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The Wills of 3 John Merrells
Will of John Merrell 1600
Wherstead and Belstead
John Merrell chart
Will of John Meryell 1551
Will of John Meryell 1528
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    Samuel Merrill, 1928, reprint 1983

The Wills of Three John Merrells - Chapter IV, pp32-47

Wherstead and Belstead

   Search of the Wherstead and Belstead registers discloses the following entries:

Wherstead
1593/4
Jan.21.
….. Merrell, dau. of Nath! Merrell & his wife was buried.
1594/5
Feb.23.
Mary Merrell, dau. of Nath! Merrell & Mary his wife was baptised.
1596.
Sep.21.
Matthew Merrell dau. of Matthew Merrell & Mary his wife was baptised. (Sic.)
1598.
(        )
Francis Merrell dau. of . . . . . Merrell & Mary his wife was baptised.
1599.
Aug. 16.
John Merrell son of Nath! Merrell & Mary his wife was baptised.
1601.
May 4.
Nathanaell Merrell son of Nath! Merrell & Mary his wife was baptised.
1602.
Aug. 23.
Rose Merrill dau. of Thomas Merrill & his wife was baptised.
1603.
Apr. 3.
Mychell Merrell, son of Nathaniel Merrell & his wife was baptised.
1605.
Mar. 29.
Elizabeth Merrell dau. of Thomas Merrell & his wife was baptised.
1628/9
Jan. 24.
John Merrill & Anis Bishope married.
1595/6
Jul. 15.
Thomas Merrill & Rose Pearson married.
1598.
Aug. 1.
Fraunces Merrell, dau. of Nath! Merrell & Mary his wife buried.
1626/7
Mar. 17.
Nathaniel Merrill buried.
     
Belstead
1602.
Oct. 10.
Mary dau. of John & Susan Merrill baptised.
1603.
Apr. 9.
Elizabeth dau. of Nichaelis Merrill & Margaret his wife.
1604.
Aug. 4.
Francis Merrill, dau. of Michael Merrill & Margaret.
1607.
Apr. 19.
Michael son of Michael Merrill & Margaret.
1608/9
Feb. 19.
John son of Michael Merrill & Margaret.
1610/1
Mar. 10.
William son of Michael Merrill and Margaret.
1615.
Sep. 10.
Anna Merrill dau. of Michael Merrill & Margaret.

(Baptisms and burials, hiatus to 1653.)
1583.
Sep. 15.
Robert Andrew & Joane Morrell married.
1592/3
Feb. 27.
Nathanaell Merrill & Mary Blacksoll married.
1601.
Dec. 29.
John Merrill & Susan Plumley married.
1602/3
Mar. 7.
Michael Merrill & Margaret Scrivener married.
1637.
Jul. 3.
William Merrill & An. Bond married.
1609.
Dec. 22
Prudence Merrill buried.
1616.
Aug. 20.
Michael Merrill buried.

(Hiatus to 1622.)

   In the light of this record of baptisms marriages and burials, aided by the evidence of relationship contained in the will given at pages 34-38, we may construct the above pedigree.  (To be completed soon!)

   John and Nathaniel Merrell, who were baptised at Wherstead 16 Aug. 1599, and 4 May, 1601, respectively, and whose names are underscored in red in the pedigree, seem to be the John and Nathaniel Merrill who settled in Newbury, Massachusetts. Their dates of baptism are quite consistent with this theory, and they disappear from the records of Wherstead and vicinity at the time when John and Nathaniel appear in the records of Ipswich and Newbury in New England. John was mentioned in his grand father’s will: Nathaniel was unborn when the grandfather died. Such search as has been made, however, fails to disclose marriage records, or ships’ lists, or references in wills to kindred beyond the sea, to prove that the John and Nathaniel of Wherstead migrated to New England.

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