Listed below are the books you may wish to consult in your Merrill research. Most are available in Acrobat format and searchable by clicking on the Acrobat PDF icon to the right. A few are only available in libraries and personal collections but worth mentioning here. These are listed alphabetically.
• A Merrill Memorial by Samuel Merrill 1928, reprinted in 1983. Well known as the definitive source for Merrill family history, this book is highly sought after since there were very few published and republished. You may now choose from the two available Acrobat copies (734 pages) and they are now searchable due to OCR technology. You may also visit sections in the book on Merrill heraldry and Wherstead, England. Partial text is now available through the fourth generation online HTML version reproduced by Steve Merrill. x2
• A Sketch of the History of Newbury, Newburyport and West Newbury from 1635 to 1845 by Joshua Coffin in 1845.
An excellent source of information on this early history of Massachusetts encompassing not only the Merrill family but also most of the allied families.
• Celebration of the Two Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Settlement of Newbury by the Historical Society of Newbury in 1885 (165 pages).
Commemoration of the settlement of Newbury with the first century held in 1735, the citizens of Newbury, Newburyport and West Newbury set to creating a process of celebrating this anniversary.
• Captains, clams and cobblestones: A collection of papers on life in Newbury and Newburyport in a bygone era. by the Historical Society of Old Newbury (Newburyport, Mass.) in 1977 (138 pages)
• The History and Present State of the Town of Newburyport by Caleb Cushing in 1826 (140 pages). An early Newburyport recording of the distinguished inhabitants, civil history, topography, religious societies, education, militia, statistics and more.
• History of Newburyport From the earliest settlement of the country to the present time by Mrs. Euphemia Vale Smith in 1854 (456 pages).
The title page says, "Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1854, by E. Vale Smith, in the clerk's office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts." Entails much more than Mr. Cushings book shorter period of time of 1764-1826.
• History of Newburyport, Mass. 1764-1905 by John J. Currier in 1906 (774 pages). Two volume set of which many references are made to the Merrill family with great details and a respected validity to the history of Newbury.
• Old Newburyport Houses - by Albert Hale, 1912. The houses, taken collectively, make a better appearance than those of any other town in New England. Many of them are particularly handsome. Their appendages, also, are unusually neat. Indeed, an air of wealth, taste and elegance is spread over this beautiful spot with a cheerfulness and brilliancy to which I know no rival.
• Reminiscences of a Nonagenarian by Sarah Anna Emery in 1879 (364 pages). Recollections of the author's mother as well as the other members of her family and several other aged people still living at the time about Newburyport and Newbury.
• Vital Records of Newburyport Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849, Volume 1 - Births by The Essex Institute in 1911 (692 pages). Births kept by the town clerks, church records, cemetary inscriptions and many private records found in family Bibles.
• Vital Records of Newburyport Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849, Volume 2 - Marriages by The Essex Institute in 1911 (526 pages). Marriages kept by the town clerks, church records, cemetary inscriptions and many private records found in family Bibles.
• Vital Records of Newburyport Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849, Volume 2 - Deaths by The Essex Institute in 1911 (311 pages). Deaths kept by the town clerks, church records, cemetary inscriptions and many private records found in family Bibles.
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