Joseph/1 Merriam

M, #2854, (circa 1600 - 1 January 1640/41)
Father*William/a Merriam1 b. c 11 May 1564, d. b 27 Nov 1635
Mother*Sarah Burgess1 b. 1559
Last Edited:13 Aug 2017

Children with Sarah/1 Goldstone:

  • William/2 Merriam2 b. circa 1624
  • Sarah/2 Merriam+2 b. circa 1626, d. 1 Feb 1676
  • Joseph/2 Merriam+1 b. circa 1629, d. 20 Apr 1677
  • Thomas/2 Merriam1 b. circa 1630
  • Elizabeth/2 Merriam1 b. say 1632
  • Hannah/2 Merriam1 b. say 1636
  • John/2 Merriam+8 b. 9 Jul 1641, d. 2 Feb 1723/24
Joseph/1 Merriam was born circa 1600 at Tonbridge, Kent.1 A clothier of Tonbridge, he married, circa 1622 at Tudeley, Kent, Sarah/1 Goldstone, daughter of John/a Goldstone and Frances Jefferie, with whom he had 7 children.1 Named as son, 8 Sep 1635, with brothers George and Robert, other siblings, and their children, in the will of William Merriam of Hadlowe, Kent, and bequeathed all such household stuff as I shall have at the time of my decease remaining, and all my lands and tenements in Yalding charged with the before mentioned annuity of three pounds.1 Named an executor in the will of his brother-in-law Robert Goldstone, 10 Apr 1637.1
     As a clothier (merchant), he put his business experience and capital to work by joining with others to charter the Castle of London to convey them to New England, taking freight and passengers to help pay the expense of the voyage. They landed at Charlestown, Massachusetts in July, 1638. As Pope notes, "The particulars of his venture are many of them brought out in connection with lawsuits between the partners." The passengers included Joseph's brothers George and Robert Merriam and their families. The Merriam families settled at Concord.1,2
     Joseph Merriam was admitted a freeman of Concord 14 Mar 1638/39, the day after his brother Robert.3 There he died 1 Jan 1640/41. A son John was born posthumously.4 Joseph is interred in the Hill Burying Ground. Shattuck wrote in 1835, "His grave-stone is the oldest in the town."5
     His will, 29 Dec 1640, speaks of sons and daughters and leaves the care of all to wife Sarah, whom he names sole executor, with overseers Thomas Flint, Simon Willard, and Robert Merriam. In an unusual provision, Joseph stipulates that should his widow remarry, she shall nevertheless have the widow's third of his estate.1,2 The widow did remarry, probably in the latter half of 1642, to Lt. Joseph/1 Wheeler, with whom she had two daughters.6,7
     See Pope, Merriam Genealogy, 32-36.2

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S106] NEHGS Register, "Genealogical Gleanings in England" (Oct 1896), 50:506-9.
  2. [S820] Charles Henry Pope, Merriam Genealogy, 32-36, Joseph (2.) Merriam.
  3. [S222] Lucius R. Paige, "Massachusetts Freemen," 16, Joseph Merriam.
  4. [S185] Concord, Massachusetts Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635–1850, 2, Joseph Miriam d.
  5. [S182] Lemuel Shattuck, History of the Town of Concord, 378, Merriam genealogy.
  6. [S110] Anne S. Benson, citing Hudson, Hist. Lexington, 421.
  7. [S185] Concord BMD, 15, Sarah Wheler d.
  8. [S185] Concord BMD, 2, John Miriam b.

Lt. Joseph/1 Wheeler

M, #2855, (18 February 1609/10 - after 1688)
Father*Thomas/a Wheeler1 b. c 1560
Mother*Rebecca (–?–)1 b. s 1568
Last Edited:23 Aug 2017

Children with Elizabeth (–?–):

  • Ephraim/2 Wheeler15 b. 14 Apr 1640, d. circa 18 Jul 1642
  • Joseph/2 Wheeler16 b. 1 Dec 1641

Children with Sarah/1 Goldstone:

Lt. Joseph/1 Wheeler was baptised 18 Feb 1609/10 at Cranfield, Bedfordshire.1 Bequeathed, in his father's will of 7 Dec 1627, "the said Capitall messuage or tenements with all houses edifices buildings yards gardens pightals groundes comons pfitts & apptenances thereto belonging." He was furthermore instructed to pay two legacies from the estate, and for that purpose given "to his use Twelve acres of Coppie hold land." Additionally left "one fframe hovell standing in the yard at my messuage at the towne end the old Cart & ould wheeles & a dung Cart."2
     He married (1), say 1635 in England, Elizabeth (–?–).3,4,5 "In a deed dated 19 February 1637/8, Timothy, Joseph and Ephraim Wheeler, yeomen, of Cranfield, sold two and one half acres of 'Ferry Field' to Edward Odell of The Ash at Cranfield, for 12 pounds. The land was located between that late of Thomas Reade on the north and that of William Odell on the south…They probably left Cranfield the next year for Timothy and Joseph Wheeler were made freemen in Massachusetts on 13 May 1640…."6
     At Concord, Massachusetts, notes Shattuck, he was "among the first settlers."7 There Elizabeth and their two sons died at almost the same time, "probably from some malignant disorder." One son was buried 18th July, 1642, followed by Elizabeth and her other son on the 19th.3,5 Joseph Wheeler married (2), probably in the latter half of 1642, Sarah/1 Goldstone, daughter of John/a Goldstone and Frances Jefferie, and widow of Joseph/1 Merriam of Concord, with whom he had two daughters.8,9 With other inhabitants of Concord he signed a petition for tax relief 14 May 1645.10
     Joseph "traded with the Indians," says Shattuck, "and had a tract of land granted to him in 1660, 'especially for satisfying the Indians in their right,' extending from Nashoba land at the north end of the great pond to Chelmsford."7
     Concord's 1666 tax list records Joseph Wheeler as owner of 29 lots, comprising 357 acres, on which his taxes were entirely abated.11
     Says Shattuck, "Lieutenant Joseph Wheeler, by trading with the Nashoba Indians, became their creditor, and petitioned the General Court in 1662, for a grant of 200 acres at the southerly part of their plantation as payment for his debt; but it was refused. In 1669, he, with several inhabitants of Concord, petitioned for a tract of land at Pompasitticutt; and the Court appointed him, with John Haynes of Sudbury..., etc ... a committee to view it and report at their next session. This report was made May 11, 1670..." The committee found that the Indians at Nashoba had superior meadowland "and they do make but little or no use of it."
     10 men, including Joseph & Thomas Wheeler, Stephen Hall, William Buttrick, and Sydrach Hapgood, subsequently petitioned for and were granted ownership of the land, provided they settle it with not less than 10 families within three years, "and that a pious, an able, and orthodox minister be maintained there." 12 "foundation lots," or "rights," each comprising 50 acres of upland and 15 of meadow, were granted, to John and Samuel Buttrick, Thomas Gates, Richard Whitney (both Sr. and Jr.), Moses Whitney, Boaz Brown (Sr. and Jr.), Henry Rand, Samuel Hall, James Wheeler, and the aforementioned Hall and Hapgood. The grant was subsequently incorporated 16 May 1683 as Stow.12
     Joseph's wife Sarah died at Concord 12 Mar 1670/719, and he married (3) Frances Watson.3 Lieutenant of the training band, he is said to have died after 1688, though the record of his death is not found at Concord or Stow.3,13

Local Notes:

Appointedcirca 25 Jan 1663, Concord, MAto a town committee to establish a permanent record of town deeds, with maps of same. Shattuck relates: To the oldest book of records in the clerk's office in Concord is prefixed an account of the proceedings of the town in relation to recording the individual titles to lands, from which it appears, that 'the latter grants of land to particular persons were only written on paper books as granted, and not in a register booke.' The selectmen were desired to consider the expediency of obtaining 'a new booke to record them and all other land that men now doe hold;' and 'the thing tending to pece and preventing of strife,' they desired 'the help herein' of their 'Reverend pastor Mr. Edward Bulkeley, Thomas Brooks, and liff. [lieutenant] Joseph Wheeler, which company sett about it the 25th of Jan. 1663, and at the end of the day, concluded to call a meeting on the 29th of the aforesaid month, to come to a conclusion about transcribing every man's land in a new booke so that it might be for the comfort and peace of ourselves, and posterity after us.14'

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S354] Raymond David Wheeler, The Wheeler Genealogy, 1:4.
  2. [S354] R.D. Wheeler, The Wheeler Genealogy, 1:3.
  3. [S142] John R. Wood, citing The Wheeler Genealogy, 1:97.
  4. [S182] Lemuel Shattuck, History of the Town of Concord, 386, Wheeler genealogy: "unknown first wife."
  5. [S185] Concord, Massachusetts Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635–1850, 3, Elizabeth Wheeler bur.
  6. [S354] R.D. Wheeler, The Wheeler Genealogy, 1:67-68.
  7. [S182] Shattuck, Hist. Concord, 386, Wheeler genealogy.
  8. [S110] Anne S. Benson, citing Hudson, Hist. Lexington, 421.
  9. [S185] Concord BMD, 15, Sarah Wheler d.
  10. [S182] Shattuck, Hist. Concord, 16-17.
  11. [S182] Shattuck, Hist. Concord, 37, 1666 tax list.
  12. [S182] Shattuck, Hist. Concord, 43-45, Nashoba land acquisition.
  13. [S182] Shattuck, Hist. Concord, 385–86, Wheeler genealogy: lieutenant.
  14. [S182] Shattuck, Hist. Concord, 36.
  15. [S185] Concord BMD, 3, Ephraim Wheeler b., bur.
  16. [S185] Concord BMD, 3, Joseph Wheeler b., bur.
  17. [S185] Concord BMD, 3, Mary Wheeler b.
  18. [S185] Concord BMD, 4, Rebecca Wheeler b.

George/1 Merriam

M, #2856, (circa 1603 - 29 September 1675)
Father*William/a Merriam1 b. c 11 May 1564, d. b 27 Nov 1635
Mother*Sarah Burgess2 b. 1559
Last Edited:21 Dec 2012

Children with Susanna Raven:

  • Mary/2 Merriam3 b. 14 Nov 1628, d. circa 3 Dec 1628
  • Mary/2 Merriam9 b. 14 Nov 1630, d. 10 Aug 1646
  • Susanna/2 Merriam3 b. say 1632, d. 2 Feb 1706/7
  • Elizabeth/2 Merriam3 b. 18 Jan 1635, d. circa 13 May 1636
  • Joseph/2 Merriam3 b. 26 Feb 1637, d. say Jun 1637
  • Sarah/2 Merriam10 b. 17 Jul 1639, d. before 1681
  • Elizabeth/2 Merriam11 b. 8 Nov 1641 or 11 Nov 1641, d. Aug 1691
  • Samuel/2 Merriam12 b. circa 21 Jul 1643, d. after 1705
  • Abigail/2 Merriam+13 b. circa 15 Jul 1645, d. 14 Jul 1684
  • Hannah/2 Merriam14 b. circa 14 Jul 1647
George/1 Merriam was born in England "not far from the year 1603."3 He married, 16 Oct 1627 at Tonbridge, Kent, Susanna Raven.3 Named, with brothers Joseph and Robert, other siblings, and their children, in the will, 8 Sep 1635, of William Merriam of Hadlowe, Kent: To George Mirriam my son five pounds and to his daughter Mary, my god daughter, five shillings.1
     George Merriam, his wife, and two surviving children emigrated to New England, probably with his brothers Joseph and Robert in 1638. "Among the 'Feet of Fines' or deeds of land in the county of Kent, A.D. 1638, Easter term, Charles I., is a conveyance by 'George Mirriam and Susanna his wife' of 'Two messuages, two barns, two gardens, two orchards, and six acres of land in Tewdley, co. Kent,' to 'Anne Towne, widow.3'" They settled at Concord, Massachusetts, where he was admitted a freeman 2 Jun 1641.4 He is recorded, 2 Jan 1654 in the East Quarter of Concord (the part now Lincoln), whose residents were enumerated as follows: The east quarter [boundaries] by there familyes are from Henry Farweles all eastward with Thomas Brooke, Ensign Wheeler, Robert Meriam, Georg Meriam, John Adames, Richard Rice.5 Concord's 1666 tax list indicates he then lived in the East District near the almshouse.6 That year his taxes on 16 lots comprising 259 acres were abated.6 There he died 29 Sep 1675.7
     His will, dated 8 Oct 1675, proved 4 Apr 1676, leaves beloved wife Susan all his moveables; to daughters Sarah Gove of Cambridge, Elizab. West of Salem, Hannah Axdell of Marlbury, Susan Scotchford of Concord and Abigail Bateman of Concord, "these sevrall parcels of land hereafter mentioned," a total of 147 acres, divided between upland, meadow, plowland, and woodland. To son Samuel my houseing and lands joyneing thereunto, totaling 56 acres of varied types of land, provided that this my son Samuel do well provide for comfortable maintenance of his mother during her naturall life, and take care for her decent buryall wn deceased. Should the widow choose to live with one of their daughters, "or any other place in Concord," then Samuel, who is to be executor, shall supply his mother with five pounds in provisions annually. Witnesses, Joseph Estabrook, Robert Mirriam, Thomas Burges.3
     His widow Susan survived him. Savage says she died 8 Oct 1675, but Susan is mentioned in George's will of that date. No record of her death is found at Concord.8

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S106] NEHGS Register, "Genealogical Gleanings in England" (Oct 1896), 50:506-9.
  2. [S110] Anne S. Benson, citing Hudson, History of Lexington, 421.
  3. [S820] Charles Henry Pope, Merriam Genealogy, 36-38, George (3.) Merriam.
  4. [S222] Lucius R. Paige, "Massachusetts Freemen," 19, George Merriam.
  5. [S182] Lemuel Shattuck, History of the Town of Concord, 33–34, division of the town.
  6. [S182] Shattuck, Hist. Concord, 37, 1666 tax list.
  7. [S185] Concord, Massachusetts Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635–1850, 19, George Meriam d.
  8. [S36] James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary, 3:197.
  9. [S185] Concord BMD, 6, Mary Mirriam d.
  10. [S185] Concord BMD, 5, Sarath Miriam b.
  11. [S185] Concord BMD, 2, Elisabeth miriam b.; 5, Elizabeth Miriam b.
  12. [S185] Concord BMD, 5, Samuell Miriam b.
  13. [S185] Concord BMD, 6, Abigail Merriam b.
  14. [S185] Concord BMD, 6, Hanna Merriam b.

John/2 Merriam

M, #2858, (9 July 1641 - 2 February 1723/24)
Father*Joseph/1 Merriam1 b. c 1600, d. 1 Jan 1640/41
Mother*Sarah/1 Goldstone1 b. c 1605, d. 12 Mar 1670/71
Last Edited:13 Aug 2017

Children with Mary/2 Cooper:, memorial #22544482. Photo by Nareen et al.
John/2 Merriam was born 9 Jul 1641 at Concord, Massachusetts.1 He married, 21 Oct 1663, probably at Cambridge (also rec. Concord), Mary/2 Cooper of Cambridge, daughter of Dea. John/1 Cooper and Anna/2 Sparhawk.2,3 Concord's 1666 tax list places him on the Virginia Road, East Quarter, where his taxes were abated on 8 lots comprising 262 acres.4 Admitted a freeman of Concord, 1677 (rec. 1 Apr and 23 May).5 According to Savage, "was perhaps of Lexington, 1679."6 He died at Concord 2 [27, g.s.] Feb 1723/4, a. 827, and his wife in 1731.8 They are interred in the Hill Burying Ground.9
     Three of his children married into the Brooks family of Concord. Anna/3 married Ens. Daniel/3a Brooks, Joseph/3 married Dorothy/4a Brooks, and Ebenezer/3 married Elizabeth/3a Brooks.

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S185] Concord, Massachusetts Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635–1850, 2, John Miriam b.
  2. [S185] Concord BMD, 11, John Meriam/Mary Cooper m.
  3. [S308] Thomas W. Baldwin, Vital Records of Cambridge, Massachusetts, To the Year 1850, 2:91, Mary Cooper/John Mirriam m.
  4. [S182] Lemuel Shattuck, History of the Town of Concord, 37, 1666 tax list.
  5. [S222] Lucius R. Paige, "Massachusetts Freemen," 5, John Meriam.
  6. [S36] James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary, 3:197.
  7. [S185] Concord BMD, 104, John Meriam d.
  8. [S185] Concord BMD, 127, Mrs Mary Meriam d.
  9. [S148], memorials #22544482, #22544624.
  10. [S185] Concord BMD, 12, John meriam b.
  11. [S185] Concord BMD, 14, Anna Meriam b.
  12. [S185] Concord BMD, 16, Nathaniel Merriam b.
  13. [S185] Concord BMD, 20, Joseph Meriam b.
  14. [S820] Charles Henry Pope, Merriam Genealogy, 55, Ebenezer (18.) Merriam.
  15. [S185] Concord BMD, 24, Saml. Mirriam b.
  16. [S267] Lexington Births, Marriages and Deaths, 47, Mary Merriam b. (g.s.). Hereafter Lexington VR.