George Herrick

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George Herrick (c. 1658–1695) was the "Marshal" for the Court of Oyer and Terminer during the Salem Witch Trials. There is no firm evidence that George Herrick was connected with constable Joseph Herrick although George and Henry were referred to as "kinsmen" by Sidney Perley[who?] in The History of Salem. Joseph ended as a skeptic and opponent of the trials, but Marshal Herrick was one of the most vigorous of the prosecutors. Joseph was born and raised in Salem, George Herrick had not been in New England for many years as of 1692. George and his wife Martha had four children.

George Herrick described himself as "bred a gentleman, and not much used to work". He was described by those who knew him as a "very tall, handsome man, very regular and devout in his attendance at church, religious without bigotry, and having every man's good word." In several of the witch cases, George Herrick is listed as a plaintiff. Marshal Herrick presented the court with his own petition on December 8, 1692; begging the magistrates to pay him "overtime" wages for the hard work he had done during the trials.[1]

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  1. ^ Herrick Genealogy; accessed December 23, 2014.