Mary Jane Merrill

Brief Life History of Mary Jane

When Mary Jane Merrill was born on 2 May 1823, in Methuen, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Jonathan Merrill, was 25 and her mother, Margaret Clark, was 24. She married Eliphalet Daniel Gale on 26 June 1850, in Lawrence, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. She lived in Concord, Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States in 1850. She died on 28 June 1906, in Canterbury, Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Methuen, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.

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Eliphalet Daniel Gale
Mary Jane Merrill
Marriage: 26 June 1850
Margaret Elizabeth Gale
George Howard Gale
Anna Gertrude Gale
about 1858–1903
Clarence Sidney Gale
William C. Gale
Minnie Frances Gale
Minnie Frances Gale
Sarah A. Gale
Bertha May Gale

Sources (39)

  • Mary J Gale in household of Elipalet Gale, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Mary Jane Merrill, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"
  • Mary J. Gale, "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947"

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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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