NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people and the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Theophilus Merriman was born in Wiltshire, England, in 1533. He had a brother Samuel, who died young.
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(II) Theophilus (2), son of Theophilus (1) Merriman, was born in Maidstone, Kent, between 1573-80. He lived in Canterbury. He married Hannah ____.
Nathaniel, Caleb and Moses.
(III) Nathaniel, son of Theophilus (2) Merriman, was born in Tenderden, Kent, England, June 2, 1613, died in Wallingford, Connecticut Feb. 23, 1693. He settled in New Haven, Conn., in 1663, and was an original settler in Wallingford in 1670. He was captain of troops, 1675; deputy, 1669 to 1685.
He married (first) Abigail Olney, in England, in 1649; (second) in 1680, Jane Lines, in Hadley, Mass.
1. John, born Sept. 26, 1651.
2. Hannah, May 16, 1652.
3. Abigail, April 18, 1654.
4. Mamre, July 12, 1657.
5. John, Feb. 28, 1659.
6. Samuel, Sept. 29, 1662.
7. Caleb, May, 1665, mentioned below.
8. Moses, 1667.
9. Elizabeth, Sept. 14, 1669.
10. Anna, died young.
(IV) Caleb, son of Nathaniel Merriman, was born in 1665, at Wallingford, and served as deputy to the general court there. He married (first) Mary Preston.
1. Moses, mentioned below.
2. Adoniram, 1690, died aged eleven.
3. Judith, 1691.
(V) Moses, son of Caleb Merriman, was born at Stratford, Conn. June 13, 1689, died there in 1761. There is a tradition in his family that the name was formerly Merrill. According to Dr. John Merriman's record under date of 1809, he married Martha Beach in Guilford in 1718, and it also records his birth in Bristol, Conn. He was captain of a troop. Another record gives the date of his death as 1751.
1. Benjamin, born Aug. 1, 1720, mentioned below.
2. Ruth, died young.
3. Sarah, died young.
(VI) Benjamin, son of Moses Merriman, was born in Guilford Aug. 1, 1720. He married, Dec. 25, 1741, Susanna Crittenden, born May 8, 1720, died Oct. 7, 1780. He died Aug. 8, 1813.
1. Amos, mentioned below.
2. Abram, born Oct. 19, 1747.
(VII) Amos, son of Benjamin Merriman, was born in 1742 in Guilford, Conn. or vicinity. He and his brothers settled at Richmond, Mass. In 1790 Amos, Benjamin and Abraham were heads of families in Richmond, Berkshire county, Mass. Amos had three males over sixteen, one under that age, and seven females in his family. Amos was a private in the revolution in Captain Joseph Raymond's company, Colonel David Rosseter's regiment, Brigadier-General Fellows' command, in 1780.
(VIII) Amos (2), son of Amos (1) Merriman, was born in Richmond about 1765. He removed to Springfield, Mass.
(IX) Lyman, son of Amos (2) Merriman, was born in Springfield Sept. 25, 1790, died in 1868. He settled on a farm in Herkimer, New York, removing about 1820 to Somerville in St. Lawrence county, N.Y.
He married Sally Hawkins, born Feb. 10, 1795, in Connecticut.
1. Chester T., born in Herkimer, Oct. 30, 1816.
2. Eliza Ann, born in Herkimer, April 2, 1818; married Gilbert Waite of Somerville.
3. Laura A., born in Somerville, Aug. 15, 1820; married David W. Baldwin.
4. Lyman, mentioned below.
(X) Lyman (2), son of Lyman (1) Merriman, was born in Somerville, May 20, 1823, died December, 1893. He was educated in the public schools of his native town and at Gouverneur Wesleyan Seminary. He learned the trade of blacksmith and followed it for a time at Somerville. Then he was clerk, and finally proprietor of a general store in Somerville. In 1865 he settled in Gouverneur where he bought a farm and spent the remainder of his days.
In politics he was a Republican; in religion he was a Universalist.
He married, May 11, 1850, Caroline, born at Somerville March 18, 1831, died January, 1901, daughter of Orrin and Julianna (McCollum) Freeman.
1. Charles A., mentioned below.
2. Frederic Jay, mentioned below.
3. Minnie J., born March 28, 1859, died July 28, 1870.
4. Chester D., Dec. 11, 1862; lives on the homestead at Governeur; married Minnie Carpenter; children: i. Harold, born Aug. 17, 1886; ii. Laura Louise, Dec. 10, 1892; iii. Alice, Feb. 5, 1896; iv. Chester C., Aug. 5, 1897. v. Pauline E., Jan. 30, 1899.
(XI) Charles Adelbert, son of Lyman (2) Merriman, was born in Somerville, Feb. 26, 1851. He received his education in the common schools and at Wesleyan Seminary at Gouverneur. He began his career as bookkeeper for Copley A. Nott, of Watertown, N.Y. Subsequently he engaged in the insurance busienss on his own accoutn at Ogdensburg, N.Y. He represented the New York Life Insurance Company as general agent for ten years, and a number of the leading fire insurance companies, which he continues to represent at the present (1910) time. He was one of the founders of the Edgar A. Newell Company, and hsa been treasurer of the corporation from the first. His home is in Ogdensburg. He is a director of the Business Men's Association and chariman of the committee on transportation. He is a member of Acacian Lodge, No. 705, Free and Accepted Masons; of Ogdensburg Chapter No. 63, Royal Arch Masons; of Ogdensburg Commandery, No. 54, Knights Templar, and of Media Temple, Mystic Shrine, of Watertown, N.Y.
He is a Republican and has served as supervisor, representing ward one of Ogdensburg in the board. He and his family attend the Episcopal church.
He married, May 11, 1881, Cora A., born Jan. 10, 1857, daughter of Gates and Roxanna (Clements) Curtis, of Ogdensburg.
1. Minnie C., born July 20, 1882; graduate from Miss Baird's School for Girls, Norwalk, Conn.
2. David C., Nov. 3, 1889; attended Staunton Military Academy, Staunton, Virginia; also Phillips-Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire.
3. Lyman Gates, Oct. 6, 1895.
(XI) Frederic Jay, son of Lyman (2) Merriman, was born in Somerville, July 9, 1856. His boyhood was spent in the towns of Rossie and Gouverneur, whither his parents moved when he was seven years old. He attended the public schools at Gouverneur and the Wesleyan Seminary. At the age of nineteen he became a school teacher. when he came of age he began the study of law in the office of McCartin & Williams, of Watertown, and continued as clerk and student for four years and a half. He was admitted to the bar Jan. 9, 1880. He was law clerk for H. M. Wilbur, practicing also on his own account for a year and a half, and later with Henry M. Purcell, the city recorder, for a similar period. He opened an office in Madrid, N.Y. in 1884, and has practiced there since then.
He is a Republican, and has been prominent in public life. He was clerk of the committee of printing and of the committee on militia of the New York assembly in 1879. He was appointed Sept. 1, 1890, by A. von Landburg, deputy collector of internal revenue for the third division of the twenty-first district, consisting of the counties of Franklin, St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Lewis, an office he filled to the satisfaction of both public and government, with great credit to himself. He was supervisor of the town of Madrid for five years. He was appointed postmaster at Madrid, April 15, 1902, reappointed Feb. 5, 1905, and April 27, 1909, and during this time has raised the office from fourth to third class and established the rural free delivery for the country districts. He is president of the board of education, and has been for nine years a school trustee. He helped to incorporate the Madrid Woolen Mills in 1893, and is secretary of the corporation. He was one of the founders and is now a director of the Madrid Bank. He incorporated the Madrid Telphone Company in 1906, and was president of the corporation until it was sold to the Bell Telephone Company. He is also president of the Dr. Williams Fly and Insect Destroyer Manufacturing Company, incorporated in 1907, and secretary of the Wright Convertible Chair Company, organized in 1909. He is a retired member of the state militia, having served five years in the Thirty-ninth Separate Company, attaining the rank of corporal. He is a member of Acacian Lodge, No. 705, Free and Accepted Masons; of Ogdensburg Chapter, No. 63, Royal Arch Masons; of Ogdensburg Commandery, No. 54, Knights Templar; Media Temple, Mystic Shrine, of Watertown; also of St. Lawrence Lodge of Perfection, Order of the Eastern Star; of the Independent Order of Forsters of Madrid; of Aurega Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the Rebekah Lodge.
He married, Sept. 2, 1886, Edith F., born July 8, 1864, daughter of Oliver C. and Adeline Viles Robinson, of Madrid; graduate of Madrid high school.
They have one daughter, Jessica Viles, born at Madrid, May 23, 1890, graduate of the Madird high schoo and of St. Lawrence University.
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