MERRILL Nathaniel[1, 2]

Male 1601 - 1655  (53 years)


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  • Name MERRILL Nathaniel 
    Born 1 May 1601  Wherestead, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    • Merrill Memorial says ca. 1601.
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 4 May 1601  Wherestead, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 5
    Immigration Abt 1633  Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 1635  Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Will 8 Mar 1655  [1, 6, 7
    • (Witness by these presents that I Nathaniel Merrill of Newbury in the Countie of Essex being sicke of body but through gods mercy of perfect memory I do here make my last will and testament, I first bequeath my soule into the hands of my blessed Redeemer with an assured hope of a joyfull resurection, and my body when it shall please the lord to take me out of this frail life to bee buryed in the burying place of Newbury, and for my worldly goods I give and dispose of as followeth Imp I give and bequeath unto susanna my wife five akers of plowable land lying next to my brother Johns land and half the marsh dureing her naturall life and a cow and three heifers and all my household goods, And out of this estat so given to my wife I give and bequeath unto my daughter Susanna five pounds when she shall be at the age of twenty yeares then I give and bequeath unto my Son Nathaniell (whom I appoint as my true and lawfull heire) all my land and freehold after mywives decease, and all the working tooles & Implements of husbandry and all the cattell and stocke besids And out of this stocke I appoint that my Son Nathaniell shall pay theise legacyes as followeth, that is I give unto my son John when he shall bee of the age of two and twenty yeers the summe of five pounds, And also I give and bequeath unto my Son Abraham at the age of two and twenty years five pounds, And I give and bequeath unto my sonne Daniell also at the age of one and twenty years five pound and I give and bequeath to my Son Abell five pounds also at the age of one and twenty years, And I appoint my Son Nathaniell to be my sole executor and all my debts & funerall rites being discharged I appoint him to have all the rest of my goods & chattels undisposed and I desire my brother John merill and Anthony somerby to be the overseers of this my last will & testament In witnesse wherof I have set my hand march the eight in the yeare one thousand six hundred fifty foure but if gods puidence should by losses & crosses upon ye estate more than ordinary : then proportionobly to be abated in the legacyes.

      his mark Nathaniell n n merrill

      Witness:
      Richard Knight
      Anthony Somerby
      John merrell
      Proved Mar 27, 1655 by John Merrill and Anthony Somerby

      [Original on file in the office of the clerk of courts at Salem, volume III, leaf 10.]

      Inventory of the estate of Nathaniell Merrill of Newbury, who deceased Mar 16, 1654-5, taken Mar 23, 1654-5, by Daniell (his D mark) Thurston, Richard Knight and Archelaus Woodman:
      Ten akers of upland and thre akers of marsh with the previledge of a grehold or commage, £20; one cow and a calfe, £4; 15 s; three heifers of three yeare old & 2 claves £12; 10s; two steers of two yeare old & two heifers £11; three yearelings, £4, one old cart & wheeles and sled and an old barow, £1; 2 spades, a mattock, a betle, 4 wedges, a crosscut & a handsaw & 4 axes and 4 hooes, £2; 3 old tubs, a fanne, an Iron staple & ring & 2 prongs & shovell, 10s; his weareing apparell, £2; ten bushells of malt & barly, 5 bushells of wheate & nine bushels of rye & about 35 bushells of Indian corne, £10; 16s; two muskets and 2 swords with match & powder, £2; cats & pease, 10s; sixe small swyne, £3; 2 flock beds & bolsters & 2 paire of sheets, old, £4; 2 old ketles, 2 skillets & a smal braspot & Iron pot, £1 10s; an old warming pan, fire shovell, grid Iron, tongs, & other small Iron things & a spitt, 12s; 4 small pewter dishes & a skimmer, dishes & spoones, 12s; a truckle bedsted, 2 buckets and a pr of cottrells, 10s; a small cart rope & halfe bushell & a pecke, 5s; a small cubberd & 2chests, 16s; one drinke vessell, 2 wheels, one powdring tub, ten milk trayes & 3 cheesfats, £2; total £84; 6s; his debts for Rent due to Mr Cutting, £5; in small debts, £2.

      [Essex County Quarterly Court Files 3:10])
    Died 16 Mar 1655  Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 6, 8
    Will (proved) 27 Mar 1655  [1, 6, 7
    _UID 136A0D38EB9ED5118A06444553540000F160 
    Notes 
    • Nathaniel and his older brother John were born in England. The registers of Wherestead, a parish lying three miles south of Ipswich, England contained the entries cited.

      Came to America in 1633 from Salisbury, Wiltshire, England with his brother John. They landed in Ipswich, MA., but in 1635 or 1636 settled in Newbury, MA. They had some of the earliest grants of land on the neck, south of the Parker River in 1638. In 1846 their homesteads were reverted to the town because of the unfavorable site. Nathaniel owned 5 acres of plowed land next to John Merrill. John finally settled in Conn.
    Person ID I3108  Old North Yarmouth, Maine
    Last Modified 4 Jul 2005 

    Father MERRELL Nathaniel,   b. Abt 1570, Belstead, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1625/6, Wherestead, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Mother BLACKSOLL Mary,   b. 1574, Wherestead, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1624, Wherestead, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Married 27 Feb 1591/2  Wherestead, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 9
    Family ID F986  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family [MERRILL] Susannah,   b. Abt 1610, Wherestead, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1672/3, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Married 16 Mar 1635  [10
    • It is supposed that Nathaniel was married before leaving England. However Savage, in the "Genealogical Dictionary of New England" (published in 1861) states that Nathaniel Merrill married Susanna Jordan (this may have just been copied from Coffin's "History of Newbury" (1845). After his death, his widow married Stephen Jordan (or Jourdain).
    Children 
     1. MERRILL Nathaniel,   b. Abt 1635,   d. 1 Jan 1682, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years)
     2. Deacon MERRILL John,   b. 16 Feb 1635/6, Lawford, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jul 1712, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     3. Deacon MERRILL Abraham,   b. Abt 1637, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1722, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years)
     4. MERRILL Susanna,   b. 1640,   d. 10 Oct 1690  (Age 50 years)
     5. MERRILL Daniel,   b. 20 Aug 1642, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1717, Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     6. MERRILL Abel,   b. 20 Feb 1643, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1689, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
     7. MERRILL Thomas,   b. 1648,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 2 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F983  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S53] Book-Merrill Memorial, p.159.

    2. [S1] Book-Pike-John Pike of Newbury, Mass., p.713.

    3. [S185] Book-Seven Hundred Ancestors, CS71.L58., p.98.

    4. [S5] Book-Mass. & Maine Families, p.594.

    5. [S53] Book-Merrill Memorial, 1:41.

    6. [S254] Book-Savage, Vol. 4, p.199.

    7. [S193] Periodical-The Essex Antiquarian.
      Vol. VI, January 1902; page 38 "Will of Nathaniel Merrill"

    8. [S53] Book-Merrill Memorial, p.161.

    9. [S53] Book-Merrill Memorial, 1:40.

    10. [S253] Correspondence-Internet-Lynde Randall, 11/2/97 5:37.