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he engaged at farming in Pownal, Maine,
where he now resides. During the civil war
he was a member of Company B. Twenty-fifth
Maine Infantry, which organization was
chiefly occupied in guarding the national cap-
itol. He is past commander of Haskell Post,
G. A. R., of Yarmouth, and is a member of
Granite Grange, P. of H.. at Pownal. Mr.
Merrill is a (Tongregationalist in religion and
a steadfast Republican in political principle.



He marrieil (first) January 3, 1S54, Delia A.
P. Waite, of Freeport, daughter of Captain
Charles and Olive (Pettengill) Waite. Their
children are : George Waite, William Rich-
ards, Flora Prince, Edwin S., Lena Ives and
Harry Pettengill. IMr. Merrill married (sec-
ond) April II, 1880, Elmira lienderson, who
bore him three children : Edith Adel, Lewis
Perley and Morris Ellsworth.

(VIII) Edwin Sweetzer, third son of Hor-
ace P. and Delia A. P. (Waite) Merrill, was
born February 16, 1863, at Freeport, and be-
gan his education in the public schools of that
town, passing through high school, and grad-
uating in 1883. He was subsequently a stud-
ent of Maine Wesleyan Seminary, graduating
1885, \\'illiams College, 1884, and Columbia
University Law School, at Washington. D.
C, receiving the degree of LL. B. in 1892.
During his student days he engaged in teach-
ing, and was employed in the national post-
office department at Washington, while pur-
suing his law course, the latter occupying his
evenings. He entered the office of Judge T.
N. Little, of Aliddletown, New York, and was
admitted to the bar in Brooklyn, in 1894. For
seven years he practiced at Middletown and
removed to New York City in igoi ; at that
time he became a partner of Thomas Watts,
and has so continued in general practice under
the title of Watts & Merrill. He is a member
of the New York County Lawyers Associa-
tion, and secretary of committee on gratuity
fund ; of the Royal Arcanum ; Ancient Order
of United Workmen, and attorney for the
grand lodge of New York; Modern Wood-
men of America ; and Mitchell Camp, Sons of
\'eterans, of Harlem. He is a member of the
Congregational church of Middletown, the
Maine Society in New York, and a Democrat
in political principles. In 1907 he was nomi-
nated by the Independence League for the
office of justice of the city court, and his nom-
ination was endorsed by the Republicans, but
the fusion ticket of that year was defeated.
His home is in Bronx Borough, where he pur-
chased a house in 1908. He married (first)
September 5, 1895, Stella Parsons and has a
daughter. Vera Florence. He married (sec-
ond) June 4, 1908, Juha (Boyd) Bacon,
widow of William Bacon, and daughter of
George W. and Mary (Iric) Boyd.

(For preceding generation see Nathaniel Merrill I.)

(II) Sergeant Daniel, fourth
MERRILL son of Nathaniel and Susan-
nah (Wolterton) (Jordan)
Merrill, was born in Newbury, Massachusetts,

August 20, 1642, and lived there mostly, but
spent his later life with his son John in Haver-
hill, Massachusetts. He took the oath of fidel-
ity and allegiance in 1668, admitted to the
church in Newbury in 1681, and made a free-
man in 1682. He died June 27, 1717, and his
will was dated July 12 of that year. He mar-
ried Sarah, daughter of John and Jane Clough,
of Watertown, Massachusetts, who died i\Iarch
18, 1705. He married (second) Sarah j\Ior-
rill, the double widow of Philip Rowell and
Onesiphorus Page. Children : Daniel, John,
Sarah, Ruth, Moses, Martha and Stephen.

(III) Deacon John, second son of Daniel
and Sarah (Clough) JMerrill, was born in
Newbury, Massachusetts, in 1674, a house-
smith, a soldier in 1710, and admitted to the
church in 1718. He died June 7, 1756; his
will was made February 28, 1753. He mar-
ried Mary Allen, of Salisbury. They had :
Abel, John, Mary, Daniel, Thomas, Ruth,
Hannah and Gideon.

(IV) Abel, first son of Deacon John and
}ilary (Allen) Merrill, was born in Salisbury,
and removed to Wells, Maine, about 1725, and
subsequently to Cape Arundel, now Kenne-
bunkport. He was killed by a black fish while
out fishing in a small boat. He married Mary
Harding, and had one son, who will be de-
scribed in the next paragraph.

(V) Gideon, only son and child of Abel
and ]\Iary (Harding) Merrill, was born in
Arundel, Alaine, and married Dorothy Wilder.
They had several children, one of whom was
named Jacob.

(VI) The Jacob iMerrill with whom we
have to do might have been and probably was
the eldest child of Gideon and Dorothy
(Wilder) Merrill. He lived in North Yar-
mouth, Cumberland and Bowdoin. He was in
the war for independence, credited from Arun-
del, Captain Tobias Lord's company. He
married Sarah Huff. Children : Josiah,
Eunice, Joanna, Jacob, ^^'illiam, Abigail, Ben-
jamin, Nathan N. and John.

(VII) Nathan Noyes, fifth son of Jacob
and Sarah (Huff) Merrill, was born Novem-
ber 28, 1784, in Bowdoin, Massachusetts. His
education was acquired in the common scliools
of that place, and he was for many years a
farmer, later moving to Lewiston, Maine,
then an unbroken wilderness on the banks of
the Androscoggin. He married a Miss Jack-
son, by whom he had the following children :
Isaiah, Freeman H., Elias, Mary, Israel, John
H. and Amos.

(VIII) Isaiah, eldest son of Nathan and
(Jackson) ]\Ierrill, was born about



1832. He attended the common schools of
Eowdoin and Lcwiston, learning the painter's
trade, which he followed the most of his life.
With his father he was an early settler in that
citv, and as a boy he cut wood where the city
hail now stands. ' When he became a voter the
Republican party was about being formed, and
he became one of its early adherents and stuck
to the party until he died. He married
Electa M. Luce, who survived her first born,
the subject of the next sketch, only six
months. He married (second) Addie Hans-
com, bv whom he had two children: Fred-
erick M. and Frank II.. both deceased; re-
sided in Boston; married (third) Cora
Creamer, who is still living; Mr. Merrill died 13, 1895.

(IX) John H., only child of Isaiah and
Electa M. (Luce) Merrill, was born in Lew-
iston, r^laine, August 2, 1865. He acquired a
rudimentary education in his native city. Dur-
ing his school days he sold newspapers and
workctl during vacations to obtain money to
continue his schooling. At the age of sixteen
he entered the poor boys' college, a newspaper
office, where he worked at the case until 1890.
when he bought out a printing establishment.
In 1891 he sold a half interest to Hon. John
R. Webber, ex-mayor of Auburn. The follow-
ing year the business demanded larger quar-
ters and they removed to their present com-
modious building, and now employ twenty
people. They do job printing, book binding,
publish city and county directories for the
greater part of Maine. Mr. Merrill stands
high in Masonry. He was raised to the Mas-
ter's degree at Auburn, has taken the capitular
degree, accorded the council degree, received
the order of the temple, enrolled in the Arabic
Order of the Mystic Shrine, admitted to the
Scottish rite, and is a thirty-second. He is
also a prominent member of the Benevolent
and Protective Order of Elks, of the Knights
of Pythias, and the Improved Order of Red

(For first generation see Nathaniel Merrill I.)

(II) Abel, -son of Nathaniel
MERRILL and Susannah (Wolterton)

(Jordan) JNIerrill, was born
February 20, 1644, in Newbury, Massachu-
setts, and died there October 28, 1689. He
was a mariner, and is said to have brought the
first vessel over the IMerrimac bar. He was
married February 10, 1671, to Priscilla Chase,
born in Newbury, March 4, 1649. daughter of
Aquila and Anne (W'heeler) Chase. .Anne
Wheeler was the daughter of John Wheeler,

of Hampton, New Hampshire, who was born
in Salisbury, England, and moved to New-
bury, where he was granted land in 1646.
Their children were: .\bel, Susannah, Nathan,
Thomas, Joseph, Nathaniel, Priscilla and

(Ill) Nathaniel (2), sixth son of Abel and
Priscilla (Chase) Merrill, was born February
6, 16S4, in Newbury, and passed his life there,
dying February 22, 1743. He was married
July 28, i/og, to Hannah, daughter of Thomas
and Martha Bartlett Stephens. She was born
April 30, 1682, probably, and died February 3,

1736- .

(I\ ) Roger, eldest child of Nathaniel (2)
and Hannah (Stephens) Merrill, and only one
of their children to attain maturity, was born
March 10, 1712, in Newbury, and died there
May 12, 1791. He was married (first) March
10, 1730, to Mary, daughter of Ezekiel and
Ruth (Emery) Hale. She was born July 13,
1714, and died December 21, 1773, aged sixty
years, and he was married (second) October
3, 1774, at Amcsbury, to Sarah, widow of
Rev. William Johnson, of West Newbury.
She was born 1707, and survived him more
than nine years, dying March 16, i8oi. His
fifteen children were : Nathaniel, Hannah,
Mary (died young), Edna, Mary, Elizabeth
(died young), Priscilla (died young), Roger
(died young), Roger (died young), Priscilla,
Ezekiel, John, Joseph, Roger and Elizabeth.

(V) Nathaniel (3), eldest child of Roger
and !\Iary (Hale) Merrill, was born April 13,
1732, in West Newbury. Pie owned land in
Nottingham West, now Hudson, New Hamp-
shire, where he resided most of his life. He
was married November 17, 1755, to Mary,
fifth daughter of Dr. Nathaniel Sargent, of
Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Their children
were: Nathaniel (died young), Dorothy,
Roger, Thomas, J^Iary, Betsy Bradstreet and

(VI) Roger (2), second son of Nathaniel
(3) and Mary (Sargent) Merrill, was born
February i, 1761, in West Newbury, and was
a child when his parents removed to Notting-
ham West. There he enlisted for several pe-
riods of service during the revolutionary war,
in 1778-79, covering a period of seventeen
months, all together. lie served in Colonel
Moony "s New Hampshire regiment for sev-
eral months in Rhode Island, was in a Massa-
chusetts company commanded by Captain Em-
erson, and was three months at West Point in
Captain Solomon Kimball's command, as a
teamster. He was a stone mason by occupa-
tion, and was skillful at his trade. A man of



very strong personality, he was self-reliant and
independent in action, very firm in holding his
opinions, but was much respected as a man
and a good citizen and was noted for his
kindness and chivalry toward his wife and
daughters. His sons thought him a hard man,
because of his stern adherance to his Puri-
tanical ideas. He was a pioneer settler in
Durham, Maine, where he died, June 15, 1852,
at the age of ninety-one years, four months
and fifteen days. He resided in Durham until
1802, and was subsequently, for a time, a resi-
dent of Portland and Litchfield, Maine, but re-
turned to Durham in his last days. He was
married February 2, 1785, in Xew Gloucester,
Maine, to Dorothy, daughter of Flon. John
(4) Gushing, of Royalsborough and Free-
port, ]\Iaine (see Gushing X). She was born
May 2, 1769, in Salisbury, Massachusetts', and
died December 28, 1863, in Litchfield. Their
children were : Orlando, Dorothy, John, Jona-
than, Joel, Elizabeth, Edward, Galeb, William.
Jesse, Mary Sargent, Sarah, and an infant
who died unnamed.

(VH) Edward, fourth son of Roger (2)
and Dorothy (Gushing) Merrill, was born
July 14, 1800, in Durham, and was two years
of age when the family moved to Portland.
At the age of eleven years he ran away and
went to sea and continued upon the ocean
about twenty-five years. He never returned
to his native place until he had become a
captain of a vessel, and was then thirtv-seven
years of age. His educational opportunities
were necessarily limited, but he was a man of
great ability and executive force and made a
success of life. After retiring from the sea,
he settled in Xew Bedford, ^Massachusetts,
where he became engaged in the manufacture
of oil and candles, and built MerrilTs wharf,
one of the finest of that port. Gaptain Mer-
rill was a man of artistic temperament and a
great lover of flowers and nature in all its
forms. He did some excellent painting and
had a farm on an island in Xew Bedford
harbor, where he passed much time with his
friends and indulged his love of nature. He
had property interests in Galifornia, and was
enabled to gratify his tastes and live in in-
dependence. He was extremely independent
of character ; was a wide and careful reader,
and became very well informed on many
topics. He was an attendant of the Unitarian
church, and was a Democrat in politics, tak-
ing considerable interest in the welfare of his
party, and served as delegate in the state
and national conventions. He enjoyed the
confidence and esteem of his fellows and was

called upon to fill various town offices, after
settling in Xew Bedford. He was married
October 5, 1827, to Mary Converse, daughter
of Dr. John and Sally (Hanson) Converse, of
Durham, Maine (see Converse VH). They
were the parents of six children : L John Con-
verse, married Matty H., daughter "of George
V. Barker, of Xew Bedford, and resides in
Los Angeles, California. 2. Mary Converse,
wife of James H. Myrick. of Dorchester,
Massachusetts. 3. Edward B., receives fur-
ther mention below. 4. George Barney, grad-
uated from Harvard College in 1859, married
Mary A. Bryant, and resides in San Francisco,
California. 5. Charles Roger, died in Xew
Bedford, leaving no issue. 6. Frank Hanson,
died in 1906, in Oakland, California, leaving
no issue.

(\Tn) Edward Bagley, second son of Ed-
ward and Mary (Converse) Merrill, was born
January 25, 1835, in ^'ew Bedford, and re-
ceived good educational ad^■anlages. For some
time, he was a student at Xorwich University,
A'ermont. a military school under the charge
of Colonel Alden Partridge, a former superin-
tendent of West Point. He fitted for college
at Phillips Exter Academy, and was gradu-
ated from Bowdoin College with the degree of
bachelor of arts in 1857. This institution sub-
sequently conferred upon him the degree of
master of arts. Having decided to take up the
practice of law, he spent eight months of studv
in the office of Flon. William W. Crapo, in
Xew Bedford, and subsequently attended the
Cambridge Law School. Early in i860 he
removed to X'ew York city and spent three
months in the office of Stanley & Langdell,
and was admitted to the bar of X'ew York
city in May of that year. Since that time he
has been engaged in the general practice of
law, giving preference to will cases, and those
involving corporation law. He has been em-
ployed in some very important cases, and ar-
gued before the United States supreme court
a case involving the "property" in a stock
exchange seat, the leading case of the kind
now quoted in the law books. j\lr. Merrill has
a decided literary taste, has given consirlerable
time to genealogical research, and has been
a contributor on various topics to papers and
magazines. Before the American Social
Science Association, in 1882, he gave an ad-
dress on "County Jails and Reformatory In-
stitutions." Another popular address given by
him before the State Bar Association was en-
titled, "Hints Upon Professional Ethics." He
also gave a feeling "Tribute to the Life of
Public Services and George W. Curtis," be-



fore the American Social Science Association,
at Saratoga. New York. He is a member of
the board of managers of the New York State
Colonization Society, of the executive com-
mittee of the Prison Association and board of
management of the Burnham Industrial Farm.
Mr. Merrill is a member of the University
Club and the Good Government Club. In Sep-
tember, 1896, he was appointed librarian of
the Association of the Bar of Xew York, and
held the position one year. .-\ man of genial
nature and most kindly instincts, of urbane
manners and democratic habits, he is highly
esteemed by all who know him. He has never
sought political preferrment and has acted in-
dependently in election contests, though his
sympathies are chiefly with the Democratic
party. He was married September 12, 1S61,
to ^lary Elizabeth Gibbs, of New Bedford,
born Febuary 7. 1838. daughter of .■\lexander
and Mary Gibbs. Their only son, Edward
Gibbs IMcrrill, graduated at Columbia Uni-
versity in the class of 1897, and is now Libe-
rian Consul for New York. He married, De-
cember 18, 1908, Daisy Lee Hall, daughter
of Dr. Rowland B. Hall, of Macon, Georgia.

(For preceding generations see Abel Merrill II.)

(Ill) Thomas, third son of

AIERRILL .Abel and Priscilla (Chase)

Merrill, was born January 1,

1679, in Newbury, and resided in Salisbury.

He married Judith Kent, and they were the

parents of twelve children.

(IV) James, son of Thomas and Judith
(Kent) IMerrill, was born May 6, 1719. in
Salisbury and probably lived in Southampton.
He was married in Hampton, January 18,
1739, to Apphia Osgood, and they were the
parents of Mary, James, Apphia, Nathan,
Levi, Winthrop and Dudley.

(V) Levi, third son of James and .Vpphia
(Osgood) Merrill, was born January 30, 1750,
in that part of Hampton which is now South-
ampton, New Hampshire, and settled in Elaine
where he died in 1818. He married Hannah
Bean, of Shapleigh. and their children were :
Levi, John, Asa, Benjamin, Nathan, James,
Seth, Hannah and Sarah.

(\T) John, second son of Levi and Hannah
(Bean) Merrill, was born August 20, 1775,
in Raymond, New Hampshire, and died in
Harmony, Maine, February, 1857. He mar-
ried Betsey Doore, daughter of Isaiah and
Betsey (or Hannah) (Hussey) Doore, of
Dover, New Hampshire, in 1796. She was
born 1777 and died 187 1. Children: Asa,
Hannah, John H., Rufus, Betsey, James,

Martha, Eli, Richard Hussey, Joseph Palmer,
Benjamin Bisbie, Mary and Russell.

(VH) Asa, eldest child of John and Betsy
(Doore) IMerrill, was born November 16, 1797,
in Shapleigh, ]\Iaine, moved to Dexter early,
and there spent his life. By occupation he was
a shoemaker. He was identified with the Bap-
tist church. In politics he was first a Whig
and later a Republican. He married Betsey
Emerson and their chililren were: Eliza. Rox-
anna, Catherine, Esther, Alonzo Allen and
Ithamar Bowles.

(VHI) Ithamar Bowles, youngest son of
Asa and Betsey (Emerson) Merrill was born
July 14, 1 83 1, in Dexter, and is now living in
that town. He was educated in the public
schools of his native town, and is still en-
gaged at the occupation which he learned
from iiis father, although nearly eighty years
of age. He is a Baptist in religion, a Repub-
lican in politics and a member of the Masonic
order, affiliating with De.xter Lodge of his
home town. He was a soldier of the civil
war, enlisting September 10, 1862, in Company
E, Twenty-second Maine Infantry, and was
discharged August 14, 1863. He was married
in Dexter to Mary Augusta Toward, born
May 20, 1844, in Freedom, Maine, daughter
of James and Olive (Ireland) Toward. Her
father was a son of James and Sally (Carr)
Toward. The former was a son of the immi-
grant who landed at Boston and believed to
be of Scotch birth. The children of Ithamar
B. i\Ierrill were : Elmer Delmont, Cleo Maud
and Edna Clifton. The elder daughter is the
wife of R. \V. Hughes, of Foxcroft, having a
son, Donald, and daughter, Mary; and the
younger daughter is wife of Charles F. D.
Marsh, an attorney of De.xter. The latter has
a daughter, Isabel.

(IX) Dr. Elmer Delmont, eldest child and
only son of Ithamar Bowles and Mary A.
(Toward) ]\Icrrill, was born at Dexter,
Maine, February 24, 1865. He was educated
in the schools of his native town and at the
Coburn Classical Institute, and was graduated
from the Hahnemann Medical College of
Philadelphia in 1886. Dr. Merrill at once es-
tablished himself at Fo.xcroft, Maine, where
he has since resided. He is a Republican in
politics. He attends the Congregational
church, and takes much interest in the Masonic
order. He belongs to l\Iosaic Lodge of Fox-
croft, to Piscataquis Royal Arch Chapter, and
to Saint John's Commandery, Knights Tem-
plar, of Bangor. He is also a member of
Kora Temple, and of Onawa Lodge, Knights
of Pythias. On November 27, 1888, Dr. Elmer



Delmoiit Merrill married Lora AI. Dyer,
daughter of T. F. and Frances W. Dyer, of
Foxcroft, ;\Iaine, who was born at New Sha-
ron, March 5, 1862. Dr. and Mr. Merrill
have an adopted daughter, Marion Dyer Mer-
rill, born at Foxcroft, December 26, 1898.

(For preceding generations see Daniel Merrill II.)

(Ill) Daniel (2), eldest son

iMERRILL of Daniel (1) and Sarah
(Clough) 2\lerrill, was born
March 15, 1671, and received a homestead in
Newbury by the will of his father. His es-
tate was administered on September 29, 1725.
He took to wife Esther Chase, also of New-
burv, and they had several children, among
them Edmund, Moses and Daniel. The cor-
respondence of their Christian names to the
Merrills who were the town builders of New
Gloucester, Alaine, which was an outgrowth of
Cape Ann and thereabouts, is a remarkable co-
incidence, if it is not a fact that they were the
sons of Daniel (2) of Newbury. It seems to
us but fair to assume in lieu of other satis-
factory evidence that he whose biography fol-
lows in this article was the grandson of
Daniel (2). In the inchoate beginning of
New Gloucester there were among the primi-
tive fathers an Edmund, a Moses, and a Dan-
iel Merrill, supposedly brothers. They were
all adherents to the Shaker faith, and they
were among the first to be elected to office in
the new township.

(\') Amos, a presumptive grandson of
Daniel (2) Merrill, was born in New Glou-
cester, and married Mary Twombly. The
vital statistics give births of Amos, Hiram
and Andrew.

(VI) Amos (2), eldest son of Amos (i)
and Mary (Twombly) ^Merrill, was born in
New Gloucester, January 23, 1802, died Jan-
uary 3, 1837. He was a farmer, a man of
good works and temperate^ habits. He mar-
ried Joanna, daughter of Jabez and Abigail
(Chipman) Haskell. Children: Charles D.,
Benjamin \\'., traced below, Lucy A., Mary
C). and Vesta A.

(\'II) Benjamin Wadsworth, second son
of Amos (2) and Joanna (Haskell) Merrill,
was born in New Gloucester, January 13, 1830.
When Benjamin W. was seven years old his
father was frozen to death, having been caught
in a blizzard, and as he left a large family
Benjamin W. decided to get his own living,
and to that end left home barefooted, in
April, and walked to Raymond, 3.1aine, where
he bound himself out to a farmer, remaining
until he reached his majority. Being a hard

worker and being possessed of good judgment,
he soon had money enough to buy a farm of
his own, and he later became one of the largest
real estate owners in town. As a Re]niblican
he held many town offices, serving at one time
as chairman of the board of selectmen. He
married Jane L., daughter of Joseph Libbey,
of Standisli, Maine, and by her he had two
children : Emma J., who is a teacher in the
Auburn schools, and Irving L., traced below.
(VIII) Hon. Irving L., son of Benjamin
W. and Jane L. (Libbey) Merrill, was born
in North Raymond, September 7, 1864. He
studied the preliminary branches in the North
Raymond schools, finishing his education at
the Gorham Normal, Bridgton Academy, and
Eastman National Business College at Pough-
keepsie. New York. At the age of seventeen
he began teaching .school, and thus earned
money to pursue his education. In 1887 he en-
tered the employ of the Gurney Nursery Com-
pany, of which concern he was made partner
in i8g6. He was elected by the Republicans
to the aldermanry of Auburn, serving two
years, served as president of board, and
was made mayor in 1908, in a hotly contested
election. He is a Mason, holding the chairs
of senior deacon of Tranquil Lodge, high
priest of Bradford Royal Arch Chapter, stand-
ard bearer of Lewiston Commandery, and a
member of the Arabic Order of the Mystic
Shrine. He has also been initiated into the
mysteries of the Independent C)rder of Odd
Fellows. He is also member of Benevolent
Protective Order of Elks, Lewiston. He
married, March 10, 1888, Nettie F., daughter
of Benjamin W. and Frances (Drinkwater)
Mason. They have one child, Clyde H., who
took a special course in pharmacy at the Uni-
versity of Maine, passed the board of phar-
macy, being registered pharmacist, Septem-
ber, igo8; entered the Bowdoin Medical School
same year. Mr. Merrill possesses a pleasing
personality, and his popularity is attested by
his frequent elevation to positions of public

(For preceding generations see Nathaniel Merrill I.)

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