Background: Merrick (also Myrick, Mirick, Mirrick, etc.) was the surname of several families in early New England, but records for them are sparse. The 1902 book Genealogy of the Merrick--Mirick--Myrick family of Massachusetts is the main source for the family genealogy in WikiTree. According to that book, four brothers from Wales (William, Thomas, James, and John) and their sister (Sarah) emigrated to Massachusetts in about 1636. The brothers in WikiTree are William, settled in Eastham, James, settled in Newbury, John, settled in Charlestown and died in 1678, and Thomas, went to Hartford and later Springfield. The Great Migration Directory lists only three Merrick men as arriving by 1640: John settled in Hingham and died in 1647, Thomas went to Hartford and later Springfield, and William settled in Eastham. Other than the lack of good records and the indication that there probably were two different John Merricks among the early settlers, the men are reasonably well accounted for.
"Sister" Sarah is a source of confusion. There's a record of a Sarah Mirrick marrying a John Atkinson in Newbury in 1664. The 1902 Merrick Genealogy gives the marriage date as 1646 (is this a transposition of numbers?) and says (on this page) that this Sarah was the sister of the four brothers from Wales. She's also been identified as a daughter of James, (of Newbury) with a profile here that gives her the exact same birthdate as Thomas Merrick's daughter Sarah, who is recorded as marrying a man named Hitchcok. I've not seen a record for the birth or baptism of any of these Sarahs, but that doesn't mean that no records exist.
Based on the date of marriage, I'm inclined to think that Sarah who married John Atkinson was not an immigrant, but rather the daughter of one of the immigrants.
Questions to the profile managers and others who have worked this family:
- Are you aware of records for the birth of any of the Sarahs? (Not Ancestral File items or untraceable Edmund West entries in Ancestry, but actual records.)
- Other than the 1664 marriage (alleged to have been in 1646), are you aware of any evidence for the existence of sister Sarah?
Note: Purple text added in the bright light of day, several hours after original posting.