|d. Probate 1666 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts||d. Probate in 1675 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts|
|Nicholas Merritt||Mary Sandin|
|b. 1613 in England||b. abt. 1625 in ?|
|d. 1686 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts||d. in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts|
|Marriage||Nicholas Merritt to Mary Sandin|
|Children (Events in Marblehead Unless Stated Otherwise)|
|John Merritt b. abt. 1643; m. 1) by 1670 Mary; five children: John, James, Sarah, Remember, and Samuel Merritt; m. 2) 26 Nov 1702 Christian ___ Furnace; d.1706|
|James Merritt b. abt. 1647; m. by 1685 Sarah; d. 11 Jun 1713; two children: Mary and Samuel Merritt; d. 11 Jun 1713|
|Samuel Merritt b. abt. 1649; m. by 1684 Abigail (after 1695); two children: Abigail and Arabella Merritt; probate: Aug 1695|
|Mary Merritt b. abt. 1651; termed "incompetent" in her father's will|
|Martha Merritt b. abt. 1653; m. by 1681; Thomas Owen; three children: Thomas, Remember, and John Owen; d. 1725|
|Rebecca Merritt b. abt. 1655; m. by 1678 John Chinn (d. 1712); six children: George, Mary, Elizabeth, Samuel, Rebecca, and John Chinn; d. 1717|
|Nicholas Merritt b. abt. 1657; m. by 1690 Elizabeth Ashton; eight children: Elizabeth, Nicholas, Mary, Samuel, Elizabeth, Mary, Nicholas, David, and Jean Merritt; d. Jun 1736|
|Elizabeth Merritt b. abt. 1659; m. 1) by 1679 Thomas Dixey (d. bef. 1686); four children: Thomas, Nicholas, Samuel, and Remember Merritt; m. 2) 29 Oct 1695 John Harwood|
|Hannah Merritt b. abt. 1661; bp. in Salem 21 Jul 1667; d. died young before 20 Aug 1667|
Nicholas Merritt was granted land in March 1635. He was a fisherman by trade. He married by about 1643 Mary Sandin, the daughter of Arthur Sandin, who was the first licensed tavern keeper in Marblehead. Nicholas was active in the community serving as constable in 1663 and on various juries from 1664 to 1669. He also served as a town Selectman in 1648, 1660, 1664, 1665, and 1671. One source says that he was literate although he used a mark to sign his deed and will by mark.
The Merritts had nine known children in all. Eight were mentioned by name in his will written in July 1685. His wife was not mentioned, so we assume she predeceased him. Hannah, the youngest, had died in the month between her baptism and the bequest of her grandmother Sandin, who mentioned the eight surviving children of her daughter Mary in 1667. Nicholas mentioned his three married daughters bu their married names, and he entrusted his four sons to care for him, whom he described as being in weakened condition and disability, for the continuation of his own life, and to provide care for their sister, Mary, who was likewise helpless. His will was proved in December 1686.
This family left ample proof of relationship in the wills of Margaret Sandin and her son-in-law Nicholas Merritt.
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