I'd finding multiple WILLIAM ROARKS and I'm having trouble separating them. Looking for help. Thanks.
WILLIAM ROARK NO. 1
WILLIAM ROARK was born 6 Jun 1759 in Orange County, North Carolina. He died 11 Feb 1832 in [Red Hill or Scotsville or other] Allen County, Kentucky. He was probably buried in Allen Co. Kentucky. Revolutionary War Veteran. Served Rolston's Company, 1st North Carolina Militia Regiment as a musician. He married SARAH DORRIS. Sarah was born 1763 in Germany. She was buried at Roark Cemetery, Red Hill, Allen County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of WILLIAM and MARY DORRIS. They lived in [Orange Co.] North Carolina, Tennessee [Mason, Tipton, Tennessee] and [Allen Co.] Kentucky. William built Puncheon Camp Creek Church and was a Baptist Minister there until his death. He is thought to be buried in Allen County, Kentucky, but his headstone has not been found yet.
Their children were:
SARAH "SALLIE" (POE) (1785 - bef 1832)
MARAH (DRIVER) (1803-1831)
REUBEN (SAMUEL REUBEN ROARK) (1782-1858)
ELIZABETH "BETSY" (DYSON) OR (LAW)
NANCY (STINSON) (1802-1875)
Possible children, but not mentioned in Will of WM ROARK:
MILDRED "MILLIE" b 1806, Barren, KY
PERMIELIA (1794-1883) born 8 Sep 1794, in Sumner, Tennessee. Died 27 Mar 1883.
Re: William Roark and Sarah Dorris
Posted by: Patrick Druez (ID 8122) Date: March 28, 2009 at 07:23:38
In Reply to: William Roark and Sarah Dorris by Dusty Thornberry of 2243
Just found this...
From: CONNIE HASLER
Subject: William Roark
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 12:45:02 -0700 (MST)
Dear Roarks -
The following is the information that I have about "my" William.
William Roark was born about 1757 in Ireland (as the legend goes).
It is reported that the Roarks are of Scotch-Irish descent, though there
are no records to prove which ones of this large family came over from
Ireland in the longago. The name was originally O'Rourke, and since then,
some of the family have changed the spelling for brevity. It is said that
he was one of four orphan brothers, who were bound out to different
families in Ireland. His brother's names were James Roark, Nicholas Roark
and the third brother's name is unknown. The families refused to allow
the boys to be redeemed by their maternal uncle, therefore he kidnapped
them and stowed aboard a ship bound for the colonies. This legend was
related to Walter Asa Roark (great-grandson to William) by a Roman
Catholic priest about the year 1931, he having been away from the "old sod"
only a short time when this statement was given.
William was a soldier in the American Revolution. He served as a
musician under Capt. Rolston's Company, 1st North Carolina Regiment - 1778.
He played the flute, fife and drum. His brother, James, served in the same
regiment. William married Sarah Dorris in about 1780-1781. It is
believed that she was born about 1757 in Germany. Her maiden name may be
William and Sarah moved from North Carolina to Bledsoe's Lick, Sumner
County, Tennessee by November 20, 1794 when he bought land there. In
about 1802, they moved to Barren County, Kentucky, and are listed in the
1810 census of Barren County, KY. Monroe County, KY was formed in 1820
from Barren County, KY and they are listed in the 1820 census of Allen
County, KY. William founded and built the Puncheon Camp Creek Church
where he was pastor until his death after Feb. 11, 1832 and before
March 19, 1832 in Allen County, KY. Sarah died in Macon County, TN
during the 1840's. William and Sarah had the following children.
1. Samuel "Reuben" Roark (1782-1858)
2. John W. Roark (abt. 1784-aft. 1860)
3. Sarah "Sallie" Roark (abt. 1785-bef. 1832)
4. Levi Roark (abt. 1788-1855) MY LINE
5. Josiah Roark (abt. 1791-abt.1872)
6. Asa C. Roark (abt. 1792-1862)
7. Permelia Roark (1794-1883)
8. William Roark (abt. 1796-1858)
9. Elijah Roark (1798-1858)
10. Elizabeth "Betsy" Roark (abt. 1799-1850's)
11. Nancy Roark (1802-1875)
12. Joel Roark (abt. 1801-?)
13. Marah Roark (died bef. 1832)
14. Margaret R. Roark (1805 -?)
15. Mildred "Millie" Roark (abt. 1806-?)
Hope this helps someone.
Re: Roark Cemetery - Allen County KY
Posted by: Carole Chaney (ID 4418)
Date: December 13, 2010 at 19:39:11
In Reply to: Roark Cemetery - Allen County KY by Dawn of 2243
WILLIAM ROARK's will is located in the Historical Society in Scottsville, KY. The will consists of 12 pages and was probated in 1832. He co-founded Puncheon Camp Creek Church located on the present day KY -TN border. Church records can be viewed/obtained in Allen County Historical Society, Macon Co. TN library, and WKU Kentucky Museumn. He is believed to be buried at the Punchoen Camp Church cemetery site but it his unmarked stone hasn't been found as of yet.
His first land acquistion in this area was granted due to his Revolutionary War service. He received land in then Barren Co. KY and Smith Co. TN. as payment for his service. He purchased more land over the course of his life in the same area.
It is said that WILLIAM ROARK was one of four orphan brothers, who were bound out to different families in Ireland.WILLIAM ROARK's brother's names were JAMES, NICHOLAS and the third brother's name is unknown. The families refused to allow the boys to be redeemed by their maternal uncle, therefore he kidnapped them and stowed aboard a ship bound for the colonies. This legend was related to WALTER ASA ROARK(great-grandson to William) by a Roman Catholic priest about the year 1931.
WILLIAM ROARK NO. 2
WILLIAM ROARK born 25 Jun 1760 in Ireland. He died 6 Jan 1842. He was also a Revolutionary War Veteran. He was captured and taken to Canada where he was held as a POW. He married ELIZABETH MARTIN in 1783. Elizabeth was born in 1762 in [Frederick] Virginia.
MARTIN ROARK born 1785 in Virginia. He died Jul 1833 in Kentucky.
WILLIAM ROARK NO. 3
WILLIAM ROARK born 6 Jun 1760 in Ireland. He died 4 Mar 1841. He went from Ireland to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Greenville, Muhlenberg, Kentucky. He married MARY EVERLY abt 1780/1786. Mary was born abt 1764, in Ireland.
JOHN M. ROARK born 22 May 1786 in New Jersey or Philadelphia, PA. He married three times: (1) CALY EVANS on 2 Nov 1809; (2) AMY ANDERSON on 30 Aug 1827, in Greenville, Muhlenberg, Kentukcy, and (3) ELIZA A. UNKNOWN.
[Brother to William Roark No. 3?] BARNABUS (BARNEY) ROARK was born about 1750-1754 in England or in Greenville, Muhlenberg, Kentucky or Greenville, South Carolina. He married NANCY UNKNOWN.
WILLIAM ROARK NO. 4.
WILLIAM ROARK born 1765, in Kentucky. He married SARAH PARKER in abt 1790. Sarah was born abt 1769 in Kentucky. William was the son of BENJAMIN DAVID ROARK born before 1748 married ELIZABETH (ELIZA) PAYNE.
JOSIAH ROARK born 1791, in Kentucky. Died 1875, in Cole, Missouri.
Which WILLIAM ROARK was born abt 1757/1760 in Drumahaire, Leitrim, Ireland. He died in Frederick, Virginia. He was son of TIMOTHY O'ROARK (ROARK), who was the son of THADDEUS TIMOTHY O'ROARK (ROARK).
Timothy was born 1700, in Drumahaire, Leitrim, Ireland. He died in the month of April in the year 1769, 1796 or 1798, in Frederick, Virginia. Possible brothers William, James, Nicholas. Kilkenny, Ireland -- married in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Timothy married SARAH PARKER on 17 May 1738, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sarah was born 28 Feb 1706, in Calvert, Maryland. Sarah died 2 Aug 1811, in Frederick, Virginia.
CHARLES ROARK born 1750, in Augusta, Virginia. Died abt 1830, in Ashe, North Carolina.
Timothy the immigrant
TImothy O'Roark was thought to come here about 1700, a casualty of Cromwell's terror on the Ulster colony and chasing the Chief Clans into the boggs.
Mary O'Roark-Glenn added this on 17 Mar 2010.
Tmothy O'Roark was one of four O'Roark brothers brought to America by an Uncle settling in the area of Pennsylvania then Virginia. The other three brothers are unclear at this time... They were of Catholic and Presbyterian religious beliefs and were possibly brought to America because of their conversion by an evangelist type person John Wesley. John was known for his travels, especially, to America. It is possible the other brothers were William, James and Nicholas. This account of the Roark boys as orphans, being "kidnapped" by a maternal uncle, was related to a family of Roarks in Tennessee(?) in 1931 by a Catholic Priest who had just come from Ireland. This account by the Priest fits perfectly with all history I have been able to uncover. The Priest was positive about the William, James and Nicholas, but was unsure about the fourth one. This Timothy, mentioned above, is the s/o Thaddeus O'Rourke.
irishpony added this on 18 Jul 2007
Taken from World connnect @ Rootsweb.com Meredith Kincaid
The Immigration of Timothy O'Roark
It is not entirely clear how Timothy came to arrive in the American colonies.One story suggests that he was kidnapped by a Presbyterian uncle, fearful that he and his brothers might be raised as Catholics, but there is nothing to suggest that the O'Roark family, as Scots and Presbyterians, would ever have raised their children in the Catholic faith.It is more likely that he came during one of the many times of trouble during the early part of the eighteenth century.As stated in one source, "There were five time periods when the Scots-Irish emigrated in large numbers:1717-18, when a destructive drought killed crops, the linen industry was crippled and rack-renting prevailed; 1725-29, when continued rack-renting and poverty prompted such a massive departure that even the English Parliament became concerned (it feared losing Protestant majority in the area); 1740-41, when a famine struck and letters from relatives living in America were persuasive; 1754-55, a time of a disastrous drought; and 1771-1775, when leases on the large estate of the marquis of Donegal in County Antrim expired and the tenants couldn't afford to renew them.Years when economic pressures in Ireland were the greatest were when large exoduses occurred.The numbers droppedduring the years of the French and Indian Wars (1754-63) and came to a crashing halt during the American Revolution.
permor1 added this on 19 Aug 2010
Also looking for this line:
TIMOTHY O’ROARK (ROARK) born 1700 in Drumahaire, Leitrim, Ireland. He died Frederick, Virginia in Apr 1798 or Apr 1769 or Apr 1796.
Possible brothers were William, James, Nicholas.
Kilkenny, Ireland -- married in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dennis O'Rourke (d 1813) and Sarah Parker - Dennis died in Clearfield, Clearfield, Pennsylvania.
WILLIAM ROARK born bef 1781 in Ireland. He married in abt 1797.
JOHN R. ROARK born 1798, in Greenville, Muhlenberg, Kentucy. Died 1800 in [Frederick] Virginia. He married MARY BACK or BACH in abt 1819. Mary born 12 Dec 1798 in Kentucky. She died abt 1860. Mary was the daughter of John Back and Catherine Robertson.
MARY B ROARK
JOHN B, ROARK
LT. JAMES LOUIS ROARK, SR. born 14 Apr 1840, in Muhlenberg Co., Kentucky. He married JANNIE E. MORGAN. He died 5 Apr 1893, in Greenville Co, Kentucky or South Carolina. In 1861 he enlisted at Calhoun, elected first Lieutenant of Co K, 11th Kentucky Infantry (Federal). Due to disabilities received in service he did not reenlist. Best known funeral director in the county. Source: A history of Muhlenberg County By Otto Arthur Rothert. Page 334.
SAMUEL REUBEN (REUBIN) ROARK born 1782, died 1858. [Puncheon Camp Creek SEE WM ROARK b. 1757]
Kentucky Land Grants about Roark, Reubin Grantee:
Survey Date: 29 Sep 1807
WaterCourse: Puncheon Camp Creek
Reference: THE KENTUCKY LAND GRANTS
CHAPTER IV GRANTS SOUTH OF GREEN RIVER (1797-1866)
THE COUNTIES OF KENTUCKY
Ancestry.com. Kentucky Land Grants [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1997.
Original data: Jillson, Willard Rouse. The Kentucky Land Grants. Vol. I-II. Louisville, KY, USA: Filson Club Publications, 1925.
William Roark's Property In Monongalia Co., (W)Vapalmsrv(View posts)
Posted: 22 Dec 2008 11:20AM
Here's a link to my "In Deeds" blog where I've attempted to pinpoint William Roark's (the Rev War vet) property on Indian Creek / the waters of the Mononagahela.
MILITARY GENEALOGY TRAILS
Enlisted in Sussex county, New Jersey
"Date and place of Birth and Names of parents not shown" in Rev. War records
Also lived in Muhlenberg county, KY for 10 years before moving to Gallatin county (which at the time included Saline County) in 1810
In 1840, he is enumerated under the household of Michael Roark in Equality, IL and his name is noted as a Revolutionary War Pensioner. He was listed at age 78 at the time of the census.
He died March 4, 1841, Gallatin county (data from a letter typed in 1934 which is included in the revolutionary war records of William Roark --- Rev. War M805 Roll: 692 Image: 749 File: S32495) though the pensioners census of the Act of June 1832, has a hand written note that gives his year of death as 1842. The date and month are not easy to read, but it looks like Jan 4th, -- the year 1842 is clear.
The picture of his newer gravestone (posted on Find a Grave website) in Cottage Grove Cemetery, Saline Co., IL gives a death date of Jan 4th, 1843, aged 83yrs, 6ms, 12ds and does not mention his place of birth.
The older military stone of William Roark is the usual white marble and says simply "William Roark, NJ Troops, Rev. War"
The following piece is from "Kobweb Korners : a network of history and tradition relating to Eldorado and southern Illinois" by Leo. T. Dodd, March 20, 1967:
William Roark's last tour of duty turned out to be the longest, the most trying, and the most dramatic. He served under Captain Michael Catt and went to Wheeling where the contingent was to have joined with another under General Clark and later by another under command of Colonel Laury. When Captain Catt's forces arrived at Wheeling, General Clark and his men had already gone ahead and the Colonel Laury company had not arrived. Captain Catt led his men at rapid pace in the attempt to overtake General Clark.
Just before the two forces were joined, Captain Catt and his men were attacked by Indians, were defeated, and all but forty-seven of the men were killed. The forty-seven were taken prisoners of war. Prior to the march Captain Catt had received some reinforcements from Kentucky, which accounts for Mr. Roark's ability to substantiate his claim for a pension, since at least one of the Kentucky men was among the prisoners, along with Mr. Roark. The location of the engagement in which the Revolutionary forces were defeated is identified by Mr. Roark as "about ten miles below the Big Miami."
The prisoners were first taken to Detroit, then into Canada, near Montreal, where they were kept for almost a year. When news of the surrender of Cornwallis was heard, the prisoners were moved under British command to Quebec to wait out the exchange of prisoners of war. There was much delay in that operation.
Mr. Roark was finally discharged March 17, 1783. He "resided on the waters of the Monongohela" and then moved to Muhlenburg County (KY). Later he moved to Gallatin County, Illinois, which at that time included Saline County.
In making application for the pension, Mr. Roark signed his deposition with "His Mark (X)." with Jesse Pierce as witness, in the presence of Judge William Sutton. Leonard White was the clerk of the court.
There were certain minor discrepancies when the declaration was compared with the government records. A messenger was dispatched to take deposition from William Worthington in Kentucky. That gentlemen had been a prisoner of war right along with Mr. Roark. He vouched for the accuracy of Roark's account. After the war ended, Mr. Worthington had served in the Kentucky Legislature and as a Judge in Kentucky Courts for many years. His testimony no doubt carried considerable weight in helping to have the application for pension approved.
Additional testimony as to the honesty and integrity of Mr. Roark was given by several prominent acquaintances, including Jesse Pierce, who was an ordained minister. A plea was made and addressed to the Pension Board that allowance be made for the facts that fifty years had elapsed, that Mr. Roark was quite old, infirm, and needy, and that his honesty was unquestioned.
On September 4, 1836, the pension was allowed. It was set at $26.66 semiannually but made retroactive, so that the first payment was in the amount of $320.00.
The record of the service of William Roark is dramatic to read but tragic to have been experienced. Saline County is honored to be the soil in which the body of William Roark, Revolutionary Hero, reposes.
Genuine patriotism should and does thrive on this soil.
Since our soil is consecrated by the graves of such as he
Dare I do less than my duty in the land they fought to free?
Archiver > ROARK > 1997-04 > 0859911222
From: Charles&Jimmie Meadors
Subject: William Roarks - Rev War Veterans
Date: Tue, 01 Apr 1997 11:13:42 -0500
Sending these records may be redundant for some of you, but thought some
newcomer to the group may have not seen them.
Charles & Jimmie Meadors
From "Genealogical Abstracts of Rev. War Pension Files", by White
New Jersey and Pennsylvania Line #S32495. Soldier enlisted in Sussex
County, NJ and after this service soldier moved to the "Monongahela Waters"
and also enlisted there. He moved from there to Muhlenberg County, KY for
10 years & in 1810 he moved to Gallatin County, IL, and he applied there 15
Mar 1833. In 1836 a son and daughters of soldier were referred to (no names
given), in 1833 one Michael Roark was a neighbor of soldier, but no
relationsip was given. Soldier died 4 Mar 1841.
From "DAR Records, Volume #123, p306"
Mrs. Anne Roark Brough
Born in Franklin, Kentucky
Descendant of William Roark as follows:
1. Granville W. Roark, b. 1849 m. 1875 Sarah Norvel, b. 1850.
2. Hiram Roark (1818-1907) m. Barbara Wade.
3. Asa Roark (1792-1862) m. 1st Susan Tudor
4. William Roark m. Sarah Dorris
William Roark (1757-1832) served as a musician in Rolston's company, 1st
North Carolina Regiment. He died in Allen County, KY; born in North Carolina.
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