Herkimer Ancestors

Johan Jost Herkimer 1695 - 1775
Johan Jost Herkimer (Herscheimer) was born in 1695 in Hesse Cassel in Germany. He was the son of Jurgh (George) and Madaline Herkimer. Jurge was born 1670 in Germeny; Maaline was born 1680 in Heidelberg, Baden,Germany. He married Catherine Petrie born sometime before 1722. Catherine was the daughter of Johan Jost  and Gertrude Petrie, who were of the original ninty-four Palatines. John Jost Petrie with Conrad Rickert petitioned the Government for land along the Mohawk, which was deeded to them in 1725 as the Burnetsfield patent.  John and Catherine were among the Burnetsfield patentees and drew lot #36, which was about a 1/2 mile east of the where the stone church of Fort Herkimer would be built. Johan’s cabin was beside the log palisade structure which the English built in 1722 to serve their fur-trading interests.
There is a story about him paddling a canoe looking for a place to settle, and at a bad rift in the river channel he went ashore and looked about. He asked Indians to build a cabin and they refused. A group of Mohawks were building a dugout canoe. It was very heavy and the indians were struggling to move it to the Mohawk river. Johan Jost motioned them to go to one end of the canoe, and he lifted.the other end and moved it to the river. The Mohawk Indians clapped him on the back and called him Kouari (the bear) and was given permission to build his cabin. What is now known as Fort Herkimer, was called Fort Kouari by the Indians. The Herkimer cabin stood east of the church where some of Johan's children were born.
Johan Herkimer was a tall and powerfully built man, and he constantly amazed the local Mohawk and Oneida Indians with his feats of strength. He rapidly gained popularity with them. Trading rum and hardware in exchange for beaver, Herkimer soon established himself as the most influential German in the valley.
Johan Jost Herkimer acted as a carrier at Little Falls and at Wolfe's Rift; he was also a 'busy' farmer. Next to Sir William Johnson, he was the most respected man of the Mohawk region. Besides speaking his native German, he spoke English, as well as several Indian dialects, and thereby acting as an interpreter for both sides. The growth of the farming and trade made the original Burnetsfield Patent into several thriving communities. When the settlers first came to the area both sides of the River were known as German Flatts. With the growth of Johan Jost Herkimer's power and prosperity on the south side of the Mohawk River, the area became known as Fort Herkimer. The north side of the river became known as German Flatts.
Johan was a carpenter, a builder, a surveyor of public roads, and eventually a trader. He began trading with the Indians, and played a leadership role in establishing the community. Trade with the Oswego outpost seemed to begin soon after it was built in 1726. Herkimer grew the grain, ran the mill that ground the grain, owned the boats that transported the grain, and paid the men who helped do all these jobs.  Presumably there was a profit for him on all these ventures. His popularity with the Indians kept the fur trade healthy, and his prosperity and power were well known.
Johan Herkimer was one of eleven grantees named in a deed dated 24 September 1730 by Nicholas Wooliver, of "one English acre and nine rod". The deed granted the right to use  Wooliver's Lot #30 as a school and church. Things were going so well in the 1730’s that a large stone house was built in 1740, with a spot for a trading post. Johan Jost built the stone house west of the site of the present Fort Herkimer Church near the bank of the Mohawk River. This is the house to become known as the "Herkimer Family Homestead".
For many years the Colonial Government contracted with Johan Jost Herkimer to supply their forts at Oswego, Schenectady and other places. The Mohawk was the main highway along which the bateaux were poled, loaded with freight or passengers. They carried wheat peas, corn, meal, pork, beef, candles, sugar and rum up the river and brought down the furs and other pelts for the Albany market.
From 1727 to 1748, there are records of Johan Jost Herkimer supplying the garrison at Fort Oswego, in a partnership with Gerrit A. Lansing, Jost Petrie, and Henry Van Rensselaer. Fort Oswego was located at the mouth of the Oswego River on the southeast shore of Lake Ontario. The citadel was, for much of its history, a complex of related military installations.

The earliest local church records of Burentsfield Patent begin in 1763, making the dates of most of Johan  and Catherine children an educated guess, as no early family bible has surfaced. With the exception of George's known birth date, the children birth dates are based on their children's or spouse's dates. This is the best one can do until a record is discovered to change them. They had thirteen children, who all lived to maturity:
Gertrude was born about 1722, and married in 1746 to Rudolph Shoemaker. She died on 12 February 1806, and had 6 children.
Magdalena (a Pitcher ancestor) was born about 1724, and married 1st about 1747 to Werner Dygert, who was born in 1719 and was killed by Indians in 1780.  She married 2nd in 1782 to Nicholas Snell, and 3rd in 1786 to Johannes Roorbach. She died before April 1817, and had 9 children, including a Pitcher ancestor -Catherine Dygert.
Elizabeth Barbara was born about 1726, and married in 1743 to Peter David Schuyler. She died 1800 and had 7 children.
Nicholas Herkimer was born at the Burnetsfield Patent about 1727, and married 1st about 1760 to Maria Madeline Dygert(b.ca 1730, d.ca 1775). He married again about 1776 to Maria Dygert. She was the niece of his first wife, and was born about 1758. Nicholas was the General that lead the Americans at the Battle of Oriskany. He died 10 days later, on 16 August 1777, as a result of wounds suffered in that battle. Maria married again about 1780 to John Jost Krause, and later moved to Canada, where she died. Nicholas left no children.
Delia (Ottilia or Curtelia) was born on 14 July 1728, and married in 1750 to Peter Bellinger. She died on 17 October 1804, and had 9 children.
Hendrick was born about 1730, and married before 1750 to Catherine Dygert. Henrick's older sister and brother had married a Dygert. Hendrick died on 1 August 1779, and had 11 children.

Johan Jost Herkimer 2 was born about 1732, and married in 1758 to Maria VanAllen. He was a Loyalist and fled to Canada in 1777. He was buried on 17 August 1795 at Kingston, Ontario, and had 9 children.
Elizabetha Margaret was born about 1733, and married in 1758 to Henrick Frey (a Tory). She died on 10 December 1825
Maria (Anna) was born about 1733, and married in 1758 to Rev Abraham Rosencranz.
Annetje (Anna) was born about 1738, and married about 1758 to Peter Ten Brock. They were Loyalist and also fled to Canada, where they both died, and had 8 children.
Catherine was born on 10 August 1739, and married in 1753 to George Heinrich Bell. She died about 1820, and had 6 children
George Herkimer was born about 1744 at Fort Herkimer, Danube, New York. He was born in the large stone house, which his father, Johan Herkimer, built in 1740. He married Alidia Schuyler.
John was born about 1745, and died on 20 April 1817. He may have married Catherine.
On 5 April 1748, Johan Jost Herkimer purchased the 3,000 acres in the Livingston /Lindesay Patent from Edward Holland. On 12 June 1751, Johan Jost Herkimer and son - Henrick (now 21 years old), petitioned the governor for 2,000 acres on the south side of the River. They were granted this land on 13 April 1752, known as the Fall Hill Patent. The 1750 decade was dominated by the tensions of the French and Indian War. Sir William Johnson decided that Johan Jost Herkimer's stone house would be the best place to fortify.

As a major Mohawk Valley landowner, Johan Jost Herkimer had acquired over 5,000 acres of land south of the Mohawk, which included the strategic "carrying place" or portage around Little Falls. It was here about 1752, that his eldest son Nicholas established a farmstead of his own.

The French and Indian war was fought in New England between England and France, who had the support of Indian allies. The war broke out in 1754. George was just about ten years old at this time; Nicholas was twenty-seven. All the leaders in the War were housed at Fort Herkimer. Although the war brought loss of life and  property to many, it did provide prosperity to those who supplied food and shelter to the Army, including the Herkimers.

In 1756, a stockade was built around the home and it became Fort Herkimer. Fort Herkimer would also house all the leaders in the French and Indian War. Although the war brought loss of life and property, it did provide a prosperity for those who supplied food for Army.

When road building began in 1772 Johan Jost Herkimer was one of the commissioners for the Highland District (Fort Herkimer), while his son, Nicholas, was a commissioner in the Canajoharie District, wherein he lived. (Canajoharie was the Indian Castle area)

In 1773  [at the age of seventy-eight ?]  Johan Jost Herkimer was listed as a Lieutenant on the List of Officers of the Albany Militia. Johan Jost served as the Justice of the Peace of the area for over forty years.
Johan Jost Herkimer lived at Fort Herkimer until his death. Johan Jost Herkimer died at Fort Herkimer on 26 August 1775 and his will was probated on 4 October 1783 or on 30 April 1784. At the time of his death, Johan Jost was a member of the Committee of Safety and a company of the 4th Battalion from German Flatts and Kingsland District Militia. Catherine Herkimer died about 1777. Hendrick Herkimer was the next occupant of the stone house that his father built until 1779, then Hendrick's oldest son, Joseph Sr., lived there until his death in 1825. His widow continued to live there until her death in 1840. It was then the house was torn down.

Do not confuse the Herkimer Family Homestead, built in 1740 by Johan Herkimer with the Herkimer Home built in 1764 by Nicholas Herkimer, The Herkimer Home was procured by New York state and restored as a State Historical Site. Visitors to Herkimer Home today will marvel at the grandness of this Georgian-style mansion that once stood on the colonial frontier. The unspoiled landscape, including the Herkimer family burial ground, is remarkably unchanged from that of the 18th century.
Johan Jost Herkimer had thirteen children and 77 grandchildren. These 77 grandchildren produced 335 great-grandchildren. Eleven of the grandchildren married first cousins, reminding us of the social problem of these early families. They didn’t have today’s social media capabilities.
 General Nicholas Herkimer the Patriot
The family exhibited evidence of thrift and wealth far ahead of any of the other Palatine settlers and the possession of many broad acres purchased after Governor Burnet's grants. The Herkimers were a family of Revolutionary Patriots.  Fort Herkimer served as a protected area for the settlers to retreat to, during the numerous Indian raids. Continental Troops and the Militia garrisoned the Fort in the Revolutionary War.
Work on the Ft. Herkimer church began early, but the church was not finished until 1767. The church was a community effort, but it is Johan Jost's initials that appear over the doorway of the church.  During the Revolution the church was used as a blockhouse for defensive firing or observation and storing supplies. Nicholas and George Herkimer were well known Revolutionary soldiers.
Nicholas Herkimer was born at the Burnetsfield Patent about 1727, and married 1st about 1760 to Maria Madeline Dygert(b.ca 1730, d.ca 1775). He married again about 1776 to Maria Dygert. She was the niece of his first wife, and was born about 1758. Nicholas was the General that lead the Americans at the Battle of Oriskany. He died 10 days later, on 16 August 1777, as a result of wounds suffered in that battle. Maria married again about 1780 to John Jost Krause, and later moved to Canada, where she died. Nicholas left no children.
Nicholas Herkimer pursued his own interests in farming and trade, which were particularly profitable during the French and Indian Wars. About 1764 he was able to replace his earlier dwelling with a fashionable English Georgian style mansion, now known as Herkimer Home. This residence on the frontier was unusually grand and as remarkable then as it is today, a unique example of colonial Mohawk Valley architecture.
Nicholas was active in local civil affairs. He gained military experience as a captain of militia during the French and Indian Wars. He firmly embracing the American cause, he was elected chairman of the Tryon County Committee of Safety and commissioned brigadier general, commander of the county's militia. On 6 May 1767, Johan Herkimer was a Colonel of the 1st Grenadier Company.  The Grenadiers were a flank company of the militia.
The Battle of Oriskany, fought on August 6, 1777, was one of the bloodiest battles of the American Revolutionary War. General Nicholas Herkimer, lead 800 militiamen to rescue Ft. Stanwix in August 1777. General Herkimer and his troops were ambushed at Oriskany by a force of Indians and Loyalists. Herkimer's horse was hit; he went down, a bullet passing through his leg. Nicholas was mortally wounded but fought back fiercely causing the Indians and loyalists to retreat. It is thought that one of the loyalist may have been his brother (Johan had joined the Loyalist forces). Tradition says that General Herkimer had his men drag him under a tree and prop him up with a saddle. There, he calmly filled his pipe, and began directing the defense. This was one of the few battles in the war in which almost all of the participants were North American: Loyalists and allied Indians fought against Patriots and allied Oneida in the absence of British soldiers.
Herkimer had a reasonable expectation of surprising the British upon his arrival at Fort Stanwix. But that advantage was quickly lost thanks to Joseph Brant's older sister Molly.  Molly was a mistress of Sir William Johnson. He resided in the Mohawk Valley and was appointed Superintendent of Indian Affairs.  Sir William was a great colonial leader involved in the development of the Mohawk Valley from the close of the French and Indian War in 1760 to the beginning of the Revolution in 1775. Sir William Johnson was a Loyalist. Molly and Sir William Johnson were on good terms with Nicholas Herkimer and his wife. The couple had eight children together. When Molly had twins they were born at Herkimer’s home because he had a doctor in residence. When she heard of Herkimer was mustering the militia for a march on the British at Fort Stanwix, she quickly wrote a letter to Johnson acquainting him of the attacking force.
“. . . when a single spurt of smoke came from a British musket. He heard a wet thump as the ball pierced his horse’s chest. The animal scream of agony turned in an instant to a gurgle as its lungs filled with blood. It attempted to rear, but its hind legs buckled. A highly skilled horseman, Herkimer kicked his feet out of the stirrups and slid backward over the animal’s rump as it collapsed. A quick look showed him that the horse was dead, Sheathing his sword and drawing his pistol, he turned to run back to the rallying point among the trees, calling to the men nearest him to follow.”
“No one knows who fired the next shot. …the ball struck the outside of Nicholas Herkimer’s left calf just below the knee. Herkimer collapsed instantly. He was quickly surrounded by his men. Someone tore up the sleeve of his own shirt, tied it tightly around the leg in hope to stop the bleeding. He had a man retrieve his saddle from the carcass of his dead horse, and then four militiamen carried him a short distance to a lone beech tree at the top of the rise. . . They put the saddle against the tree trunk and propped their general in a sitting position. . . urged to retire from so much danger; his reply . . . ‘I will face the enemy.’”  The Battle of Oriskany and General Nicholas Herkimer, Revolution in the Mohawk Valley – Paul A. Boehlert
General Herkimer was taken to his home below Little Falls by a litter carried by four men in a six-mile march over Jacksonburgh Hill (Mt. Okwari). He died there ten days later, August 17, 1777.

Johan Jost Herkimer 2nd the Tory

Johan Jost Herkimer was eighty years old when the colonies declared their independence. He died August 26, 1775 and never saw America claim its independence, but his family were Patriots. Well. . . .ten were patriots and three were Tories. They called themselves Loyalists; the Patriots called them Tories. Johan Jost Herkimer 2nd was a Tory. Elizabeth and Annetje married Tories and their families took refuge in Canada.
Johan’s seven daughters married seven of the leading men of the valley. The family was represented at Oriskany by two or three sons, four sons-in-law and twelve grandchildren. They were the leading family in this part of the valley, a standing kept up by the life of Gen. Herkimer later. His sons, Nicholas and Henry, served in the French war.  Nicholas, George and JHendrick and several grandsons served in the Revolutionary War. One son, John Jost, Herkimer 2 espoused the British cause and moved to Canada,
Not only was he a loyalist ​Johan Jost Herkimer 2nd was a traitor to his family. In the summer of 1777 he returned to New York as part of St. Leger's expedition under the command of General Barry St. Leger. He participated in the expedition as overseer of boats, and he and Captain Rouville of the Canadians successfully broke up the Patriots’ blockade of Wood Creek. He was also present at the siege of Fort Stanwix and the battle of Oriskany on 6 August 1777 where the British and their Mohawk allies ambushed American forces on their way to relieve Fort Stanwix. Johan Jost Herkimer found permanent refuge in Canada. His wife, Mary, applied for permission to join him in his new country but New York Governor George Clinton refused, saying that no Loyalist women or children would be permitted to leave until the captives taken by Butler and Brant in their raids had been returned. The New York Legislature passed laws in October 1779 confiscating the property of Loyalists. Johan Jost Herkimer was through a Bill of Attainder declared a traitor and his lands declared forfeited to the state. He was banished from New York."'ory' Herkimer and his family settled at Cataraqui (modern Kingston, Ontario) in the mid-1780s.
 George Herkimer 1744 - 1788
George Herkimer was born about 1744 at Fort Herkimer, Danube, New York. He was born in the large stone house, which his father, Johan Herkimer, built in 1740. George Herkimer served in the Schenectady Battalion of the New York Militia during the French and Indian War. On 6 May 1767, he was listed as a Captain in the 1st Grenadier Company.
On 5 May 1754, David Schuyler and his son, Pieter, purchased 43,000 acres of land from the Mohawk Indians. The land was on the west side of Schuyler's Lake and is now the area known as Richfield Springs in Otsego County. David and his family lived at Schuyler's Lake, when they were not at their home at Albany. It is certain that David Schuyler and Johan Herkimer did business together. David’s daughter marries Johan’s son.
George Herkimer married on 15 November 1768 to Alida Schuyler, who was born at Canajoharie, New York, in 1752, to David Pieterse Schuyler and Maria Hansen. Alida was the sister of Peter Schuyler, who had married Barbara Elizabeth Herkimer in 1643.  Looking at the difference in ages, it appears the Peter and Barbara Schuyler were like parents to their younger siblings, George and Alida. With the turmoil and threats of the French and Indian War, there was a type of guardianship relationship between the brothers and sisters. This may have resulted in George and Alida's romance.
John Jost Herkimer wrote his will on 5 April 1771, showing fairness to all his children. George received Lot #36 from his father's will, which was written in 1771. This lot consisted of 500 acres of Fall Hill tract, near Little Falls. His father, Johan Jost, had lived on this land until he built the stone house (Herkimer Family Homestead). 
The Tryon County, New York militia was authorized on March 8, 1772 and George Herkimer was named as its colonel. By 1776 the Tryon County militia had in effect become an army of rebellion under the control of the Tryon County Committee of Safety. The Tryon County militia would go on to fight at the important battles of Oriskany and Johnstown during the war.  The Tryon County Committee of Safety was formed on August 27, 1774  and was an extra-legal body and the government of the county until 1778. George Herkimer was a delegate to the committee and actively arrested those suspicious of treason.
 It is believed the both George and Hendrick Herkimer fought at the Battle of Oriskany where their brother, General Nicholas Herkimer was fatally wounded.
General Herkimer’s will made George the beneficiary of most of his estate. One phrase read ”Unto my brother George the tenement of 500 acrers of land where on I now live”. In addition the will also granted Maria the right to half of the mansion in which to live and a palor known as “Maria’s Room”.. George did not wish to share the ‘fine Georgian mansion’ with his older brother’s widow. Despite the support from Tryon County Committee of Safety, George Herkimer was able to pressure Maria until she filed a quitclaim giving everything to George. Maria Deygert Herkimer left the Herkimer Home in January 1778; she moved to Canada and unhappily remarried.
George also made the mistake of  asking “Hendreick an Oriska Indian” to find him a guide to “convey him to Loyalist territory” and expressedhis loyalty to the King.  Hendrick was a staunch ally of the American cause and reported this to the Tryon County Committee of Safety. Did George just want to be on record as a loyal subject of the King in case the American rebellion was crushed.
Herkimer's occupancy of General Herkimer's house during the remainder of the war was not altogether a happy one. On several occasions the Committee of Safety, on suspicion of assisting Loyalists, confined him to the premises and on 10 March 1778 he was ordered to "Gaol" (jail).
George and Alidia had two sons: John was born in 1775 and Joseph was born in 1776. After George inherited his brother’s homestead. Alidia gave bith to five daughters. A son was born in 1787 but died as an infant.
The house was commandeered for military purposes, as reported by the Revolutionary soldier, Peter Woolaver, in his pension application. The house housed Captain Dygert's Company of Col. Bellinger's Regiment during 1779; and in 1781, there was a skirmish between some Indians and Tories and the Garrison at the house. There is other evidence that the house was used for military activity.
Read about the battle
By the war's end, George Herkimer was in debt and probably bankrupt. In 1785 he received a letter from his brother-in-law, Hendrick Frey "in an effort to settle the accounts". Hendrick was a Judge and was warning George to expect a Tryon County Legal Debt Document.  Hendrick was married to George's sister, Elizabeth and had been arrested for suspicion of being a Tory.

George Herkimer died at the Herkimer Homestead on 24 May 1788 and an inventory of his personal estate was taken on 30 November 1789.  Alidia (Schuyler) Herkimer was a widow with nine children. The oldest was fifteen and the baby was three months oldGeorge and Alida Herkimer lived at the "Homestead" until George died. Judge John Herkimer, George's oldest son, John. inherited the "Homestead" and lived there with his mother, Alida, and family until about 1814.
 It was not until 1798 that the "lands belonging to George Herkimer deceased" were finally divided. Only fragmentary records of that distribution have been found. In 1814 Judge John and his wife Polly sold the house and 236 surrounding acres to John Van Orden of Catskill. "The Herkimer Home" then became a tavern.
In 1826 Alida  wrote her will. She died at Schuyler's Lake on 3 November 1830. Both George and Alida Herkimer are buried in the family cemetery near the grave of General Herkimer, at the Herkimer Home. Today “The Herkimer Home”, is a historical Site, Little Falls, New York
It wasn’t until January 24, 1914 that New York state acquired title to the Gen. Nicholas Herkimer Homestead of 160 acres in the town of Danube, and the old house was in process of restoration under the administration of a commission of six members representing the German-American Alliance and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Click here to see some great photos of the Herkimer Home.
 Joseph Lester Herkimer  1774 - 1824
Joseph Lester Herkimer was born at town of Minden (now Danube), NY, on 29 November 1775. He grew up at the Herkimer Homestead with his older brother and six younger sisters. Joseph was a toddler during the revolution. His father, George Herkimer,  and Uncle Nicholas fought in the Revolution. His uncle died in 1777 from a fatal wound received at the Battle of Oriskany. As a result, Joseph's father inherited the Nicholas Herkimer's homestead.
George Herkimer died in 1788. Joseph's older brother, Judge John Herkimer inherited the Herkimer homestead. His mother continued to live there with John and his family.
Joseph Herkimer studied law at Albany and was an attorney at Herkimer County, and was also a farmer. He was living at Albany, New York, in 1799.   On 2 March 1800, Joseph Herkimer married Eunice (Emma) Trowbridge at the 1st Presbyterian Church of Albany. Emma was born in 1777 to David Trowbridge and Sarah Woodbridge. Story is that Eunice Trowbridge also was a lawyer with flaming red hair!  What might be more likely is that Joseph met Emma at the inn that her father owned in Albany.
Joseph's and Eunice's first child, Anna Elizabeth, was born on 1 November 1801. Sally Maria was born 19 September 1803. They were living at Minden (Danube) when Warren was born on 12 November 1805. . Eunice and Joseph Herkimer then moved to Little Falls, NY. Emily Amelia Herkimer was born on 13 June 1811, and Alyda (Alida) was born on 1 April 1819. Throughout the 18th century, the area saw much growth and development, but the settlement was not incorporated into a village until 1811.  Here the three Herkimer girls and one boy grew up.
Joseph Herkimer was appointed as Land Commissioner about 1820. Joseph and Eunice were living at Little Falls, New York. Joseph Herkimer, died in June 1824. Joseph was only forty-eight. Eunice was left with four children. Anna was twenty-three, Sally was twenty-one, Warren was nineteen and the Emily was thirteen. The Greene family also lived in Little Falls.
Eunice (Trowbridge) Herkimer died on 30 January 1826. Eunice was only forty-nine. Both Joseph and Eunice are buried at the Herkimer Homestead Cemetery. Eunice's mother, Sarah (Woodbridge) Trowbridge, died at Albany, N.Y. on 24 October 1826 .
Emily Herkimer was fifteen when her parents had died. Her older sister, Anna Elizabeth was twenty-five. Emily's other older sister, Sally, married in 1827; her brother married in 1828. This left Emily and Anna with seven year-old Alyda living in Little Falls. The Greene family also lived in Little Falls at this time.
In February 1832 Emily Amelia Herkimer  married Lester Greene  by Rev. John Manley of Snells Bush Reformed Church in Danube.
On 23 February 1832, Emily Amelia Herkimer married Lester Greene. The ceremony was conducted by Rev John Manley of Snells Bush Reformed Church in Danube. Lester Greene was born on 19 November 1808, at Indian Castle, to John Lester Greene and Ruth Barker. Emily and Lester had four children.
Emily's sister, Anna Elizabeth Herkimer, married in 1833 to Zenas Greene, Lester Greene's younger brother. Zenas was the Surrogate of Herkimer County. He was a surveyor, a county clerk, a school commissioner and an accountant. Zenas and Anna had two children.
Alyda married Volney Eaton on April 15 1841.  Looks like the three Herkimer girls would make a great TV series.

Joseph's mother, Alida (Schuyler) Herkimer died in 1829.  George and Alida Herkimer are buried in the family cemetery near the grave of General Herkimer, at the Herkimer Homestead.
Eunice Trowbridge
In 1777 the Trowbridge family moved to Amherst, Mass. Here Eunice Trowbridge was born in 1777. Eunice was the fourth child born to David and Sarah Trowbridge. In 1779, Sarah Trowbridge gave birth to another little girl, which they named Sarah. Another boy and girl, David and Susan, were born later.
Eunice's father, David Trowbridge, was in the Amherst Company of the Militia under Captain Moses Cook and served in the defense of the Government of Springfield for seven days in September 1786, during the Shay's Insurrection. After the Revolution the Trowbridges must have lived in Deerfield, Mass. Emily Trowbridge, was born at Deerfield in March 1793.
The Trowbridges moved to Albany, N.Y. about 1796, where Eunice's father was an inn keeper. Eunice Trowbridge was nineteen when her family moved to Albany. At the time Joseph L. Herkimer was a law student at Albany. Eunice Trowbridge will marry Joseph Herkimer in 1800. The Trowbridges later moved to Utica, N.Y. where Eunice's father was a hotel keeper.