George W. Herring was my great great gandfather. He was born in Albemarle Co. Virginia in 1794. His father, George Herring, named him after George Washington, his father's (Benjamin) commander in the Revolutionary War. He was the son of George Herring and Elizabeth Closeby, both of Albemarle Co. Va.
Herring Family Cemetery pictures
Township 47N, Range 8W southwest of Unity Church+
There are two Herring Family cemeteries. The Callaway County Historical Society refers to them and Herring #1 and Herring #2. #1 is located on George Washington Herring's original land. #2 is on John and Lucy Carver Herring's Land. Herring #1 is in much better shape than Herring #2, it is on farmland and fenced. It is slowly crumbling away with age, but at least it is being protected. The two cemeteries are not far from each other, but both are hard to find.
George W and Lucy Simco
Herring, George - died July 23 1876
Herring, Lucy - Nov 28 1808-April 7 1896- wife of G. W. Herring
Taken from engravings on the headstones.
From the 1850 census index, Callaway County, Missouri, shows George Herring (54) and wife Lucy (53), several of their children, and his brothers and their families.Click here for Herrings listed on the 1850 census index and the actual census page showing George W. Herring family in 1850.
From the 1870 census, Fulton Township, Callaway County, Missouri, shows George Herring (76) and wife Lucy (60), son Willis D. (18) living on the farm. Click here for actual census page.
original land in Callaway Co. Missouri.
G.W. and Lucy Herring's farm was just southwest of Fulton, east of what is now Route 54.
46n 09 1876 8 G.W. Herring (must be Sr.) 80 acres (school on NE edge, small creek running through land. Just west of Hams Prairie, NW of county farm) Click here for plat map.
46n 09 1897 8 Mrs. Lucy Herring 80 acres (school just above NE edge, small creek running through land poss. named Dich Branch) a road runs the east side, intersects the road from Hams Prairie. That road goes on south side to west border, and then angles S.W. House was in the south west corner of lot, on west edge just a little to the north of south edge.Click here for plat map.
Headline: Soldiers of the War of 1812 in Callaway County,
published April 7, 1871, Fulton Telegraph, Fulton, Callaway County, Missouri.
We are endebted to Mr. J. C. Renshaw, claim agent for the following list of a portion of the soldiers of the War of 1812, who resided in Callaway County:
Stephen H. Hyten, aged 76; Jno. B. Finley; James Davis, aged 82 years; Jno. W. Galwith, aged 78 years; Gideon Games, was at the battle of Thames, where Tecumpsch was killed.; Geo. T. Johnson, aged 81 years; Joel Adcock, aged 79 yeas. Guarded Norfolk, Virginia; Dan'l Brown, age 78 years; Patrick Ewing, aged 78 years. Guarded Norfolk, VA;Samuel Rieley, aged 80 years; Geo. Herring, age 77 years; William B. Garrett, aged 75 years; Wiley Vinson, aged 78 years. Guarded public stores, at Peachland Choctaw Nation.
from the book: A history of the pioneer families of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri.: Lucas Bros., 1935, 589 pgs.
written in 1876
Herring, George Herring, of Virginia, married Elizabeth Closby and they had Jonathan, George, John, and Nathan. The three last named were soldiers in the war of 1812, and they afterward married and settled in Callaway county. George married Lucy Sinco, John married Lucy Carver, and Nathan married Susan Hill.
Obit, Callaway Gazette
Death of a Veteran
Died at his residence several miles south of this place, on Sunday last, Mr. George Herring, aged 86 years. He was a soldier of the War of 1812 and a pensioner at the time of his death. He was a native of Virginia and emigrated to this state in 1835, settled in this county where he has resided ever since. He leaves and aged companion together with ten children and a large number of relatives and friends.
He had been for a number of years a member of the Christian church. On Monday last his funeral was preached by his beloved paster, Elder A. Rice, to a large number of mourning relatives and friends. After which, his remians were deposited in the family cemetery.
He was a kind neighbor, an affectionate husband, and an indulgent parent. He lived a consistent christian life, died in peace, and biding earch adieu, has been gathered, as the ripened ear, to the garner of the Lord to go out no more forever.
obit - Mrs. Lucy Herring Abt 89 7 Apr 1896 10 April 1896 Callaway Weekly Gazette Mrs. Lucy Herring Dead
Mrs. Lucy Herring, aged 89 years, died at her home six miles south of Fulton, Tuesday, of old age.
Mrs. Herring is the mother of nine children, four girls and five boys. Her funeral was conducted Wednesday afternoon by Elder Otto.
*note about obit - there were 12 children 5 boys and 5 girls. At the time of Lucy's death there were 9 living children, 4 girls and 5 boys. Two children died as infants.
In Memory of Mrs. Lucy Herring
Ham's Prairie, Mo. May 28
The subject of this brief notice was the daughter of James and Sallie Simcoe and was born in Albemarle county, Va., Nov. 8, 1808, and on Dec. 3, 1829 married Geo. W. Herring. In the autumn of 1835 they bade audieu to the scenes of their childhood and eary youth and came overland to Missouri, arriving in Callaway county in October of the same year. Her husband was a soldier in the war of 1812 and took part in the most noted land engagements. His death occurred July 23rd, 1878. Since, she has resided on the old homestead with her son, W.D. Herring.
Mrs. Herring was the mother of 12 children - two having died in infancy - the rest living to adult age, are Jeames, J. L., W. H., G. W., and W. D. The daughters are: Mesdames Brandon, Craighead, Fletcher (now dead), Gannaway and King.
Her death was the resolt of a severe attack of catarrhal pnuemonia and occurred Tuesday, April 7, 1896, aged 87 years, 4 months, and 19 days. She had been a resident of the county 61 years and had witnessed the almost marvelous changes wrought by the hands of the hardy, industrious pioneers and their worthy descendants. Usually extreme old age is attended by loss of mind and bodily vigor, but her mental powers remained unabated and the lamp of reason went out only in the delirium that preceded death.
Mrs. Herring was esteemed ___ by those most intimate with her and leaves a memory rich with the details of a life well lived and of a work well done. She was blessed with a disposition that was above the evil speaking, scandal loving, as it has been said of her that she was never known to speak an unkind word of anyone.
On Wednesday, April 8th, she was laid to rest in the family buring ground to await the final summons. She has finished a long and useful life, loved and respected by all who knew her and leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to lament her death.
To her there is no death,
What seems so is transition,
This life of mortal breath,
Is but a suburb of the life elysian
Whose portal we call death.