Surname Saturday, Herrington/Harrington

How this one is spelled among my ancestors depends on the person, the time and the place.

You can see posts in which I mention this line by clicking this link. My mother searched for many years and never found out why her mother had left, or where her mother had gone, and I still do not have the entire story. Mom would have been happy to know that her mother had a nice burial place in a National cemetery with her husband. I just wish I had found this information a few years sooner.

So, without further delay, my known Herrington ancestors are:

Martin L. Herrington, born May 1853, New York. Married about 1881, Kate Knapp, the family lived in Easton and Greenwich, and probably sometimes in Vermont where at least one daughter was born. Ten or eleven children, I do not know all the names.

David Henry Herrington b. 21 Mar 1891, Easton, NY, married ca 1924, Helen Lois Palmer, d. 13 Mar 1931, Bennington, Bennington, VT.

Marjorie Helen Herrington, my mother, b. 20 Nov 1926, Troy, Rensselaer County, New York, and d. 6 June 2007, Rochester Hills, Oakland, Michigan.


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  1. Don’t slightly different spelling drive you mad… I have Kinnick and Kennick…
    Thanks for sharing!

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Bill 😉
    Author of Back to the Homeplace

  2. Well, they say I am already crazy, so mad might be just a slight side trip! Seriously, I am so used to variant spellings I just do not think to much of it. What drives me me mad is trying to help new researchers who say, “Joe Schmo is not my ancestor, we have ALWAYS spelled our name Shmow.” But that is another story. Thanks for the comment.

    • Apple on March 28, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    I have Harrington’s in my line way back. As far as I know they were England > Massachusetts > New Hampshire > Western New York. Not sure if I have a connection to Eastern New York.
    .-= Apple´s last blog ..SNGF – WDYTYA Starring Apple! =-.

  3. I remember you telling me about your Harringtons in the past. I guess you probably connect to one of the better-know, well-researched lines. That never happes to me!

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