Main content

Merrick company records


Held at: Newtown Historic Association [Contact Us]Centre Avenue and Court Street, Newtown, Pennsylvania

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Newtown Historic Association. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

W. Aubrey Merrick (1885-1962), son of John S. Merrick (1831-1907) and Sarah E. Watson (b. 1842), was a realtor in Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. John S. Merrick and his brother were surveyors and conveyancers who established a company in Newtown. Pioneers in introducing stock company fire insurance in Bucks County, their company also served as agent for the Great American Insurance Company beginning around 1884. The successor to that agency was established by John's son, W. Aubrey Merrick, Real Estate and Insurance, in 1908. W. Aubrey continued the relationship with Great American after he took over the Merrick company, and also offered full real estate service and dealt in all forms of insurance with the exception of life underwriting. Under his direction the company grew markedly.

Very active in public affairs, W. Aubrey Merrick held two public offices in Newtown, treasurer and engineer, for over 25 years. He was also a member of several fraternal organizations, including the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Free and Accepted Masons.


"Great American Honors Veteran Newtown Agent." Clipping found in collection.

"Treasurer and Engineer's Post Under Merrick, Realtor, at Newtown." Bucks County Times. October 6, 1938. Clipping found in the Newtown Historic Association vertical files.

The collection largely consists of bound volumes of the following: indexed Property Surveys, 1831-1907; Insurance Records, 1897-1922; an Insurance Ledger, 1909-1915; a Real Estate Register for the Borough of Newtown, 1936; 2 albums, John A. Merrick estate; and Survey Maps, Newtown Real Estate, 1868-1888. There are also two dozen surveying notebooks, circa 1870-1920, and an indexed volume of the German American Insurance Company of New York, 1901-1909.

The collection also includes Merrick family genealogy volumes and papers.

An item-level inventory for this collection is available in a database on-site.

Gift of the John Merrick Estate (accessions 1500.0065.0695; 1500.0065.0687; 1996.0012)

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

Detailed, computerized inventories of all of the items in this collection are available on site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Newtown Historic Association directly for more information.

Newtown Historic Association
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Faith Charlton through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Access Restrictions

Contact Newtown Historic Association for information about accessing this collection.

Collection Inventory

Print, Suggest