|John Pedrick||Mary Browne||Nicholas Merritt||Elizabeth Ashton|
|abt. 1660 in Marblehead||b. abt. 1668 in Marblehead||abt. 1656 in Essex County, Massachusetts||abt. 1670 in Scarborough, Maine|
|d. probate 24 Jan 1728 in Marblehead||d. Marblehead||d. Jun 1736 in Marblehead||d. 1736 in Marblehead|
|Richard Pedrick||Jean Merritt|
|b. abt. 1675 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts||b. 4 Jul 1683 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts|
|d. in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts||d. 4 Jul 1759 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts|
|Marriage||16 Nov 1721||Richard Pedrick to Jean Merritt in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts|
|Known Children (All locations were in Marblehead unless otherwise stated)|
|Jean Pedrick bp. 18 Apr 1725; died young|
|Richard Pedrick. Jr. bp. 5 Nov 1727; m. 21 Dec 1721 Mary Goodwin (abt. 1727); one child: John Goodwin Pedrick; probate 2 Jan 1752|
|Jean Pedrick bp. 11 Jul 1731; possibly married Alexander Millar of Great Britain 15 Aug 1749|
|Mary Pedrick bp. 15 Jul 1733; m. 30 Aug 1751 John Adams (b. abt. 1730, probate 7 Feb 1804); seven children: Mary, John, John, Elizabeth, Meriam, Nathaniel, and Richard Pedrick Adams; d. 13 Feb 1807;|
|Nathaniel Pedrick bp. 2 Mar 1735; m. 16 Jan 1759 Mary Tucker (b. 8 May 1739, d. 1770); one child: Mary Pedrick; probate 18 Oct 1764|
|Elizabeth Pedrick bp. 7 Nov 1736; m. 3 Feb 1756 James Valentine (d. abt. 1777); two children: Elizabeth and James Valentine|
|Ruhamah Pedrick bp. 10 Dec 1738; m. 15 Sep 1768 Isaac Surriage (d. 11 Oct 1813 in Hopkinton, Middlesex, Massachusetts); d. 24 Aug 1817 in Hopkinton, Middlesex, Massachusetts|
|Miriam Pedrick bp. 2 Aug 1741; m. 4 Dec 1760 Seaward Brimblecom (d. 26 Oct 1823); d. 28 Jan 1817|
|Rebecca Pedrick bp. 26 Jun 1743; no further trace|
|Sarah Pedrick bp. 11 Aug 1745; m. 22 Dec 1768 Robert Brimblecom (bp. 18 May 1746, d. bef. 1799); four children: Robert, Sarah, Alice, Seward Brimblecom; probate 6 May 1799|
|John Pierce Pedrick bp. 15 Mar 1747; no further trace|
A paucity of helpful records (especially in comparison to that of Richard's brother, Joseph, and his wife, Sarah Martin) exists for this family. There are practically no death records.
"Jean Merritt" who married Richard Pedrick was a frustrating brick wall for a long time before I discovered the article above. The Merritts were a well-documented family in Marblehead, and I knew that Jean had to be one of this family. The problem stemmed from her baptism record, which identified her as "Jane." Circumstantial evidence is reliably strong that Jane Merritt was indeed the Jean Merritt, daughter of Nicholas and Elizabeth Ashton Merritt. For starters, I have since run across a few instances of the names "Jean" and "Jane" being used interchangeably, even within this extended family. Jean's sister Elizabeth Pearce (Pierce) had a large family, as did Jean. The clues lie in a few similarities in the naming of the two women's children. Several of Elizabeth's children have names in common with Jean's. Although most are names given to children by many in their time: John, Elizabeth, Mary, Sarah, Rebecca, Jane, Mehitable (not so common), Jean, Anna, Martha, and Nathaniel, the first standout is the very unusual name "Ruhamah" given to girls in both families. In addition, Jean had a son whom she named John Pierce Pederick. John Pierce was the husband of Jean's sister, Elizabeth.
Richard and Jean had numerous children, several of whom grew to adulthood and had children of their own, although the numbers of children each of them had are not nearly as numerous as seemed to be the custom of the times. It's impossible to know whether there were other children for which there are no records or whether Richard and Jean's children just kept their families relatively small is not known. At least two of their sons-in-law died after the birth of their first child. Two of their children, Rebecca and John Pierce Pedrick, have no records after their baptism, and the marriage of their daughter, Jean, to Alexander Millar is only an unverified possibility. These three children (if you include Jean) may have died young or moved out of the area.
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. A later search might discover new information from records not yet found.
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