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Henry Herrick[1]

Male 1604 - 1671  (66 years)

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  • Name Henry Herrick  [2
    Born 16 Aug 1604  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Immigrated 1629  Salem, Essex, MA, America Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Died 28 Mar 1671  Salem, Essex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 6
    Person ID I4081  Main
    Last Modified 16 Mar 2017 

    Family Editha Laskin,   b. 1612, Leicester, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 27 Mar 1677, Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 1629-1632  Salem, Essex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
     1. Thomas Herrick,   b. Abt 1634,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Zacharia Herrick,   b. 25 Dec 1636, Salem, Essex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +3. Ephraim Herrick,   b. 11 Feb 1638, Salem, Essex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1693, Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
     4. Henry Herrick,   b. 16 Jan 1639, Salem, Essex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Joseph Herrick,   b. 6 Aug 1645, Salem, Essex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Elizabeth Herrick,   b. 4 Jul 1647, Salem, Essex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. John Herrick,   b. 26 May 1650, Salem, Essex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Benjamin Herrick,   b. 1656,   d. Bef 27 Mar 1677  (Age 21 years)
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F1611  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Aug 1604 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigrated - 1629 - Salem, Essex, MA, America Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1629-1632 - Salem, Essex, MA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Mar 1671 - Salem, Essex, MA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • From "The Great Migration Begins" (May 2004 database)
      ORIGIN: Unknown 

      IMIGRATION: 1630 


      REMOVES: Beverly 

      OCCUPATION: Yeoman. 

      CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: "Henry Herricke" and "Eedith Herrick" were in the list of Salem church members compiled late in 1636.

      FREEMAN: Requested 19 October 1630 and admitted 18 May 1631

      EDUCATION: Made his mark. Inventory included "four Bibles and other books." 

      The will of "Henry Herick of Beverley," dated 24 November 1670 and proved 28 March 1671, made the following provisions: to wife Edith the western half of his dwelling; to son Thomas, wearing apparel, 20 and the land where his house stands; if son John live and die single, the land given him to go to testator's sons Ephraim, Joseph and Benjamin; to son Zachary one hundred acres in Birch Plain bought of Francis and Henry Skerry of Salem, sixteen acres where Zachery's house stands; to sons Ephraim, Joseph, and John, the farm bought to Mr. Alford; to --- the two lots bought of Henry Rennolds of Salem and Richard Kimball of Wenham, also two acres in Bunkard's meadow; to sons Ephraim and Joseph, domestic animals; to son Benjamin the pasture on the southeast side of the highway at age 21; to daughter Elizabeth 40; to son Henry at wife's death all the estate bequeathed her; Henry executor; Mr. John Hale and Capt. Thomas Lathrop, overseers.

      The inventory of the estate of "Henry Herick of Beverly" was appraised 15 March 1670/1 by John Rayment, Sr., and Isaac Hall, Sr. and totalled 974 17s., including 804 10s. in real estate: "his dwelling house with orchard & 70 acres of land," 180; "the English pasture with the marsh and orchard in it," 80; "the farm bought of Mr. Allford containing 200 acres," 300; "the farm bought of Henry and Frauncis Skerry, 106 acres," 160; "the 16 acres of land which is built upon by Zakery Herrick," 32; "the 15 acres of land bought of Henry Reinald & Rich[ard] Kemball," 22 10s.; and "6 acres of meadow in the bounds of Topsfield," 30 A musket, a sword and a rapier" were part of his estate.

      BIRTH: By about 1598 based on release from training.

      DEATH: Beverly between 24 November 1670 (date of will) and 15 March 1670/1 (date of inventory).

      MARRIAGE: By about 1634 Edith Laskin, born about 1612 (deposed November Term, 1672, aged "about sixty years", daughter of Hugh Laskin. She died after 27 March 1677

      COMMENTS: In 1937 Meredith Colket examined earlier claims that Henry Herrick of Salem was son of Sir William Herrick of Beau Manor, Leicestershire. Colket brushed aside four of the arguments in favor of this ancestry as "not merit[ing] the consideration of serious students of genealogy," and then proceeded to examine more closely a letter of 28 June 1653 sent from Henry Herrick to his brother in Leicestershire, demon~strating convincingly that this Henry Herrick must have been the settler of that name in Virginia, and was distinct from the New England settler.

      In 1993 Philip Howard Gray attempted to resurrect this identification, on the basis of the 1653 letter [Penobscot Pioneers (Volume Three): Billings, Gray, Herrick (Camden, Maine, 1993), pp. 93-98]. His arguments are tortured and ad hominem , and do not overturn the conclusions of Colket. In particular, the 1653 letter includes the lament that "We have not a Preacher in near twenty miles of us." Colket correctly noted that Henry Herrick of Salem and Beverly was only two or three miles from the ministers of Salem and Wenham. Gray engages in a long discussion of the necessity of walking up Bass River to a fording place and back down the other side to Salem when the weather was too bad for the ferry to run. Such a circumstance would not have produced the line in the letter of 1653. More significantly, the social status of the New England Henry Herrick is much below that of the claimed Henry Herrick of Leicestershire.

      Most secondary sources assert that Henry Herrick arrived in New England by 1629, and had married Edith Laskin by that date. This derives from the mistaken interpretation of the first list of Salem church members, which supposes that they were all founding members of the church in August 1629, when this list actually includes only those persons (and not even all of those) who had been at any time between 1629 and 1636 admitted to Salem church and were in December 1636 still alive and residing in Salem.

      The second wife of Joseph Herrick has been identified as Mary Endicott, but this seems to be the result of editorial confusion in the publication of the Beverly church records. On 18 July 1686 "Joseph Hirreck Sr." and "Mary his wife" were admitted to full communion in the Beverly church, and on 19 June 1687 "Mary wife of Joseph Hirreck Jr." was similarly admitted.

      On 15 February 1678/80 three children of Joseph and Mary Herrick Jr. were baptized, and the editor gave the maiden name of Mary as Endicott; on 4 December 1681 Triphosa, daughter of Joseph and Mary Herrick, was baptized, and on this occasion the editor gave Mary's maiden surname as Dodge. All these baptisms would seem to be attributable to one couple, despite the editorial interpolations.

      With "brother" Neale, Henry Herrick was appointed on 30 September 1644 to see that Mr. Norris (elder of the church) received sufficient wood. With Edmond Grover, he witnessed the will of John Friend, April 1656. With John Rayment, he took the inventory of the estate of Annis Balch on 25 November 1657.
      On 29 January 1658/9 Henry Herrick was appointed to help Roger Conant and William Dodge settle Joseph Harding's bounds. At November Term 1661 he certified that he had helped to measure the highway at the clay pit by Roger Haskell's hill. When Edmund Grover's corn was trampled by Osmond Trask's cows, Henry Herrick deposed at November Term 1664 that Trask had taken the cows by force as Grover drove them to the pound.

      Henry Herrick agreed to keep Richard Lambert's daughter from 1 January 1657[/8] to April 1658 and was paid small sums to provide her with clothes and sundries. Margaret White was evidently the servant of Henry Herrick in November 1651 when he was told to pay her charges. On 30 September 1662 Henry Herrick sued Frances Master "a Frenchman" for withholding a cow ; prior to 30 November 1665 Herrick had an agreement with "Frances Masters, Frenchman," that his son, John Masters, was to live with Herrick for eleven and a half years.

      BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: Mary Walton Ferris wrote about Henry Herrick in her examination of the ancestry of Mary Beman Gates. [8, 9, 10, 11]

    • Among those who arrived with the Higginson & Skelton fleet to Salem, 1629:
      Archer, Beard, Brand, Brown, Brude, Claydon, Craddock, Dixy, Dodge, Edes, Edmonds, Ewstead, Farr, Graves, Hanscombe, Haughton, Haward, Herrick, Higginson, Holgrave, Ingersoll, Malbon, Massie, Miller, Moulton, Rickman, Ryall, Sharpe, Sibly, Skelton, Sprague, Stileman, Stowers, Tillie, Waterman, Webb, Wilson

  • Sources 
    1. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (

    2. [S943] Robert Ryan, (,

    3. [S944] James R. Calrson,

    4. [S951] Winthrop Society,

    5. [S667] The New England Historical & Genealogical Register, October 1929 -

    6. [S945] A Genealogical Register of the Name and Family of Herrick, Jedediah Herrick, (1885), p. 18.

    7. [S943] Robert Ryan, (,

    8. [S946] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Robert Charles Anderson, (New England Historic Genealogical Society),

    9. [S949] The Records of the First Church in Salem, Massachusetts, 1629-1736, Richard D. Pierce, ed., (Salem, 1974),

    10. [S950] Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Massachusetts, 1636-1686, (9 volumes (Salem 1911-1975)),

    11. [S952] Herrick Family Association, (,