Gave me a chuckle there on this one.I'm not confused yet, but jeeeez-hus, I have never seen so many Merriam - Miriam Allen's in one area in all my life.I have her listed as a daughter of Elijah Allen, Jr. and Elizabeth Porter. (found that info on the Allen page last night...guess I'd better go change that now)!
Yep, I've got the one that married Nathaniel Chase too and the "turnip king" (laughs...seems I do remember some tale of this family).
Thanks for sorting this out for me once again you solved the riddle. I guess Benjamin Coffin's wife was also called "Mariah" then, she is referred to by that name in the Freeport VR's. Interesting...maybe she was really a Mariah Allen all along and has been confused with all the other Merriam/Miriam's all these years. Oh well, thanks again...off I go to clean up my Family Tree program error on her.