William John Merrick was born 11 February 1871 in Bungaraby, New South Wales, Australia to James Robert Merrick (1842-1926) and Martha Louisa Gibbs (1846-1905) and died 12 August 1938 in Dangar Cottage Hospital, Singleton, New South Wales, Australia of unspecified causes. He married Lilian May Medhurst (1889-1971) 28 November 1908 in Singleton, New South Wales, Australia. Ancestors are from Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland.


Offspring of William John Merrick and Lilian May Medhurst (1889-1971)
Name Birth Death Joined with
William Charles Merrick (1909-1966)
George Cecil Merrick (1911-1993)
Ivy May Merrick (1912-?)
Lila Maud Merrick (1914-1987)
Claude James Merrick (1915-1985)
Linda Pearl Merrick (1918-1986)
Minnie Madge Merrick (1920-?)
Darcy Robert Merrick (1922-1985)
Olive Clara Merrick (1924-1997)
Allen Reginald Merrick (1925-1985)
John Harrison Merrick (1926-?)
Colin Douglas Merrick (1928-?)


Death of Broke Resident

Mr. William Merrick, of Fordwych, Broke, died in the Dangar Cottage Hospital, Singleton, last night.

The late Mr. Merrick, who was 69 years of age, had been ailing for a long time, and his death was not unexpected. He is survived by his widow, and eight sons and five daughters.

The remains were interred in the Church of England Cemetery this afternoon. The Rev. W. J. Rltchards conducted the service

The Maitland Daily Mercury, 13 August 1938, page 7


Some researchers have confused him with his cousin William John Edward Merrick (1871-1902).

Common ancestors of William John Merrick (1871-1938) and Lilian May Medhurst (1889-1971)

  1. Edward Merrick (c1763-1839)
  2. Joseph Merrick (1800-1875)
  3. Mary Elizabeth Russell (1765-1840)

Namesakes of William John Merrick (1871-1938)

 Birth placeDeath placeFatherMotherJoined with
William Merrick (1799-1874)Richmond, New South Wales, AustraliaHassans Walls, New South Wales, AustraliaEdward Merrick (c1763-1839)Mary Elizabeth Russell (1765-1840)Henrietta M Blackman (1807-1851)
William Merrick (1643-1732)Harwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United StatesEastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United StatesWilliam Merrick (1603-1689)Rebecca Tracy (1622-1686)Abigail Hopkins (1644-1691)
William Merrick (1603-1689)St. David's, Pembrokeshire, WalesEastham, Barnstable County, MassachusettsJohn Meyrick (1579-1650)Dorothy Bishop (1570-1650)Rebecca Tracy (1622-1686)
William Henry Merrick (1856-1925)Howes Valley, New South Wales, AustraliaSingleton, New South Wales, AustraliaCaroline Susannah Merrick (1840-1933)Catherine Matilda Manser (1869-1966)
William John Merrick (1871-1938)Bungaraby, New South Wales, AustraliaDangar Cottage Hospital, Singleton, New South Wales, AustraliaJames Robert Merrick (1842-1926)Martha Louisa Gibbs (1846-1905)Lilian May Medhurst (1889-1971)
William John Merrick (1850-1940)Macdonald River, New South Wales, AustraliaAdamstown, New South Wales, AustraliaJoseph Merrick (1800-1875)Maria Jane Wood (1815-1898)Mary Jane Gibbs (1853-1935)
William John Edward Merrick (1871-1902)Wollombi, New South Wales, AustraliaSingleton, New South Wales, AustraliaJoseph Merrick (1845-1922)Matilda Payne (1846-1927)Mary Alice Taggart (1866-1926)

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  • BDM Index ref for death: 15260/1938