Cosper Rorick

Cosper Rorick was born in Seneca, Lenawee County, Mich., October 8, 1838.  His father, Estell Rorick, was born in Deckertown, Sussex County, N.J., April 21, 1809, where he lived until 1834.  He was the son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Wilson) Rorick, natives of Sussex County.  The Rorick ancestors were German, and the Wilsons were Irish.  Estell Rorick was brought up a farmer, and always followed that calling.  In 1837 he came to Michigan and purchased land on Section 7, in Seneca, this county, but subsequently sold out and purchased land in Dover.  After residing a few years in Dover he again removed to Seneca and purchased a farm on Sections 8 and 17, where he resided until his death, which occurred September 14, 1880.  February 7, 1836, Estell Rorick married Miss Hannah Breese, daughter of Elias and Deborah (Bennett) Breese, of Horse Heads, N.Y., and they had four children:  Cosper; Deborah Ann, who married Philetus Spear; Lovina A., who married Dr. C.T. Bennett; Mary Melissa, who married Sylvester K. Porter.  Mrs. Hannah Breese Rorick was born in Horse Heads, N.Y., January 1, 1804, and died in Seneca, October 30, 1896.  Cosper Rorick, subject of this sketch, has always lived in Lenawee County, and was educated in the district schools of his township, Barrows’ Academy in Medina, and at Oak Grove Academy, in Medina village.  He has always lived on a farm, and followed that business until 1894, when he located he located in the village of Morenci, where he now resides.  While engaged in active farming he was largely interested in dairying, and for twenty-five years had a cheese factory on his farm.  He also handled considerable live stock (cattle and hogs) and fitted them for market.  At one time he owned seven hundred and sixty acres of land, nearly all in one body.  He erected fine buildings, among the very best in the township, and has always taken pride in keeping them in good repair.  He erected a good residence in Morenci, where he lives and is now engaged in looking after his property interests.  He is a Director and Vice President of the First National Bank of Morenci.  He never took to politics, and never sought or held a political office.  June 30, 1861, Cosper Rorick married Miss Alice Horton, daughter of Samuel and Lucina Horton, of Fairfield, and they have had four children, as follows:  George Herbert, born June 28, 1864, married, September 17, 1885, Mary Edith Kennedy, has two children, and resides in the home farm in Seneca; Horton C., born December 6, 1866, married Mary Edna Packard, September 1891, has three children, and resides in Toledo, Ohio; Eva May, born July 28, 1873, married George H. Crane, September 16, 1897.  They have one child, and reside in Monessen, Pa.; Leila Estell, born June 5, 1880, married Albert V. Foster, September 16, 1903, and resides in Morenci.  Mrs. Alice (Horton) Rorick was born in Lafayette, Medina County, Ohio, March 26, 1842, and died May 19, 1891.  November 21, 1894, Mr. Rorick married Miss Amie C. Spaulding, daughter of Leonard L. and Cordelia (Jacobs) Spaulding, of Detroit, Mich.  Her father, a native of Vermont, was born in 1809, and died in Jonesville, Mich., in 1884.  Her mother was a native of London, Canada, born January 6, 1823, and died January 31, 1885.

Source:  Knapp, John I. and R.I. Bonner.  1903.  Illustrated History and Biographical Record of Lenawee County, Michigan. Adrian, MI:  The Times Printing Company.

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