H O R R O C K S
SAMUEL HORROCKS: 1843 - Samuel was born in New Church, Lancashire England 13 December, 1843, and was the son of Betty Law and Lawrence Horrocks.
1866 - Samuel Horrocks was married the first time in England in 1866 to Eliza Jane Holt and had three children one of which died in infancy.
1873 - Circa 1873 Samuel left England under some kind of scandal & came to the United States. He came to the U.S. on the steam ship "Spain". Samuel liked to race dogs and brought his racing dogs with him. Samuel is listed in the 1873 St. Louis City Directory. He is a machinist living at 2241 Columbus.
1875 - Samuel Horrocks is listed in the 1875 St. Louis City Directory, weaver, Bemis, Marriott & Co. This is the company he worked at for 50 years. He invented the unraveling thread technique for opening the tops of feed sacks. Every time I open a feed sack this way I am proudly reminded that my great grandfather invented that technique! He turned the patent over to Bemis and in return was promised a life time job and a pension for when he decided to retire. Samuel, who was nicknamed "Red Sam" because he had red hair, also worked delivering coal at one time. Aunt Lil told me a story once that back in those days it was commonly believed that people's cellars/basements were haunted so the men would throw an old broom down the coal shoot to scare the ghosts away first before dumping the coal down the shoot.
1876 - Samuel married Orelia Michaud in St. Louis, Missouri in 1876. He appears in subsequent St. Louis City Directories up until the year 1921.
1884 - He was naturalized in 1884.
1924 - In 1924 Samuel decided he wanted to go back to England to die. His wife, Orelia, and many of his children had already preceded him in death. He booked passage on the RMS Scythia and sailed for Liverpool. He asked his grandson (my father) Gus Ziock to go with him but Gus declined. I have a post card with a picture of the ship on it that he sent to my father which indicates that Samuel chewed tobacco as he comments that on the ship there were no spitoons and spitting on the deck was not allowed.
While on board the ship Samuel, who was nearly blind, was robbed of all of his money so when he arrived in England the authorities were going to send him back to the U.S. because he had no money. After a lot of red-tape the authorities allowed Samue to stay in England.
1926 - Samuel died in 1926 and is buried with his parents & several siblings in the Wesleyan Methodist Cemetery, Rawtenstall, Longholme, Lancashire, England.
I have a letter written by Samuel (to my father & his sister) where Samuel tells of going to the cemetery to visit his parents' graves. It is because of this letter that I was able to locate where Samuel came from in Lancashire. I have other letters he wrote & after he went blind his son John wrote a letter & I also have a letter by his daughter Bertha. To view these letters go to Horrocks Family Correspondence
Children of Samuel Horrocks & Eliza Jane Holt:
1. BERTHA - born 1870 married Bennett Parkinson in 1888. I have not yet traced their children.
2. JOHN - born 21/8/1870 Married: 1. Margaret Pickup in 1893 2. Emma Adeline Maslen in 6/1903 and they had 6 children. Richard born 8/12/1903 married but no children, William Horrocks (my father) born 20/12/1904 married Nancy Hamer and had 2 children, John born and died in 1955 and Richard (me) born 29/7/1952 married Eileen Tromans 4/10/1975 and I have 2 children Rachel Louise born 1/9/1977 married 20/5/2000 and Laura Jane born 15/10/1980. I was born in Haslingden and still live here.Harry born 6/9/1907 married Emily and had ! child Sheila. I cant remember her husbands but she has a daughter Claire. Millicent born 12/1/1909 married and had 1 child Melvyn who is married to Margaret Flanagan, has 2 children Susan and Carol and still lives in Haslingden. Edith I do not know anything about. Alan born 21/3/1914 married Nora but he died in the 2nd world war in France 7/8/1944. 3. Jane last name unknown. John died 20 February 1955 & is buried Longholme Cemetery, Rawtenstall, Lancashire, England.
Children of Orelia Michaud & Samuel Horrocks born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA:
ANN- born 1877 & married 1) Albert J. Webers 28 June 1894. They had one son, Alexander Webers born 1895. 2) Ann's second husband was George Casper Meek. They had three children: George Oliver, Walter L. & Stanley R. Ann died 13 May 1902 & is buried in St. Mathews Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.
LAWRENCE - born 1878. He never married. In the St. Louis City Directory in 1897 he is listed as a packer. In 1899 he is listed as a cutter. 1900 he is a presser. 1901 laborer. 1902 iron. 1903 tailer. 1905, 1906 & 1907 laborer. 1908 mach. 1909 & 1917 laborer. His death certificate says he last worked as a laborer in 1920. He had stroke while still young & resided in the City Sanitarium. Lawrence died there 4 November 1937. Aunt Lil to me that his body was donated to science but I have documents that say he was interred in New St. Marcus Cemetery, St. Louis. His death certificate gives his address as 631 S. Broadway. It gives the principal & related causes of death as: Cellulitis of leg, Chronic Choleystitis, chronic cholelithiasis, encephalomalacia, nephroaclerosis. He died November 4th & was buried November 6th.
ESTHER* - She was born 1879 in St. Louis, Missouri & was the daughter of Orelia Michaud & Samuel Horrocks. She married August Ziock,Jr., on 27 July 1901 & they became the parents of two children: a daughter, Lillian Cecille, & a son, August Theodore (my father). She played classical music on the piano. Esther died in 1913.
LILY - born 1884. Died 13 May 1888 of inflamation of the brain. Residence at time of death - 2413 DeKalb Street, St. Louis.
FANNY - born 1887. Died 5 June 1888 of inflamation of the brain. Residence at time of death - 2413 DeKalb Street, St. Louis.
JOSEPH - was born 7 May 1889 in St. Louis, Missouri. After residing in Detroit, Michigan a number of years he died in December, 1963 in California.
RICHARD "DICK" - Born: 3 July 1894. He was listed in the 1919 St. Louis City Directory & in the 1920 St. Louis Census. Then he just seems to disappear. He was a gangster during prohibition & I was originally told that he had been killed in a gang fight during that time. But then someone found a record of him alive & well living in Chelsea, Suffolk County, Massachusetts in 1942.
Lawrence was born in Bury, Lancashire, England 11/5/1813 & christened 2 June 1813 in Haslingden, King Street Wesleyan Methodist, & was the son of Richard Horrocks. On 25 April 1840 Lawrence married Betty LAW who was born at Deerplay, Newchurch, Lancashire1819. She was christened 17 May 1819 at Bacup, Lancashire & was the daughter of Samuel LAW (occupation weaver). Betty & Lawrence were married in the Parochial Chapel at New Church, Lancashire & their marriage license gives their place of residence at that time as Heald. Lawrence's occupation was power loom overlooker & Betty's occupation was weaver. In the 1851 census Betty & Lawrence & the four oldest children were living in the township of New Church, Ecclesiastical District of St. Nicholas. Lawrence died in 1876 & is buried in Longholme Methodist Cemetery, Rawtenstall, Lancashire, England. Betty died in 1895 & is buried by her husband. Thanks to Rev. Wedgewood for copying (by hand)the Longholme Church records (four pages) pertaining to my Horrocks family. At right is a picture of the tombstone in Longholme Methodist Cemetery, Rawtenstall, Lancashire, England. Thanks to a Longholme church member for photographing this for me in the 1980's.
Children of Betty Law & Lawrence Horrocks:
Richard - Richard was born 21/6/1840. His first wife was Susannah Ashworth in 1863 and his second wife was Ann Coupe in 1875. So far I have found a daughter Mary born 12/1872 who married Samuel Sellers in 1895. They had a son called Harry born 1898. Susan Elizabeth - b: 1874 - m: John Spencer Pickup in 1899
Mary - Mary born 15/1/1842 married Henry Hargreaves in 1870.
Samuel - was born 13 December 1843. Samuel married Eliza Jane Holt in 1866. I understand he also had another daughter Susan Elizabeth born 1874 who married John Spencer Pickup in 1899. Bertha born 1870 married Bennett Parkinson in 1888. I have not yet traced their children. John born 21/8/1870 married Margaret Pickup in 1893 and had 1 child Arthur born 20/8/1896. He married Nora Barnes and had 2 children, Margaret born 1925 died 1944 and John Boothman (Jack) born 15/4/1930. I still see Jack occasionally as he lives in Blackpool. He married Betty Forshaw 27/2/1954. They have 2 children, Nicholas Boothman and Phillip John. John Horrocks married Emma Adeline Maslen in 6/1903 and they had 6 children. Richard born 8/12/1903 married but no children, William Horrocks (my father) born 20/12/1904 married Nancy Hamer and had 2 children, John born and died in 1955 and Richard (me) born 29/7/1952 married Eileen Tromans 4/10/1975 and I have 2 children Rachel Louise born 1/9/1977 married 20/5/2000 and Laura Jane born 15/10/1980. I was born in Haslingden and still live here.Harry born 6/9/1907 married Emily and had 1 child Sheila. I cant remember her husbands but she has a daughter Claire. Millicent born 12/1/1909 married and had 1 child Melvyn who is married to Margaret Flanagan, has 2 children Susan and Carol and still lives in Haslingden. Edith I do not know anything about. Alan born 21/3/1914 married Nora but he died in the 2nd world war in France 7/8/1944.
Lawrence ~ born 14/10/1845 - died 10/1845
John - born 1847/48. Died 29 September 1857. Buried Longholme Cemetery, Rawtenstall, Lancashire.
Elizabeth ~ born 5/8/1849
Martha ~ 14/2/1851
William - born 1852. Died 24 December 1852. Buried Longholme Cemetery, Rawtenstall, Lancashire.
Robert - (twin) born 21 March 1854. Died 24 March 1854. Buried Longholme Cemetery, Rawtenstall, Lancashire.
Thomas - (twin) born 21 March 1854. Died 6 April 1854. Buried Longholme Cemetery, Rawtenstall, Lancashire.
Annie - born 1856. Married George Barnes. Annie died sometime after 1924.
Betsy - born 1858. Died 15 July 1858. Buried Longholme Cemetery, Rawtenstall, Lancashire.
Richard was born 18/3/1775. The children of Mary & Richard Horrocks were:
William born 9/12/1794 ~ had 4 children, Martha born 1819 Bury, William born 1817 Bury, Hannah born 1830 and Elizabeth born 1835.
James born 1/2/1797
Robert born 27/3/1800
Richard born 12/5/1802
John born 25/6/1805
Thomas born 11/7/1809
Lawrence born 11/5/1813
Samuel born 14/9/1818 - married Betty born 1817 and had 5 children, Sarah born 1842, Richard born 1844, William born 1850, Elizabeth? Born 1838, and John? Born 1848.
b - about 1800?
d - 23 Nov. 1876?
Picture of Longholme Weslyan Church
(tombstone to left of steps is that of
Samuel (1843-1926) & his parents & siblings)