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18531872  PA John Black 
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JUL 18661932  PA, Perry Co, Blaine Emma Clark 
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  • Newspaper, 22 FEB 1871: "On the 14th inst., at the residence of Rev. W. D. C. Rodrock, by the same, Mr. John Black to Miss Ada [sic.] May Rodrock, eldest daughter of the officiating clergyman, all of Duncannon."
    --"The Perry County Democrat," 22 FEB 1871, p. 3
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  • Obituary, 20 NOV 1872: "Died. Black--On the 19th of September, 1872. At Evergreen Cottage, Montgomery county, Pa., Mrs. Ida May Black, wife of John Black, Jr., of Duncannon, and eldest daughter of Rev. W. D. C. and Julia M. Rodrock, aged 19 years and 3 months. They that sleep in Jesus sleep well.

    Franklin and Cumberland county papers please copy."
    -- "The Perry County Democrat," 20 NOV 1872, p. 3
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  • Obituary, OCT 1903: "''REV. W. DeWITT CLINTON RODROCK. Died August 22, 1903.'
    Entered into life eternal at Paterson, N. J., on Saturday, August 22, 1903, in the 79th year of his age, Rev. W. DeWitt Clinton Rodrock, whose mortal remains were laid to rest August 24, 1903, in Laurel Grove cemetery, near Paterson.
    The subject of this sketch, the third son of Dr. John Rodrock and his wife Sara, was born in Bath, Northampton county, Pa., on January 8, 1828. He was baptized March 4, 1828, by his uncle, the Rev. J. C. Becker, D.D.. who also confirmed him April 5, 1845, in the Reformed church, Howertown, Pa. In 1846 he entered the preparatory department of Marshall College, Mercersburg, Pa., and graduated in 1852. He was licensed to preach the gospel at a special meeting of Lancaster Classis, Synod of Ohio, August 12, 1852, and ordained pastor of the Reformed church at Delaware, Ohio. On September 9, 1852, he was married to Julia Margaretta, the only daughter of Elder C. B. Weldy, of Mercersburg, Pa., the ceremony being performed by Rev. A. G. Dole of blessed memory.
    In 1858 he was called to the Grindstone Hill charge, near Chambersburg. Pa., where he labored successfully until the outbreak of the Civil War. On the 14th of August he was commissioned by Governor Andrew Curtin as chaplain of the 47th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers. He was present with the regiment at Appomattox, Va., April 9th, 1865, when General Lee and his army surrendered to the Union forces, General Grant in command. In 1876 lie served the Blain charge; in 1868 to 1871 the Duncannon charge, and in 1874 to 1877 the Mr, Bethel charge, Centerville, Pa. Being afflicted with bronchial trouble he was compelled to abandon public speaking and to seek lighter occupation. In 1881 to 1885 he was employed as missionary in the service of the Philadelphia Sabbath Association, and from 1885 to 1896 he was in the service of the American Bible Society. In 1883 he established his residence in Paterson, N. J., where he lived happily with his family. He was blessed with six children, four daughters and two sons. The eldest daughter died at the age of nineteen and a son in infancy. His wife and four surviving children, all faithful Christians and happily married, were present at the closing hour when he fell asleep at 3.45 a. m., in the dawn of the summer morning. To his life and his death may be applied the words of the poet:
    A little while the tented field, the bugle call, the strife;
    The next the shouts of victory, the crown, eternal life."
    -- "Acts and Proceedings of the Eastern Synod of the Reformed Church In the United States, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania," October 1903, pp. 27-28.
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  • Obituary, JUN 1904: "1852. Rev. William DeWitt Clinton RODROCK, A. M., the third son of John (M. D., Medical Society, Philadelphia, 1817) and Sara (Dreisbach) Rodrock, was born at Bath, Northampton county, Pa., January 8, 1828. His uncle Rev. Jacob Christian Becker, D. D. (1841h), confirmed him in 1845 as a member of the Reformed Church, at Howerton, Pa. Soon after this Mr. Rodrock felt himself called to the work of the ministry and for one year pursued his preparatory studies with the Rev. Dr. Becker and then, in 1846, entered the Preparatory Department of Marshall College. Two years later he became a member of the Freshman class, graduating in four years with his class. He was a member of the Goethean Literary Society. He received the degree of A. M. " in course" in 1857.

    During his college course Mr. Rodrock pursued his studies in the Theological Seminary at Mercersburg at the same time. On August 12, 1852, nearly a month before his graduation from college, at a special meeting of the Lancaster (Ohio) classis, he was licensed to preach and ordained as pastor of the Reformed church at Delaware, Ohio, where he remained four years. From 1856 to 1858 he served the charge at Fannettsburg, Pa. In April, 1858, he accepted a call to the Hill charge, near Chambersburg, Pa., and there labored successfully until the outbreak of the Civil War, when, inspired by the highest patriotic motives, he resigned to devote his time and talents to the service of the Union. He was influential in securing a number of enlistments in response to President Lincoln's first call for 75,000 volunteers.

    On the organization of the 47th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, under Col. Tilghman H. Good, Mr. Rodrock was mustered into the service for three years and commissioned as chaplain of the regiment August 14, 1861. His wife and little children received his farewell on September 18, 1861, when he accompanied his regiment to Washington. For nearly four and a half years (he was re-mustered into service September 18, 1864), he continued with this regiment, taking part in all the marches, battle and hardships for which it is famous,—in South Carolina, in Florida, in Louisiana (on the Red River expedition), in the battle of Cedar Creek in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, where a bullet pierced his hat and two more his coat and where comrades on all sides of him were shot dead; and finally, after the surrender of General Lee, in Georgia and South Carolina. In January, 1866, he sailed with his regiment from Charleston, S. C., for New York, proceeding later to Philadelphia, where it disbanded January 14, the date of Mr. Rodrock's muster out of the service being January 12, 1866. He was with his regiment in seven of the seceding states.

    Mr. Rodrock had the distinction of serving his country longer than any other chaplain of a volunteer regiment. Besides attending to the sick and dying of his own command, he was frequently called upon, especially during the terrible campaigns of 1864 and 1865, to minister to the men in other commands in the absence of their chaplains, officiating at the funerals of hundreds of soldiers of other regiments. On April 19, 1865, he delivered in the open field the funeral oration on the death of President Lincoln to the entire first' division of the 19th Army Corps. In 1867 he published as a serial, in the Saturday Evening Post of Philadelphia, "A Chaplain's Story of the Late War."

    On the organization of the 47th Pennsylvania Regiment Association at Catasauqua, Pa., October 22, 1872, Mr. Rodrock was elected Chaplain, an office he continued to hold up to the time of his death. His last meeting with the veterans was October 22, 1902, at Allentown, Pa.

    Although his health was much impaired by the hardships of army life, he nevertheless accepted the Blaine charge in Perry county, Pa., soon after his return to civil life, and remained there until the charge was divided in 1868, when he became pastor of the new charge thus formed at Duncannon, Pa. Here he raised the money to purchase a church building at Duncannon and later built a new church at Marysville. In 1872 he became pastor of the Mt. Bethel congregation at Centreville, Pa., where he saw his efforts flourish until he was obliged to seek lighter work on account of bronchial troubles, in 1877. He then removed with his family to Blairstown, N. J., engaging in clerical and Bible work for the Warren County Bible Society. In 1883 he removed to Paterson, N. J., where he was engaged for the American Bible Society in Bible and literary work the rest of his life. He was a member of the East Pennsylvania classis of the Reformed Church.

    On September 9, 1852, the day following his graduation from College, Mr. Rodrock was married at Mercersburg to Miss Julia Margaretta Weldy, daughter of Elder C. Barnett Weldy of that place.

    Six children were born to them, four surviving their father: Mrs. Ida May Black (Fayetteville, (Pa.) Female Seminary, 1864) (deceased); Mrs. Mary Schaff Quick (Blair Presbyterian Academy, 1878), of Paterson; Mrs. Blanch Sarah Fitch, of Brooklyn, N. Y.; Warren Alexander Rodrock (deceased); Edward Millard Rodrock (Blair
    Presbyterian Academy, 1879), Rahway, N. J.; Mrs. Alice Gray Nightingale (Paterson Seminary, 1888), of Paterson.

    Mr. Rodrock early in August, 1903, suffered an acute attack of bronchitis which soon developed into erysipelas and rendered him totally blind. Through all his sufferings never a murmur passed his lips. He died August 22, 1903, and is buried in the Laurel Grove cemetery near Paterson.

    [Bates, Pa. Vols. 1: 1157; Reformed Church Messenger, Nov. 12, 1903; Autobiographical letter, 1886; E. M. Rodrock; Rev. Charles D. Shaw, D. D.]"
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  • Newspaper, 4 DEC 1946: "Duncannon Man, Retired Railroader, Honored at Party on his 96th Birthday,

    DUNCANNON, PA, Dec. 4. -- John Black, of 423 North High street, a retired Pennsylvania Railroad employe [sic.], observed his ninety-sixth birthday anniversary on Monday at a party given by the Ladies' Bible Class of the Presbyterian Church on his birthday.

    A native of Duncannon, he has lived several other places during his life. While residing in Cove, near here, during the Civil War, Black remembers hearing cannon fire in Carlisle.

    He worked as a clerk in the transportation department of the railroad in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Altoona, and retired on December 31, 1920, after 47 years of service. His late wives were the former Miss Ida Rodrock, daughter of the late Rev. W. D. C. Rodrock, former pastor of the Duncannon Reformed Church, and the former Miss Sarah McGlathery.

    Still active for his age, Black walks to a grocery store almost daily, mowed the lawn and worked in his garden last Summer and can read without glasses. He is a reader of THE EVENING NEWS."
    --The Evening News (Harrisburg, PA), 4 DEC 1946, p. 2.
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  • Obituary, 20 NOV 1872: "Died. Black--On the 19th of September, 1872. At Evergreen Cottage, Montgomery county, Pa., Mrs. Ida May Black, wife of John Black, Jr., of Duncannon, and eldest daughter of Rev. W. D. C. and Julia M. Rodrock, aged 19 years and 3 months. They that sleep in Jesus sleep well.

    Franklin and Cumberland county papers please copy."
    -- "The Perry County Democrat," 20 NOV 1872, p. 3
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  • Obituary, OCT 1903: "''REV. W. DeWITT CLINTON RODROCK. Died August 22, 1903.'
    Entered into life eternal at Paterson, N. J., on Saturday, August 22, 1903, in the 79th year of his age, Rev. W. DeWitt Clinton Rodrock, whose mortal remains were laid to rest August 24, 1903, in Laurel Grove cemetery, near Paterson.
    The subject of this sketch, the third son of Dr. John Rodrock and his wife Sara, was born in Bath, Northampton county, Pa., on January 8, 1828. He was baptized March 4, 1828, by his uncle, the Rev. J. C. Becker, D.D.. who also confirmed him April 5, 1845, in the Reformed church, Howertown, Pa. In 1846 he entered the preparatory department of Marshall College, Mercersburg, Pa., and graduated in 1852. He was licensed to preach the gospel at a special meeting of Lancaster Classis, Synod of Ohio, August 12, 1852, and ordained pastor of the Reformed church at Delaware, Ohio. On September 9, 1852, he was married to Julia Margaretta, the only daughter of Elder C. B. Weldy, of Mercersburg, Pa., the ceremony being performed by Rev. A. G. Dole of blessed memory.
    In 1858 he was called to the Grindstone Hill charge, near Chambersburg. Pa., where he labored successfully until the outbreak of the Civil War. On the 14th of August he was commissioned by Governor Andrew Curtin as chaplain of the 47th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers. He was present with the regiment at Appomattox, Va., April 9th, 1865, when General Lee and his army surrendered to the Union forces, General Grant in command. In 1876 lie served the Blain charge; in 1868 to 1871 the Duncannon charge, and in 1874 to 1877 the Mr, Bethel charge, Centerville, Pa. Being afflicted with bronchial trouble he was compelled to abandon public speaking and to seek lighter occupation. In 1881 to 1885 he was employed as missionary in the service of the Philadelphia Sabbath Association, and from 1885 to 1896 he was in the service of the American Bible Society. In 1883 he established his residence in Paterson, N. J., where he lived happily with his family. He was blessed with six children, four daughters and two sons. The eldest daughter died at the age of nineteen and a son in infancy. His wife and four surviving children, all faithful Christians and happily married, were present at the closing hour when he fell asleep at 3.45 a. m., in the dawn of the summer morning. To his life and his death may be applied the words of the poet:
    A little while the tented field, the bugle call, the strife;
    The next the shouts of victory, the crown, eternal life."
    -- "Acts and Proceedings of the Eastern Synod of the Reformed Church In the United States, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania," October 1903, pp. 27-28.
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  • Obituary, JUN 1904: "1852. Rev. William DeWitt Clinton RODROCK, A. M., the third son of John (M. D., Medical Society, Philadelphia, 1817) and Sara (Dreisbach) Rodrock, was born at Bath, Northampton county, Pa., January 8, 1828. His uncle Rev. Jacob Christian Becker, D. D. (1841h), confirmed him in 1845 as a member of the Reformed Church, at Howerton, Pa. Soon after this Mr. Rodrock felt himself called to the work of the ministry and for one year pursued his preparatory studies with the Rev. Dr. Becker and then, in 1846, entered the Preparatory Department of Marshall College. Two years later he became a member of the Freshman class, graduating in four years with his class. He was a member of the Goethean Literary Society. He received the degree of A. M. " in course" in 1857.

    During his college course Mr. Rodrock pursued his studies in the Theological Seminary at Mercersburg at the same time. On August 12, 1852, nearly a month before his graduation from college, at a special meeting of the Lancaster (Ohio) classis, he was licensed to preach and ordained as pastor of the Reformed church at Delaware, Ohio, where he remained four years. From 1856 to 1858 he served the charge at Fannettsburg, Pa. In April, 1858, he accepted a call to the Hill charge, near Chambersburg, Pa., and there labored successfully until the outbreak of the Civil War, when, inspired by the highest patriotic motives, he resigned to devote his time and talents to the service of the Union. He was influential in securing a number of enlistments in response to President Lincoln's first call for 75,000 volunteers.

    On the organization of the 47th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, under Col. Tilghman H. Good, Mr. Rodrock was mustered into the service for three years and commissioned as chaplain of the regiment August 14, 1861. His wife and little children received his farewell on September 18, 1861, when he accompanied his regiment to Washington. For nearly four and a half years (he was re-mustered into service September 18, 1864), he continued with this regiment, taking part in all the marches, battle and hardships for which it is famous,—in South Carolina, in Florida, in Louisiana (on the Red River expedition), in the battle of Cedar Creek in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, where a bullet pierced his hat and two more his coat and where comrades on all sides of him were shot dead; and finally, after the surrender of General Lee, in Georgia and South Carolina. In January, 1866, he sailed with his regiment from Charleston, S. C., for New York, proceeding later to Philadelphia, where it disbanded January 14, the date of Mr. Rodrock's muster out of the service being January 12, 1866. He was with his regiment in seven of the seceding states.

    Mr. Rodrock had the distinction of serving his country longer than any other chaplain of a volunteer regiment. Besides attending to the sick and dying of his own command, he was frequently called upon, especially during the terrible campaigns of 1864 and 1865, to minister to the men in other commands in the absence of their chaplains, officiating at the funerals of hundreds of soldiers of other regiments. On April 19, 1865, he delivered in the open field the funeral oration on the death of President Lincoln to the entire first' division of the 19th Army Corps. In 1867 he published as a serial, in the Saturday Evening Post of Philadelphia, "A Chaplain's Story of the Late War."

    On the organization of the 47th Pennsylvania Regiment Association at Catasauqua, Pa., October 22, 1872, Mr. Rodrock was elected Chaplain, an office he continued to hold up to the time of his death. His last meeting with the veterans was October 22, 1902, at Allentown, Pa.

    Although his health was much impaired by the hardships of army life, he nevertheless accepted the Blaine charge in Perry county, Pa., soon after his return to civil life, and remained there until the charge was divided in 1868, when he became pastor of the new charge thus formed at Duncannon, Pa. Here he raised the money to purchase a church building at Duncannon and later built a new church at Marysville. In 1872 he became pastor of the Mt. Bethel congregation at Centreville, Pa., where he saw his efforts flourish until he was obliged to seek lighter work on account of bronchial troubles, in 1877. He then removed with his family to Blairstown, N. J., engaging in clerical and Bible work for the Warren County Bible Society. In 1883 he removed to Paterson, N. J., where he was engaged for the American Bible Society in Bible and literary work the rest of his life. He was a member of the East Pennsylvania classis of the Reformed Church.

    On September 9, 1852, the day following his graduation from College, Mr. Rodrock was married at Mercersburg to Miss Julia Margaretta Weldy, daughter of Elder C. Barnett Weldy of that place.

    Six children were born to them, four surviving their father: Mrs. Ida May Black (Fayetteville, (Pa.) Female Seminary, 1864) (deceased); Mrs. Mary Schaff Quick (Blair Presbyterian Academy, 1878), of Paterson; Mrs. Blanch Sarah Fitch, of Brooklyn, N. Y.; Warren Alexander Rodrock (deceased); Edward Millard Rodrock (Blair
    Presbyterian Academy, 1879), Rahway, N. J.; Mrs. Alice Gray Nightingale (Paterson Seminary, 1888), of Paterson.

    Mr. Rodrock early in August, 1903, suffered an acute attack of bronchitis which soon developed into erysipelas and rendered him totally blind. Through all his sufferings never a murmur passed his lips. He died August 22, 1903, and is buried in the Laurel Grove cemetery near Paterson.

    [Bates, Pa. Vols. 1: 1157; Reformed Church Messenger, Nov. 12, 1903; Autobiographical letter, 1886; E. M. Rodrock; Rev. Charles D. Shaw, D. D.]"
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Sources
  1. Findagrave William D.C. Rodrock
  2. FamilySearch New Jersey State Census, 1895
  3. FamilySearch United States Census, 1870
  4. Book:Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey; Francis Bazley Lee, compiler and editor, "RODROCK: James Rodrock..." family; archives.org; originally published New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1910, pp. 688-89; Website
  5. Book: Acts and Proceedings of the Eastern Synod of the Reformed Church In the United States, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; One Hundred and Fifty Fifth Annual Sessions; Obituary of Rev. W. DeWitt Clinton Rodrock"; Philadelphia, PA: Reformed Church Publication Board, October 16-21, 1901, pp. 27-28. ; Website
  6. Marriage Sources:
    FamilySearch Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958
  1. Findagrave Julia Rodrock
  2. FamilySearch New Jersey State Census, 1895
  3. FamilySearch United States Census, 1870
  4. Book:Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey; Francis Bazley Lee, compiler and editor, "RODROCK: James Rodrock..." family; archives.org; originally published New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1910, pp. 688-89; Website
  5. Book: Acts and Proceedings of the Eastern Synod of the Reformed Church In the United States, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; One Hundred and Fifty Fifth Annual Sessions; Obituary of Rev. W. DeWitt Clinton Rodrock"; Philadelphia, PA: Reformed Church Publication Board, October 16-21, 1901, pp. 27-28. ; Website
  6. Marriage Sources:
    FamilySearch Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958
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