Rodruck or Roderick Family

First Generation

Ludwig Rodruck (1723-1797) was the son of Johannes Rothrock and Anna Margaretha Kreiling, who came from Leiselheim, near Worms. Ludwig's two older brothers, Philip Jacob and Johannes, immigrated to Pennsylvania in 1733, and Johannes Sr. followed with the younger children in 1736. Ludwig and the youngest brother, Andrew, both moved to Maryland.

Ludwig's first land purchase in Frederick Co. MD was in 1762. His wife Catherine is first mentioned in a deed in 1763, but no record has been found of her maiden name. They are in Washington Co. MD in the 1790 census, and Ludwig died there in 1797. Catherine , and his first land purchase there is on 16 June 1762 (Frederick Co. Book H, p. 29). There were 11 subsequent purchases and sales, the last being in 1771. His wife Catherine is first mentioned in a 1763 deed.

Most records concerning Ludwig and Andrew spell their name Rodruck. The Rothrock spelling was retained by sons of their older brother Philip Jacob who moved to North Carolina. For more on those families, see the Rothrock page.

Children of Ludwig and Catherine Rodruck
Jacob Rodruck
Abraham Rodruck; moved to Hardy and then Hampshire Co. VA (now WV)
Daniel Rodruck
John Rodruck
Lewis Rodruck (1772-1867) m. 1) Susanna Norris; 2) Sarah Bell
Susannah Rodruck m. Nicholas Leatherman, moved to Hampshire Co. VA
Catherine Rodruck m. Peter Miller
Hannah Rodruck m. Philip Hershman
Salome Rodruck m. John Fraley
Mary Rodruck m. John Hines

These children are listed in the order in which they appear in their father's will.

Second Generation

Lewis Rodruck traveled from Virginia to Coshocton Co. Ohio with his sons Levi and Zale in 1809, then returned to Virginia for the rest of the family in 1811. He served in the War of 1812 from Coshocton County. Although his name often appears in public documents etc. as Lewis, he himself still signed it Ludwick as late as 1862. The Rodruck spelling becomes Rodrick and then Roderick in Ohio.

Children of Lewis Rodruck and Susanna Norris
Benjamin Roderick
Levi Roderick (ca. 1792-1862) m. Rachel Davids (1798-1861)
Peter Roderick (1796-1879) m. 1) Catherine Miller, 2) Polly Iman
Zale Roderick (ca. 1797-ca. 1867) m. Jennett Taylor (1801-1861)
Thomas Roderick (1803-1876) m. Mary Hinds (ca. 1805-1888)
Absalom Roderick (1806-1879) m. 1) Rachel Brelsford; 2) Margaret Sines
Catherine Roderick (ca. 1807-1888) m. Adam Carnes (ca. 1805-1883)

Children of Lewis Roderick and Sarah Bell
Lewis Roderick (ca. 1817-?) m. Harriet Fisk
Jane Roderick (1818-1894) m. John Henry Sicker (1819-1900)
Sarah Roderick (1822-1902) m. Elias Barcroft (1820-1898)
Rebecca Roderick (ca. 1828-1899) m. William Sanford Aronhalt (1823-1895)

Jane Roderick Sicker's obituary states that she was one of 16 children of Lewis Rodrick. I don't have solid information on the others. Can anyone fill me in?


Hill, N.N., Jr.
History of Coshocton County Ohio: Its Past and Present 1740-1881, A.A. Graham and Co., Newark OH 1881

Bahmer, William J.
Centennial History of Coshocton Co. [Ohio] 1909, S.J. Clarke Publ. Co., Chicago

Additional Resources

Dianne Brewer's WorldConnect page

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