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Looking for 17th Century Merrills of Linconshire

I am the eldest surviving descendant in the Skegness-Winthorpe area of Sainte Thomas Merrill (1786-1853), who was born, died and burried in Winthorpe (St. Mary's) along with his father Thomas Merrill (1751-1827), Thomas father was William Merrill (ca. 1719-1786) and he may have been the son of another William Merrill, but there is no proof of this. Sainte Thomas was the grandfather of Elizabeth Winifred Merrill (1856-1923), daughter of William Merrill (1821-1928). She was the wife (and mother of his children), of my great grandfather Thomas Barker (1852-1924). The Merrills have numerous collateral branches in Alberta, Canada; Utah, USA and Australia as well as remaining branches in England. My interests are mainly in trying to extend my ancestry past the 18th. century into the 17th., 16th., 15th., ceturies and beyond if possible.
I am also interested in other areas of my family tree, including: the Gage family who originated in Norfolk and moved to Hull, East Yorks., the Ingham family who flourished in North West Lincolnshire around the area of West Rasen and Middle Rasen, The Barker family from Toynton, Burgh and Winthorpe, the Showler family from Burgh, the Bonnetts and Johnsons in and around Eastville.
In relation to the Merrills, I am also interested in the Booths and Fosters who married into the family and gave their names to many of the Merrill members.
John Gage.