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.
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.
Thanks to Rev. Wedgewood for copying (by hand)the Longholme Church records (four pages) pertaining to my Horrocks family. Above 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:
b: 18 March 1775
m: Mary Oldham - b: 1770 - 1783 - Lancashire, Eng. - d: Lancashire -
The children of Mary Oldham & Richard Horrocks were:
SOURCES: August T. Ziock; Lilian Ziock Palmer, Richard Horrocks of England; Ancestry.com;
Picture of Longholme Weslyan Church
(tombstone to left of steps is that of
Samuel (1843-1926) & his parents & siblings)