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MERIAM, John

MERIAM, John

Male 1778 - 1851

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  • Name  MERIAM, John   [1, 2
    Born  19 Feb 1778  Oxford, Worcester Co, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    • John's birth date is estimated by death date and baptism date. Also Tom Greene had day as 19th
    Christened  12 Apr 1778  Oxford, Worcester Co, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  26 Sep 1851  Beverly Twp, Wentworth Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Sheffield - Beverly Twp, Wentworth Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Sheffield Cemetery
    Notes 
    • Research on John Meriam's descendants was done by Kit Cutting and Fred Merriam jointly over a period of years. Additions by others to this research are noted. More information may be obtained by contacting Kit Cutting through www.merriamfamilytree.org.

      History of John Meriam: John Meriam made a long trip by wagon train in about 1802 from New York State to Wentworth County, Upper Canada. John was born in 1778 in Oxford, Mass. to Persis Meriam and unknown father. He had been living with his mother and stepfather, Abner Claflin, in Sandisfield, Mass., helping Abner in his work. The family story is told that some cousins talked him into traveling to Westchester, NY where he joined a group of people going into Canada West. Also traveling west with the same wagon train was the family Sylvanus Cornell.

      John was born in 1778, and at 23, was ready to make his own way in the world. He settled on a farm near Sheffield, Beverly Twp., Wentworth Co., Canada about 1802. In 1812, he married Clarissa Cornell, Sylvanus's daughter, who was about 15.

      He organized the first Sabbath School in Sheffield. John was one of two assessors in Beverly in 1816 and was in the assessment roll that year.

      Clarissa and John had a large family of 10 children. Some of the children stayed in Wentworth County, but others moved to Middlesex or Waterloo Co. John and Clarissa are both buried in Sheffield Cemetery. Some of John's descendants later changed their names by adding an extra r.
    Person ID  I7546  SEQUOIA
    Last Modified  15 Feb 2015 

    Father  MERIAM, Name ? (Partner Of Persis) 
    Mother  MERRIAM, Persis,   b. 16 Aug 1751, Oxford, Worcester Co, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1826, Sandisfield, Berkshire Co, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F2650  Group Sheet

    Family  CORNELL, Clarissa,   b. 18 Jan 1797, Hillsdale, Columbia Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Mar 1850, Beverly Twp, Wentworth Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1812  Waterloo, Waterloo Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     01. MERIAM, Tully,   b. 10 Apr 1813, Beverly Twp, Wentworth Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1820, Beverly Twp, Wentworth Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     02. MERIAM, Elijah,   b. 25 Feb 1815, Beverly Twp, Wentworth Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1834, Beverly Twp, Wentworth Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    >03. MERIAM, William Charles,   b. 6 Sep 1817, Beverly Twp, Wentworth Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1897, Beverly Twp, Wentworth Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    >04. MERIAM, Mary,   b. 13 Oct 1819, Beverly Twp, Wentworth Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1884
    >05. MERIAM, Catherine,   b. 14 Mar 1822, Beverly Twp, Wentworth Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1903, Washington, Oxford Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     06. MERIAM, John Wesley,   b. 10 Feb 1824, Beverly Twp, Wentworth Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Sep 1898, Waterloo, Waterloo Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    >07. MERRIAM, Sarah,   b. 9 Sep 1826, Beverly Twp, Wentworth Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Sep 1912, Iron Bridge, Algoma District, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    >08. MERIAM, Bruin,   b. 29 Mar 1829, Sheffield - Beverly Twp, Wentworth Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1894, West Williams Twp, Middlesex Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    >09. MERIAM, Sylvanus Oliver,   b. 10 Apr 1832, Beverly Twp, Wentworth Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1880, West Williams Twp, Middlesex Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  30 Sep 2012 
    Family ID  F2641  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 19 Feb 1778 - Oxford, Worcester Co, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 12 Apr 1778 - Oxford, Worcester Co, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1812 - Waterloo, Waterloo Co, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Sep 1851 - Beverly Twp, Wentworth Co, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Sheffield - Beverly Twp, Wentworth Co, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Gravestone: MERIAM, John, d 26 Sep 1851
    Gravestone: MERIAM, John, d 26 Sep 1851

  • Sources 
    1. [S218] Personal Knowledge of: KENNEDY, Lauri (Mead).

    2. [S123] MARRIAGE Record: Massachusetts, USA - Oxford Town Records (Reliability: 2).
      Actual Text:" Meriam John, son of Persis Bap Apr 12 1778 " Church Record

    3. [S130] VITAL Record: Massachusetts, USA - Oxford, (http://ma-vitalrecords.org/MA/Worcester/Oxford/).

    4. [S254] GENEALOGY: Genealogy Page - Cornell Family, ([http://www.mindspring.com/~tvcornel/gene.html]).

    5. [S264] CEMETERY: ONTARIO, Sheffield - Sheffield Cemetery, (Sheffield, Wentworth Co, Ontario, CANADA).
      Seaton Road Concession 7, Lot 9 Headstone record has Sep. 26, 1851, age at death 72 years, 7 months.