Benjamin Delano Merrill

Male27 April 1814–1834

Brief Life History of Benjamin Delano

When Benjamin Delano Merrill was born on 27 April 1814, in North Yarmouth, Cumberland, Maine, United States, his father, Abel Merrill, was 36 and his mother, Dorcas Delano, was 37. He died in 1834, in At Sea, at the age of 20.

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Abel Merrill
Dorcas Delano
Edward Chandler Merrill
Joan Merrill
Benjamin Delano Merrill
Daniel S Merrill
David Sweetser Merrill

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  • Benjamin Delano Merrill, "Maine, Births and Christenings, 1739-1900"

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Siblings (5)

World Events (3)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 5

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 


Age 6

Maine is the 23rd state.

1820 · Making States Equal

Age 6

The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.

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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