About Me

Welcome to my blog, formerly a website established in 2000 at Geocities.  The purpose of having an online presence was, and still remains, to serve as a home for my interests.  Offline, I’m a proposal manager for a government contractor, and I live in Northern Virginia with my husband.  I am a sixth generation resident of the Washington, DC area and grew up in Arlington, VA.

My primary hobby is genealogy.  The major focus of this site is to share the results of my research on the Rorick families of Sussex County, New Jersey.  I’m also actively researching the Dettmar family of Spanbeck, Germany and North Carolina, the Hilton family of Washington, DC, and the Thomas, Pettus, Harrison, and associated families of Virginia, among others.


5 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I am a recent brand new genealogy fanatic.

    Gabriel Walling and Lucy Ann Walling (Rorick) are my fourth great grandparents.

    I have had a terrible time finding her ancestors … finally finding her parents and her grandfather. But that is it.

    I just found your web site today. Already you have helped me fill in some Jennie Walling information.



  2. Hello Carol–I thank you so much for sharing family information on this web site. It has helped me so much. I am researching the Zelora Brown family and sons Clarence and Walter specifically their property in the Lake Minnetonka area. Walter built a cottage on his lake property he named the “Trossachs.” The cottage was designed by Mpls architect Harry Wild Jones. As Jones’s biographer, I found a short memo stating, “The Trossachs, Walter Brown” among his papers. Until today, I knew very little until I stumbled on your site.

    Clarence is photographed in 1898, sitting outside a log cabin on Lafayette Bay built in 1898. He is smartly dressed and another man, also dressed well, is sitting near by.

    Another photo is of Zelda’s wife, Mary Armstrong Brown “in her parlor in 1898. It looks to be the Brown’s city home and the design looks similar to one also designed by Harry Jones.

    Do you know of any family members of this family that may have family photos they would be willing to share with me? I have questions about the Brown’s Lake Minnetonka real estate holdings. My current information states that the Brown family owned 28 acres (on the Lower Lake). I am assuming it was purchased at the time that father Zelora Brown and Hobart Hamlin were doing business together as Hamlin & Brown Real Estate, Insurance & Loan Office.

    I look forward to hearing from you and please feel free to use my personal email for replies,

    Elizabeth Vandam


  3. Hello Carol – I have come across a piece of vintage advertising (1888) from Rorick and Cawley Druggist in Fayette, Ohio. I was doing a little googling (because I was going to list it on ebay) and I found your blog. Would this be something you would be interested in having? I can email you a picture and if you would like it, I am happy to give it to you. I entered my email below so you can reach me. Thank you.


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