||25 Jan 1737/8
||Thorney, Cambridgeshire 
- The Merillions were Huguenots: French Protestants who followed the beliefs of Calvin. By 1561 there were 2,000 Calvinist churches in France and the Huguenots had become a political faction. Persecution followed and large numbers fled to England as refugees in Tudor times. Those who remained fought as many as eight civil wars against the Catholic establishment. Their numbers grew until they were again persecuted. In 1685 many thousands of Huguenots fled to England and other parts of the world, some settling as far away as North America and South Africa. Many Huguenots settled in the Lincolnshire area in the late 1600s when they were hired to drain the Fens. (They had previously been in Amsterdam doing the same thing.) Because their faith was not recognized by the Church of England, they had their own church ceremonies. Probably Zachariah's wife was Anglican, which would have allowed for the baptism of their children in St James C of E in Deeping.
||Yes, date unknown
||Turner Collins Genealogy
||1 Jun 2010 |
||Mary, d. Yes, date unknown |
| ||1. Amy Merillion, b. 20 Jan 1771, Deeping St James, Lincolnshire , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||2. Martha Merillion, b. 2 May 1773, Deeping St James, Lincolnshire , d. 14 Nov 1773, Deeping St James, Lincolnshire |
| ||3. Martha Merillion, b. 4 Dec 1774, Deeping St James, Lincolnshire , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||4. Mary Merillion, b. 15 Feb 1777, Deeping St James, Lincolnshire |
| ||5. Maria Merillion, b. 18 Apr 1779, Deeping St James, Lincolnshire , d. Yes, date unknown|
- [S250] PR Thorney Parish Registers CD-ROM, Thorney_Baptisms_1734-1779.pdf ; 5.
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