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VAN GORCUM, Surinam, Curacao poss Jamaica.

PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 6:09 pm
by mike
Researching Benjamin HERRING b New York c1690, married Wendelina Van GORCUM in Curacao 1734. She was from Surinam and of Dutch descent. Their son John Fred HERRING b Curacao 1742. Benjamin possibly a merchant / ship owner / shipwright of Dutch (?) descent. I understand the HERRING name (English family?) was known in Jamaica around that time. Was there a connection? Appreciate any information or guidance

HERRING family

PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:40 pm
by theevath
I have also been researching this family. Benjamin (abt 1700-abt 1767) was the son of another Benjamin (abt 1675-bef1712) and Mary JANSEN (abt 1675-bef1745).
He first married Neeltje van Schaik on 20 Aug 1721 (DRC New York) and had two children before marrying Wendelina (the widow of Pieter Suwerts) on 30 Mar 1734 in Curacao. They had five children.
He had a sister, Martha Metje (-abt 1757) who married John FRED.
As far as I know, the first English connection was when grandson Benjamin HERRING (1771-1832) moved to England as a small boy on the remarriage of his mother.

Herring / Van Gorcum

PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 6:20 pm
by mike
Thanks for the message. Our Herring side is descended from Benjamin who came to England in the late 1700s with his (remarried) mother. I have been trying to find out about that Benjamin's Dutch/American ancestry. I have some of the New Amsterdam / New York connections but am having difficulty with the Curacao side of things and just what the Herrings were involved in. Records from that area and time seem quite difficult to find

PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:24 am
by theevath
Do you have any details of the British side of the Herrings? My line is through Benjamin Herring (1771-1832) and his son Charles Herring (1800-1871).

Charles' daughter, Priscilla Augusta Herring (1838-1872) married James Underwood (1836-1881) on 21 Sep 1861 at St Paul's, Lorrimore Square, London I am directly descended from that marriage.

My son has discovered the burial place of both Priscilla and James, in the last couple of days, to be Nunhead Cemetery, Southwark, London.


Herring / Van Gorcum

PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 10:26 am
by mike
Hi Paul
The descent is on my wife's side. Her ancestor is Benjamin's son Francis Herring

PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 3:28 pm
by theevath
Have you ever found any meaningful data on Sarah Jemima Howard's exact date of borth in 1773 or her ancestors?

I, and at least one other researcher, have drawn a blank on details of her parents, Thomas Howard and Sarah Lacey, and on their parents.

I suspect Sarah Lacey's parents were John Lasey (b.abt. 1700 Goodworth Clatford) and Sarah Whiting.


Herring / Van Gorcum

PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 10:40 am
by mike
I haven't followed that line up yet so I have no information. I'll start looking but if you haven't come up with much it may be another brick wall (of which I have enough already !)


PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 8:02 pm
by theevath

Do you have any detail of Francis HERRING's descendants that you could share?


Re: VAN GORCUM, Surinam, Curacao poss Jamaica.

PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 3:46 pm
by jager
Regarding Sarah Lacey's antecedents, my information is that her parents were John Lacey and Sarah Whiting. But their parents were John Lacey and Elizabeth Hopkins (m 1699 at Goodworth Clatford Hampshire), and Joseph Whiting and Sarah Cheapman (m. 24.1.1698 at Portsea St Mary's).

Mainly to theevah

I am a new entrant and I am particularly interested in the antecedents of Benjamin Herring (1675-1712) and his wife Mary Jansen (1675-1745) and the de Jagers of Curacao and latterly Surinam (after the marriage of Gijsbertha de Jager's marriage to Cornelius Johannes van Leeuwaarden). I am related to Charles Herring whose daughter Gysbertha Maria Herring married my great grand father Gardiner Wigley.

Both my aunt and sister were christened Gysbertha!

I have located the plantations held by the de Jagers Leeuwaardens in Surinam on Lavaux's 1737 map of Surinam(e).

After leaving British New York, Benjamin Herring (1771-1832) was an upholsterer/ fringe maker of 88 Newgate Street London and became governor of Winchester Gaol.

I have basic details of all of Charles Herring's immediate offspring, including Priscilla Augusta, so we share a common great great grandfather

This is probably old hat to the seasoned researchers, but hopefully it may be of interest.