Capt. William Gerrish

20 August 1617–9 August 1687 (Age 69)
Bristol, England

The Life of William

When Capt. William Gerrish was born on 20 August 1617, in Bristol, England, his father, Capt William Gerrish Sr, was 26 and his mother, Anne Martin, was 19. He married Joanna Lowell on 17 April 1645, in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States in 1663 and Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States in 1664. He died on 9 August 1687, in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, at the age of 69, and was buried in Forest Grove Cemetery, Lebanon, York, Maine, United States.

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Capt. William Gerrish
Joanna Lowell
Marriage: 17 April 1645
Judge John Gerrish
Abigail Gerrish
William Gerrish
Joseph Gerrish
Hon Deacon Benjamin Gerrish
Elizabeth Gerrish
Col. Moses Gerrish
Mary Gerrish
Anna Gerrish
Judith Gerrish

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17 April 1645
Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America


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World Events (3)

1620 · The Pilgrims Board the Mayflower

Age 3

"The Pilgrims boarded the Mayflower in search of religious freedom in the New World in September 1620. The Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England, with 102 passengers, 40 of whom called themselves ""Saints."" After two stormy months at sea, the ship reached the New World. Nearly half of the group died during their first winter due to malnutrition and the harsh New England winter."

Age 5

Historical Boundaries - 1820: York, Maine, United States
1642 · The English Civil War

Age 25

A series of conflicts regarding England's governance during the years 1642 to 1651 is now known as The English Civil War. Charles I summoned supporters to join him against his enemies in Parliament. In October 1642, nearly 10,000 men fought for Charles I and chased Parliament across the River Tamar. Fighting continued for years and was finally ended at the Battle of Worcester on September 3, 1651, with a Parliamentarian victory.

Name Meaning

1 English: nickname for an unpredictable, wayward person, from Middle English gerysshe ‘wild’, ‘changeable’. Compare Geary .2 Possibly an altered spelling of German Gerisch, a variant of Giersch .

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

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Capt. William Gerrish

William resided at Newbury, Mass. He and Joanna Lowell had ten children; he and Ann Parker had one child. William was first Captain of the Militia in Newbury. After Joanna died he moved to Bos …

Sources (3)

  • William Gerrish in entry for Parson Gerrish, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • William in entry for Henry Gearish, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • William Gerrish in entry for Bethia Gerrish, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"

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