Lt. William Merrick was born 15 September 1603 in St. David's, Pembrokeshire, Wales to John Meyrick (1579-1650) and Dorothy Bishop (1570-1650) and died 6 March 1689 Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Rebecca Tracy (1622-1686) 1641 in Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts.
Plymouth Colony Militia
He served actively on the militia for Plymouth Colony under Captain Myles Standish and is mentioned in colonial records first as Ensign and later as Lieutenant. This six years of activity, prevented him from getting married until 1641-42. which marks the end of his military service.
William held property in both Eastham, Massachusetts and Duxbury, Massachusetts. His major residence being in Eastham where several children were born. He was also one of the original proprietors of Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
Yes he is listed as a citizen of Duxbury in 1636 and allotted five acres of land "Next the Glade at Powder Point." In 1637 he was allotted another 20 acres at Great Head.
- Appointed surveyor of highways in 1646
- Appointed constable in 1647.
Paige, in his history of Hardwick, says:
"William Merrick, the father, was a lieutenant, residing in Eastham. In his will, dated 03 Dec 1686, and proved 06 Mar 1689, he is described as about 86 years of age, by which it would seem that he was about forty-three years old when the first of his ten children was born, and he might seem to be the grandfather of this family rather than the father, were it not that he names his wife Rebecca and his children, Stephen and William, in his will."
- Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire - Vol 2 - by Stearns, Whitcher and Parker. pg 889-892
- Descendants of John Meyrick (1579-1650)