Family History


Richard Merritt was the brother of my ancestor Martha Merritt (who married Thomas Steer). Two 'versions' have been put in for his son Edward as I have not been able to establish which family belonged to his son Edward. Can anyone help? For comments, additions or corrections please e-mail me Martis1@hotmail.co.uk

RICHARD MERRITT

Born: 1759 Ashington

Father: Edward Merritt

Mother: Mary Dinnage

Buried: 26/1/1821 Shipley from Horsham

Married: 14/9/1783 West Grinstead (both of parish)

Spouse: Katherine Parsons

Buried: [no record West Grinstead. However several burials are entered 1783-1786 where the name is now unreadable]

Married: 4/5/1786 West Grinstead (both of parish)

Spouse; Catherine Reaps/Feast

Born: 1761

Buried: 31/10/1819 Shipley aged 58

Children: Mary Merritt born 1787 West Grinstead

Jasper Merritt b 1789 West Grinstead

Jonathon Merritt b 1790 Shipley

Edward Merritt b 1792 Shipley

John Merritt bapt 24/7/1793 Shipley

Margaret Merritt b 1796 (see Note 3)

Samuel Merritt b 1798 Shipley (see Note 4)

Solomon Merritt b 1801 Shipley (see Note 5)

Martha Merritt bapt 9/5/1802 Shipley

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MARY MERRITT (MERROTT)

Born: 1787 West Grinstead

Father: Richard Merritt

Mother: Catherine Feast

Baptised: 28/5/1787 West Grinstead

Possible mother of Henry Merritt baptised 19/5/1816 Shipley, baseborn

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JASPER MERRITT

Born: 1789 West Grinstead

Father: Richard Merritt

Mother: Catherine Feast

Baptised: 9/3/1789 West Grinstead

Died: 24/8/1840 Shipley

Buried: 30/8/1840 Shipley. Cause of death decline

Married: 24/4/1821 Shipley

Spouse: Mary Charman

Baptised: 23/3/1800 Shipley

Parents: Henry Charman and Ann Stringer

Buried: 5/2/1869 Shipley.

Children: Frances Merritt born 1821 Shipley

Jasper Merritt born 1823 Shipley

Solomon Merritt born 1826 Shipley

Sarah Merritt born 1828 Shipley

William Merritt born 1830 Shipley

Richard Merrett born 1833 Shipley

James Merritt born 1835 Shipley

Reuben Merritt born 1839 Shipley

1841 census: Mary residing Sheppard, Shipley with all children apart from Frances and Jasper

1851 census: Widow Mary living Fox & Hounds Horsham with brother-in-law Richard Attwater

1861 census: Residing Green Street Shipley with sons Richard and James. Occupation: charwoman

Frances Merritt bapt 3/6/1821 Shipley died 1901 East Preston district married James Harding b 1818. Had issue;

Jasper Merritt bapt 23/3/1823 Shipley died 1890 Wivelsfield1 Lunatic Astlum

1841 census: Residing Brikiln, Shipley. Occupation: agricultural labourer

1851 census: Residing Lckners, Shipley. Occupation: servant

Solomon Merritt bapt 5/2/1826 Shipley buried 15/8/1911 Southwater

1851 census: Residing Brikkiln, Shipley. Occupation: farm labourer. William Merritt 20 and Henry Merritt 15 also there.

1861 census: Residing Fine Field, Southwater. Occupation: cowman

1871 census: Residing Elsted Farm, Shipley. Occupation: servant

1881 census: Lodger St Nys, Southwater. Occupation: cowman

1891 census: Lodging Nyes Cottage, Southwater. Occupation: agricultural labouter

Sarah Merritt bapt 25/5/1828 Shipley. Buried: 3/6/1857 Shipley

1851 census: Residing Sheppards, Shipley. Listed as head of household, brothers James, Richard and Reuben with her. Occupation: charwoman

William Merritt bapt 12/12/1830 Shipley died Eastland, Billingshurst, buried 3/5/1885. Married 30/10/1854 Emily Goacher bapt 18/10/1835 Shipley daughter of William Goacher and Keziah Dale. Buried 7/3/1876 from Eastland.

Children: William Merritt bapt 6/4/1856 Billingshurst; Oliver Merritt bapt 27/3/1859 Billingshurst; James Merritt bapt 25/6/1865 Billingshurst; Frank Merritt bapt 31/5/1868 Billingshurst; Charles Merritt bapt 31/7/1870 Billingshurst; Albert Merritt bapt 9/11/1873 Itchingfield

1851 census: Residing Brikkiln, Shipley (with brother Solomon). Occupation: farm labourer

1861 census: Residing Somers, Billingshurst. Occupation: farm labourer

1871 census: Residing Beck, Billingshurst. Occupation: agricultural labourer

1881 census: Residing East Lands Billingshurst with sons Charles and Albert, and housekeeper Susanna Garman.

Richard Merritt bapt 14/7/1833 Shipley buried 18/8/1880 Shipley

1851 census: Residing Sheppards, Shipley with sister Sarah. Occupation: agricultural labourer

1861 census: Residing with mother. Occupation: agricultural labourer

1871 census: Residing Durrantfs Farm House, Shipley. Occupation: farm servant

James Merritt bapt 25/11/1835 Shipley died 1911 married 24/10/1868 Shipley Mary Parker 1842-1918, born Cowfold.

Children: William Henry Merritt bapt 9/10/1869 Shipley; Peter Jaspar Merritt bapt 9/1/1872 Shipley; Mary Jane Merritt bapt 7/6/1874 Shipley; Elizabeth Ann Merritt baptised 3/12/1876 Shipley; Ernest James Merritt bapt 3/7/1881 Shipley; Edith Fanny bapt 4/3/1883 Shipley

1851 census: Residing Sheppards, Shipley with sister Sarah.

1861 census: Residing with mother. Occupation: agricultural labourer

1871 census: Residing Green Street Shipley. Occupation: agricultural labourer. With them wifefs son Thomas Dale Parker 8 and son-in-law Charles F Barnett 5

1881 census: Residing Green Street Lane, Shipley. Occupation: agricultural labourer

1891 census: Residing Green Street, Coolham, Shipley. Occupation: agricultural labourer. Son William a rural postman

1901 census: Residing Green Street, Coolham, Shipley. Occupation: ordinary agricultural labourer. Only child with them Ernest James a garden labourer

1911 census; Widow Mary Ann residing Green Street, Shipley. With her daughter Edith Maynard and grandson Hedley Maynard aged one born Catford.

Reuben Merritt born 7/5/1839 baptised 9/6/1939 Shipley. Died 1918 Shipley. Married 1st 6/4/1867 Shipley Harriett Rhodes born 1845 Shipley died 1933 .

Children: Jane Merritt born 1868 Thakeham; Mary Merritt bapt 11/5/1873 Shipley

1851 census: Residing with sister Sarah

1861 census: Residing Pendlat, Shipley. Occupation: agricultural labourer carter

1871 census: Residing Old House, Shipley. Occupation: agricultural labourer

1881 census: Residing Smoke House Cottage Shipley. Occupation: agricultural labourer

1901 census: Residing Smokehouse, Shipley. Occupation: stockman on farm.

1911 census: Residing Old Houe Cottage, Old House, Shipley. Occupation: farm hand

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JONATHAN MERRITT

Born: 1790 Shipley

Father: Richard Merritt

Mother: Catherine Feast

Baptised: 12/9/1790 Shipley

Buried: 18/81791 Shipley

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JOHN MERRITT

Born: 1793 Shipley

Father: Richard Merritt

Mother: Catherine Feast

Baptised: 24/7/1793 Shipley

Buried: 21/1/1800 Shipley

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EDWARD MERRITT

Born: 1792 Shipley

Father: Richard Merritt

Mother: Catherine Feast

Baptised: 3/5/1792 Shipley

Died: Buried 25/2/1862 from Horsham Union

Married: possibly 4/11/1816 Warminghurst

Spouse: Ann Holder (Harriett?)

Born: 1787 Ashington (no baptism for Ann Holder there)

Buried: 18/6/1857 Shipley aged 70

Children: Edward Merritt born 1820 Ashington

George Merritt born 1822

Emery Merritt born 1825

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1820s: Shipley. Labourer on baptism records

1841 census: Residing Heathfields, Shipley. Occupation: agricultural labourer. Edward 20, George 18 and Emery 15 with them

1851 census: Residing Chivers Cottage, Shipley. Occupation: agricultural labourer. Sons Edward and Emery with them, both agricultural labourers

1861 census: widower lodger Copyhold, Brooks Green, Shipley. Occupation: agricultural labourer

Edward Merritt died 1892 Thakeham district married 1854 Horsham district Rhoda Robinson born 1829 Hillswick Shipley died 1890 Thakeham district

Children: James Merritt born 1859 Billingshurst; Charlotte Merritt born 1868 West Chiltington

1841 census: Residing with parents. Occupation: agricultural labourer

1851 census: Residing with parents. Occupation: agricultural labourer

1861 cemsus: Residing Chevais Cottage, Brooks Green, Shipley. Occupation: agricultural labourer. Stepsons Michael and Allen Robinson with them

1871 census: Residing Coneyhurst, West Chiltington. Step-son Michael with them. Occupation: agricultural labourer

1881 census: Residing Old Workhouse, West Chiltington. Daughter Charlotte and stepson Allan with them. Occupation: agricultural labourer

1891 census: Inmate Thakeham workhouse

George Merritt baptised 1/5/1822 Shipley buried 8/5/1852 Shipley from Crawley

1841 census: residing with parents

1851 census: Visiting Jonathan Attwater, Brooks Green, Shipley. Occupation: agricultural labourer

Emery Merritt baptised 11/12/1825 Shipley

1841 census: Residing nwith parents: agricultural labourer

1851 census: Residing with parentys: agricultural labourer

EDWARD MERRITT

Born: 1792 Shipley

Father: Richard Merritt

Mother: Catherine Feast

Married: Harriet

Children: William Merritt born abt 1815 Washington

Mary Merritt born abt 1816 Washington or Shipley

Martha Merritt

Abraham Merritt born 1820 Shipley

Edward Merritt born 1820 Shipley

Jemima Merritt born 1823 Shipley

Marshall Merritt born 1825 Shipley

Emily Merritt born 1832 Shipley

Mary Merritt b 1816 bapt 21/6/1818 Shipley;

Martha Merritt bapt 21/6/1818 Shipley;

William Merritt b Washington bapt 21/6/1815 Shipley died 1892 Five Oaks Billingshurst married Mary Cowshall 1821-1894. Had issue;

Abraham Merritt b 1820 Shipley bapt 1/5/1825 Shipley

Edward Merritt b 1821 Ashington bapt 1/5/1825 Shipley

Jemima Merritt b 1823 Shipley bapt 1/5/1825

Marshall Merritt bapt 1/5/1825 Shipley

Emily Merritt bapt 16/12/1832 Shipley

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MARGARET MERRITT

Born: 1796 Shipley

Father: Richard Merritt

Mother: Catherine Feast

Baptised: 26/3/1797 aged one.

Died: 1858 Horsham

Married: 14/2/1830 Horsham

Spouse: Henry Penfold

Born: 1798.

Children: Hannah Merritt born 1816 Shipley

John Merritt born 1819 Shipley

Mary Lucas Merritt born 1822 Shipley

Isaac Penfold born 1830 Horsham

Abraham Penfold born 1834 Horsham

Elizabeth Penfold born 1837 Horsham

1822: ON BAPTISM record given as servant

1841 census: Residing Tower Hill Hortsham. Occupation: agricultural labourer

1851 census: Residing Tower Hll, Horsham. Occupation: agricultural labourer. Their three children with them

Hannah Merritt bapt 18/2/1816 Shipley married 16/6/1833 Horsham William Whittington born 1805 Slinfold

John Merritt bat 31/10/1819 Shipley

Mary Lucas Merrett baptised 12/4/1822 probably the Mary Merritt buried bur 29/11/1842 Wiston aged 20. from Washington with a daughter Ruth b 1842 bur 4/9/1842 Wiston from Washington 4 months. Baptised 12/6/1842 daughter of Mary Merritt

Isaac Penfold bapt 11/7/1830 Horsham married Catherine Cook;

Abraham Penfold bapt 28/12/1834 Horsham m Elizabeth Stoner b 1840. had issue

Elizabeth Penfold bapt 16/4/1837 Horsham married Michael Carter b 1832

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SAMUEL MERRITT

Born: 1798 Shipley

Father: Richard Merritt

Mother: Catherine Feast

Baptised; 17/6/1798 Shipley

Married: 8/4/1826 Shipley (from West Grinstead)

Spouse: Ann Woolven.

Children: Jane Merritt born 1827

Jane Merritt bapt 7/11/1827 West Grinstead

1841 census: Jane a farm servant Butterstocks, Shipley

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SOLOMON MERRITT

Born: 1801 Shipley

Father: Richard Merritt

Mother: Catherine Feast

Baptised: 5/4/1801 Shipley

Died: 1883 Upper Beeding

Married: 3/5/1826 Shipley

Spouse: Ann Aylwood

Born: 1804 Shipley

Died: 1876.

Children: Mary Merritt born 1826 Shipley

Stephen Merritt born 1828 Shipley

Emily Merritt born 1829 Shipley

George Merritt born 1832 Shipley

Hannah Merritt born 1835 Shipley

Allen Merritt born 1838 Shipley

1841 census: Residing Green Street, Shipley. Occupation: agricultural labourer

1861 census: Residing Knell Gardens, Upper Beeding. Occupation: agricultural labourer

1871 census: Residing Lower Horton, Upper Beeding. Occupation: agricultural labourer

1881 census: Residing Pound House, Upper Beeding as lodger. Occupation: agricultural labourer

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Mary Merritt bapt 10/6/1826 Shipley died 1888 Shipley married William Hart. Had issue;

Stephen Merritt baptised 9/3/1828 Shipley buried 15/1/1829 Shipley

Emily Merritt bapt 21/6/1829 Shipley;

George Meritt bapt 20/5/1832 Shipley;

Hannah Merritt bapt 13/2/1835 Shipley married 1869 Upper Beeding William Kent b 1835. Had issue;

Allen Merritt born 14/11/1838 Shipley bapt 19/11/1838 buried 20/2/1839 Shipley;

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MARTHA MERRITT

Born: 1802 Shipley

Father: Richard Merritt

Mother: Catherine Feast

Baptised: 9/5/1802 Shipley

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