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Henry MERRIDEW

Male 1800 - 1849  (48 years)


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  • Name Henry MERRIDEW 
    Born 5 Dec 1800  Coventry, WAR Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 Aug 1849  Boulogne-sur-mer,France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I298  Merredew
    Last Modified 16 Sep 2015 

    Father Nathaniel MERRIDEW,   b. C1763, of Coventry, WAR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1836, Foleshill, Coventry, WAR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth HOWELL,   b. C1765, Warwickshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 1848, Coventry, WAR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Married 2 Sep 1788  St Michael, Coventry, WAR Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F187  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary FARRINGTON,   b. C1804,   d. 30 Sep 1833, Coventry, WAR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 29 years) 
    Married 6 Apr 1824  Holy Trinity, Coventry,WAR Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Last Modified 16 Sep 2015 
    Family ID F185  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth FARRINGTON,   b. C1808,   d. 9 Feb 1858, Boulogne-sur-mer,France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years) 
    Married 12 Aug 1835  St Cuthberts, Edinburgh, SCT Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Children 
     1. Henry Melville MERRIDEW,   b. 28 Aug 1836, Coventry, WAR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1879, Boulogne-sur-mer,France. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)
     2. Mary Elizabeth MERRIDEW,   b. 1839, Coventry, WAR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1923, Boulogne-sur-mer, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     3. Louisa Ann MERRIDEW,   b. 1841, Coventry, WAR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jul 1842, Coventry, WAR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     4. George MERRIDEW,   b. 1841, Coventry, WAR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1844, Coventry, WAR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
     5. Amelia MERRIDEW,   b. 23 Jul 1844, Boulogne-sur-mer,France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1874, Boulogne-sur-mer,France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)
    Last Modified 16 Sep 2015 
    Family ID F186  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Henry Merridew Freeman of Coventry 02.jpg
    Henry Merridew Freeman of Coventry 02.jpg

  • Notes 
    • Moved to France c1840 started an English bookshop. On marriage to Mary in 1824 witness's Eliz. Ryley, Philip F. Timms, P. Farrington, W. Merridew and John Merridew. On the death of Mary he married her sister Elizabeth in Edinburgh in 1835.
      Card index in SOG of a tombstone in Boulogne 'In Memory of Henry Merridew died 20 Jul 1849 age 49'.
      Coventry R.O. Persons Index - Proprieter of the 'Coventry Herald' from 1830-42 and of its successor the liberal 'Coventry Herald and Observer'. Merridew married Philip Farrington's (ribbon maufacturer) daughters May and Elizabeth
      (the later in 1835 at Edinburgh see 101/7/122) see 346/66/69; and was himself shown as a ribbon maufacturer in his 1839 draft will (1001/7/124) but was declared bankrupt by Fiat on 2 June 1843 after having used Farrington's dyehouse on the northern side of Smithford St. as a printing press (see346/72).
      In 1838 Merridew was named executor of Harry Chelham (see 101/7/77). With his father Nathaniel (q.v.), Henry Merridew in 1823 received Richard Stanton as an apprentice from Baker, Betty & Crow's School (see 26/8 fol. 56).
      William Cobbett commenced a libel suit against Merridew in 1833 (see 14/5/52; 6/129) see 14/6/130;8/8. Accession 269 is Merridew's letter (1835) to the mayor seeking protection of his premises. The inn keeper Charles Price bought Merridew's Smithford St. premises but leased them in 1847 for use as a Post Office (see BA/A/D/97/1) Merridew was a bankruptcy - assignee of W.H. Pears (q.v.) 1837-38 see BA/D/A/47/46 XLVI, XLIX. A founder trustee of the Mechanics
      Institute 1837 see 436/8/1. On city council 1836-39.
      Died of cholera in Boulogne in 1849.
      Published Views of Stratford on Avon (Birmingham City Archives; Catherine Hutton ref. MS168/109-113)

      Superintendent Registrar Coventry 1837 [London Gazette]

      Title: Draft Will
      Reference: PA/101/7/124
      Description: Of Henry Merridew (of Coventry, printer and ribbon-manufacturer): he intends that his wife Elizabeth [II] continue his trade in the same premises until his eldest son reaches 21; if the son dies or declines to maintain the business, it should descend to the first adult son willing to assume it; Elizabeth [II] is entitled to half the profits for herself and the rest for bringing up the children; whichever son shall be the first to give notice (within six calendar months of his majority) to the trustees of his intention to carry on either of the testator's trades may have a moiety of its goods (appraised by two people, one each chosen by the son and trustees, with arbitration if necessary); such a son will give the trustees a bond payable within six months with £4% p.a. interest, exonerating him from so much of the bond's principal as may be covered by his legacy; when a son is in trade, it will be prosecuted by him and Elizabeth [II] until the testator's youngest child shall have attained 21 years; half of such a son's share of the trade will be for his own use, but the rest must be paid to his mother to support infant children, and the son will pay his share of the premises' rent to his mother; if the wife and/or children refuse to foster trade, the trustees will do so and may at their discretion sell the effects; when the youngest child has achieved its majority, the younger sons will have the option of taking the moiety forming a declining eldest son's share [the other moiety being Elizabeth [II]'s] upon notifying the trustees within six calendar months, but the trustees will still have power of sale until that youngest child's majority; when the youngest child reaches 21, the eldest son will have the option of taking the moiety which Elizabeth [II] should be carrying on from the testator's death in the event of the eldest son's declining to take it when he himself becomes of age: the testator bequeaths his residuary personalty to his trustees so that they might call in his money, sell it, and pay half the proceeds to his wife and place the rest in public stocks for the children equally (any issue of a child dying under age will share that child's portion) with the right of survivorship and remainder equally to Elizabeth [II]'s half-sister C.A. [II] Farrington and the testator's sister Rebecca's children: half the realty will go to Elizabeth [II] and the other half to the children (and their issue) with remainder to the testator's wife for life and then equally to be divided between C.A. [II] Farrington and Rebecca Howell's offspring; the trustees may (with the wife's consent) sell any of the real estate and void trusts, but must substitute other real estate for any sold (so that they might discretionarily continue the trusts); if the substituted real estate be sold, the resultant money should be treated as would have been that accruing from the original realty's sale; money not used for maintaining the children will be added to their shares, and any part of a child's capital may be devoted to apprenticing him: the testator names Benjamin Hudson (of Birmingham, Warws., bookseller), Thomas Dewes (of Coventry, attorney) and Henry Yates (of Birmingham, ironmaster and ironfounder) his trustees, and names them executors with his wife (notwithstanding which, T. Dewes will make the usual charges for acting as the testator's solicitor).
      Date: 3rd June, 1839
      Held by: Coventry History Centre, not available at The National Archives

      Language: English
      Context of this record
      • 144 - Coventry History Centre
      • PA/101 - Miscellaneous documents relating principally to the Coventry area
      • PA/101/1-126 - Private
      • PA/101/4-12 - Large clients'-bundles.
      • PA/101/7 - Bunney.
      • PA/101/7/121-136 - Subseries 6: Merridew.
      • PA/101/7/124 - Draft Will
      From TNA web site Henry Merridew 0320MER058

  • Sources 
    1. [S312] Newspapers, Newspaper, (Coventry Record Office).
      Deaths:- 20 Aug 1849 'On 20th inst at Boulogne after a few hours illness of Cholera Mr Henry Merridew formerly of this city'

    2. [S334] IGI WAR, IGI 1988.

    3. [S558] Rachel Littlechild,, Rachel Littlechild.

    4. [S46] IGI - Family Search Internet, IGI - Family Search Internet.

    5. [S2498] WAR, Warwickshire, (Coventry RO).
      Declaration of Marriage PA/101/7/122 12th Aug, 1835


      These documents are held at Coventry Archives

      Contents:
      Between Henry Merridew (printer of Coventry, Warws. [sic]) and Elizabeth Farrington (spinster-daughter of the late Philip [I] Farrington of Coventry, ribbon-manufacturer) solemnized at West Kirk, Edinburgh.