Steven Rice Merriam

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

The Life of Steven Rice

When Steven Rice Merriam was born on 25 May 1784, in Middlesex, Connecticut, United States, his father, Amasa Merriam, was 26 and his mother, Mergery Roys, 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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Steven Rice Merriam
Polly Clark
Marriage: 20 April 1812
Louisa Merriam
Elmina Merriam
Herman Clark Merriam

Spouse and Children

20 April 1812
New Hartford, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States


Parents and Siblings


    Mergery Roys




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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 Merriams in Leeds, Kent.

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

Sources (3)

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

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