Annis Bishop

1604–1630 (Age 26)
Wherstead, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Annis

When Annis Bishop was born in 1604, in Wherstead, Suffolk, England, her father, Richard Bishop, was 47 and her mother, Alice Ann Clarke, was 34. She married John Merrill on 24 January 1628, in Wherstead, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. She died in 1630, in Lawford, Essex, England, at the age of 26.

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John Merrill
Annis Bishop
Marriage: 24 January 1628

Spouse and Children

24 January 1628
Wherstead, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom

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1620 · The Pilgrims Board the Mayflower

Age 16

"The Pilgrims boarded the Mayflower in search of religious freedom in the New World in September 1620. The Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England, with 102 passengers, 40 of whom called themselves ""Saints."" After two stormy months at sea, the ship reached the New World. Nearly half of the group died during their first winter due to malnutrition and the harsh New England winter."

Name Meaning

English: from Middle English biscop, Old English bisc(e)op ‘bishop’, which comes via Latin from Greek episkopos ‘overseer’. The Greek word was adopted early in the Christian era as a title for an overseer of a local community of Christians, and has yielded cognates in every European language: French évêque, Italian vescovo, Spanish obispo, Russian yepiskop, German Bischof, etc. The English surname has probably absorbed at least some of these continental European cognates. The word came to be applied as a surname for a variety of reasons, among them service in the household of a bishop, supposed resemblance in bearing or appearance to a bishop, and selection as the ‘boy bishop’ on St. Nicholas's Day.

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

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  • Annis Merrill in the U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700
  • Annis in the Essex, England, Select Church of England Parish Registers, 1518-1960
  • Annis Bishop in the U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900

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