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Welcome to the treehouse where I play, high in the canopy of the HERRING Family Tree.
The "taproot" of our HERRING family tree in America begins with John HERRING who was born abt. 1611 in England and migrated to the Americas, arriving in Isle of Wight County Virgina in 1635. From this original American Patriarch of our family sprouted the strong roots of a remarkable tree of lineage that continues to grow and flourish. I'm sure that today he looks down upon the result of his bravery and determination in humble awe and hopefully with great pride.
Over the past 350 years our Herring family has sent it's men into every conflict that our nation has fought. From the Revolutionary War with George Washington through the war with Iraq to liberate Kuwait. Since the first of our line set foot on this soil, Herring's have always answered the clarion call to defend it. Many answered Dixie's call during the Civil War, while some of our cousin's that had migrated to the north fought on the side of the Union. President Abraham Lincoln is a twig on our Herring Family Tree, a fact that is noted on the family descendency chart that is displayed at his birthplace and boyhood home north of Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Those of us that research and document our heritage, do so with respect and gratitude to our ancestors. Desiring to set down a record of the lives and existance of those that have come before, so that the memory of them shall not be forever lost to those that come after.....

If you're a long time Herring Family researcher or a novice just beginning to explore, you will not be long in noticing that there have been certain individuals that have made huge contributions to the cause. I have yet to meet a fellow researcher that does not include some material attributable to their efforts.
Dr. William Dallas Herring, Mr. Horace Fussell Jr. and Mr. James Maurice Grimwood stand alone in their knowledge of the Herring Clan. Much of our knowledge of the early family is directly attributable to their efforts. We also owe a debt to these individuals, especially Jim Grimwood, for the labor of love that has been the assemblage, compilation and publication of our family history in the Herring Highlights series of books.

I especially welcome all of my cousins to this site. The information contained herein belongs to all who claim their Herring heritage. Feel free to use what you will but please note the information that I have received from others. I have tried to give due credit to the efforts of others and I hope that you will do so as well.
I also hope that you will contact me to add your branches to this Tree as This site is a continuing "work in progress".

Don S. "Steve" Herring

Updated September 20, 2001

Don Stephen Herring
325 Chase Plantation Circle
Birmingham, AL 35244
A-United States

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Family Photos

  • Copy of Estate Probate of James Herring Jr. (253 KB)
    Copy of December 22, 1870 Estate Probate filed in Jefferson Co. AL. court by William P. Herring, administrator.
  • John & Lucinda Herring, ca. 1895. (92 KB)
    Picture taken at East Gadsden abt 1895. Photo owned by Don K. Herring, Pleasant Grove, AL.
  • Joseph S. Herring Family, ca. 1901 (548 KB)
    L to R - John Evans Herring, Joseph S. Herring, Henry Clifton Herring, Anna Walton Herring, infant Anna Mae Herring in lap of mother; standing in front, Mattie Leaze Herring.
  • Early N.C. land transaction & ownership. (499 KB)
    Map 1 of 3 researched and produced by cousin Jim Herring of Jackson, Miss. detailing early Herring ancestors land transaction and ownership. Much time and effort was expended by Jim in this project and gratitude for allowing me to use it.
  • James Herring Jr., 1824 Land Patent (13 KB)
    Federal Land patent granted to James Herring Jr. in April, 1824. This land is located approx. 4 miles south of Leeds, Alabama and approx 1 mile north of Lake Purdy, just off of what is now hwy 119.
  • Map 2 of 3 of Land transaction and ownership. (485 KB)
    Map 2 of 3 produced by Jim Herring of jackson, Miss. detailing early Herring ancestors land transaction and ownership, primarily in the Neuse River Valley area of early N.C. and dubbed the "Herring Nest" by many Herring researchers and archivists.
  • James & Susannah Pool Herring's Bible (99 KB)
    Copy of page from family bible of James Jr. and Susannah Pool Herring. Note the entry of the birth date of James's brother Isaac Herring. This date is same as on tombstone of Isaac Herring in Saluda SC.
  • Map 3 detailing early Herring land records. (922 KB)
    Map 2 of 3 produced by Jim Herring of Jackson, Miss. detailing early Herring ancestors land transaction and ownership, primarily in the Neuse River Valley area of early N.C. and dubbed the "Herring Nest" by many Herring researchers and archivists.
  • John Madison & Mary Ann Screws Herring, ca. 1925 (478 KB)
    John Madison Herring and 2nd wife Mary Ann Screws Herring the year before her death in August,1926.
  • Jonathan Herring, Co.K, 2nd SC Arillery ca. 1862 (148 KB)
    Jonathan Herring, son of Isaac Herring and husband of Amanda Evans Herring. 32" x 24 " charcoal and pencil portrait done abt. 1862. Jonathan and his brother, John Herring served from 1862 to wars end in Co.K, 2nd South Carolina artillery regiment. Portrait is owned by Jonathan's g.g.grandson Joe Evans Herring, an attorney in Dothan, AL. and who, if he had the beard, could have posed for the portrait.
  • Grave of Isaac Herring, b. 6-7-1789; d. 5-4-1878. (44 KB)
    Gravesite of Isaac Herring. Located at Good Hope Baptist Church, Saluda, SC. Isaac was a school teacher and saddlemaker and served as a Deacon at Good Hope Baptist Church for 50 years. Family oral history remembers that Isaac made trips into town in his buckboard wagon on Saturdays, picking up and delivering goods to his neighbors. His elder brother James migrated from the Edgefield, SC area in 1818, settling just NE of present day Birmingham.
  • Amanda Evans Herring, b. 1840; d. 12-19-1918 (43 KB)
    Second wife of Jonathan Herring. They were married on August 31, 1868. Probably taken as wedding picture. Amanda is buried beside Jonathan at Good Hope Baptist Church, Saluda, SC.
  • John Herring Tombstone (54 KB)
    Gravesite of John Herring, b. 9-12-1827 in Edgefield Co. S.C. Died 1-13-1905 in Hokes Bluff, Alabama. Buried at Tilleson cemetery Glencoe, AL. alongside wife Lucinda Reames Herring. Served in Confederacy from 1862 to war end with brother Jonathan in Co.K, 2nd SC Artillery.
  • Isaac Herring ordained as Deacon, May 5, 1827. (289 KB)
    Copy of original Church Minutes held by Good Hope Baptist Church, Saluda, SC in which Isaac herring is elected a Deacon of the Church. He held this position for 50 years, until his death in 1878. Isaac also served as Church secretary for many years as he was a schoolteacher and as such was literate. There are many pages of Good Hopes minutes in the beautiful flowing script of his handwriting.

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