Gilbert Park Fay Family Genealogy

The Fay Family in America for 350 Years (1656 - 2006)

 

Descendants of John Smith, Sr. (1595 - 1678)
Also linked to this page are Genealogical Reports for Barbi, Brigham, Gamblin, Hemenway, Koenig, Merrill, Park, Parkhurst, Rice, Shattuck, and Smith, families.

Generation No. 1

1. JOHN1 SMITH, SR. was born 1595, and died 1678 in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. He married DEBORAH PARKHURST June 10, 1643 in Watertown, Massachusetts, daughter of GEORGE PARKHURST and PHEBE LEETE. She was born August 1, 1619 in Ipswich, England, and died Abt. 1686.

Notes for JOHN SMITH, SR.:

Immigrant John Smith arrived in America in 1632 and settled on Nantasket, Massachusetts.

Source: "Filling The Void - History of the Meredith Public Library" by Rudy VanVeghten, published 1989.

 

Children of JOHN SMITH and DEBORAH PARKHURST are:

i. PHILIP2 SMITH, b. WFT Est. 1614-1667.

2. ii. LIEUT JOHN SMITH, JR., b. WFT Est. 1623-1656; d. December 2, 1708.

iii. DEBORAH SMITH, b. Abt. 1645; m. NATHANIEL BATCHELDER, December 10, 1656, Hampton, New Hampshire; b. Abt. 1630, England; d. January 17, 1709, Hampton, New Hampshire.

iv. SAMUEL SMITH, b. 1661.

v. ABIGAIL SMITH, b. 1662; d. WFT Est. 1691-1756.

 

Generation No. 2

 

2. LIEUT JOHN2 SMITH, JR. (JOHN1) was born WFT Est. 1623-1656, and died December 2, 1708. He married HULDAH HUSSEY February 26, 1666, daughter of CHRISTOPHER HUSSEY and THEODATE BACHILOR. She was born 1643, and died May 16, 1740.

Notes for LIEUT JOHN SMITH, JR.:

Lieut John Smith known as the cooper.

Source: "Filling The Void - History of the Meredith Public Library" by Rudy VanVeghten, published 1989.

 

Children of JOHN SMITH and HULDAH HUSSEY are:

i. DEBORAH3 SMITH, b. WFT Est. 1660-1670; d. August 11, 1671.

ii. THEODATE SMITH, b. December 16, 1667; d. October 2, 1675.

3. iii. CAPTAIN JOHN SMITH III, b. August 21, 1669, North Hampton, New Hampshire; d. July 24, 1752, North Hampton, New Hampshire.

iv. SAMUEL SMITH, b. October 31, 1672; d. November 23, 1738; m. (1) RUTH HASKELL, WFT Est. 1703-1731; b. WFT Est. 1668-1687; d. WFT Est. 1703-1772; m. (2) ELIZABETH PEASE, WFT Est. 1703-1731; b. WFT Est. 1668-1687; d. WFT Est. 1703-1772.

v. STEPHEN SMITH, b. April 23, 1674; d. July 22, 1692.

vi. HULDAH SMITH, b. July 7, 1676; d. WFT Est. 1704-1770; m. THOMAS DEARBORN, WFT Est. 1704-1738; b. WFT Est. 1659-1679; d. WFT Est. 1704-1765.

vii. CHRISTOPHER SMITH, b. December 12, 1677; d. August 18, 1701.

viii. DEBORAH SMITH, b. April 12, 1679; d. February 21, 1681.

ix. PHILIP SMITH, b. 1683; d. January 14, 1744.

x. ELISHA SMITH, b. 1685; d. February 1759; m. ABIGAIL MARSTON, WFT Est. 1716-1748; b. WFT Est. 1681-1701; d. WFT Est. 1716-1785.

xi. ABIGAIL SMITH, b. February 24, 1686; d. WFT Est. 1715-1781; m. LIEUT JONATHON MARSTON, WFT Est. 1715-1749; b. WFT Est. 1670-1690; d. WFT Est. 1715-1776.

xii. MARY SMITH, b. 1690; d. January 15, 1760; m. JEREMIAH MARSTON, WFT Est. 1718-1748; b. WFT Est. 1673-1693; d. WFT Est. 1718-1779.

 

Generation No. 3

 

3. CAPTAIN JOHN3 SMITH III (JOHN2, JOHN1) was born August 21, 1669 in North Hampton, New Hampshire, and died July 24, 1752 in North Hampton, New Hampshire. He married ABIGAIL SHAW April 11, 1695, daughter of BENJAMIN SHAW and ESTHER RICHARDSON. She was born August 22, 1671, and died WFT Est. 1714-1766.

 

Children of JOHN SMITH and ABIGAIL SHAW are:

i. STEPHEN4 SMITH, b. May 26, 1696; d. WFT Est. 1697-1786.

4. ii. BENJAMIN SMITH, b. May 31, 1697, North Hampton, New Hampshire; d. 1756, North Hampton, New Hampshire.

iii. JEDIDIAH SMITH, b. May 25, 1699; d. WFT Est. 1700-1793.

iv. SYLVANUS SMITH, b. March 29, 1701; d. WFT Est. 1732-1791; m. MARY TAYLOR, WFT Est. 1732-1766; b. WFT Est. 1697-1717; d. WFT Est. 1732-1801.

v. PAUL SMITH, b. January 8, 1703; d. WFT Est. 1735-1794; m. LOVE MARSTON, WFT Est. 1735-1769; b. WFT Est. 1700-1720; d. WFT Est. 1735-1804.

vi. RUTH SMITH, b. April 3, 1703; d. July 3, 1769; m. DAVID PAGE, April 5, 1742; b. November 1, 1703, North Hampton, New Hampshire; d. June 9, 1785.

vii. ABIGAIL SMITH, b. July 6, 1707; d. WFT Est. 1708-1801.

viii. JERUSHA SMITH, b. February 2, 1708; d. January 12, 1737; m. CALEB MARSTON; b. WFT Est. 1692-1712; d. WFT Est. 1726-1798.

ix. JOHN SMITH, b. April 1712; d. WFT Est. 1749-1803; m. (1) SARAH LEAVITT, September 11, 1740; b. WFT Est. 1702-1723; d. WFT Est. 1745-1812; m. (2) RACHEL SHAW, January 26, 1743; b. WFT Est. 1705-1727; d. WFT Est. 1749-1815.

 

Generation No. 4

 

4. BENJAMIN4 SMITH (JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born May 31, 1697 in North Hampton, New Hampshire, and died 1756 in North Hampton, New Hampshire. He married MARY HOBBS WFT Est. 1728-1762. She was born 1704, and died 1747.

 

Children of BENJAMIN SMITH and MARY HOBBS are:

5. i. LIEUT. (DEACON) CHRISTOPHER5 SMITH, b. 1736; d. 1814.

ii. ABIGAIL SMITH, b. 1728; d. 1775; m. COLONEL JOHN MOULTON.

More About ABIGAIL SMITH:

Cause of Death: Smallpox

Notes for COLONEL JOHN MOULTON:

Colonel John Moulton was the original grantee of Moultonboro, Center Harbor, and New Hampton.

Source: "Filling The Void - History of the Meredith Public Library" by Rudy VanVeghten, published 1989.

 

Generation No. 5

 

5. LIEUT. (DEACON) CHRISTOPHER5 SMITH (BENJAMIN4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born 1736, and died 1814. He married MARY PAGE. She was born 1736, and died 1778.

Notes for LIEUT. (DEACON) CHRISTOPHER SMITH:

Lieut Christopher Smith fought in the revolution

 

Children of CHRISTOPHER SMITH and MARY PAGE are:

6. i. JOHN6 SMITH IV, b. 1768; d. 1843.

ii. DEACON BENJAMIN SMITH, m. JUDITH POTTLE; b. 1761, Stratham, New Hampshire; d. 1804.

 

Generation No. 6

 

6. JOHN6 SMITH IV (CHRISTOPHER5, BENJAMIN4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born 1768, and died 1843. He married MARTHA DRAKE.

Notes for JOHN SMITH IV:

John Smith also known as "Shaving John Smith". He was a genteel farmer from the Beech Hill area of New Hampton just west of Lake Winona.

Source: "Filling The Void - History of the Meredith Public Library" by Rudy VanVeghten, published 1989.

 

Child of JOHN SMITH and MARTHA DRAKE is:

7. i. JOHN7 SMITH V, b. 1792, West Center Harbor, New Hampshire; d. 1866, Meredith, New Hampshire.

 

Generation No. 7

 

John Smith
John Smith

7. JOHN7 SMITH V (JOHN6, CHRISTOPHER5, BENJAMIN4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born 1792 in West Center Harbor, New Hampshire, and died 1866 in Meredith, New Hampshire. He married MARY MUDGETT. She was born 1797, and died 1869.

Notes for JOHN SMITH V:

John Smith, Jr., was one of the best farmers in the state, and later sold the farm to Jacob Merrill. He moved to Meredith Village.

Source: Annals of Meredith, NH, published in 1932.

 

John Smith and his bride, Mary, bought a farm in West Center Harbor, where his labors earned him a comfortable living. Mr. Smith sold his produce in profitable sales trips to Newburyport, Massachusetts, supplementing his farm goods with stocking yarn made at the John Busiel mill in Laconia.

In 1854, John Smith and family sold the Center Harbor farm and bought a lot at the northwesterly corner of Main and New Hampton (now Waukewan) Streets. He also bought a house in Holderness, dismantled it and hauled the pieces to Meredith where he reassembled it. Moving day was November 1, 1854, son Benjamin's 21st birthday.

Source: "Filling The Void - History of the Meredith Public Library" by Rudy VanVeghten, published 1989.

More About JOHN SMITH V:

Burial: Old Yard

 

Mary Mudgett Smith
Mary Mudgett Smith

Children of JOHN SMITH and MARY MUDGETT are:

8. i. MARY8 SMITH, b. 1823, Center Harbor, New Hampshire; d. November 8, 1908, Meredith, New Hampshire.

9. ii. JOHN SMITH VI, b. 1831; d. 1908.

10. iii. BENJAMIN M. SMITH, b. November 1, 1833, West Center Harbor, New Hampshire; d. March 16, 1912, Wenham, Massachusetts.

iv. GEORGE SMITH, m. ELLEN ADAMS.

v. ABBIE SMITH, m. STEPHEN HOW.

vi. PRISCILLA SMITH, m. (1) COTTON DOWNING; m. (2) UNKNOWN EASTMAN.

11. vii. HULDAH P. SMITH, b. 1829; d. 1915.

12. viii. HANNAH SMITH, b. 1842; d. 1908.

ix. LIVINA SMITH.

Notes for LIVINA SMITH:

Livina Smith died young

x. ESTHER SMITH.

Notes for ESTHER SMITH:

Esther Smith died young

 

Generation No. 8

 

Mary Smith Merrill
Mary Smith Merrill

8. MARY8 SMITH (JOHN7, JOHN6, CHRISTOPHER5, BENJAMIN4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born 1823 in Center Harbor, New Hampshire, and died November 8, 1908 in Meredith, New Hampshire. She married JACOB LEE MERRILL, son of DAVID MERRILL and SARAH LEE. He was born April 1818 in Holderness, New Hampshire, and died July 1, 1889 in Meredith, New Hampshire.

More About MARY SMITH:

Burial: Meredith Village Cemetery, Meredith, New Hampshire

Occupation: Housewife

Jacob Merrill
Jacob Lee Merrill

Notes for JACOB LEE MERRILL:

Following information came from 1870 US Census for Center Harbor, New Hampshire, page 3:

 

Jacob L. Merrill Age 52 Male Farmer Estimated birth 1818

Mary Age 47 Female Housewife Estimated birth 1823

John Age 14 Male Child Estimated birth 1856

George Age 8 Male Child Estimated birth 1862

(Note: Julia was married in 1861 to Amos D. Webster and would likely be living with him for the 1870 Census. This family entry was not researched.)

 

From the Annuals of Meredith published in 1932 page 320, we find mention of Jacob Lee Merrill with no dates. We also find David Merrill, 1769-1859, married to Sarah H. Lee, 1778-1847 from Ossipee Mountain.

 

From the Death Certificate for Jacob L. Merrill at the New Hampshire Vital Statistics Office provided to me by Ed Merrill on September 11, 2000, we have Jacob L. Merrill's death in July 1889 in Meredith at age 71 years, 3 months, 7 days. This puts his birth in April 1818. His father is David Merrill born in Plymouth, and his mother is Sarah Lee born in Moultonboro.

 

From the the 1830 US Census for Holderness, New Hampshire, provided by Ed Merrill of West Franklin, New Hampshire, in September 2000, for David Merrill:

Number Age Group Probable Name and Age in 1830

1 M 10-15 (Jacob Lee - 12)

1M 20-30

1M 60-70 (David - 61)

1F 10--15

2F 15-20

1F 50-60 (Sarah - 52)

From Genealogy Forum:

Re: Jacob L. Merrill of Holderness, NH

Posted by: Howard and Jean Merrill Date: January 20, 1999 at 12:51:46

In Reply to: Re: Jacob L. Merrill of Holderness, NH by Mike Markle of 1296

 

Mike:

From 'Meredith NH Cemetery Inscriptions" collected by Mary E Neal Hannaford, 1931, Jacob Lee d. 1889 July 1, age 71; Mary Smith, his wife d. 1908 Nov. 8, age 85. Both are buried in the Meredith Village Cemetery.

Would appreciate it if you would share what you know of Jacob Lee's descendants.

Howard and Jean

Follow ups:

Re: Jacob L. Merrill of Holderness, NH Mike Markle 1/24/99 (0)

Re: Jacob L. Merrill of Holderness, NH

Posted by: Howard and Jean Merrill Date: January 18, 1999 at 22:58:38

In Reply to: Jacob L. Merrill of Holderness, NH by Mike Markle of 1296

Mike:

See today's posting "Re David Merrill 1769-1859" . Your Jacob Lee is the son of above David Merrill. Jacob Lee m. Mary Smith of Center Harbor. They are listed in the Holderness census of 1850,1860 and 1870. They had 4 known children: Julia A, Mary L, John S, and George D.

'A Merrill Memorial' has nothing on your Jacob Lee but does have info on what we believe are his grandparents Jacob (5) and Elizabeth Wyatt.

We would be very interested in any information you have on the Merrill surname descendants of your Jacob Lee down to the present day.

Howard and Jean

Re: Jacob L. Merrill of Holderness, NH

Posted by: Mike Markle Date: January 15, 1999 at 22:12:43

In Reply to: Re: Jacob L. Merrill of Holderness, NH by Ronald Paul Blais of 1296

Ron, Thanks for the tip. We live in Nevada so will try to make a call to the librarian. Do you know if this book is found in most large library genealogy areas?

Mike

More About JACOB LEE MERRILL:

Burial: Meredith Village Cemetery, Meredith, New Hampshire

Cause of Death: Ruptured Heart

Occupation: Farmer

 

Children of MARY SMITH and JACOB MERRILL are:

13. i. GEORGE DAVID9 MERRILL, b. July 25, 1861, Center Harbor, New Hampshire; d. May 5, 1924, Lakeport, NH.

ii. JOHN S. MERRILL, b. 1856; m. ROXY A. CROWELL, March 11, 1883; b. 1859, Campton, New Hamphsire.

Notes for JOHN S. MERRILL:

John Merrill lived and died on Mile Hill, out of Meredith. Source Annals of Meredith, NH, published 1932.

More About JOHN S. MERRILL:

Occupation: Farming

14. iii. JULIA A. MERRILL, b. 1844, Meredith, New Hampshire.

 

9. JOHN8 SMITH VI (JOHN7, JOHN6, CHRISTOPHER5, BENJAMIN4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born 1831, and died 1908. He married ALMATIA BLAKE, daughter of DAVID BLAKE and PHOEBE KNOWLES. She was born September 23, 1831 in Center Harbor, New Hampshire.

Notes for JOHN SMITH VI:

According to Richard Amon (October 30,2000), John and Almatia are buried in Malden, Massachusetts. There are 10 people buried in the family plot. He believes they had a lease six daughters.

More About JOHN SMITH VI:

Burial: Malden, Massachusetts

More About ALMATIA BLAKE:

Burial: Malden, Massachusetts

 

Child of JOHN SMITH and ALMATIA BLAKE is:

15. i. MABLE9 SMITH.

 

Benjamin Smith
Benjamin M. Smith

10. BENJAMIN M.8 SMITH (JOHN7, JOHN6, CHRISTOPHER5, BENJAMIN4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born November 1, 1833 in West Center Harbor, New Hampshire, and died March 16, 1912 in Wenham, Massachusetts. He married MARY GRINALD 1859, daughter of J. L. GRINALD. She was born 1832, and died 1904.

Notes for BENJAMIN M. SMITH:

When Ben was a teenager, the Boston, Concord and Montreal Railroad announced plans to run a rail line to Laconia, Weirs, Meredith Village, Winona and points north. John Smith bough 100 shares of stock in the railroad company , and to insure the railroad's success, he and other investors had to buy additional stock, until Mr. Smith had $6,000 invested.

At about the same time, young Ben, then 16, apprenticed with his uncle in South Deerfield, New Hampshire, to learn the shoemaking trade. Eventually, the Boston, Concord and Montreal Railroad faltered, and the stock had to be sold at a great loss.

After his marriage to Mary Grinald, he resumed his sales route to the North Shore, and soon his business was so prosperous, he was selling not only yarn, but also manufactured hosiery and handkerchiefs. Ben became known as "The Yarn Man." He bought property where Lang Street School and the Inter-Lakes Day Care Center now sit. He built his house on the Inter-Lakes Day Care Center property which is known as the Bixby House.

For a hobby, Ben was an avid horticulturist, and several new strains of strawberries and other fruits were produced in his gardens. Later in life, he bough and enjoyed a summer home on Massachusetts Avenue in Meredith. He retired in 1909 and died at the age of 77 in Wenham, Massachusetts, on March 16, 1912.

Benjamin Smith gave the public library to Meredith, New Hampshire, in 1901 in honor of his parents, John Smith and Mary Mudget Smith. In 1873, Center Harbor was broken away from Meredith. This was taken to court and upheld.

Source: "Filling The Void - History of the Meredith Public Library" by Rudy VanVeghten, published 1989.

Notes for MARY GRINALD:

Mary's father was Benjamin's boss who ran a grocery in Meredith.

Source: "Filling The Void - History of the Meredith Public Library" by Rudy VanVeghten, published 1989.

 

Children of BENJAMIN SMITH and MARY GRINALD are:

i. RALPH9 SMITH.

ii. UNKNOWN SMITH.

 

11. HULDAH P.8 SMITH (JOHN7, JOHN6, CHRISTOPHER5, BENJAMIN4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born 1829, and died 1915. She married HIRAM BIXBY. He was born 1828, and died 1903.

 

Child of HULDAH SMITH and HIRAM BIXBY is:

i. WILLIAM9 BIXBY.

 

12. HANNAH8 SMITH (JOHN7, JOHN6, CHRISTOPHER5, BENJAMIN4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born 1842, and died 1908. She married MOSES GILMAN WEBSTER.

 

Child of HANNAH SMITH and MOSES WEBSTER is:

i. IDA ROBERTA9 WEBSTER, m. CLARENCE WARD.

 

Generation No. 9

 

Mary and George Merrill

Mary Bird Merrill and George David Merrill

13. GEORGE DAVID9 MERRILL (MARY8 SMITH, JOHN7, JOHN6, CHRISTOPHER5, BENJAMIN4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born July 25, 1861 in Center Harbor, New Hampshire, and died May 5, 1924 in Lakeport, NH. He married MARY BIRD February 25, 1883 in Meredith, New Hampshire, daughter of UNKNOWN BIRD and UNKNOWN. She was born 1862 in Isle of Malta, British Province, and died 1925 in Lakeport, NH.

Notes for GEORGE DAVID MERRILL:

When George and Mary Merrill bought land behind the Mail Dock in 1906, they began the saga of the Merrill family on Bear Island, Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire. In addition to building many of the cottages on the island, George Merrill also provided food, ice and boat services to several generations of island residents.

As the only house on the island with plaster and wallpapered walls, the Merrills' was unique. According to their granddaughter, Mildred Fay Rand, "A well and pump graced the side yard in the center of Hattie's flower beds and people came from along the shore with their jugs to pump water. The playroom was on the third floor. The property next door was the 'Men's Camp.' The workmen employed by my grandfather in his carpentry business lived there and cooked their meals, though occasionally Hattie prepared food for them in her kitchen. The haying field was behind the hen house and vegetable garden. Cattle were brought over by barge from Lovejoy Sands in the spring and taken back in the fall. Milk cost 18 cents a quart, but you had to buy ice and groceries to get it!"

Bear Island Merrill Home and Mail Dock
George and Mary Bird Merrill's Bear Island Home and Mail Dock in 1989

About halfway down the shore lived Dr. George Saltmarch of Lakeport, who was Mary's doctor. Molly Worden from Pine Island, just a stone's throw away, was her midwife. Molly assisted Mary when all nine Merrill babies were born; only one did not live. Arthur was the eldest, then Hattie, Gertrude, Fred, David, Edgar, Helen, and Nellie. All grew up helping with chores, and George taught his carpentry skills to each of his sons who helped him in the business.

WW 1 interrupted the family enterprise when David and Fred were inducted into the Army. David was never sent overseas, but Fred served in observation balloons over the English Channel. He was once shot down, but not seriously injured. Both returned home to help their father, and in time, David married Faith Unknown and daughter Hattie married Park Fay.

Source: "Bear Island Reflections" published by Bear Island Conservation Association, Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire 1989.

George was a deacon and member of Freewill Baptist Church, Meredith, NH.

From Genealogy Forum:

Re: Jacob L. Merrill of Holderness, NH

Posted by: Mike Markle Date: January 19, 1999 at 23:13:19

In Reply to: Re: Jacob L. Merrill of Holderness, NH by Ronald Paul Blais of 1297

 

Hello Ron,

Thanks for the offer, I will take you up on it. My grandfather, Jacob Lee Merrill was born in Holderness in 1818. In the census of 1870 in Center Harbor, he was 52 yrs. He was married to Mary Smith. My grandfather was George D. Merrill, b. 7/25/1861 and died in Laconia on 5/5/1924. I really need the death of Jacob Lee. Would also like the same of his wife, Mary Smith. We have little access to good genealogical info here in Nevada. Thanks, Mike

 

More About GEORGE DAVID MERRILL:

Burial: Bayside Cemetery, Lakeport, NH, Lot 3/064

Occupation: Carpenter

Notes for MARY BIRD:

According to Frank Desmond on Aug 22, 1999, the spelling of Mary's last name may have been Byrd from the Island of Malta, but all records at the State of New Hampshire Vital Records Office show George D. Merrill's wife was Mary Bird from the Island of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea. Her mother was of Irish birth and worked in England for royalty. When she married an English soldier who was stationed on Malta (probably during the Napoleonic war) her family disowned her. After her soldier husband died or was killed, Mary emigrated to New Brunswick and (we think) remarried a boot maker. Then she emigrated to New Brunswick. Her third husband was George Merrill.

Mary was a member of Freewill Baptist Church, Meredith, NH.

More About MARY BIRD:

Burial: Bayside Cemetery, Lakeport, NH, Lot 3/064

Occupation: Housewife

Marriage Notes for GEORGE MERRILL and MARY BIRD:

Mary Bird and George Merrill were married on February 25, 1883, by Justus Erskin of Meredith, Minister of the Gospel in Meredith, NH, reported at Center Harbor, NH.

 

Children of GEORGE MERRILL and MARY BIRD are:

i. DAVID10 MERRILL, m. (1) UNKNOWN BRIGGS; m. (2) FAITH UNKNOWN.

Notes for DAVID MERRILL:

David had no children with either wife.

More About DAVID MERRILL:

Burial: Massachusettes

Cause of Death: Heart attack while driving a car

ii. FRED MERRILL, d. June 14, 1964, Meredith, New Hampshire; m. DOROTHY 'DOTTIE' ALMENDE; b. June 1, 1901; d. December 2, 1973, Meredith, New Hampshire.

Notes for FRED MERRILL:

Over the years, the Merrills built a number of houses on the west shore of Bear Island, each with the same basic simple design. These cottages are still recognizable today, even though various owners have made different additions. In 1927, Fred Merrill built the Bulkley house, which had the distinction of being the first on Bear Island to have had indoor plumbing.

When you needed a cabin, dock or boat house, you simply told Fred of your desire and he obliged. In 1931, Dr. John Merselis commissioned Fred to build on land he had purchased in 1923. Sketching what he had in mind on the back of an ordinary envelope, Dr. Merselis gave it to Fred that fall. When the family returned the following spring, the cabin was ready for occupancy, and they have summered there ever since.

In addition to building houses, the Merrills supplied much that was necessary for island living. Dave, the meat cutter, minded the grocery store that they opened at the Mail Dock and Fred, the mechanic, assumed responsibility for kerosene for lamps, and gasoline for boats, as well as maintenance of rental boats berthed in a nest of boat houses by their dock. These boats all had two cylinder McDuff engines with petcocks on top which had to be primed with gasoline. The flywheel rotated by hand at times could be very balky. Fred was an expert in starting these engines. He'd lean against the side of the boat, give the flywheel a gentle roll with his foot--and away it went.

At the time Fred Merrill had the ice route, the Bear Island postmaster was Adelaide Brown.

Source: "Bear Island Reflections" published by Bear Island Conservation Association, Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire 1989.

More About FRED MERRILL:

Burial: Bayside Cemetery, Lakeport, NH, Lot 8 78

Occupation: Carpenter

Notes for DOROTHY 'DOTTIE' ALMENDE:

"A lot of comings and goings took place over there [on Bear Island]," recounts Mildred Fay Rand, Fred Merrill's niece. "People came all the way from New York and Boston for some high entertainment. One of the 'imported guests' was a Ziegfeld Follies girl, Dorothy Almende, and Fred caught us all by surprise--he married her! We had expected him to marry someone else to whom he was already engaged."

"That summer we returned to the island to discover that Fred, probably in his early 40s, had married a chorus girl!" Louise Griscom recalls. "Maybe Dottie's make-up was a bit overdone, but she made Fred a loyal and loving wife. Gradually the color of her bright red hair changed to a less conspicuous henna. Islanders recovered from shock and became very fond of her."

Dottie was a Ziegfeld Follies girl who came to visit Lake Winnipesaukee. Her brother-in-law, David (and his wife Faith) did not like her background and left Bear Island and "moved to Laconia because they could not live and work with a showgirl" according to Mildred Fay Rand, Fred Merrill's niece.

Dottie and Fred took vacations when the lake froze over, but as they grew older, they never left the island. Weeks and Smith's store delivered groceries from Meredith once a week in winter, and on that day, Dottie always baked a cake and served it with coffee to the delivery man who would bring them up-to-date on the latest town gossip.

In the winter of 1945, the Merrill's chimney caught fire, and though no serious damage occurred, Fred became ill shortly thereafter and never recovered. When Fred and Dottie moved to Meredith, where he eventually died.

Postmistress of Bear Island, beginning June 15, 1944, to the Post Office's closing in June 15, 1954.

Source: "Bear Island Reflections" published by Bear Island Conservation Association, Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire 1989.

More About DOROTHY 'DOTTIE' ALMENDE:

Burial: Bayside Cemetery, Lakeport, NH, Lot8 78

iii. NELLIE MERRILL.

Notes for NELLIE MERRILL:

Nellie died as a teenager at 13 or 14 years old.

More About NELLIE MERRILL:

Burial: Meredith Cemetery, Meredith, NH

iv. HATTIE E. MERRILL, b. June 25, 1883; d. April 4, 1962, Dover, New Hampshire; m. PARK STONE FAY; b. July 5, 1883, Lake Village, New Hampshire; d. November 15, 1951, Laconia, Belknap New Hampshire.

Notes for HATTIE E. MERRILL:

Hattie Merrill married Park Fay shortly after WW 1. Park Fay, also a carpenter like Hattie's father, George Merrill, preferred an independent status. Instead of joining George Merrill, he handled all the boats and work at Beaver Island. Park, Hattie, and their five children had a cottage near The Gulf on what was then called Mansfield's Point, where George Merrill laid the stone steps leading from the dock to the Fay's' house. In the side yard, a tent was built to hold the overflow of children and friends. It was the children's job to gather rocks from the lake for the stone mason, Mr. Zibley of Center Harbor, to build the living room fireplace.

Source: "Bear Island Reflections" published by Bear Island Conservation Association, Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire 1989.

Hattie filled in as cook on the railroad work train that Park Fay used to get to construction sites.

More About HATTIE E. MERRILL:

Burial: Bayside Cemetery, Lakeport, NH, Lot 3/054

Cause of Death: Heart Failure

Notes for PARK STONE FAY:

Resided 34 years in Lakeport, New Hampshire and 14 years in Dover, New Hampshire. He worked for the railroad as head of a construction section gang in Dover. His wife Hattie filled in as cook on the work train.

Birthday shown as July 6, 1883, on grave stone, but NH Vital Records say July 5, 1883.

Shown as 1st child. Born when his parents lived in Gilford, NH.

More About PARK STONE FAY:

Burial: Bayside Cemetery, Lakeport, NH, Lot 3/054

Cause of Death: Probable prostrate cancer

Occupation: Railroad construction worker for Boston and Main Railroad

v. ARTHUR GEORGE MERRILL, b. February 10, 1884, Center Harbor, New Hampshire; d. December 20, 1949; m. (1) LORENA M. PEASLEE; b. 1896, Lakeport, New Hampshire; d. December 6, 1954; m. (2) EDITH THURSTON; b. September 25, 1883, Nantucket, Massachusetts; d. March 3, 1919, Lakeport, New Hampshire.

Notes for ARTHUR GEORGE MERRILL:

In 1932, the world's heavyweight boxing champion, Jack Sharkey, trained on Meredith Neck near Loon Island and lived next door to Arthur Merrill. Later, Jack Delaney, a less successful prize fighter, also stayed there.

Source: "Bear Island Reflections" published by Bear Island Conservation Association, Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire 1989.

More About ARTHUR GEORGE MERRILL:

Burial: Meredith Cemetery, Meredith, NH

Occupation: Contractor

More About LORENA M. PEASLEE:

Burial: Bayside Cemetery, Lakeport, NH, Lot

More About EDITH THURSTON:

Burial: Bayside Cemetery, Lakeport, NH

Cause of Death: Acute nephritis (kidney failure) from child birth

vi. GERTRUDE MAY MERRILL, b. June 16, 1887, Meredith, New Hampshire; d. February 11, 1938; m. FREDERICK GEORGE SANDERS; b. 1873; d. 1944.

Notes for GERTRUDE MAY MERRILL:

This Female Merrill is listed as the 5th child on the secondary record of birth from the NH Vital Records Office.

This Female Merrill is listed as the 3rd child in the Town Annual Report for Year Ending 1887 of Meredith, NH. The child was born in Meredith. Because the Bear Island Reflections lists Gertrude as the third child, we assume this birth record is for Gertrude.

 

More About GERTRUDE MAY MERRILL:

Burial: Bayside Cemetery, Lakeport, NH

Cause of Death: cancer

vii. FEMALE STILLBORN MERRILL, b. June 30, 1895, Laconia, New Hampshire; d. June 30, 1895, Laconia, New Hampshire.

Notes for FEMALE STILLBORN MERRILL:

This Female Stillborn Merrill is listed as the 6th child.

viii. EDGAR G. MERRILL, b. January 24, 1903; d. October 8, 1973; m. MADELINE UNKNOWN; b. July 2, 1903; d. November 11, 1975.

More About EDGAR G. MERRILL:

Burial: Bayside Cemetery, Lakeport, NH, Lot 3/064

Military service: CM3 US Navy

More About MADELINE UNKNOWN:

Burial: Bayside Cemetery, Lakeport, NH, Lot 3/064

ix. HELEN MERRILL, b. September 1906.

Notes for HELEN MERRILL:

Died after being hit by a train.

More About HELEN MERRILL:

Burial: Meredith Cemetery, Meredith, NH

 

14. JULIA A.9 MERRILL (MARY8 SMITH, JOHN7, JOHN6, CHRISTOPHER5, BENJAMIN4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) was born 1844 in Meredith, New Hampshire. She married AMOS D. WEBSTER 1861 in Meredith, New Hampshire. He was born 1832, and died 1909.

Notes for JULIA A. MERRILL:

Julia Merrill died on Pine Street, Meredith. Source: Annals of Meredith, NH, Published 1932.

Notes for AMOS D. WEBSTER:

Amos Webster was a Civil War Veteran.

Source: "Filling The Void - History of the Meredith Public Library" by Rudy VanVeghten, published 1989.

 

Children of JULIA MERRILL and AMOS WEBSTER are:

i. FRED E.10 WEBSTER, b. 1867; d. 1955.

ii. MARY E. WEBSTER, b. 1888; m. HARRY L. BROWN; b. 1861.

 

15. MABLE9 SMITH (JOHN8, JOHN7, JOHN6, CHRISTOPHER5, BENJAMIN4, JOHN3, JOHN2, JOHN1) She married CHARLES PAINE.

More About MABLE SMITH:

Burial: Meredith Village Cemetery, Meredith, New Hampshire

More About CHARLES PAINE:

Burial: Meredith Village Cemetery, Meredith, New Hampshire

 

Child of MABLE SMITH and CHARLES PAINE is:

i. ETHEL10 PAINE, m. ARTHUR CRAFTS.


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