Completed as of March 24, 2021:
- Recruiting additional direct male-line William Merrick descendants for NGS/WGS SNP testing - anyone interested in submitting their DNA for testing should contact Raymond T. Wing (email: wing.genealogist AT gmail DOT com)
William Merrick (II) was born prob. Duxbury 15 Sep 1643, son of William Merrick & Rebecca Tracy. He died Harwich 30 Oct 1732. He married Abigail, daughter of Giles Hopkins and they had nine children: Rebecca (1668), William (1670-1670/1), Stephen (1673), Benjamin (1674), Nathaniel (1675), John (c1680 m. but appar. no ch.), Joshua (c1680), Ruth (1684) and Samuel (d unm.).
Benjamin Merrick was born 1674 Eastham and died prob. Harwich 24 May 1749. He married twice, first Rebecca Doane and second Harwich 31 Jul 1740 Rachel HOLMES Lincoln. Children only by first wife (born Harwich): Abigail (c1699), John (c1709), Rebecca (c1711), Isaac (c1713 unm.), Nathaniel (1714/5) and Benjamin (1719).
Nathaniel Merrick was born Eastham 1675 and died Harwich 13 Nov 1743 in 71st yr. He married abt 1699 Alice Freeman and they had ten children (all born Harwich, now Brewster): Hannah (c1700), Constant (son c1701), William (c1703), Mercy (c1705), Gideon (unm), Priscilla, Ruth (c1709), Alice (c1713), Benjamin (1717/8) and Sarah (1720).
Joshua Merrick was born Eastham abt 1680 and died in Harwich. He married Eastham 4 Jun 1714 Lydia Mayo and they had nine children (born Harwich): Thomas (1717/8), Seth (1720), Joseph (1722), Abigail (1724), Lydia (1726), Barnabas (c1728), Hannah (1731), Mary (1734) and Bezaleel (1736).
- William is said to have been the oldest of four brothers who emigrated to Charlestown aboard the James in the Spring of 1636.
DNA Results R1b-Z375
The Meyrick, Merrick Family Project does not publicly disclose their DNA results. However, the administrator has developed a variety of online sites. One of his sites documented the 67 Y-STR results of a Merrick descendant as published at Y-Search.org (now defunct). Plugging in these Y-STR results into the Nevgen.org haplogroup predictor gives a predicted Haplogroup of: R1b U106>Z18>Z17>>L257>>Z375 with a probability of 98.48%.
NGS/WGS testing of other known William Merrick Y-DNA descendants would refine the haplogroup for the family and possibly define subclades for descendants.
External Links and References
- Austin, John D., Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: vol. 6 Hopkins, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, MA. Third edition 2001
- Pilgrim Hopkins Heritage Society Lineage database