The Rorick Families of Sussex County, New Jersey


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This website documents the ongoing results of my research on the Rorick families of Sussx County, beginning with the descendants of Gaspar Rorick. Family history states he emigrated to America as a "bound boy" in the 1730s with a Dutch mine owner named Schlottenbergh in order to work in Schlottenbergh's mines in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. His two sons, Gaspar, Jr. (born in 1748) and Michael (born in 1749) settled in Sussex County, NJ where they started the families whose members are recorded here. Subsequent generations have left their mark across the United States in the communities where they lived and worked. In addition to a strong presence in Sussex County, places where the family has been prominent include Lenawee County, MI, where the Roricks and related families were among the earliest settlers; Yamhill County, OR, where the descendants of Lucy Ann Rorick and Gabriel Walling were pioneers; Beaumont, TX, where the descendants of Helen Rorick and W.C. Tyrrell were leading citizens and philanthropists; Toledo, OH, where the family was involved in the Spitzer-Rorick Bank; and many more. This website is dedicated to collecting and sharing information about the family that Gaspar Rorick started.

I am also researching the family of James M. Rorick who lived in Sussex County in the early part of the 1800s in order to determine whether a relationship to the descendants of Gaspar Rorick exists. Many of the descendants of James M. Rorick settled in Allen County, IN.

Researching the Rorick Family in America

The History of the Rorick Family, written by Horton C. Rorick and delivered at a family reunion, is a good starting place, especially for the branch of the family that settled in Lenawee County, MI. Another resource for the Lenawee County branch of the family is The Rorick Family in America, a manuscript by Helen Rorick Lundahl in the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.

Not all Roricks living in the United States are related.  If you are researching the Rorick family of Schoharie County, NY, the best starting place is a manuscript by Warren Marsh that is available on microfilm through your local Family History Center. 

To the extent that I'm able to, I will try to answer any questions that come my way.  Please use the button below to send me e-mail.