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Merrihew Family

Posted: 939556800000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1003443568000
Surnames: MERRIHEW
The Merrihew family was among the first settlers in the town of Dartmouth, Bristol County. There are still a few decendents still living in Bristol and Barnstable Counties. I have very little information on the Merrihews in the area since the early 1800's. Any information that will allow me to connect to the present family members will be greatly appreciated.

Re: Merrihew Family

Posted: 1278799151000
Classification: Query
Hi I am from New Bedford, Ma, which is right next to Dartmouth, Bristol, Co, Ma. I have a Merrihew in my family tree: Alice Merrihew B 2/5/1805 in Fairhaven, Ma. Her parents were Peter Merrihew, and Sarah Andrews. She was married to Daniel Smith b 4/28/1803 Edgartown, Ma. She died 5/17/1883 in rockland, Ma and is buried in Mt. Vernon Cem. Abington, Ma. I believe her family was from Barnstable, although her death certificate states that both parents were born in Fairhaven, Ma. In Long Plain Cem. in Acushnet, Bristol Co, Ma there are some Merrihews Buried there:There is: Peter Merrihew died 2/12/1854, Peter Jr, Died 5/5/1883,Daniel No info on him, Ruth, D 4/28/1897, Sally, Wife of Peter, No info on her. Can contact me at Thanks

Re: Merrihew Family

Posted: 1367771237000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1367812668000
Surnames: Merrihew, Smith, Andrews, Spooner, Reynolds, Pierce, Bosworth, Chadwick, Gammons, Avery
I just happened to see your message board post on concerning the Merrihew Family of Fairhaven, MA. I know your post was almost 3 years ago, but hopefully you are still interested.

My 4th great grandmother was Ruby Taber Merrihew, the sister of Alice Merrihew, who was married to Daniel smith. They were two of the nine children of Peter Merrihew and Sarah "Sally" Andrews. Peter and Sally lived and died in what is now the town of Acushnet, the the area that was known as Long Plain. In those days Acushnet was part of the town of Fairhaven and was known as North Fairhaven or Long Plain. In 1860, Acushnet broke away and formed their own town. Sally (Andrews) Merrihew was the daughter of Edmund and Elsie/Alice Andrews and was born in Lakeville, Mass., which at that time was part of Middleboro.

Sometime in the late 1700's Peter's father Amos Merrihew and wife Elizabeth (Spooner) Merrihew removed with the entire family, except for Peter, to what was then known as Nine Partners, Dutchess County, New York. Peter decided to stay in Mass.

Peter, Sally, their son Peter, Jr., and daughter Ruth were buried together in the Long Plain Cemetery, in Acushnet in the older section. Peter, Jr. and Ruth never married. Another daughter Sarah Merrihew, wife of James Hammett, was buried across the road in the newer section of Long Plain Cemetery.

Another of Peter and Sally's daughters, Elizabeth S. Merrihew, wife of Edmund Reynolds was buried in Pine Grove Cemetery in New Bedford. And another daughter, Celeste Merrihew, wife of David Pierce was buried in the Rural Cemetery in New Bedford. A son Edmund Merrihew was buried at Cushing Cemetery in Mattapoisett, near his son Edmund, Jr. and other family members.

Another of Peter and Sally's sons, Amos, died in Fairhaven in 1861, but I have yet to find burial information for him.

My 4th great-grandmother Ruby married Darius Bosworth and lived in Acushnet until the death of Darius in 1872, and then went to live with her son William Bosworth in New Bedford, where she died in 1893. Ruby and Darius and several of their descendants were buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery, New Bedford. William Bosworth and wife Almira Chadwick were my 3rd great grandparents.

Alice Merrihew married Daniel Smith on April 23, 1833. They lived mainly in Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard. In their later years they moved to Abington and then Rockland, where they passed away.

Daniel and Alice Smith's son Daniel V. Smith was buried at the Ellis Cemetery in Mattapoisett. He and his brother William H. Smith married two sisters. Daniel was married to Martha Gammons and William to Lucy Gammons. They were the daughters of Martin B. Gammons and Bethany Avery.

Re: Merrihew Family

Posted: 1404606925000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Merrihew
Thank you to JBosworth for that history on much of the Merrihew family! It is good to know all of that information about our Merrihew relations.

I am descended through Teage's son Josiah and then Joseph then John William who left Dartmouth early on and moved to Ulster County New York where the family stayed until my mother left NY after marrying my father during WWII. Following John WIlliam was Stephen D Merrihew, then Abram Merrihew then Edmund who was a well known grocer in Kingston, NY and then my grandmother Mary Elizabeth Merrihew the last in my line to have the name Merrihew followed by her son George Edmond McLane then my mother Evelyn Lillian McLane who was an only child. My mother married a man from Oregon and following WWII they moved out to Boise, Idaho and then to Walla Walla, WA where I was born and raised. I lived most of my adult life in the Portland, OR/Vancouver,WA area but a few years ago remarried and moved to Ohio.

I would love to connect with other Merrihew cousins and get to know you!

Re: Merrihew Family

Posted: 1470243293000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Merrihew, Fish
I am descended from Josiah Merrihew and his wife Hope. I wonder if Hope Borden is the correct person for Josiah’s wife. The only historical record I can find is New England Marriages prior to 1700 which lists a marriage between Josiah Merehoe and Hope unknown before 1695 in Dartmouth MA. Many public trees and sites, including Beekman Patent (Vol. 8 p. 747), identify Josiah’s wife as Hope Borden. The birthdate for Josiah's wife Hope is given as either 26 Dec 1673 (parents: Joseph Borden and Hope unknown), or as 3 Mar 1684 (parents: John Borden and Mary Earle).

John and Joseph Borden were brothers, sons of Richard Borden and Joan Fowle.

There are problems with both of these Hopes. Find-a-grave has Hope Borden, born 1673 to Joseph Borden and Hope unknown, died 1676, buried in Portsmouth Friends Churchyard. Rhode Island Marriages 1724-1916 has Hope Borden, daughter of John Borden, marrying a William Almy in Portsmouth in 1722. According to Massachusetts Wills and Probate Records 1635-1991, Josiah did not die until 1760.

Since there are problems with both Hope Bordens, I looked for other Hopes who were born in RI or MA about the time Josiah was born. I found a Hope Fish, born 5 Mar 1676 at Portsmouth, parents : Thomas Fish Jr. and Grizzell Strange. The siblings of Hope Fish were Alice, Grizzell, Preserved, and Mehitable (from Genealogical Dictionary of RI). The children of Josiah Merrihew and Hope unknown listed in Beekman Patent are: Grizzell, Mary, Rachel, Preserved, Katherine, Josiah, Joseph, Benjamin, Mary, David, and Marcy. I was struck by the recurrence of two unusual given names, Grizzell and Preserved, in both the Fish and Merrihew families.

I can’t find any historical records that would confirm a marriage between Hope Fish and Josiah Merrihew. Many public trees on Ancestry say that Hope Fish died young, but I have not found any historical records to confirm this. In 1703 there was a land sale in Dartmouth from John Fish to Josiah Merrihew (Old Dartmouth Historical Society). This could be the John Fish who was born in Portsmouth about 1657 and died in Dartmouth in 1742, and was the son of Thomas Fish Sr. (1619-1687) who was the father of Thomas Fish Jr. and the grandfather of Hope Fish.

Can anyone confirm that Hope Fish died young, or married someone else?

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