Nathaniel Merrill died 16 March 1655

Nathaniel Merrill was born 5 May 1601 in Wherstead, England.  He married Susanna, (her last name is unknown, but she probably was a stepdaughter of a man named Wolterton and so was known by that name) and they had six children.  The family came to America, probably around 1640.  They eventually settled in Newbury, MA, where Nathaniel’s brother John already lived. It has been estimated that 99% of the Merrills in the US are descended from Nathaniel, as his brother John only had a daughter, no sons.  Nathaniel died 16 March, 1655.  The following is a copy of his will and inventory of his estate. 

Estate of Nathaniel Merril of NewburyEssex Probate Docket # None

Witnes by these psents that I Nathaniell Merrill of Newbury in the Countie of Essex being sicke of body but through gods mercy of perfect memory I do here make my last will and testament, I first bequeath my soule into the hands of my blessed Redeemer with an assured hope of a joyfull resurection, and my body when it shall please the lord to take me out of this fraile life to bee buryed in the burying place of Newbury, and for my worldly goods I give and dispose of as followeth Impr I give and bequeath unto susanna my wife five akers of plowable land lying next to my brother Johns land and halfe the marsh dureing her naturall life and a cow and three heifers and all my household goods, And out of this estat so given to my wife I give and bequeath unto my daughter Susanna five pounds when she shal be at the age of twenty yeares then I give and bequeath vnto my Son Nathaniell (whom I appoint as my true and lawfull heire) all my land and freehold after my wives decease, and all the working tooles & Implements of husbandry and all the cattell and stocke besids And out of this stocke I appoint that my Son Nathaniell shall pay theise legacyes as followeth, that is I give unto my son John when he shall bee of the age of two and twenty yeers the summe of five pounds, And also I give and bequeath unto my Son Abraham at the age of two and twenty years five pounds, And I give and bequeath unto my sonne Daniell also at the age of one and twenty years five pound and I give and bequeath to my son Abell five pounds also at the age of one and twenty years, And I appoint my Sone Nathaniell to be my sole executor and all my debts & funerall rites being discharged I appoint him to have all the rest of my goods & chattels undisposed and I desire my brother John merill and Anthony somerby to be the overseers of this my last will & testament In witness whereof I have st my hand march the eight in the yeare one thousand six hundred fifty foure but if gods puidence should by losses & crosses |upon ye estate| more than ordinary: then proportionobly to be abated in the legacye shis mark Nathaniell n n Merrill Witness:Richard Knight Anthony Somerby John merrell Proved Mar 27, 1655 by John Merrill and Anthony Somerby

Inventory of the estate of Nathaniell Merrill of Newbury, who deceased Mar 16, 1654-5, taken Mar 23, 1654-5, by Daniell (his D mark) Thurston, Richard Knight and Archelaus Woodman:Ten akers of upland and thre akers of marsh with the previledge of a grehold or commage, £20; one cow and a calfe, £4; 15 s; three heifers of three yeare old & 2 claves £12; 10s; two steers of two yeare old & two heifers £11; three yearelings, £4, one old cart & wheeles and sled and an old barow, £1; 2 spades, a mattock, a betle, 4 wedges, a crosscut & a handsaw & 4 axes and 4 hooes, £2; 3 old tubs, a fanne, an Iron staple & ring & 2 prongs & shovell, 10s; his weareing apparell, £2; ten bushells of malt & barly, 5 bushells of wheate & nine bushels of rye & about 35 bushells of Indian corne, £10; 16s; two muskets and 2 swords with match & powder, £2; cats & pease, 10s; sixe small swyne, £3; 2 flock beds & bolsters & 2 paire of sheets, old, £4; 2 old ketles, 2 skillets & a smal braspot & Iron pot, £1 10s; an old warming pan, fire shovell, grid Iron, tongs, & other small Iron things & a spitt, 12s; 4 small pewter dishes & a skimmer, dishes & spoones, 12s; a truckle bedsted, 2 buckets and a pr of cottrells, 10s; a small cart rope & halfe bushell & a pecke, 5s; a small cubberd & 2chests, 16s; one drinke vessell, 2 wheels, one powdring tub, ten milk trayes & 3 cheesfats, £2; total £84; 6s; his debts for Rent due to Mr Cutting, £5; in small debts, £2.

Source: Essex County Quarterly Court Files 3:10

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