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MERRIAM, Robert

MERRIAM, Robert

Male Abt 1613 - 1682

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  • Name  MERRIAM, Robert   [1
    Born  Abt 1613  Tudeley, Kent, , England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Also Known As  MERIAM, Robert  [2
    Died  15 Feb 1681/82  Concord, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Emigration  1838 
    from England to the United States 
    Freeman  13 Mar 1838 
    Residence  Concord, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence  Charlestown, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Concord, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Old Hill Burying Ground - In the Hubbard plot
      Date inscribed on gravestone is February 5, 1681 [3]
    Notes 
    • Robert = (William ') was born in England about the year
      1613, according to the age he gave in the following deposition
      which relates to the suit of his brother Joseph mentioned
      on a previous page.

      Robert Meriam of Concord in New England planter, aged about 26
      yeares, sworne, Deposeth upon his oath that in the moneth of April in
      the foureteenth yeare of the Kings Mais raigne that now is he delivered
      unto William Hatch one of the undertakers in the ship called the Castle
      of London, for her voyage to New England that yeare, in the Masters
      Roundhouse aboard the said ship while she was in the River of Thames
      the summe of thirty and five pounds of lawfull money of England in the
      behalfe of Joseph Meriam brother of this Deptonent, etc. [Lechford's
      Notebook, g2.]

      He came to New England in 1638, and entered into the
      life of the new country with energy and character. Resided
      a short time in Charlestown, where he had a house and ware-
      house, woodland, marsh, and cow commons in 1638, but
      soon removed to Concord. Pie joined the church; was made
      a freeman 13 March, 1638-9; was chosen deacon and filled
      the office with credit, and also served the town acceptably
      as clerk and representative to the General Court. Had no
      children.
      He married Mary, daughter of Edmund Sheafe, of Cran-
      brook, CO. Kent, who was baptized there 26 Sept., 1620.
      He died in Concord 15 Feb., 1682. She died 22 July, 1693,
      " aged 72 years," says her gravestone. Each left a will full
      of interest to our readers, which we give below.

      THE WILL OF ROBERT MERRIAM

      I Robert Meriam of C\)ncord in the County of Middclsex in Massa-
      chusetts Colony in New England, being in ))rfect memory doe make this
      my last will and Testament in manour and forme following:

      First I comitt & comend my soulc into the hands of God my faithfuU
      I''atluT who lialh called me to the fellowship of his son Jesus Christ in
      hom 1 have beleved, knowing that he is able to keepe that which I have
      comitted to him and my body to be decently buryed, beleving the Res-
      urrection thereof to eternall life, as touching tiie temjjorall Estatwhich
      God hath given me, as foloweth :

      It I give to my loving wife all my moveables to be to her use and dis-
      pose, and the housing and lot of land it stands on & two orchards: which
      I now live in ; and lyeth in the Towne of Concord ; between John Wheelers
      hou.se lott; and Joslmah Whelers and also all the medow I have lying
      in the great Medow between Mr John Flints medow; and my Cosen Buss
      medow; and ail that medow & upland lying in oake medow or mento
      so called; and ninty six acres of coman land in the South ((uarter of the
      Towne as the bounds of it api)ear in the Towne booke.

      It I give to my Cosen Is:iak Day in old England, which is son to my
      sister Joan Day now decesed; all my housing and lands being and lying
      within the bounds of Cambridg; provid he come over and take possession of
      it before my wifes decese, in case he doe not, I give it to my Cosen Joseph
      Meriam now decesed, Robert Meriam his son of the Towne of Cam-
      bridg and his heires forever.

      It I give to my Cosen Jonathan Hubard hoe liveth with me twenty shil-
      lings.

      It I give to Joseph French, whoe formerly lived with me; Twenty
      acres of land to be laved out where he now liveth; and all the housing
      which stands on it; beginning at the drene he hath mad in the gutter
      wher the water runeth ne.xt my brother George Meriams now dececed
      lands; south west of it, and betwene the great medow, and the heiway
      going from the Towne to Billicary [Billerica]; I say to the nombor of
      twenty acres.

      It I give all my other lands e.xcept before mensioned, and by deeds of
      gift to others to this day : to my too Brothers children now decesed, that
      is to say Joseph Meriam and Geo Meriams Children ; that is to say three
      sons and five daghters; William Meriam and John Meriam; & Same-
      well Meriam; the daughters Elizabeth Hinkesman; Seuesan Schotch-
      ford; Elizabeth West; Hanna Tailler and Abigail Batman; said lands
      medow & uplands; These eight persones foremensioned ; to devide said
      lands every on to have an equall proportion; also I bequeth and give
      to those forementioned Eight prsones, every on of them (ten pounds)
      apeece.

      It I give to Reverend Mr Bulkely Paster of the Church of Concord
      forty shillings.

      It I give to my Cosen John Buss four pounds.

      It I give to Sarah Wieler, which formerly lived with me forty shillings.

      It I give to the poore of the Towne of Concord four pound in corne.

      I doe hereby further declare my mening to be, and my full will is that
      house at Cambridg & house that Joseph French liveth in, before men-
      sioned. The rents of them be payed to and receved by my Wife, deuring
      her life; lastly I do hereby nominat, and constitut my dear and loving
      Wife Mary my sole e.xecutrix of this my will; In witnes hereof I sete to
      my hand and scale; the word, accep, above interlined before signing and
      sealing, I do set to my hand and scale this tent day of Desembr on thou-
      sing sex hundred. Eighty on.

      Robert Meriam.
      Signed & sealed in the

      presents of us
      Timothy Wheller
      John Smedley sener

      Proved 4 April 1682.
    Person ID  I4382  SEQUOIA
    Last Modified  5 Jan 2017 

    Father  MERRIAM, William,   b. Bef 11 May 1564, , Kent, , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 27 Nov 1635 
    Mother  BURGES, Sara,   b. 1559, Goudhurst, , , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown, Hadlow, Kent, , England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  , , , England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1496  Group Sheet

    Family  SHEAFE, Mary,   b. 1620,   d. 22 Jul 1693, Concord, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified  30 Sep 2012 
    Family ID  F1497  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1613 - Tudeley, Kent, , England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Feb 1681/82 - Concord, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Concord, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Charlestown, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Concord, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Gravestone: MERRIAM, Robert, d 15 Feb 1681/82
    Gravestone: MERRIAM, Robert, d 15 Feb 1681/82
    in the Old Hill Burying Ground in Concord, MA.

  • Sources 
    1. [S255] GENEALOGY: MERRIAM GENEALOGY IN ENGLAND AND AMERICA, Pope, Charles Henry - 1906, (Reprint compiled by John Merriam Kingsbury through Bullbrier Press - 1986), pages 32, 38 (4). (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S142] WEBSITE: FIND A GRAVE, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=meriam&GSfn=robert&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSst=21&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=22543292&df=all& (Reliability: 2).

    3. [S670] GENEALOGY: One Thousand Years of Hubbard History, 866 to 1895, DAY, Edward Warren, (https://archive.org/details/onethousandyears00daye), Page 215 (Reliability: 2).