Sunday, April 19, 2015


My subject for week 15 of 2015's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge is my 8x great grandfather
Joseph Herrick. He was a prominent citizen of the Cherry Hill section of Salem, Ma.
which later became Beverly, Ma. Here's a brief biography  from William Richard
Cutter's New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial, Vol2:

Joseph, fifth son of Henry (1) and Edith (Larkin) Herrick, was baptized August 6, 1645, died February 4, 1718, in Beverly. He is described as a man of great firmness and dignity of character and was often given the title of governor, from which it is assumed that he was at some time in command of a military post or district, or possibly of a West India Colony. He was a very active citizen in civil, religious and military affairs, and in addition to the care and management of his large farm was engaged in foreign commerce. He served in the Narragansett fight against the Indians, and in 1692 was corporal of the Beverly company. At this time he was a large landholder, doing an extensive mercantile business, and had been abroad; yet, according to the custom of the times, he bore his share in the military duties of the town. His descendants are numerous, many having occupied distinguished stations in civil or military affairs. He was acting constable of Beverly, and as such concerned in the early proceedings connected with the witchcraft prosecutions. For four years he represented Beverly in the general court. In 1713 the second parish of Beverly was incorporated by the general court. Joseph Herrick, with others, was chosen by the first parish to oppose the organization of the second, but this effort failed. Afterward he was appointed a member of the committee to take preliminary steps for the erection of a house of worship in the second parish.

He married (first) February 7, 1666, Sarah, daughter of Richard Leach, of Salem. She died about 1674. He married (second) about 1677-78, Mary Endicott, of Salem, who died September 14, 1706. He married (third) June 28, 1707, Mary, widow of Captain George March, of Newbury. Children of first marriage: Joseph, born April 2, 1667; Benjamin, January 1, 1670; John, January 25, 1671; Sarah, baptized May 4, 1674. Children of second marriage: Henry, baptized January 26, 1680; Martyn, mentioned below; Benjamin, baptized 1680; Tryphosa, November 16, 1681; Rufus, November 21, 1683; Trvphena, April 9, 1685; Elizabeth, October 16, 1686; Ruth, April 29, 1688; Edith, February 20; 1690.

New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 2 (Google eBook), Lewis historical publishing Company,  New York, New York, 1913 

I'll be discussing some of what is in this in my next post.
To be continued...

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