James Herring

3 October 1706–1763 (Age 56)
Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of James

When James Herring was born on 3 October 1706, in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Thomas Herring, was 36 and his mother, Mehitable Morse, was 33. He married Mary Eaton on 12 April 1729, in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. He died in 1763, in United States, at the age of 57.

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Family Time Line

James Herring
1706–1763
Mary Eaton
1706–1766
Marriage: 12 April 1729
Mary Herren
1734–
Sarah Herring
1735–
Mehitabel Herring
1740–
James Herring
1742–
Ebenezer Herring
1744–
Nathaniel Herring
1748–

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
12 April 1729
Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America
children

(6)

    Mary Herren

    Female1734–Female

    Female1735–Female

    Mehitabel Herring

    Female1740–Female

    James Herring

    Male1742–Male

    Ebenezer Herring

    Male1744–Male

+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

siblings

(9)

    Female1695–1740Female

    Female1697–1754Female

    Thomas Herring

    Male1700–1717Male

    Mary Herring

    Female1702–Female

    Female1703–1745Female

+4 More Children

Name Meaning

1 English, Scottish, Dutch, and German: metonymic occupational name for a herring fisher or for a seller of the fish, Middle English hering, Dutch haring, Middle High German hærinc. In some cases it may have been a nickname in the sense of a trifle, something of little value, a meaning which is found in medieval phrases and proverbial expressions such as ‘to like neither herring nor barrel’, i.e. not to like something at all.2 German: habitational name from Herringen in Westphalia.3 Dutch: from a personal name, a derivative of a Germanic compound name with the first element hari, heri ‘army’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • James Herring in entry for Ebenezer Herring, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • James Herring in entry for Mary Herring, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • James Herring, "New Jersey, Church Records, 1675-1970"

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