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Robert John Merrick of Staffordshire, England

Updated October 25, 2008

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I'm Robert John Merrick of Staffordshire, England; my father was Albert Edward Clowes, b1918, Staffordshire; my mother was Vera Clowes, née Merrick, b1918, Staffordshire; my grandfather was Robert Thomas Merrick, b about 1883, the son of John Merrick, a gas fitter, of Pynest Street, Hanley, Staffordshire; my grandmother was Mary Ann Gregory, b about 1882, daughter of William Gregory, a carter, of 10 Bedford Terrace, Hanley. Robert Thomas married Mary Ann in September 1906. I'm seeking ancestors, of course, and I'm especially interested in a Welsh merchant by the name of Merrick or ap-Merrick or A-Meric, who sponsored John Cabot's exploration voyage from Bristol to America in 1496; some people think that Cabot named the country he found "America" in honour of his sponsor. I'd be most grateful for any information about him. My email is

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