Arthur Sandin - Margaret (Unknown Surname) Family Group

Parents   Parents
Arthur Sandin Margaret
d. Probate 1666 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts d. Probate in 1675 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts
Relationship Events
Marriage   Arthur Sandin to Margaret
Children (Events in Marblehead Unless Stated Otherwise)
  John Sandin m. Mary (unknown surname), (d. aft. 1654); three children: Ephraim, Samuel, and Unknown Sandin; probate 1654
Mary Sandin b. abt. 1625 m. by 1643 Nicholas Merritt (b. 1613 in England, d. 1686); nine children: John, James, Samuel, Mary, Martha, Rebecca, Nicholas, Elizabeth, and Hannah Merritt

What We Know About This Family


Arthur Sandin was the first innkeeper in Marblehead having been granted a license in the Salem Court in 1640.

An Overview of Their Lives

The wills and various recorded appearances in Massachusetts give us a glimpse of their lives, but nothing verifiable about the origins of either. Arthur Sandin was granted land in Marblehead in 1638. He had the first inn in Marblehead when in 1640 he was licensed as an "ordinary" keeper (innkeeper). He was licensed to sell wine in 1645, and the license to sell beer and provisions was renewed in 1658.

Arthur was appointed as constable for Marblehead in 1652.

Margaret's will provides the names of their children and grandchildren and proves her relationship as mother to the wife of Nicholas Merritt. The Merritts had four sons and five daughters, the youngest of whom died young. Inventory of the estate of Margaret Sandin deceased appraised by "Cristover Lattemore, William Browne, and Nathenell Walton one Feather Bed 2li 1 Bolster and 2 Pillowes 15s 2 old Blanketts & 1 old Rugg 10s 1 old Cat taile & old Bedding 12s 1 old Couerled 12s 1 old Chair 2s 1 old bedstead and 1 old Bedd matt 10s 1 pare Curtans and old Vallins 12s 1 Looking Glace 1s 6d 1 old Warming Pann 4s 2 Pare Pillowbeers 6s 3 old pillow beers fitt for nothing but tinder 6 sheetes Hi 16s 5 old sheetes 15s 1 Table Cloth 1 Bolster Cloth 10s a small parsell of table Lining fitt for tinder 1 old Chest made of pine 5s 1 old wainscott Chest 7s 1 frame Table 12s 5 Joynt stooles Hi 7s 6d 1 Brass Kettle Hi 5s 1 Iron pott 15s 1 old Iron pott and pott Hooks 8s 2 old Iron."

About the Children

  • John Sandin's (spelled Sandie) probate was granted to his widow Mary with cash sums going to his three children. Only two still survived when their grandmother mentioned them by name (Ephraim and Samuel) in her will written in 1667. John left instructions that his children be taught to read and write.

  • Mary Sandin married Nicholas Merritt, a fisherman who had arrived in 1635 from origins unknown. They had several children, at least seven of whom survived to be mentioned in their father's will. (Their youngest, Hannah, did not). In that same will, Nicholas mentioned the helpless condition of his daughter Mary and the need to provide for her maintenance after his decease. Nicholas and Mary Sandin Merritt are our direct ancestors and have their own family group page.

What Else We Need to Learn

The goal of this project is to trace every line of ancestry to the arrival of its first immigrant to America. The basic information of each couple is considered complete when we know the dates of birth, marriage, and death for both spouses. their parents' names (or whether they were the immigrant), and the child or children in our ancestry line.

The research on this family is basically complete. Further research may reveal some of the missing vital records.



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