FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
THOMAS MEYRICK AND
THOMAS MEYRICK was born about 1762 in
Broseley, Shropshire, England to
Thomas Meyrick and, according to family stories, Miss Foley
(daughter of Lord Foley). No christening record is found in
Broseley for Thomas. The only Meyrick christened in Broseley
at that time was James Merrick, son of Thomas and Eleanor
Merrick, christened 19 October 1760 in Broseley. This may be
Thomas married SUSANNAH COLEY or COWLEY 25 December 1788 in Coates, Gloucestershire: "Banns of marriage between Thomas Merrick & Susanna Cowley both of this parish were published in this church September 28 & October 5 & 12 1788 by Mr. William Pitt, curate", and then the marriage, "The said Thomas Merrick, labourer & Susann Cowley, spinster, were married in this church this twenty fifth day of December 1788, by Mr. William Pitt, curate". The record has the mark of Thomas Merrick and the mark of Susanna Cowley, along with the mark of John Hayley, and the signature of Wm. Benson, witnesses.
Researcher Anne Merrick provides additional insight into the location of the marriage, suggesting that Thomas was a canal labourer. Her Gloucestershire researcher supports this view: "I very much support the suggestion that Thomas Merrick was a canal labourer during the early part of his working life. The dates when various canals were built coincide with his geographical movements. Canal labourers, ‘navigators’ or ‘navvies’, were perhaps the most mobile group of people at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th Century, as were the railway labourers 50 years later. It offered better money than working in the fields.My theory is that he was born in Shropshire, quite possibly in Broseley. The Ketley Canal, 10 miles from Broseley, was probably the first to be built in the area, from 1787 to 1788. This could be the first that Thomas worked on. When a canal was about to be built or extended agents would often go to where work on another canal was about to finish and recruit workers. This could explain why he then appears almost 80 miles away in Coates around 1788 where the Thames and Severn Canal was being built. This opened in 1789 although some work continued after the official opening."
"We know that by November 1792 when his eldest son Thomas was baptised he had moved to Neen Sollars. This was where the Kington Canal was being built. It was started in 1791 which coincides exactly with the date when Thomas might have moved there. If I understand correctly, the Kington Canal was part of a larger scheme – the Leominster Canal – which went through Knighton on Teme. This would explain Thomas’s next move to Knighton on Teme. This scheme fizzled out in June 1797; other work was planned but nothing came of it. Presumably, now with a growing family, Thomas decided he needed to settle down and stayed in Knighton on Teme." (Clive Andrews) Anne reports that his son Thomas was also described as a "navigator" in an incomplete baptismal record from Lydia Merrick at Tenbury.
Susannah was born about 1770 in
Gloucestershire, England, the daughter of Robert Cowley and
Mary Brown. Susannah was christened 25 March 1770 in
Thomas died 24 January 1848 in Darnal
Cottage, Tenbury, Worcester,
England, and was buried 28 January in the Knighton churchyard,
Knighton-upon-Teme, Worcester, England. His death certificate
shows his occupation as labourer. He was 86 years old. The cause of death was old age. The source of information was William
Adams (his son-in-law), present at the death.
A diary left by John Meyrick, the son of James Meyrick records,
is my grandfather. He was born at Brosley, Shropshire,
England. Died at Darnell Cottage near Trembery. Buried in
Nighton Church Yard, Nighton Parish, Worcestershire,
England. His wife's name Sushannah Coley. She died at the
same place and was buried by his side."
census Dearnall, Knighton
Thomas was found in the 1841 English census in Dearnall, Knighton, Worcestershire. His daughter, Maria's family lives with him:
age 75, occupation ag. lab, not born in this county
William Adams, age 30, ag. lab.
Maria Adams, age 30
Pemala, age 4
Charles, age 2
Thomas Merrick, age 10
Ann Adams, age 20
Thomas and Susannah had the following
1. Hannah, christened 4 April 1790 in Coates,
Gloucestershire; died in Plymouth, Devon, England. .
2. Thomas, born 18 November 1792 in Neen
Sollors, Shropshire, England; died in Worsell, England.
3. Helen, born about 1793.
4. Mary, born in 1794 in Darnal Cottage; died
September 1826 at the same place.
5. *James, born 15 January 1796 in Darnal
Cottage; married Elizabeth Ann Bumford; died 11 May 1871 in
Mt. Pleasant, San Pete, Utah.
6. Eleanor, christened 21 January 1798.
7. Delia (Delilah), born 16 Feb 1800 in
Knighton, Worcester, England; died in Darnal Cottage; buried
24 November 1801 in Knighton.
8. Ann, born 28 March 1802 in Knighton; died 2
9. Keziah (Kizirey), born about 1803 in Darnal
Cottage; died at the same place.
10. Sarah, born 11 March 1804 in Knighton; died
in November 1823 in London, England.
11. John, born 17 April 1806 in Darnal Cottage;
died at sea.
12. Elizabeth, born at Darnal Cottage;
christened 17 Oct 1808; married Thomas Ayens; died in Clibery,
13. Maria, born 19 February 1811 in Knighton;
married William Adams.
14. Emma, christened 30 May 1814 in Knighton;
buried 3 August 1815 in Knighton.
SOURCES: John Meyrick's diary;
Family Group sheet prepared by Bryant Merrick; IGI; Knighton
parish register, FHL# 992215; death certificate (Thomas);
e-mail from Anne Merrick.
FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
THOMAS MEYRICK AND
Thomas Meyrick was born in about 1740 of Broseley. According to a diary left by John Meyrick, Thomas' great-grandson, he married Miss Foley: "Great-grand Father's name is Thomas Meyrick. His wife's name was Foley. She was a daughter of Lord Foley in England. She died in England. I do not know where he died. That is the great reason the Meyricks cannot get the money that is coming to them, for there was a great sum of money left for three children by the mother, for them when they came of age. It is in the Bank of England. It was put in that Bank for them and Thomas Meyrick (his son) is my grandfather." Whether this story is true or just family legend has not been proven. No marriage record has been found for Thomas Meyrick and Miss Foley.
Thomas had the
born in about 1762 in Broseley; married Susannah Coley; died
24 January 1848 in Darnell Cottage, Tenbury, Worcester; buried
28 January 1848 in Knighton.
Meyrick's diary; IGI; death date by CJF Comyn from
Other Meyricks are found in the Broseley parish register:
In the neighboring parish of Much Wenlock:
No other Merricks are found in the parishes surrounding
Broseley in the right time period. These are the parishes of
Barrow, Buildwas, Coalbrookdale, Madeley and Sutton Maddock.
No record for Thomas Meyrick (1762) has been found in Broseley.
His father Thomas is also not found in the Broseley records.
There is a James Meyrick, son of Thomas and Eleanor, christened
in Broseley, and these may be Thomas' parents. A search of the
surrounding parishes shows only one possibility for Thomas, who
was born about 1740. That is the christening record of Thomas
Merrick, son of John and Joan Merrick, in 1740. This is the most
likely father for Thomas Meyrick (1760).
Thomas Merrick (1740) is the son of John and Joan Merrick.
John, born 1696, is the son of Edward and Elizabeth Merrick.
Edward and Elizabeth seem to be the parents of most of the
Merricks in Much Wenlock - John, Joseph, and George. Edward
(1670) is the son of John and Sarah Merrick.
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