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Notes for Nancy Brees

The Family of Elias Brees & Deborah Bennett

1830 BREES ELIAS Tioga County NY 231 Elmira Federal Population Schedule NY 1830 Federal Census Index NY558208681
2 males under 5 (Darius, age 5, Jacob, age 3)
2 males 5-10 (Daniel, age 8, Solomon, age 10)
1 males 10-15 (Lewis, age 15)
2 males 20-30 (Abram, age 24, John, age 21)
1 male 50-60 (Elias, age 55)
1 female under 5 (Nancy, age 1)
1 female 10-15 (Hannah, age 13)
1 female 30-40 (Deborah, age 40)

1840 - ??

Married Cosper Rorick about 1844

1850 - ??

1860 Seneca, Lenawee Co., MI Page 707
Taken August 1860
Household #1866/1917
Cosper Roric, age 43, farmer, $4500 real estate, $650 personal estate, b. NJ
Nancy, age 31, b. NY
Mark, age 15, b. MI
William, age 12, b. MI
George Marr, age 19, laborer, b. NY

1870 census Seneca, Lenawee Co., MI
Household #58/54
Mark C. Rorick, age 25, farmer, b. MI
Mary S., age 20, b. MI
Shanger, Amelia, age 12, b. NJ, at school
A.J. Weaver, age 23, b. NY works on farm
Household #60/56
Corper Rorick, age 56, b. NJ, farmer
Nancy, age 44, b. keeping house, b. NY
Household # 61/57
Leroy Rorick, age 22, farmer, b. MI
Harriet, age 17, keeping house, b. MI

Cosper died in 1874

1880 - ?? Nancy is not listed in household of Leroy Rorick or Mark Rorick, who are living next door to each other in Seneca, Lenawee Co., MI

1900 census Seneca, Lenawee Co., MI
Household #152/156
Leroy Rorick, head, Sept 1847, age 52, md 30 yrs, MI/NJ/NY, proprietor harness shop
Hattie L., wife, Nov 1852, age 47, md 30 yrs, 2 births, 2 surviving children, MI/NY/NY
Nancy H., mother, Jan 1829, age 71, widowed, 2 births, 2 surviving children, NY/NJ/NJ

1910 census Seneca, Lenawee Co., MI
Household #6
Leroy W. Rorick, head, Sept 1847, age 52, md 30 yrs, MI/NJ/NY, farmer
Hattie L., wife, Nov 1852, age 47, md 40 yrs, 2 births, 2 surviving children, MI/NY/NY
Nancy, mother, Jan 1829, age 71, widowed, 2 births, 2 surviving children, NY/NJ/NY

Died in 1912

birth, death & cemetery info from ancestral file on

The foregoing quotation from the address of John C. Rorick in 1880 will give the present generation some idea of the hardships endured by the 8 sons and 6 daughters of Jacob and his wife, Elizabeth, on their farm in New Jersey in their younger days. It may have been because of these hardships that 3 of the sons, William, Estell, and Cosper, decided to brave the hardships of going west in the 1830s to Lenawee County, Michigan to carve out of the primeval forest homes and farms of their own. As most of the Roricks who will attend the family reunion on July 28, 1940 are descendants of these three men, who married three Breese sisters of Horseheads, N.Y., I will give a brief record of these three men.

William was born March 30, 1805. He went to Horseheads, N.Y. in 1828 where he married Phebe Ann Breese, May 22, 1829. They started with a two-horse team in December 1836 and drove through Canada, crossing the Detroit River on the ice and stopping in Fairfield. He worked Hart. Russell's farm one year and then came to Seneca and, by pieces, bought the old homestead and clearing it all himself. They have five children: Elias B. of Morenci, John C. of Wauseon, Jacob M. of Seneca, Dr. Estell H. of Fayette, and Lusetta of Morenci. All were living at the time of John C.'s address in July 1880. William died January 15, 1898. None of his children are now living.

Estell Rorick, my grandfather, was born September 21, 1809. He was married to Hannah Breese (sister of Phebe Ann) at Horseheads, N.Y., February 7, 1836. In May 1837, they in company with Elias Breese, Hannah's father, and his family came to Michigan. Estell had one team of horses and Elias Breese, two teams. They drove to Fairfield and turned out on the banks of Sand Creek about a mile and a half north of Hart Russell's. Estell bought the land in Section 7, south and east of Canandaigua, known as the Wanzer Breese farm, cut the first tree July 3, 1837. He put up a log house and moved into it July 20 and lived in it until January 1st without windows, chinking or chimney.
He later sold this farm and purchased another, north of Canandaigua in Rome township, where he lived for a few years, and then he purchased and moved to the farm, later owned by my father, Cosper Rorick, and now owned by his grandson, Curtis Rorick. Estell Rorick died in 1880, leaving four children: Cosper Rorick, my father, Deb. Ann Spear, Lovina Rorick Bennett, and Melissa Rorick Porter. My father, the above Cosper Rorick, was born October 8, 1838 and died April 23, 1910. On June 30, 1861, he married Alice M.Horton, who was born March 26, 1842 and who died May 18, 1891. None of Estell Rorick's children are now living, but some of his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren are expected to be present at the Reunion on July 28, 1940.

A third son of Jacob and Elizabeth Rorick, who was born in new Jersey, September 11, 1817, and later moved to Michigan, was Cosper Rorick, a younger brother of William and Estell, who was always known to me as Uncle "Cop." He was married to Nancy Breese, a sister to Phebe and Hannah, at Horseheads, N.Y. and then came to Michigan in 1840, where he drove a team for Allen and Daniles at Medina for some time. He afterwards worked for Smith in the distillery at Canandaigua. He and his wife settled on the old farm just north of Seneca, which was owned by his sons, Mark and Leroy, in 1880, and which I understand is now owned by Mark's son, John P. of Adrian, Michigan. Cosper Rorick died December 28, 1874, and I well remember of attending the funeral in a cutter with Mother and Father. The snow was very deep and drifted high. Cosper and Nancy left two sons, Mark and Leroy, who married two Porter sisters, Mary and Harriet, who were also sisters of Sylvester K. Porter, known to me as "Uncle Vet." He married my father's sister, Melissa Rorick, known to me as "Aunt Litt."

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ID: I778
Name: Leroy W. RORICK
Surname: Rorick
Given Name: Leroy W.
Sex: M
Birth: 14 Sep 1847
Death: 10 Mar 1917 in Morenci, Mi
A Well Known Citizen Gone

Death of Leroy W. Rorick at his Home in Morenci Last Saturday Morning

Leroy W. Rorick, a well known citizen of Morenci, died at his home here last Saturday morning, March 10, 1917, after an illness of several months. The funeral service was held Monday under the direction of the K. of P. Lodge of which he was a member.

Judge B.L. Hart of Adrian and Hon. B.D. Chandler of Hudson, who represented the order, gave words of sympathy and helpfulness to the bereaved family.

Miss Virginia Wilson sang a solo. The out of town relatives who attended the funeral were: Mrs. William Rorick of Buffalo, N.Y., Mrs. Spencer Sloan, Mrs. Della McCloe, H.C. Rorick and wife, A.V.Foster and wife of Toledo, J.C. Rorick of Wauseon, Dr. and Mrs. E.H. Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sullivan, P.F. Cawley and daughter, Helen, Earl Baldwin and wife, John Rorick and Mrs. G.H. Crane of Fayette, Hon. G.B. Horton and John Cole of Weston.

Leroy W. Rorick was born in Seneca township, Sept. 14, 1847. His father, Cosper Rorick, a native of New Jersey, came to Michigan in 1840 and commenced with the pioneers in the work of changing a wilderness to a domain of elegant homes and productive farms. His father was married to Nancy A. Breese, Jan. 15, 1845, and they settled on a farm one mile north of Seneca in a log house with primitive surroundings, where Leroy was born. He grew up on the farm laboring with his father in the fields as boys in those days did and walking two and a half miles to a district school house for his education which was completed at the Medina Academy.

He was married Feb. 10, 1870 to Harriet L. Porter to whom were born one daughter, Nellie R., wife of Dr. Murphy of Columbus, OH and Cosper M., cashier of the First National Bank of Morenci. He commenced the work of an active life on the farm where he resided until 1888, when he moved to Morenci where he lived a retired life for one year, then going to Fayette where he purchased a livery business which he successfully followed for nine years. Disposing of the same, he followed the business of harness making for about six years in Morenci, after he which he purchased a farm two miles west of Weston where he resided about three years. He then purchased a small country home near Seneca where he lived until the spring of 1916 when he built a home and moved to Morenci.

His life has been a full demonstration of industry, kindness and business integrity and his faithful friends are numerous wherever he is known. His departure is mourned by all who knew him. He is survived by one brother, Mark C. Rorick of Morenci.

Source: Undated clipping from the Morenci Observer reprinted in The Rorick Family in America by Helen Rorick Lundahl.
Change Date: 14 Dec 2001 at 19:02:51

Father: Cosper RORICK b: in New Jersey
Mother: Nancy A BREESE