Stephen Rice Merriam

Brief Life History of Stephen Rice

When Stephen Rice Merriam was born on 25 May 1784, in Middlesex, Connecticut, United States, his father, Amasa Merriam, was 26 and his mother, Margery Rice, was 25. 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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Stephen Rice Merriam
Belinda Neal
Marriage: 18 September 1817
Edward Merriam
William R Merriam
Lucia Emma Merriam
Homer Talma Merriam
Alva Merriam
Eunice Merriam

Sources (8)

  • Stephen R Merriam, "Connecticut Marriages, 1630-1997"
  • Unknown, "Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001"
  • Stephen B Merriam, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"

World Events (8)


DLESEX COUNTY was incorporated by an act of the Legislature passed at the May session, 1785, and at that time consisted of six towns. Of these, Mifldletown, Chatham, Haddam, and East Haddam were taken from the county of Hartford, and Saybrook and Killingworth from New London coun

1786 · Shays' Rebellion

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.


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.

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