This article was written by my great-grandfather, Prof. Addison E. Verrill of Yale University (a renowned scientist). He wrote a number of articles that were published in 1914 in a Norway, ME newspaper, (The Norway Advertiser, I think).
"The Greenwood Herricks all appear to be descendants of Joseph Herrick of Gloucester, Mass., born in 1750, and died in 1842, aged 92 years. His wife was Tryphosia Groves.
"Perhaps all are also descendants of his son, John Grover Herrick, who moved from Gloucester, Mass., to Minot, Me., about 1772, and Elizabeth (Bray) Herrick, of Gloucester, who was born in 1755 and died in 1824. He was born in 1750 and died in 1842, and was married in 1772. He had a family of ten children.
"Amoung his sons were two who moved from Minot to Greenwood, and settled on Patch Mountain, about 1810.
"These were Joseph, born in 1773, and Israel, born in 1780. I know little more about Israel than the facts that his farm adjoined that of Elder Yates and that he gave half of the land for the graveyard, between the farms. Whether he left descendants, I do not know.
"Joseph Herrick, eldest son of John G., was certainly the ancester of all the Herrick families that I knew in Greenwood. He was mentioned in Article No. 20. (This article, which I have, is regarding the Herrick and Garland Families. Please email me if you are interested.) He was born in 1773, and died in 1831, aged 58 years. He married, in 17;96, Lydia Safford of Minot. I remember her, as a very old appearing, but a very lively and cheerful little woman, when I was a small boy. She died in 1854, aged about 77 years. The neighbors all called her 'Aunt Lydia'.
"Joseph and Lydia Herrick had five children at least, that grew up; these were Joseph Jr., born in 1799, died in 1849; Benjamin, born in 1801; Jacob, born in 1807; Almira, born in 1813, died in 1838; and Henry, born in 1818.
"Joseph, Jr., the eldest son, was often called Captain Joseph, because he had been the Captain of a militia company. He married Jeanette Bearce, in 1824, and had two children, viz.: Willard, born in 1828; and Almira, born in 1834, who married Isaac Noyes of Greenwood, and had five children.
"Willard Herrick, son of Joseph, Jr., married Priscilla Nason Moody, of Minot or Auburn. Their children were Sarah, born in 1857; Willard E., born in 1860; Ella, born in 1864; Ralph L., born in 1872.
"Willard Herrick was at sundry times chosen chairman of the selectmen; member of the school committee, etc. His farm was near the main Patch Mountain road, not far from the I.P. Furlong farm.
"Benjamin Herrick, second son of Joseph, was mentioned, with most of his family, in Article No. 20. He was married in 1826 and died in 1856. They had eleven children, but some died young. Several, merit more detailed notice than given in No. 20.
"Judge Addison E. Herrick, sixth child of Benjamin and Maria (Garland) Herrick, was born in 1846, in Greenwood. He married Mary D. Chase, of Bethel, in 1882. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1873.
"He taught school at Farmington, ME., in 1877, and was principal of the Academy at Bluehill, Me., for three years. He was admitted to the bar in 1877, and was practicing law in 1881, at Bethel in partnership with Enoch Foster, and since 1890, in the firm of Herrick and Park. He has been treasurer of the Bethel Savings Bank, and the Bethel Water Co., and since 1899, a member of the firm Kilborn and Herrick, dealers in timber lands.
"He was a member of the Maine House of Representatives in 1891, and of the Senate in 1893. He has been Judge of the Probate Court of Oxford County since 1898; and Overseer of Bowdoin College, since 1906; and a member of the board for examination of applicants for admission to the bar, since 1908.
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