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Genealogy of the Merrick–Mirick–Myrick family of Massachusetts (1902)

Author: Merrick, George Byron 1841-1931. [from old catalog]
Subject: Merrick familyMerrick family (William Merrick, 1603-1688) [from old catalog]Merrick family (John Mirick, 1614-1678) [from old catalog]Merrick family (James Mirick, b 1612) [from old catalog]Merrick family (Thomas Merrick. 1620-1704) [from old catalog]
Publisher: Madison, Wis., Tracy, Gibbs & company
Possible copyright status: NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT
Language: English
Call number: 8666109
Digitizing sponsor: Sloan Foundation
Book contributor: The Library of Congress
Collection: library_of_congressamericana

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Library of Congress – Search for Merrick Texts

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Fourth of July orations – Merrick, Richard T. (Richard Thomas), 1826-1885

Author: Merrick, Richard T. (Richard Thomas), 1826-1885
Subject: Fourth of July orations
Publisher: Baltimore : Printed by Sands & Mills
Possible copyright status: The Library of Congress is unaware of any copyright restrictions for this item.
Language: English
Call number: 9643150
Digitizing sponsor: Sloan Foundation
Book contributor: The Library of Congress
Collection: library_of_congressamericana

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Bodorgan Castle

This castle has been in the Merrick Family for over 1000 years. It still exists and rents rooms out… the is where the clan was when Cydafael sounded the alarm and drove out the Brits. When we got our crest!!!

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my lineage

meurig “black welsh”

meuric “britonized”

myrick/meyrick “Renaissance”

Merrick “now”

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Town Born Town Turn Out

That the Merricks of America are descended from the
purest Celtic stock, is established upon the best of authorities,
to- wit, Burke’s Peerage. Without attempting
to refer to the original authorities from which the editors
of the “Peerage” compile their famil,y histories, an impossibility
to any one not acquainted with the ancient
Welsh language, and not in touch with the British Museum
with its wealth of historical data, we may assume
that whatever bears the imprint of “Burke” is historically
correct. It is the accepted authority in all matters
relating to the ancient families of Great Britain. We
shall therefore content ourselves with quoting from
“Burke’s Peerage,” edition of 1887, page 946, et seq.,
as follows:
“The Meyricks are of the purest and noblest Cambrian
blood, and have possessed the same ancestral estate and
residence at Bodorgan, Anglesey, Wales, without interruption
above a thousand years. They have the rare
distinction of being lineally descended both from the sovereign
Princes of Wales of the Welsh royal family, and
from King Edward I., whose eldest son was the first
Prince of Wales of the English royal family.
CadVAN (Catamanus), descended from a long line of
regal ancestors, was King of North Wales at the end of
the 6th century, and had his palace at Aberffraw. He
fought at Bangor Iscoed, and is supposed to have been
killed there, and buried at Bardsey. His grandson

King Cadwaladr, a chivalrous and illustrious Prince,
founded the church of Llangwaladr, A. D. 650—the
parish church of Bodorgan, which is still the family
seat, near Aberffraw, which became a sanctuary. He
removed thither the remains of King Cadvan, which
were re-buried in a stone coffin. The lid of the coffin
with the following original description, still legible, is
now affixed to the wall inside the church.

Bex, sapientissimus , opinatissimus omnium Regum;^^ i.e.
“King Cadvan, th; wisest and most famous of all
Kings.” Cadwaladr began his reign A. D. 680, and was
tiie last crowned king of the British race. He died at
Home, and was canonized. He was succeeded by his son

Idwal Twrch, who was succeeded by his son

Rhodvi Molwynog, a. D. 703, whose son

CONAX, was Prince of North Wales, A, D. 720. His
only daughter and heiress

EssYLT, was married to Mervyn Vrych, King of
Powys, and their son

Rhodri Mawr, (Rhoderick the Great), King of all
Wales, began to reign A. D. 843, and fell in battle A.
D. 876. From him were descended, (besides others,)
Owen Gwynnedd, Prince of Wales, A. D. 1136, and
Llowarch ap Bran, Lord of Monau (Menai), and
founder of the H. noble tribe of North Wales and
Pow3’s. They were brothers-in-law, their wives being
sisters. Llowarch ap Bran was succeeded by his son,
Meredydd, who married his cousin, Gwenillian, granddaughter
of Prince Owen Gwynnedd.
Meredydd ap Llowarch, ap Bran, of Bodorgan, whose

Eva, daughter of Meredydd «^j Cadwgan, of Bodorgan,
his only child and heiress, married Einion Sais, the direct
descendant and representative in the 6th degree from
Cydapael Ynnyd, lord of Cydewain, County Montgomery,
and Judge of Powjs, /. e. regent under the
Prince, of Central Wales, called Powys, or Powys-land.
He was a lineal descendant from Urieu, Lord of Rhigid,
A. D. 90, who is claimed to be a direct descendant from
Coel Codebog, a British king, B^ C. 262. Cydafael married
Arienweu, daughter of Jarwarth, the eldest son of
Prince Meredydd ap Bleddvnn, who was Prince of
Wales, A. D. 1063.
In the year 1212, when the country was threatened by
an invasion by the English, Cydafael seized a firebrand
with which he ran from mountain to mountain, summoning
the people to arms, whereby he gave such timely
notice that the invaders were repulsed. For this service
his kinsman Llewellyn the Great granted him a coat-ofarms,
•Sable (to indicate the night) three firebrands, or.,
fired ppr.” This coat was augmented {temp. Henry V.),
by a gi-ant to his descendant, Einion Sais, who married
Eva of Bodorgan, of a

“Chevron arg., charged with a flenr-de-lis g,’ules, between
two ehonghs, sable, respecting each other.”
And a crest was added, viz:
“A castle arg., surmounted by a chough (or Bran)
holding in dexter claw a fleur-de-lis.”
This in allusion to castle Dinas-Bran, the principal fortress
of his ancestor, Prince Bleddynn, and the place
where Cydafael held his court as Judge of Powys.
Between Cydafael and Einion Sais (omitted by Burke)
the line was through

Samuel, sou of Cydafael;
Madoc, son of Samuel;
Tydyr, son of Madoc;
TorWORTH, son of Tydyr;
Davydd, son of Torworth;
BiNiON, son of Davydd. Einion Sais was usher, or
chamberlain, of the Palace of Sheen (Richmond) to
Henry VI. [temp. 1413—1471) and so was called “Sais,”
i. e. “Saxon,” on account of his being so much in England.
He fought in the wars of Henry V., by whom his
coat-of-arms was augmented. He was succeeded by his

Heylin, of Bodorgan, (Heylin ap Einiawn, Esq., was
living 1465) whose son and successor

Llewellyn ap Heylin married Angharad, daughter of
William ap Evan, another decendant of Prince Owen
Gwynnedd. Llewellyn fought at the battle of Bosworth
(1485) on the side of Henry VII., and his two-handed
sword and saltcellar are still preserved at Bodorgan,
where also his saddle was a few years back.
Meyrick ap Llewellyn (Meuric) was a Captain of the
Guard at the Coronation of Henry VIII., April 25, 1509.
He was first High Sheriff of the County Anglesey, which
office he held until his death. From him the name “Meyrick,”
signifying “Guardian,” is derived as a surname,
in pursuance of an act of Henry VIII., requiring that the
name of every man at the time should be borne by his
descendants as a surname, there being no surnames before
that time in Wales. He married Margaret daughter
of Roland, Rector of Aberffraw, Anglesey, Wales. His
will is dated 30 Nov., 1538. His children were

(1) Richard Merrick, Esq., of Bodorgan, Anglesey,
Wales, who succeeded Meyrick ap Llewellyn as High
Sheriff of Anglesey County.
(2) Rt. Rev. Roland Merrick, D. D., Bishop of Bangor,
Wales, born, 1505.
(3) Wiliara Merrick. Died unmarried.
(4) Ov\ain Merriek. Died unmarried.
(5) Rrv. ‘Toliii ]*I<‘rri<‘k, Rector of Llandachya, Wales.
(6) Kev. Edmund Merrick, L- L. D., Ai’ch-deaeon
of Bantror, Wales.
(7) Rev. Reynault Merrick, Rector of Llanlechid,
All these except William and Owain were known to
have married and left descendants in the male line,
Meuric’s three daughters, Alice, Sionedd, and Agnes,
were also married.”
Roland, 2d son of Meyrick ap Llewellyn, was first
Protestant Bishop of Bangor, and was buried in Bangor
Cathedral ; from him are descended the Meyricks of Goodrich
Court, and of Bush., of whom are the Philadelphia
branch of the family in America.
The Charlestown, Mass., branch is supposed to have
been derived from Rev. John Meyrick, 5th son of Meyrick
ap Llewellyn, all evidence thus far obtainable indicating
that source for the four brothers, William, James,
John and Thomas, who settled in Massachusetts in 1636.
Motto of the Welsh Meyricks:
”Heh Dduw heh chlim: Dduir a digony
“Without God nothing; God and enough.”
Of “Castell-Dinas Bran,” noted in the foregoing as
having been the principal fortress of Prince Meredvdd ap
Bleddynn, Prince of Wales A. D. 1063, John Timbs,
authoj- of “Abbeys, Castles and Ancient Halls of England
and Wales,” says:
This fortress, of which there remains a remarkably
picturesque ruin, was situated on an artificial plateau,
on the top of a conoid hill, which rises about one thousand
feet above the River Dee, in North Wales. The
hill rises so suddenly, and is so completely detached from
the surrounding heights, that it frowns savagely down
upon the quiet glens of the neighborhood, and seems to
overawe the valley of Llangollen, above which it stands.
An earlier structure, on the same site, is said to have
been destroyed by fire in the 10th century. The place,
in its almost inacctessible seclusion, afforded a secure refuge
from the infuriated Welsh, when Gryffydd ap Madoc
Maelor—his sympathies weaned from his native Wales by
his English wife— took part with Henry III. and Edward
L in their endeavors to subjugate his countrymen.
There is a tradition that the present castle sustained a
siege at the eommeucemeut of the 15th ceutiiry, by Owen
Glyndower, when held by Thomas Fitzalen, Earl of
Arundel, a strenuous supporter of the House of Lancaster.
“Dinas” signifies, beyond all doubt, a fortified
place; but as regards the signification of “Bran,” there
seems to be a great difference of opinion. Some conjecture
that the name was taken from Bran, the mountain
stream which runs at the foot of its northern slope. It
should be remembered, however, that ”Bran,” in Welsh,
means “crow,” and the castle is called “Crow Castle” by
the inhabitants of Llangollen, where there is an Inn with
that sign. In Gough’s “Camden,” it is noted: “Dinas
Bran is vulgarly called “Crow Castle” from Bran, a
crow; but more probably derived by B. Lhuyd, from the
brook Bran, which is crossed by a bridge near Llangollen.”
The principal approach was from the south-east,
through Llandin farm, just below which a bridge once
crossed the Dee on the road of communication between
Castell-Dinas Bran and Castell Crogan (Chii-k Castle).
This road doubtless formed a connecting link in the great
chain of Border fortresses in the Welsh Marches.
The walls were built chiefly of small slaty stones, imbedded
in a good mortar. In many places the walls of
the enciente can scarcely now be traced, and it is only at
those parts which appear to have been the principal
entrance, and the “Keep,” that any considerable mass of
masonry is now standing. In no part does any upper
floor remain; indeed the only portion of the ruins which
is not open to the sky, is a chamber with three small,
circular holes in its vaulted roof, near the principal entrance,
and which has proved an enigma to all recent
engineers. The castle was in ruins in Leland’s time
(temp. King Henry VIII.), and the fragments that remain
are falling rapidly into decay. In some places are to be
found mutilated freestone voussoirs, bases of shafts,
groins, sills and corbels, apparently of the stone of the
neighborhood obtained at Cefu. The date of its abandonment
is unknown ; and in the time of Henry VIII .
Leland could only say of it: “The castelle of Dinas
Bran was never bygge thing, but sett al for strougth as
in a place half accessible for enemyes. It is now all in
ruins and there bredith every yere an Egle—and the
Egle doth sorely assault hym that distroith the nest, goyng
down in one basket, and having a nuther over his head
to defend the sore stripe of the Egle.”
To connect the Merricks of America with the Merricks
of Wales is a task presenting no insuperable obstacles
01- (linicnlties, to one having- time and means at his disposal
to cnabli! him to visit Wales, and with such aid as
he could readily secure there unearth the records of marriajifes
and births l)etween the years 155G and 1620. The
author has neither time nor means at his disposal, and
has therefore left this interesting task to another hand.
No people, unless it is the Hebrew, is more jealous of
its genealogy than the Welsh. This fact is proverbial.
It is true of all the people—not of a class alone. It
ought, therefore, to be beyond a doubt that a family
having among its members so many churchmen, whose
duty it was to keep’these records for others, should not fail
to keep the record of their own people. Rev. Edward
A. Mirick of Dryden, N. Y., who has given much time
and study to this question, has made deductions, based
upon ancient Welsh records, family history and tradition,
and the church records of Wales to be found in the
libraries of this country. Mr. Mirick says:
“I do not claim that my conclusions are historically
correct in every particular; but I do claim that nothing
improbable is claimed. Very much is historically proven.
In fact, the deductions are based upon recorded facts down
to the 4th generation, John. From that point we have
to assume possibilities, if not probabilities regarding the
children of John, our forefathers of the New England
(See Mr. Mirick’s deductions, introduction to John
Mirick branch.)
The following is a literal translation from the ancient
Welsh of one of the records to which Rev. Edward Mirick
refers. “Morfil,” in ancient Welsh, signifies “whale,”
i. e. “Whale Parish,” of which this is a partial record.
St. Davids, in Pembrokeshire, was a fishing village, and
its “Whale Parish” is the equivalent of “Walnut Hills
Church,” or any cognomen, based upon local surroundings.
This document evidently accounts for the descent
from “Meyrick the Saxon,” to John, whom family traditions,
entirely unconnected with this document, and
in the absence of any knowledge of it, have claimed as
the ancestor of the American brothers. The greatest
obstacle to the acceptance of this John as the father of
tht^ f(nir brothers is based on the fact that the record
here gives the date of birth of Thomas as prior to 1591.
This is not, however, insuperable. It is possible that
the Thomas born prior to the closing of this scrap of
record may have died and a child born later, to-wit, in
1620, have been given the name of the dead boy. That
is the case in many instances in the records of the American
Merricks, and it is not improbable that it maj^ have
been the case in this instance. While the record following
is not proof of the parentage of the four American
Merricks, it may be accepted as strongly pointing to the
fact. The translation is as follows:
From Lewis Boon’s Visitation, of Pembrokeshire.
MoRFiL Parish—Rev. William Mirick, ap Llewellyn, son of
Heylin, son of Einion (the Saxon), of Bodorgan, Anglesey, married
Angharad. daughter of William. Their son, Meyrick, married
Margai’et, daugliter of Roland, son of Howel of Gaer Geilog,
Esquire. Their son, Rev. John Meyrick, minister at Llanllechyd,
married Sage, daughter of James Griffith, son of Howel, son of
Thomas, son of David, son of Griffith, son of Gronwy the Red.
(The mother of Sage was Maud, the daughter of Morgan Lloyd,
son of leuen Lloyd, of Bant y Streimon, Esquire). The mother
of Sage’s father was Sage, daughter of Thomas, son of Griffith,
son of Nikolas, sister to fatlier and mother of Sir Rys.
The children of Rev. John Mirick and Sage, his wife, were:
i. William Meyrick.
ii. Owen Meyrick, minister at Llangyile.
iii. Maud. (She married Roland Powel, sou of John Powel,
Their children were : i. John Powel ; ii. Jan (Jane?)
William Meyrick married 1st, Janet, daughter of
lenen, son of John, son of lenen, son of Llewellyn
of Trevillier. They have

iv. John Meyrick.
William married 3nd, Joan, daughter of William,
son of Rys, son of Howel Young. They have

V. Owen Meyrick (1591).
vi. Robert Meyrick (1591).
vii. Janet (1591).
John Meyrick, marries Dorothy, daughter of Matthew
Bishop. (Her nn ;her, Elizabeth, was
daughter of Robert You ig, brother to Bishop
Young.) (A footnote says “Bishop of St. Davids”).
Their children as noted

viii. Thomas,
ix. Jan (perhaps Jane).
“Pr me,
“Wm. Mevrick,
“Dated this 13th day of October, in the 33rd year of Queen
Elizabeth’s reign, and in the year of our Lord 1591.”

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