Stephen Rice Merriam

25 May 1784–10 January 1873 (Age 88)
Middlesex, Connecticut, United States

The Life Summary of Stephen Rice

Stephen Rice Merriam was born on 25 May 1784, in Middlesex, Connecticut, United States as the son of Amasa Merriam and Margaret Rice. He married Polly Clark on 20 April 1812, in New Hartford, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He died on 10 January 1873, in Norton Township, Medina, Ohio, United States, at the age of 88.

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Family Time Line

Stephen Rice Merriam
Belinda Neal
Marriage: 18 September 1817
Edward Merriam
William R Merriam
Lucia Emma Merriam
Alva Merriam
Eunice Merriam
Homer Talma Merriam

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    18 September 1817New Hartford, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1786 · Shays' Rebellion
    Age 2
    Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.
    1788 · Connecticut Becomes the 5th State
    Age 4
    Connecticut became a state on January 9, 1788. In 1650, before it was a state, the boundary of Connecticut ran north from the westside of Greenwich Bay and the coast of the Pacific Ocean. During the 1600s, Westmoreland County was in Connecticut when the boundaries were changed Westmoreland County went to Pennsylvania.
    Age 24
    Atlantic slave trade abolished.

    Name Meaning

    English: habitational name from an unidentified place called Meryham, apparently in east Sussex but now lost. The placename may derive from Old English myrig ‘merry, pleasant’ + hām ‘village, homestead’ or hamm ‘water meadow’.

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

    Sources (7)

    • Stephen R Merriam, "Connecticut Marriages, 1630-1997"
    • Stephen B Merriam, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"
    • Stephen R Merriam in entry for Belinda Neal, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"

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