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Updated November 22, 2000

I am researching the Merrill family from Belknap, Grafton and Merrimack Counties, New Hampshire; and Pardeeville/Wyocena, Columbia County, Wisconsin. I am also searching for information on the Cliffords of Grafton Town, NH, and Nichols of Wentworth, NH.

My g(5)-grandfather John(4) was born April 3, 1696 in Newbury, MA and died 1773 in Concord, NH. His wife was Lydia Haynes born August 7, 1705 in Haverhill, MA; died in Concord, NH.

My g(4)-grandfather Jonathan(5) was born February 10, 1732/33 in Concord, NH; died April 2, 1794, Sanbornton, NH. His wife Mary Farnham, born August 8, 1737, Concord, NH; died February 14, 1805, Sanbornton. They lived in Alexandria, NH on Harvey Locke Farm and in Bristol, NH North of Smiths River at Profile Falls on the Meshech Gurdy Farm.

My g(3)-grandfather John(6) was born March 9, 1769 in Concord, NH. His wife was Betsey Darling, born April 27, 1771 in Danville or Sanbornton, NH; died October 8, 1834. They married on November 12, 1794 probably in Sanbornton, NH. They lived in Sanbornton, and in New Chester (now Hill)on the Peaslee Farm at the juncture of the Smith's and Pemigewasset Rivers.

My g(2)-grandfather John(7) Merrill was born in New Chester, NH on April 10, 1802. He was known as "The Philosopher of the Pool" which he once owned at Franconia Notch, NH. He lived on Perwig Mountain in Hill, and moved to Dorchester, NH in 1840 before removing to Pardeeville, WI in 1867. He died September 20, 1892 and is buried in Pardeeville Cemetery. The first four of six children are believed to have been born in Hill; - Abby, Willard C. and William C. (twins), and Charles C. John(8) was the fifth born. Peter Hatchett, the last born, possibly in Dorchester. John(7)'s wife was Rhoda P. Cilley. She was born in Andover on July 28, 1803; died January 10, 1885 in Pardeeville, WI, and is interred in Pardeeville Cemetery.

My great-grandfather John(8) Samuel Merrill was born in Andover, NH on May 21, 1837; died in Warren, NH on February 15, 1919 and is interred in Cheever Cemetery, Dorchester, NH. He lived in Dorchester most of his life. His first wife was Emma Sophia Streeter. They had five children: Annie Bell (born in Pardeeville, WI); Bernard Leroy, Verlorus Orlo, Laura Ardell, and Nettie Augusta each believed to have been born in Dorchester.

My grandfather Bernard(9) Leroy Merrill was born in Dorchester, NH on March 3, 1869 and died on July 4, 1923/25 (location unknown)according to family history (no vital records). He later married Lillie/Lily B. Nichols who was born in Wentworth, NH between August 25, 1871 and April 21, 1872 according to her age as given on her sons' birth certificates (no vital records for her.) They divorced in 1907. They had two sons: Frank Henry , born April 21, 1893,Dorchester, NH; died April 26, 1912 at Newfound Lake; and Harry Clifford.

My father Harry(10) Clifford was born in Wentworth, NH on August 25, 1896. He died in Plymouth, NH Feb 18, 1959 and is buried there in Riverside Cemetery. He lived in Holderness and Plymouth. I am trying to identify the parents of Harry's maternal great(2)-grandmother Temperance Clifford; her father is reported to be Samuel Clifford of Grafton Town in 1803/4. Temperance was born in Canaan, NH in 1782.

Any information regarding the above would be appreciated.


John Adams, 2nd President of the USA, 3rd cousin-8 times removed.
John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the USA, 4th cousin-7 times removed.
Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the USA, 3rd cousin-4 times removed.
Daniel Webster, Secretary of State of the USA, 2nd cousin-5 times removed.
Gen. Benjamin Pierce, Jr., Governor of New Hampshire, 2nd cousin-5 times removed.


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