|** The following is a quote from General Lewis Merrill, September 2, 1884 to the Rev Samuel Merrill of Springfield, Mass."|
The persistance of family traits in character and appearance is very striking in the Merrill stock. I have never found one of whom I was ashamed, and have known very few in whom I could not detect the facial and gestural marks of the race. They have uniformly, in my experience, been a sober minded, honest and capable people, a little too much disposed to introspection and self-criticism, but never content to be unlearned; not enough push and 'cheek' by which they often allow inferior men to take place in which they belong. I think the family shows a larger proportion of well educated men than any of the old New England stock of which I know.In all my extended correspondence with them the rarest thing is to find one who does not show in his letters that he has fair literary culture."
In refering to Nathaniel Merrill, "I know of no pararell in the number of descendents from a single individual."
** "A Merrill Memorial, Samuel Merrill"
I am proud to be a descendent of John Merrill of Hartford, the second born son of Nathaniel Merrill of Newbury, Mass. After the death of his mother, Susannah, he left Newbury to live with his uncle, Gregory Wolterton in Hartford, Connecticut. From Hartford, Connecticut, my line of this family moved to Vermont and then to Westport, New York. My G-Grandfather, Willis Perry Merrill, came to California in 1854 and settled in Woodfords, California, after taking a try at mining. He discovered there was more money in establishing trading posts, which he set up three along the east side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Also, take a look at my web page at http://www.jmerrill.net
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Also included in my page is my mother family, the Mainland's from the Orkney Islands, Scotland.