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Henry Herrick

Also Known As: "Henerie Hericke"
Birthplace: England
Death: before March 16, 1671
Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Herrick's father and Henry Herrick's mother
Husband of Editha Herrick
Father of Ephraim Herrick; James Herrick; Thomas Herrick; Zachariah Herrick; Henry Herrick, Jr. and 6 others

Occupation: Yeoman, Freeman
Managed by: Andrew Evans
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About Henry Herrick, of Salem

Henerie Hericke, his parents unknown, was born by about 1598 in England and died before 17 March 1670/1671, which is the date of his estate inventory. Married Edith Laskin. Do not confuse with Henry Herrick, of Virginia


Henry Herrick, "yeoman,"* as he is styled in deeds of land in 1668 and at other times [Essex Deeds iii, 37, 134, etc.] came early to Salem, and was one of those persons to whom the General Court gave the honor of freemanship May 18, 1631. He is on the list of proprietors of land in Salem in 1635. His being admitted freeman shows him to have been a member of the church in 1630. He removed to Enon, afterward called Wenham, and still later to Beverly. He married at a time of which no note remains, Edith, daughter of Hugh Laskin, another early settler in Salem, a landholder in 1635, but of whom scarcely anything else is known. The date of his death is unknown; the only clue to it is the time when an inventory of his estate was presented,— March 21, 1658-9; but he had been absent from Salem some time, it is clear, for his daughter Edith, wife of Henry Herrick, testified 28(9)1672 (being then, as she deposed, about 60 years of age) that her father sold certain land "before he went away," namely "about 25 years" before. The name of Hugh Laskin's wife is unknown. Edith was a member of the Salem church when the earliest list now extant was made in 1636. The baptism of their son Zechariah Herrick is recorded 25(10)1636, another son (name not recorded) 11(12)1637, Henry, 16(11)1639, Joseph, 6(6)1645, Eliza, 4(5)1647, John, 26(3)1650.

Henry Herrick seems to have lived an inconspicuous life. He was a farmer and brought up his sons to the same occupation. He left no will; indeed the date of his death is only inferred from the day when an inventory of his estate, presented by his son Henry, was said to have been taken,—namely, 15 March, 1670-1. The list mentions certain tracts of land, a number of books, household furnishings, etc.

Source: Paine Ancestry. The Family of Robert Treat Paine, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Including Maternal Lines, By Sarah Cushing Paine, Charles Henry Pope, page 233.


Parents are unknown - not William Herrick, Sr., Sir & Joan (Heyricke) Herrick

  • "Herrick Genealogy" claims that Henry Herrick who came to Salem was the fifth son of "Sir William Herrick of Leicester, London and Beaumanor Park, b. 1557; member of Parliament 1601 to 1630; knighted 1605; ambassador from Queen Elizabeth to the Sublime Porte; held various lucrative offices in the Treasury; m. 1596, Joan, daughter of Richard May, Esq , of London; d. March 2, 1652-3, aged 96."
  • The compiler of the Genealogy presents on page 16 (revised edition) a letter written June 28, 1653, from "Hen. Heyricke," to bis " brother ' at Heau Manor, Eng. The place of writing is not given; but there was "not a preacher in near twenty miles," and the writer mentions a present of tobacco which accompanied the letter; these and other items suggest Virginia, and do not apply to Salem. Nor does the Genealogy oner any other evidence to connect the Massachusetts " yeoman" with the distinguished English knight. [C. H. P.]

Source: Paine Ancestry. The Family of Robert Treat Paine, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Including Maternal Lines, By Sarah Cushing Paine, Charles Henry Pope, page 233 (footnote on bottom of page).


Named "Henerie John Hericke" by command of Prince Henry Immigrated to VA, then to Salem MA in 1627

Became a Puritan in England much to his family's distress

12 sons, several daughters

Founder of 1st church in Salem, Ma in 1629

One of 12 jurors in 1692 witch trials

Bought Cherry Hill & Birch Plains farms near Beverly, MA

Henry Herrick (son of William Sir Herrick and Joan May) [SIC: Disproven] 235, 236, 237, 238 was born August 16, 1604 in Beau Manor Park, Leicestershire, Eng, and died March 28, 1671 in Salem, Essex, MA. He married Editha Laskin on 1629 in SALEM, MASS.239, daughter of Hugh Laskin and Alis Laskin.

Notes for Henry Herrick:

The fifth son of Sir Willom Herrick, was born at Beaumanor, County of Leicester, England, in 1604, and was named by command of the unfortunate Prince Henry, eldest son of James 1. His sponsors were Sir David Murray, Sir John Spillman, and Lady Aston. He probably came first to Virginia as it is well known that his father Sir Willom Herrick was interested in mercantile adventures to that Colony.

In "The complete book of Emigrants (1607-1660)", Peter Wilson Coldham, Genealogical Publ. Co, Baltimore, reported that he came with Higginson, and settled on Cape Ann Syde in 1629. He requested be a freeman on 10-19-1630 and was admitted as a freeman on 5-18-1631, moved to Wendham, finally to Beverly. In 1667 he was a founder of the First Church of Beverly.

Samuel Eliot Morrison in "Builders of the Bay Colony" states: "In the Spring of 1629 the New England Company obtained fresh blood, more money, and a Royal Charter as the "Massachusetts Bay Company". It at once begain doing business on a larger scale, although of the same sort. That Spring it sent three hundred colonists to Salem in the "Talbot", and three other ships. Henry arrived in August , 1629, in the "Lyon" from Bristol. The most interesting members of this group were two ministers, Francis Higginson and Samuel Skelton, who were chosen to organize the First Church in Salem, in the colony." Higginson embarked at Gravesend on April 25, 1629, in the "Talbot" with about a hundred other passengers. On July 20, 1629 about 30 heads of families "Having formed a church covemant, elected Higginson and Skelton their teacher and pastor by ballot. About a week later they were ordained by laymen and on August 6, 1629 the elders and deacons were chosen and ordained in the First Church of Christ in Salem.

Charles W. Upham, in his "Salem Witchcraft" has the following: "Henry Herrick purchased the Cherry-Hill farm of Alford. He was the fifth son of Sir William Herrick of Beau Manor Park, in the Parish of Loughborough, in the county of Leicester, England. He came first to Virginia and then to Salem. He was accompanied to America by another emigrant from Loughborough, named Cleveland. Herrick became a member of the First Church of Salem in 1629, and his wife, Editha, about the same time". She arrived from England on September 6, 1628, in the "Abigail" with her parents, Hugh and Mrs. Laskin, who came with Governor John Endicott. 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 establisshed 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 court, for aiding and comforting an excommunicated person, contrary to order. He married Editha, daughter of Mr. Hugh Laskin of Salem, who was born 1614 and living in 1674.'"

Henry Herrick and Editha Laskin had 8 children, as follows:

Thomas, b 12-25-1636, Beverly

Ephraim, b 2-11-1638, Beverly, m 7-3-1661 Mary Cross, Salem

Zacharie, b 12-15-1636, Beverly m 1663 Mary Dodge, dau of Richard Dodge

Henry, b 1-16-1640, Beverly

Joseph b 8-6-1645, Beverly

Elizabeth, b 7-4-647, Beverly

John, b 5-26-650, Beverly

Benjamin, b unknown - Beverly

Barent LeRoy Grebles, Jr., born 9-25-1915, is the 9th great grandson of Henry Herrick, born 1-16-1640, and his wife, Lenore Steed Aubrey, born 2-15-1917, is the 10th great grand daughter of Henry's brother Zacherie Herrick, born 12-15-1636. Barent and Lenore are therefore first cousins, 8 times removed.

Freeman 1631 & proprietor 1635. Owned land which is now intersection Beford & Cabot St., NW, to Mason St., W. to river.


Calvin P. Pierce, Royal Side from Early Day of Salem Colony (Beverly Historical Society, Cambridge, MA. 1931) p. 89.

Served on jury during Salem witchcraft trials. Was a source of much mental anxiety to him in later years. Was one of the signers of the document of regret. (see below)

DECLARATION OF REGRET FOR PART TAKEN IN SALEM WITCHCRAFT, CIRCULATED AND SIGNED BY THE JURORS. (p 474, His. of Salem Witchcraft) "We, whose names are underwritten, being in the year 1692, called to serve as jurors in Court of Salem, on trial of many who were by some suspected guilty of doing acts of witchcraft upon the bodies of sundry persons, we confess that we ourselves were not capable to understand, nor able to withstand the mysterious delusions of the powers of darkness and Prince of the air, but wer for want of knowledge in ourselves and better information from others, prevailed with to take uo with such evidence against the accused as, on further consideration and better information, we justly fear was insufficient for touching the lives of any (Deut. xvii, 6), whereby we fear we have been instrumental, with others, through ignorance and unwittingly, to bring upon ourselves and this people of the Lord the guilt of innocent blood, which sin the Lord saith in Scripture he would not pardon (2 Kings xxiv, 4) that is, we suppose, in regard of his temporal judgments. We do therefor, hereby signify to all in general, and to the surviving sufferers in special, our deep sense of, and sorrow for, our errors in acting on such evidence to the condemning of any person; and do hereby declare that we justly fear that we were sadly deluded and mistaken - for which we are much disquited and distressed in our minds, and do therefore humbly beg forgiveness, first of God, for Christ's sake, for this our error, and pray that God would not impute the guilt of it to ourselves nor others; and we also pray that we may be considered candidly and aright by the living sufferers, as being then under the power of a strong and general delusion, utterly unaquainted with, and not experienced in matters of that nature.

"We do heartily ask forgiveness of you all, whom we have justly offended; and do declare, according to our present minds, we would none of us do such things again, on such grounds, for the whole world, - praying you to accept of this in way of satisfaction for our offence, and that you bless the inheritance of the Lord, that he may be entreated for the land. Thomas Fisk, Foreman William Fisk, John Batcheler, Thomas Fisk, Jr. John Dane Joseph Evelith, Thomas Pearly, Sr. John Peabody, Thomas Perkins, Samuel Sayer, Andrew Eliot Henry Herrick, Sr.

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At least seven years of research by the HFA has proven that Henry of Salem, Henerie Hericke, was not the 5th son of Sir William Heyricke. That 5th son of Sir William arrived in York Co., VA with his wife Ann by at least 17 March 1641. He has been documented as being in England during May 1630 and November 1634 while Henry of Salem was in the Massachusetts Bay Colony from July 1629. The HFA has dubbed Sir William's 5th son as Henry of Virginia. His given name was Henry John Heyricke and he often signed his name as Hen Heyricke. Henry of Salem, Henerie Hericke, was born by about 1598 in England and died before 17 March 1670/1671, which is the date of his estate inventory.

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Henry Herrick, of Salem's Timeline

Age 31
To Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 36
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
Age 37
Southampton, Suffolk County, New York, United States
December 25, 1636
Age 38
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
February 11, 1638
Age 40
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
January 16, 1639
Age 41
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 47
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
July 4, 1647
Age 49
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States