Col. GERRISH Henry

Col. GERRISH Henry[1]

Male 1742 - 1806  (64 years)

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  • Name GERRISH Henry 
    Prefix Col. 
    Born 3 May 1742  Contoocook=>Boscawen, Merrimack, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    _UID D0EE5F00941D45F3A329C030913BB24484D4 
    Died 15 May 1806  [2
    Buried Aft 15 May 1806  Boscawen, Merrimack, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • (Maplewood Cemetery.)
    Col. Henry Gerrish gravestone
    Col. Henry Gerrish gravestone
    Notes 
    • Col. Henry Gerrish was in the American Revolution and has a DAR marker on his grave as does his father, Stephen Gerrish. He was a large land owner and prominent citizen of Boscawen.  He lived on Fish Street and was a Blacksmith and Land Surveyer, forged mill-cranks, made mill saws in his forge and on a common anvil. He kept a Tavern and his house was known as The Travellors Home.  Many people too poor to pay for a bed spent a night under his roof of bear skins by a large old-fashioned fireplace in his barroom.  He was elected Grand Jurer to his Majesty's Superior Court at Amherst.

      In 1766, at the age of twenty-four, he was an ensign in the militia, and a selectman. He was often elected moderator at town meetings. He was elected delegate to the first State convention, in 1774; again in 1775, representing Boscawen and Salisbury; again in 1779 and '80.

      He was a land surveyor and his services were called for in every direction, not only by the citizens of Boscawen, but of the surrounding towns. He was called upon to lay out roads. Being a justice of the peace, he was often selected as the fair-minded and judicious magistrate and arbiter, to settle the difficulties between the citizens of the town and county.

      In January 1775 he was chosen as a Delegate to elect the Second Continental Congress. He was a Captain in the militia at the beginning of the Revolution and at the news of the Battle of Lexington on 19 April 1775 he marched with the Minutemen to Medford.  He was a Lt. Col in Stickney's regiment at the time of the Bennington Campaign and was present at the surrender of British forces at Burgoyne. He returned to serve as Moderator and Town Clerk in Boscawen. In 1786, the 21st Regiment of New Hampshire Militia was formed and he was appointed Colonel. He married Martha Clough, whose wedding petticoat is in the museum at Boscawen, NH.  Martha grew the flax, spun and dyed the yarn, wove the material, cut and sewed the skirt and designed and sewed the flowers on it.  It has traveled all over with different family members, in Alaska and Colorado, keeping it in excellent condition and finally donated to the historical museum to display.  There is also a photo in the display case at the museum of her granddaughter wearing it.

      Rev. Mr. Price says of him, that "from early life he was a professor of religion, and uniformly gave his support to religious society. He acquired a great estate, and brought up a large family of children, the most of whom he lived to see well-settled, and whose habits evidenced that his government over them was salutary; and his house, though for many years the stranger's home, was a house of order."
    Person ID I89904  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 12 Feb 2011 

    Father Capt. GERRISH Stephen,   b. 22 Jan 1711, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1788, Boscawen, Merrimack, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother HALE Joanna,   b. Jun 1715, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. CA 1792, Boscawen, Merrimack, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years) 
    Married 15 Jul 1741  Contoocook=>Boscawen, Merrimack, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Family ID F8429  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family CLOUGH Martha,   b. 10 Nov 1742, Canterbury, Merrimack, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 1826, Boscawen, Merrimack, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 10 Nov 1763  Canterbury, Merrimack, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Lieut. GERRISH Jeremiah,   b. 8 Aug 1764, Boscawen, Merrimack, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1836, Boscawen, Merrimack, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     2. GERRISH Sarah,   b. 3 Apr 1766, Boscawen, Merrimack, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1839  (Age 73 years)
     3. GERRISH Moses,   b. 17 Feb 1768, Boscawen, Merrimack, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1854  (Age 86 years)
     4. Lieut. GERRISH Stephen,   b. 16 Apr 1770, Boscawen, Merrimack, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1815, Boscawen, Merrimack, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
     5. GERRISH Henry,   b. 29 May 1772, Boscawen, Merrimack, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1862, Boscawen, Merrimack, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     6. GERRISH Hannah,   b. 14 Aug 1774, Boscawen, Merrimack, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1855  (Age 80 years)
     7. GERRISH Martha,   b. 14 May 1777, Boscawen, Merrimack, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1855, New Buffalo, Berrien, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     8. GERRISH Jacob,   b. 10 Nov 1779, Boscawen, Merrimack, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1861  (Age 81 years)
     9. GERRISH Susannah,   b. 28 Feb 1782, Boscawen, Merrimack, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 1867  (Age 84 years)
     10. GERRISH Joseph,   b. 25 Mar 1784, Boscawen, Merrimack, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 May 1851  (Age 67 years)
     11. Deacon GERRISH Thomas,   b. 12 Sep 1786, Boscawen, Merrimack, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1875, Webster, Merrimack, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    Last Modified 2 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F35556  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 3 May 1742 - Contoocook=>Boscawen, Merrimack, New Hampshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Nov 1763 - Canterbury, Merrimack, New Hampshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Aft 15 May 1806 - Boscawen, Merrimack, New Hampshire Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Veteran & Patriot of the Revolutionary War
    Veteran & Patriot of the Revolutionary War

  • Sources 
    1. [S4617] Book-The History of Boscawen and Webster [NH], 1:379-381a.

    2. [S4617] Book-The History of Boscawen and Webster [NH], 2:539.

    3. [S86] Death-gravestone, Maplewood Cemetery; Boscawen, NH.

    4. [S331] Book-Little-Descendants of George Little, p.18.

    5. [S1890] CD-Mary Adams Rolfe Papers, Disk #2 Follansbee through Long.