Lydia Short

Female20 December 1792–4 February 1844

Brief Life History of Lydia

When Lydia Short was born on 20 December 1792, in Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Nicholas Noyes Short, was 43 and her mother, Elizabeth Morse, was 40. She married Stephen Merrill on 30 November 1811, in Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 7 daughters. She died on 4 February 1844, at the age of 51.

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Family Time Line

Stephen Merrill
Lydia Short
Marriage: 30 November 1811
Nicholas S Merrill
Alfred Merrill
about 1822–
Frederick G. Merrill
about 1830–1872
Elbra Merrill
about 1835–
Martha Smith Merrill
Stilman J. Merrill
Stephen Merrill
William Whittle Merrill
Lydia Ann Merrill
Sally Jane Merrill
Elizabeth S. Merrill
Mary J. Merrill
Charles Henry Merrill

Sources (19)

  • Lydia Short, "Massachusetts, Births, 1636-1924"
  • Lydia Short, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Lydia Short, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    30 November 1811Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
  • Children (14)

    +9 More Children

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (5)

    World Events (8)

    1794 · Creating the Eleventh Amendment

    Age 2

    The Eleventh Amendment restricts the ability of any people to start a lawsuit against the states in federal court.

    1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

    Age 8

    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.


    Age 16

    Atlantic slave trade abolished.

    Name Meaning

    English: nickname for a short person, from Middle English short ‘short’ (Old English sceort).

    English: topographic name for someone who lived at a detached or cut-off piece of land (Middle English shorte, shirte, from Old English scierte, scerte, scyrte) or else a habitational name from a place so named, such as Shoart in Harbeldown (Kent) and Shuart in Saint Nicholas at Wade (Kent). Compare Shorter .

    Irish and Scottish: adopted for Gaelic Mac an Gheairr, Mac an Ghirr ‘son of the short man’ (see McGirr ).

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

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