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John Merrill
Born 1599 Wherstead, Suffolk, England
Died Sep 12, 1673 Newbury, Essex Co. MA
Emigrated about 1633 to Ipswich MA
SPOUSES CHILD
Annis Bishop

m. Jan 24, 1628/9
Wherstead, Suffolk, England

d. 1633?
England
Hannah

b. Jun 30, 1630
Wherstead, Suffolk, England
d. Apr 4, 1662
Newbury MA
Elizabeth Vincent

m. Jul 15, 1633
Little Wenham, Suffolk, England

d. Jul 14, 1682
Newbury MA
John emigrated to America with his younger brother, Nathaniel (1601?-1654?), soon after his first wife died and he married his second wife, Elizabeth. At the time of his marriage, John was called "of La[w]ford in the county of Essex Widower". After several years in Ipswich, they settled in Newbury.
John Merrill was "admitted as a freeman at Newbury, Essex Co. MA in 1638, making him one of the earliest settlers. His brother Nathaniel Merrill removed to Newbury in 1635, at the first settlement of the town, and settled on land at the junction of the Parker and Plum rivers. John's future son-in-law, Stephen Swett, was another early settler. Marker erected by the descendants of the first settlers.
Sources:
Lawson, Steve, "Nathaniel and Mary (Blacksoll) Merrell", website.
Newbury Town Records 1637-1692.
Swett, Ben H., "STEPHEN SWETT (1620-1693)", website, 18 September 2006.