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William Herrick, Sr., Sir

Birthplace: Beau Manor Park, Leicestershire, England, England
Death: Died in Leicester, Leicestershire, England, England
Place of Burial: Beau Manor, Leicester, England
Immediate Family:

Son of John Eyrick and Mary Marie (Heyrick) Eyrick
Husband of Joan May and Joan (Heyricke) Herrick
Father of Henry Herrick, of Virginia; William Herrick, Jr., Esq.; Robert Herrick; Richard Herrick; Thomas Herrick and 7 others
Brother of Christiana Christine Brookes; Elizabeth Stanford; Nickolas Eyrick; Mary Bennett; Thomas Eyrick (Herrick) and 6 others

Occupation: Goldsmith
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About William Herrick, Sr., Sir

There is now great doubt that Henry is the son of Sir William:

From http://genforum.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/pageload.cgi?henry::herrick::1527.html -


I am the President of the Herrick Family Association, HFA. Our web site is at this URL:


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.

I will send you two reports about this research by separate message direct to you because the HERRICK message board rejects any posting with an attachment.

Here is the ancestry of Henry John "Hen" Heyricke from the 1885 edition of the Herrick Genealogical Register (HGR) compiled and published by Dr. Lucius Carroll Herrick of Columbus, Franklin Co., Ohio.

Henry John^13 Heyricke (1604-after 1659) s/o Sir William Heyricke (1557-March 1652/1653) and Joan May (1578-1645).

Sir William^12 Heyricke s/o John Eyrick or Heyrick (1513-1589) and Mary 'Marie' Bond.

John^11 Eyrick or Heyrick s/o Thomas Eyrick (____-1518) and _____.

Thomas^10 Eyrick s/o Robert Eyricke (ca 1450-____) and Agnes _____.

Robert^9 Eyricke, s/o William Eyryk (ca 1300-____) and _____.

There is a jump here from generation 9 to generation 6.

William^6 Eyryk, s/o Robert Eyryk (____-____) and Joanna _____.

Robert^5 Eyryk, s/o John Eyryk (____-____) and _____.

John^4 Eyryk, s/o Henry Eyryk (____-____) and _____.

There is a jump here from generation 2 to generation 4, which may or may not be a typo.

Henry^2 Eyryk, s/o Eyryk^1 of Great Stretton (ca 1200-____) and _____.

I realize the above is not very much informaion, but it is what Gen. Jedediah Herrick, compiler and publisher of the 1846 edition of the HGR and Dr. Lucius Carroll Herrick compiled and publish in 1885.

A caution for you if you look at either or both editions of the HGR is that there are many errors of omission, missing data and mistaken information in and between the 1846 & 1885 editions.

Richard L. Herrick


About Sir William -

From http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=lesliesc&id=I8523 -

Member of Parliament 1601-1630; knighted in 1605.

London goldsmith and banker to Elizabeth I. Also her ambassador to the Sultan of "The Ottoman Porte". Purchased the estate of the Earl of Essex at Beau Manor Park in 1595

Knighted 1605.

Principal jeweler to the Crown (James I)

Sheriff of London, Alderman of Farrington

He was a member of Parliament 1601-1630 and was Knighted in 1605. Was an ambassador for Elizabeth I to the Sultan of Turkey and later held a position with the Exchequer which he also held under King James. He purchased the estate of the Earl of Essex at Beau Manor Park in 1595. Under King James he was the "Principal Jeweller or Teller of the Crown". He reportedly lived to see one of his great grandsons reach the age of 37.

Sir William Herrick was. Goldsmith

FROM "FAMOUS LONDON MERCHANTS" by HR Fox Bourne [New York; Harper & Brothers, 1869]

The trade of a goldsmith was then one of the most lucrative and honorable that an Englishman could follow. It meant much more than dealing in jewelry and trinkets. The Old Goldsmith's Guild had the exclusive power of coining money.

"Among the goldmsiths of this sort, in the time of Queen Elizabeth, William Herrick came to be the most eminent. The Queen herself was one of his best customers. Employing Gresham, Ducket, and others, to conduct her foreign monetary nusiness, she went to Herrick for the small loans and minor bargains to which, her exchequer being oftern nearly empty, she very often had to resort. Could we discover the ledgers which old John Herrick bade his son keep carefully, we should see a wonderful array of loans, not only to Elizabeth, but also to nearly every one of her famous courtiers, the great Earl of Leicester, and his noble nephew, Sir Philip Sidney, the great Earl of Essex, and his worthier rival Sir Walter Raleigh, and half a hundred other men of excellent wit and excellent grace; men whose courtly bearing, noble thought, and noble action, make the age of Queen Elizabeth the most illustrious in our history"

In 1603, Queen Elizabeth died, and James VI of Scotland became King of England as James I. The new king in consideration of his long and faithful service to his late mistress, continued to employ Herrick in the same sort of service, and dignified it by conferring upon him the title of Principal Jeweller or Teller to the Crown. William was born in 1557. He was baptized on 9 December 1562. Religion: (an unknown value). He lived in 1595 at Leicester, Leicestershire, England; Purchased Beau Manor Park. He married Joan May at St. Thomas the Apostle, London, England, on 6 May 1596. William was honored at England in 1605. He was retired circa 1624. William died on 2 March 1652 or 1653 at Leicester, Leicestershire, England. His body was interred on 8 March 1652 at St Martin's Church.

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December 9, 1557
Beau Manor Park, Leicestershire, England, England
December 9, 1562
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Leicester, Leicestershire, England
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