Merrifield Family Page

Anne MERRIFIELD was born in 1662 in St Columb Major Cornwall. She was the daughter of James MERRIFIELD and Mary CODE and was baptised at St Columb Major on 31 March 1662.

Anne married William HORNABROOK in 1689 in St Columb Major, Cornwall and they had five children. (see Hornabrook Family History)

The Parish records show various spellings for the name of MERRIFIELD over the years: Merrifield, Merifield, Merrifeild and Merifeild.

Anne's father, James MERRIFIELD was baptised at St Columb Major on 3 April 1628. He was the son of Richard MERRIFIELD and Agnes (Ann) Mayhow. Richard and Agnes were married at St Columb Major 15 October 1627.  They had three other children: William baptised 14 March 1629, John baptised 1 January 1633 and Mary baptised 23 April 1637, all at St Columb Major and the records state their mother as ANN. Ann died in 1638 and was buried at St Columb Major on 7 December 1638.

There is a record for a Richard MERRIFIELD baptised at St. Columb Major on 7 December 1602 to William MERRIFIELD but there are no further records in St Columb for a marriage of William or other children born to him.

William was baptised in St Columb Major on 15 July 1576, the son of Thomas MERIFEILD. Thomas married PASCAE (Pasthue, Paschase or Pasetiense) SPREY at St Columb Major on 16.11.1573. They had seven children: William (1576), Olyffe (1579 -1583), Zenobia (1582), Olyffe (1585), John (1589) Agnes (1593= 1615) and Elizabeth (1594). Zenobia married Richard HITCHINGE at St Columb on 29 April 1622. John married Dorathe PROUT 26 November 1613 at St Columb Major. Pascae was buried 11 May 1602 she is recorded as a widow at time of death but I can find no burial record for Thomas.

Thomas's father was Edward MERYFEILD who was probably born about 1520 in St Columb Major, Cornwall. The early parish records show three families of Merrifields in St Columb Major during this period, namely Edward, Thomas and Walter so these three are likely to have been brothers.

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