Subject: Re: Merrill family Jacob Merrill
Date: Tue, December 7, 2008 7:44p
Question: Jason Snyder wrote:
My wife thinks that I must be using this site wrong - maybe my email address is being blocked? My work address is ******, if the townisp.com was not been working.
I am from the Lycoming County, PA Merrill line...and they were descended from a Jacob Merrill. Incidentally, in PA they pronounce it "Merl"...at least my family branch did. Is that different? Jacob married an Elizabeth Fulkerson in Morris County, NJ is 1781...but nothing else appears known. I found a Jacob Merrill - son of Peter - b. 3/22/1754 in on of your responses from November 2007. No other mention on the current site list for anyone Jacob near his probable birth year. I found a much earlier reference from a response you gave in 1999-2000 about this very Jacob Merrill where you suggest he came from the Staten Island Merrills or up "the Susquehana". I have not found any other references to the Lycoming Merrill branch. It is a fairly active branch and they have yearly family reunions.
I have not found any evidence that he descended from the Staten Island line...his three known children were Nicholas, John, and Elizabeth. Nicholas is common in that line...but in many others as well. The Susquehana suggestion is confusing to me...I am not really sure what it means. If you are interested in the Lycoming line at all, I can also provide that information. Also, my grandmother's sister, Ruth, is still living, and has many great stories of growing up with her Merrill siblings and father.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. An email confirmation of receipt if nothing else would put my at least confirm that I am using the website correctly.
Thank you, Jason
There is nothing wrong with the way you are using the site. The hold-up is on our end. We are way behind on answering queries, dealing with the effects of hurricane Gustave, but we finally have gotten things back to near normal.
We did receive the details of your Lycoming branch sent Nov 22, and finally figured out that the vertical bars in front of each name were generation numbers from Jacob - hadn't seen that before in run-on text and it confused me for a while. Usually see indentations. Once I figured it out it was no problem. Thanks so much for sending it. Haven't had a chance to record the data that is new to us yet. That also held up our response, but we should have acknowledged it's receipt. We apologize for the delay.
We had Jacob and his clan in Lycoming in our "Lineage Unknown" file. From another reference we had a Jacob and his m. to Elizabeth Fulkerson and we assume this refers to the same Jacob. The fact that their m. took place in Morris Co. NJ, together with the fact that his eldest son was named Nicholas gives us a clue as to his possible lineage. Although NJ records are notoriously lacking, there is one Andrew Merrill [b.1757], who in his Rev. War pension application detailed his movements after the war from Morris Co NJ where he was b., back and forth between VA and the MD panhandle, ending up in Clark Co, KY. He was the son of Nicholas (3) [Philip (2), Richard (1)] and Lydia. He and each of his known siblings named a son Nicholas. While we don't have record of Jacob's b. or baptism as a son of Nicholas (3) and Lydia as we do for Andrew, we suspect he is another of their sons. He is b. in the right time frame, he m. in the right place and he named his son Nicholas. The great majority of the Nicholas' that we have in our database are descended from Nicholas (3). This lineage is all supposition on our part.
One way to add another nail in this proposed lineage is through DNA testing. The DNA associated with the male Y-chromosome is passed from father to son, essentially unchanged over many, many generations. We now have a number of descendants of Richard and William of Staten Island who have been tested [a simple saliva test] and all have essentially the same DNA pattern. This test will not tell you who Jacob' father was, but will indicate that you belong to the Staten Island line.
Sorry for the delay,
Howard and Jean Merrill