John Merryman was born in 1678, in Baltimore county, Maryland, a son of Captain Charles Merryman, Sr., born 1657, in Lancaster county, Virginia and Mary Haile, born 1652, in York county, Virginia. 
On December 30, 1702, in Baltimore county, Maryland, John married Martha Bowen, a daughter of Jonas Bowen and Martha Henchman. 
John, b. 1703, d. 15 Aug 1777.
Moses,  b. c. 1705; "...received from his father the tract called "Merryman's Delight" upon which he settled. He married about 1750 Sarah Glenn (b. 1720), who survived her husband and married (2) on 31 Jan 1764, George Harryman, in John's Parish, Baltimore County. She died in Nov. 1799 (Epitaph). Moses and Sarah Merryman had one child: Micajah, b. 1750; d. 7 June 1842."
Joanna, b. 27 Oct 1700; married John Clomey (surname indistinct)
Rebecca, b. 4 Feb 1702; m. 1 Jan 1735 to Thomas Spicer.
Mary, b. 16 Apr 1701; M 23 Jan 1727 to John Edwards
Temperance, b. 13 Sept 1720; d. 5 Jan 1813; m 28 May 1845 to Edward Talbott.
a daughter (died as infant, unnamed)
Charles, b. 28 Sept 1723; d. 13 Dec 1729
Joseph, b. 14 Apr 1726; d. Feb 1799.
John's father died December 22, 1725, in St. Paul's Parish, Baltimore county, Maryland. In addition to "Merryman's Lot" and "Merryman's Addition" given to him by his father, John purchased from Thomas Broods in 1725 a tract of 120 acres in Baltimore County called 'Broods Improvement' and in 1739 another tract of 102 acres from Thomas Broods called 'Merryman's Purchase' which was supposed to have been located 15-20 miles north of Baltimore. In 1742 he deeded to his son Moses, a tract called 'Merryman's Delight' which was 150 acres near Warren Factory, Baltimore County.
John died June 6, 1749, in Baltimore county. He remembered his children in his Will as follows:
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