John Herring, born in 1798 in Albermarle Co. Virgina, was my great great great grandfather. At the age of 14, he was a drummer boy when he went with his older brother George to fight in the War of 1812. Afterwards, he served as a drum-major in the State militia of Virginia. After he came to Missouri in 1838, he was a farmer south of Fulton.
He married Lucy Carver (Born: Abt 1798) in Albemarle Co., Virginia on Dec 3, 1818.
From Albemarle Co., Virginia marriage records:
Herring, John & Lucy Carver 3 Dec 1818; min-John Goss, 3 Dec 1818 [Marr. Reg., 1806-1868, fol.23] b-George Carver wit- William Wertenbaker d- Jarrel Carver [B/C Papers, 1818-24]
Polly Carver, a sister of Lucy Carver, married George Washington Herring Sr. (John's brother) December 18, 1818. We have found no other records of Polly Carver and asumed she died within a couple of years of the marriage.
From the Albemarle marriage records: Herring, George & Polly Carver 16 Dec 1818; b-Jarrell Carver (father) who gives his consent wit-William Wertenbaker [B/C Papers, 1818-24]
Lucy Carver was born in 1796 in Virginia. She was a daughter of Jarrell Carver and Nancy Beck, who married Oct 16, 1795 in Albemarle Co. Va.. Jarrel was born about 1777 in Albemarle Co. Virginia was a son of William (b: abt 1749 d: abt 1811, Albemarle Va) and Mary Carver (b: abt 1753).
John Herring was a son of George and Elizabeth Closby (Glaspy) Herring of Albermarle Co. Virginia. George Herring was a son of Benjamin or John Benjamin Herring, born mid 1700's.
John and Lucy had 11 children while living in Virginia, and 1 child after they moved to Callaway Co. Missouri in 1838:
John Herring died September 14, 1864, in Callaway County Missouri, and is buried in the Herring Private Cemetery #2. This cemetery is located on his land, south of Fulton, Missouri.
On the 1870 Callaway county census, Lucy Herring was was living with her son Thomas and his family.
Mrs. Lucy Herring 16 Apr 1796 30 Mar 1873 11 April 1873 Missouri Telegraph (Callaway Co.)
Obituary Herring – In Callaway County, Mo., March 30, 1873, Mrs. Lucy Herring, in the 77th year of her age.
The subject of this notice was born in Albermarie County, Va., on the 16th of April, 1796. She, with her husband and family emigrated to this state in the fall of 1838, since which time she has resided in this county, She united with the Christian church at Mount Tabor in 1843, and for 30 years she adorned her profession by her blameless and upright walk, and practical exhibition of those graces which form the Christian charactor. Her's was a religion, which in it's mission of mercy and love, sought to minister at the bedside of affliction, to relieve the wants of the poor and needy, and by words of cheer and encouragement, to confort the desponding heart. To know "Grandma" Herring was to love her; and by her many friends (enemies she had none) her memory will long be cherished with mingled emotions of love and admiration. But this bereavement is more deeply felt by the surviving members of her own family, who can realize in her they have lost all that is embraced in the enduring name - Mother. To them be the consoling thought that in a ripe old age she has fallen asleep to reap the reward inherited only by the finally faithful.
John and Lucy are both buried in the Herring Private Cemetery #2, south of Fulton Mo. I have visited this cemetery, which was on their original land, and it is nearly destroyed. Parts of his stone were found, enough to identify it, but hers was not. Several of their children and grandchildren were also buried there. This cemetery is located right at the side of a dirt and gravel road, but the only thing to identify it as a burial ground are a few broken stones scattered about. There are 2 or 3 stones still standing. Another Missouri family cemetery that is being slowly destroyed.