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William Merriam, Sr.

Birthplace: Tudley, Kent, England
Death: before May 22, 1689
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Meriam, Sr. and Sarah (Goldstone) Merriam Wheeler
Husband of Anna Jones; Elizabeth Merriam; Anna Merriam and Sarah Merriam
Father of Rebecca Dutton; Joseph Merriam; Elizabeth Edmonds; John Merriam; Sarah Merriam and 3 others
Brother of Ann Buss; Sarah Wheeler; Joseph Meriam; Mary Taylor; Elizabeth Henchman and 12 others
Half brother of Rebecca Prescott

Managed by: Marsha Gail Veazey
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About William Merriam, Sr.

From New England Families http://www.nefamilies.com/family/groupsheetI9725.aspx

(III) William (2), son of Joseph and Sara (Goldstone) Merriam, was born in county Kent, England, about 1624, died in 1689, and was buried May 22. He joined the church and was made a freeman of the colony at Concord, Mass., May 2, 1849. His wife's father gave them considerable land at Lynn. He served as a trooper in King Philip's war, enrolled Feb. 29, 1675-76, in Captain George Curwin's company.

He married (first) Elizabeth, daughter of Allen Breed; (second) Oct. 11, 1676, Anna Jones, who died July 20, 1677; (third) Sarah ____, who survived him.

Children, all by first wife:

Joseph, Elizabeth, John, Sarah, Rebecca, Sarah, William and John.


He came as a boy to Concord, MA, and entered into the life of the new plantation. Joined the church, and was made a freeman of the colony, May 2, 1649. He was one of the witnesses tothe will of Joseph How24 [I believe this to be a typing error DDM 9/3/89] (2), 1651. The "goodman Merriam" who owned a lot of land in Hampton, NH, May 2, 1655, may be - we must say be - this man; but there is no evidence that he resided there. He already had settled at Lynn where he first married ELIZABETH (RIN-106), daughter of Allen BREED. Her father gave them, June 26, 1666, a good portion, 200 acres of farm land, w0 acres of meadow, and 10 acres of salt marsh, all in Lynn, in the southern part, now called by the ancient name Saugus.

He served as a trooper in King Phillip's War, enrolled, February 29, 1675/6, in Captain George Curwin's company, and received 4-10s (money)[probably 4 ? 10 schillings) for his services.


  1. Title: GEDCOM File : McLeanGEDCOM.ged
     Author: Daniel D. McLean
     Abbrev: Daniel D. McLean
     Abbrev: GEDCOM File : McLeanGEDCOM.ged
     268 Southride Road
     Terre Haute, IN
     Date: 24 DEC 2001 

Source 1. Ancestral File;

Source 2: Will of grandfather William Mirriam of Hadlowe, Kent, England made 8 September 1635 & proved 27 November 1635; To William Merriam, my grandchild, son of the said Joseph my son, five shillings.

Source 3: Will of Robert Goldstone of Tonbridge, Kent, England made 10 April 1637 & proved 16 May 1637:

William Merrium is nephew to Robert Goldstone who mentioned him in his will.


  1. Author: David E. Crandall, Jr.
     Title: New England Families
  2. Author: David E. Crandall, Jr.
     Title: New England Families
     Page: http://www.nefamilies.com/family/groupsheetI9725.aspx
  3. Title: NORTHERN NEW YORK -Genealogical and family history of northern New York
     Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
     in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
     New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
     Jane Devlin's website-http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~hubbard/NNY_index/merriam.html 

Came as a boy to Concord. Made freeman 1649. Served as a Trooper in King Phillips War. His genealogy and that of his family is discussed in detail:


Wife 1) Elizabeth Breed Merriam

Wife 2) Anna Jones Merriam m. Oct. 11, 1676

Wife 3). Sarah

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William Merriam, Sr.'s Timeline

Tudley, Kent, England
Age 22
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
June 3, 1654
Age 26
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
September 13, 1657
Age 29
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
June 2, 1660
Age 32
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
October 21, 1662
Age 34
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
September 14, 1665
Age 37
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
March 8, 1668
Age 40
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts