Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Family of Sarah Horrocks Rarick

Sarah Horrocks Rarick was the third child and first daughter of William Horrocks and Jane Hunter Horrocks. She emigrated to the United States sometime during the 1860s and raised her family in Pennsylvania.
This photo appears to have been taken circa 1910, nearly 15 years after Sarah Horrocks Rarick's death. In the front row are her husband Levi Rarick and his second wife, Elmira Houser. The back row shows 5 of Sarah and Levi's surviving children. Left to right: Harry Rarick, George Rarick, Ida Rarick Shaw, Charles Rarick and Edward Rarick. Not pictured is daughter Meta Rarick.

Monday, August 23, 2010

James and Frank Horrocks

Suzanne Monique de Planta de Wildenberg, nee Horrocks, of York, UK has contacted us with news of more Horrocks relatives. Suzanne was born the only child of James Horrocks and Monica Banks Horrocks in Formby, Merseyside on May 29, 1969. She married Frank de Planta de Wildenberg in 1994 and they have 3 children.

James (left) and Frank Horrocks were twins born to James Horrocks, the 9th child of
George Hunter Horrocks and Sarah Mason.

James and Frank Horrocks

James Horrocks (the younger) married Emily Smith. They had six children, two of whom were twins born 6 March, 1922. They were baptized at St. Cross Church, Clayton, Manchester on 2 April, 1922.

James (second from right) served in the Royal Navy during World War II.

After the war James went on to become a mechanical engineer and company director.
He had a son called Peter (born 9 September, 1947) from his first marriage. Peter died in 2008. 
James died at the young age of 56 in September, 1978.

Monday, August 2, 2010

A New Horrocks Cousin!

We've found a new cousin, Liesa Wood of Somerset England. Liesa is descended from John Horrocks, the eldest son of William and Jane Horrocks. John's daughter Mary married into the Crowthers line. Liesa would like any cousin researching in the Manchester area for a bit of help with 20th Century records so if you can lend a hand please contact me at Chris34209@gmail.com and I will put you in contact.

Now if only we can find a cousin from James' line.

Pennsylvania Grave Markers

This is the cemetery marker for Sarah Horrocks, daughter of William Horrocks and Jane Hunter.  Sarah left England to try a new life in America.  She married about 1868 and lived her life as an innkeeper's wife in Port Clinton, Pennsylvania amid the Blue Mountain Range. The world famous Appalachian Trail runs through Port Clinton, right passed the mountaintop cemetery, bringing hikers from all over the world to give a passing thought of remembrance to those buried here.

 After some serious brush clearing the marker below was unearthed. The marker had been hidden for decades beneath some ornamental plantings. Although rather worn it reads "WILLIAM RARICK, son of Levi and Sarah Rarick. Born July 23, 1872  Died October 1, 1872  Age 2 yrs, 2 months 8 days. As William is not a name found in the Rarick line it is possible that Sarah's first son was named for her father William Horrocks.