From London to Charlestown Mass. in 1638
The 29th the 10th month in the yeare of our Lord 1640.
The last will & Testament of Joseph miriam of Concord.
I Joseph Miriam of Concord being weake hi bodie, but blessed be God of good memory and sense inwardly do comit my soule to God in Jesus Christ & my body to the earth from whence it came.
Item. To wife Sarah all my whole estate towards & for the bring vp of al my children. Power to her to sell my house I now live in, it beinge larger and bigger than she shall stand in need of. The overplus of providing a lease house shal be disposed in some way for the good and benefit of my wife & children. Wife to bring up all the children till they are one & twenty the sonnes: & the daaghters either at that time or at the day of marriage. When my oldest child shall be one & twenty, the estate to be prised & wife Sarah to hare one third. If she marries to have one third.
Wife whole executor & wth her my welbeloved brethren Mr. Thomas ffiint Simon Willard Robert Miriam put in trust.
Testified vpon oath to be the last will of Joseph Miriam 26: 8. 1642, by George ffowle.
Capt cop nobis
die et anno superadicto
The Merriam (Joseph, George and Robert) and Flint families are mentioned in
one of Ralph Waldo Emerson's poems "Hamatreya:"
"Bulkeley, Hunt, Willard, Hosmer, Meriam, Flint,
Possessed the land which rendered to their toil
Hay, corn, roots, hemp, flax, apples, wool and wood.
Where are these men? Asleep beneath their grounds
And strangers, fond as they, their furrows plough.
They added ridge to valley, brook to pond
And sighed for all that bounded their domain.
Each of these landlords walked amidst his farm
Saying 'T' is mine, my children's and my name's"
The poem was cited in a book on Concord by Ruth Wheeler, "Concord, Climate for Freedom."
Peter Bulkeley was the Reverend and one of twelve families to which Concord was granted. There is no record of the other incorporators, but it is concluded that the Merriams and Flints were likely among them.
The following is from "Meriam's Corner" on the internet at www.meriam.org
Meriam's Corner, Minute Man National
For the past few years, members of the Merriam family have
been meeting each spring at Minute Man National Historical Park
in Concord, Massachusetts, to plan a campaign to restore the
historic house at Meriam's Corner This house is one of the oldest
surviving structures built by the family after it immigrated to
America, and dates at least to 1705. In 2005 it will be 300 years old.
On April 18, 1775. Meriam's Corner was the scene of the first heavy
fighting of the Battle of Lexington and Concord In recognition of
its role in American history, the National Park Service purchased
Meriam's Corner to be part of Minute Man National Historic Park
and the western anchor of the Battle Road Trail, a new 5-mile
interpretive hiker biker trail.
The house is structurally sound, but the exterior finish and the
interior are deteriorated and badly in need of repair. The family
hopes to raise $300-500,000 to restore it, and to establish an
endowment for continuous maintenance of the house. We are
officially launching a 5-year fundraising campaign this year, the
225th anniversary of the Battle, and hope to reach our goal by the
300th anniversary of the house in 2005. A fund has been
established with the National Park Foundation, 1101 17th St. NW,
Suite 1102, Washington, D.C. 20036, so that donations can be
tax-deductible. NPF exists primarily to oversee, private donations
for projects in National Pinks and has extensive experience in fund
management. Important!! Make sure you mention "Merriam's
Corner Fund" when you send any donations.
This will be a public-private partnership. Minute Man Park has
successfully competed for $1.6 million, a share of the Exxon Valdez
settlement, to rehabilitate the exterior of Meriam's Corner and other
historic houses in the Park. This work is underway, and will
Every April, the community holds a Meriam's Corner
Observance with marchers in Revolutionary costumes, as part of
Concord's and the Park's observance of the battles and of Patriot's