Comfort Merriken Life Sketch

(1706 - 1719)

Comfort Merriken was born on March 1, 1706, in Anne Arundel County, British Colonial Maryland. Comfort Merriken never married. Comfort Merriken died before July 16, 1719, in Anne Arundel, British Colonial Maryland.


Comfort Merriken was born on March 1, 1706, in Anne Arundel County, British Colonial Maryland, the 8th child of Joshua Merriken and Grace Bayly.

Comfort grew up on her father’s 400 acre plantation “Scotland”, located in the Broadneck near the Chesapeake Bay and Scotcher’s Creek, today’s Meredith Creek. When Comfort was 7 years old, her father died. Comfort’s father devised her a slave, a boy named “Will”, to be delivered to her at the age of 18.

Shortly after the death of her father, Comfort’s mother died. Comfort and her siblings remained with their brother John who was of the age of majority. John was also the executor of their father’s estate.

When John made the fourth and final account of Joshua Merriken’s estate on July 16, 1719, there was an entry “Funeral charges expended on Comfort Merriken one of the dec’d [deceased’s] children”. Comfort likely died after the third account of the estate on June 8, 1717 and the fourth and final account.

Comfort Merriken died about 12 years of age prior to July 16, 1719, in Anne Arundel County, British Colonial Maryland.

Genealogical Research and Life Sketch Completed: May 2021


Sources:

"Maryland Births and Christenings, 1650-1995", database, FamilySearch, Cumfert Merriken, 1706.

Maryland State Archives. Probate Records. Wills. Liber 14 Folio 35.

Maryland State Archives. Probate Records. Inventories & Accounts. Liber 38A Folio 75.

Maryland State Archives. Probate Records. Accounts. Liber 2 Folio 143.

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