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Joseph Merriam
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Birth: 1600
Tonbridge and Malling Borough
Kent, England
Death: Jan. 1, 1641
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA

Joseph was probably born in Tudeley in the County of Kent in England, around 1600. His parents were William Merriam and Sarah Burgess. He married Sarah Goldstone about 1623, probably in Tudeley. He followed his father in the business of being a clothier, and obviously was successful. He formed a partnership to charter a ship and take freight and passengers to New England. Joseph, Sarah and their five children also sailed on that ship, the "Castle" of London, which arrived in Charlestown in July 1638. They settled in Concord, joined the church, and Joseph was admitted as a freeman. Joseph's life in New England was very brief, however, for he died on January 1, 1641. His will, which was written on December 29, 1640, shows his thoughtful, businesslike mind. His oldest son had not yet reached legal age, so he charged his brother and two of the leading citizens of the town with carrying out his plans for his family. He is buried in the Old Hill Burying Ground in Concord. His widow later married Joseph Wheeler of Concord. She died in Concord in 1671.

"The 29th the 10th month of the year of our Lord 1640", Joseph Miriam of Concord being "weake of bodie, but blessed be God of good memory" wrote his will. He gave his wife, Sarah, his entire estate for the raising of their children until the sons are 21 and until the daughters are 21 or at their marriage. When the oldest child is 21, the wife was to receive one-third, and if she married, the same. Sarah was an executor along with Thomas Flint, Simon Willard & Robert Miriam. He died November 1, 1640 (Concord Births, Marriages, & Deaths, p. 2). 
Family links: 
  William Merriam (1564 - 1635)
  Sarah Burgess Merriam (1570 - 1640)
  Sarah Goldstone Wheeler (1602 - 1671)*
  William Meriam (1624 - 1689)*
  Sarah Merriam Wheeler (1627 - 1677)*
  Joseph Merriam (1629 - 1677)*
  Joseph Meriam (1630 - 1677)*
  Elizabeth Merriam Hinchman (1632 - 1704)*
  John Meriam (1641 - 1724)*
  Joseph Merriam (1600 - 1641)
  George Meriam (1602 - 1675)**
  Robert Meriam (1609 - 1681)**
*Calculated relationship
Old Hill Burying Ground
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Maintained by: Ken Smith
Originally Created by: Nareen, et al
Record added: Jan 27, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33312744
Joseph Merriam
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Sorry, the note below regards his son Joseph Merriam. His is the oldest marker. He died in 1677.
- Rob Wilcox
 Added: May. 29, 2017
My great, great, etc., great-grandfather as well. It's the oldest marker that exists in the Hill Burying Ground in Concord, MA. It's near the top of the hill. I've been there many times. I hope you can get there as well.
- Rob Wilcox
 Added: May. 29, 2017

 Added: Apr. 4, 2017
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