Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Joshua Herrick and his two wives, Beverly, Massachusetts

These tombstones were photographed at the Abbott Hale Cemetery in Beverly, Massachusetts

Here lyed ye Body
of Lydia Wife of Joshua
Herrick who died
Augt. 19, 1736 in her 27 
year.  The memory of ye just is Blessed
[the rest has sunk underground]

In Memory of Mr
who departed this
Life Decr. 7th
1782.  In the
84th year of 
his age.

In Memory of
Relict of
who departed this life
April 26th 1784
Aged 75 years.

Joshua Herrick, my first cousin 10 generations removed, was born 22 February, 1699 in Beverly, Massachusetts, the son of Joseph Herrick and Mary Dodge.  He married Lydia Cushing on 30 June 1726 in Beverly.  She was the daughter of Theophilus Cushing and Mary Thaxter of Hingham, Massachusetts.  They had five children:  Mary, Lydia, Theophilus, Joshua and Deborah.  Only Lydia lived to marry, and the rest died young.  According to Find A Grave three children - Mary, Joshua and Deborah are named on this stone, but I could only see two names.

Joshua Herrick remarried second to Abigail Jacobs, who was also from Hingham!

Joseph Herrick, Joshua's father, married Lydia's mother, Mary (Thaxter) Cushing in Beverly in 1722.  Lydia's sister, Deborah Cushing, married in Beverly in 1726 to Joshua Corning.  This solves the mystery of how these young people from such distant towns on the Massachusetts coastline came to marry!


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Joshua Herrick and his two wives, Beverly, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted February 23, 2016, (  http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/02/tombstone-tuesday-joshua-herrick-and.html: accessed [access date]).

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