First Church of Salem
Henry’s neighbors were Roger Conant, Thomas Balch, and William Dodge
Henry Hericke arrives at Salem, previously named Naumkeag with the Higginson-Skelton fleet of Puritans, probably on the “Lions Whelp”, John Gibbs, Master; that had sailed from Gravesend on 25 Apr 1629, a 65-day journey to Salem.
Henry was among the 30 family headsof households that signed the “Covenants” forming the First Church of Salem, the first “Puritan” church in the New World. Up to that point, only “reformed” churches had been established.
In 1636, Henry and Editha Laskin Herrick are listed among the 30 living members/founders of the Church of Salem that still resided in Salem.
Henry and Editha Laskin Herrick, having moved to Bass River are allowed to leave the Church of Salem and become founders of the first church on “Ryal-Syde” (Bass River) citing “…tediousnesse & difficulties over the water and other inconveniences”.
As Bass River now had a church, thanks to Henry Herrick and others, it is made a “distinct Towne” named Beverly.
As regular readers of this blog know, I am trying to identify my ancestors who migrated to North America in the 1600’s. Some of these ancestors who came to live in New England maintained their ties to England to the extent that they are buried in there. One such ancestor is Richard Kimball. He was born in Suffolk England and is buried there. But he spent more than half his life in Ipswich Massachusetts.
Rattlesden Church, Suffolk, England
Surname: Fowler This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is from an occupational name for a bird-catcher or hunter of wild birds. In the medieval period a fowler would have been an important position, and all major houses would have employed one. The derivation is from the Olde English pre 7th Century “fugelere”, hunter of wild birds. Job-descriptive surnames originally denoted the actual occupation of the namebearer, and later became hereditary. There are several namebearers listed in the “Dictionary of National Biography”, many being men of the church, the others tending towards innovation, such as John Fowler (1826 – 1864), who invented the steam plough,in 1858 he received a prize from the Royal Agricultural Society for his steam cultivator, and William Fowler (1761 – 1832), an artist, who was said to have introduced lead lines in representing coloured glass. The name reached the New World in the early 17th Century, when it is recorded that one George Fowler, aged 22 yrs., sailed aboard the “Primrose” in July 1635, bound for Virginia. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard Fugelere, which was dated 1218, witness in the “Assize Court Rolls of Lancashire”, during the reign of King Henry 11, known as “The Frenchman”, 1216 – 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to “develop” often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
melobutterfly1 originally shared this on 23 Aug 2009