Has anyone come across early New Enland records for surname Merriss or Merris?
I am looking for parentage of a William Merriss who lived in Rhode Island and was married there at the Second Congregational Church, Newport 1753.
Rhode Island Vital Records by Janes Newell Arnold only has the marriage, and baptisms for Williams wife and children. He was probably already a member of that church since there is no record of a baptism for him.
This William Merriss moved from Newport to Exeter RI around the time of the Revolutionary War. His occupation may have been a "cooper".