonged. Elizabeth and Thomas had 8 children:[3]

Elizabeth, born 26 Aug 1654; died 11 Jan 1659. Miriam, born 1 May 1655; died 11 Oct 1684. John, born 9 Nov 1658; married 1st, Mary Day, 11 Feb 1687; married 2nd Mrs. Rebekah Stebbins (widow), 14 Jan 1725; died 10 April 1748. Elizabeth, born 4 Jul 1661; married Thomas Day of Springfield in 1685. Thomas, born 2 Jan 1664. Tilley, born October 20, 1667.[5] James, born March 2, 1669/70;[6]died September 8, 1765.[7] Abigail, born 7 Sep 1673.[8] married Gershom Ferry, 5 May 1702.[9] Elizabeth Tilley Merrick died at Springfield 21 Aug 1684,[10] and Thomas died there 7 Sep 1704.[11][3]

Thomas and his first wife, Sarah, were among the first settlers of Springfield; he is listed as a founder. Thomas was a prominent landowner and served in several public roles, from surveyor, to fence-viewer, to being on committees to build the church and allot public land; he was also sergeant of the town's militia. Thomas and his second wife, Elizabeth, are buried in the Springfield Cemetery.[12]

Name Alt names: Meyrick, Mirack, Mirick, Mirrick, Myrick Birth Birth: 1620 Wales Alt birth: St. David's, Pembrokeshire, Dyfed, Wales Alt birth: Anglesey, Pembrokeshire, Wales Immigration 1636, on the James, with his three brothers and one sister[13] Residence Residence, 1636: Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Residence, 1637: Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut Residence, 1638: Agawam (now Springfield), Hampshire (Now Hampden), Massachusetts Death Death: September 7, 1704, at Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Alt death: 3 Dec 1719, at Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Burial Burial: Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Research Note No probate or will available at Ancestry. Sources ↑ Genealogy of the Merrick-Mirick-Meyrick Family of Massachusetts ↑ Genealogy of the Merrick-Mirick-Meyrick Family of Massachusetts. ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Beekman Patent, p. 741. ↑ "Merrick... Thomas and Elizabeth Tilly, Aug. 21, 1653." and "Mirrick... [torn]mas [Thomas, written in a different handwriting] and Elisabeth Tilley, 21: 8m: 1653." Springfield Vital Records, Marriages, Book 1, p. 13 ↑ "Mirick... Tilly, s. Thomas, Oct. 20, 1667." Springfield Vital Records, Births, Book 1, p. 21 and "Mirick... Tilly, s. Thomas and Eliz:, Oct. 20, 1667."HR ↑ "Mirick... James, s. Thomas and Elizabeth, Mar. 2, 1669/70." Springfield Vital Records, Births, Book 1, p. 22 and "Mirrick... James, s. Thomas and Elizabeth, Mar. 2, 1669/70." HR ↑ "Merrick... James, Lt., a. 95 y., Sept. 8, 1765." CR3 and "Mirick... James, Lt, Sept. 8, 1765." Springfield Vital Records, Deaths, Book 2, p. 57. ↑ "Mirick... Abigail, d. Thomas and Eliz, Sept. 7, 1673." and "Mirick... Abigaill, d. Thomas, Sept. 7, 1673." Springfield Vital Records, Births, Book 1, p. 24. ↑ Source: #S407 pp.266-269 ↑ "Mirrick... Elizabeth, w. Thomas, Aug. 21, 1684." and "Mirricke... Elizabeth, w. Thomas, Aug. 21, 1684." Springfield Vital Records, Deaths, Book 1, p. 51. ↑ "Mirick... Thomas Senior, Sept. 7, 1704." Springfield Vital Records, Deaths, Book 1, p. 98. ↑ Genealogy of the Merrick-Mirick-Meyrick Family of Massachusetts. ↑ Genealogy of the Merrick-Mirick-Meyrick Family of Massachusetts Frank J. Doherty. The Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Dutchess County, New York: An Historical and Genealogical Study of All the 18th Century Settlers in the Patent, ten volumes. 1990–2003. Pleasant Valley, NY. (The Settlers of the Beekman Patent, V.1-8. Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2013), Vital Records of Springfield, Massachusetts. The First Century of the History of Springfield: The Official Records from 1636 to 1736, Volume 2. Henry Martyn Burt, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1899. pp. 30, 68-70, 166, 194, 246, 256, 273, link orsee at The Welsh Progenitors of the Merrick Family in America Find A Grave Memorial# 47072606 Savage.ged imported on 21 February 2011 Beaman Family Tree.ged imported on 31 March 2011. EBENSTEIN-GRANGER.GED imported on Aug 19, 2011 by Merryann Palmer. Source: S407 Merrick, George B. Genealogy of the Merrick, Mirick, Myrick Family of Massachusetts

Biography Thomas Merrick was likely born in Wales. His birthplace has been given as St. David's in Pembrokeshire. His birth year unclear - some sources say 1608 and others say 1620. 1620 is unlikely, because men had to be at least 21 to gain status as freemen, and most attained that status between about 25 and 30. Thomas could not have received land until he was a freeman. Since Thomas had married and received land by 1639, he had to have been born by 1618. He was also one of six men ordered to participate in a diplomatic mission to the Warranocke Indians "to know the reasons why they said they are afraid of us" in April 1638.[14]It is highly unlikely that this delicate of a task would have been entrusted to a teenager.

From the Genealogy of the Merrick Family of Massachusetts:

"Thomas Merrick... came to America in the year 1636 with three brothers and probably one sister, Sarah Mirick, who married John Atkinson, at Newbury, 1646. The brothers separated, one going to Plymouth, later to Eastham, one to Newbury, and one remaining in Charlestown. Thomas Merrick is noted as having been in Roxbury in 1636... He was in Agawam [Springfield] on the 3rd day of January, 1638, according to the records of that plantation."[15] "According to the records he was married to his first wife, Sarah, daughter of Rowland and Sarah Stebbins, July 14, 1639. She died after having borne him five children, and he married, 2d, Elizabeth Tilley, Aug. 21, 1653... By his second wife Thomas Merrick had eight children."[16] Elizabeth died on August 21, 1684 and Thomas died twenty years later on September 7, 1704. They are buried in Springfield.[17]

Children with first wife, Sarah (Stebbins) Merrick:[18]

1. Thomas, born April 12, 1641; died young. 2. Sarah, born May 9, 1643; married Eliakim Hitchcock, of New York [New Haven?] on November 4, 1667. 3. Mary, born September 28, 1645; died July 28, 1646. 4. Mary, born August 27, 1647; married Samuel Foote, of Hatfield on May 30, 1671. 5. Hannah, born February 10, 1649; married Benjamin Knowlton on November 30, 1676. Children with second wife, Elizabeth (Tilley) Merrick:[19]

6. Elizabeth, born August 26 [or October 26], 1654; died January 11, 1659. 7. Miriam [Merriam], born May 1, 1655 [or 1656]; died October 11 [or 4], 1684. 8. John, born November 9, 1658, married Mary Day. 9. Elizabeth, born July 4, 1661; married Thomas Day, of Springfield in 1685. 10. Thomas, born January 2, 1664 [or 1663], married Hannah Dumbleton. 11. Tilley [Tilly], born October 20, 1667, married Sarah Cooley. 12. James, born March 2, 1670, married Sarah Hitchcock. 13. Abigail, born September 1 [or 7], 1673; married Gershom Ferry on May 5, 1702. Sources Ancestral File Number: MJP3-HW Genealogy of the Merrick-Mirick-Myrick Family of Massachusetts, 1636-1902. George Byron Merrick. Tracy, Gibbs & Company, 1902. The First Century of the History of Springfield: The Official Records from 1636 to 1736, with an Historical Review and Biographical Mention of the Founders, Volume 2. Henry Martyn Burt, 1899. Source S12 Repository: #REPO12 Ancestral File (R), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998. Repository REPO12 Family History Library, 35 N West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 USA. Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College (Holt, 1885) Vol. 1, Page 431

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Thomas Merrick's Timeline

St. David's, Pembrokeshire, Wales
May 9, 1643
Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States
September 18, 1645
Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts
August 27, 1647
Hatfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States
February 10, 1649
Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts
August 26, 1654
Springfield, Massachusetts
May 1, 1655
November 9, 1658
Springfield, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony