Miriam Merry

8 April 1705–2 December 1781 (Age 76)
Chilmark, Dukes, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America

The Life of Miriam

When Miriam Merry was born on 8 April 1705, in Chilmark, Dukes, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, her father, Samuel Merry, was 35 and her mother, Remember Luce, was 34. She married Benjamin Skiffe before 1742, in Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She died on 2 December 1781, in East Acton, Acton, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, at the age of 76.

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Benjamin Skiffe
Miriam Merry
Marriage: before 1742
Elizabeth Skiff
John Skiff
Mary Skiffe

Spouse and Children

before 1742
Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, United States


    Elizabeth Skiff


    John Skiff


    Mary Skiffe


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+3 More Children

Name Meaning

1 English: nickname for someone with a blithe or happy disposition, from Middle English merry ‘lively’, ‘cheerful’ (Old English myr(i)ge ‘pleasant’, ‘agreeable’).2 Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Mearadhaigh, Ó Meardha ‘descendant of Mearadhach’, ‘descendant of Meardha’, personal names derived from an adjective meaning ‘lively’, ‘wild’, ‘wanton’.3 French: from a vernacular form of the personal name Médéric, derived from a Germanic personal name conposed of mecht ‘strength’, ‘might’ + rīc ‘power’; ‘ruler’.

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

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Sources (2)

  • Samuel Merrey will, 1727 - Dukes Co. MA Wills 3:31
  • Miriam Merrey, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"

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