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Annual Meeting

2008 Research Trip to Massachusetts

Research Plan
Last Updated July 14, 2008
Research Site
Selected Resources
Research Questions
Mass. Historical Society

1154 Boylston St.

Boston, MA 02215


Hours: MTWF 9-4 :45, Th 9-7:45, Sat 9-4

Ref. Librarian: 617-646-0509

  • Diaries: Staltonstall papers, Winthrop papers, Higginson papers, Davis papers, Cotton Mather papers, Nathan Dane papers, Dail-Healy papers, Endicott papers, Samuel Sewell papers with shipping records 1686-88, 017.15a
  • Genealogies: Fowler,
  • References:
  • Oration of Claudius Herrick July 4, 1800 #37612 Evans fiche
  • Samuel Herrick papers, 1778-1831 --ship captain
  • Roger Conant by Rose-Troup, #B Conant
  • John White by Rose-Troup, #B White
  • East Anglican Founders of NE by Roger Thompson F15.B7 T46 1994
  • Great and General Court of Governors 1629-1684- Neil Savage F67.526 1982
  • Servants to Foreign Plantations, Bristol England E187.5 B83 1929
  • Scenes and Characters of Mass. Bay Colony 1630-1700 Boston Herald Box L 1930
  • Anything about the families of the women who married Henry's children: Mary Dodge, Mary Cross, Lydia Woodbury, Sarah Giddings, Sarah Leach, Mary Folsom March, Phillip Fowler, Mary Reddington
  • Slavery Records in Mass.
Elaine Grublin will be checking into possible resources for us...she had access to a more detailed catalog than we can get online. Joann





101 Newbury Street

Boston, MA 02116-3007


Josh Taylor

No new information found. Recommended that we search Leicester records via and search church registers, cemetery transcriptions, and other town records.

Also check Essex Institute Historical Collections at references for surname Herrick.

From the NEHGS article bibliography:

Descendants of the Reverend Francis Higginson, first "teacher" in the Massachusetts Bay Colony of Salem, Massachusetts and author of "New-Englands plantation" (1630)

Lawrence Leach of Salem, Massachusetts, and some of his descendants. East Highgate, Vt., F. P. Leach, 1924-26

A genealogy of the Ingersoll family in America, 1629-1925 comprising descendants of Richard Ingersoll of Salem, Massachusetts, John Ingersoll of Westfield, Mass., and John Ingersoll of Huntington, Long Island

The dwellings of Boxford, Essex County, Mass. by Sidney Perley.

The history of Boxford, Essex County, Massachusetts, from the earliest settlement known to the present time: a period of about two hundred and thirty years. By Sidney Perley.

Josh recommends that we look at town records and local historical society records. He said there might be something still at the NEHGS - if he thinks of any particular collection, he'll let us know. Joann?


Phillips Library

Peabody Essex Museum

(merged with Essex Institute)

East India Square

Salem, MA 01970


Hours: W 10-5, Th 1-5, by appt.

  • Court records
  • Customer House records (Salem)
  • Probate records
  • Reddington family
  • John Hale (friend of Henry)
  • Custom House records (re: trips by Joseph Herrick 1674-1677 or so)
  • Anything about Thomas Herrick - Henry's son

References from NEHGS article:

  • Massachusetts and Maine families in the ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis (1885-1966): a reprinting, in alphabetical order by surname, of the sixteen multi-ancestor compendia; (plus Thomas Haley of Winter Harbor and his descendants)/compiled by Walter Goodwin Davis; with introduction by Gary Boyd Roberts.


  • The history of Wenham, civil and ecclesiastical from its settlement in1639, to 1860 / by Myron O. Allen
  • Historical sketch of the town of Methuen: from its settlement to the year 1876 / by Jos. S. Howe
  • Descendants of the Reverend Frances Higginson: first "teacher" in the Massachusetts Bay Colony of Salem, Massachusetts and author of "New-Englands plantation" (1630) / by Thomas Wentworth Higginson.
  • Neal record: being a list of the descendants of John Neale, one of the early settlers of Salem, Mass. / Comp. Theodore Augustus Neal.
  • The Fowler family: a genealogical memoir of the descendants of Philip and Mary Fowler, of Ipswich, Mass. Ten generations: 1590-1882 / By a descendant, Matthew Adams Stickney
  • My children's ancestors: data concerning about four hundred New England ancestors of the children of Roselle Theodore Cross and his wife Emma Asenath (Bridgman) Cross; also names of many ancestors in England, and descendants of Mr. and Mrs. Cross's grandparents, Theodore and Susannah (Jackson) Cross, Samuel and Lois (Temple) Murdock, Noah and Asenath (Judd) Bridgman, Jacob and Lydia (Slack) Daggett / with an introductory essay on genealogy, and an appendix of miscellanies, by Rev. R. T. Cross...
  • Leach family record: descendants of Lawrence Leach of Salem, Mass., 1629, through his son Giles, on Bridgewater, Mass., 1665 / compiled by Samuel Chessman.
  • Lawrence Leach of Salrm, Massachusetts: and some of his descendants / by F. Phelps Leach.
  • The Family of Zaccheus Gould of Topsfield by Dow
  • History of Essex County vol 11 by Hurd
  • Ancestry of Bethia Harris, by Davis
  • Genealogical Guide to Early Settlers of America by Whittemore




Essex County Clerk

36 Federal Street

Salem, MA 01970

978-741-0200 x 250

The Town Proprietors of the New England Colonies - Roy Akagi (after 1643)

Land records before 1643 in colony record (Shurtleff and Pulsifier)

Wenham Historical Association & Museum

132 Main Street

Wenham, MA 01984


Hours: 10-4, Tues-Sun

Hamilton-Wenham Public Library

14 Union St.

South Hamilton, MA 01982


Optional to visit AB
Peabody Historical Society

35 Washington St.

Peabody, MA 01960


Optional to visit
Ipswich Historical Society

53 South Main

Ipswich, MA 01938


Optional to visit Mike
Boxford Historical Society

PO Box 78

Boxford, MA 01921


Boxford Town Library

10 Elm Street

Boxford, MA 01921


M-Th 10-8, F 10-6, Sat 10-3

The Boxford Historic Documents Center

173 Washington Street

West Boxford, MA 01885


W 9-4 & 7:30-9:30, Sat 1st & 2nd 10-3

History of Boxford by Perley- Benj.,p. 208,

History of the First Congregation Church Boxford, Mass 1702-1952 by Parkhurst mention Israel, Anna, John, Mary, Nancy and William H. Herrick

Updated Swellings of Boxford by Parkhurst and Perley, pp. 62-63 have info on the Israel Herrick-Dorman house and Israel Herrick Cider Mill

Capt. Israel Herricks 1758 Journal of the expedition to Canada sent to us by them

1757 journal recording the activities of Israel's company while it was scouting in various locations in Maine. Ordered from Maine Historical Society

Call (5/7) from Ms. Lincoln at Hist. Soc. She'll arrange a tour of the Israel Herrick-Dorman house and cider mill

Nice reply from Deb Hiett with references for Benj. and Israel Herrick.

Martha is willing to ( open at a special time for us (after 3:30 on Thurs or earlier on Friday when we come in Sept. Sat Sept 20 is not a good day to visit the Center because it is Apple Festival day (craft fair, parades, etc.)