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Charles Merryman Sr (abt. 1657 - abt. 1725)

Charles Merryman Sr aka Merriman
Born about in Lancaster County, Virginiamap
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Husband of — married 8 Mar 1681 in Lancaster, Virginia, Colonial Americamap [uncertain]
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Died about at about age 68 in St. Paul's Parish, Baltimore County, Marylandmap
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Charles Merryman, Sr AKA Merriman


Charles was born c. 1650 at Lancaster County, Virginia.[1] He was the youngest son of John Merryman and his wife, Audrey (who later married to Edward Carter).[2]

These relationships are proved by a deed 10 November 1680 from "William Merriman, of Lancaster, planter, eldest son of John Merryman of the same county, deceased; Charles Merriman, wheelwright, youngest son of said John Merriman; and Edward Carter of same, planter, and Audrie, his wife, late the widow of said John Merriman: conveying to Lt. Col. Jno. Carter, gent., and Capt. David Fox, of same, gent., for the use of the county, to establish a town, 50 acres, part of a patent dated 14 November, 1649, to said John Merriman, deceased (Va. Hist. Mag. v 430)."[2]

Charles was a brother of William Merryman (eldest brother)[2] Some report a sister, Elizabeth Merryman,[citation needed] but Boyd reports only sons.[1]

The Maryland Historical Magazine article, "Merryman Family." points out there is record of several men named Meriman or Merryman in 17th Century colonial Virginia, and it is unknown whether any of them were related to Charles Merryman.[2]

Disputed Marriage(s)

The anonymous RootsWeb page author reports that Charles was married twice. First he married to Mary (Hale/Heale) King, the daughter of Nicholas and Mary Hale/Heale and the widow of Henry King. Second he married to Mary Unknown.[3]

Mary (Hale/Heale) King was the mother of at least one son by Henry King. A Henry King (will dated 18 Jan 1717, Baltimore Co) "appears to have been the step-son of Charles Merryman."[3]

The first wife, Mary (Hale/Heale) King, was the mother of three sons. The second wife, Mary Unknown, was the mother of one daughter.[3]


Note: because of the confounding of the wills of Charles Sr. vs. Charles Jr. (see Death and Legacy below), the children reported may actually be the children of Charles Jr. Dates would seem to support this (that these are actually the grandchildren of Charles, Sr). Charles, Jr must have been born before about 1679 (probably some years before), as he was on the taxables list in 1695 (labor was considered taxable at age 16). His younger sister married in 1722, at least a 43 year difference.

Son Charles Merryman, Jr (along with Charles, Sr) appears on the taxables role for Baltimore County for the first time in 1695.[2] In 1714, Charles deeded property to his "second son," John Merryman and to his "young son," Samuel Merryman.[2]

Children of Charles (or possible of Charles, Jr?):[2]

  1. Charles Merryman, d 17 May 1722
  2. John Merryman, second son, d 1749
  3. Samuel Merryman, d 1754
  4. Elizabeth Merryman; m 25 Sept 1722 to Jacob Cox

Property and Positions

Charles purchased on 30 April 1682 the "East Humphreys," a 300 acre track at Baltimore County, Maryland.[2] This property was located in the northern part of the Patapsco Hundred.[2] He also held other land situated on the north side of the Patapsco: in 1688 - 210 acres called "Merryman's Lot," in 1694 - 120 acres called "Merryman's Addition," in 1703 - 246 acres called "Merryman's Beginning," and in 1704 - 200 acres called "Merryman's Pasture."[2]

In March 1693/4, Charles served on the Grand Jury for Baltimore County.[2] In 1696, he was a Captain of the Baltimore County Militia.[2]

"Also in the Virginia records we find the likely reason why Charles Merriman left Virginia and came to Maryland."[3]

Death and Legacy

There is disagreement about the death dates of Charles and his son by the same name. They died only three years apart. According to Shirk, Charles Sr. died first and was buried on 17 May 1722: left a will dated 25 December 1720 which was proved on 23 January 1722.[4]

According to Shirk, his son, Charles Merryman, died soon thereafter, probably before the age of forty, on 22 December 1725 at St. Paul's Parish, Baltimore, Maryland (Liber A, Folio 893).[4]

Boyd and Culver both report the son's death first on May 17, 1722 and the father's will on 16 January 1624, and father's death on 22 December 1725, estate administered on 8 Nov 1726.[1][2]

Branches of the Charles Merryman family settled at "Clover Hill," north of Baltimore, at "Hereford Farm" in Baltimore County, and later at "Hayfields" near Cockeysville in Baltimore County.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Boyd, Scott Lee, (1935) The Parrish family, including the allied families of Belt, Boyd, Cole and Malone, Clokey, Garrett, Merryman, Parsons, Price, Tipton ...] Santa Barbara, CA: Scott Lee Boyd, accessed 6 August 2016 (Pages 352-52).
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 Culver, Francis B., (1915) "Merryman Family." Maryland Historical Magazine. Baltimore: J. H. Furst Co., Maryland Historical Society accessed 6 August 2016 (Vol 10, Page 176).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 (30 Apr 2000) Descendants of John MERRYMAN Early Families of Anne Arundel and Baltimore Counties in Maryland.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Shirk, Ida Morrison (Murphy), (1927) Descendants of Richard and Elizabeth (Ewen) Talbott: of Poplar Knowle, West River, Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Baltimore: [Day Printing Co.], accessed 6 August 2016 (Pages 48-49, footnote #11).

See also:

  • Brumbaugh, Gaius Marcus, (1915) Maryland records, colonial, revolutionary, county and church : from original sources Vol II. Baltimore, MD: Williams & Wilkins accessed 6 August 2016 (Page 374 refers to Luke Merryman).
  • Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp., Maryland Census, 1772-1890., Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1999. Compiled from U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes.
  • Maryland Genealogies, Vol. II.
  • Nugent, Nell Marion, 1934 Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, 1623-1800. [1st ed.] Richmond: Dietz Print Co.,
  • Sparacio, Ruth ans Sam Sparacio, (1993-) Order book abstracts of Lancaster County, Virginia. McLean, VA: R. & S. Sparacio.
  • ; Charles Merryman, Person ID: 1022655.

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