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I am researching any HERRIN lines who passed through Pulaski County, Kentucky in the early 1800s: Shadrack Herrin and wife Rebecca Stogsdill, (d/o Morris Stogsdill and Sarah Williams), William Herrin and wife Jane, John Herrin and wife Sarah Sanders, Isaac Herrin and wife Nancy Ann Shotwell Gainy, Peyton Herring and wife Mary Evans and Ludicia Friend, Sanders Herrin, James Herrin and the widow Sarah Herrin who married Benjamin Stogsdill/Stocksdale. (I recently figured out that "Sanders Herrin" was a nickname for "Alexander" Herrin of Lawrence Co., Indiana).

Sarah Herrin may be Sarah Motley Herrin who married Edward Herrin III back in Wake Co., NC.

My line is Shadrack Herrin. I believe that William was his brother and Sarah their sister-in-law because they all traveled together to Pulaski Co. from Clark/Montgomery Counties, Kentucky. Shadrack was in the 1790 Tax List of Rowan Co., NC as "Shadwick Herin". Also there was "Richard Harron". Richard's family settled in White Co., Tennessee.

William Herrin apparently died in Pulaski Co. in 1818 leaving his widow Jane. (I believe his wife to be JAne Culverhouse who William Herring married 1785 Granville Co., NC). Many of the children of William and Jane moved to Marion Co., Indiana. Thomas' line went to Bourbon, later Nicholas, Co., Kentucky. Shadrack Herrin left Pulaski Co. in 1819 and was in Jackson Co., Alabama by November 1821. I suspect that he was probably in White Co., Tennessee in 1820, albeit he isn't in any 1820 Census.

Herring DNA shows that Shadrack's line (me) is not of the same line as the Duplin Co., NC "Herrings" who are descended from John and Marjory Whitfield Herring of Isle of Wight Co., Virginia. However, our Herrin line is interchangeably Herring and Herron and most derivatives of those names. We even have family members spelling the name "Herrion" and "Hearon".

Research and DNA points toward Shadrack Herrin being the son of Edward and Maryan Herrin. Edward died in 1813 Spartansburg Dist., SC. He had proven son, Elijah Herrin, whose 37 marker DNA matches ours on 36 markers. Elijah was in Jackson Co., Alabama as was Shadrack and Edward was in 1780s Rowan Co., NC as was Shadrack. Edward lived in Wake/Orange Co., NC in the late 1770s and early 1780s. He was the son of Edward Herrin who died in 1789 in Chatham Co., NC.

Other likely sons of Edward of Chatham were: Ephraim (m. Agnes Lee), Owen (nothing further known), Moses (m. Agnes Gresham), John (m. Elizabeth Collins) or John (m. Mary Gresham and Hollen Regan), William Elisha (m. Mary Agnes Abimelech and Isaac (m. Unity Cannon).

Ephraim settled in Posey Co., Indiana; John and Elizabeth in Hopkins Co., KY; John and Holley in Georgia; Moses in Oglethorp Co., GA; William Elisha in Benton Co., TN; and Isaac in Williamson Co., IL.

Delaney Alexander Herrin's Line compared favorably with my own DNA... (most markers). His ancestor may have been Delaney Herrin who may have married Susannah Quilling back in St. Anne Co., MD. Delaney was in Chatham Co., NC with Philip and Edward Herrin back in the 1760s. It points favorably toward Delaney and Edward's relationship. Delaney is believed to be of the immigrant, Alexander Herring line who immigrated 1657 Westmoreland Co., VA then over to Maryland.

Family Trees (viewing trees requires 4.0 or later browser)
  • Ancestors of Larry Rodger Herrin (760 KB)
    Be careful to document your own research. This tree admittedly contains many circumstantial ancestors. Never accept others' research without analyzing the documentation!!!!!
Family Photos
  • Dannis Dale and Larry Rodger Herrin (52 KB)
    Taken in Hazelwood, Hendricks Co., Indiana in 1952.
  • Elston Herrin born "Yellowstone Herrin" (159 KB)
    This is a picture taken in Pulaski Co., Kentucky. His horse is in the background.
  • Joseph Herrin Family (140 KB)
    This is the family photo probably taken in Shopville, Kentucky
  • James Francis Herrin (22 KB)
    Taken in Pulaski Co., Kentucky before he died in 1912. He was with KY Calvary Co. F Union stationed in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He was mustered in the first tour in Stanford, Kentucky and the second tour in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
  • Elizabeth Jane Randolph Herrin & Zollie and Jolly (142 KB)
    This photo was taken in Pulaski Co. ca 1887. She is holding her twins William Jolly Herrin and Jennie Zollie Herrin
  • William M. Herron (13 KB)
    William was the brother to my gr-gr-grandfather, John Herrin. Both were sons of William Herrin called Jr. in his early days to distinguish him from Uncle William Herrin.
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