Benjamin Merrill

Male11 December 1759–

Brief Life History of Benjamin

Benjamin Merrill was born on 11 December 1759, in Hopewell Township, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States. He married Mary Baker "Polly" Hart on 11 January 1789, in Hopewell, Mercer, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters.

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Benjamin Merrill
Mary Baker "Polly" Hart
Marriage: 11 January 1789
Sarah Hart Merrill
John McIver Merrell
Nathaniel Wilson Merrill
Martha Bonneau Merrill
Anna Maria Gilchrist Merrill

Sources (3)

  • 1820 United States Federal Census
  • New Jersey, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1643-1890
  • 1800 United States Federal Census

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    11 January 1789Hopewell, Mercer, New Jersey, United States
  • Children (5)

    World Events (8)


    Age 16

    "During the six-year Revolutionary war, more of the fights took place in New Jersey than any other colony. Over 296 engagements between opposing forces were recorded. One of the largest conflicts of the entire war took place between Morristown and Middlebrook, referred to as the ""Ten Crucial Days"" and remembered by the famous phrase ""the times that try men's souls"". The revolution won some of their most desperately needed victories during this time."


    Age 17

    Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

    1790 · Trenton - State Capital

    Age 31

    Trenton, New Jersey officially became the state capital in 1790. The first state governor would be William Livingston.

    Name Meaning

    Welsh and English: from a female personal name of Celtic origin, found in Welsh as Meriel and Meryl and in Irish as Muirgheal, earlier Muirgel (‘sea-bright’).

    English: habitational name from one or more of the many places whose names derive from Middle English mirie, merie, murie ‘merry, pleasant’ (Old English myrge) + hill, hell, hull ‘hill’ (Old English hyll), including two places called Merry Hill in Staffordshire and a third in Hertfordshire.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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