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Editha Herrick (Laskin)

Birthplace: of, Broadwindsor, Dorset, England
Death: after March 27, 1677
Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Hugh Laskin, of Salem and Alice Laskin
Wife of Henry Herrick, of Salem
Mother of James Herrick, Sr.; Thomas Herrick; Zachariah Herrick; Ephraim Herrick; Henry Herrick, Jr. and 6 others
Sister of Timothy Laskin

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About Editha Herrick

Edith Laskin

  • Birth:  1612, England
  • Death:  after 27 March, 1677, of Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts
  • Parents: Hugh Laskin, Alice
  • Husband: Henry Herrick (1598-1670)


From Anderson's Great Migration Study Project

Henry Herrick married 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.

On 29 March 1659 Henry Herrick was appointed the administrator of the estate of "Hugh Laskine of Salem." On 28 June 1659 Paul Mansfield failed in his suit against Henry Herrick for "breaking up housing and taking away goods and cattle and giving them to Timothy Laskin and his wife Damoris, who is now the wife of said Mansfeild," and on the same day the estate of Hugh Laskin was distributed: "Two-thirds of it ordered to be paid to Damoris Mansfield, who was the wife of Timothy Laskin, son of Hugh Laskin, deceased, and the rest to the wife of Henry Herricke, daughter of Hugh Laskin, deceased."

They had 8 children: Thomas, Zachariah, Ephraim, Henry, Joseph, Elizabeth Fowler, John, & Benjamin.



In 1632, Henry Herrick married Editha Laskin, who was the daughter of Hugh and Alice Laskin. She had been born between 1610 and 1614 in England, and immigrated to Salem, Massachusetts in 1628 (just four years before her marriage to Henry).

Henry and Editha had several children, many of whom would be greatly affected by the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Because of their involvement, their names and birthdates are listed here, as well as their connection to the trials:

  1. James b. 1633 [James is not listed as a son in all sources. He may have died young as he is not mentioned in his brother’s will, nor anywhere else. There may have been other children as well, as some sources suggest that Editha gave birth to as many as twelve children.]
  2. Thomas b. 1630-1635 Married Hannah Ordway. [Thomas was divorced on 26 November 1672 “for impotence” by his “reputed wife,” Hannah Ordway. His father left him a legacy only if he did not live his life as a single man. He was named first in his father’s will but he did not receive a portion in his brother Benjamin’s estate, although all the other siblings did.]
  3. Zachariah b. 25 Dec 1636 d. 20 May 1695. Married Mary Dodge. [It is said that Zachariah refused to help Sarah Good, one of the women who was accused of witchcraft, when she was begging for help.]
  4. Ephraim b. 11 Feb 1638 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts d. 18 Sep 1693. Married Mary Cross [Ephraim’s son, John, married Bethia Solart. Bethia’s sister, Sarah Solart Poole Good, would be one of the first three women arrested and tried for witchcraft. See the Solarts.]
  5. Henry b. 16 Jan 1640 d. Jun 1702. Married Lydia Woodbury, (2) Sarah Alcock Giddings. [At age 52, Henry was a juror at the witch trials. The jury found 31 people guilty of witchery, largely on the testimony of 150 accused. Later, Henry and the other jurors expressed remorse in an open letter acknowledging their error and asking forgiveness from the victims of the trials and of God, stating that they were “sadly deluded and mistaken...and distressed in our minds and do therefore humbly beg forgiveness.”]
  6. Joseph b. 6 aug 1645 d. 4 Feb 1718. [Joseph was an acting constable in 1692. Although he was initially involved in the witchcraft prosecutions, some sources claim that he “was horrified at them and wrote a petition on behalf of a victim and led the party that rose against the fanaticism”, thus opening himself up to possible persecution. He married Mary ___ {Endicott or Dodge} about 1677. Joseph’s wife may be the “Mary Herrick” who accused Sarah Hale and Sarah Good of witchcraft. She died on 14 Sep 1706.]
  7. Elizabeth b. 4 Jul 1647 d. 6 May 1727. Married Philip Fowler.
  8. John b. 26 May 1650 d. 1680? Married Mary Redington
  9. Benjamin b. 1652 d. 1677 [Benjamin died unmarried at the age of 21, six years after the death of his father. His estate was “to be divided among all the brothers and sisters, excepting Thomas.” This included Zachariah, Ephraim, Henry, Joseph, John, and Elizabeth, wife of Philip Fowler. Benjamin’s mother was to have the “income of the land during her natural life.”]
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 35723210
    • William Macbeth Pierce, Old Hancock County Families 1933 page 21-25, (Hancock Co. Publishing Co. Ellsworth, Maine 1933).
  • page 8 of Genealogical register of the name and family of Herrick, from the settlement of Henerie Herricke in Salem Massachusetts, 1629-1846; with a concise notice of their English ancestry by Herrick, Jedediah Published 1846
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Editha Herrick's Timeline

Broadwindsor, Dorset, England
September 11, 1633
Age 21
Leicester, Leicester, England, United Kingdom
Age 22
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
December 25, 1636
Age 24
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
February 11, 1638
Age 26
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
January 16, 1639
Age 27
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 33
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
July 4, 1647
Age 35
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
May 26, 1650
Age 38
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts