New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Jun. 19, 1771|
North Carolina, USA
Benjamin, son of William Merrill, Jr. was born about 1731.
He married Jemima Smith, daughter of Andrew Smith of Hopewell, New Jersey.
Benjamin Merrill was a Captain in the "Regulators" and was involved in the Battle of Alamance. He had about 300-400 men in his command. Captain Merrill and his command were enroute to the battle, but happened across a British Regiment, and captured them. Governor Tryon was there, in command of his troops. The Americans sent a representative to talk to the British, but Tryon himself killed the man, and told his troops to start firing on the Americans. They were reluctant to do so, and he then told them "to either fire on me, or fire on them".
So the battle commenced - which the Americans (who were not trained troops, but rather citizens in the militia), lost the battle and disbanded. Tryon then issued a proclamation that those that would lay down their arms, and swear alligence to the British Crown, would be forgiven - except Captain Benjamin Merrill and 5 or 6 others. The governor declared them "outlaws", and stated that when they were caught, they would be hanged, drawn and quartered, which they all were.
When the Chief Justice passed sentence, he concluded in the following manner: "I must now close my afficing Duty, by pronouncing upon you the awful sentence of the law; which is that you, Benjamin Merrill, be carried to the place whence you came, you be drawn from thence to the place of execution, where you are to be hanged by the neck; that you be cut down while yet alive, that your bowels be taken out and burnt before our face, that your head be cut off, your Body divided in Four Quarters, and this be at his majestys Disposal; and the Lord have Mercy on your Soul".
Captain Benjamin Merrill was hanged by the British on 19 June 1771 at Hillsboro, N.C. by then Governor Tryon.
William Merrill (1700 - 1739)
Penelope Stout Jewell-Merrill-Herrin (1702 - 1776)
Jemima Smith Merrill Butner (1728 - 1801)*
Andrew Merrill (1757 - 1835)*
Penelope Merrill Merrill (1759 - 1830)*
Anna Merrill McCrary (1760 - 1828)*
Sarah Jewell Parke (1720 - 1800)**
Benjamin Merrill (1731 - 1771)
Benjamin Merrill Memorial Site
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Lori Richards
Record added: Apr 30, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14133898