HERE LYES Ye BODY
OF Mr. IOSEPH HERRICK
WHO DIED FEBr
ye 4th IN Ye 73 YEAR
OF HIS AGE 1717/8
Joseph Herrick, son of Henry Herrick and Editha Laskin, is my 10th great uncle, brother to my 10th great grandfather, Henry Herrick, Jr., (1640 - 1702). Joseph Herrick was born 6 August 1645 in Salem, Massachusetts and died 4 February 1717/8 in Beverly, Massachusetts; married on 7 February 1666 to Sarah Leach, daughter of Richard Leach and Sarah Fuller (three children); married second to Mary Endicott (nine more children); married third to Mary, the widow of Capt. George March. His first wife, Sarah Leach, is my 1st cousin 10 generations removed. Her father was Richard Leach, the brother of my 9th great grandfather, Robert Leach (1615 - 1688) of Manchester, Massachusetts.
Joseph Herrick's land is now known as Cherry Hill in Beverly, Massachusetts, and he was a wealthy landowner of a large estate. He was the corporal of the local militia, and was also in the Narraganset Fight in December of 1675. Joseph Herrick was also the local constable during the 1692 Salem Witch Hysteria.
Here is an explanation of double dating:
Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Joseph Herrick, buried in Beverly, Massachusetts 1717/8", Nutfield Genealogy, posted 13 December 2016, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/12/tombstone-tuesday-joseph-herrick-buried.html: accessed [access date]).