MERRILL Josiah[1, 2]

Male 1765 - 1846  (80 years)


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  • Name MERRILL Josiah 
    Born 22 Oct 1765  North Yarmouth, Cumberland, Massachusetts [Maine] Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 10 May 1767  North Yarmouth, Cumberland, Massachusetts [Maine] Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 8
    • (First Church.)
    Marriage Intent 1 May 1790  North Yarmouth, Cumberland, Massachusetts [Maine] Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Eunice Noyes of North Yarmouth 
    _UID 23DA0D38EB9ED5118A0644455354000071F0 
    Died 7 Jul 1846  Pownal, Cumberland, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7, 10
    • (Æt. 81.)
    Buried Aft 7 Jul 1846  Pownal, Cumberland, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 12, 13
    Address:
    First Congregational Cemetery 
    • (lot 2-2.)
    Josiah Merrill gravestone
    Josiah Merrill gravestone
    Row 2, grave 2
    Notes 


    • Merrill Road was in the part of North Yarmouth which by successive town incorporations became Freeport in 1789 and Pownal in 1808. The road took its name from Josiah Merrill who was the first settler who improved land in that section. He had previously lived in the part of North Yarmouth which is now Cumberland. He bought his farm, consisting of fifty acres on the west side of Merrill Road, half a mile from the Freeport line, in 1788. He was unmarried, but at once set about clearing his land, and built a log house near the western edge of the property. In 1790 he married Eunice Merrill of Falmouth, Maine. The log house was their home for fifteen years, and there six of their children were born. But Josiah Merrill had built at the wrong end of his farm. The highway bounded his farm on the east, and in 1805 he built a large one-story frame house on Merrill Road, and thither removed his family. He was a quiet substantial citizen, and his wife was an industrious woman, of high standing in the church and the community. In later years, his son Daniel managed the farm. Josiah Merrill's children were all singers. A writer in "old Times in North Yarmouth" relates that it was no unusual thing, about 1835, "to see the family of nine children seated in the singing-gallery, with the oldest son the leader and the youngest son as the performer on the bass-viol. Four of these children sat in the church choir for more than half a century.

      Merrill Road was in the part of North Yarmouth which by successive town incorporations became Freeport in 1789 and Pownal in 1808. The road took its name from Josiah Merrill who was the first settler who improved land in that section. He had previously lived in the part of North Yarmouth which is now Cumberland. He bought his farm, consisting of fifty acres on the west side of Merrill Road, half a mile from the Freeport line, in 1788 for £40. He was unmarried, but at once set about clearing his land, and built a log house near the western edge of the property. In 1790 he married Eunice Merrill of Falmouth, Maine. The log house was their home for fifteen years, and there six of their children were born. But Josiah Merrill had built at the wrong end of his farm. The highway bounded his farm on the east, and in 1805 he built a large one-story frame house on Merrill Road, and thither removed his family. He was a quiet substantial citizen, and his wife was an industrious woman, of high standing in the church and the community. In later years, his son Daniel managed the farm. Josiah Merrill's children were all singers. A writer in "old Times in North Yarmouth" relates that it was no unusual thing, about 1835, "to see the family of nine children seated in the singing-gallery, with the oldest son the leader and the youngest son as the performer on the bass-viol. Four of these children sat in the church choir for more than half a century.

      Merrill Road was in the part of North Yarmouth which by successive town incorporations became Freeport in 1789 and Pownal in 1808. The road took its name from Josiah Merrill who was the first settler who improved land in that section. He had previously lived in the part of North Yarmouth which is now Cumberland. He bought his farm, consisting of fifty acres on the west side of Merrill Road, half a mile from the Freeport line, in 1788 for £40. He was unmarried, but at once set about clearing his land, and built a log house near the western edge of the property. In 1790 he married Eunice Merrill of Falmouth, Maine. The log house was their home for fifteen years, and there six of their children were born. But Josiah Merrill had built at the wrong end of his farm. The highway bounded his farm on the east, and in 1805 he built a large one-story frame house on Merrill Road, and thither removed his family. He was a quiet substantial citizen, and his wife was an industrious woman, of high standing in the church and the community. In later years, his son Daniel managed the farm. Josiah Merrill's children were all singers. A writer in "old Times in North Yarmouth" relates that it was no unusual thing, about 1835, "to see the family of nine children seated in the singing-gallery, with the oldest son the leader and the youngest son as the performer on the bass-viol. Four of these children sat in the church choir for more than half a century.
    Person ID I33146  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 4 Jun 2018 

    Father MERRILL Jacob, Sr.,   b. 1738/9, Falmouth, York, Massachusetts [Maine] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother KNIGHT Eunice,   b. Abt 1748, New Casco, Cumberland, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Y  [14
    Family ID F6794  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family NOYES Eunice,   b. 21 Apr 1772, Gorham, Cumberland, Massachusetts [Maine] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Feb 1837, Pownal, Cumberland, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 7 Oct 1790  North Yarmouth, Cumberland, Massachusetts [Maine] Find all individuals with events at this location  [15, 16, 17, 18
    • (Merrill Memorial says Eunice Merrill. Cumberland returns says Joshua Merrill.)
    Children 
     1. MERRILL Edward Wilson,   b. 2 Mar 1792, Freeport, Cumberland, Massachusetts [Maine] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1872  (Age 80 years)
     2. MERRILL Josiah,   b. 9 Jan 1794, Freeport, Cumberland, Massachusetts [Maine] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Sep 1805  (Age 11 years)
     3. MERRILL Sarah,   b. 1795,   d. 1867  (Age 72 years)
     4. MERRILL Moses,   b. 12 Apr 1796, Freeport, Cumberland, Massachusetts [Maine] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1882, Freeport, Cumberland, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     5. MERRILL Nathaniel,   b. 4 Aug 1798, Freeport, Cumberland, Massachusetts [Maine] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1867  (Age 69 years)
     6. MERRILL Joseph,   b. 7 Nov 1800, Freeport, Cumberland, Massachusetts [Maine] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. MERRILL Abigail,   b. 21 Mar 1803, Freeport, Cumberland, Massachusetts [Maine] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1872  (Age 69 years)
     8. MERRILL Daniel,   b. 8 Dec 1805, Freeport, Cumberland, Massachusetts [Maine] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1884  (Age 78 years)
     9. MERRILL William, Jr.,   b. 25 Mar 1808, Pownal, Cumberland, Massachusetts [Maine] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 May 1887  (Age 79 years)
     10. MERRILL Dorcas N.,   b. 15 Dec 1810, Pownal, Cumberland, Massachusetts [Maine] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     11. MERRILL Eunice,   b. 12 Jun 1813, Pownal, Cumberland, Massachusetts [Maine] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1893  (Age 79 years)
    Last Modified 9 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F6801  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Oct 1765 - North Yarmouth, Cumberland, Massachusetts [Maine] Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 10 May 1767 - North Yarmouth, Cumberland, Massachusetts [Maine] Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage Intent - Eunice Noyes of North Yarmouth - 1 May 1790 - North Yarmouth, Cumberland, Massachusetts [Maine] Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 7 Oct 1790 - North Yarmouth, Cumberland, Massachusetts [Maine] Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 Jul 1846 - Pownal, Cumberland, Maine Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Address:
    First Congregational Cemetery - Aft 7 Jul 1846 - Pownal, Cumberland, Maine
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  • Sources 
    1. [S195] Book-Merrill Memorial, 1:139.

    2. [S195] Book-Merrill Memorial, II:129.

    3. [S170] Publication-Royal River Valley Families.

    4. [S46] Book-VR North Yarmouth, ME, p.70 (1:664 Now Pownal, Maine).

    5. [S3354] Book-North Yarmouth-Old Times of North Yarmouth, Maine, ME 974.1 CO., p.591.

    6. [S3354] Book-North Yarmouth-Old Times of North Yarmouth, Maine, ME 974.1 CO., p.1210.

    7. [S195] Book-Merrill Memorial, 2:7.

    8. [S3354] Book-North Yarmouth-Old Times of North Yarmouth, Maine, ME 974.1 CO., p.718.

    9. [S46] Book-VR North Yarmouth, ME, p.177 [1:646].

    10. [S46] Book-VR North Yarmouth, ME, p.348.

    11. [S46] Book-VR North Yarmouth, ME, p.358.

    12. [S1082] Gravestone Transcriptions - Dunning.

    13. [S2650] CD-Maine Cemetery Inscriptions Cumberland County, Pownal Center Cemetery-Congregational, Pownal, ME.

    14. [S195] Book-Merrill Memorial.

    15. [S195] Book-Merrill Memorial, 1:140.

    16. [S195] Book-Merrill Memorial, 2:129.

    17. [S46] Book-VR North Yarmouth, ME, p.250 [1:637].

    18. [S932] Book-Cumberland County Marriage Returns, A:73 (North Yarmouth returns; p.36.).