The records of marriages, the first shown being that of Miriam to her second husband:
Sir John Bourchier (c. 1595 – August 1660) was an English parliamentarian, Puritan and one of the regicides of King Charles I.
In 1625, Bourchier was appointed as a Justice of the Peace for the three Yorkshire Ridings. When Charles dissolved Parliament and sought to raise money through the forced loans in 1627, Sir John was one of those who refused. At the outbreak of the English Civil War, he was arrested and imprisoned in York until 1643. He was elected Member of Parliament for Ripon in 1647; at Pride's Purge, he was one of the MPs permitted to keep his seat in Commons.
As a judge at the trial of King Charles, he was one of the signatories of the King's death warrant. After the Restoration, May 1660, Bourchier was too ill to be tried as a regicide, and died, unrepentant, a few months later. Ironically John Bourhier was a great-grandson of Margaret Pole, 8th Countess of Salisbury who had been beheaded by order of King Henry VIII; Charles I was a great-great-grandson of Margaret Tudor-a sister of King Henry VIII.
Note found on the Web: "I am researching The First John Pederick of The Great Neck, Marblehead, Mass. USA. It is purported that this John may have been the son of a regicide (Sir John Bourchier)and had changed his name when leaving (fleeing) England for America.
I would like to find information relative to Sir John Bourchier 1595-1660 (the regicide) and his offspring. With the purpose of identifing The First John Pederick of The Great Neck of Marlbehead, Mass. USA"
GateHouse News Service
Posted May 28, 2010 @ 07:21 PM
To the editor:
Lifting the Veil on Miriam Grose
Regarding the story by Nikki Gamer, “Conservator: Mysteries abound at memorial site” (Marblehead Reporter, May 20, 2010), I feel I must comment, at the risk of seeming like a 300-year-old wet blanket.
Mr. Ivan Myjer, who is identified as having been hired by the town of Marblehead to “conduct a site assessment of Old Burial Hill as a means of coming up with a preservation master plan,” seems pretty mystified by the subject of his study. I think I can help lift the veil, or the shroud.
Regarding the old gravestone of Mrs. Miriam Grose, he mentions that it is “unique to find a stone that doesn’t have a death date.” Maybe so, but I might put it differently. The gravestone epitaph says that she died at the age of 80 leaving 180 living children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Obviously, her family felt that, in light of this profusion of life, death came in second — besides, they all knew when she died. They were on to something, since Mr. Myjer is fascinated by her stone precisely because it has no death date — Mrs. Grose’s numerous family are still calling attention to her, three centuries later!
There really is no mystery, though, about her date of death: She died in September 1717, per the records of the First Congregational Church of Marblehead, as listed on page 568 of Marblehead Vital Records, Vol. II, published by the late lamented Essex Institute in 1904, a volume that is available seven days a week at Abbot Public Library. Her age-at-death is also listed, as 80, taken from the gravestone record at “Old Burying Hill cemetery” (per the Vital Records book; “Burial Hill” seems to be a neologism, since the old-timers called it “Burying” Hill, just as Salem’s graveyard was, and is, Burying Point).
Who was this Mrs. Miriam Grose? In 1654 or so, Miriam, aged 17 (I don’t know her family surname), married John Pedrick (1625?-1686), a 29-year-old fisherman who had settled in Marblehead by 1648. John was probably from Devon or Cornwall in the West of England, where the name Petherick (Pedrick) was not uncommon. In fact, there was another John Pedrick (c.1638-c.1706) living in Marblehead in the 1600s.
Miriam and John had at least nine children, the eldest being Agnes, born 1655, and the youngest Johannah, born 1680! They all survived to adulthood, and all had children except for son Benjamin (evidently).
In the 1670s, the John Pedrick family (two sons, seven daughters) moved to Marblehead Neck (no yacht clubs then; plenty of fish yards though) and settled on eight acres. Miriam was 49 when her husband died in 1686 (probably he was buried on his homestead), and late in 1688 she married Richard Grose, likely a widower, aged about 45. Her eldest daughter, Agnes, married John Stacey c.1673 and had 11 children; her eldest son, John, married Mary Brown and had nine children, and others of her offspring were similarly prolific.
Miriam and Richard lived together for almost 23 years, until he died in September 1711, aged 68 (his gravestone is on the old hill). Six years later, Miriam died, too.
Robert A. Booth from his article Lifting the Veil on Miriam Grose"
M, #3242, b. circa 1624, d. before 7 October 1686
John was born circa 1624. He married Miriam (?). Their other children were: John; Benjamin; Agnes; Mary; Sarah; Meriam; Elizabeth and Joanna, married 27 Mar 1698 Elias Cook.. John Pedrick left a will on 2 August 1686 at Marblehead, Essex County, Massachusetts,
He mentioned in his Will his wife Meriam, eldest son John and eight more children: Benjamin, Agnes, Mary, Ann, Sarah, Meriam, Elizabeth and Joanna. His son-in-laws : John Stacy, John Parrot and Henry Prentall. 1He died before 7 October 1686 at Marblehead, Essex County, Massachusetts.
- [S401] James Savage, Genealogy Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, v.3, p385.
The article below details the marriages of Miriam Pederick. I believe it confuses her father with her brother.
From Sidney Perley's Marblehead in the Year 1700: We get a bit of the flavor of the real estate transactions of the family at these times.
Information on the will of John Pederick, Sr.