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Surname Archive – Merriman

Hello there,

Here’s what I have relating to the “Merriman/Merryman” name


About 1830s, American Coin Silver Shell Salt Spoon, marked B&M (Bradley & Merriman?)

Sterling Silver Salt/Mustard Spoon, marked PJM (Philippa Jane Merriman)

Various Coin Silver Cups, J.E. Merriman, Memphis, TN, 1841-1860.
The ridged/grooved cup also has markers mark “Tifft & Whitting” on the base.


1 – Nan Merriman (3 other pictures & an Advert, dates between 1955 and 1963)

2 – Theron W Meriman (dated 9th Jan 1948)

3 – Robert Merriman (dated 18th Apr 1950)

1 – Rev Willis Merriman (dated 10th Apr 1872)

2 – Beach House at Pirate’s Beach, Galveston Island, Texas
(designed by Bill Merriman of Bill Baily firm, dated 31st Oct 1979)

3 – James Merriman, Australian Ship Owner. A chromolithographic plate taken from Australian Men of Mark. Published in 1888 by Charles F Maxwell, Victoria Chambers, Elizabeth St, Sydney


Various Prints in and around Glasgow by Peter St Clair Merriman



1 – Silver Fox Lodge, Fairbanks, Alaska. Merriman

2 – Merriman Collage, East Northfield, MA.

3 – John X Merriman, South African Tug, built 1938


Horace Merriman and Lucius Sanderson, 1866 Indenture, Waushara, Wisconsin.



1st World War Medal of William Leslie Merryman (Regiment No. 1596, Cambridge)

Honourable Discharge Certificate, TA-212523 Sgt Frederick Merryman,
Royal Army Service Corps, dated 20th June 1919

To Lt. Merryman USN. in appreciation from his friends of the Brazilian Navy
C. Barroso Philadelphia 1951


– Aunt Bessie Merryman (7 other pictures, dates between 1935 and 1940)
(World’s famous chaperon, & Aunt of Wallis Simpson)

– Jack Merryman, Red Cats baseball player (dated 4 Jun 1968)

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Surname Study Adventures!


Arthur Duncan Merriman

Hello there,

I had been pretty quiet about this, but now the auction has past I can now “spill the beans” …. lol

About 4-5 weeks ago, I saw this Lot 18, Arthur Duncan Merriman which was up for sale 9th May 2018, on one of the auction sites I regularly check Dix Noonan Webb

It initially the Lot only had a picture of the Medals, the documentation picture was added a while later, after I asked what documents where included in the lot.

As the auction day drew closer & closer I pondered in bidding on it & giving it a go, till I couldn’t ponder any more & yesterday morning I gave it a go.

Then today 9th May 2018 was auction day, the auction started at 10am. (Was interesting watching the other lots, each lot was up for maybe only a minute or two.)

Then it was Lot 18, Arthur Duncan Merriman’s turn, it attracted a few bidders & went for £6000 (way out of my price range …. I rather knew I wouldn’t manage to get it, but I just had to try)

Am hoping the currant owner maybe sees this blog & perhaps gets in contact.

Here’s a link to the Merriman Profile Merriman Surname Study

Contact me at

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Surname Study Adventures!

Surname Study Objectives

Hello there,

While the main objective is to research, record and share information on the family histories and historical contexts etc of people with the surname & its variants.

How do you go about doing that? It really needs breaking down into smaller more manageable chunks.

So these are my current Aims/Goals (covering both Surnames (Merriman & Whitnall)

Short term to Medium
– Collect & cross-reference GRO BMD Indexes & Census data (England only to start with).

– Identify and reconstruct family trees, so establishing family groups.

– Collect & cross-reference BMD & Census data in other areas of the UK

– Create a Facebook group for the study (one for each surname)

Medium to Long term
– Collect & preserve documents & any paper material I obtain or is donated to me
(This also includes material in digital/electronic format)

– Compile a catalogue of artifacts & items etc I obtain or are donated to me.

– Consider creating a website (Goon) to share and preserve the research, so providing a central resource to share & exchange info with others interested in the surname

– Publicise the study through my Blog, Social Media, Guild of One-Name Studies & other websites (then over time Family History magazines & journals)

– Respond to enquiries as & when received (keeping a record of enquirers)

As always, the Surname Studies are constant work in progress, but feel free to get in touch & I’ll do my best to help you.

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Surname Study Adventures!


GRO – General Register Office
BMD – Birth, Marriage Death

Surname Study Profiles

Hello there,

Has been awhile I know, have been trying to decide what I what my Surname Studies to be. {Hat tip to Julie of Anglers Rest) One of Julie’s blog posts is called ‘What do you want your One-Name Study to be?’

One of her blog categories I’ve been looking thought is on the topic of One-Name Studies (There’s many other interesting categories on Julie’s blog)

I’ve also been checking out quite a few other Goon Surname Studies to generally see what other Members had for their Surname Profile, as well as any websites linked on the surname Profile. Which gave me some good ideas for Aims, Goals, Objectives (whatever you want to call them)

This was so I could put more content on my own Surname Studies (Merriman & Whitnall) as at the time of writing this blog post the ‘About the study’ section on the surname profiles are looking rather empty & bare. (All the currently visible sections are a bit empty & bare mind you! lol).

But I think I now know what I want to add into the ‘About the study’ section (on both Surname profiles).

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Surname Study Adventures!


Goon – Guild of One Name Studies

Surname Studies

Hello there,

Have been pondering on doing a one name study (ONS) for a while, but wasn’t sure about committing myself  in doing one. Also was difficult trying to decide which surname to do. (see below for the process steps)

But I have finally decided and going with TWO surnames!, one for each side of my family. The two surnames I picked are Whitnall (my mothers side) & Merriman (my dads side)

Have now registered both the surnames with Guild of One-Name Studies & the Surname Society

The process
– Making a surname shortlist
– Seeing where the clusters were (in my personal family tree)
– Sussing out surname stats, for this I looked at the “Surnames of England and Wales” website as well as the “forebears” website

– Sussing out scale of what would be involved (looking at Ancestry, Find my Past, Familysearch etc

– Til finally I go “mad” and just dive in

Oh nearly forgot to mention, I ordered the Guild’s book “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” The art of One Name Studies.

So just waiting till I hear back from the Guild, meanwhile I’m going make a start!

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

Friday Fun – 14 Aug 2015

Hello there,

I don’t really know why, but I just though I’d mess about on google (great fun), & look up a couple of my Great Grand Uncles (brothers of my Dad’s Grandmother) Arthur Merriman & William Rowland Merriman (both dying in the 1st WW)

I discovered that one of the brothers (Arthur Merriman) had a wife & 2 children before he died in 1916 at only 23 year old.

Private Arthur Merriman –

It just blows my mind at the things you can find doing Ancestry/Family History.

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

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