Note: Frederick's original name was Godfrey/Gottfried ("Fred" is apparently his nickname for "Gottfried"). "Gottfried Herring" was on the ships passenger list from 1833 when he immigrated to the U.S. with his parents when he was 7 years old. He is listed as "Godfred Harig" in the 1850 census of Verona, Oneida Co., N.Y. (on the same census page as his brothers). He used the name Godfrey when he married and purchased land. Because there was another Godfrey Herrig who lived in the same area there has been some confusion about which "Godfrey Herrig" married Margaret Peters in 1851. The other Godfrey Herrig later married Caroline Mehl. The 1855 census of Verona lists both families. One is Godfrey Herrig, 32, listed with Margaret, 28; Susan A. [Amanda Susan], 2; Sally A. [Anna Sarah], 1; and Saloma, 56. The other family in this same census taken the same day (June 27, 1855) lists Godfrey Herrig, 31; his wife Caroline, 19, and her sister, Mary "Meal", 11. Although Frederick never used the name Godfrey in later life there is no indication in any of the marriage or death records of his 8 children that anyone other than Frederick was the father of those children.
Frederick's birth date is based on his age at time of death (72 yrs 8 mos 6 days) which in turn is from a family Bible which belonged to Violet (Fox) Towne, which she got from her mother, June Margaret (Elliott) Fox Palmer, plus this same death date and age is on Frederick's death certificate. His wife, Margaret's, age at the time of death (67 yrs 3 mos 6 days) is from this same Bible. Violet also reported the name Herrig was changed to Herring (the name is variously spelled as Harrig, Haring, etc.). Frederick ("Godfrey") married Margaret Peters in the Lutheran Evangelical Church at Verona Mills in Oneida Co. and "Godfrey" and Margaret purchased land there in 1853 (this same land was sold in 1858 to John Peters while they were all living in the neighboring Lewis County). "Godfrey" and Margaret are in the 1855 state census of Verona (see below). Frederick and family are in the 1860 census of Greig Twp., Lewis Co., as follows: Frederick, 34; Margaret, 34; Susan A., 7; Anna S., 6; George A., 5; Margaret E., 3; and Albert C., 9/12). Frederick and family are in the 1870 census of Arcadia Twp., Wayne Co., N.Y., which lists Frederick "Herring" as a day laborer, while their 3 oldest children (Amanda, Anna, and George) worked in a fruit factory (the entire family is listed in this census as follows: Frederick, 48; Margaret, 44; Amanda, 17; Anna, 16; George, 14; Emaline, 12; Clinton, 8; Judson, 7; Lucy, 6; and Loella [Alice], 3). The obituary of their daughter, Alice, indicates they moved to Michigan in 1871, and the 1884 state census lists the duration of their residence in the State of Michigan as 12 years). They bought 80 acres of land near Sidney, Montcalm Co., Mich., in 1876 (it is in Margaret's name only) and the land was sold in 1891. They are in the 1880 and 1884 census of Sidney Twp., Montcalm Co. Frederick died in Casnovia Twp., Muskegon Co., in 1899 and his son-in-law, David Deal, served as informant (Casnovia is where Anna Herring Deal's daughter, June Elliott Fox was living during the 1900 census). Frederick's death certificate indicates that he had had 8 children with 7 still living. He was buried in Hilton Cemetery in Casnovia Twp.
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