1) Severn is the name of a river. Many of the Maryland settlers who came from Virginia (as Puritan outcasts) were Welsh. One of the leading families, and a Merry neighbor, was named Lloyd. There are other Maryland place names that trace back to Wales (or its "marches").
2) Very interesting about the Rowles connection to Gloucester. (Are we sure that Abigail and Samuel had no children?) I think I looked for the surname in the Cheshire records, but don't recall whether I found any. I did find many early Gaither / Gather / Gater records in Cheshire, often in the same parish where Merry is most prevalent.
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