John Eyrick or Heyrick (27)

Father: Thomas Eyricke(26)
Mother: unknown

Spouse: Mary (Bond)

Biography Notes...

Mayor of Leicestershire, buried in St. Martin's Church there, end of north aisle ("Heyrick's Chancel") "Here lyeth the body of John Heyrick late of this Parish, who departed this life ye 2d of April, 1589, being about the age of 76. He did marry Marie [in 1537] , ye descendent of John Bond of Wardende, in the Countie of Warwicke, Esquire, and did live with said Mary in one house full 52 years, and in all that time never buried man, woman, or child, though there were sometimes twenty in household. He had issue by said wife 5 sonnes and 7 daughters. The said Marie departed this life ye 8th of December, 1611, being of the age 97 years. She did see before her departure, of her children, and children's children, and their children, to the number of 142. The said John was Mayor of his towne in anno 1559, and again in anno 1572". (from Knowltons, 1897, Lord- Locke 1836, and 15. 11. in "A Genealogical Register" by Gen. Jedediah Herrick)

This John Heyricke [15] was by no means the first of his family established in Leicestershire, for it had possessed at an early date an estate at Great Stretton, and at a later period one at Houghton on the Hill. From that place Thomas, [13] the son of Robert Eyrick, [11] removed to Leicester late in the fifteenth or very early in the sixteenth century. He prospered, and filled some important offices in the town, but died early, leaving two sons, Nicolas [14] and John [15], the former being then about fourteen years of age, and the latter a child of about four years old, and a daughter of a still more tender age. Nicolas, like his father, was a leading man in the Leicester of that day, attaining to even higher Honours, for he was Mayor in 1552, an office which his father never filled.

" His brother John Heyricke (after being admitted to the Merchants' Guild in 1535) married (as we gather from his epitaph just quoted), when he was about twenty-four years of age, Mary the daughter of John Bond, Esq., of Ward End or Little Bromwich in Warwickshire. We are told that he brought his young wife to the family house in the Market Place, Leicester, which he had then purchased of his brother Nicholas. This house stood at the corner of the Cheapside, and there he carried on his business of an iron monger. In that house his twelve children were born, and in that house he most probably died, after having lived a life of much domestic happiness, singularly free from the anxieties and bereavements so frequently attending a large household, and after having filled the office of chief magistrate in his native town twice during a period of many national changes, political and religious.


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