Robert and Lea Merritt’s family

We have already seen A Family Bible belonging to the Merritts in the late 1700s and noted that some of their children were vaccinated against smallpox (They was nockalated).

Robert and Lea had a lot of babies between 1778 and into the 1790s and their births were recorded on the first pages of the bible.

Their first child was John and he arrived on the 5th day of November at 6 o’clock in the morning in the year of 1778.

Their next child was a daughter, Jane, born at 5 o’clock in the morning on 30th December 1780.

The following births were also recorded with names, dates and times.

Robert – 1782, William – 1784, James – 1785, Elizabeth – July, year illegible, Thomas – 1787, Ann – 1788, Sarah – 1790, Elizabeth – 1791, Ann – 1794, William – December, year illegible.

Some of the names are used twice, so we imagine not all the infants survived, but deaths aren’t recorded in this bible.

It is, perhaps, pertinent that one of the church services (printed in our volume before the actual bible commences) is the Churching of Women.

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