Person:Henry Herrick (1)

Henry Herrick
b.Est 1598
d.Bet 24 Nov 1670 and 15 Mar 1670/71 Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
  • HHenry HerrickEst 1598 - Bet 1670 & 1670/71
  • WEditha LaskinEst 1612 - Aft 1677
m. Est 1636
  1. Thomas HerrickEst 1634 -
  2. Zachariah Herrick1636 - 1695
  3. Ephraim Herrick1637/38 - 1693
  4. Henry Herrick1639/40 - 1702
  5. Joseph Herrick1645 - 1717/18
  6. Elizabeth Herrick1647 - 1727
  7. John Herrick1650 - 1679/80
  8. Benjamin HerrickBef 1656 - Bef 1677
Facts and Events
Name[1] Henry Herrick
Alt Name[2] _____ Hericke
Alt Name[2] Henerie Hireck
Alt Name[7] Henry Herrick
Gender Male
Birth[7] Est 1598
Immigration[3][7] 1630 Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Other[7] 18 May 1631 Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United StatesFreeman
Religion[7] Bef 1636 Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Marriage Est 1636 to Editha Laskin
Other[11] Bef 28 Jun 1653 Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United StatesFrom Virginia to Salem, Massachusetts Moved
Other[4][10][11] 28 Jun 1653 Letter to his brother Mr. John Heyricke Misc
Will[7] 24 Nov 1670 Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Death[7][8] Bet 24 Nov 1670 and 15 Mar 1670/71 Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Probate[7] 15 Mar 1670/71 Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, United StatesProbate
Other[1][9] Alford, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United StatesLand

Before 1653 Henry Herrick of Virginia & the connection to Sir William Herrick & Lady Joan May is questionable. See Talk Page for more information.

" Henry Herrick settled on " Cape-Ann-Syde" of Bass River, (now Beverly), on which his farm was bounded. He purchased several farms at Birch Plains and Cherry Hill, on which he settled his sons Zacharie, Ephraim, Joseph, and John. Joseph resided on Cherry Hill, where he acquired a good estate; Zacharie, Ephraim and John, at Birch Plains; Henry inherited the Homesteading, at lower Beverly, a pleasant and valuable farm, and a part of which is now [1846] the property of Mrs. Anna Meacom, a widow lady, aged 93, and a lineal descendant of the fifth remove from Henry, Jr. With the exception of this small farm, all the real estate possessed by Henry Herrick, Senior, and his sons, has long since passed out of our name and kindred. And here it may be remarked that, with the exception of the posterity of Zacharie, and some minor shoots from other branches, all of which have been declining for the last hundred years, the posterity of Henry of Salem have disappeared from the land of their fathers, and have become widely dispersed over the eastern, northern, and western States of the Union, while they are scarcely known or remembered in the neighborhood of their ancient plantations.

" Henry Herrick was a husbandman, in easy circumstances, but undistinguished by wealth, or by civil rank or influence in the colony. He was a very good and honest dissenter from the established church, and the friend of Higginson, who had been a dissenting Minister in Leicester. Mr. Herrick and his wife Editha, were among the thirty who founded the first church in Salem, in 1629; and on the organization of a new parish, on 'Ryal-Syde' 1667, they, with their sons and their sons' wives, were among the founders of the first church in Beverly, also. But there are reasons to suspect that neither Henry, nor his sons were, at all times, and in all things, quite as submissive to the spiritual powers of their day, as they should have been. On the Court records of Essex County is an entry like this: 'Henerie Hericke, and Edith his wife, are fined 10S. and 11S. for costs of Coort, for aiding and comforting an excommunicated person, contrary to order.'

"The sons of Henry Herrick were all farmers, and with the exception, perhaps, of Joseph, were exclusively farmers.

" He married Editha, daughter of Mr. Hugh Laskin of Salem, (who was horn 1614, and living in 1674), and settled at `Cape-Ann-Syde, over against Massies.' Ile died 1671.

" Out of a very numerous family (our traditions say twelve sons and several daughters), seven sons and a daughter, whose names are given below, survived their father and are named in his Will." * * * Of these, Thomas and Benjamin, the oldest and youngest of the sons, died childless. The other five sons and one daughter left issue, and are regarded as the Patriarchs of their respective branches of the posterity of Henry and Editha Herrick."S3

Herrick's son was involved in the Salem witch trials: "Their fifth son, Joseph, baptized Aug. 6, 1645, owned and occupied Cherry Hill in 1692. He married Sarah, daughter of Richard Leach, Feb. 7, 1667. He was a man of great firmness and dignity of character, and, in addition to the care and management of his large farm, was engaged in foreign commerce. As he bore the title of Governor, he had probably been at some time in command of a military post or district, or perhaps of a West-India colony. His descendants are numerous, and have occupied distinguished stations, often exhibiting a transmitted military stamp. Joseph Herrick was in the Narragansett fight. It illustrates the state of things at that time, that this eminent citizen, a large landholder, engaged in prosperous mercantile affairs, and who had been abroad, was, in 1692, when forty years of age, a corporal in the village company. He was the acting constable of the place, and, as such, concerned in the early proceedings connected with the withcraft prosecutions. For a while he was under the influence of the delusion; but his strong and enlightened mind soon led him out of it. He was one of the petitioners in behalf of an accused person, when intercession, by any for any, was highly dangerous; and he was a leader in the party that rose against the fanaticism, and vindicated the characters of its victims. He inherited a repugnance to oppression, and sympathy for the persecuted. His father and mother appear, by a record of Court, to have been fined "for aiding and comforting an excommunicated person, contrary to order." (Salem Witchcraft, p. 153-54)


The following is a copy of the Will of Henry Herrick, which was copied verbatim et literatim, from the records in the office of the Clerk of the Courts in Essex county, Mass., by Nathaniel J. Herrick, Esq.

I, HENRY HERICK of the town of Beverley in the county of Essex in New England being in a decaying estate of body but in perfect mynd and memorye through the Lords mercy do here-by make my last will and testament whereby I commiting my body to the earth, and my Soule to the mercy of god in christ Jesus. I dispose of my estate in order following.

Imps. I give unto my Deare and loving wife Edith the westward-most halfe of my now dwelling house, that is the lower roome and lean too behind it, together with free egress and ingress in and out of it, and also, the use of the cellar, well, yard and houseing and garden, these to have & enioy Dureing her naturall life, further I give to my sd wife four of my best milch cows, & 4 sheepe which she shall choose and all my house-hold stufe, these to he at her absolute free disposl, also I give unto my sd wife the sixt part of the fruits that shall be raysed from the corne lands and orchard wch I leave with my executor Henry and in the possession of my sonn Iohn. AIso I give unto my sonn Thomas all my wearing appearell except .my best great coat, & that 20 acres of land where his house standeth, with ten pounds to be payed to my sonn Iohn wn my executor seeth need to supplye his wants. And if in case he live and dye a single pson, the lands shall remaine to my sonns Ephraim & Joseph, equally devided & the ten pounds to my son Beniamin, if not make use of to supply him. Also I give my son Zachry one hundred Acres of land lying in Birch plaine wch I bought of Francis & Henry Skerry of Salem with 5 acres of meadow lying in Wenham meadow belonging to it, and 16 acres of land more or Jesse wherein his house standeth & fenced in by him. Also I give my sonns Ephraim, Joseph and John that forme I bought of Mr Allford the 20 acres jinen to Thomas being first measured out to him, the rest to be equally devided betweene them three, yet so that Ephraim and Joseph may inioy what they have improved and fenced, and Iohn what is improved by Henry, so as to pay the sixt part of the p'duce to my wife before expresst. Also I give to my sonn Iohn the two lotts I bought of Henry Rennolds of Salem & Richard Kimball of Wellborn. Also my sonn John is to have two acres of meadow in Bounkares meadow. Also the bedding he lyeth upon, and my cart and plow with the chaine thereof. Also I give Ephraim moreover one milch cow and my best great coate and unto Joseph I give moreover two ewe sheep and my timber chain. I give unto my sonn Beniamyn all that pasture land called my english pasture, wch joyneth on the east syde to Andrew Eliott, lyeing betweene the countrye highway & the mill river, I say all that land lying on the southeast syde of the sd country highway the well pasture land with the appurtenances, my will is shall remaine in the hands of my sonn Henry to improve until Beniamyn be 21 years of age and in case he dye before he be 21 years of age I give the sayd land to my sonn Henry, he paying unto my children Zachry, Ephraim, Joseph & Elizabeth four pounds apeace. Also I give to my daughter Elizabeth forty pounds, viz. 14 lbs. to be payd by my sonn Henry within three months after the confirmation of my will and the rest to be made up in 3 cows & moveables allready in her possesion, And to Iohn the youngest yoke of stears, and whatsoever I give to any of my children heerin mentioned by this my will, I give to them their heires executors administrators & assigns forever Arid for the rest of my estate not above mentioned I give it all to my sonn Henry, he paying unto his mother the sixt part of the increase of the corne land & orchard during her life, and p'viding for her the wintering of four milch cows 4 sheepe & her fire wood redy cut for fire at the dore, for all the year long, and liberty to keep 3 swine at the dore, (I give my sonn Ephraim one acre of meadow in buncars Joseph 3 acres of meadow in bun-cars) And to have the p'per use of the parlour & leantoo behind it with free egress & regress to houseing yards for her necessary occasions as is expressed during her life. I say these things premised. I give my sonn Henry my dwelling-house out-houseing orchard & tillage land meadows pasture & woodland with my stock & whatever else wthin dores & wthout, not above excepted making this my sayd sonn Henry my sole executor of this my last will.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand this 24 November 1670.
In the presents of:


Mr Iohn Hale and Capt. Thomas Lathrop chosen overseers of this will.

Robert Morgan & Nehemiah Grover testified upon oath in Court held at Ipswich the 28 of March 1671 to be the last will & testament of Henry Herick to the best of their knowledge & that they know of no other. As attest. ROBERT LORD, clerk.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Essex, ss.
Jan'y 6, 1876

The foregoing is a true copy of record.
Attest: ALFRED A. ABBOTT, Clerk.

  1. 1.0 1.1 Upham, Charles W. (Charles Wentworth). Salem witchcraft: with an account of Salem Village, and a history of opinions on witchcraft and kindred subjects. (Williamstown, Massachusetts: Corner House Publishers, 1971)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Herrick, Jedediah, and Lucius Carroll Herrick. Herrick genealogy: a genealogical register of the name and family of Herrick, from the settlement of Henerie Hericke in Salem, Massachusetts, 1629 to 1846; with a concise notice of their English ancestry. (Columbus, OH: [s.n.], 1885)
    Page 15.
  3. Stinchfield, John Clark. History of the town of Leeds, Androscoggin County, Maine: from its settlement, June 10, 1780. (Lewiston, Maine: Press of Lewiston Journal Company, 1901)
    page 201-202.
  4. Herrick Genealogy
    page 16.
  5.   Herrick Genealogy
    page 18-19.
  6.   Herrick Genealogy
    page 15-18.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995)
    Henry Herrick.

    ORIGIN: Unknown
    MIGRATION: 1630
    REMOVES: Beverly
    OCCUPATION: Yeoman.

    By about 1598 based on release from training.
    Beverly between 24 November 1670 (date of will) and 15 March 1670/1 (date of inventory).
    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, demonstrating convincingly that this Henry Herrick must have been the settler of that name in Virginia, and was distinct from the New England settler [TAG 14:96-98].
    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.

  8. Death Beverly between 24 November 1670 (date of will) and 15 March 1670/1 (date of inventory).
  9. Purchased the Cherry-Hill farm of Alford. Today Alford is in Berkshire County, Massachusetts
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    "My best respects presented I connot but bless God for you and withal' render you all true and hearty thanks for your unspeakable love to me. How I shall be able to repay your abundant Love I am unable, but my Prayers shall be to God for you to bless and increase your substance. Your boountie to me this shippinge was a great releeife to me If it had not been for you it would have gone heard with me. First I made but a small croope, next the warres between England and Holland make us be debarr'd of the Dutch Trayd & our Goods brought in by the English very deere. The Lord God of Heaven put an end to.....
    the warres & send (us soon) ....
    a Free Trayd with all Nations....
    has pleased God to lay some....
    I buried one of my servants....
    which was a great loss to me....
    request you that you w....
    me a booke. I do not know....
    there is a booke call'd the....
    or what you think is fitt....
    to give them instruction....
    such a hook very much & if you....
    sermon booke I shall be much.....
    truly we are in a sad condition for we have not a Preacher in near twenty mille of us. The Lord help us I beseech him.

    "I have noe more for the present but only the Lord bless you and prosper you.

    "I have sent you a small Rowll of Tobac wh 1 hope will come to your hands I could wish it better than it is truly I was forced to borrow it my own was all gone, but, God willinge next shippinge you shall have that that shall be very good. In the meantime the Lord keepe you & bless you & all youre p'cedings wh shalbe the prayers of

    Your Poore brother
    to comd.
    June 28th, 1653"
  11. 11.0 11.1 Great Migration disputes this information based on research by Meredith Colket. See S7.