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Notes for Phoebe Ann Brees Rorick

The Family of Elias Brees & Deborah Bennett

1820 BREES ELIAS Tioga County NY 300 Elmira Federal Population Schedule NY 1820 Federal Census Index NY320143739
1 older male (Elias, age 45)
2 younger males (Bennett, age 14, John, age 11)
2 young males (Lewis, age 6, Solomon, age 1)
1 older female (Deborah, age 31)
2 young females (Phoebe, age 13, Hannah, age 3)


1840 census Wm. Rorick, Lenawee Co., MI

1845 state census Seneca, Lenawee Co., MI

1850 census Seneca, Lenawee Co., MI
Household #995
William Rorick, age 50, b. NY
Phebe A., age 36, b. NY
John, age 16, b. NY
Jacob, age 10, b. MI
Estell (male), age 8, b. MI
Lucy, age 4, b. MI

Phebe died in 1858. William remarried - in 1870 there is a 14 year old son named John (born about 1856) who is probably a son of his second wife by a previous marriage but may be a son of William & Phebe.

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: I84
Name: William RORICK
Surname: Rorick
Given Name: William
Sex: M
Birth: 30 Mar 1805
Death: 15 Jan 1898
_UID: A0D774D0A6EC134CB901075AB54811D3A833
Sussex county NJ birth

Almost a centenarian at this time of his death, William Rorick passed away in 1898. He was widely known as Seneca's pioneer and Morenci's oldest citizen.

Mr. Rorick was remarkably long-lived and especially so considering fora period of almost 40 years he had been more or less an invalid. But hepossessed a naturally powerful physique which carried him through to anadvanced age of nearly 93 years.

He had a kindly, generous nature and cheerily greeted passerby's as hesat on the porch of his residence in the summer or the visitors who came to his room in the colder seasons. Everybody liked "Uncle Billy" as he was universally called. He took pride in the family he had reared.

William Rorick was born in Sussex County, N.J., March 30, 1805. He made the journey to what was then called the "Lake Country" in the State of New York, a distance of 500 miles on foot. Before leaving N.J., he took the precaution to buy a pair of half soles for his boots, but carried them only as far as Horseheads in his pocket where he paid 23 cent to have them put on.

This trip was made in 1828 during the Presidential campaign. He used to relate every detail of a barbecue that was held on the route, where a whole ox was roasted for the occasion. He was a Democrat, but he had a companion who was a Whig. They agreed that both would hurrah for Jackson and get a slice of ox. When it came to a test, his associate weakened and was chased out of camp. Mr. Rorick hurrahed for Jackson and ate ox and then joined his hungry companion and tramped on.

He worked the first winter for his board for a widow, getting the entire timber for a large barn. After that he worked by the day until May 22, 1830, when he married Phebe Ann Breese and bought a piece of land near Elmira, New York and cleared a farm which he sold in 1836. He then started with his family for Michigan, driving the whole distance in a covered wagon and crossing the river at Detroit on ice. He arrived on December 31.

He worked for H.S. Russell and then bought the first 40 acres of the "old farm" in Seneca and commenced the pioneer's struggle for material advancement, having a one room log cabin in a four acre clearing with a brush fence.

His wife passed away September 1, 1858 and on May 25, 1859 he married Elmira Wintermute of New Jersey who passed away in Morenci, January 21, 1888 (this date does not match the date given by Helen Rorick Lundahl). His brothers Estell and Cosper came to Michigan soon after he did. Thesethree brothers married three sisters, the Breese sisters, Phebe, Hannah,and Nancy.

Copied from an article entitled "Did You Know That?" written by Miss Maude Chase, Morenci Historian, and printed in the Morenci Observer. (No date on clipping.) Copied by Helen Rorick Lundahl in "The Rorick Family in America".
Change Date: 7 Dec 2001 at 11:45:35

Father: Jacob RORICK b: 29 Mar 1775 in , Nj
Mother: Elizabeth WILSON b: 1780

Marriage 1 Phebe Ann BREESE b: 27 Oct 1811
Married: 22 May 1830
Elias Breese RORICK b: 9 Dec 1831
John C. RORICK b: 13 Feb 1834
Jacob M RORICK b: 11 Jul 1837
Estell H. RORICK b: 1 Sep 1842
Luzettie RORICK