810 John Pederick Mary Brown
1625 -1686 1637 - 1717
Eleanor Knott
1675 - 1759
1683 - 1759
711 Joseph Pederick
bp. 26 Sep 1703
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
d. 11 Jan 1770
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

Sarah Martin

b. About 1705
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
d. 26 Oct 1788
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Relationship Events:
9 May 1725 Mariage Joseph Pederick to Sarah Martin
Ancestor Leaf 611 Mary Pederick (Pedrick) bp 12 Nov 1727 (born about 1725) in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 28 Jul 1801 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Robert Girdler 22 Feb 1749 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Seven Children: Robert (1), Sarah, Eleanor, Margaret, Robert (2), Joseph and Thomas Girdler
  Joseph Pederick bp.12 Nov 1727 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA;
  Sarah Pederick bp. 6 Sep 1730 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Nicholson Broughton 26 Sep 1749 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Six Children: Sarah (1), Sarah (2), Nicholson (1), Anna, Eleanor, and Nicholson (2) Broughton
  Captain John Pederick bp. 19 Aug 1733 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA;

Mehitable Stacey 25 Mar 1756 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

Eight Children: Sarah, Mehitable, John, Lydia, Joseph, Mary, Annis, and Ebenezer Pederick
  Captain Thomas Pederick bp. 8 Feb 1735 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 23 Sep 1802

1, Mary Peach 7 Oct 1762; 2) Amy Nicholson 21 Sep 1782; 3) Mary Pattin 3 Jan 1799 all in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

No Birth Records for Children
  Captain William Pederick bp. 26 Feb 1737 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 24 Oct 1803 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

Mary Barker 11 Aug 1763 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

Six Children: Joseph, Mary, Ruth, John, Sarah, and John Barker Pederick
  Benjamin Pederick bp. 9 Mar 1739 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; before 1805

Lost at Sea

  Richard Pederick b. 7 Mar 1742 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; before 30 Nov 1777

1. Mary Bartoll 29 Mar 1765

2. Elizabeth Carder 15 Nov 1769 both in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

Richard and Mary: One Child Sarah Pederick

Richard and Elizabeth: Six Children: Richard, John, Joseph, Elizabeth, Benjamin, and Hannah Pederick

  Samuel Pederick bp. 11 Mar 1743 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; probate administered 1 Jun 1772

Sarah Stacey 29 Oct 1767 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA (Sarah married William Curtis after Samuel's death).

One Child: Sarah Pederick
  Knott Pederick bp. 20 Jul 1746 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; Estate probated 5 Nov 1805

Mary Dixey 5 Apr 1768 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

Nine Children: Knott, Mary, Sarah, Joseph, John, Ann, Nancy, Eleanor, and Emma Pederick
  Eleanor Pederick bp. 27 Mar 1748 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA


What We Know


We can glean a little information about this family from the probate and death records of some of the sons. We know that Joseph's grandfather, the original immigrant to America, came with money, furniture, and many servants, laborers and tools. We know that Sarah's father was a sea captain. John, Thomas, and William were all designated as "Captain" in some of their records, but what that designates is unclear. They may have captained sailing vessels or they may have obtained the rank during military activities.

Joseph and Sarah had numerous children. Their son Samuel's profession on his probate record designates him as a "goldsmith." Unfortunately, he died fairly young, after the birth of his daughter Sarah. Sarah Stacey Pederick, his widow, married William Courtis (Curtis) on 18 Jun 1772. William and Sarah Courtis had seven children: William, Ambrose, Mary, Thomas, Stacey (1), Betsy and Stacey (2).


Knott and Thomas were both listed as "merchants" in their probate records. We know from the Marblehead Historical Society that Richard was a Revolutionary War patriot. We also know that Knott's son captained the Schooner "Polly" in 1792.

According to the (LDS) site, Benjamin was "lost at sea" before 1805.

And from the article on Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story, we learn that John Pederick, father of Mehitable Pedrick, Story's mother, that John was a "wealthy shipping merchant who would lose most of his fortune during the Revolutionary War."

We have no records whatsoever for Joseph and Sarah's son Joseph, Jr. or their youngest child Eleanor. It's possible that they died young.


Excerpts from Joseph's probate documents indicate the professions of some of the family::





The Birth Records of the Children of Joseph and Sarah Martin Pederick (Pedrick) are in the next set:

The marriage records of these children are in the next set:

The next set of records are death records for various members of the family. A few probate records follow:

The newspaper clipping below is an advertisement relating to the estate of John Pederick's father-in-law Ebenezer Stacey (father of his wife Mehitable). He is designated as "Captain" here. By the way, Ebenezer was the son of our direct descendants Deacon John Stacey and his wife Agnes Pederick.

The Pederick children and grandchildren grew up to experience the excitement of the American Revolution. Some probably served. We know that Mary's son Robert Girdler, Jr. has an authenticated Revolutionary War record. The records below appear for Pedericks with the names of this family. Because there were numerous Pedericks in Marblehead, it cannot be determined if these apply to our family, but they're offered as a possibility. Robert Girdler Jr.'s record mentions Col John Glover's regiment as well as Captain Edward Fettypace, both mentioned below.


The Marblehead Historic Society has the following record on Richard Pederick (Pedrick). The "Jr." in those days didn't always mean the son of a like-named man -- it often meant the second so-named man in the community (a nephew, cousin, or the like).

The LDS Record for Son Benjamin report his death as "Lost at Sea"

Joseph Story, Great Grandson of Joseph and Sarah Martin Pederick and Great Great Grandson of Deacon John Stacey and Agnes Pederick

Two of our ancestral families were also ancestral families to Joseph Story.

1. Deacon John Stacey married Agnes Pedrick. John and Agnes had a son Ebenezer who married Lydia Bowden. Ebenezer and Lydia Bowden Stacey had Mehitable Stacey, who married John Pederick. Their daughter Mehitable Pederick was the wife of Dr. Elisha Story and the mother of Joseph Story.

2. Joseph Pederick married Sarah Martin and their son John married Mehitable Stacey. John and Mehitable had Mehitable Pederick, who married Elijah Story, and they had Joseph Story.

Joseph StoryJoseph Story (September 18, 1779 – September 10, 1845) was an American lawyer and jurist who served on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1811 to 1845. He is most remembered today for his opinions in Martin v. Hunter's Lessee and The Amistad, along with his magisterial Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, first published in 1833. Dominating the field in the 19th century, this work is one of the chief cornerstones of early American jurisprudence. It is the first comprehensive treatise ever written on the U.S. Constitution, and remains a great source of historical information of the formation and early struggles to define the American republic. It also is organized in a way antithetical to modern books on the subject; rather than starting with judicial review and leapfrogging to areas of main interest, Story methodically goes through the Constitution phrase by phase, covering topics most other constitutional commentaries ignore.

Story had opposed Jacksonian democracy and said it was "oppression" of property rights by republican governments when popular majorities in the 1830s began to restrict and erode the property rights of the minority of rich men.. Newmyer (1985) presents Story as a "Statesman of the Old Republic" who tried to be above democratic politics and to shape the law in accordance with the republicanism of Story's heroes, Alexander Hamilton and John Marshall, as well as the New England Whigs of the 1820s and 1830s such as Daniel Webster. ]Historians agree that Justice Story--as much or more than Marshall or anyone else--did indeed reshape American law in a conservative direction that protected property rights.

Story was born at Marblehead, Massachusetts. His father was Dr. Elisha Story (1743–1805), a member of the Sons of Liberty who took part in the Boston Tea Party in 1773. Doctor Story moved from Boston to Marblehead during the war. His first wife, Ruth (née Ruddock) soon died, leaving children, and Story remarried in November, 1778, to Mehitable Pedrick, nineteen, the daughter of a wealthy shipping merchant who would lose most of his fortune during the Revolutionary War. Joseph was the first-born of the many children of this second marriage.

As a boy, Joseph Story studied at the Marblehead Academy until the fall of 1794 when his father withdrew him from school because the schoolmaster, William Harris (later president of Columbia University), beat Story for some minor offense. On his second attempt, Story was accepted at Harvard University in January, 1795, with the class of 1798. At Harvard, he was an excellent and well-behaved student and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After graduating second in his class, he read law in Marblehead under Samuel Sewall, then a congressman and later chief justice of Massachusetts. He later read law under Samuel Putnam in Salem.

He was admitted to the bar at Salem, Massachusetts, in 1801. As the only lawyer in Essex County aligned with the Jeffersonian Democratic-Republicans, he was hired as counsel to the powerful Republican shipping firm of George Crowninshield & Sons. He was a poet as well and published "The Power of Solitude" in 1804, one of the first long poems by an American. In 1805 he was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where he served until 1808, when he succeeded a Croninshield to become one of Essex County's representatives in Congress, serving from December 1808 to March 1809, during which he led the successful effort to put an end to Jefferson's Embargo against maritime commerce. He re-entered the private practice of law in Salem and was again elected to the state House of Representatives, which he served as Speaker in 1811.

Story's young wife, Mary F.L. Oliver, died in June 1805, shortly after their marriage and two months after the death of his beloved father. In August, 1808, he married Sarah Waldo Wetmore, the daughter of Judge William Wetmore of Boston. They would have seven children, though only two, Mary and William Wetmore Story, survived to adulthood. Their son became a noted poet and sculptor (his bust of his father is in the entrance to the Harvard Law School Library) who would publish The Life and Letters of Joseph Story (2 vols., Boston and London, 1851).Volume I and Volume II

(Note: Mary F. L. Oliver, Story's wife who died in 1805 is related to the Thomas Oliver who settled in Boston. She is not related to our Thomas Oliver who settled in Salem).



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