Fred, I am not sure if anyone has responded to your query yet, but I did find that there were two Elijah Lawrence Herricks.The father was born 11-10-1786, Andover MA and he married Hannah Abbott (1793-1876).Elijah (the father) died 15 May 1852 Rockford IL.
Elijah (the son)Lawrence Herrick was born Sept 30, 1820, Andover MA and died 25 Feb 1912 Rockford IL.He is buried at Cedar Bluff Cemetery and the headstone mentions his wives.There is a picture of the headstone at the findagrave website.First wife was Maria Susan Cleveland whow as born 20 July 1823 East Hebron NY and died 27 Aug 1851, Rockford IL.They had one known child - Almira - who was born 5 Feb 1850.Second wife was Lucy Dunbar Jones who was born 2 Aug 1828, Spencer MA and died 27 Dec 1926, Rockford IL.
Census records show that both Elijahs owned land as of 1850 in Rockford IL.I am not exactly sure which owned the land/home that you speak of.
This is not my particular branch of Herricks - tho mine did from from MA into Maine.
If there is anything further that I can help you with, let me know.