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MERRIAM, William

Male Bef 1564 - Bef 1635  (~ 71 years)


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  • Name MERRIAM, William   [1
    Born Bef 11 May 1564  , Kent, , England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 11 May 1564  Goudhurst, , , England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1598  Tudeley, Kent, , England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • "TUDELEY, where the family was found in 1598, and where Joseph resided at the time of his father's death, is a little hamlet close by the town of Tonbridge and only a short distance from the famous watering-place of Tunbridge Wells; indeed, the medicinal waters come out through the rocks here as they do at the celebrated town..."
    Legal 21 Jul 1601  Canterbury, Kent, , England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Court Docket # 18: Charged with others for the assault on the Queen's Special Bailiff and his assistant. Assault alleged took have taken place at Minster 1 May 1601. Charges against William were dismissed. 
    Legal 9 Sep 1605  , Kent, , England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Named a surety in the case of a child born out of wedlock to Alice Avis. The child's father was one Ralphe Denton. 
    Property Goudhurst, , , England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • William owned land there, 4 miles northwest from Cranbrook, 5 south from Marden Station on the Southeastern Railway, and 43 from London. Most of the town is situated on a fine ridge, 419 feet above sea-level, commanding a broad prospect. Has long been a prosperous farming town...
    Property Yalding, , , England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Another place where the family owned property, is on low ground near the confluence of the Beault and Teise with the navigable Medway, and is often swept by the waters in wet seasons; has a railroad station a mile from the village toward Tonbridge; is one of the most extensive hop-growing districts of Kent in these days; was a quiet agricultural region in the period we are studying...
    Property 1614  Sevenoaks, Kent, , England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • This is where William and Sara sold land in 1614, and is half a dozen miles northwest from Tonbridge, situated on the ridge of sand-hills which divide the county into the Upland and the Weald; it is airy and healthful, with fine views of the country, is a market town, and the seat of famous schools...
    Residence Hadlow, Kent, , England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • The family home when the precious will, which connects old and New England together for this family, was made, is 4 miles northesast of Tonbridge, and thus very near Tudeley. It lies in the Weald and has no special local attractions, escept Hadlow Castle, whose elegant mansion and lofty tower are very interesting and quite put its warlike features out of mind. Fruit, wheat, hops and the sheep industry in a small way occupy the people. The country is beautiful and homelike...
    Occupation Clothier  [2
    Died Bef 27 Nov 1635 
    • 27 Nov 1635 was the date the will was proved according to the Pope book.
    Notes 
    • Please see the home page of our website for information about acquiring the book that much of our Merriam genealogy is based on.

      MERRIAM GENEALOGY IN ENGLAND AND AMERICA, 1906
      Compiled by Charles Henry Pope
      Begins with:

      WILLIAM MERRIAM:

      the first of this line of whom we have at this writing absolute
      proof, and from whom the numbering of the generations in
      this book proceeds, was a resident of the county of Kent cer-
      tainly for many years. In the " Kentish Lay Subsidy Rolls
      we find several entries which definitely point to him."

      " A.D. 1598. Tudeley: Willm. Meryam, in goods iijli.--------- viijs."

      " A.D. 1599. Tudeley: Willm. Merriam, in goods iijli.--------- viijs."

      Similar entries and amounts slightly varying appear for the
      years 1600, 1610, 1611, and 1621, with changes of spelling
      quite sufficient. No record of his residing at Hadlow appears
      in these documents.

      In the deeds of land, the only equivalent of which exist
      in "The Feet of Fines " in early English records, we find the
      following, which must refer to the man we are considering.

      "A.D. 1614. Easter term, 11 James I. John Stylman and George
      Wymble, plaintiffs v. William Myriam and Sara his wife. One messuage,
      three stables, one garden, one orchard, two acres of arable land, one acre
      of meadow and one acre of pasture in Sevenoaks, co. Kent."

      Perhaps this property had come into the family through
      Sara, the wife, and was now being turned into money to be
      used in the business of the "clothier;" for this was the trade
      of William, as we learn from the next document which has
      been found relating to him. He lived to a period when he
      called himself " aged," a word which has been applied to people
      all the way from fifty to a hundred years of age, but which,
      in general, suggests the neighborhood of seventy-five. Whether
      he carried on his business at Hadlow or was living there in
      well-earned comfort after a busy career at Tewdly, where
      we find his eldest son living, no one can say; but his will
      does not mention any buildings or apparatus belonging to
      the trade. A "clothier " was a man who combined the various
      departments of cloth-making and handled the products.
      The carder prepared the wool for the spinster; the weaver
      passed his pieces over to the webster and fuller; the tucker
      got things in shape for the shearman; and the clothier criti-
      cized, accepted, or rejected, and adjusted the prices of the
      cloths, and put them on the market. One of the ancient
      guilds of old Devonshire, that at Exeter, was "The Guild
      of Weavers, Fullers, Tuckers, and Shearmen," whose rec-
      ords the writer examined in 1887. Clothiers were generally
      men who comprehended the entire process of manufactur-
      ing cloth, and who were cloth merchants; so the trade or
      business implied a person of large brain and strong grasp
      of details and good sagacity. It was also usually very prof-
      itable, so that clothiers were very often more wealthy than the
      gentry, as well as more intelligent and virtuous.

      We have no records of the marriage or marriages of William
      Merriam, nor of the births of his children, the records of
      many parishes in the region about Hadlow having been ex-
      amined fruitlessly; still there is reason to hope that some
      parish not yet searched may prove to have been the family
      home while the man was passing along his early manhood
      and bringing up his family.

      In the same way the ancestry of the man is still not really
      established, although the records given in the Appendix fur-
      nish some grounds for constructing a pedigree.'

      Taking the data which we have, then, we may notice the
      region where the cradle of the American family has been found.

      Tudeley, where the family was found in 1598, and where
      Joseph resided at the time of his father's death, is a little
      hamlet close by the town of Tonbridge and only a short dis-
      tance from the famous watering-place of Tunbridge Wells;
      indeed, the medicinal waters come out through the rocks
      here as they do at the celebrated town. There are no sug-

      gestions at present of any former business of importance.
      A clothier living at this point would have to travel a long way
      about to gather much cloth, but that may have been the man-
      ner of the sixteenth and seventeeth centuries. Today hop-
      growing and strawberry-raising occupy the people more than
      sheep-keeping, and there are no hand looms at work now.

      Sevenoaks, where William and Sara sold land in 1614,
      is half a dozen miles northwest from Tonbridge, situated on
      the ridge of sand-hills which divide the county into the Up-
      land and the Weald; it is airy and healthful, with fine views
      of the country, is a market town, and the seat of famous schools.
      Several families of distinction have their seats in the vicin-
      ity.

      Goudhurst, in which William owned land, is 4 miles
      northwest from Cranbrook, 5 south from Marden station
      on the Southeastern Railway, and 43 from London. Most
      of the town is situated on a fine ridge, 419 feet above sea-level,
      commanding a broad prospect. Has long been a prosperous
      farming town.

      Yalding, another place where the family owned property,
      is on low ground near the confluence of the Beult and Teise
      with the navigable Medway, and is often swept by the waters
      in wet seasons; has a railroad station a mile from the vil-
      lage toward Tonbridge; is one of the most extensive hop-
      growing districts of Kent in these days; was a quiet agri-
      cultural region in the period we are studying.

      Hadlow, the family home when the precious will which
      connects old and New England together for this family was
      made, is 4 miles northeast of Tonbridge, and thus very near
      Tudeley. It lies in the Weald and has no special local at-
      tractions, exccpt Hadlow Castle, whose elegant mansion and
      lofty tower are very interesting and quite put its warlike fea-
      tures out of mind. Fruit, wheat, hops, and the sheep indus-
      try in a small way occupy the people. The country is beau-
      tiful and homelike.

      The following will was first discovered in modern times
      by the late William Sumner Appleton, Esq., of Boston, whose
      connection with the family is shown in No. 19. We reprint
      it from the pages of Mr. Charles Pierce Merriam's Collec-
      tions, and add a portion of the will of a brother-in-law (what-
      ever that may have meant) of William Merriam, from the
      same source.

      William Mirriam, of Hadlow, co. Kent, clothier. Dated 8
      Sept., 1635; proved 27 Nov., 1635. (Consistory of
      Rochester.)

      In the name of God Amen the eighth daie of September in the yeare of
      our Lord Christ one thousand six hundred thirty and five, I William Mirriam
      of Hadlowe in the County of Kent, Clothier being of sound and good mem-
      ory and in reasonable good health of body, but aged and thereby as
      well as by daylie examples and the consideracon of mans mortalitye put
      in mynde of my last end and departure of this world for the selling of
      that estate wherewith God hath blessed mee doe ordayne and make this
      my Testament and last will in manner followinge. First therefore recom-
      mending my soule to the gratious acceptance of Almightie God through
      Jesus Christ my Saviour and my bodie to the earth in decent manner
      to be buried, I will to the poore of Hadlowe tenn shillings item. I will
      to Susan my daughter already preferred fifty shillings item. I will to my
      daughter Margarit likewise preferred alredy the like sume of fifty shil-
      lings item; to my daughter Joane already preferred one shillinge item;
      I will to Sara my daughter the sume of fortie poundes of lawful English
      money to be paid unto her within three monethes next after my decease
      by mine executor here after named item; I will to Sara my loveinge wife
      all the household stuffe of myne which is in my nowe dwelling house scit-
      uate at Barnestreete in Hadlowe aforesaid item; I will to the said Sara
      my wife the five poundes p annum which she is to be paid out of my
      landes in Goodherst in the County of Kent duringe her naturall life. And
      allsoe I will unto her Three poundes p Annum of lawful English money
      to be paid to her during her naturall life (halfe yearely by equall porcons)
      out of my tenement and lands in Yaldinge in the said county. And for
      defaulte of payment thereof to her accordinglie, I will that it shall and


      may be lawfull to and for my said wife and her assignes to enter and dis-
      treyne upon my said tenement and landes or any parte thereof. And the
      distresse and distresses to hold and deteyne untill the said annuity of
      three poundes shall be paid unto her from tyme to tyme according to the
      purport of this my will. And further I will that my said wife shall freely
      and quietly have her dwelling & abidinge in my dwellinge house afore-
      said after my decease during the whole terme of her naturall life with
      free howse ingresse egresse and recourse to and from the same. And into
      and from the gardens and orchards for herbs water and for her Bruinge
      Bakeing washing dryeinge and the like needful occasions item I will
      to my Sonne Joseph Mirriam all such household stuffe as I shall have at
      the time of my decease remayning and being in the howse wherein he now
      dwelleth scituate in Tewdly or elsewhere where he shall shall then dwell
      being in his custody or possession item. I will to George Mirriam my
      sonne five pounds and to his daughter Mary my god-daughter five shil-
      lings item. I will to William Howe my grandchild tenn shillings and
      to every childe of his father Thomas Howe which he had by my daugh-
      ter his late deceased wife I will five shillings item. I will to V Mir-
      riam my grandchilde, sonne of the said Joseph, my sonne five shillings
      All which legacyes before by mee bequeathed (not assigned to anie tyme
      of payment) I will shalbe paid within one whole next after my decease.
      And if anie Legatorie before named shalbe then within age I will my exec-
      utor shall paie it to the parent of such Legatone and so shalbe discharged
      thereof. And as touchinge my lands and tenements this is alsoe the last
      Will of mee the said William Mirriam made and declared the dale and
      yeare first above written Item I will to Joseph Mirriam my sonne and
      to his heires and assignes for ever All my Landes and Tenements lying in
      Yalding in the said Countie of Kent with theire and every of theire ap-
      purtenncs charged with the before mentioned Annuitie of three poundes
      willed to my said wife as aforesaid to be paid unto her Item I will to
      Robert Mirriam my sonne and to his heires and assignes for ever all that
      Messuage or Tenement wherein I nowe dwell scituate lying and beinge in
      Hadlowe aforesaid with the Barnes Outhouses Yardes Gardens Orchards
      And all my Landes thereto belonginge And alsoe all other my Landes Ten-
      emts and Hereditaments with theire and even*- of theire appurtenncs lying
      and being in Hadlowe aforesaid To hold to the said Robert his heires
      and Assignes for ever He and they sufferinge my wife to have her dwell-
      ing and the Easements and comodityes afores;iid To the which Robert
      my sonne I will and give all my Goods and Chattels not formerly be-
      queathed To hold to him his executors and Assignes for ever And I
      doe ordeyne & make the said Robert the full and sole Executor of this
      my Testament & last Will sealed with my Scale Dated the daie and yeare
      first before written - The marke of the'sitid William Mirriam - Sealed
      subscribed and declared in the presence of Thomas Humphrey - John
      Hooper norie pbqe

      Proved 27th )

      Novr 1635 J

      Robert Pyper of Tonbridge, Dated ii June, 1616; proved
      2 Aug., 1616. (P.C.C. 86 Cope.)

      " I RoBKRT PvPKR of Tonbridge in the Countie of Kent, Clothier."
      ^ ^ To the poore i)coplc resorting to my buryall or other of the parishe of
      Tonbridge 40s. To Elizabeth and 5largaret my two eldest daughters
      150 apeece to be made up with the portions willed by the Testament
      of John Hablett theire late grandsire deceased. To Anne my third daugh-
      ter 140 whereof her sayed grandsire's portion to her also given to be ac-
      compted parcell. To Mary my youngest Daughter ;(;4o. All which leg-
      acies are payable at 21 or marriage. Margaret my wife and Robert Piper
      my son to be join executors. Daniel Piper my brother and William Mer-
      ryam my brother-in-lawe to be overseers thereof. Concerning my Lands
      1 devise to Robert Piper my eldest sonne that messuage wherein 1 now
      dwell called Loges adjoining to the highe vvaye leading between Tunbridge
      and Tewdley against the north to the highway leading from Tonbridge
      to ffish lodge brooke against the west and Southeast and each to hold the
      same to him and to his heirs for ever.

      " Furthermore I will and prouide that yf my youngest sonne William
      Piper shall hereafter be trayned up to be a Clothier and so shall come to
      use the same trade That then he the said William shall have libertie freelie
      and peaceablie to come and goe at all tymes reasonable and in reasonable
      sorte order and manner during his naturall life to and from my vvorke-
      house and there to use the fatt Copper and other ymplements and the
      water of the pond for the Dying of his owne wooll onlie and to laye in
      wood from tyme to tyme in the Close or yard belonging to my saied Worke-
      house and to spend out the same in the said workhouse for the Dying
      of the saied wooll and to use the Hurdle and Teynter uppon my landes
      before willed to my sonne Robert."
      Other lands in Tonbridge to my said son William at 21 and to his heirs.

      (Signed) Robert Pyper.

      Witnesses, William Mirriam, Thomas Gouldsmithe, William Love,
      and John Hooper, Notary Public.

      Proved 2 Aug. 1616 by Margaret Piper natural and lawful daughter
      (sic) of the said deceased and one of the executors.
    Person ID I4381  SEQUOIA
    Last Modified 1 Jun 2019 

    Father MERYHAM, William,   d. 1565-66 
    Mother APSE, Alice,   d. After 1565-66 
    Married 13 Oct 1560  Goudhurst, Kent, , England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Family ID F2447  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 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 
    Children 
     1. MERRIAM, William,   b. 16 Jul 1581,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. MERRIAM, Joane,   b. 1583, , , , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. , , , England Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. MERRIAM, Margaret,   b. 1585, Hadlow, Kent, , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. , , , England Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. MERRIAM, Given Name ? (Wife Of Thomas Howe),   b. 1590, Hadlow, Kent, , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1681/82, Hadlow, Kent, , England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     5. MERRIAM, Susan,   b. 1594, Hadlow, Kent, , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. , , , England Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. MERRIAM, Sara,   b. Abt 1598, , , , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1635, , , , England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 37 years)
     7. MERRIAM, Given Name ? (Son Of William),   b. 1598,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +8. MERRIAM, Joseph,   b. Abt 1600, , Kent, , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1641, Concord, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 41 years)
     9. MERRIAM, Frances,   b. 1603, Hadlow, Kent, , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +10. MERRIAM, George,   b. Abt 1603, Tudeley, Kent, , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1675, Concord, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years)
     11. MERRIAM, Robert,   b. Abt 1613, Tudeley, Kent, , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1681/82, Concord, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years)
    +12. MERRIAM, Mary,   b. Abt 1625, Hadboro, , , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. After 1706  (Age ~ 82 years)
    Last Modified 2 Jun 2020 
    Family ID F1496  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Bef 11 May 1564 - , Kent, , England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 11 May 1564 - Goudhurst, , , England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1598 - Tudeley, Kent, , England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLegal - Court Docket # 18: Charged with others for the assault on the Queen's Special Bailiff and his assistant. Assault alleged took have taken place at Minster 1 May 1601. Charges against William were dismissed. - 21 Jul 1601 - Canterbury, Kent, , England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLegal - Named a surety in the case of a child born out of wedlock to Alice Avis. The child's father was one Ralphe Denton. - 9 Sep 1605 - , Kent, , England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProperty - - Goudhurst, , , England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProperty - - Yalding, , , England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProperty - 1614 - Sevenoaks, Kent, , England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Hadlow, Kent, , England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - - , , , England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
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    2. [S255] GENEALOGY: MERRIAM GENEALOGY IN ENGLAND AND AMERICA, Pope, Charles Henry - 1906, (Reprint compiled by John Merriam Kingsbury through Bullbrier Press - 1986), pages 27-32 (1). (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S190] MISCELLANEOUS Source, http://185.121.204.47/CalmView/Record.aspx?src=CalmView.Catalog&id=Q%2fS%2fR%2f2%2fm.7d&pos=3 (Reliability: 2).

    4. [S190] MISCELLANEOUS Source, http://185.121.204.47/CalmView/Record.aspx?src=CalmView.Catalog&id=Q%2fM%2fS%2fRc%2f1605%2f154&pos=3 (Reliability: 2).

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