|John Pedrick||Miriam (Surname Unknown)|
|abt. 1624 in England||b. abt. 1637|
|d. 1686 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts||d. Sep 1717 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts|
|Marriage||Abt. 1654||John Pedrick to Miriam (unknown surname)|
|4 Dec 1688||Miriam, widow of John Pedrick, to Richard Gross|
|Known Children (All locations were in Marblehead unless otherwise stated)|
|Agnes Pedrick b. abt. 1655; m. About 1673 John Stacey (b. abt. 1649, d. 23 Mar 1705); fourteen children: John, Samuel, Abigail, Elizabeth, William, Edward, Benjamin, Miriam, Grace, Michael, Ezekiel, Sarah, Andrew, Ebenezer Stacey; d. 19 Jun 1715|
|John Pedrick, Jr. b. abt. 1660; m. 10 Jan 1688 Mary Brown(e); Nine children: John, William, Miriam, Benjamin, Mary, Richard, Joseph, Samuel, and William Pederick; d. 1706|
|Mary Pedrick b. about 1661; m. John Searle (b. abt. 1657, d. probate Nov 1691 in Salem); Miriam, Annis, Thomas, possibly John and Sarah Serle; d. aft. 1691|
|Ann Pedrick b. abt. 1663; m. 1) bef. 1686 John Barrett (d. bef. 30 Jan 1688) - three children: Richard, John, Ebenezer Barrett; 2) 30 Jan 1688 Pentecost Blackinton (d. in Attleborough, Bristol, Massachusetts 24 Sep 1715) - seven children: Elizabeth, Benjamin, Pentecost, Miriam, John, Mary, and Sarah Blackinton; d. before 27 Dec 1702|
|Sarah Pedrick b. abt. 1666; m. 1) 15 Sep 1682 Henry Brintnall (bef. 24 Jun 1690) - three children: Henry, Miriam, and Sarah Brintnall 2) 3 Mar 1691 David Oliver, Jr. (d. after 1732) - seven children: Grace, David, Thomas, Miriam, Sarah, John, and Jacob Oliver|
|Miriam Pedrick b. abt. 1669; m. 1) 2 Jan 1689 Samuel Waldron (b. Feb 1658, d. 8 Dec 1691) - one child: Samuel Waldron; 2) 12 Apr 1694 Benjamin Henley (b. bef. 1672, d. by Sep 1704 - two children: John and Miriam Hendley; 3) 29 Sep 1704 Abraham Lasher (d. aft. 1718) - one child: Elizabeth Lasher; d. after 1723|
|Elizabeth Pedrick b. abt. 1672; one illegitimate child: Elizabeth Pedrick; m. 1) 26 May 1695 Thomas Rhodes (probate 3 Sep 1702) - three children: Thomas, Mary, and Henry Rhodes; 2) 30 Aug 1708 Joseph Aborne (b. 24 Apr 1674 in Salem, Probate 27 Dec 1712) 3) Unknown Bull|
|Benjamin Pedrick b. abt. 1675; d. aft. Jul 1727; no further information|
|Johanna Pedrick b. 1680; m. 27 Mar 1698 Elias Cooke (b. 4 Mar 1679); three children: Elias, Miriam, and Elizabeth Cooke; d. after Jul 1727|
John and Miriam Pedrick parented three of the direct ancestors in this Family Tree. The chart below traces our ancestry to its Pedrick roots.
John Pedrick (also spelled Pederick or Pederithe) was one of the early settlers in Marblehead. His origins before he arrived in the Colony are a grand mystery. It is purported that this John may have been the son of a regicide (Sir John Bourchier) and had changed his name when leaving England for America.
Samuel Roads wrote in the History and Traditions of Marblehead, page 334:
One of the earliest of those who erected houses and resided upon the Neck was John Pedrick, whose name appears among the householders of Marblehead in 1665. He possessed a large amount of property in real estate, and being a man of considerable means, devoted much of his time to the cultivation of the soil. From records and traditions of his family. it appears that he was of high lineage, and that Pedrick was not his real name. Coming to America at a time when the English government strongly opposed the emigration of families of upper class, a disguise was rendered necessary, and he had recourse, as did many other of his rank and station in society, to an assumed name. He brought with him money, servants, laborers, farming implements, and household furniture. Some of the persons who came with him, it is said — but in no way related to him or his family — were permitted to take his name. That it was his intention to throw off the disguise and resume his legitimate name there can be little doubt, but as the years passed on and his property accumulated, it was evident that the act would be attended by great inconvenience, and the idea was abandoned.
Over the generations his family would assemble a massive fleet of clipper ships that would trade as far as China, India and Brazil during the 18th century. Major John Pedrick, son of our direct ancestors Richard and Sarah Martin Pedcrick himself owned 25 vessels. (Be sure to visit the documents section there). The Martins also saw generations of maritime Captains. Much of this fleet was destroyed during the American Revolutionary War.
John Pedrick settled in Marblehead about 1648, and like most Marbleheaders, took up fishing. We know from various sources that about 1654 at the age of 29 or so, John married a woman named Miriam when she was 17 years of age. Together between 1655 and 1680 they had nine known children who survived to adulthood with 25 years between the eldest, Agnes, and their last born, Joanna. In the 1670s, the family moved to eight acres of land on Marblehead Neck.
John died between August 1686 when his will was written and October of the same year, when his estate was probated. His will gave insight to the names of his children who were all mentioned receiving 1/4 acre each with the resideue to his wife for her lifetime, with a double share then going to John as the oldest son and the remainder split evenly among the other eight.
His widow Miriam was 49 years old at the time her husband died. She married Richard Grose (Gross) in 1688, and they were together almost 23 years until his death in 1711. She died at the age of 80 in 1717, and as inscribed on her tombstone at Old Burial Hill, she left 180 living children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. In 1674, Marblehead had 114 householders. John and Miriam Pedrick made a significant contribution to the population of Marblehead. Their son John and all their daughters married and had familiies, some of them quite large. Three descendants who achieved relative renown were US Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story (son of Dr. Elijah and Mehitable Pedrick Story), his son William Wetmore Story, and the actress Barbara Stanwyck.
The descendency for Justice Story: John and Ann Pedrick > John Pedrick and Mary Brown > Joseph Pedrick and Sarah Martin > Major John Pedrick and Mehitable Stacey > Mehitable Pedrick and Dr. Elisha Story > Justice Chief Story. (Justice Story and his wife Sarah Waldo Whetmore were the parents of sculptor William Whetmore Story).
The descendancy of Barbara Stanwyck: John and Ann Pedrick> Sarah Pedrick and David Oliver > David Oliver > Hannah Stacey > John Oliver and Mary Shortwell > Mary Oliver and Thomas Srephens > Thomas Stevens and Sarah Grover > Joseph Stevens and Abby Spencer > Byron Stevens and Catherine McPhee > Ruby Catherine Stevens aka Barbara Stanwyck.
The goal of this project is to trace every line of ancestry to the arrival of its first immigrant to America. The basic information of each couple is considered complete when we know the dates of birth, marriage, and death for both spouses. their parents' names (or whether they were the immigrant), and the child or children in our ancestry line.
The research on this family is basically complete.