Listed below are the books you may wish to consult in your Merrill research. Most are available in Acrobat format and searchable by clicking on the Acrobat PDF icon to the right. A few are only available in libraries and personal collections but worth mentioning here. These are listed alphabetically.
• A Merrill Memorial by Samuel Merrill 1928, reprinted in 1983. Well known as the definitive source for Merrill family history, this book is highly sought after since there were very few published and republished. You may now choose from the two available Acrobat copies (734 pages) and they are now searchable due to OCR technology. You may also visit sections in the book on Merrill heraldry and Wherstead, England. Partial text is now available through the fourth generation online HTML version reproduced by Steve Merrill. x2
• NEW A List of Some of the Descendants of Mr. Edward Woodman who settled at Newbury, Mass., A.D. 1635 - compiled by Joshua Coffin, 1855 (14 pages).
• Captains, clams and cobblestones: A collection of papers on life in Newbury and Newburyport in a bygone era. by the Historical Society of Old Newbury (Newburyport, Mass.) in 1977 (138 pages).
• Celebration of the Two Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Settlement of Newbury by the Historical Society of Newbury in 1885 (165 pages).
Commemoration of the settlement of Newbury with the first century held in 1735, the citizens of Newbury, Newburyport and West Newbury set to creating a process of celebrating this anniversary.
• Descendants of Henry Travers of London, England and Newbury, Massachusetts, USA by Nathan Hagar Daniels in 1903 (172 pages). An account of the Travers family and the early settling of Newbury with surrounding families.
• NEW Descendants of Nathaniel Brickett of Newbury, MA - by Claire Hubley and Richard Elmer Hubley, 1855 (381 pages).
• NEW The Directory of Ancestors of the Sons and Daughters of the First Settlers of Newbury 1635-1985 - by the SAR & DAR, 1985 (131 pages). A great list of contacts for those descended from the early settlers and founders of the village of Newbury. Many drawings of interesting buildings and locations.
• NEW The English Ancestry of John Cheney of Newbury, Massachusetts - Ancestry of John Cheney who settled in Newbury in 1635 and some of his descendants, n.d. (22 pages).
• The First Century of Dummer Academy by Nehemiah Cleaveland in 1865 (132 pages). A prominent family near Newbury with good information on several of the earliest family members.
• Genealogical account of the descendants of John Kelly of Newbury, Massachusetts (1886) Good early history of Newbury and West Newbury. Next door neighbor to John Merrill in 1639 and sold house to Abel Merrill Jr. (218 pages)
• Genealogy of the Early Generations of the Coffin Family in New England by New-England Historical and Genealogical Register for 1870 (27 pages). A genealogical accounting of the Coffin family as found in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register dated 1870.
• History of Newbury, Mass. 1635-1902 by John J. Currier in 1902 (407 pages). An excellent source of information on the early Merrills in Newbury from a well respected authority of genealogical data of this area of Massachusetts.
• History of Newburyport, Mass. 1764-1905 by John J. Currier in 1906 (774 pages). Two volume set of which many references are made to the Merrill family with great details and a respected validity to the history of Newbury.
• The old families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts ; with some related families of Newbury, Haverhill, Ipswich and Hampton (1897) - by David Webster Hoyt, 1897. 436 pages.
• Ould Newbury, Historical and Biographical Sketches by John J. Currier in 1896 (749 pages). A very difficult book to find until it was digitized and made available from Google. I personally was able to find two originals in case you have any questions. x2
• Places of Historical Interest Within the Limits of "Ould Newbury.". Printed for the City Improvement Society of Newburyport, Massachusetts in 1896. (16 pages).
• NEW The Plumer Genealogy. Francis Plumer who settled at Newbury, Mass and some of his descendants. - by Sidney Perley, 1917 (276 pages).
• Reminiscences of a Nonagenarian by Sarah Anna Emery in 1879 (364 pages). Recollections of the author's mother as well as the other members of her family and several other aged people still living at the time about Newburyport and Newbury.
• A Sketch of the History of Newbury, Newburyport and West Newbury from 1635 to 1845 by Joshua Coffin in 1845.
An excellent source of information on this early history of Massachusetts encompassing not only the Merrill family but also most of the allied families. x2
• Some Descendants of Nathaniel Merrill who was in Newbury, Massachusetts, 1635 by Winnifred M. Robinson (56 pages). Note: An OCRd version of the book. Will clean it up later for better reading when time is available.
• NEW Tappan-Toppan Genealogy, Ancestors and Descendants of Abraham Toppan of Newbury, Massachusetts, 1606-1672 - by Daniel Langdon Tappan, 1915 (174 pages). A good bit of the history of Newbury.
• Two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the settlement of Newbury: brief biographical sketches by Robert Noxon Toppan, (134 pages). A long awaited book with great overview of the Newbury settlement and short biographies of the people responsible for making it successful. One especially useful item is a list of propietors in Newbury for the year 1642. - NEW
• Vital Records of Newbury Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849, Volume 1 - Births by The Essex Institute in 1911 (572 pages).
Births kept by the town clerks, church records, cemetary inscriptions and many private records found in family Bibles.
• Vital Records of Newbury Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849, Volume 2 - Marriages by The Essex Institute in 1911 (532 pages).
Marriages kept by the town clerks, church records, cemetary inscriptions and many private records found in family Bibles.
• Vital Records of Newbury Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849, Volume 2 - Deaths by The Essex Institute in 1911 (227 pages). Death information kept by the town clerks, church records, cemetary inscriptions and many private records found in family Bibles.
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