This discussion concerns Merrills and Merrells in North America, including some in Canada, and some who arrived in North America prior to the formation of the United States in 1789.
There are about 40,000 living Merrills in the United States today, excluding variant spellings (Merrell, Merrills, etc.). Since 1850 the prevalance of the surname has been fairly constant at about 0.013 percent.
According to David Merrell, Dr. Edward D. Rockstein, in a lengthy document updated 2/20/2001, clearly stated that there is no family relationship between Nathaniel of Newbury and Richard of Staten Island. This was the first document David had read that made such a declaration. Due to DNA testing, we now know his findings were correct. The record contains a great deal of interesting family history of Richard's descendants. A Google search for that document provided an email link to Dr. Rockstein: firstname.lastname@example.org. Does anyone know the location of that document?
There are six known immigrant Merrills who were in America as of 1680:
The first three Merrills listed below immigrated from Wherstead, Suffolk, England.
John Merrill(1) 1599-1682, imm.1635
Wherstead, Suffolk, England to Newbury, Massachusetts. No Merrill surname descendants.
Brother of John. Wherstead, Suffolk, England to Newbury, Massachusetts. Ancestor of most New England Merrills. Many living descendants
Wherstead, Suffolk, England to Saybrook, Connecticut; but not related to John and Nathaniel. Four descendants have been identified through DNA testing
The next three below immigrated from Warwickshire, England:
Warwickshire, England to Northfield, Staten Island, New York. Many descendants.
William (2) Merrill 1668-1714, imm.1675 with father Richard
Son of Richard. Warwickshire, England to Northfield, Staten Island, New York Removed to St.Marys County, Maryland about 1695.
Warwickshire, England to Northfield, Staten Island, New York Possible brother of Richard above. Removed 1704 to Hopewell, New Jersey. Ancestor of most southern Merrills.
Y-chromosome DNA analysis has distinguished five Merrill/Merrell families, which are unrelated to each other.
The six individuals marked (*) were Merrills who arrived in America as adults prior to 1680. John(1) Merrill b.1599 had no descendants.
*John (1) Merrill 1599 of Wherstead, Suffolk, England and Newbury, MA
unknown Merrill abt.1590
William Merrill 1615 of Honington and Shipston, Warwickshire, England
William (2) Merrill 1668 of Tysoe, Warwickshire, England; Staten Island, NY; and St. Mary's County, MD
*William (1) Merrill abt.1652 of Tysoe, Warwickshire, England; Staten Island, NY; and Hopewell, NJ
William (2) Merrill 1680 of Hopewell, NJ and Rowan County, NC
.....Jesse Merrill 1788 of Harper's Ferry, VA (ancestry unknown)
There are other Merrill/Merrell DNA testees who are unassociated with any of the five families above.
Related links by Deane Merrill
Some URL Links are missing. DWM 6/19/10.
(Public) External links
The Merrill Newsletter,
Merrill Family Genealogy Forum, Genealogy.com
Merrill Surname Mailing Lists , RootsWeb
Jack Merrill's Genealogy Site
Merrill Genealogy, Steve Merrill's web site
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