Ask the Experts . . . Howard and Jean Merrill
Answers to Ask the Experts | 2010 February (6 answers)
Subject: Re: Merrill family - Descendants of Captain Benjamin Merrill
Date: Thu, February 4, 2010 2:06p
Question: Joe Blanton asked:
I am a descendant of Benjamin and Jemina Smith Merrell and have been trying to see if any copies of the book "Richard and Sarah Merrell, 1642 to Tom and Flora Merrell, 1943" by C.Phelps Merrell might be available. I have been unable to locate C.Phelps in that his address I was given seems no longer to be viable. I presume that he may no longer be alive. It is my understanding, perhaps wrong, that Richard and Sarah were of the Staten Island branch and were the great grandparents of Benjamin who married Jemina Smith. I have gone through most of "A Merrell Memorial" and did not find my branch listed though I may have missed it. It appeared that the Memorial book was material about the New England Merrells. I am in the process of trying to get a copy of William E.Merill's book about from the Selby Publishers but have not yet had a reply from them. Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for Your query. We are not aware of the book by C. Phelps Merrell or its availability. We would also be interested in finding a copy. What address were you given for C Phelps. In the SSDI there is listed a C P Merrell, 1912 Sep 6 -2002 Feb 24 whose last address was Chattanooga, TN. We wonder if this could be C Phelps.
Capt. Benjamin was the grandson of Staten Island immigrant William (1) and wife Grace who later moved to Hopewell, NJ. In several early genealogies William was indicated to be the son of immigrant Richard and Susanna Wells who came to Staten Island at the same time as William. Richard (1) did have a son William, bapt 1668 Apr 13 in Tysoe, Warwickshire, England who left Staten Island, after an apparent falling out with his father, went to St Mary's Co MD, m. Ann Angel, had several children there before dying there in 1712. William (1) served on Jury duty in SI in 1681 and bought land there in 1683, when Richard's son William would have been too young to do either. DNA studies on their descendants indicate that Richard (1) and William (1) were close relatives, brothers or cousins.
Concerning William Ernest Merrill's book "Captain Benjamin Merrill and the Merrill Family of NC", We have available a xerox copy of the 1951 revision of that book [109 pages] for copying and mailing costs of $20. If you are interested we will be happy to send it to you.
Let us introduce our selves. We are Howard and Jean Merrill. For thirty years we have been trying to database the Merrill/Merrell family nationwide from the original immigrants down to the present day for all immigrant lines. So far we have info on over 60,000 Merrill males plus their wives and daughters in our database, but we estimate there have been well over a 100,000 so we have a long way to go, and need and appreciate all the help we can get, particularly with the later generations. We use this database strictly to try and help folks trace their Merrill roots. Be assured that no info on living individuals will become internet accessible from us. While our database is not internet searchable, we will be glad to search it for anybody and share what we find at no cost. All we ask is that folks share their Merrill data with us so that we can expand our database and do a better job of helping solve Merrill lineage problems.
We would be very interested in how you descend from Cap. Benjamin.
Howard and Jean Merrill
Subject: Re: Merrill family - Heraldry
Date: Sat, February 6, 2010 6:55p
Question: Armando Framarini asked:
I am into Heraldry and Dutch/Belgium genealogy. I see the mention of the Merle name and looking for a connection French or Hugonout. Has anyone maybe thought of a Dutch/Belgian connection? My ancester Johannes van Solt/Soldt was married to Agatha van Maerle in early 1600's lived in London coming from Amsterdam. Her family variants were recorded as Merle, Meerle, van der Marel, van Maerel, van Mierlo which were all variants of van Merlen. The heraldry in England records arms as they were seen, and issues them under the authority of the King of Arms to an individual. The heraldic rules were completely different in the Netherlands and Belgium territories. Anyone could posses arms as long as the design did not infringe on another's design. They could also pass them down to their children making them actual Family Coat of Arms or as the dutch called them familiewapens! The king of arms did not have to issue a design similar to the known family arms. There is also evidence that some arms were rejected and this may be a reason why! This could explain lack of connection through arms. But there are many Dutch/Belgian and even some French arms still to be discovered. I think there is a connection between some Merrill's and van Merlen variants Dutch or Belgian. If you would like any of my research on this name, just ask.
Thank you for your kind offer. We do from time to time have folks asking about Heraldry and a Merrill Coats of Arms. I'm sure some may see your posting and take you up on your offer. In the book "A Merrill Memorial" by Samuel Merrill which is posted on the site on which you posted your query, <Merrill.org>, there is a chapter  titled "A Few Questions on Heraldry" which is very informative. There is some question whether the common folk, farmers and tradesmen that made up most branches the Merrill family were ever entitled to to a Coat of Arms.
Howard and Jean Merrill
Subject: Re: Merrill family - Mary Perry Merrill
Date: Sat, February 6, 2010 7:16a
Question: Lynn Greiff asked:
Dear Howard & Jean - I'm trying to establish the ancestry of MARY PERRY who married JONATHAN MERRILL (1705-1788) generation 4. Their daughter Martha (1727-1807) married Isaac Kellogg. The Merrill Memorial has a hand written notation regarding her with the details of Jonathan (p.232) Could she be descended from the first Perry family of CT? Unable to find mention of her in any CT records on line. Any help/guidance greatly appreciated.
Answer: Lynn Greiff:
We don't have any information on Mary Perry. In the Barbour Collection, Jonathan's children are listed as the children of Jonathan and Mary. Usually if the wife's parents are given, we record it, but don't try to chase the wife's family. Likewise, we don't try to follow the Merrill daughter's children because they are no longer Merrill surname. With info on over 60,000 Merrill males plus wives and daughters, we have our hands full just trying to keep track of those with a merrill surname.
Sorry we couldn't help you,
Howard and Jean Merrill
Subject: Re: Merrill family - John Murrell
Date: Thu, February 11, 2010 12:25p
Question: Judy Merrell Brickhouse asked:
Howard and Jean
If you break down this Merrell brick wall you will forever be my HERO!!!! Years ago I contacted Donovan Merrell in England who at the time was reported to have the largest data base (paper) of the Merrell's both in the Uk and USA and he was unable to break it. So now I am hoping you will be able to.
My Merrell family comes from the east coast of North Carolina specifically Poplar Branch, NC. Currituck County is next to Dare County or the Outer Banks of NC (first airplane flight) I will start with myself and work up to my Brick Wall. Judy Merrell Brickhouse March 5, 1952 Father ST. ELMO "ELMER" MERRELL b-Jan. 13, 1912 d-Jan. 20, 1999 Currituck County, NC (Poplar Branch) Married June 25, 1938 to Nellie Virginia Ferebee b-Dec. 30, 1921 d-Feb.18, 2009 d/o Mitchell Simmons Ferebee and Annie Lee Sears Children of Elmer & Nellie Merrell Elsie Marie, Annie Louise, Winfred Stanley, Alice Kaye, Carroll Ray, Judy Faye, Darrell Allen. Father ISAAC HOLLY MERRELL B-Nov. 4, 1882 d- April 18, 1958 Currituck County, NC (Poplar Branch) Married Aug. 23, 1905 Paulina Elizabeth Woodhouse b- Sept. 16, 1882 d-Aug 10, 1963 d/o Sarah Elizabeth Woodhouse (Mother never married) Children of Isaac & Paulina William Isaac 1906-1974, Tillman St. Claire 1908-2008, Ruth Leigh (Foxwell) 1910-1967, ST. ELMO 1912-1999, Clara St. Claire (Armstrong) 1913-1993, Edward Leroy 1915-2009, Elsie Marie (Mills) (Henderson) 1917, Mary Matilda (Fransen) 1919, Lessie Kathleen (Pugh) 1921, Calvin Curtis 1927-1996. Father WILLIAM AYDLOTTE MURRELL b-Aug. 10, 1843 d- Jan. 30, 1903 Currituck County, (Poplar Branch, NC) Married July 2, 1882 Marietta Tillett b-Jan. 25, 1858 d- Feb. 1, 1914 d/o Josiah Holly Tillett and Louvenia Baum Children of William & Marietta ISAAC H. 1882-1958, Mary Eliza (Nixon) 1884-1939, Wm. Curtis I 1886-1888, Louvenia Ann (Briggs) 1889-1952, Wm. Curtis II 1890-1929, Ella Gertrude (never married) 1893-1971, Maude Matilda (Mercer) 1896-1973, Elmo G. 1899-1900. Mother of WILLIAM A. (Never married any of childrens fathers) MARY (POLLY) MURRELL b-Dec. 8, 1818 d- April 6, 1898 Currituck County (Poplar Branch) d/o SAMUEL MURRELL and Susan Owens Children of MARY MURRELL Isaac 1842-1865, WILLIAM AYDLOTTE 1843-1903, Edmond 1849-?, Addeline 1863-? Father of Mary (Polly) Murrell SAMUEL MURRELL B-? D-Nov. 2, 1829 Baltimore, Md but lived in Currituck County, (Poplar Branch) Married Susan Owens d/o Zachariah Owens II and Anna Children of Samuel & Susan MARY (POLLY) 1818-1898, Julia 1823-? Father of Samuel JOHN MURRELL B-? d- 1816 Married Peggy Etheridge d/o Sampson Etheridge d-1815 Children of John & Peggy John Jr., SAMUEL, William, Ann, Levi, Smyth, Nathaniel, James, Susannah. John is my BRICK WALL I cannot trace him any further back, I do have scraps of info that I cannot tie in to him.... Currituck Deed Jan. 20, 1767 of William Merril (Planter) and wife Margret selling 100 acres of land in Currituck, Pasquotank County, NC Deed Dec. 9, 1762 JOHN MERRELL to Moses Cartwright, John selling 50 acres of patent granted to him June 19, 1760 Pasquotank County, NC Deed Oct. 5, 1767 JOHN MERRILL selling his 50 acres.
This is all I have and have not been able to get JOHN MURRELL connected to any family branch of Murrell's. Do you think you can help?????? I will appoint you SAINTS if you can. I have worked on this since high school (not telling how long ago that was ) so needless to say more than 30 years and have yet to make any headway.
Thank You so much for your time, I sincerely appreciate anything you can do but don't hold out much hope!!
Judy Merrell Brickhouse
Thanks for your query. We had most of the data on your line in our "lineage unknown" file, at least back to Polly, 1818, from "The Heritage of Currituck Co, NC". Unfortunately with the apparent name change from MUrrell to Merrell, we carried it no further. We have stuck pretty much to Merrill and Merrell surnames, and not included Morrill or Murrill in our database. I'm sure there are cases, maybe like yours, where the name was perhaps originally Merrill or Merrell, and we are sorry not to have ncluded them in our database. We are aware of early Murrells in SC where my wife's father's family is from, and the name survives there in "Murrell's Inlet, SC".
We are sorry we cannot help you in tearing down your brick wall. We are pretty sure your John is not connected to the major Merrill/Merrell family in NC, that of Capt Benjamin Merrill of Rowan Co, pre-Revolutionary patriot who was hanged by the Tories for opposing the tyrannical policies of Gov. Tyron. Capt Benjamin was the grandson of William, immigrant to Staten Island NY, ca 1680.
The other large NC Merrill family was headed by Arthur, ca 1760, of Somerset Co MD who settled in Carteret Co NC before 1790. He obviously was too young to be the father of your John who already had land in Pasquotank Co in 1760. Arthur was the grandson of Immigrant William who came to Somerset Co, MD ca 1666 as an indentured servant, worked off his servitude, m. Eliza and left 9 sons and 4 daughters when he d. there in 1710.
Sorry we could not help,
Howard and Jean Merrill
Subject: Re: Merrill family - Asher Merrill
Date: Thu, February 18, 2010 12:07p
Question: Tanya Smith asked:
Hi Howard and Jean,
So glad to have found your website for the Merrill/Merrill families. I am a descendant of Asher Merrill in New York. I would love to be a part of your research. I am trying to find out any information you have on Asher Merrill and Elizabeth Van der Cook.
Asher 1782 - 1819, was the son of Asher, 1735, and Delight Sawyer, who was the son of John, 1694, and Esther Strictland, who was the son of Thomas of Saybrook, CT, and Hannah Parmalee. He was baptized 1646 in Hartford CT, son of Thomas. The elder Thomas was long thought to possibly be the cousin of immigrant Nathaniel [1601-1654] of Newbury, MA, but recent DNA studies have this not to be the case.
Are you aware of any living male Merrill descendants of this Asher? How are you descended from Asher?
Howard and Jean Merrill
Subject: Re: Merrill family - Joseph C Merrill
Date: Tue, February 23, 2010 4:02p
Question: Jane Merrill asked:
What if any Merrills do you have that may have settled in Parsonsfield Maine or Freedom NH.I am looking for info on Joseph C Merrill.
From Freedom NH.
We are pretty sure that Joseph C's middle name is Coker, and that he was the son of Coker (7) and wife Mary (__?__). Coker was listed in Freedom, NH in 1840 and 1850 census, and Joseph C, 1809-1879, was listed there 1840 - 1870. Joseph C (8)'s lineage is Coker (7), Jesse (6), James (5), Joseph (4), Daniel (3,2), immigrant Nathaniel (1). More details are available..
Let us introduce our selves. We are Howard and Jean Merrill. For thirty years we have been trying to database the Merrill/Merrell family nationwide from the original immigrants down to the present day for all immigrant lines. So far we have info on over 60,000 Merrill males plus their wives and daughters in our database, but we estimate there have been well over a 100,000 so we have a long way to go, and need and appreciate all the help we can get, particularly with the later generations. We use this database strictly to try and help folks trace their Merrill roots. Be assured that no info on living individuals will become internet accessible from us.
While our database is not internet searchable, we will be glad to search it for anybody and share what we find at no cost. All we ask is that folks share their Merrill data with us so that we can expand our database and do a better job of helping solve Merrill lineage problems.
We would be very interested in the details of your Merrill line from Joseph C down to the present day.
We are leaving on vacation tomorrow and won't be back until Mar 11, but wanted to get this out before we left.
Howard and Jean Merrill
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