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MERRIAM, John

Male 1756 - 1843  (87 years)


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  • Name MERRIAM, John   [1
    • NOTE: Kit Cutting, along with Bill Parker and Don Boyle, have searched for many years the town records of Massachusetts to connect this John MERRIAM to his parents with no luck. If anyone finds any information, please be certain to contact Merriam Family Tree.
    Born 21 Jan 1756  Barre, Worcester Co, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Military Service
    • April 12,1777 - to Dec. 31, 1779

      Merriam, John, Barre. List of men raised to serve in the Continental Army from 7th Worcester Co. regt., as returned by Capt. Benjamin Nye and Capt. William Henry; residence, Barre; engaged for town of Barre; joined Capt. Gates's co.. Col. Putnam's regt.; term, 3 years; also, Private, Capt. Gardner's co., Col. Rufns Putnam's (4th) regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from April 12, 1777 to Dec. 31, 1779; also, Capt. Benjamin Gates's Co.

      Feb. 9, 1778

      Col. Putnam's regt.; return dated Albany, Feb. 9, 1778; mustered by Capt. Newhall; reported deserted. Merriam, John, Barre. Private, Colonel's co., Col. Rufns Putnam's (5th) regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Jan. 1, 1780, to April 12, 1780.

      Jan. 1, 1780, to April 12, 1780.

      Military Service: Private in Col. Rufus Putnam's Co., 5th Battalion Mass. Bay Forces in War of the Revolution.

      Dec. 2, 1780 - Jan. 31, 1781

      Descriptive list of men raised in Worcester Co. to serve in the Continental Army, agreeable to resolve of Dec. 2, 1780, as returned by Seth Wasliburn, Superintendent; Capt. Allen's Co., Col. Grout's regt.; age, 25 yrs.; stature, 5 ft. 8 in.; complexion,(John Meriam)* light; occupation, farmer; engaged Jan. 31, 1781 ; engaged for town of Barre; term, 3 years.

      * added
    Residence 1800-1813  Shrewsbury Twp, Rutland Co, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Died 14 Dec 1843  Adams, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Adams, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Adams Rural Cemetery
    Notes 
    • John Merriam is first found signing up for the American Revolution as a soldier in Barre, Massachusetts. We are not sure where he was born as we have not been able to connect him to any Merriam parents. A Bible that sold on Ebay had his tree but did not indicate his origins.

      John married Mary Bacon first in Barre MA, where sons James? and Jonas were born and moved his family to Shrewsbury, Vermont where their son Issac was born. We next find John married to Gratia Ashley and living in Adams, New York. There is a note that his son James, from his first marriage, is living with him. I think this may be Jonas and there was no son James. (see http://jefferson.nygenweb.net/revfm.htm)

      Kit Cutting, along with Bill Parker and Don Boyle, have searched for many years the town records of Massachusetts to connect John to his parents with no luck.

      There is also Mehitable Merriam who married Gardner Bullard in Barre, Massachusetts ( Vital records of Barre) 02 July 1796, and according to the Bullard Genealogy was born in 1778. This could be a sister to John.

      While it has been suggested that perhaps John's parents were Ebenezer (I5272) and Phebe (Locke) Merriam Jr; the genealogy section of The History of Oxford, Massachusetts does not support this. See the full listing of Ebenezer and Phebe's children at: http://archive.org/details/historyoftownofo00dani, page 611. John's name is absent from that listing.
    Person ID I8953  SEQUOIA | Branch - MERRIAM, John - 21 Jan 1756
    Last Modified 21 Nov 2016 

    Family 1 BACON, Mary,   b. 23 May 1765, Barre, Worcester Co, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Before 1799  (Age 33 years) 
    Married 1 Jul 1784  Barre, Worcester Co, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
    +1. MERRIAM, Jonas H,   b. 1 Feb 1784, Barre, Worcester Co, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1857, Swanzey, Cheshire Co, New Hampshire, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    Last Modified 29 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F3188  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 ASHLEY, Gratia,   b. 1770, Shrewsbury Twp, Rutland Co, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1819, Adams, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Married Bef 1801 
    Children 
     1. MERRIAM, Isaac,   b. 27 Apr 1800, Shrewsbury Twp, Rutland Co, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Feb 1832, Shrewsbury Twp, Rutland Co, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years)
     2. MERRIAM, Polly,   b. 1 Nov 1801, Shrewsbury Twp, Rutland Co, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +3. MERRIAM, John H,   b. 16 Feb 1803, Shrewsbury Twp, Rutland Co, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +4. MERRIAM, William,   b. 22 Jun 1804, Shrewsbury Twp, Rutland Co, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1869, Adams, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    +5. MERRIAM, Charles,   b. 26 Sep 1805, Shrewsbury Twp, Rutland Co, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1863, Actinolite - Elzevir Twp, Hastings Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     6. MERRIAM, Gratia,   b. 15 Jun 1807, Shrewsbury Twp, Rutland Co, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1833, Shrewsbury Twp, Rutland Co, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)
    +7. MERRIAM, Laura Mercia,   b. 24 Oct 1808, Shrewsbury Twp, Rutland Co, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1856, Adams, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
    +8. MERRIAM, Deacon Symms Ashley,   b. 24 Jul 1813, Shrewsbury Twp, Rutland Co, Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1890, Rochester, Monroe Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    +9. MERRIAM, Nancy,   b. 17 Oct 1818, North Adams, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1895, Adams, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    Last Modified 19 Oct 2012 
    Family ID F3153  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 21 Jan 1756 - Barre, Worcester Co, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Jul 1784 - Barre, Worcester Co, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1800-1813 - Shrewsbury Twp, Rutland Co, Vermont, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Dec 1843 - Adams, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Adams, Jefferson Co, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S296] GENEALOGY.com, http://www.genealogy.com/forum/surnames/topics/merriam/264/ (Reliability: 2).

    2. [S441] Personal Knowledge of: BOYLE, Don.

    3. [S367] VITAL Record: Vermont, USA 1760-1954, (www,familysearch.org) (Reliability: 2).
      Actual text " residence based on birth of first child Polly's birth record" MFT admin - Kit Cutting

    4. [S142] WEBSITE: Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=merriam&GSfn=john&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSst=36&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=76809614&df=all& (Reliability: 2).

    5. [S437] VITAL Record: Massachusetts, USA - Barre, (http://ma-vitalrecords.org), http://ma-vitalrecords.org/MA/Worcester/Barre/Images/Barre_M173.shtml.
      John and Mary Bacon, July 1, 1784. C.R.