Pioneer Families - MERRIL
Extracted From
Chapter XVII
Early history of the town of Hopkinton :
history of East Village (Nicholville) and vicinity,
diaries of Elisha Risdon and Artemas Kent,
soldiers of the Civil War,
genealogical record of sixty of the pioneer families

Carlton E. Sanford
Boston: Bartlett Press, 1903

[Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]

IN this chapter is given the genealogical records of many of the pioneers of the town, of all that I have been able to gather sufficient data and information to make a fairly full record. The preparation of these records has required much time, labor, correspondence, persistence and patience. Had I had in the beginning a full comprehension of the tedious labor required, I now feel sure I should not have undertaken it. That there are some errors in dates and possibly a few in names I am quite satisfied, since considerable of my information came from elderly people who wrote feebly and indistinctly. I think it will be readily understood, if the reader will bear in mind that it is in continuous order; that the first, second, third and fourth generations are each carried slightly to the right, and that each generation always has the same indentation.

DYER L. MERRIL b. June 10, 1809, Tunbridge, Vt.; d. June 4, 1891, Nicholville, N.Y.; m. Susan C. Lamson, May 8, 1837; b. November 11, 1818; d. November 19, 1893, Nicholville, N.Y. They came to Hopkinton about 1837. He was a large, powerful man, a good neighbor and highly respected citizen. Mrs. M. was also equally respected as a wife, mother and neighbor. I knew them well. (See sketch among pioneer settlers.) Had seven children:
  • James H., b. March 25, 1838; d. November 17, 1858.
  • Samantha C., b. February 8, 1840; 1. Nicholville, N.Y.; m. Sheldon P. Reynolds, April 2, 1863; d. December 28, 1892. No issue.
  • Sarah M., b. August 21, 1842; 1. Minneapolis, Minn.; m. Mark R. Page, October 5, 1865. Had five children:
    • Dyer L., b. November 13, 1866; d. December 18, 1881.
    • Ward W., b. April 2, 1868; d. December 28, 1881.
    • Merton G., b. April 19, 1870.
    • Emma S., b. August 23, 1871; d. August 17, 1872.
    • Alice M., b. December 26, 1876.
  • Silas W.; b, February 8, 1845; 1. Nicholville, N.Y.; m. Carrie L. Day, October 11, 1870. Has been a successful merchant, supervisor of his town and is highly respected. Had three children:
    • Grace L., b. October 29, 1874.
    • Maude L., b. July 31, 1880.
    • Bessie L., b. June 20, 1882.
  • Thurza A., b. August 11, 1847; d. September 27, 1862. She was a most estimable young miss, rosy cheeked and vigorous. She and the writer of this book were nearly of the same age and each struggled hard to win the trivial prize for best spelling. When he occasionally would win it brought tears to her eyes. It was sad indeed to call her hence when so young and promising.
  • George O., b. March 28, 1853; 1. Lawrence, Mass.; m. Ella E. Day; d. December 1, 1888.
  • Emma S., b. November 10, 1859; d. September 28, 1862.

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