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Joseph Herrick, Esq.

Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Death: February 4, 1717 (72)
Salem, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Herrick, of Salem and Editha Herrick
Husband of Mary Herrick; Sarah Herrick and Mary Herrick
Father of Tryphosa Leach; Tryphena Trask; Edith Porter; Benjamin Herrick; Elizabeth Herrick and 8 others
Brother of James Herrick; Thomas Herrick; Zachariah Herrick; Ephraim Herrick; Henry Herrick, Jr. and 5 others

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About Joseph Herrick, Esq.

JOSEPH HERRICK Esq of Cherry Hill Salem Mass, In Upham's Witchcraft Vol I pp 153 - 4 I found following account of him He was a man of great and dignity of character and in addition the care and management of his large farm was engaged in foreign commerce As he the title of Governor he had probably been some lime in command of a military post district or perhaps of a West India colony His descendants are numerous and have occupied distinguished stations often a transmitted military stamp Joseph Her rick was in the Narragansett fight It illustrates the state of things at that time that eminent citizen a large landholder engaged prosperous merchantile affairs and who been abroad was in 1692 when forty years ol age a corporal in the village company He was the acting constable of place and as such concerned in the proceedings connected with the prosecutions He was a Representative to the Court from Beverly four years Stone's History of Beverly The Second l arish of Beverly was incorporated by the Gen Court in Oct 1713 Joseph Herrick with two other persons chosen an agent to make objections the prayer of the petition for same which remonstrance failed He was also appointed the committee to take preliminary steps the erection of a house of worship .

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Joseph Herrick (August 6, 1645 – ca. 1710) was the principal law enforcement officer in Salem, Massachusetts during the Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692. Joseph was the son of Henry Herrick, who was the fifth son of Sir William Herrick (or Eyrick) of Beau Manor Park, in the parish of Loughborough, in the county of Leicester, England. Henry came first to Virginia, and then to Salem. Joseph was married to Sarah, the daughter of Richard Leach, on February 7, 1667. He was referred to as Governor, which means he had probably been at in command of a military district at some point, or perhaps he had been the magistrate of a West India colony. His descendants were large in number, and have held many important positions; they have preserved a family seal.

Joseph Herrick was a soldier during King Philip's War. In 1692, at age forty-seven, he was a corporal in the village militia. He was the constable of Salem, and, as such, central to the proceedings in the witchcraft trials. At the beginning he was persuaded by the accusers; but by the end he had become a skeptic. In one of the cases, he became an advocate for an accused person, which was probably quite dangerous; and in the end he was a leader in the opposition movement. His parents are mentioned in a court record to have been fined "for aiding and comforting an excommunicated person, contrary to order."

Joseph served as a village constable. He and and his first wife Sarah LEACH (m. Herrick) were the parents of Joseph HERRICK Ju'r (also known as Jos:; and Hirreck and Hirrek). Joseph Senr. and his second wife Mary ENDICOTT (m. Herrick) (also known as Herrik) served as trial witnesses against Sarah (m. Good). He and (possibly his first wife or her relative) Sarah Leach served as trial witnesses for Rebecca TOWNE (m. Nurse). He didn't serve as the constable for her trial. He served also as a trials-inquest juror about the death of Daniell WILKNES (also known as Daniel; and Wilkins).

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August 6, 1645
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
August 6, 1645
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
August 6, 1645
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
April 2, 1668
Age 23
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
January 1, 1670
Age 25
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
January 25, 1671
Age 26
Salem, MA, USA
May 4, 1674
Age 29
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts