Our story begins In the early 1800's with the marriage of John Herrick and Mary Cronin, both of Cork. I should say at this point that the name of Herrick is not original to Ireland, but rather they came from England to rule over the Irish, but this was many many many years prior to our story at hand. John and Mary married around the year 1860. John was about 21 and Mary 19 when they wed. The best I can tell the family was Catholic and their first born was my great grandfather George Francis Herrick, in 1863. John and Mary had quite a few children that followed after George, it must have been hard raising children through the potato famine years in Ireland, but they did! I don't know John and Mary's social status, but the Herricks' at one point time were landowners in County Cork, so there may have been some assistance afoot. George's siblings were; Hannah 1866, Henry 1868, James 1871, Mary 1872, Edmund 1874 and Bridget 1877. I believe that were more children that didn't make it past babes. Now, John and Mary lived into the seventies and never left the Emerald Isle, however many of the children did. George being the first.
|George F Herrick (I)|
|by GF Herrick|
|S.S. Saxonia manifest|
We know Edmund came to the states in 1903, crossing the Atlantic abroad the ship; SS Saxonia. He only had $20.00 in his pocket and was coming to see his brother in Cambridge MA. In 1915, Edmund marries Mary Thornton in the big city of Boston. Yes, Mary Thornton is of Ireland too. We know this is the same Edmund as he listed his brothers address as residence on the marriage register. Jumping ahead a little, Edmund and Mary will relocated to Mishawka Illinois in 1941. I have not found any records of any children born to this couple. I have talked with Thornton researchers and they agree that there were no children. Edmund passed away in 1957 and rests in the Fairview Cemetery in Mishawka Il. At this point I haven't found Mary Thornton after Edmund's passing, but I am guessing she is near by her husband and other Thornton relatives that rest in the cemeteries of Mishawka.
There is oral history of a visit by Mary Herrick and a sister visiting the Herrick famiy in the Tampa Bay area. After which they returned to Cambridge Ma. I know that Mary Herrick came to the states in the early 1900's and lived with her brother for many a year. Thus far a date of arrival to the state for Mary has yet to be found, but from what I can tell it wasn't to long after the arrival of Edmund.
I will end this story now, as its starting expand beyond what it already has and what I intended. I will, however continue digging into the Herrick tree. If you are interested in learning more about any of the Herrick's in this story, please feel free to contact me. Also, if you have information to share, I would love to include your information.