I have a John James Merkins born @ 1771 in England. He must have come to America for he married an Elizabeth (Caperheart) @ 1790's. They had a daughter named Mary Ann Merkins who was born @ 24 Aug. 1800 in Chester Island, Salem, New Jersey. I have a death date for John of 15 Jun 1827. I have not verified this info. This Mary Ann went on to marry a Thomas Searles Terry in 1817.