Merriken, Joseph a Methodist Episcopal minister, was born at Annapolis, Md., Nov. 25,1811; entered the Baltimore Conference in 1831; in 1835-8 was stationed in Baltimore; in 1838-9, in Lewiston, Pa.; in 1840-1, in Hagerstown, Md.; in 1842-3, in Annapolis; in 1844-5, in Baltimore; and in 1847 in Alexandria; where he died, in February (?), 1848. He was a man of great energy and labor, and one of the best preachers of his time, not in great talents, but in sound judgment, clear and earnest study, and great faith. He was especially noted for excellence and faithfulness as a pastor. See Minutes of Conferences, 4:197.