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Samuel MERRIAM
Elizabeth TOWNSEND
Husband:  Samuel MERRIAM
Birth:  21 Jul 1642, Concord, Middlesex Co., MA
Death:  aft. 1713, Lynn, Essex Co., MA
Event:  22 Mar 1689/90, made Freeman of Massachusetts Colony

Said to be son of these parents, but see their page:
Father notGeorge MERRIAM
Mother notSusan RAVEN

Marriage:  21 Nov 1669 or 22 Dec 1669, Lynn, Essex Co., MA
Wife:  Elizabeth TOWNSEND
Birth:  1644, Lynn, Essex Co., MA
Death:  19 Nov 1705, Lynn, Essex Co., MA
Father:  Thomas TOWNSEND
Mother:  Mary NEWGATE
Children born in Lynn, Essex Co., MA:
1.  Mary MERRIAM, b. 30 Sep 1671
2.  Elizabeth MERRIAM / MERIAM, b. 5 Oct 1673
3.  Sarah MERRIAM, b. 18 Aug 1675
4.  Susanna / Susannah MERRIAM, b. 15 Aug 1677
5.  Samuel MERRIAM, b. 17 Oct 1679
6.  Hannah MERRIAM, b. 16 Feb 1682
7.  Abigail MERRIAM, b. 19 Oct 1684
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Sources:

1.  Clarence Almon Torry.  1985.  New England Marriages Prior to 1700.  New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA (reprinted 1997, Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD):
p. 503 MERRIAM, Samuel (1643?-1713+) & Elizabeth TOWNSEND (-1705); 21 Nov 1669, 22 Dec 1669; Concord/Lynn

2.  Lucius R. Paige.  1849.  "List of Freemen." New England Historical and Genealogical Register (3): Jan 89-96, Apr 187-194, Jul 239-246, Oct 345-352.
p. 89
LIST OF FREEMEN.
[Communicated by REV. LUCIUS R. PAIGE of Cambridge, Member of the N.E. Hist. Geneal. Society.]

Under the first charter of the Massachusetts colony, none were regarded as freemen, or members of the body politic, except such as were admitted by the General Court and took the oath of allegiance to the government here established.  This custom continued in existence until, by the second charter, the colony was transformed into a province.  Mr. Savage, in his edition of Winthrop's Journal, published a list of persons admitted freemen, up to May 10, 1648; and he justly remarked, that "these are probably ancestors of near three fourths of the present inhabitants of the six New England states, with almost half of New York and Ohio."  Having occassion to use a more full list of freemen, I transcribed, nearly eight years ago, the names of all the persons admitted freemen, up to the time when the practice was discontinued, as recorded in the office of the Secretary of State.  Agreeably to the request of the editor of the Register, this list is now furnished for publication.  The names stand in the same order as in the original, and the orthography is carefully preserved...

p. 348 Inter., Vol. I, p. 352, 22 March 168990...
Samuel Myriam Concord

3.  Joseph B. Felt.  1851.  "Genealogical Items Relating to Lynn, Mass."  New England Historical and Genealogical Register (5): Jul 339-343.
p. 339 [MERRIAM] SAMUEL, m. Elizabeth Townsend, 22 Dec.1669.

4.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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