Gaspar Rorick, Jr.

Gasper Rorick, Jr. lived probably about four years in Pennsylvania. Of his early life little is known to us at the present time. The most we know is obtained from a letter from the Veterans Administration, Bureau of Pensions, Washington, D.C. where it is stated: You are advised that it appears from the papers in the Revolutionary War pensions claim S. 833 that Gasper Rorick was born in Pennsylvania. His father died when he was about 4 or 5 years old (about 1752 or 1753) possibly later as there seems to be some discrepancy about Gaspar’s age, and his mother moved from Pennsylvania. The names of his parents are not given, nor is it stated to what place they moved. While residing in Sussex County, N.J. he enlisted and served with the N.J. Militia, as follows:

In the spring of 1776, one month in Capt. Frank Hedley’s company; in the same year, one month in Capt. Richard Edsall’s company, one month in Capt. Kirkendall’s company, one month in Capt. Hill’s company, one month in Capt. William Johnson’s company, two tours of one month each in Capt. Bockhover’s company, and two weeks in Capt. Jacob Stoll’s company under Major Harrison, and was at the Battle of Germantown. There are no specific dates of service given. He was allowed pension on his application executed August 31, 1832, at which time he was living in Wantage Township, Sussex Co., N.J., aged 81.

Gasper Rorick, Jr. was a little man and in his declining years wore a red cap with a long tassel like old people used to wear years ago. He also smoked a pipe according to information which was sent by Miss Margaret Cox, a descendant of Gasper Rorick, Jr. who resided in the vicinity of Gasper Rorick Jr.’s home.

May 14, 1936 Sussex County, N.J. the following news item appeared in the papers:

“The Chinkchewunska Chapter of D.A.R. will unveil three markers on Saturday, May 15, 1936 on graves of Revolutionary Soldiers in Papakating Cemetery on the Hamburg Road. Gosper Rorick, Jr. of the N.J. Troops will be one of the soldiers so honored, and at the Rorick grave Miss Margaret Cox of Newton, a descendant, will read the biography. Anson DeWitt of Sussex will unveil the marker. The other two so honored were Quartermaster Azariah Martin and Nathaniel Martin.

Source: Lundahl, Helen Rorick. (n.d.) The Rorick Family in America. (NB: This manuscript is held in the Toledo-Lucas County Library and contains a number of transcriptions of undated newspaper clippings.)

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