Hi Tara, I don't know if this will help you or not -- and maybe you already have this, but in looking for my Merrigan relatives (who also were also in Hardwick/Ware, Mass in the mid1800s) I found a vital record for a man listed as "Martin" Merrigan which is the same name as my ancestor --but he sounds like your "Michael Merrigan." I got a copy of the Mass death record for this man from the state, and his father is listed as John Merrigan of Ireland and his mother as Helen Cameron of Scotland. His date of death is listed as Jan. 9, 1900 of "Bronchitis and Exhaustion"His age is "48 years"; his marital status is "M." his birthplace is "Hardwick"; his place of death is "Ware" His occupation is "Printer + Paper Hanger".I can email you a scan of this if you don't have it.(His family shows up in the Mass 1850 census record -- do you have that?
My "Martin Merrigan" came to Mass from Ireland via Canada. He shows up in central Mass in 1850 with wife Bridget Madden Merrigan and Irish born sons Michael and Patrick. A cousin of mine thinks Martin came to Mass because an older brother -- maybe Patrick -- was already here and owned a farm that he convinced Martin to buy -- then the older brother moved to CT. I don't know if that could be a connection with your Merrigans or not???
(My Martin Merrigan did own a farm on the Enfield/Hardwick town line and it can be seen on 1873 Enfield maps searchable on ancestry.com, or I can email that too if you are interested.)
My Martin and Bridget had a couple additional children in Canada and more in Mass. When the first wife died, Martin remarried the widow Ann (Carney) Connell.This Martin's parents were Michael and Mary,accroding to records. Documents point to Martin's origins as County Offaly - -family lore says Clonmacnoise. If you think we could be related and want more info on the Mass and Connecticut relatives on this end, I'll be happy to oblige.
I just discovered this other "Martin" Merrigan yesterday when I got the death record (I thought it was going to be just a duplicate record of my ancestor.) So I quickly did a backward census trace and found his family in Indiana, Nevada (I think) and Montana, etc.I have not been able to find a direct link between our families, but maybe one will turn up.Let me know if you want me to email any of that; this forum doesn't seem set up to allow them.Good luck with your search! -- Eileen Gloster (daughter of a Merrigan mother)