Margaret Merryfield

about 1708–
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Margaret

When Margaret Merryfield was born about 1708, in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States, her father, William Merrifield, was 21 and her mother, Margaret Frost, was 21. She married William Bassett Jr. on 8 May 1741, in Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters.

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William Bassett Jr.
Margaret Merryfield
Marriage: 8 May 1741
Martha Basset
William Bassett
Margaret Bassett
Thankful Basset

Spouse and Children

8 May 1741
Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America


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World Events (4)


Age 68

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 68

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 92

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Merrifield .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Margaret in entry for Martha Basset, "New York, Church Records, 1660-1954"
  • Margaret in entry for William Basset, "New York, Church Records, 1660-1954"
  • Margaret in entry for Thankful Basset, "New York, Church Records, 1660-1954"

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