Gary Storrick's Family

Selected ancestors and their descendants

Oscar, Freda, and Cora Detling

My maternal grandmother Freda Detling and her parents, Oscar Ingram Detling and Cora Jane Lowe. "Grandma Betty" graduated from Washington High School in 1919, became a teacher and taught in East End Canonsburg, PA. Perry Como, a prominent singer and movie star, was one of her early students.

She married James Clifford Arthur on Jun 10, 1925 in the First Christian Church, Washington, PA. My mother was their only child. Cliff passed away on the day that I took my first step. Grandma married twice more before passing in 1981.


Researching one’s family is a dangerous task. With each generation that we look back, the number of people doubles, while then number of surviving records decreases and the ability to verify the information through personal contacts is soon lost. The task can easily seem hopeless, but there are rewards. In the week that I write this, I’m reading a biography of Edward II of England. Not only do I recognize him as an ancestor, but I also recognize many of his contemporaries in the story. History becomes more alive to me as I see my family’s involvement.

In my case, a key ancestor is my 10th great grandmother, Ann Lovelace. Anne was born about 1610 in Bethersden, Kent, England. After her husband's suspicious death, Anne and her children appeared in Virginia, where she died around June of 1652. Ann’s appearance there is key – there are many historians and genealogists who have researched her and her family. Published genealogies link her to Rufus Barnes, my 3rd-great grandfather.

The other key is that Anne is descended from British aristocracy, which makes her interesting to another group of genealogists. For example:

  • David Farris’ “Plantagenet Ancestry of Seventeenth-Century Colonists: The Descent from the Later Plantagenet Kings of England, Henry III, Edward I, Edward II, and Edward III, of Emigrants from England and Wales” shows that Ann Lovelace was a direct descendant of Sir Edward "Longshanks" Plantagenet, King of England.
  • Marcellus Donald Alexander R. von Reddlich’s “Pedigrees of Some of the Emperor Charlemagne's Descendants” traces from Charlemagne to Ann Lovelace and beyond.

Of course, there is nothing special about being descended from famous people from so long ago - essentially all modern Europeans are. What is different here is that for my mother’s side of the family, I could easily find the relationships.

John "Jack" (Sturrock) Storrick

My great-great-grandfather John "Jack" Sturrock was born in Northumberland County, England of Robert Sturrock and Isabella Ann Pringle, the fifth of eight known children. He married Hannah Lizzie Strong in 1888 and moved the family to the United States in 1894. In 1901 they returned to England, but returned to the USA in 1906. While undergoing standard immigration processing in 1894, there was a clerical error made in spelling John and Hannah's surname, as well as their son Robert's (my grandfather). The correct spelling "Sturrock" was inadvertently changed to "Storrick." This error affected each of the immigrants and subsequently all other descendants.