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John Horrocks, 1900, Michigan
Posted by: Sandra Horrocks (ID *****9371) Date: May 08, 2010 at 13:46:43
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I'm trying to find further information about my great great grandfather, John Horrocks. I do not know his middle name. He emigrated from England about 1865 according to U.S. census data. He may have been born in Barton-on- Irwell, Lancashire County, but there were a lot of John Horrocks's born at that time. His father's name may have been Samuel and mother Sarah. Family history has it that four brothers came to the U.S. together and all were quite young. John was about 17 or 18. He may have had brothers names Samuel, William and Wilbur (as recounted by my father). They may have stowed away on a ship. My father also remembers being told the reason they came was because their father remarried and they didn't like their stepmother.

In 1869 John married Geralding Dunsmore, and they resided in Berlin Township, Ionia County, Michigan U.S.A. for some years. Then they moved to Evergreen Township, Montcalm County, Michigan U.S.A. where they are found in the 1900 U.S. census. They had at least 4 children: Fred, Margaret, Sarah and Thomas. I have a Cora listed on a census, but this may have been Sarah. According to my father and family history Thomas was born while John was visiting England (gone 2 years) and may have had a different father although John raised him as his own.

John apparently died of a heart attack (heart disease seems to run in this family). John, his wife, son Thomas, and Thomas's son Kenneth are all buried in the Evergreen Township Cemetary in Montcalm County where they resided.

I would appreciate any information someone might have on this family. Thanks.


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