Benjamin Merrick

20 March 1718–17 March 1792 (Age 73)
Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Benjamin

When Benjamin Merrick was born on 20 March 1718, in Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Nathaniel Merrick, was 43 and his mother, Alice Freeman, was 45. He married Elizabeth Davis on 21 December 1738. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He died on 17 March 1792, at the age of 73.

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Benjamin Merrick
Elizabeth Davis
Marriage: 21 December 1738
Lucy Merrick

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21 December 1738


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Age 58

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

Age 58

"""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."""""""

Name Meaning

1 Welsh: from the Welsh personal name Meurig, a form of Maurice, Latin Mauritius ( see Morris ).2 English: from an Old French personal name introduced to Britain by the Normans, composed of the Germanic elements meri, mari ‘fame’ + rīc ‘power’.3 Scottish: habitational name from a place near Minigaff in the county of Dumfries and Galloway, so called from Gaelic meurach ‘branch or fork of a road or river’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Benjamin Myrick in entry for Lusy Myrick, "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Benjamen Merrick -
  • Legacy NFS Source: Benjamen Merrick - birth: 20 March 1718; Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States

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