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Edward Merriman is the father of Felicity Merriman. She calls him "Father."

Personality and Facts

Edward Merriman is a kind father to Felicity, understanding her high spirited nature and affection for horses and outdoor activities where her mother does not. He treats his daughter like a fine lady when she comes to the store, much to her delight. He is a well respected citizen of the town, even when he sides with the Patriots and refuses to sell tea before it is popular to do so. He is firm with Ben, but kind.

He runs a popular general store in town, Merriman's Store, with help from Marcus and Benjamin Davidson.

In the Books

Meet Felicity: An American Girl

Father discusses Jiggy Nye with Mrs. Fitchett.

Mr. Merriman is in his store when Felicity arrives; he treats her well and even teases her about her hat that she's wearing to keep her nose from turning red. When she asks for ginger, he gives her some rock candy as well to suck on as she waits. He hands her the ginger and tells her not to lose it like she did the sugar that she fed to a horse. When Felicity asks if she can help at the store, he points out that Ben is there to help and sends Felicity home. As Felicty tries to leave Mrs. Fitchett walks in and they have a conversation about Lissie, then a new horse Jiggy Nye has gotten. He tells Mrs. Fitchett that he doesn't accept promises of payment from Jiggy, as he drinks away his money. When Felicity worries about the horse, he assures her that Jiggy would not mistreat a good horse. When Ben comes home after trying to take the bit to Jiggy Nye and explains what happened and what he knows, Father thinks it a pity that Nye has the horse and that it won't end well.

Father tries to apologize to Jiggy Nye regarding Felicity and Penny.

Father is next seen when Felicity, after about a month of taming Penny, rides her into the yard. He comes out the house wiping his face with a breakfast napkin after Nan hollers for her parents. He stops still after seeing Felicity on the horse. He asks her if that's the horse from the tannery, what she is doing with it, and why she's brought it to the house. After Felicity's explanation, he says that Penny is beautiful and mild as a lamb but that she's not Felicity's to ride and she was wrong to take her, saying she must take her back to Jiggy Nye and apologize. He tells Felicity that she didn't understand Jiggy Nye's statement about whomever could ride her could have her and insists she return Penny, even when Ben explains that Jiggy Nye is beating her. When Jiggy Nye storms in demanding Penny back, Mr. Merriman tries to explain that Felicity didn't mean to steal the horse and apologizes on her behalf as it was a child's mistake. He chastises Mr. Nye for the way he treats Penny and offers to buy the horse, but Jiggy Nye refuses and demands he take Felicity off her. Despite Felicity's protests, he pulls her off Penny and tells Mr. Nye to not talk to Felicity the way he does and to leave.

He goes to find Felicity in the barn stroking Old Bess and hugs her, asking her if she's done crying. When Felicity says her work was a waste he says she tamed and rode the horse like a queen. Felicity continues that she was wrong to try and take Penny for her own, and Father tells her that it was not wrong to try and earn something she loves, only wrong to not try. Felicity worked hard for a hope and he can only be proud of her for that. He tells her to come into the house when she is ready to and leaves her at the stables.

Felicity Learns a Lesson: A School Story

Felicity's Surprise: A Christmas Story

When Felicity asks if it is wrong of her to go to the Governor's Palace, Father explains that it is wrong of adult arguments to affect the happiness of children. He thinks the Dunmores' invitation is a kind gesture, as the governor and his wife also have children of their own and would want them to be happy, especially at Christmas. Father gives permission for Felicity to attend the dancing lesson at the Palace, saying if children of Patriots and Loyalists can dance together, then adults can settle their differences without arguing and fighting one another.

Father, Felicity, and Rose take turns caring for Mother when she falls ill. His New Year's Day gift to Felicity is the fashion doll she had seen in the milliner's shop.

Happy Birthday, Felicity!: A Springtime Story

Felicity Saves The Day: A Summer Story

Father is initially not seen with his immediate family at King's Creek Plantation. He posts a notice and reward in the Virginia Gazette about Ben's disappearance.

Changes for Felicity: A Winter Story

Father goes off to get supplies for the Patriot army, and Felicity says for him to bring Penny along.

Peril at King's Creek

Edward isn't at King's Creek with Felicity's family due to business at his store. He plans on coming a few weeks later, but Ben comes in his place to say that there's too much work at the store. Edward does come out to capture the British spy when Felicity writes to him for help. At the end, when the spy is captured, he goes to King's Creek with Felicity.

Traitor in Williamsburg

When Felicity and Elizabeth's friend Fiona's father, Fergus McLeod, is accused of giving supplies to the British, Father agrees to testify on his behalf. Although this puts a target on his own back, he has no hesitation about supporting his friend. He talks with Mother about this and she expresses some concerns that this will put Father and his store under fire as well. However, they agree that it is best to lose a few customers in support of a good friend. When a mob comes to attack Mr. McLeod, Father steps in to talk sense into the crowd. Felicity is worried and eventually goes out with Ben to see if he is safe. Father was able to prevent Mr. McLeod from being tarred and feathered, but this also leads to accusations of treachery against him. When he returns home, Mother had fallen asleep waiting for him in a chair and gets emotional upon seeing him. Felicity hugs him, and he explains what happened in the crowd.

The day after the mob, Father places an ad to be put in the Gazette in support of Mr. McLeod the following week. However, the McLeods choose to flee Williamsburg instead, and Father worries the committee will rule against them because it will look as if they are guilty. This does happen, and on the day of the public auction of the McLeod house and store, Father and Felicity attend. John Sutherland has a note of superiority when he approaches Father, but Father is friendly in his response. He comments that he has known John since their youth when they attended the College of William and Mary together. With a twinkle in his eye, Father observes he has a way of always getting what he wants, with the exception of marrying Mother.

Mr. Whythe approaches Father with a broadside accusing him of being a traitor, and they talk about it for a moment before Father reminds Felicity she has lessons. She knows he wants to discuss the matter privately, so she leaves. That night, Felicity goes downstairs to retriever her father's copy of Pilgrim's Progress when she overhears her parents discussing Mrs. Ramsey. Father says Mr. Ramsey came into the store the day prior to ask for cash he was owed so he could put it toward purchasing the McLeod house. Mother worries about their own finances, and Father insists he'll find a way to pay him, as Mr. Ramsey wouldn't ask if he didn't desperately need the money. Mother also mentions women at the market who said they wouldn't shop at the Merriman store after seeing the broadsides. Father reassures her that most of his customers trust him as a loyal Patriot, but he does worry that his mail has been tampered with. He has to go on business trip to Portsmouth for several days, and he tells Mother he will have Ben sleep in the house for safety while he's gone. She quietly asks if he truly must go with all this happening, and he sharply tells her the business is pressing. Felicity is alarmed because her father is not usually short-tempered and her mother does not generally question his decisions.

When Father returns from his trip four days later, Felicity sees him as she approaches the Merriman store before realizing he is being arrested and taken away. Ben later delivers food and fresh clothes to him at the jail on Mrs. Merriman's instructions. Felicity accompanies him the day after but can't bring herself to see her father.

Felicity and Elizabeth find a letter of Father's that reveals he went to Portsmouth on business to help a Patriot farmer who pretends to be Loyalist. Father couldn't use this as an alibi for his business trip when he was accused of selling to Lord Dunmore's troops in Portsmouth, because he needed to protect the spy. After gathering evidence that Richard Capps was behind the accusations and was selling to Lord Dunmore, Felicity, Ben, and Walter go to his trial at the Capitol. Father is shocked to see them and is looking disheveled but stands proudly. He puts his hand on Felicity's shoulder when she testifies, and he cries and pulls her into a hug when he is pronounced innocent.

That night at dinner, Father's eyes twinkle and he smiles as he and Mother give Felicity the copy of Gulliver's Travels that she loved at Widow Reed's print shop. It's a few days from her birthday, but she gets it early after everything she did for Father. Mother also comments that it honors the "fine young gentlewoman" Felicity is becoming. He puts it in front of her and waits for her reaction, but Felicity simply blinks in disbelief. His face clouds over and he asks if she's happy. Felicity she clarifies that she is, but she had thought the book had already been sold. She hugs the book and thanks her parents. Father quietly says that he and Mother are the ones who are truly thankful for the gift they received eleven years ago when Felicity was born. He also says she continues to give them a gift just by being herself. The book ends with Father returning to usual conversation with Ben about the store.

Lady Margaret's Ghost

Following Mother's departure, Father receives a package and a letter from Massachusetts. The letter states a cousin has died and the package contains heirlooms that have been passed down in the Merriman family for over a hundred years. Father tells Felicity the story behind the Merriman heirlooms.

Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey with Felicity

Felicity: An American Girl Adventure

Edward is played by John Schneider.

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