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REYNOLDS HI8TOW1CAI 
GENEALOGY COLLECTION 



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Rockwell Family 



IX AMERICA. 



A G E N E A 1. G I C A L II EC ORD, 



Fy.OMT icrio TO 1^7:*. 






HENRY ES"SIGS ROCKWELL 



BOS T X : 

ROCKWELL & CHURCHILL, PUBLISHERS, 

18 73. 



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CONTENTS. 



]'•;:. iace 

[NTUODrCTION . 

i lit. Family in England 
vrrntMi.vr at Dorchester, Mass. 

l\- MOVAL IO WINDSOR, CoN'N. . 

Tut: IT" i:\pants of William ROCKWELL 
New London Cocntv Families 
Ukcokds of Families 
Settlement ok Colebbook 
!"'n; Famii/s in Pknxsl'i vwnia 
<' isxecticdt Families, Resumed 
Rockwells is Nova Scotia and New Batrx 
Family of John Rockwell 
Bi< v'.cii of t in; Family ls Vermont 
Bk-vnoh of the Family is Georgia 
Lilly Rrcokds, 1731 
::••■ <.m r.Li.s of Fairfield Cocxty, Conn. 
U iancu i.i- mi. Family in tut. Western S 
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PREFACE. 



My work is, for the present, completed. I would gladly bavt 
it better, while at the same time 1 am not conscious of having failed 
to make the best ti<e I could of my opportunities and my material. 
If any members of the family shall find that mistakes i:i nan - • 
dates have been made, or, what may seem more grievous still. : 
they have been omitted entirely in this record, as many will I can 
only ask a candid consideration of the difficulty of attaining : 
accuracy in a work of this kind,, even under the most lave;..' 
cumstances, and o'f the fact that while collecting this material i .• a 
been actively engaged in employments constantly requiring 
daily work than is customary either in public or private occu] 
I have had no means of sec-urJng'records, extending over a peri i : 
a century and a half or more, of families, whose living repres ata- 
tives are scattered from Nova Scotia to Oregon, except by corre- 
spondence, and have been obtiged, in many instances, to send several 
requests before receiving- any response, — finally securing ; . 

disheartening announcement like this : " I can get a correct his: . rv 
and complete from my grandfather; beyond that I have no . t; 
that is, I do not know the place vt' birth or parentage of my a 
father, and it is of no use to inquire of any of his descendants.'" I: 
may be readily seen that my task lias been no easy one, and that even 
when those addressed have done all in their power to aid me. and 
have been aide to furnish tolerably complete records of their tluxilies 
for a few generations, there yet remained to me a most per" 
labor and study to bring the various records into such shape as i ■ 
show the connection of any given generation with those of the rast. 
Much u~ I have toiled to do this, I nave been unable, in son - - - -. 
to accomplish it. 



IT r P. E F A C E . 

I have often had occasion to realize the appropriateness of the 
lowing language, by Rev. Edmund F. Slafter, Secretary of the New 
England Genealogical Society: "To gather up the memorials ol 
those who have gone before u*, to reconstruct their living portraits 
from historical fragments so widely scattered, is a work of time, of 
patience, and of unremitting toil; but once completed, the ancestral 
line, reaching far down the vista of the past, will stand out clearly 
before us, the images of our fathers will tenderly live in our minds, 
and we .-hall reverently cherish their memories, as will likewise the 
generations to come, 

'" Et nati natorum, et qui nascentur ah illis.'" 

But I have had the greatest satisfaction in being able to place so 
much on record, which I know must be of great interest and value to 
a, very large number of my kinsmen, most of whom I have never 
seen and nevei\shall see, many of whom have yet encouraged me by 
kind words of sympathy in my object, and have promptly responded 
to my applications for information, as for as was in their power. To 
all such 1 am most grateful. To those who have urged me to con- 
tinue my labor still longer, and to refrain from publishing the 
material I have at present, suggesting that there must he much more 
to be gathered, I may respond with an acknowledgment of my deep 
sensibility of the fact, — no -one can be more conscious of it. — but 
at the same time I am compelled to excuse myself, for the present, 
at least, from prosecuting this self-imposed task. The work, as now 
presented, will be stereotyped; ami should it be deemed desirable, at 
some future time, to make additional records, this may be done. 

I cannot properly omit mj obligations to gentlemen, not immedi- 
ately connected with the "Rockwell Family," who have rendered 
valuable assistance ia supplying material for the work; my acknowl- 
edgments being specially due to lion. John Boyd, of \\'e>t Winsted, 
Conn., to Dr. J). Williams Patterson, of Newark Valley, X. v.. to 
Rev. B. \V. Dwight, of Clinton, N. Y., and t.- Rev. E. B. Hunting- 
ton, of Stamford. Conn. Stiles* History of Windsor, Conn., Trum- 
bull's History of Connecticut, Matthew-* History of Cornwall, Vt., 
Savage's Genealogical Dictionary, and other genealogical works, 
Lave also furnished matter for this book. 



v n e r a c e . v-v - 

Hon. Marshall P. Wilder, of Dorchester, in an address befoi 
:,\., r England Historic Genealogical Society, January 3, 1872. us - 
language, in reference to the work . connected with that Society, 
which I desire to adopt in closing : — 

"Xo branch of human research can have a more salutary influence 
on the mind than the study of New-England history; and, next to 
the training of the spirit fur the life eternal. T know of no more noble 
employment than that of treasuring up and perpetuating the deeds, 
principles, and virtues of a noble ancestry. Like the cheering rays 
of thc-morning, they have pierced the darkest portions of the earth; 
they have lit up the paths of Christian civilization around the g 
they will illumine the broad highway of the future with beams of 
hallowed light; their teachings will forever constitute the true moans 
of maintaining \'v:c governments, individual rights, and the highest 
happiness of mankind. Day by day, step by step, their principles 
are revolutionizing the empires of the earth; and. as time adva 
they will be more and more appreciated lor their wisdom and 
virtue 

"Let us. then, recover all that is great and good from the history 
of the past, and let us treasure up all that is valuable and of 
report in the present, lie that would not do this can have but little 
reverence for his ancestry, home or country, and but Little interest in 
the welfare of those that follow him. Weil did Burke remark, 
' People who do not look back to their ancestry wilt not look forward 
to their posterity.' How imperatively does the Bible enforce this 
injunction upon all gem-rations of men : ' Hear this, ye old men. an 1 
give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Tell ye your children of it, 
and let your children tell their children, and their children another 
generation.'" H E. "* 

Y<"asiii>C.ton, D. C.| May, 1ST3. 



I N T RODUCTION. 



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Having commenced, a few years since, the collection of 
material with a view of making as complete a genealogy as 
possible of the Rockwell family in America, and having 
endeavored in the moan time to arrange the same as fast as 
procured, I find myself at present in possession of a suf- 
ficient amount of, matter to make a very satisfactory record ; 
while my time is so much occupied with other duties, 
the prospect of securing all that I desire so small, that I 
have concluded to arrange in as compleu- :i form as I can 
what I have been able to collect, leaving it for some one 
with more leisure than I possess, to supply the deficiencies, 
of which many will be found. 

Doubtless nearly all who have set themselves about a 
work of this kind have, substantially, the same motive; 
and ail who attempt to write a record of a family whose 
generations have passed through centuries, will meet with 
precisely the same difficulties. 1 need not, therefore, occupy 
tune or space in explaining my motives in attempting this 
work, nor in stating the difficulties X have met. But while 
there are difficulties, there are also pleasures connected with 
such a labor, and the latter have been so far an element 
of 1113' work, that 1 have found the greatest, in many in- 
stances, the result of a successful conquering of the 
former. 



8 INTRODUCTION. 

Neither need I dwell upon the uses of the study of 
eulogy at length. These have been well dclinecl as 1 
moral and practical, and both intimately blended. 

ki Not to know what took place before one was born, is to 
remain forever a child," says Cicero. 

Said Daniel Webster, " There is a moral and phi] 
cal respect for our ancestors, which elevates the ch: 
and improves the heart. Next to the sense of tcV.2 
duty and mural feeling, I hardly know what should bear 
with stronger obligation on a liberal and enlightened I, 

than a consciousness of an alliance with excellence which 
is departed, and a consciousness, too, that in its acts and 
conduct, and even in its sentiments and thought,-, it may 
be actively operating on the happiness of those that come 
after it. . . . We are true to ourselves only when w* act 
with becoming pride for the blood we inherit, and which we 
are to transmit to those who shall fill our places." 

Another has well said : •• To dweb upon the characit r of 
the good with love and veneration is to begin to be like them : 
and if we can thus derive a refining influence, it is < 
to make that influence as enduring as possible."' How 
much more so, when such a result may be derived from the 
study of the lives of one's own ancestral family. Says 
Lord Lyndsay : " If the virtues oi' strangers be so attrac- 
tive to us, how infinitely more so shoi I I be those of oar own 
kindred; and with what additional energy should :'.. 
cepts vi' our parents influence us, when we trace the trans- 
mission of those precepts from father to son, thrc _'.. 
successive generations, each bearing the testimony 
virtuous, useful, and honorable Life to their truth and . fai- 
ence, and all uniting in a kind and earnest exhortation to 
their descendants, so to live on earth, that — followers f 
Him through whose grace we have power to obev Him — 



I X TROD VCT IOX. J 

we may at lust be reunited with those who have been before 
and those who may come after us — 

" No wanderer lost, 
A family in heaven." 



ARRANGEMENT OF THE WORK. 

I have been indebted to many members of the family for 
the material in my possession, which I have endeavored 1 • 
arrange as concisely us possible, while impartially doing 
justice to all. I would gladly have made the records of 
many branches of the family more full, but I am conscious 
that I have done all that I could to bring together what I 
present, without hope of other future reward than — that 
which, indeed, I prize most highly — the gratification.. 
which I know will be felt by the very large number now 
scattered throughout the United States, claiming kinship 
in The Rockwell Family. 

I have chosen an arrangement as much as possible 
families, so that those extending through a few generations 
only can readily find their immediate kindred grouped to- 
gether; while, at the same lime, the number indicating the 
generation to which the first family of the group belongs, 
will enable one to determine from which, member of the 
earlier families, the head of the group, has sprung ; al- 
though, in man}* cases, at the beginning of each group a 
line of descent is indicated. Some historical matter is in- 
troduced to show the nature of the work upon which the 
pioneers of the different branches of the family entered in 
planting the colonies. 



THE FAMILY IX ENGLAND. 



[The following letter and historical note will explain 

themselves.] 

" Stahoexok, Staten- Islasd, Jan. 7. 1S73. 
"Deae Sir: — While settled in Wilmington. Del., in 
1849, I received from an English Heraldist, a beam:;.:; coat 
of arms, which I have, of the Rockwell family, with the 
description., which I give verbatim. 

" Truly yours, 

U J. E. ROCKWELL." 

" The family of Rockwell is of Norman origin. The first 
of the name in England was Sir Ralph de Rocheville, one 
of the knights who accompanied the Empress Maude into 
England, when she claimed the throne of that realm. Sir 
Ralph ultimately joined King Henry II., and had a sruni of 
three knights fees of land in the county of York, upon n I : 
estate the Rockwells have continued up to the pres :. 
James Rockwell, Esq., of Rockwell Hall, Borough ridge, 
County of York, being the representative of the family in 
Great Britain. 

"The last great act of the family that is recoj ied in 
English history is the rescuing of the Earl of Xoi r- 

land and Lord Percy (the celebrated Hotspur), f 
party of the Earl Douglass, at the battle of Halidon Hill. 
in the reign of King Henry IV., by Sir John Rockwell. 



12 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

"Arms. Argent (white) upon a chief sable (black) ; three 
boars heacte coupcd (cut off), or I < ild) lang I ngued) ; 

gules (red). Crest upon a wreath of the colors of the 
shield, or boar's head, as in the arms." 

' ; Motto. — Tout pour monDieu et moil rot."* 

Mr. Rockwell adds a note, that he had learned from an 
anonymous source that James Rockwell, Esq.. had disposi 1 
of his estates to Queen Victoria as a nursery for her chil- 
dren. f lie says further, in regard to the arms : - : I remem- 
ber hearing my father say that when a child at: East Wind- 
sor, his father had the arms painted by an Englishman on 
all the panels of his house; that the painter took a great 
fancy to him (my father), and gave him ten dollars out of 
his wages for the work." 

* See Frontispiece. 

fFroni another source I learn that there is some doubt as to this 
statement. 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 13 



SETTLEMENT AT DORCHESTER, MASS. 



From "Annals of the town of Dorchester " (J.Blake) 

we have the following account : — 

" When many Godly & Religions People that Dissented 
from y e way of Worship then Established by Law in y c 
Realm o'l England, in y e Reign of King Charles y" first, 
being denied y" free exercise of Religion after y e manner 
they professed, according to y e light of God's Word & their 
own Conscience-, did under y c Inconragement of a < 
Granted by y e S d King Charles, in y° Fourth year of his 
Reign, A. D. 1G28, Remoue themselves oc their Families 
into y e Colony of y° Massachusetts Bay, in New England, 
that they might Worship God according to y* light of their 
own Consciences, without any burthensome Impositions, 
which was y e veiy motive & cause of their coming ; TJ 
was. that y" First inhabitants of Dorchester came over, & 
that y c first Company or Church Society that arrived here, 
next to y c town of Salem, who was one year before them." 

:l Haunts where their sunny youth was passed, 
Homes where they fondly hoped at last 

la peaceful age to die: 
Friends, kindred, comfort, all, they spurned, — 

Their fathers' hallowed graves, — 
And tn a world of darkness turned, 
Beyond a world of waves. 
"A fearful path they trod. 
And dared a fearful doom, 
To build an altar to their Go 1. 

And find a quiet tomb." Spra ;■■- 



14 TnK ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

The territory of Dorchester was originally called Matta- 
pan, and was occupied by the Neponset tribe of Indian-, 
the residuary legatees of the Massachusetts tribe, who for- 
merly occupied all the region around Boston Harbor, from 
Maiden to Cohasset. 

Ret. John White was the rector of Trinity parish, Dor- 
chester, Dorset Shire, England ; and though he had not 
renounced the Episcopal form of worship at the time of the 
Pilgrimage to Plymouth in 1620, he sympathized strongly 
with the movement and actually assisted the undertaking 
by pecuniary aid. lie joined an association organized in 
1623, - for the purpose of making settlements on the shores 
of Xcw England." This association sent several ships into 
the bay in 1G24, and landed some thirty or forty men 
at Cape Ann: but becoming discouraged by the misconduct 
of some, and by pecuniary losses, after two years Mr. 
Roger Conant, the superintendent of the enterprise, and 
others, removed to Salem. 

In the summer of 1G:1'J, Mr. White wrote to Gov. Eudi- 
cott of Massachusetts, •• to appoint a place of habitation 
for sixty families out of Dorset Shire," which were to arrive 
in the following spring. •• Great pains were evidently taken 
to construct this company of such materials as should com- 
pose a well-ordered settlement, containing all the elements 
of an independent community." Two devoted ministers, 
Messrs. John Maverick and John Warham, were selected, 
not only with a view to the spiritual welfare of the planta- 
tion, but especially that their efforts might bring the 
Indians to the knowledge of the gospel. Trumbull says: 
••This was an honorable company. Mr. Warham had 
been a famous minister in Exeter, the capital of the county 
of Devonshire." Messrs. Eossitcr and Ludlow, men of 
character and education, were joined to the association, and 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 15 

several gentlemen past middle life, with adult families and 
o-QOd estates, were added. Among these latter ••■■<■: : the 
deacons of the church, William Gaylord and William .. Je- 
well, though Deacon Rockwell was probably not much over 
thirty years of age, having then only one s *». born in 1G27. 
Among the men of some military experience, who ■.. : 
over at this time, were Capt. John Mason and Capt. Rich- 
ard Southcotc. Tins company assembled at Plymouth. 
Devonshire, where a large ship of four hundred b ..-. the 
Mary and John, Capt. Squeb, chartered for the voys re. was 
fitted out. '• Just as they were to embark for New England, 
upon a day of solemn fasting and prayer, they were form 
into a Congregational Church." Richard Clap - 
" Tins Godly company assembled with their two ministers 
in the new hospitol at Plymouth, and kept a solemn lay 
fasting and prayer, at which Mr. White was present and 
preached in the forenoon, and in the latter part of the day 
the people did solenmlv make choice of the^e Godly Minis- 
ters, Messrs. Maverick and Warham, to be their officers, 
who did nccept thereof and express the same." 

The vessel sailed on the 20th of March, 1630, and after 
a passage of seventy days, arrived at Nantasket (B 
May oOth, " the Word of God being preached an 1 ex- 
pounded everyday during the voyage." The number of 
passengers was one hundred and forty, and, in conse jaenee 
of some misunderstanding as to the place of landi _. ■■ . 
as some say, because the captain would not risk the pas- 
sage of the harbor without a pilot, and was not abl i 
tain one, they were obliged to land at this point. Tr mil 
says the captain was compelled to pay damages afterwards 
for his conduct ; but. at the time the Mary and John arrived, 
the refusal of Captain Squeb to attempt the passage into 



16 t }i i: n o c k w e l l f a m il y. 

the harbor, without pilot or chart, does not seem unreason- 
able. 

After some delay, boats were procured to take the colo- 
nists, with their gOods, up the Charles river, and the}' 
landed where Watertown now is. 

They soon sent out a party, of ten to explore a place for 
a permanent settlement. •• The Indians mustered thick 
upon their arrival, to the number of three hundred at least," 
with "whom they made friends by an exchange of biscuits 
f<:>r fish; when, it is stated, w - y- Indians were very friendly 
to them, which our people ascribe to God's watchful provi- 
dence over them in their weak beginnin-j-.-." T: 
returned in a few 'lays, and then the whole company were 
conducted "to a place called by y e Indians Mattapan, 
that was a fit place to turn their Cattle upon, to prevent 
their straying'." 

In the first period of the settlement at Dorchester (the 
name being given probably in honor of Rev. John TV 
of Dorchester, England, who had done somuchfor the col- 
ony) , there was much suffering among the people for the 
want of provisions, "their hunger," as Captain Clapp says, 
"to be supplyed only by clams, muscles and fish; bread 
was so very scarce, that sometimes the very crusts of ray 
father's table would have been very sweet unto me." •• It 
was not accounted a strange thing in these days to 
eat samp or Jiomine without butter or milk; indeed, : T 
would have been a strange thing to see a piece of i 
beef, mutton or veal, tho' it was not long before there was 
roast goat" Yet it is said the}' were contented so loi 
they could enjoy the worship of Cud without molestation; 
and. notwithstanding their privations, they did not desire 
to return to England, but even encouraged those of their 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 17 

friends and relatives who bad remained there to come over 
also. 

The loss of some of the leaves of the volume containing 

the earliest records of the town renders the precise date of 
the first grants of land uncertain. They were made, how- 
ever, by a committee of the plantation until 1G35, namely, the 
two ministers, Maverick and TVarham, and the two deacons, 
Gaylord and Rockwell. And all the orders of the planta- 
tion were signed by them, or two of them. 

" Besides the right of suffrage, freemen enjoyed advan 
tages in the division of the lands ; and before the represen- 
tative s\ stem commenced, they were all members of the 
General Court. The principal, if not the only qualifica- 
tion for this privilege, seems to have been church member- 
ship." (History of Dorchester.) 

William Rockwell, who has been considered the 
ancestor of all of that name in America, was one of the 
deacons of the church formed in the New Hospital at 
Plymouth, which was the first church at Dorchester, the 
oldest in the Colony of the Bay except that of Salem, and 
the only church that came over in a body in church fellow- 
ship, the others being gathered here. 

Deacon Rockwell was one of the first " three selectmen " 
of the town, signed the first land grants, and was one of the 
•• twenty-four freemen " who took the oath of fidelity, May, 
1G30. 



18 7 LIE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 



KEMOYAL TO WINDSOR, COM. 



The emigration to Connecticut deprived Dorchester of 
nearly half its population, including 3Ir. Warhani and a 
large pari of the intelligence and wealth which accompani* 1 
the first comers. The cause of this migration, as given by 
Cotton Mather, was that " Massachusetts soon became like 
a hive overstocked with bees, and many thought of swarm- 
ing into new plantations." This colony, with Mr. War- 
ham as pastor (Mr. Maverick having died, in 1634, at tl 
age of sixty), removed in 1835 ; but it appears that Will- 
iam Rockwell did not leave with the company the first 
3'ear, as from the Dorchester records he api 



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to have received a grant of hind on ' ; Savin Hill," 
June 27, 163G, which is the last mention of his name iii thai 
place. He probably removed to Windsor, that year, where 
he was a deacon in the First Church, and a leading man in 
the settlement, until iiis death, May 1"<. 1640. Subse- 
quently, the widow became the wife of Matthew Grant, v '. ■ 
came over v:o<a\ England in the same vessel, and who re- 
moved with the colony to Windsor, and was a surveyor, 
and recorder of deeds. 

When the Englishfirst became ace|Uainte-d with the tract 
of lands comprising Connecticut, it was a vast wilderness. 
"It abounded," says Trumbull, " with the finest oaks of all 
kinds, with chestnut, walnut and wild cherry trees, with all 
kinds of maple, beech, birch, ash and elm. The country 
abounded with a great variety of wild fruit. In the groves 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 19 



were walnuts, chestnuts, butternuts, hazelnuts, acorns, in 
great abundance. It was no less productive of animals 
than of natural fruit. In the groves there were plenty of 
«leer, moose, fat bears, turkeys, herons, partridges, quails, 

pigeons and other wild game. Such numerous and exten- 
sive flocks of pigeons would be seen flying for some horns, 
in the morning, that they would obscure the light. Here 
were otter-, beavers, the black, gray and red fox, the rac- 
coon, mink and muskrat, and various other animals of the 
fur kind. Wolves were numerous in all parts of New i - - 
laud when the settlement was commenced, and did great 
damage to the planters, killing their sheep, calves and 
young cattle." 

As Connecticut abounded with wild animals, so it did 
with wild and savage men. In no part of New England 
were the Indians so numerous, in proportion to the extent 
of the territory, as in Connecticut. "They cannot be esti- 
mated at less than twelve to sixteen thousand, and they 
might possibly amount to twenty. They could muster at 
least three or four thousand, warriors. Those were princi- 
pally include d wil bin the ancient limits of "Windsor, Hartford, 
Wethersfieldand Middletown. Within the town of Windsor 
only, then embracing many of the present adjoining towns, 
there were ten distinct tribes or sovereignties. About the 
year 1C70 their bowmen were reckoned at two thousand. 
At that time it was generally estimated there were nine- 
teen Indians to one Englishman. There was a great body 
of them in the centre of the town. They had a large fort 
a little north of the flat on which the first meeting-house 
was erected." By being careful to treat them with justice 
and humanity, and to make presents to their sachems, the 
English lived in tolerable peace with the Indians of Con- 



20 t ii k hock well family. 

nectieut and New England, except the Pequots, for al 
forty years. 

The winter of 1635-6 was one of great distress to the 
settlers from Dorchester. They lost many of their cattle, 
and it is difficult to describe their sufferings, encompassed 
with wild and savage men, " who could have swallowed ap 
parents and children at pleasure, in their feeble and dis- 
tressed condition. They had no bread for themselves 
then- children, neither habitations nor clothing convenient 
for them. They were cut off. both by land and water. : 
any succor or retreat. "What self-denial, firmness and ma g- 
nanimity are necessary for such an enterprise ! " 

From IT. It. Stiles' s History of Windsor, it appears that 
there was a claim to the land which the Dorchester colony 
wished to settle upon, by a party from the Plymouth col 
who had conn* upon the ground a short time before. But 
a bargain was finally concluded between the parties, Thomas 
Prince acting for the members from the Plymouth colony, 
and a deed was given by him in their behalf, to which Mat- 
thew Grant, the recorder of the deed, appended the follow- 
ing note : — 

" This Bargain, as it is above exprest, & was written & 
assigned. I can certainly testify does not mention or sj eat 
to every particular of the bargain as it was issued wi:h 
Mr. Prince before it was put in writing. This should have 
been the frame of it. Dorchester men that came : 
Massachusetts Bay up here to Connecticut to settle in the 
place now called Windsor ; Plymouth men challenged | i > 
priety here, by a purchase of the laud from the Indians, 
whereupon in the latter end of the '35 year some of our 
principal men meeting with some of the Plymouth men in 
Dorchester, labored to Drive a Bargain with them & buv out 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 21 

then - (claim), which they challenged by purchase & came to 
terms, & then, May, '37, as above exprest, then our C 11- 
pan}', being generally together (that intended to settle 
here) Mr. Prince, being come up here, in the behalf of tJ • 
Plymouth men, that were partners in this purchase, issue I 
the bargain with us. We were to pay them £37 10s. for 
their whole purchase, which Mr. Prince presented to us in 
writing, only they Reserved the 16 part oil for them- 
selves." 

After giving the details of the boundary of this land, he 
concludes : — 

" So I testify, 

« MATTHEW GPANT." 



22 THE ROC K W i: L L FA 21 1 L T. 



THE DESCENDANTS OE WILLIAM BOCKWELL. 



The sons of William Rockwell wore John, Samuel, and 
Joseph. 

John Rockwell. 2 b. July 18, 1027, in England, mar- 
ried Sarah Ensign, of Hartford, May 6, 1651. She left 
three daughter; . Sarah, Ruth ami Lydia. She was bi ri 
at Hartford, June 23, 1650. August IS. 1002. he was 
married a .second time, to Deliverance Hayncs, of Dor- 
chester, Mass., and died Sept. 7, 1673, aged 45, leaving 
seven children, four oi' them by his second wife, viz. : John. 
Hannah, Joseph, and Elizabeth. lie was a cooper by trade. 

John" Rockwell, Jit., 3 grandson of Dea. Win., was : 
Sept. 0. 1663, and died Doe., 1746, aged 83. 

Capx. Josepii Rockwell, 3 son of John and Deliverance, 
of Windsor, was born in Windsor, July 8, 1663. He set- 
tled in Middletown, Conn., about 1692 or 1693. He was a 
cooper by trade, also, and carried on that business for many 
years. He purchased, Sept.«7, 1693, of Israel Wetmore, a 
half acre of land on Main street neat the meeting-he 
for R-hich he paid £27 ; bounded west by Main stri \ 
by James Ward, east by land of Dea. John Hail, and : 
by land of Dea. Wetmore's widow. 

lie married, Feb. 1, 1694, Elizabeth, daughter of Ed 
and Elizabeth Foster, of Middletown ; was admitted to tb ■ 
church by Rev. Noadiah Russell, May 81, 1702; and was 
chosen Deacon o ; * the First Church in Middletown, May 
31, 1704. lie was town clerk from 170S to 1734, and was 



T n E li O C K WBL L FA MIL Y. 23 

succeeded in that office by his son William. lie died Oct. 
28, 17 12, aged 74. His widow died Aug. 15, 1753, aged 
SO. They had a family of eight children, six sous and 
daughters. 

Edwaed Rockwell, 4 of the fourth generation in America, 
son of Deacon (('apt.) Joseph and Elizabeth, and the 
seventh child, was born July 23, 1707. lie married Han- 
nah Robbins, of Wethersfield, July 5, 1738, and was 
admitted to the First Church, Middletown, Feb. 14, 1733. 
He died Nov. 7, 1702, aged 85, His wife died nearly two 
years before, Jan. 10, 1700. They had nine children, four 
sous and five daughters, as follows : — 

1. Bath, born Nov. 0. 1739, married George Bartlett; one daughter. 

2. Hannah, born Nov. 22, 1740, died unmarried. 

o. Joshua, " Oct. 18, 1742, married Rhoda Doud; six-teen chil- 
dren. 

4. Ed-.-ard, (( Oct. 4, 1744, " Lucy Strong; five children. 

5. Abigail " Nov. 1, 1746, died unmarried. 

ft. Zebulon " Aug. 7. 1749, married Bata Fowler; two children. 

7. Elizabeth'- Dec '20, 177(2, " John Hands; no children. 

8. Sarah :i Sept. 20, 1755, " Jno. Hands, first wife, one 
son, Jno. Jr. 

0. JToadiah ' : Oct. 21, 177.9, " Alice Hall; eight children; 
Thankful Johnson, second wife, no children. 

Noai>iah, s the ■ youngest child of Edward and Hannah 
Rockwell, was born Oct. 21, 1730, in Middletown. lie 
married Alice Hal!, daughter of Jacob and Susannah Hall, 
May 29, 1782. He joined the church, Sept. 14, 1803. His 
wife died of consumption, Nov. 23, 1307. lie married a 
second time, Thankful Johnson, and died Fob. 0, 1333, aged 
73. 3Ixs. Thankful Rockwell died Dee. C. 1830, aged 70. 
Tla 1 children of Noadiah h; the first marriage were eight, 
four sons and four daughters. 



24 THE HOCK WELL FAMILY. 

NoADixn Rockwell, Jr., G was the oldest child of Xoa- 
diah and Alice, born Aug. 25, 1783, and married, first, 
Esther Johnson, daughter of Samuel and Lucj' Johnson, 
April 7, 1808. lie was admitted to full communion in the 
church, Sept. 4, 1808, and was married a second time to 
Mary Johnson, Sept. 25, 1831. There were .seven children 
by the first marriage, two sons and five daughters. 

"William Rockwell, 7 the oldest child of Noadiah, Jr., 
and Alice, \vus born January 1-i, 1809 ; married Esther 
Bidwell, Nov. 28, 1837, and married a second time Ann A. 
Birdsey, Jan. 15, 1S4G. 

Edwtsj, 7 the second son and third child of Noadiah, Jr., 
and Esther, was born Feb. 22, 1814 ; married Lucinda A. 
Clark, May 24, 1837, daughter of Silas and Harriet Clark, 
of Haddam. Their children were six in number, three 
sons and four daughters. The first and second children 
were sons, who both died quite young. 

Elihu EL Rockwell 7 was born in Middletown, Conn., in 
1790, and removed to Frederick City, Md., in 181 L where 
he was engaged in teaching till 1837, after winch, as well 
as during that time, he was employed as a surveyor, civil 
engineer, etc. Writing to the author on the first of 
November, 1870, he said: "I have been blessed with good 
health, and now, though in my eighty-first year, I am enjoy- 
ing a green old age, being active, seldom feeling a pain, 
eyesight good, writing this without glasses. I have never 
used intoxicating drinks or tobacco." 

In a letter, written on the 10th of November, 1870, he 
says: — 

'"'- When I was a small boy I was an ardent politician, a 
Federalist, and I used to look over the lists of representa- 
tives elected semi-annually to the Connecticut State Legis- 
lature, and when 1 saw, as I generally did, the name of 



THE n CK WELZ FA MIL Y. 2o 

'"Elijah Rockwell, Colebrook, Fed.,' I was highly gratified, 
but I did not then know that I was a blood relation." 

He was married July 13, 1837, to Rachel Weistling, but 
had no children. He is still living at Frederick City (Feb., 
1870). 

Edwis Rockwell, 7 of Middletown, Conn., was the only 
son of Xoadiah Rockwell, Jr., who lived to adult ago. lie 
had five sisters. He was born Fob. 22. 1814, and married 
Lucinda A. Clark, May 2-1, 1837. Of six children, three 
sons and three daughters, one son, Herbert, and the daugh- 
ters are still living. Mr. Rockwell is a dealer in books, 
stationery, etc., at Middletown, Connecticut. 

The following is a summary of the families descending 
from John, the oldest son of William Rockwell, as given in 
the preceding record, and besides these, there are. doubt- 
less, many who sprang from this branch, but who;.- records 
have been so imperfectly kept that the connection is not 
absolutely established. 

William, m. Susannah Chapin, d. 1G40. Cliildren: 
John, b. 1G2S, d. 1G73. Ruth, m. Christopher Huntington. 
Mary, in. Jeffrey Mahon. Samuel, d. 1711. Joseph, d. in 
infancy. Sarah, m. Wait Gaylord. 

Johx, 3 m. (1) Sarah Ensign, in 16©1; (2) Deliverance 
Haynes", in 1GG2 ; d. 1G73, aged 46. Children : Sarah, b. 
1653 ; m. David Hale. Ruth, b. 1654, m. D. Mia? Ly lia, 
b. 1656, m. J. Atwatcr. 2d marriage, John, Jr., b. 1663, 
d. 174G, aged 83. Hannah, b. 1665. Joseph, b. 1668, d. 
1732. aged 64. Elizabeth, m. James Ward. 

In the record of Dr. Matthew Rockwell, John. 3 the eldest 
son of John -and Deliverance Haynes, has a star against 
his name, as one that died young. But in the records of 



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THE ROC KIT ELL FAMILY. 



the descendants of John, 2 so far as given me by E. II. E iefc. 
well, of Frederick City, Maryland, who was a line: I de- 
scendant frora that branch which settled in Middletown, and 
who furnished to me a complete record, as given in th 
ceding pages, it is said, and doubtless correctly, that . 
Rockwell, Jr., 3 grandson of Deacon William, was lorn 
Sept. C, 1663, and died Dec, 1746, aged S3. Notions f r- 
ther is given in regard to him or his family, and I am led 
to believe that this was the John Rockwell who v. . - the 
father of John Rockwell ' who removed to Lanesboro, I - 
in 1732, and whose sous were John. 5 Abraham. . i | 
Elijah. 3 

The record, therefore, should be continued, as fo } - 
lows : — 

John Rockwell, 5 b. 1733, m. (1) Sarah Scott ; (2) Mrs. 

Hungerford; (3) . Children: John, : ,- 

miah, 6 James, Timothy, Rachel, Hannah, b. 1785, :u. David 
Pratt, and bad nine children; Samuel, Betsey, Sallv, 
Hetty, Reuben, Eleanor, Lucy, and Earl. He remove 1 lal e 
in life to spend his last days with his son John, in Coin- 
wall, Vermont, where he died at the age of 92, in 1-825. 
Betsey Rockwell, b. 1768, m. Rufiis Mead, d. 18-18. 

Reuben Rockwell 6 m. Sampson. 

Jeremiah Rockwell 6 removed to Troy, Pa., about 1814, 
and died about 1817. Children : Jeremiah. 7 Norman, J:! : a. 
Mary, Xiram, Harriet. [Jeremiah 6 is probably the p* r 5 , a 
spoken of in Matthew's history of Salisbury, Vt., as hav- 
ing settled there in 1809, and as being a tanner and 
currier.] 

Samuel Rockwell, 6 b. in Lanesboro. Mass., in 1763. m. 
(1) Hannah Lasselle, about 17.8,3, and had one daud r 
Hannah, who married Eli Parsons, and had seven chil 
She died in 1819. Other children: Elias, 7 Samuel," : - 



TH E ROCKWELL FA MJ L Y 



2< 



vir ' Luther, James, b. 1795, in Shorebam, Vt. Laban. b. 
1707, a. 1854. Rams M., b. 1801,in Troy, N. Y. Myron, 
b. 1804. Hiram, b. 1807. 

Elias Rockwell,' b. in Lanesboro, Mass., 1788, m. PoUy 

Gautier in 1810. Children : Elisha, Harrison, d. 1849; 
Jacob G., Niram. He was living at Canton, Pa., in 18,1, 

\v*cel Rockwell, Jr. J m. Betsey Gautier in 1811. 
Cfcffdren: Sophia, m. Joel Wood, and had a family in Illi- 
nois. Diana, m. Harvey Ilolcomb. Nancy, m. Dr. W. L. 
Baker, of Topeka, Kansas, and had a family. Samantha, 
m. Allen Taylor. Churchill Eh, 8 and Malvina, m. Leonard 
Lewis. He d. in 1847. 

CttviK Rockwell? b. 1703, in Cornwall, Vt., m. Harriet 
Andress in 1813, d. 1870, aged 77. ChOdren: Sylvia, m. 
Orator Holcomb. Samuel had a family. Emily, m. John 
Bush and had a family. James and Elis., m. Stone. 

Luther Rockwell b. 1793 (twin brother of Calvm), 
m Joanna Marvin, d. 1856. Children: Bingham L., G. 
Marvin, P. Alvord, Martin L., J. Calvin, Elvira, m. Dr. 
W. C. Herrick, d. 1851. Orlando W., Agor S., m. Ehza 
Putnam. Polos, m. Eliza Smith. 

Juees Rockwell,' b. 1705, m. Diantha Biakeman. He 
was killed by the overturning of a load of lumber upon 
him, in 1855. Children: Valeria, m. As. Phelps, Smith- 
field Pa. ; Abel. m. Jane Goodspeed ; Omcr. 

Labas Rockwell' m. (1) Mary Elliot, (2) Mrs. >o- 
ell, (3) Nancy Wilson. Children: Philander, who had 
three daughters; Clarinda, Lavinia, Mary, Sarah, Catha- 
rine, Rebecca, Myra, Letitia and Lassellc. 

Rufus M. Rockwell,- b. 1801, m. Mary Alvord m 
1822. She died in I860. He m. (2) Lydia Fas^ett in 
1862. He lived on the same farm in Troy, Pa., sixty-three 



28 TIT E II OCKWELL FAJfJL Y. 

years, and was living in 1871. Children: Elijah A.., m. (!) 
Mrs S. E. Evans, (2) Mrs. Graves. Eufns C. who m. 

Miss Long, and had two children, who died young. Mary 
R., m. Hiram "Wilson, and had four children. Edward C, 
m. Mary A. Buckhart, and had a son, Rufus G., and twin 
daughters, who died young. S. Norton. 8 m. Mary E, TTeUs, 
and had a daughter, Mattie Corinne. John E., Lydia L. 
in. S. IT. Hazleton. Calipharnia, m. Charles Thomas, had 
five children. L. Hilda, m. Simon Stanton, had three chil- 
dren. G-lycon A., in. Emma Albert, of Lansing. Iowa. 
Emma A., m. E. D. Purdy, Lansing, Iowa. [S. Norton 
Rockwell 3 and his wife are teachers at the House of Ref- 
uge, New York. Mrs. R. has written several excellent 
Sabbath-school books.] 

Myron Rockwell, 7 b. 1801, m. Mary Lillibridge in 
1825. Baptist clergyman. Living in 1871. Children: 
Nancy J., M. Joel Webster, Adrial IT. (had a sou and 

daughter), Allen. Horace, Mary, Emma, m. Miller, of 

Wiiliamsport, Pa. Oscar, Ella. 

HiEAii Rockwell, 7 b. 1807, m. Isabel Miller in 1832. 
Children: three sons and four daughters. Removed to 
Ohio in 1838 ; thence to Bedford, Taylor Co., Iowa. Died 
in 18G2. His descendants live in Ohio. 

Of tliis generation of nine sons all but one were farm- 
ers, and a large proportion of the next generation followed 
the occupation of their fathers. 

Elisha Rockwell, 8 m. Clarrissa Pratt. Children : Fi- 
delia, m. S. Coon; Mary, m. Jacob Horning; Mellville, 
Ebonezer, Elisha. 

Harrison Rockwell, 6 in. Sarah Caspar. Child: Marv. 
He died about 1859. 

Jacob 0-. Rockwell, 8 in. (1) Caspar. Child: Mar- 



TIIE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 29 

tha, m. (2) Matilda Mason. Children : Richard, George, 
Churchill, Robert, Albert, Nancy, Eosanna. 

Nirajh: Rockwell, 8 m. Eliza Pratt, Canton, Pa. Chil- 
dren : Clinton, Theodore, William, Celia. 

P. Alyord Rockwell, 8 in. Achsah Harrison. . Qui 
dren: Charles, "Willis. 

Martin L. Rockwell, 8 m. Harriet Hilton. Children: 
Homer, Helen. 

Orlando W. Eockwell, 8 m. Mary Garnmage. Chil- 
dren: Cordelia, Delos, Garnmage, Willard. 

Sophia Rockwell, 8 m. — Rose. Children: two 
daughters. 

Hannah Rockwell, 8 m. Joel Wood. Children: four 
sons and daughters in Illinois. 

Diana Rockwell, 8 m. Ilolcomb Leroy. 

Nancy Rockwell, 8 m. Dr. W. S. Baker. Children: 
Sperry, William, Augusta, m. Rogers. Removed to To- 
peka, Kansas. 

Samantha Rockwell, 8 m. Allen Taylor, Jr. 

En Rockwell, 8 m. Mr&= Mary Wilson. Children: 
Lizzie and another daughter. 

Melyina Rockwell, 8 m. Leonard Lewis. 

Sylvia Rockwell, 8 m. Orator Holcomb ; one daughter. 

Samcel Rockwell, Jr., 8 one son, four daughters. 

Emily Rockwell, 8 in. John Rush; one sou, four 
daughters. 

Bingham L. Rockwell, 8 in. Abbie Pierce. Children: 
Joseph, Burt, Sybil. 

G. Marvin Rockwell, 8 in. Rebecca Robbins ; one daugh- 
ter, Emma, in. Blackwell. 

Allen Rockwell, 8 m. Johns; one son. one 

daughter. 

Hannah Rockwell, of the eighth generation, sister of 



30 rnE r. oc k well family. 

Samuel, m. David Pratt about 1785. The two families 
left Vermont together and settled in Penns3"lvania at the 
place now called Canton. David Pratt built the first 

framed house in the township, about a mile from the pres- 
ent village. lie was an extensive fanner and mill- >wner, 
and established an iron foundry. Their children were 
Ebenezer, David, Asa, Jonathan, Hannah, Betsey, Julius, 
Chester, Rachael. Ebenezer, ra. Fanny Powers. They 
were living in Canton, Pa., in 1.S71, he at the age of S-l 
and she 79, having been married sixty years. 

Jeremiah Rockwell, 7 son of Jeremiah, who was the son 
of Jeremiah, 5 was born about the year 1760, and was mar- 
ried three times ; (2) to Lucy Ploy, and (3) to Mrs. Si 
Children: Silas; Daniel, a Congregational clergyman, had 
a large family, died at Elk Grove, Illinois ; Jerry ; Harvey, 
who lived in Potsdam, N. Y., and had ?■ consicl rable 
family; Chester, lived in Parishville, N. Y., and had a 
family ; Calvin died, a bachelor : Cynthia, nu Mr. 1 1 askell, of 

Parishville, and had a family ; Minerva, ruY- -Miller, of 

Potsdam; Anna. m. Maynard, of Potsdam: >'■■ 

m. -Putnam, of Parishville ; Eliphalet, d. in 1824, a 

student in Micldlebnry College ; Lucy, m. William West- 
gate, of Morristown, Vermont ; Reuben, m. Emeiine I iw- 
yer (1), and had one child; m. (2) Mary Baker, and had 
three children ; Orson, m. Lucy B. Fletcher, of New Haven, 
Conn.; child, — Henrietta E. ; Cyrus; Victoria Adelaide, 
— sixteen children in all. 

Silas Rockwell, 3 had children: Jeremiah. Norman, 
Julia, Mary, Miriam, Harriet. 

Chester Rockwell's 8 family: Lorinda. m. Mr. Ila-.I- 
burt ; Maria, m. Dr. Lawrence ; Chloe ; Silas, m. Cornelia 
Booth. 

Jerry Rockwell's 8 family : Jerry, Julia, Villers, Milo. 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 



31 



Daniel Rockwell's 8 family: Fidelia, m. Mr. Bingham; 
Jane, m. Mr. Jones ; Harriet, m. Mr. Gould; Sarah, m. 
Mr. Jones; Loyal, d. in insane asylum: Ostentia, m. Mr. 
Ridell; Mary, m. Mr. Buckley. Most of these are living 
in Illinois and Wisconsin, but I have been unable to obtain 
any further record. 

Lucy Rockwell's 8 family: Evelin Bessenger, m. Dr. 
Boyce, Geneva, Wisconsin; Francis M., m. Helen Ken- 
drick, Chicago.; Aldris; Harwin Orson. The last two 
unmarried. 

Orson Rockwell's 8 family: His wife, Lucy, died in 
Atlanta. Ga., May 29, ,1871 ; Henrietta Elizabeth (only 
child), married B. II. Austin, of Atlanta, G a., April 10. 
1S72. 

[The following record is furnished by Rev. Orson Rock- 
well, of Atlanta.] 

« In relation to myself I would say. after being brought 
up on my father's farm in Cornwall, Vt., I entered upon a 
college course of study, graduated at Middlebury, Vt., in 
1834, at twenty-four years of age. I immediately repaired 
to Norwalk, Conn., where I took charge of an academy. 
In 1S36, I entered the theological department of Yale Col- 
lege ; married in New Haven, Conn., 1837, Miss Lucy B. 
Fletcher, of the same city. 

" I then assumed the charge o^ an academy in Southing- 
ton, Conn. ; was blessed, while there, with a glorious revi- 
val, in which nearly all my pupils were converted. 

"In 1838, I accepted the secretaryship of the 'New- 
England Sabbath-school Union.' Being troubled with a 
bronchial affection, I went south at the suggestion of Dr. 
Jackson of Boston. For two years, 1839 and 18-40, I had 



32 TUB ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

charge of the Female Department of ' Barton Institute,' 
Mobile, Ala. Suffering there from yellow fever, I reti 

to Vermont, took charge as Principal of the ' Literary and 
Scientific Institute' at Brandon, Yt. In 1843, 1 again 

to Alabama, taught one year in 'Howard Colle > »,' Clarion ; 
and in 1844 I went to Cahaba, Ala., and acted as Prin 
of the ' Male and Female Academy ' for a term of four 
years. In the fall of 1848, I removed to Carlowville, Ala., 
where I spent four years in charge of a Female Academy. 
Up to this time 1 continued to preach as opportunity pre- 
sented, but, by medical advice, I relinquished preaching 
altogether, and in 1853, I assumed, as Principal or Presi- 
dent, the charge of the ' Masonic University ' at Selma, Ala. 
This institution having failed in its monetary affairs, I 
went again to Mobile, and for two years had charge of the 
' Latin High school,' the classical department of the ' Bar- 
ton Academy,' and at that time numbered among the | i ' 
schools of the city. In 1857, I went to Livingston. Sumter 
Co., Ala., where for six years I had charge of a very inter- 
esting Female Academy. Soon after the breaking out of 
the war, I repaired again to Mobile, and invested all mv 
available, means in the manufacture of salt ; but this ar- 
rangement was soon broken up by the surrender of the 
forts which guarded the entrance of Mobile Bay. Being a 
non-combatant, I was again forced to leave the citv, and 
was a resident in Selma at the time of the destruction of 
that city and its public works by the Federal forces under 
Gen. Wilson. 

"All my worldly possessions having been destroyed by 
the misfortunes of war, I was compelled, with my wife and 
cnby child (Henrietta Elizabeth), to begin the world 
again de novo. In 1867, I came to Atlanta, a., and 
after spending four }-ears teaching a private school of 



TUB ROCKWELL FAMILY. 33 

*rirl9, ia a brick school-room of my own construction, I was 
called, at I ho inauguration of our present public school sys- 
tem, to take charge as principal, of Walker-street school, 

having something over lour hundred pupils. This position 
I still hold, and, although I find it to be a responsible 
charge for one of my years (now sixty-two), yet it is a 
noble work, and one in which I trust, by divine assistance, 
I may be able to do a great; deal of good. 

'• My wife, Lucy F. Rockwell, died of paralysis in this 
city, on the 20th of March, 1871. 

; - My daughter married Bloomer H. Austin, of this city, 
on the 10th of April last. Her husband is the son of Mr. 
Chas. II. Austin, for many years the Treasurer of the State 
of Florida, but now residing in Atlanta. 

" My only sister, Lucy, married Wm. Westgate, of Mor- 
ristown.,Vt. They removed to Wisconsin, where Mr. W. 
died about the year 1862, leaving his wife and several chil- 
dren still surviving. 

' ; My brother, Reuben, 7 removed to Wisconsin (Geneva), 
about the year 1830 or 1837, from the family homestead in 
Cornwall. Vt. His first wife, Emeline Sawyer, of Middle- 
bury, Yt., died, leaving him one child. Eveline B, Rockwell. 
His second wife, Mary Baker, by whom he has three chil- 
dren, Francis M., Alois Lovill, and llarwin Orson, is still 
living with him near Geneva, Wis. Francis married Miss 
Helen Kendrick, and is now living in Chicago, 111. (two 
children). 

*• Aldis 3 for a time held the position of Professor in the 
Law School at Chicago. For the last year in Germany." 

Jobs lbx.iiwr.LL." b. 1738, m. Angoliue Sperry in 1812, 

who died in 1862, in Cornwall, Vt. ; m. (2) Adeline Wall- 



34 TFIE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

ace. Clrildren: Sylvester T... b b. 1812; Simeon S., s b. 
1815; John S., b. 1831 ; John W., b. 1863. 

Hannah, m. Elieha Hurlburt; Emma. in. Jared War- 
ner ;• Rebecca, 7 m. David Sperry ; Ciiloe, 7 m. Jra Spa 
ing; Moses, 7 m. Charlotte Ford; Sally, vn. Thomas 
Guire ; Art. 7 m. Warren Spaulding. 

Et.t Rockwell 7 first settled on a farm in Cattarai : 
County, New York, and then removed to Michigan, when it 
was a territory. His children were Truman, John. Char- 
lotte, Sarah, and Matilda. 

These children were all married. Charlotte only has 
died, leaving six children. Sarah has four children and 
Matilda six. John lias two children and Truman three. 

There are only three Rockwell boys living out of the 
twenty-one grandchildren of Eli Rockwell; two are the 
sous of John, and one of Truman. These are Frank B.. 
b. 1852 ; John S., b. 1859 (sons of John) ; Dennie, 1854. 

Eli Rockwell was a genuine Green Mountain boy. 
His spirit of adventure led him to the territory of Michi- 
gan early in life. He was remarkable for great bodily 
strength, which stood him in great stead on many occasi ..- 
in his struggles on the frontier. One instance of his use 
of this power is thus stated by one of his grandsons: 
A miller in his neighborhood had Hooded his mill-dam far- 
ther than he had a light to do ; the neighbors having trie'"' 
every available means to induce him to lower his dam to 
no purpose, sent word to him that unless he did th:^ they 
would tear the dam away, and assemble 1 one night to pur 
their threat in execution. To their surprise, they : . 
men guarding the dam with gnus and cudgels, threatc-ains 
to shoot the tir>t man who would put his foot upon the 
works. This seemed to battle the crowd, and they were 
about to disperse, when Mr. Rockwell said to them. ••Bovs. 



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THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 



35 



you area set of cowards? if I had been captain that dam 
would have boon lowered before this time." They hesi- 
tated, declaring it was certain death to attempt it. Fie re- 
plied, - You stand here and keep my hat and coat, and 1 
will take the fort alone." He then went down and said to 
the chief, "You villain, you would shoot a single-handed 
man without any arms, would yon? Tile up your guns, 
and I will clean you out in five minutej." They agreed to 
this, when he stepped up to the fust, took him by the col- 
lar of hi< coat and his breeches, and then threw him into 
the pond, repeating this operation until four were floun- 
dering in the water, when the remainder tied, leaving their 
weapons. The dam was not disturbed, and the miller re- 
frained from troubling the people any more. 

Eli Rockwell was in good health, at the age of 80 years, 
in 1S71,— a man greatly respected for hi.. Christian vir- 
tues ; living in the town of Waterloo. Mi higan. 

Sylvester B. Rockwell, 8 b. 1813. m. Elizabeth De 
Long in 1839. Children: Beaumelle, 9 b. 1840; Francis 
V., 9 b. 1846 ; Alice B.,' J b. 1852. married in 1872. 

Sdieos S. Rockwell, 8 b. 181.3, m. Mary Li. II. Jones in 
1838. Children: Mary A. II., b. 1810, m. E. O. Porter 
in IbCT. Cornelia F., 9 b. 1851, married in 1872. 

Beaemelle Rockwell, b. 1810. m. E. A. Sturtevant in 
1866. Child: Fannie B., b. 1868, d. 1869. 

Feasces V. Rockwell, 51 b. 1846, in. Ezra Brainerd in 
1868. Child: Elizabeth F., b. 1870. 

Elias 1). Rockwell (parentage not known), sup- 
posed to be from one of these Vermont families, was 
several years an associate Principal of a Commercial 
College in Chicago, 111., and Then entered the medical pro- 
fession, lie was engaged in the care of sick and wounded 
soldiers in a military hospital in Chicago, where he died, in 



'-»b TIIE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

1SC2, from disease supposed to Lave been induced by over- 
exertion. 

Joseph, 3 son of John, 8 b. 1368, in. Elizabeth Foster, b. 
1673, in 1694 ; d. 1742, aged 74. His widow died in 1753, 
aged 60. Children: John, b. 1694; Joseph, b. 1697, d. 
1757, aged 60; Edward and Elizabeth (twins), d. in in- 
fancy; William, b. 1702, d. 1765, aged 63; Hannah, b. 
1704, m. O.Dickinson; Edward, 2 b. 1707, d. 1792, aged 
85 ; Ebenezer, b. 1711, d. 1783, aged 72. 

Edward, 4 b. 1707, m. 1738, Hannah Bobbins, d. 1702. 
aged 85; his wife, b. 1715, d. 1790, aged 75. Okildren: 
Ruth, b. 1709, m. George Bartlett; Hannah, b. 1790, d. 
175G; Joshua, b. 1742, d. 1825, aged 8-3; Edward, 
Jr.. b. 1744, d. 1828, aged 83 ; Abigail, b. 1746, d. 1749 ; 
Zebulon, b. 1740; Elizabeth, b. 1752, m. John Hands; 
Sarah, b. 1755 ; Noadiah, b. 1750, d. 1835, aged 76. 

Joshua Rockwell, 5 son of Edward and Hannah, of Mid- 
dletown, was born in that place, Oct. 18, 1742, and married 
Rhoda Dowd, January 1, 1772. He removed with his fam- 
ily from Middletown to Lewis County, X. Y., in 1795. and 
cettled about forty miles north of Utica, his being the 
third white family north of the present city of Utica. He 
died March 0. 1825, aged 83. His wife died Oct. 9. 1825. 
Children: Joshua, b. Aug. 18, 1774; Hannah, b. Apr. 18, 
1773 ; Caleb, b. Dec. 2, 1770 ; Rhoda, b. Oct. 24, 1781, d. 
Hay 10, 1S22 ; Phaibc, b. April 30. 1782, d. 1861 ; Sarah, 
b. Aug. 25, 17S5 ; Seth, b. March 11, 1787; Enoch, b. 
Nov. 20, 1788; Elijah and Elisha (twins), b. June 2G, 
1700; Jabez, b. Oct. 26, 1792, d. Apr. 28. 18G7 ; Cornelia, 
b. Jan. 30, 1705; d. July 31, 1815; Richard, b. Sept. 11, 
1703. 

J.viiEZ Rockwell,* 3 born Oct. 26, 1702. married (1) Eliza, 
daughter of Gardner and Rhoda Dodge. Nov. 1. 1818. 



THE ROCKWELL FA MILT. o < 

CJiildrm: Abigail, b. Nov. 18, 1821, d. at Petersburg, Va., 
July 0, lHi3G ; Mary Eliza, b. Feb. 2, 1825 ; Maria Theresa, 
b. Apr. 5, 1832. Eliza, his first wife, died in 1832. lie 
married (2) Hannah, daughter of Noadiah and Alice Rock- 
well (a cousin), June IS, 1837, who is living. The date of 
his death is not given. The only child by second mar- 
riage is Egbekt Chester 'Rockwell, 7 born June 13, 1842, 
who married, Feb. 22, 1869, Hannah C. Norton, in Louis- 
ville, Ky. 

Noadjah, 5 b. 17.30, m. in L782, Alice Hall, d. 1835, aged 
7C : his first wife d. 1807 ; second wife, Thankful Johnson, 
d. 1839, aged 70. Children: Noadiah, b. 1783; Clarissa. 
b. 1785; Elijah, b. 1787: Elisha II., b. 1700, m. 1837, 
Rachel Wiesthng (living at Frederick City, Md.) ; Susan, 
b. 1797, d. 1800; Surah, 1). 1707, m. James Ward; Han- 
nah, b. 1800, m. Jabez Rockwell; Chester, b. 1802 (living 
in N. Carolina). 

Noadiah, 6 b. 1783, m. (1) Esther Johnson, 1808. 
Children: William Augustus, b. 1800; Lucy, b. 1811; 
Edwin, b. 1814 ; Mary, b. 1817 ; Harriet, Caroline, Ellen. 

Edwin. 7 b. 1814, m. Lucinda A. Clark. 1837. Gliildren: 
Aureliu, Osmau, Myrtilda ; Herbert, b. 1850 ; Maude, 

Bertha. 

William Augustus, m. (1) Esther Bidwell, 1837; (2) 

Ann A. Birdsey, 1816. 

S. B. Rockwell,*— the oldest son of John Rockwell, 7 
was born in Cornwall, Vt., January 15, 1813. He lived at 
home and worked on the farm until the age of fourteen, 
lie prepared himself to teach, and taught a district school 
in Crown Point, N. Y., at the age of fifteen. After tins 

• Account famished by S. B. Rockwell, Esq., Moutpclier, Vt. 



38 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

he continued to work on the farm and teach school winters 
until the age of twenty. He fitted and entered Mid Lermry 
College, but after one quarter was obliged to lea" . on 
account of ill-health. The next year he went to Middle- 
town, Conn., and entered the Wesleyan University, nnder 
the presidency of Dr. Wilbur Fisk. After two quarters: 
he was obliged to leave to recruit his health. lie found it 
impossible to attempt to complete his college course, and 
engaged in the mercantile business with an experien • 3 | art- 
ner, and with some changes continued the business some thir- 
teen years. lie then closed it and engaged in dealing Ln live 
stock, which proved more congenial with health and - irits. 
^He pursued this business with an ability that c 
his efforts with pecuniary success. In 1^60 he spent three 
years in California and Oregon in successful business. 
During the rebellion he did good service on the P 
coast by his words and pen in defence of the Union ...-•;•. 
After the war was closed, having received pecuniary grains 
from the sale of gold, he felt called upon to make an ex- 
pression of his gratitude to God for the liberalities of his 
Providence, and did so by giving Si, 000 to two institutions 
of learning in his native State, viz., Middlebury C Llese, 
and the Vermont Conference and Female College, : Mont- 
pelier. In 1830 he united with the Methodist church, was 
soon appointed a class leader, and afterwards an ex", rter, 
and then a local preacher. These appointments he I 
for a few years with acceptance to the church, but increas- 
ing infirmities obliged him to ask for a discharge, 
among the fust to espouse the temperance cause as earlv 
as 1825, ami to the present has been a stanch advo< ..";• for 
this and every other moral reform. In September. 1ST I. he 
was elected almost unanimously to preside over the V< n 
Methodist State Convention, held in Montpelier, and was 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. o'J 

one of six laymen chosen and appointed to read an essay 
or topic previously assigned to hku, viz. : ".The coopera- 
tion of the laity in the work of the church; its importance, 
and how it can be best secured." This subject (says the 
committee on business) "was forcibly presented." In his 
•address he takes the broad ground that the term "laity" 
includes both sexes, and that religiously there are neither 
male nor female distinctions, but the rights and duties of 
one sex are equally those of both. Ilence it is clear that 
he is nn advocate for female rights, including that of suf- 
frage. 

John" Rockwell, 7 Ins father, was a successful farmer. lie 
began with thirty acres of laud, and increased ii by purchase 
to over six hundred acres, and paid the second largest tax 
in Cornwall, where he lived over sixty veal's, and died in 
1SG2 at the ripe age of seventy-two years, lie was a 
Christian philanthropist, with strong and active sympathies 
for the poor and oppressed of every cla>s and condition. 

His father, Jonx "UocKwm.i,. emigrated from Massachu- 
setts to Vermont very early, and endured many privations 
and hardships incident to that early period. lie bought, 
cleared and cultivated new lands, and reared a family of 
eight children, and died at the age of severity, leaving 
a good properly, and a reputation for honesty, fair-dealing, 
and high-toned Christian integrity. 

His father, Jonx Rockwell, 5 lived to the ripe age of 
ninety-one. He. too, was a tiller of the soil. He was dis- 
tinguished for some eccentricities of character, but was 
universally respected. lie died in Cornwall, leaving a 
third wife to mourn his departure. 

The preceding families descended from John, 9 the elder 
son of William through Joseph, 3 settled in and about Mid- 
dlctown. Conn., onlv a few of whom still reside in that 



40 T II K ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

vicinity. The old burying-ground on the bank of the rl.fr 
in that city contains the remains of a large number of the 
earlier settlers there, and the curious old carvings upon the 
tops of the monuments very generally consist of a human 
face, with wings on each side of the head. Among the 
inscriptions are the following : — 

" Here lies interred the body of Capfam Joseph J!ccJ:irell, who wa3 
chosen Deacon of the first church of Christ in MiddletowD, May 
31st, 170 1. and having served his own generation by the will of God, 
fell on sleep, October 27th, 1742, in the 75th year of his age." 

"A monument sacred to the memory of Deacon William Rockwell, 
who departed this life July 2Sth, A.D. 17G5, JE. 63." 



NEW WSJm COUNTY FAMILIES. 

From these families at Middletown were, doubtless, de- 
scended many of those now residing in the State of New 
York, whom I have not been able to trace directly to their 
origin. Several families also settled in New London county 
at an early date, one branch of which furnishes the follow- 
ing record. Descending from William (1), Samuel (2), 
Joseph (3), James (!), to William (5) and onward, in The 
following order : — 

William." !>. in New Preston, Ct., 1730, rn. Elizabeth 
Reed, 17G0, who was b. 1733. He died at New Preston. 
ITS; 7 !, aged 7-3, and his widow died at Lyme, in 1805, aged 
72. Children: Betsey, b. 17G2, d. 1817; William, b. 1763, 
d. 17G4; Penelope, b. 1766, <1. 1780; Charles and William 
(twins). 1768; William, d. 1801, Charles, d. 1826. 

Charles, 6 b. 1717s, rn. Sally Arnold, d. 1826, aged 53; 
his wile d. 1803. Children: Charles William, 7 b. 1799, d. 
1866, aged ti7 ; John Arnold, 7 b. 1803. 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 41 

Charles William, 7 b. 1799 ; m. Emeline Hall, lS2o ; d. 
180G. Children: Charles llali. 5 b. LS26 ; John,- b. 1829; 
Anna, 8 b. 183 i. 

John Arnold, 7 b. 1803 ; m. Mary W.Perkins, 1831 ; d. 
18G1, aged 58. Children: Alfred Perkins, 5 b. 1834 : John 
Arnold, 8 Joseph P. 8 (Norwich. Conn). 

John. 8 b. 1829 ; m. Annie R. Randall, 18G0. Children: 
Charles Randall, 9 b, 1861 ; William Runyon, 9 b. 1863. 

Alfred Perkins^ 8 b. 1834; m. Katharine Virginia 
Foote, 1S65. Children: Mary Foote, 1). May, 1868 ; d. 
Aug. 1868 ; Frances Beatrice, b. Feb., 1872. 

John Arnold, 8 m. Martha D. Avers, 1868. Has ihree 
sons, Alfred Perkins, Warren. John Arnold. 

Jonx Aknold Rockwell 7 was the younger of two sons 
of Captain Charles Boclcvcell of Norwich, Conn., and was 
born August 27th, 2803. His grandfather was William 
Rockwell, who was born in Preston, Conn., in 1730. His 
mother, Emeline Hall, of Hartford, died when he was an in- 
fant, and he was committed to the care of his aunt. Miss 
Betsey Rockwell. He graduated with honor at Yale College 
in 1822, and choosing the legal profession, he prosecuted his 
preparatory studies with Judge Swift, of Windham, and 
Hon. Calvin Goddard, of Norwich. Having represented 
his District as a Senator in the State Legislature, he was 
elected to Congress in 1845 and served four years in that 
capacity. He was Chairman of the Committee on Claims, 
and introduced the subject of the organization of a Special 
Court of Claims, in 1848 ; and as a result, a Court was or- 
ganized. Among the important measures introduced to 
Congress by him, was that tor the commutation of the 
spirit ration in the navy, for its equivalent in money. 
The last ten years of his lite were .-pent in Washington, 
his professional labors being exclusively in the Court of 
Claims. 



42 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

lie possessed from early life a robust physical nature ; 
his personal appearance and urbanity inspired respect, and 
impressed oven strangers favorably. The exterior cor- 
responded to the interior man ; solidity, symmetry and 
vigor being the characteristic of both. In private and in 
public he exhibited a character marked by honesty, integ- 
rity, " consistency. "In religion, having been a Christian 
professor for thirty years, he admired and accepted the 
theology of Dr. Dwight." " The Bible was a book which 
be both read and studied." "As a citizen, he had 
thoroughly digested his political principles, to which he 
firmly adhered from an honest conviction of their sound- 
ness." ;; As a man, he possessed those genial, social qual- 
ities, about which there will not be a dissenting opinion 
among those who shared his acquaintance." '"Early he 
embarked in measure-; for promoting the moral welfare of 
the city (Norwich) and vicinity, — particularly that of the 
temperance reformation. lie was an earnest and influ- 
ential advocate of this important work." " In nothing 
was he more deeply interested, among the improvements 
witnessed in his native place, than the elevated system of 
instruction." 

The preceding extracts are from his funei-al sermon, by 
his pastor, Rev. Alvau Bond. D.D., Feb. 17, 1801. The 
death of Mr; Rockwell occurred in the city of Washing- 
ton, Sabbath evening, Feb. 10. He died very suddenly, 
having dined as usual, and spent a part of the evening 
with a friend ; but on returning to his lodgings he felt un- 
well and sent for a physician, but died before his arrival. 

Many tributes of respect were expressed by the press 
and by the different bodies with which Mr. Rockwell was 
connected; among others, by Dr. Gurley, chaplain in Con- 
gress and pastor of the church where Mr. Rockwell at- 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 43 

tended in Washington ; by the Board of Directors of tha 
Norwich & Worcester Railroad Company; and. by mem- 
bers of the Bar. and officers of the Court of Claims in 
Washington. In connection with the proceedings of the 
latter body, the following remarks were made by Judge 
Scarborough : — 

'■■ It is hard to realize that the Hon. John A. Kockwt.ll 
is no more. The sad intelligence of his death has filled 
our hearts with the greatest sorrow. But a few days ago 
he was here, in the full vigor of health, interesting and in- 
structing us by the power of his eloquence, and now he has 
passed away. He was a noble, generous, high-handed 
man, an urbane gentleman, a kind friend, a true-hearted 
patriot, a learned jurist, one of the brightest ornaments of 
his profession. The fall of such a man fills us with sad- 
ness and gloom. We feel that in his death this Court 
especially has sustained a great loss. He vas with us at 
our organization, and continued to honor us by his pres- 
ence, and to cheer and sustain us till his life's end. W e 
mourn over him as over one who was near and dear to us. 
We loved him; lie was our brother. But we * sorrow not 
even as others which have no hope.' Though distinguished 
for talents of high order and the purest virtues, and re- 
spected and beloved amongst men, yet the highest honor 
was that he was a follower of the lowly Jesus. He was 
not ashamed of the cross ; he confessed Christ before men ; 
and how consoling and comforting this hope! — him will 
Christ confess — has already confessed —before his Father 
in Heaven." 



44 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY, 



RECORDS OF FAMILIES. 



The following arrangement may make the conne 
more clear than that of lite preceding pages, the right-Lund 
small figure indicating the generation to which the person 
belongs. 

Deacon William Rockwell, 1 b. 1595 ; m. Susanna Cha- 
pin, 1 b. April 5, 1602. "He was a prominent and highly 
respected member of the community, au.l vus buried at 
Sunsetting, forty-five years old." (Windsor, Conn.) Su 
sanna Chopin is said to have been probably his second wife. 
He died May 15, 1640. 

CHILDREN. 

I. Joan,- b. England, April 2.">, 1625; m. Jeffrey Baker. 

II. John, 5 b. England. July 18, 1627. 

III. Mary, 2 probably di«d young. 

IV. Samuel, 5 b. Dorchester, Mass., March 28, 1631. 

V. Ruth,- b. Dorchester, August, 1633 ; m. October 7, 1652, Chris- 
topher Huntington. 
VI. Joseph, 2 date of birth not known, probably 1635. 
VII. Sarah, 2 b. Windsor, Conn., July -i, 1638; m. Walter Gaylord. 

John Rockwell, 2 married (1) Sarah Ensign, May 6. 
1651; d. 1073. She died June, 1G-Vj. He married (2) 
Deliverance Haynes (Haws), Aug., 1662. 

CHILDREN. 

I. Sarah, 8 b. 1653; m. David Hall. 
II. Ruth,»b. 1634; m. Daniel Mix. 
III. Lydia, ; b. 1656; m. Joshua A twater. 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 45 

By Second Marriage. 
IV. Johr..," l>. 1GG3. 
V. Hannah, 3 b. IC65: 

VI. Joseph, 3 b. 1G68 ; m. Elizabeth Foster. 
VII. Elizabeth, 3 b. 1670; m. James Ward. 

Samuel Rockwell, 2 m. April 7. 16G0, Mary Norton. 
of Saybrook, daughter of Thomas and Grace (Well-) Norton. 
of Guilford, Conn. [Windsor record says the marriage was 

in 1658.] 

Rdth Rockwxll. 2 From ill- Huntington Family Memoir, 
bv Rev. E. B. Huntington, the following record of Christo- 
pher Huntington's family is taken : — 

t; Christopher probably accompanied bis mother to TV ind- 
sor, Conn., where ho must have spent his youth. Here he 
warned. Oct. 7, 1652, Ruth, .laughter of William Rock- 
well, a prominent and highly re-pected member of the 
community. Ho removed, probably in the spring of 1651, 
to Saybrook. Here he remained until the spring of 1660, 
when, with a company of the Saybrook colony, who had 
organized themselves into a. church, under the care of Rev. 
James Fitch, he removed to the valley of the Yantic, and 
with his brother Simon, aided in loving the new founda- 
tions o( the new town of Norwich. His name occurs often 
in the earlier records of the town, and always in honorable 
relations. His house-lot was one of the prominent localities 
in the settlement. In 1668, the General Court granted him 
one hundred acres of land, not more than twenty acre? of it 
to be meadow. In 1678, he was appointed town clerk. In 
1685, he was one of the twelve patentees of the town of 
Norwich. In 1 686, his name occurs as one of the committee 
' to make provisions for maintaining the reverend minister.' 
•• His death occurred in 1691, as appears from the probate 
of his a- ill. No stone marks the resting-place of this pioneer 



46 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

of the Norwich settlement. He sleeps, doubtless, not far 
from the banks of the pleasant Yaatic, in the mead 
rest, unmarked, the mortal remai'is of so many of the \ :•_>- 
neers of the early settlement of Norwich." 

CnrLDREN. 

Christopher, 1 b. 1653, d. iu Saybrook in 1655. 

Ruth, 2 b. April 13, 1653, twin with Christopher, prol ably 

died in infancy. 

Ruth, 3 b. in 1658 ; m. Samuel Pratt, of Saybrook. who 
came to Norwich v. ith the early settlers. She died in '. - . 

Christopher, 4 b. in Norwich, Nov. 1, 1GG0, being "the 
first-born of males in the town." He became a prominent 
contributor to the prosperity of the town, and a pillar of 
support to the interests of religion. His character, mc al led 
mainly by the very best of all influences, those of a quiet 
home, in which every-day piety hallows every-day toil, 
over which a sense of duty rules as the deepest incentive to 
its labors and its pastimes alike, unfolded early with every 
element of consistency and strength. In a period of ex- 
posure, and calling for extreme adventure, he be 
resolute and fearless. In an age devoted to the revival of 
a simple and primitive piety, he became an humble, in! xi- 
ble Christian ; and, with the best and amplest means at I is 
disposal, trained himself for the most intelligent and 
tive discbarge of every duty, either to God or the world. 
He was for a long period town clerk, and his son Isaac 
succeeded him in this office. In 1696 he was app< . la 
deacon ; was a practical surveyor, and his decision on clis- 
pub d Ian 1 titles ended all strife. He died April :?*. I '.' "■. 
and was buried on the brow of the hill in the south-east 
corner of the up-town burying lot in Norwich. 

Thomas, 5 b, March 18, 1664; m. Elizabeth Backus. He 



THE "ROCKWELL FAMILY. -17 

aided in laying ^ 10 foundations of Windham, where his 
name occurs in early records, and always honorably. IILs 
.house-lot was in the town of Mansfield, where he, with t«.'a 
others, constituted a new church, lie was ordained a 
deacon, and in the records is styled Captain Thomas Hun- 
tington. His tombstone lias this inscription: "After be 
had served God and his people, Boath in Church & State, 
he fell asleep in Jesus, Nov. 7th, 1732." 

John. b. March 15, 1G66 ; m. Abigail Lathrop, a grand- 
daughter of Rev. John Lathrop, who for non-conformity, 
being a preacher in the first Congregational church organized 
in Loudon, was imprisoned for two years, and on being 
released, came to America in 1634, and became the first 
minister of Scituate, Mass. 

Susannah, 7 b, Aug. 1668 ; m. Capt. Samuel Griswold. 

Lydia, 8 b. 1072. 

Ann.' 3 b. 1075 ; m. Jonathan Bingham. 

CHILDREN, ALL BORN IX "WINDSOR. 

I. Manvb. Jan. 18, ICV,: 1 ; m., Oct. 23,1683, Josiah Loomia. 
II. Abigail, 3 1>. Aug. 23, 1664; d. May 3, 1CU".. 

III. Samuel, 3 b. Oct. 10, 1667; in., Jan. 10, 1694, Elizabeth 

Cray lord. 

IV. Joseph, ' J b. May 22, 1670; n:. Elizabeth Drake. 
V. John/ b. May 31, 1673; ru. Anne Skinner. 

VI. Abigail, 8 ^ April 11, 1G76; m. John Smith. 
VII. Jo.-inh.'b. March 15, 1678; m., Dec. 14, 1713, Kebecca 
Loemi.*, of Lebanon, Conn. 

Joseph Rockwell 3 (son of John*)j man-led Elizabeth 
Foster. 

CUILDKF.S. 

T. John, 1 
II. Joseph, 4 m. Sarah Yeomaus. 



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THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 



III. Edwin,' .1. young. Another child, also d. young. 
V. William, 4 m. Hannah Eisner. 

TO Ed^rd, 4 b. July 33, 1707; m. Hannah Bobbins, July 5, 
1738. 
VIII. Ebenezer, 4 m. Lucy Barber, 1710. 

Samuel Rockwell* m., iu 1694, Elizabeth Gaylord 
« He was chosen Feb., 1716, in the place of a deacon, and 
departed this life May 13, 1725, in the 53th year of te 
age." [Monument in the old East Windsor graveyard.] 
Iiis widow d. 1727. 

CHILDUBN. 

I. Elizabeth, 4 m. Thomas Grant. 

II. Samuel, 4 b. 1702; d. 1725. 

III. William, 4 b. 1704; d. 1725. 

IV. Matthew, 4 b. 17u7; no. Jemima Cook, 1743. 

Joseph Rockwell, 5 « sarjant" (son of Samuel 2 ), m. 
Elizabeth Drake, b. Nov. 4, 1045, daughter of Job and 
Elizabeth (Alvord) Drake. He died June 26, 1733, ag< 

C1IILDKKN, ALT. SORS IX WINDSOR. 

I Joseph, 4 b. Nov. 23, 1695 (grandson of Samuel" ; m. 

Hannah Huntington. 
II Elizabeth, 4 b. Dec. 12, 1698. 

III. Benjamin, 4 b. Oct. 20, 1700; m. Margaret Drake. 

IV James, 4 b. Juno J. 1704 ; m., Nov. 7 1728, Abigail Loom*. 
V. .b.b. 1 b. April 13, 1709; m., Jan. 20, 1736, Miriam I: ..;■ 2en. 
VI. EUzabeth, 4 b. July 24, 171:5 ; m. Jonathan Huntington 

Jons Rockwell,' m. Anne Skinner; d. 1746. She 
was born in 1684 and died in 1756. 



TIIK P.O CK WELL FAMILY. 49 

I. John,* b. 1701 ; d. 1725. 

II. Ann,' 3 b. 1704, 

III. Danic', 4 b. 1707; ra. Margaret Locmiis. 

IV. David, 4 b. 1709; m. Margaret Van Horn. 
V. May, 4 b. 1711. 

VI. Abigail, 4 b. 1713. 

VII. Isaac, 4 b. 1715; m. Desire Munseli; d. 1732. 

VIII. Ebenezer, 4 b. 1717. 

IX. Joel, 4 b. 1719; ra. Surah Drake; d. 1801. 

X. Martha, 4 b. 1720. 

XI. Sylvanus, 4 b. 1723. 

XII. Kaei.ael, 4 b. 172G. 

XIII. John, 4 b. 1728. 

Josiah Rockwell, 3 married Rebecca Loomis of Lebanon, 
Conn., in 1713. 

CRIT.DKEX. 

I. Rebecca, 4 b. 1714. 

II. Euth,«b. 1716. 

III. Josiah, 4 b. 1713; m. Lncy Lathrop; d. 1795. 

IV. EzTa, 4 

V. Waitstiil, 4 b. 1723. 
VI. Eunice, 4 b, 1727; m. Ebenezer Devotion. 

Joseph Rockwell 4 (grandson of John 5 ), m. Sarah Yeo- 
nians. (Susanna.) 

CHILDKE.V, 

I. Samuel. 5 IV. Susanna. 5 

II. Elizabeth. 5 V. Joseph 5 

III. Mary. 5 

Samuel Rockwell* (son of Joseph and Sarah Yeo- 
mans), married Sarah Sheldon in 1775. Children: St?rah, 
b. 1775; Aaron, b. 1777; Jeru?>ha, b. 1780; Samuel, b. 
1782; Rhoda, b. 1785; Elijah, b. 1788, d. 1847; Roswell, 
b. 1702 ; Joseph, b. 1704, d. 1855. 



50 



THE IIOCKIVELL FAMILY. 



Matthew Rockwell, 4 m. Jemima Cook, of East Wind- 
sor, in 1743. He was a physician, clerg3Tnan and deacon. 

He prepared the records of the family down to 1731. ':, 
part. He died in 1782, aged 7.">. 



CHILDREN. 

I. Jemima, 5 b. 1744; d. young. 

II. Samuel, 5 b. 1747; d. young. 

III. Mabel."' b. 1740; d. 1790. 

IV. Lucretia, 5 b. 1756 



CIIILL'KEX, AM. BORN IX WINDSOR. 

I. Joseph, 5 b. March 15, 1715-1G (son of Joseph and Hannal ; 
m. Ann Dodd. 
II. Hannah, 5 b. Dec. 25, 1717; m. Joseph Bidwell. 

III. Jerusha 5 (twin), b. June 5, 1720; the son (twin) died the same 

day. 

IV. Jonathan. 5 b. May 2, 1723. 

V. Samuel, 5 b. March [\ 1723-6; d. Sept. 1727. 
VI. Samuel, 5 b. Jan. 19, 172S; in. Hepzibah Pratt. 

Benjamin Rockwell, 4 m. Margaret Drake. 



I. Margaret. 



CHILDREN. 

II. Samuel.'' 



III. Eliza th. s 



Joseph Rockwf.ii/ (grandson of Samuel-), m. Hannah 
Huntington, b. Norwich, Conn., March 25, LG!>3— 4, 
daughter of 'John and Abigail (Lathrop) Huntington, 
and grand-daughter of Christopher and Ruth (Rockwell) 
Huntington, in L714. lie died Oct. 16, 1746, aged 51. 
She died of small-pox, dan. 18, 1761, aged 07. 

James Rockwell, 4 m. Abigail Loonxis in 17-28. 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 51 

CHILDREN. 

I. James, 5 twin; b. 1728. 

IT. Ebenczcr, 5 twin; b. 1728. 

III. William, 8 b. 1731 ; m. Elizabeth Reed, 1760. 

IV. Abigail, 5 b. 173:3; d. 1734. 

V. Elizabeth, 5 b. 1712. 

VI. Nathaniel,' b. 1746. 
VII. Sybil. 1 

Job Rockwell, 4 m. Mariam Hayden, b. 1703, in 1730. 
He was born in E. Windsor, and died in 17-31. She died in 
1801. 

CHILDREN. 

I. Charles, 5 b. 1737, in E. Windsor; m. Abigail Wolcott. 

IL Miriam, 3 b. 1783 ; d. 1769. 

III. Benjamin, 5 b. 1742; d. 1773. 

IV. Mary, 5 b. 1750; d. 1751. 

Dastel Rockwell, 4 b. in E. Windsor 1707 ; m. in 1733, 
Margaret Loomis, of Lebanon, born in 1709. lie lived in 
Wapping, and his tombstone inscription, he being" a deacon, 

was, " one who honored his holy profession, living and 
dying." lie died in 177.") ; she died in 1789. 

CHILDREN. 

I. Isaac, 5 b. 1733; d. 1734. 

H. Beulah, 5 b. 1735; d. 1741 

III. Mary, 5 b. 173G. 

IV. Abner, 5 1737; d. young. 
V. Lydia. 5 

VI. Benla, 5 b: 1742; d. young. 

VII. Abner, 5 b. 1744; probably.* 

* Abner Rockwell, probably the same born in East Windsor, Conn., 
Oet. 10, 1744. son of Dea. Daniel and Margaret (Loomis) Rockwell, 
(See Stiles'a Windsor, p. 7G4, line 7) joined the church in Stockbridge, 



52 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

VIII. Daniel.* 

IX. Beubh. 5 

X. Noah, s b. 1753; d. 1755. 

XI. John. 5 

XII. Margaret. 5 

David Rockwell. 4 b. 1709 ; m. Margaret VauIIornc, 
of Springfield, Mass., in 1735. Child: Sarah, 5 b. 1737. 

David R. 4 and Makgaket probably hud a son Abraham, 5 
b. 1736 ; who hud a son Amasa, 6 b. 1766. Amasa Rock- 
well, Jr., 7 was born 1707; m. Janet Guard, of requon- 
noek, Conn., in 1816 ; d. 1864. Children: Amasa, b. 1825, 
iu Pequonnock ; Henry II., b. 1831 ; Euretta P., b. 1839. d. 
1846 ; Sarah J., b. 1843, in Groton, Conn. 

Mass., May 6, 1731; Iris wife, Deborah, was baptized and joined the 
church in Stockbridge, Dec. 1L'. 1784. 

He was a blacksmith and came from Stockbridge to Nanticoke, now 
Union Centre, N. Y., in 1792, next after Medad Bradley, and lived 
right we.st of the mill, on the west side- of the road. 
They had children : — 
I. Bosanna, m. in Stockbridge, Oct. 15, 1789, to Solomon Stod- 
dard. She was probably baptized in E. Windsor, Conn., 
Aug. 11, 1771. 

II. Timothy, m. Tubbs. He was probably baptized in E. 

■\Yimkor, August 8, 1773. 
TIF. Elizabeth, ra. Jeremiah Campbell. 

IV. Lucy, baptized in Stockbridge, March G, 1765; ra. Azel 
Ilovey. 
V. Bachael, baptized Stockbridge, March 6, 17S5 ; ra. John 
Tubba. 
VI. Deborah, baptized Stockbridge, March *>, 17s5; m. Amasa 

Norton. 
VII. Dav:d, m. Lois Culver. 

VIII. Abner, baptLed Stockbridge, March 10, 1783; m. Nancy 
Bundy. 
IX. Nancy, baptized Stockbridge, July 22, 1792; died unmarried 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 53 

Amasa Rockwell, 8 m. .Sully Newbury, in 1848. He died 
in 1871. Child: Welcome A., b. 1851. 

IIexky H. Rockwell, 8 m. S. L. Spicer, of Noank, Conxi., 
in 1852. Children: Eddie K., b. in Groton, 1858 ; Graeie 
M., b. 1868. 

Sarah J. Rockwell, 8 m. Charles A. Bailey in 1861. 
Children: Euretta L., b. 1862 ; d. 18G4 ; Eugene L., b. 1864. 

Welcome A. Hock-well. 9 m. Hattie West in 180!). 
Child: WellieR, b. 1870. 

Isaac Rockwell, 4 b. in. 1715 ; m. Desire Munsell in 1764. 
Child: Frances, 5 !). 17C5. 

Joel Rockwell,'* b. in 1710; m. Sarah Drake in 1740. 
Lived in Wapping, E. Windsor, and died in 1801. 

CHILDREN. 

I. Isaac, 5 b. 1742. 
II. Sarah, 5 b. 1744. 

III. Sabiaa, 5 b. 1747. 

IV. Ephraim, 5 b. 1750, 
Y. Su*annah, 5 b. 1753. 

VI. Anne, 5 b. 1755. 

VII. Lucretia, 5 b. 1757. 

Joseph Rockwell, 5 b. in 1715; m. Anna Dodd. He 
died in a fit of apoplexy, Jul}", 177G, aged 01. 

CHILDREN, ALL BORN IN EAST WINDSOR. 

I. Anna, 6 m. Nathan Bass. 

II. John. 6 

HI. Elijah, 8 b. Nov. 14, 1744, O. S. ; m. Lucy Wright. 

IV. Mary, 6 m. William Goodwin. 

V. Jerusha. 6 

VI. Elizabeth. 6 

VII. Gurdon: 6 

VIII. Joseph. 6 

IX. Elihu, 5 lived in Winchester. 



54 THF, ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

Samuel Rockwell, 5 hi. Hepzibah Pratt, b. in E. Hart- 
ford, daughter of Jonathan and Mary (Benton) I'.. 
grand-daughter of John and Hepzibah Pratt, and grcat- 
grand-daughter of John Pratt, one of the original members 
of 3Ir. Hooker's Cambridge Church, and an early settler 
of Hartford, where he died July 15, 1655, leaving a wi low 
Elizabeth, and sons John and Daniel. He died at Cole- 
brook. Sept, 7, 1704, aged 66. She died in 1814. 

CHILDREN'. 

I. Samuel, 6 h. E. Windsor. Fob. IS, 17.J9. 
II. Timothy, 4 in., 1793, Mary Burrall of Canaan. He died Sept. 
4, 1794, aged 31 years. 

III. Solomon, Lap. East "Windsor, Oct. 3, 17G2; d. young. 

IV. Solomon. 6 b. East Windsor, Jan. 20, 1764 ; bap. Jan. 22. 1764, 
V. Reuben, 6 h. East Windsor, Oct. 1, 1765; bap. Oct. 6, 1705. 

VT. Alpha, 6 b. Colebrook, Sept. 21, 17G7. 

VII. Martin, b. Colebrook, 1772. 

VIII. Luman, 6 b. Colebrook; d. Nov., 1777. 

IX. Hepzibah, 6 b. Colebrook; d. Nov., 1717. 

As the record of the descendants of Samuel Rockwell 5 
is given in ; - The Annals of Winchester." just published by 
Hon. John Boyd, who kindly furnished advance sheets for 
the purpose, it is gratefully accepted, and is as follows : — 

"7S01 to ISll.—Tae Rockwell Brothers— Solomon, 
Reuben, Alpha, and Martin — were engaged in the iron 
business in Colebrook, at the clu^e of the last century. 
Their works were <>n the stream flowing out of the mead- 
ows at the centre, which were submerged by their dam. 
making an extensive pond of shallow water ; aud a nuisance 
was generated thereby which caused the death of several 
residents of the vicinity by lever. It consequently became 
necessary to lower their dam and drain the meadows in 



T U E IiOCK WE L L FA MIL Y. 55 

cider to disinfect the atmosphere. This rendered tlie wa - 
power insufficient for their works, and obliged them to 
change their locality. In 1799 they bought the Austin 
Mill and water-power from the lake outlet to Meadow 
street bridge, except the Jenkins & Boyd interest in the 
upper forge, and in 1802 removed one of their Colebroofe 
forges to the site of Timothy Hulbcrt's present Iron Works, 
and, a few years after, built another forge on the site of 
Lathrop & Carton's Lake Stream Cutlery Works. 

"Solomon Rockwell, Esq., came to Winsted this year, 
aud took up his abode in the house built by David Austin, 
Jr.. near the lake outlet, and continued his residence there 
until the completion of the homestead of his after life, now 
owned by his daughter, Mrs. Jerusha It. Boyd. 

"No one of the founders of our village made a deeper 
impress on its institutions and moral character, or did more 
to increase its business and stimulate public improvements 
than Mr. Rockwell. He was the first justice of the peace 
in the Societv, and was the foremost in all measures of 
public and benevolent enterprise. 

•• His profession of faith in the Redeemer was made after 
his fiftieth year, and his subsequent life gave witness of a 
good profession. His faith rested not in abstractions, but 
was manifested in works of love and mercy. After the 
prostration of his body and mind by paralysis his faith 
knew no abatement, but shone cleor and tranquil to the 
closing scene of life. 

" In May , 1835, while present at a fire which consumed his 
woollen factory, he was struck down by paralysis, which for 
some time rendered him helpless and speechless. After a 
partial recovery, a second attack in 1838, followed in a few 
weeks bv a thud, so impaired his bodily and mental powers 
that death was a messenger of mercy rather thau of judg- 



56 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

ment. lie died August 1, 1S38, aged 7 1 J- years ; his wife 
having died before him. Mareh 15, 1837, aged 02, with the 
blessings of the poor upon her. 

"1801. — Deacon Alpha Rockwell, younger brother of 
Solomon, was the first male child, born in Colebrook, as 
indicated by his baptismal name. He came to Winsted in 
1601, and during the same yea*r erected his homestead on 
the corner of Main and Lake streets, where the Bearclsley 
House now stands. 

" Associated in business with his more versatile and 
sanguine brother, Solomon, his vigilance and method, and his 
skill as an accountant and financier imparted to the firm the 
qualities essential to success in its varied and complicated 
transactions. No two brothers ever acted more in accord 
with each other, or were bound together by more sincere 
affection. 

" As a member of society he was active in promoting 
education and good morals. As a father, husband, and 
brother, he was affectionate and loving beyond most men. 
As a Christian he was eminent for piety, and zealously 
efficient in furthering the interests of the church of which he 
was a member and office-bearer. He died in the triumph 
of Christian faith, June i, ISIS, aged 50 years. 

" Though only two of the Kockwell brothers moved to 
Winsted, yet descendants of four of them are now, or have 
been, residents here, while the fifth died childless. 

"Deacon William Rockwell, 1 from England, came to 
Dorchester, Mass., in 1630, thence with the early planters 
to Windsor, Conn., where he d. May 15, 1640. He m. in 
England, Susanna Chapin, b. April 5, 1G02, who m. (2) 
May 29, 1G15, Matthew Grant, and d. November 11, 1666. 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 57 

CHTLOBCX. 

I. Joan,' b. England, April 25, IC25; m. Jeffrey Baker. 

II. John,- b. England, July 13, 1027. 

III. Mary, 5 probably died young; not named in Matthew Gram** 

record. 

IV. Samuel, 2 b. Dorchester, Mass., March 23, 1031. 

V. Hut]),- b. Dorchester,. August — , 1633; m., Oct. 7, 105:. 

Christopher IIuntingTon, and among her descendant :s 
General Ulysses S. Grant, the President of the United 
States.* 

VI. Joseph, 2 date of birth not known ; d. young. 

VII. Sarah, 5 b. Windsor, Conn., July 24, 103S ; in. V,* alter Gay!.:,". 

" S.vmtjel Rockwell,' m., April 7, 1GG0. Mary Norton, c f 

Saybrook, daughter of Thomas and Grace (Wells) Norton, 
Guilford, Conn. 

CILILDREX, ALL BOlt.V IX WINDSOR. 

I. Mary, 3 b. Jan. IS, 1662; m., Oct. 23, 1683, Josiah Loom!-. 

II. Abigail, 3 b. Aug. 23, 1GG4 ; d. May 3, 1005. 

III. Samuel, 3 b. Oct. 19. 1007; m., Jan. 10, 1C94, Elizabeth 

Gavlord. 

IV. Joseph, 3 b. May 22, 1670; m. Elizabeth Drake. 
V. John, 3 b. May 31, 1073; m. Anne Skinner. 

VI. Abigail, 3 b. April 11, 1070; m. John Smith. 

VII. Josiah, 3 b. March 15, 1073; m., Dec. II, 1713, Rebecca 

Loomis, of Lebanon. 

* In the churchyard in Windsor, Connecticut, are a number of 
ancient tombstones erected to the memory of the members of the 
Grant family. Matthew Grant sailed from Plymouth, Er. 
March 30, 1030, in the Mary & John, and arrived at Nantaskct (I 
May 30. Mr. Grant settled at Dorchester, Mass., but in l-.-'-u 
removed to Connecticut, settled with others at New Dorchester. 
afterward named Windsor, where for many years he was principal 
surveyor of land, town clerk and deacon. Here he married Susanna 
Rockwell, then a widow with five children. He died in 1081. aj:a 
eighty. Ruth Rockwell, the second daughter of William and Sus.;r.:.a 



58 TBB SO C K W E T. L F A MIL Y . 

"Joseph Rockwell. 3 'sarjant.' in. Elizabeth Drake, 1 . 
Nov. 4, HIT-"), daughter of Job and Elizabeth (Alvord) 
Drake. He d. June 26, 1733, aged 63 years. 

CHILDREN, ALL BORN IN WINDSOR. 

I. Joseph, 4 b. Nov. 23, 1G95; m. Hannah Huntington. 

II. Elizabeth," b. Dee. 12, 1G93. 

III. Benjamin, 4 b. Oct. 26, 1700; in. Margaret Drake. 

IV. James, 4 b. Juno 3, 1704 ; in., Nov. 7, 172S, Abigail Loornis. 

V. Job, 4 b. April 13, 1709; m., Jan. 20, 173C-37, Miriam Hayden, 

VI. Elizabeth, 4 b. July 24, 1713 ; m. Jonathan Huntington. 

"Joseph Rockwell, 4 m. Hannah Huntington, b. Norwich. 
Conn., March 25, 1G93-4, daughter of John and Abigail 
(Lathrop) Huntington, and grand-daughter of Christopher 
and Ruth 2 (Rockwell) Huntington. lie died Get. 16, 
1.746, aged 51. She died of small-pox, Jan. IS, 1 7 G 1 , 
aged G7 years. 

child;: kn', all coi:x in Windsor. 
I. Joseph, 5 b. March 1">, 1715-1G; m. Anna Dodd. 

II. Hannah, 3 b. Pec 25, 1717. 

III. A son " (twin), b. Juno 5', 1720; d. same day. 

IV. Jerusha 5 (twin), b. June 3, 17:20. 
V. Jonathan/ b. May 2, 1723. 

VI. Samuel, 3 b. March 0, 1725-G; d. Voting. 

VII. Samuel, 5 b. Jan. 19, 1S23; m. Hepzibah Pratt. 



Rockwell, married Christopher Huntington. Their great grand- 
daughter, Martha Huntington, married Noah Grant, :i urea: grai 
of Matthew. From this marriage came a second Noah Grant, a c. - .^ 
tain in the old French war. The third son of this Captain Noah 
Grant, who also bore the name of Noah, resided in Coventry. Con- 
necticut, and had a eon named for Hon. Jesse Root, Chief Justit ■ of 
the Supreme Court of Connecticut, from 1796 to 1607, aud this Jesse 
Root Grant is the father of Clysses S. Grant. 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. ">3 



" JosErn Rockvtell, 5 m. Anna Dodcl. lie died 
J. 17 o, acred CO. 



CHILDREK, All HORN IN tAST WINDSOR. 

I. Anna, 6 m. Nathan Bass. 

II. John.'* 

I'll. Elijah/ b. Nov. 14, 1744, O. S. ; m. Lucy Wright. 

IV. Mary, 5 m. William Goodwin. 

V. Jerusha. 8 

VI. Elizabeth/- 

VII. Gurdon. 8 .- 

VIII. Joseph. 8 ■ 

IX. Elihu, 6 lived in Winchester. 



'•Samuel Rockwell, 5 m. Hepzibah Pratt, b. in East 
Hartford (date unknown), daughter of Jonathan and Mary 
(Benton) Pratt, grand-daughter of John and Hejjzibah 
Pratt, and great-grand-daughter of John Pratt, one of the 
original members of Mr. Hooker's Cambridge Church, and 
an early settler of Hartford, where he died July lo. IGoo. 
leaving a widow Elizabeth, and sons John and Daniel. He 

died at Colebrook, Sept. 7, 1794, aged C6. She died 

— , 1814. 



I. Samuel/ b. East Windsor, Feb. IS, 1759. 
II. Timothy, '" m., 179o. Mary Burrall, of Canaan. He d. Sept. 
4, 1704, aged 34 years, s. p. 
ITT. Solomon, bap. East Windsor, Oct. 3, 17GJ ; d. young. 
IV. Solomon," b. East Windsor, Jan. 20, 17G4; bap. Jan. 22. 1764. 
V. Reuben, 6 b. East Windsor, Oct. 1, 17G5; bap. Oct. G, 17G5. 
VI. Alpha/ b. Colebrook, Sept. 21, 17*37, the first child born ir. 
the town ; hence his name. 
VII. Martin/ b. Colebrook, 177:.'. 
VIII. Laman/ b. Colebrook; d. Nor., 1777. 
IX. Hepzibah, 6 b. Colebrook; d. Nov., 1777. 



60 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

"Etxtait Rockwell, 6 m., Jan. 10, 177.", Lucy Wright, 
b. in Goshen, Conn., Oct. 7, 1756, daughter of Capfc. John 
"Wright. lie was the first justice of the peace, and the life- 
long town clerk of* Colebrook. She died at Colebrook, May 
24, 1830, in her 74th year. He died Aug. 2, 1841. 

CHILDREN-. 

I. Lucy, 7 b. June 8, 1770 : d. April 2, 1778. 

II. Elijah," b. Nov. 0, 1777 ; in. Sophia Ensign, daughter of John. 

III. Lucy, 7 b. Jan. S, 1770; m. Aaron Case, of Norfolk. 

IV. Theron, 7 b. June 5, 1782; m. Clari«sa Treat. 
V. Anno, 7 b. Oct. 9, 1783 ; in. Joseph P. Hurlbut. 

VJ. "Betsey, 7 b. Feb. 18, 1780; m. Dr. Lunian Wakefield. 

" Samuel Rocktweli , 6 a physician, settled in Salisbury, 
Conn. ; afterward removed to Sharon, where he died June 

24, 1836. He married ■ ,1788, Eunice Canueld. 

She died and he married (2), , 1798, Hannah 

Reed. 

CHTLDKEX BY FIRST -WIFE. 

I. Hepzibah, 7 m. Nathaniel 13. Gaylord. 
II. John Canficld, 7 died at Colebrook, unmarried. 

CHILDREN T.y SECOND WIFE. 

III. Mary Ann, 7 b. Salisbury, June 2, 1800; m. Aaron Hawiey. 

IV. William, 7 grad. Yale College Law School : lawyer in Brooklyn, 

N. Y. ; Judge of Superior Court of King's county at the 
time of his death; m. Susan Prince, of Brooklyn. 

"Solomon* Rockwell 6 m. July 2, 1800, Sarah McEwen, 
b. March 2, 177">, daughter of Robert and Jerusha (Doo- 
little) McEwen. She died March 15, 1837; he died Aug. 
1, 1838. ChUd: Jerusha, 7 b. March 28, 1803 ; in. (1) Theo- 
dore Hinsdale ; and (2) John Boyd. 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. G3 

" Reuben Rockwell, 6 of Colebrook, b. in East Wind- 
sor Oct. 1, 17GG, m. Rebecca, daughter of Col. Bezaleel 
Beebe, of Litchfield. 

CHILDREN. 

I. Julius, 1 grad. Yale College; lawyer at Pittsfield, Mass.; rep- 
resentative and senator from Mass. in Congress; and now 
a judge of Supreme court, Massachusetts. 
II. Louisa, 1 m. Giles II. Bass, of Colebrook. 

III. Bezaleel Beebe, 1 of Winstcad, b. Oct. 23, 180J ; ra., April 23, 

1834, Caroline, daughter of Col. Hosea Hinsdale. Cnil- 
dren : 1. Elizabeth.' b. Jan. 8, 1836; 2. Julia, 3 b. Oct. 13, 
1838; 3. Caroline Rebecca, 8 b. June 1, 1840; i. Mary 
Petkin Hinsdale,* b. Sept. 10, 1S44; 5. John Hinsdale, 8 
b. Sept. 27, 1847; d. April 10, 1S4S ; G. Kate Louisa, 3 b. 
June 59, 1850; 7. Lillian, 5 b. Feb. 22, 1854. He resides 
in Winstead, holds the office of assistant assessor of U. S. 
Internal Revenue. 

IV. Elizabeth, 1 living in Colebrook. 

V. Reaben, 1 of Colebrook, m. Aurelia L. Eno; representative 
and senator of Connecticut Legislature, and now holds the 
office of collector TJ. S. Internal Revenue, Fourth Dis- 
trict of Connecticut. 

"Alfiia Rockwell, 6 m. May 20, 1800, Rhoda Ensign, 

b. in Salisbury, ,1775, daughter of John and 

Rhoda (Lee) Ensign. She died Feb. 25, 1817; he died 
May 31, 1818. 

CHILDREN* 

I. Edward. 1 b. Colebrook, June 30, 1801. 
II. Samuel, 1 b. Winchester, April 18, 1803. 

III. Caroline, 1 b. Doc. 27, 1804; m. William Lawrence, of Nor- 

folk, who died at Northampton, Mass., Feb. 22, 18iJ7. 

IV. Cornelia, 1 b. March 23, 1808 ; m. Oct — , 1838, Osmyn Baker, 

of Amherst, Mass., and d. Fob. 12, 1840, learing one 
chiid, William Lawrence, 3 b. Oct. 5, 1839; i: grad. Dart- 
mouth College, 1S5S; made the tour of Europe, 1S<X>; 



C2 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

was commissioned second lieutenant of artillery in the 
regular army, August, 1861; was promoted to first lieu- 
tenant, November, 1SC1 ; was in the battles of Winchester, 
Port Republic, Manassas Heights, Chantilly, South Moun- 
tain, and was killed at Antietam, Sept. 17, 1S62, aged 23 
years." 
V. Delia Kllen, 7 b. Jan. 16, 1811; m., March 28, 1838, Dea. 
Elliot Beardsley, b. Monroe. Conn., Dec. 2'"!, 1801, son of 
Elliot and Abigail (Patterson) Beardsley. He moved from 
South Britain to Winsted, in 1840, and engaged in business 
in company 'with Theodore Hinsdale ; and after the death 
cf the latter became sole owner of one of the largest 
manufacturing establishments in the Society, and managed 
it with consummate ability during his remaining active life. 
Keticent and deliberate by nature and habit, he minded 
his own business entirely, yet had an eye on all that was 
going on around him, and participated influentialiy, 
though quietly, in public affairs. No man in the town was 
more looked to for advising and giving a direction to all 
measures for public interest; and none more respected Tor 
purity of life, religious example, and earnest patriotism; 
he was one of the first office-bearers of the Second Con- 
gregational Church; a Director and President of the 
Winsted Bank; a representative of the town and senator 
of the loth District in the State Legislature, and held 
various other offices. The war of the rebellion opened 
near the close of his active life; — and no citizen of the 
town exceeded him in energetic and persistent efforts to 
aid the Union cause. A slow decay of his physical facul- 
ties, and eventually of liis mental powers, clouded the last 
years of his life, which terminated Jan. 10, 1871. Mr. 

Beardsley, by a former wife, (Johnson), had a 

daughter, Martha K., b. in South Britain, Feb. 13, 1>;.<J, 
now living. 

Children by Second Wife. 

1. Edward Rockwell, 9 b. Jan. 10, 1830; grad. Yale College, 
1S59; m., Jan 10, 18H7, F.mma Adelaide "Watson, b. in 



THE ItOCKirFLL F A MIL Y. G3 

Now Hartford, Jan. .'J'), 1810; has t-v!n sons, Elliot Gay, ? 
and Edward Watson, 9 b. June 4, 1863. 

2. Cornelia.' b. July 27, 1-40; m., Oct. 23, 1867, Rev. Samuel 

Baker Forbes, b. in Westborough, Mass., Aug. 1. 1826, 
son of Nahum and Polly (Davis) Forbes; he grad. Vv'ii- 
liams College, 1855 ; East Windsor Theological Seminary, 
1857; licensed by Hartford Fourth Association, 1856; 
ordained at Manchester. Conn., Oct. 20, 1857; dismissed 
April, 1859 ; resides in West Winsted; bas one child, 
Henry Stuart, 9 b. June 16, 1871. 

3. Sarah Hinsdale,* b. Jan. 9, 1842; m., Oct. 13, 1868, Eugene 

Totter; she d. April — , 1871, at Lexington, Mich., leaving 
a son, Laurence William, b. April 4, 1S71. 

4. Eliiot,' b. Nov. 17, 1S43; d. June 12, 1S62. 

5. Julia Hummer, 8 b. Oct. 1, 1S45; m.,May 28, 1867, George 

F. Barton; Live? at W. Winsted; has children, Elizabeth 
Nichols,' b. April 4, 1869, and George Elliot, 9 b. Dec. 19, 
1370. 

6. Theodore Hinsdale, 6 b. April. 13, 1851; ni., June 15, 1870, 

Alura Francis Harrison, b. in New Milford, Conn., Feb. 
7, 1850; has one daughter, Sarah Harrison. 3 b. May 11, 
1S71. 

VI. Rhcda, 1 b. Feb. 22, 1817; ra., May 2, 1S33, Rev. Clement 
Long, b. in Hopkinton, N. H., Dec. 31, 1807, son of 
Samuel and Mary (Clement) Long; Prof, of Int. and 
Moral Philosophy in Wes. Pes. Coll , O., 1834-1852; Prof, 
of Christian Theology in Auburn Theol. Sera., 1852-1S54; 
Prof, of Int. and Moral Phil, in Dart. Coll., from 1854 till 
ids death, at llanos cr, X. II., Oct. 14, 18G1. 

Children. 

1. Mary, 8 b. in Hudson, O., June 8. 1839. 

2. Samuel Rockwell,' b. Hudson, April 2-3, 1841; d. Aug. 3, 

1842. 

3. Caroline Rockwell, 8 b. Hudson, Oct. 24, 1844. 

4. Julia Russell,' b. Hudson, April 6, 1851. 

.">. Cornetb Baker." b. in Auburn, X. Y., Dec. 5, 1853. 



64 TJIE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

"Maktin Rockwell, 6 of Cclebroolc, in. (1). Mary 
(Burrali) Rockwell, widow of his brother, Timothy Bock- 
well, deceased, and by her had 

CIIir,DREX. 

I. Eliza, 1 who in. Rev. Ralph Emerson, D.D. 
II. Timothy,' who lived in Winsted, until 1827, and thence re- 
moved to Paincsville, O., where he still resides, lie m. 
Helen Mariy, daughter of Seth Marshall, Esq. 

III. Mary, 1 living (1872) in Colehrook. 

IV. Susan/ ni. Rev. George E. Pierce, D.D., minister at liar Lin- 

ton, Conn., and afterwards President of Western Reserve 
College, Hudson, O. 
Y. William^ 1 m. Maria Roberts; d. at Honesdale, Penn. 
VI. Charles, 1 grad. Yale College ; Chaplain 17. S. Navy; clergyman. 
VII. Charlotte, 7 living (1872) in Colebrook. 

'•lie id. (2) Lucy (Beebe) Robins, who survived hira ; 
he died Dec. 8, 1851. 

"Theron Rockwell, 7 m., September 6, 1814, Clarissa 
Treat, born in Hartland, Conn., September 6, 178S, daughter 
of John Treat. They settled in Colebrook, where he died 
January 30, 1848. 

CHILDREN. 

I. James Sidney, 8 b. Oct. 2, 1817; m., Nov. 11, 1844, Catharine 
A. Corley; lives in Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Children. 

1. Ckra,»b. 1817: d. 1851. 

2. Fanny, 9 b. April 17, 1850; m., Nov. 1G, 1870, James Dunham 

Carhart. 

II. Henry Edwards, 8 h. Feb. 12, 1824 ; d. May 20, 1825. 

III. John Treat/ b. Jan. 21, 1827. 

IV. Annie Clarissa.* b. Sept. 2'.), 1832; m., Sept. 28, 187.4, Fred- 

erick Michael Shepard, b. in Norf.dk, Sept. 24, 1827; lives 
in the city of New York. 



TEK ROCKWELL FAMILY. G5 

Children. 

1. Annie TCockwell, 9 b. June 7, 1S5G. 

2. Frederick Michael, 9 b. June 8, 1S58. 

3. Clara Margaret, 9 b. Oct. 12, 1862. 

4. Joseph Minot, 9 b. Aug. 31, 1864. 

5. John Andrus, 9 b. March 15, 13C9. 

"Edward Rockwell, 7 graduated at Yale College in 
1821 ; admitted to the bar at New Haven in 1 825 ; removed 
to Ohio, and was Secretary of Cleveland and Pittsburg 
Railroad Company till 1867, when he resigned and moved 
to New York. He married Matilda du Plessis Salter, of 
New Haven. 

CHI£.I>KEN. 

I. Sarah, 8 m. John M. Isaacs, Cleveland, Ohio. 

II. Matilda, 8 in. George E. Kent, N. Y. 

III. Cleveland, 15 Engineer U. S. Navy. 

IV. Edward,-' d. young. 

11 Samuel Rockwell 7 graduated at Yale College in 
1S25 ; admitted to the ministry in 1828 ; ordained pastor 
at Plainfield, April 11, 1832; dismissed April—, 1841; 
installed pastor of South Church, New Britain, January 4, 
1843 ; resigned his pastorate Juno. 20, 1858 ; elected Rep- 
resentative to the Legislature of Connecticut in 18G2 aud 
18G9, and Senator in 1865 ; Judge of Probate, Berlin Dis- 
trict, since July 4, 1S64 ; Treasurer of Savings-Bank of 
New Britain, from its incorporation in 1802. lie married, 
June G, 1833, Julia Ann Plummer, who died April — , 
1838 ; and he married (2) May •">, 1840, Elizabeth Baton. 
of Plainfield. She died, and he married {■)). July 20, 
1844, Mrs. Charlotte (North) Stanley. Child by first wife: 
George Plummer, 8 b. May 9, 1834. Child by second wife: 
Elizabeth Eaton, 8 b. April 9, 1843 ; d. Match 11, 18GG. 



C5 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

"John Tim: at Rockwell,* m., Dec. II, 1853, Uariette 
Ann Burt, b. April 19, 1830, daughter of Miles C. and Ann 

(Mallorv) Burt. She died Oct. 24, 1855 ; and ho married 
(2), Feb. 20, 1857, Mary Ann Hawley, born m Sharon, 
Conn , June 22, 1827, daughter of Aaron and Mary Ann 
(Rockwell) Hawley ; she died June 5, 185a, and he married 
(3), April 18, 1861, Jane Elizabeth Arcularius, horn in 
New York, May 14, 1828, daughter of Andrew Merrill and 
Eliza Lucretia (Saltonstall) Arcularius. 

CHIT.UREX. 

I. Annie Mallorv, 9 b. March 14, !So5. 

II. T!>eron, 3 b. July IS, 18G3. 

III. Eliza Saltonstall, b. Jan. 2, 1867. 

1\'. James Sidney/ b. July 18, 1868. 

"Ezra Rockwell, this year bought and occupied the 
house on South Street, near Torringford line, previ 
owned by Jehiel and Mabel Bun-, which he sold in 1803. 
He lived in the town some years later." 

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THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 75 

Rev. Jonathan Lee 4 (son of David Leo and Lydia 
Strong) "was bom in 1718, in. Elizabeth Metcalf, daughter 
of Rev. Joseph Metcalf, of Falmouth, Mass. He married 
(2), in 1702, widow Love Brinkerhoff, of Fishkill, and 
daughter of Rev. John Graham, who was born in Edin- 
burgh, a son of the Duke of Muntrose. Mr. Lee graduated 
at Yale in 1742, and was settled in Salisbury, Conn., for 
forty-four years. His first church edifice, in 174.-1, was a 
log-house, without plaster or paint. "His wife had no 
dowry but her personal charms and her Christian graces. 
Without a table or chairs she kept house and lived happily. 
He drew home his wood on a hand-sled, carried his bag of 
grain to mill on his back, and walked four miles to meeting 
every Sabbath." His salary was £4.5, and never increased. 
Elizabeth Metcalf Mas a grand-daughter of Wni. Adam- 
and Alice Bradford, who was a daughter of Deputy Gov. 
Wrn. Bradford, major of the - Plymouth troops that fought 
King Philip, and a son of Got. Win. Bradford, of 
Plymouth. 

The children of Jonathan Lee and Elizabeth Metcalf 
were eight ; four sons and four daughters. Rhoda Lee,*' 
daughter of Jonathan 4 and Elizabeth Metcalf, was born 
February 13, 1753. and married John Ensign of Falls Mi- 
lage, Conn. She died in March, 1812. 

The children of John Ensign and Rhoda (Lee) Ensign 
were Ely, John, Charles, Betsey, Polly, Rhoda, Sophia, 
Lois, Susan, and Love. 

Rhoda Ensign, b. 1775, in. Alpha Rockwell, 6 of "Win- 
chester. 

Sophia Ensign, b. 1781, in. Elijah Rockwell, 7 , of Cole- 
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"*& THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 



SETTLEMENT OF C0LEBR00K. 



The town of Colebrook is one of the seven towns 
patented to Hartford and Windsor, by the Colony of 
Connecticut in 1720. In the reign of James II. Sir 
Edmund Andros was sent over to demand the Charters of 
the several New England Colonies ; Connecticut, in the 
expectation of losing its Charter, granted ;; to the planta- 
tions of Hartford and Windsor those lands on the noith of 
Woodbury and Mattatack, and on the west of Farmington 
and Simsbury to the Massachusetts line north, to run west 
to Housatonic or Stratford Rivers ; provided it Le not a 
part of it granted to any particular person, to make a 
plantation or village on." This grant was made January 
2G, 1GSG. Subsequently, the risk of loss being over, Hart- 
ford and Windsor insisted on the grant as good and valid, 
while the colony regarded it as but a plan adopted to save 
the lands of the colony from the grasp of Sir Edmund 
Andros. The controversy was long and violent, continu- 
ing until 1720, when, in accordance with a report of a 
legislative committee, it was agreed that the lands should 
be divided between the colony and the two towns, the 
colony to retain the western, and the two towns the east- 
ern division. Accordingly, in May, 1720, a patent was 
granted to Hartford and Windsor of one half of said 
lands. Subsequently, In May, 17:52, the land of the two 
towns was divided between them, Hartford having the 
townships of New Hartford, Hartland, Winchester, and 



THE LOCK WELL FAMILY. it 

the eastern half of Harwinton , and Windsor receiving, as 
its share, Torrington, Barkhamsted, Colebrook, and ike 
western half of Harwinton. The name of Harwinton is 
said to have been given from this circumstance, taking the 
first syllable of each of the towns to which it originally 
belonged — Har and Win, and adding the termination, ton 
(Hartford and Windsor town). 

In April, 1732, the inhabitants of Windsor divided the 
three and a half towns among a certain number of pro- 
prietors, and the General Assembly passed an act of incor- 
poration, vesting in the proprietors all necessary power to 
dispose of the lands to individuals. Torrington, said to 
contain 20.021 acres, was granted to Matthew Allen and 
Roger Wolcott, Esquires, aud to the rest of the proprietors 
of said Torrington. The second was Barkhamsted, con- 
taining 20.531 acres, granted to Capt. Thomas Moor, 
Lieut. Jonathan Ellsworth, and the rest of the proprietors. 
Colebrook, containing 18,100 acres, was granted to Capt. 
Samuel Wheeler, Henry Wolcott, and others. 

The town of Colebrook was surveyed and laid out in 
17G0 into seventy-nine rf'jhts, that being the number of the 
original proprietors. Sixty acres were laid out as a minis- 
terial lot, to be the property of the first Orthodox minister 
who should be settled in the town ; one hundred acres as a 
parsonage, for the use of the ministry ; one hundred acres 
as a school lot, for the benefit of common schools ; and ten 
acres as a parade, to build a meeting-house on. The com- 
mittee, who laid out the town, were Pelatiah Mills, Josiah 
Phelps. 2d. James Rockwell, of the fourth generation from 
Deacon William, Ephraim Wolcott, and Nathaniel Tiller. 

The first settler in the town was Benjamin llorton, in 
December, 17G5 ; Joseph Rockwell, from East Windsor, 
arrived with his family only a few weeks later, January 16, 



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17GG ; Joseph Seymour, in February or March following; 
Nathan Bass, who married Anna Rockwell, in April or 
'•;'"' May ; and Samuel Rockwell, in February, 17G7; the last 
two families, al<o, from East Windsor. 

The whole town was an entire forest, covered with heavy 
timber, and had been resorted to by a hunter, from "Wind- 
sor, fur many years previous to its settlement, who -came 
and camped out a part of the year, for the purpose of 
shooting deer, bears, and other wild animals, with which 
this section of the State abounded. The early settlers had 
had little or no experience in clearing lands, and were gen- 
erally poor ; and, in consequence of the heavy growth of 
the forest, the transformation into fruitful fields and well- 
cultivated farms was slow and protracted. The usual 
mode of clearing the lands was to girdle the timber by 
cutting entirely around each tree near the roots, bv which 
process the tree was killed, and in about three years the 
limbs would fall off to so great an extent that they could 
be cleared otT; and the ground was thou sown with rye and 
with it herdsgrass and white clover. The average crop of 
rye was twenty to twenty-five bushels per acre. The land 
thus cleared produced good crops of grass ; and, after 
seven or eight years, the remaining work of the clearing 
was performed. Good crops of wheat or rye were then 
raised, but Indian corn was not a very profitable crop. 
Peach-trees flourished, and in favorable situations soou 
came to maturity ; but apples and other fruits did not then 
succeed very well. 

The high prices at which the lands were held bv the pro- 
prietors, with other causes, tended to retard the inerease of 
population, there being only two hundred and seven in- 
habitants at the end oi' ten years from the settlement ; in 
178:? there were only forty-eight families and a population 



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of two hundred seventy-two. The intervening period being 
tii i'. of the revolutionary war, that fact accounts in part for 
the sJow advance of population. The first town meeting 
was held December 18, 1779. Though neither the popula- 
tion of the town, nor the amount of property, entitled it 
to representation in the General Assembly, yet the burdens 
and calamities of the revolution fell on them in common 
with others throughout the country. Portions of their 
militia were frequently called into service, and several of 
the j'oung men were in the Continental finny, and some- 
valuable citizens lost their lives in the war. Not a single 
tory — as those were called v,ho opposed the revolution — 
resided in the town, the only one ever living here having 
left, as he was an Englishman. 

The civil and prudential concerns of the town were 
generally managed with discretion and economy, and the 
people were to be much commended for their exertions to 
"establish and support schools. In 1781 the town was or- 
ganized into two school districts, though neighborhood 
schools had been previously kept up. Ten pounds per 
year were paid out of the town treasury to each district, for 
the support of schools. In 3 78(3, when the State was 
divided into school societies, there were six districts in the 
school society of Colebrook. The school lot of one hun- 
dred acres, laid out on Farmington River, was sold in 1775. 
and the interest applied to the support of schools. There 
was found to be a strip on the north line of the town, where 
the State line was located, which, when the town was laid 
out, was supposed to be in Massachusetts. This strip, with 
the school lot, sold for the sum of $1,712.84, which, with 
the amount received from the State, has given an average 
sum of §o7o.G0 per year for school purposes. The number 
of children between 4 and 16, in 1820, was 396 ; in 1S29, 



80 T H i: ROCKWELL FA M 1 LY. 

the number was 363. Tn 1794, the town was requin 
have its polls numbered and the estates assessed, and 
next year the first Representative to the General Ass< i ' ly 
was chosen. In 1800, the population was 1,004 1 and in 
1830, it was 1,333, probably the largest number that it has 
ever had. 

In 1770, Richard Smith, from England, built a forge in 
Colebrook, — now known as the ; - Old Forge" place, — and 
carried it on until the revolution, when, being opposed to 
the war, he returned to England, and never came back. Ik- 
left this forge and a furnace at Salisbury, which was carried 
on through the war by the State of Connecticut, and used 
in casting cannon and ball for the defence of the coi 
Jacob Ogden, from New Jersey, was employed by Smith, 
and carried on the work at the forge when Smith left, on 
his own account, and received the whole avails during the 
war. 

The first person buried in the old bury big-ground, and 
probably the first in the town, was Lydia Mason Wright, 
wife of John Wright, who came from Goshen in 1769, and 
whose daughter Lucy was married to Elijah Rockwell. 

The town was organized as an Ecclesiastical Society in 
178G, when a tract one mile square was taken from Win- 
chester and annexed to the Society, with a number of 
inhabitants. Ecclesiastical and school societies in Co: nec- 
ticut were co-extensivc, but did not correspond in all cases 
to town limits. 

A controversy of many years' continuance in regard to 
the building and location ni' the meeting-house caused a 
great deal of excitement and difficulty in the town, the ' - 
pute being as to its location at a certain point north or 5 
of the stream running through the central part of the town. 
At one time, after the place had been agreed upon, and the 



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limbers procured, the people renewed the strife, and the 
timbers were piled up for a long time ; then the] e was 
raised after another partial settlement of the difficulty, and 
then an effort was made to remove it from its site, near 
where the house of Martin Rockwell was situated, to a place 
north of the stream ; but} after drawing it about sixty rods, 
it was found loo difficult a matter to take if across the 
valley, and it was allowed to stand on the brow of the hill 
on the present site of the house of Reuben Rockwell. The 
controversy had lasted fourteen 3-ears before the final 
settlement, ending in 1794, when "The delusions of party 
feelings and obstinacy seemed in a measure to vanish, 
and sober reason and consideration to resume their 
influence." 

About the first of Sept., 170o. Jonathan Edwards, D. D., 
commenced preaching here, and after a short time was 
invited to settle on a salary of one hundred pounds, which 
he accepted, and was installed Dec. 80, 1795. During the 
unhappy controversy respecting the location of the church, 
a number of people, principally in the northern part of the 
town, embraced the Baptist persuasion, and in 17'J-">, Elder 
Rufus Babcock was ordained their pastor, his church and 
congregation being composed of people in Colebrook, Nor- 
folk and Sandisfield. A meeting-house was built in the 
north part of the town for this society, and Elder Babcock 
continued the pastor until 1628, when, at the age of seventy 
years, he resigned. 

Joseph Rockwell, 5 removed from East Windsor to Cole- 
brook in January, 177G, bis family being the second that 
settled in the town, the lust being that of a Mr. Horton, 
■whose house was on the high ground about an eighth of a 
mile easterly of the present residence of Levi Cooke, lie 
died in a tit of apoplexy in July, 177G. aged 03. lie was 



82 rni: rockwell family. 

called "Capt. Rockwell," having been chosen captain of 
the first milii La company formed in the town in 1774. The 
commission given to him is still in the possession of Joseph 
TV. Rockwell, of Southwiek, Mass., a great-grandson. It 

is dated - ; Oet. 14th, 1774," and signed by "Jonathan 
Trumbull, Esq., Captain-General and Commander-in-Chief 
of His Majesty's Colony of Conn., in New England." 

John* Rockwell, the oldest son of Joseph, lived in Cole- 
brook until about the year 1790, when he removed to 
Sonthwiek, Mass. lie was a lieutenant in the army during 
the first two years of the revolutionary war. He was a 
worthy, honest man. His wife was a native of vSaybrook, 
Conn. 

Elijah Rockwell, 6 was born in East Windsor, Nov. 2-5, 
1744, removing with his father's family to Colebrook. when 
he was about 21 years of age. lie was the first and only 
Justice of the Peace in the town for a number of years, ami 
as there was no settled pastor in the town, he had a large 
amount of business in performing the marriage ceremony 
for a population extending man}* miles around. He was a 
member of the first church gathered in Colebrook by Rev. 
Dr. Edwards (sou of Pies. Edwards), in 170.'.. and for 
many years was the only surviving member of that original 
organization. Few men have passed through a very 
long and useful life with more sincere respect from his 
acquaintances, for his integrity and the sterling qualities 
of his character. lie lived to the age of over 97 years; 
and although his infirmities for man}' of his later years pre- 
vented any participation in the active affairs of life, be 
retained his mental faculties to a remarkable degree, and 
spent many hours daily in reading. 

The sermon at the funeral was preached by Rev. Mr. 
Ives, in which he says : — "On the 10th of January, 177.">. 



TITE ROCKWELL FAMILY. S3 

he united in marriage relation with 3Iiss Lucy Wright, 
with whom he lived in the enjoyment of much conjugal 
happiness and comfort for fifty-six years, until her death, 

which took place in May, 1830. In December, 1779. he 
was elected Town Clerk or Register, to which office he 
was annually ve-clected for thirty-eight year?, and Town 
Treasurer for the same period, except three years. For 
sixteen years he was the only civil magistrate in the town, 
and was also much employed abroad in arbitrations and 
other causes of reference- He was one of those who first 
represented the town in the State Legislature in Oct.. 1796, 
find for a number of succeeding sessions; and frequently 
afterwards sustained that office. While in commission as 
magistrate, he joined one hundred twenty-seven couples in 
the marriage relation." 

He wrote in a memorandum some of tne principal events 
of his life. We find the following entry among others : — 
" Yesterday I completed the CGth yeav of my life, it being 
the Sabbath day, Nov. 25, 1810. I have lived to see more 
days than my lather or either of my grandfathers. Yet 
through the goodness of that Being of whose Providence I 
have been the continued care from my infancy to the 
present time, I am yet enjoying a good degree of health. 
My vital system seems to-be yet in tune, and I see not, if 
it should -be the will of God, but my constitution may hold 
out for some years yet to come. If that should be the 
case, my humble desire is, that they may be spent to the 
honor and glory of that merciful Being from whom 1 
receive every good." 

It will be observed that he lived thirty-one. years after 
this time. Again, on his C9th birthday, he wrote: — "I 
have now entered the 70th year of my age, and what have 
I been doing? I have been wafted down tiie current of this 



84 THE BOCK WELL FAMILY. 

wx>rld like a float on water;.! have had some sweel 
short intervals of rest on the shove, but the first boi tei 
wind or vise in the current has drawn me on again. 
is very certain I shall never merit salvation by my • 
resolutions or good works. I can have no rational 1 ; .• 
but from the mercy of God, through the merits of Christ." 
A similar entry was made on his 71st birthday : — i- I hi ve 
now entered on the 7_d year of my life, and I think 1 i 
humbly say they have keen spent more in prayer and n 
tation and keen less ensnared with the vanities of this 
Meeting world than heretofore." 

One who was familiar with the later years of his lit' . in 
an account of her impressions of him and his fan . 
writes : — 

"I have a very delightful impression of your gn L- 
father. He always came to our house Sabbath noons, i .. i 
used to sit in one of the large arm-chairs in a particular 
place in the room, lie walked, ever since I remember him. 
with his hands behind him. He and your grandmother 
used to sit in the minister's pew in the old meeting-la 
I suppose as a token of respect. 

"I can almost see that family group at your grand- 
father's, as it was, when 1 used to go down there with 
Sophia and Lucy Ann to stay over night. Your :_ 
father read at family prayers in Scott's Bible, and hi- '■ Lfe 
sat beside him. Then there were Uncle Theron and Aunt 
Clarissa and Aunt Lucy, with James, silting in a I 
chair beside her. I loved your grandmother dearly. : 1 
remember when she was buried how very dark and gle 
the grave looked. At prayer your grandfather stood, as 
was the custom then, and all the family stood also. 

k ' I think' your Aunt Lucy A\as a remarkable woman, of 
the genuine New England type. Your grandfather used 



THE UOCKWELL FAMILY. 85 

to say, il must be a very stormy Sabbath that kept Lucy 
from meeting. Her old age wa fragrant with good works 
and alms-deeds. 

"Mrs. Hurlbut (Anna) was also an exceedingly sensible, 
kindly woman, and very genial. Her old age was pecu- 
liarly sweet and beautiful, it was said. 

" Mrs. Wakefield (Betsey) was considered a woman of 
excellent understanding." 

The writer of the above familiar notes closes with tin 
request to be excused for this sketch, as it was -not for 
publication^ but a sort of safety-valve for the love and 
honor" in which she holds the memory of the family; but 
the descriptions are too appropriate to remain untold, 
while anything is said. 

It was when Squire Elijah Rockwell 6 was more than 
eighty years of age that the temperance reform in Connect- 
icut made an advance in its doctrine, and total abstinence 
from the use of all intoxicating liquors as a beverage was 
advocated. Up to this lime it was a common thing for the 
fanners of the town, who had large and thrifty orchards, 
to store in their cellars, in the fall of the year, large quan- 
tities of cider,— from thirty to fifty barrels, or more,— for 
the consumption of the family during the year. It may 
be said, however, that in those days the families were 
usually larger than at present. The large pitcher of cider 
was then a constant occupant of the table, and the jug was 
a regular visitor to the held of labor. But, despite the 
long-continued conformity to this usage, on the part ot 
Mr. Rockwell, he resolutely abandoned the use of cider 
from this period till the end of his days. 

Elijah Kockwlll, Jr., 7 as he was called, at an early 
age became a clerk in the store of Bissell Hinsdale, in the 
south-east part of the town; and subsequently became a 

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THE ROCKWELL F A 31 1 L T . 



merchant, having a large trade at the "Centre," at 
time being the purchaser of very large quantities oJ 
produce of the farms throughout an extensive regi< □ :" 
the country around about. This consisted largely, in tl se 
days, of ehee.se and butter, and in the fall of the year 
there was a busy time in packing and sending' s£ :'. is 
material to Hartford, to be thence shipped to New York 
or Philadelphia. The transportation was done by wag. ns, 
as there was then no other mode of conveyance. A 
number of the teamsters thus employed were from Canton 
and vicinity, who, living at a convenient distance from I ;:'.: 
Colebrook and Hartford, were expected to leave their 
homes very early in the morning and come to Colebrook 
for their loads, and return so as to remain at home ever 
night. The next day, proceeding to Hartford, they un- 
loaded, and probably took something for loading in return. 
in the shape of salt, molasses, sugar, rum. or dry g >is, 
and with this reached their homes again at evening, and 
were read}" for another earl}' start to Colebrook on the suc- 
ceeding day. 

About the year 1817, 3Ir. Rockwell, having met with 
serious losses in connection with manufacturing operations, 
failed in business, and the remainder of his life was sj ". 
after about 1837, upon a rough farm on "Sandy Br .." 
about a mile and a half from the Centre. He maint: 
in all his business transactions, the confidence and res] 
of the community in the highest degree, re eiving I 
uniform testimony to the end of his life, that he was "an 
honest man." 

Rev. Alfred E. Ives, pastor of the Congregational el arch 
in Colebrook, at the time of the death of Hon. Tl 
Rockwell, 7 in the course of the fuueral sermon preaeh(.d by 
him, used the following language : — 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. Ot 

"Theron Rockwell was born June 5, 1732. and died Jan. 
30, 1848. Id prosecuting my design 1 will refer to 

" 1. Some of the natural characteristics of his mind. 
The God of nature had done more for him than for many 
others. His intellectual being was of a generous order. 
His mind was of large capacity, of more breadth and depth 
than is commonly found. It was endowed with a strong 
oxasp, a capacity readily to seize a truth — an individual 
or comprehensive truth — and to hold it with a steady 
and firm tenacity. It was a far-reaching mind. There 
was an intellectual vision that could look over a wide 
field and see with much distinctness distant objects. He 
was distinguished from those who, from habit or inability. 
rarely look far beyond themselves, or take into their 
mental vision truths that are remote; and who, in con- 
sequence, as they advance, arc often stumbling on objects 
which might have been anticipated, but which they did 
not foresee. He was endowed with an ability to appre- 
ciate things justly ; to canvass a subject, to analyze it, to 
discriminate between its elements, to seize the important 
points, talcing them all in. and to estimate their due rela- 
tive importance and their influence ; and thus to anticipate 
with truthful sagacity the result of a given course of action. 
lie was gifted with a judgment of great accuracy — a judg- 
ment that could hold itself unbiased by interest and feeling, 
by the opinion and the excitement of others ; that could shut 
out the influence of prejudice— a judgment not liable to 
mistake desire and hope for conviction. 

< : His mind was well balanced. There was no one over- 
powering faculty, too strong for all the rest, and running 
often into excess ; no evident defect, a source of miscar- 
riage to all the rest. It was a mind sitting well poised with 
much steadiness, not easily thrown from its equanimity. 



88 THE ROCK W B L L F A U ILY. 

• ; His mind was capable of easily grasping and B ' g 
pleasure in abstruse and metaphysical questions. 1! • was 
disposed to extend his researches to ultimate truths, and 
did not Vest confidently till he had attained them. Yet he 
was a decidedly practical and business man — he might be 
regarded as eminently such. His mental qualities were 
naturally superior and in very just proportion. His qual- 
ities would have made him eminent if devoted to letters. 

-These mental qualities were coupled with a natural 
disposition of great amiability and kindness. Affability 
and condescension were united to nobleness of mind and 
elevated aim. 

■*'■ 2. His attainments — the improvement of his facull .• 3. 
His mind was kept constantly active. He was a man of 
much reading, and reading of a solid character. He was a 
discriminating reader and hearer, constantly exercising his 
own judgment* admitting or rejecting with caution the mat- 
ter presented him, treasuring up general truths, and knowing 
how to apply them. His memory was retentive. He was 
exact in his information. He was well versed in general 
literature ; well informed on all subjects pertaining to the 
o-eneral welfare — on the political and moral questions that 
especially interest the community. His intelligence and 
abilities were surpassed by very few who have not enjoyed 
the advantages of a liberal education and superior to many 

who have. 

« He was constantly and rapidly progressing in knowl- 
edge. His desire and efforts for this end were equal to, 
perhaps greater, up to the time of his last sickness, than 
those at any period of his life. His last years were the 
years of his greatest improvement. His mind, in conse- 
quence, though advanced towards the evening of life. 



THE nOCKWEZL FAMILY. 

retained the vigor and activity and elasticity of former 

d£l « S 3 in-. r*Zfyfe,u character. His mind and his attain- 
ts were sanctified. He was a man who feared God 
1Iis trust and hope were in Jesus Christ alone. He walked 
in faith The unseen world was much in his thong - 

"Ilia religion evinced prominently light principle as its 
great constituent. He was susceptible of strong emotion 
and deep religious feeling; but they seemed always ^chast- 
ened into strict propriety, and not suffered to ru» above ,a 
cheerful and healthful glow. He was unlike those who,e 
rcli o. io n i3 principally manifested in the kindling up of 
regions affection and passion, which glow with ml 
heat for a time, till they seem wholly to hum out-leaving 
behind only ashes and cinders-leaving the soul ^oreucd 
and vitrified, and deadened to all susceptibility to toth till 
the healing influences of time and nature have repaired the 
evil With him it was the principle of obedience and love 
-unifovm in its action, consistent in its movements, high- 
toned in its character, and- sure in its operation. His hie 
was characterized bv obedience to God in all things, obedi- 
ence at all tin.es. Christian principle in him showed 
_it was alwavs active ; never obtrusive, but rather retiring, 
it was vet seen of all, contrasting strongly with the dark- 

nessof the world. _ 

ic Vs a sure consequence, he was a growing Chnstian. 
There was a manifest healthful increase in the quantity 
and tone of his piety. He seemed evidently to belong to 
the class of the righteous who shall hold on their way, to 
those of clean hands who grow stronger and stronger. Ui: 
path was like the shining light which shin,th more and more 
unto the perfect day. . 

-These qualities, brought into action under the impulse 



90 rm: rockwell family. 

of his characteristic benevolence, made him eminently use- 
fill in the community. As a counsellor he had few equals. 
On questions of difficult}' and intricacy and uncertainty, .to 
most minds wholly dark, man}- hare occasion to remember 
with gratitude the advice which he was always ready cheer- 
fully to impart. In various offices of public trust, including 
both branches of the Legislature of the State, he served 
faithfully his generation. In the church of God he was a 
pillar, and his fall will be felt as a serious shock. He 
the light and the joy of his household, where his parental 
authority, generally unfelt, unsuspected, like the law of grav- 
itation, Was yet efficient, while his society gave a charm to 
home which made it above all other places desirable to his 
children. As a man of business he was enterprising, judi- 
cious and successful. His was a life, his a character, his a 
type of piety, which ought to be held up for the imitation, 
for the emulation of others — a character on which, amid so 
much surrounding imperfection and depravity, it is oleasant 
to dwell." 

Horace, 8 the eldest son of Elijah Rockwell, Jr., died at 
the age of 22. 

Henry Ensign 8 (the writer) hud a good opportunity 
for a common-school education — Litckiield county, and 
especially the town of Colebrook, po-<essing. in the time 
of his youth, the model schools of the county. He com- 
menced teaching early in his native town, and studied with 
Rev. Samuel R. Hall, at Andover, in 1833 ; and, in his 2-">th 
year, having prepare:! himself in the intervals of labor, by 
study with Rev. Edward R. Tyler, lie entered Yale College 
in the autumn of 1835. In his Sophomore year, being 
invited to return to Winsted, where lie had previously 
taught, lie left college, with the approbation of the Presi- 



THE ROCKWELL F A .1/ ILY. 91 

dent, Rev. Jeremiah Day, unci remained as the Principal of 
Lhe Winsted High School about twelve years. In the winter 
of 1849 he went to "Washington as an official reporter in the 
U. S. Senate, retaining this position until the spring of 1854. 
Perhaps no other instance can be found, of a man becoming 
a successful short-band writer, after reaching the age of 37, 
a< was done in this case, his position for many years having 
been in the front rank of phonographers. He was for some 
time connected with the " Department of Education," as a 
clerk, while Hon. Henry Barnard, LL. D., was Commis- 
sioner; and, also, with Gen. John Eaton. Jr., as Commis- 
sioner of the Bureau of Education, and was for more than 
twenty years the reporter of the proceedings of the American 
Institute of Instruction. 

Horace T. 9 is the senior partner of the firm of Rockwell 
& Churchill, printers, and publishers of this volume. 

Henry L. Rock-well, 9 second son of Henry E., went to 
Chicago when about 14 years of age, and was a clerk in a 
dry goods store there till the gold excitement in Colorado 
drew him in the direction of Pike's Peak, lie made the 
journey on foot from St. Joseph, among the early settlers 
of the territory ; was engaged in mining, with - varying suc- 
cess, until the war, when, in August, 1861, he enlisted in 
the First Colorado Cavalry, and was promoted to be a First 
Lieutenant and Regimental Quartermaster. He died sud- 
denly, at the age of 28, having served honorably thn 
lhe war. The following tribute to his memory was paid by 
Major J no. C. Anderson, at the time of his burial, in Acacia 
Cemetery, Denver, Colorado: — 

" We arc again assembled at the tomb ; our companion, 
at our feet, — robed for that sleep from which there is no 
awakening, — is at rest. The manhood, endearing him to 
us all, has been transported to an existence, let us hope, 



92 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

near the person of the Grand Commander of ' all armies :' 
added to the ranks of the nation's glorious dead. II \ has 
gone where the blast of war'- dread clarion is never . 

— nor the shock of battling legions. 

"Lieut. Rockwell- was horn in Litchfield county. Conn., 
and at the hour of his decease had attained the age of 
twenty-eight years. He became early a citizen of Colorado 

— a frontiersman in vicissitude and fortune. But forg 

of ideal expectations of a golden harvest, he was among the 
first to respond to the call of our martyr President. He 
enlisted as a private in Capt. Cook's Independent Voln 
Company, which was subsequently associated with and 
known as Company F, First Colorado Cavalry. He was 
early appointed Commissary Sergeant. In November, 1SG2. 
he was promoted to Second Lieutenant : subsequently re- 
ceiving the appointment of First Lieutenent and Regimental 
Quartermaster. He was honorably discharged in the year 
18G5, at the expiration of his term of service, lie partici- 
pated in the several engagements of his regiment and sh: red 
the glory of its victorious conflicts, resulting in the expulsion 
of the proudly advancing intruder from the soil oi^ our neigh- 
bor. New Mexico. Upon return to citizen life, he became 
associated with the First National Lank of Denver ; after- 
ward engaging in mercantile pursuits at Fort Sanders, D. T. 
A disposition of his interests in the far west was suc< i 
by a return to the scenes of his early years and a protracted 
visit to friends. Let inning again to the charms and fasci- 
nations of western life, in the fall of 1S6S, lie accepted a 
position as Teller in the Banking House i>t' Rogers & Co., 
at Cheyenne, Wyoming. Being called to Lear Liver upon 
matters relating to business, he was stricken down with 
appalling suddenness, without a note of warning. 

"He fell in the prime of manhood; in the promise of 



THE HOC K WE L L FAMILY. 93 

increasing usefulness, Here, we bid farewell to all that 
remains 10 us of him, on earth, with a trust that he has 
entered into the joys of a blissful immortality: 'an 
eternity' that knows no death, no parting, no sorrow. 
The ills, the misfortunes, the ever varied anxieties of life, 
its joys, or its frowns, have for him, no more, a care. No 
more shall his genial heart respond to friendly smile. ZS'o 
more heed to the roar of battle ; the loud peals of defiant 
conflict ; the impetuous ranks ; the swift-forming columns ; 
the glittering arms; the fearful charge; the standard: 
triumph ; victory — none will again animate his manly 
courage." 

The customary honors were paid to the departed soldier 
and the last sad offices of the living to the dead closed the 
scene. 

Ebenezer Rockwell, 4 m. Lucy Barber in 1749. She 
died in 17oo. 

CHILDREN-. 

1. Ebenciier, 5 b. 1752. 
II. Azubah, 5 b. 1755. 

N.vmAxiF.L Rockwell, 5 m. (1) Anu Bullen ; (2) Sarah 

. He was born in 1746, and died in 1822, aged 76. 

His second wife died in 1810, aged GS. 



I. Huldah. 6 V. Martin.* 

II. Tvuth. 6 VI. George.* 

III. Nathaniel. 5 VII. Sophia. 6 

IV. John. 8 

Charles Rockwell, 5 b. 1737, in East Windsor, m., 1764, 

Abigail Wblcott, b. 1741. He died in 1777, aged 40. 
She died in 182,3. as;cd 84. 



94 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 



I. Charles, 5 b. 1765; ra. Sarah Hayden. 

II. Mary, 6 b. )7G7; m. Festus Bliss. 

HI. Eiilm, : b. 1770; d. 177G. 

IV. Miriam, 6 m. Oliver Cooke (one account saya Alfred). 

Isaac Rock.t>'£ll, 5 b. 17-12. 

CniLDREX. 

I. Jolm, c b. 1707. IT. Noadiah, 6 b. 177G. 

II. Isaac, b. 17C9. V. Keziah, 6 b. 177S. 

III. Naomi, 6 b. 1771. VI. Chloe, 8 b. 1780. 

Cuaiiles Rockwell, 6 b. 17G5, m. Sarah Harden. 

CHILDREN. 

I. Emily. - ' V. Mary.' 

II. Mariah. 1 VI. Julia. 7 

III. Abigail. 7 VII. Naomi. 7 

IV. William Harden. 1 VIII. Ellen.' 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 



THE FAMILY IN PENNSYLVANIA. 



[The record of the following family was kindly prepared 
by Rev. A. 0. Rockwell, of Frankfurt Springs, Pennsyl- 
vania.] 

Record of families from Ephraim R., 5 <.^ Windsor, Gt., 
and whose line of descent from Deacon Win. R., of Puritan 
stock, is as follows, viz. : — 

I. William R., a first planter in Windsor, Conn., and from Ply- 
mouth, England, in 1G30. 
II. Samuel It., 2d son of William R., 1st, b. in Windsor, Conn , 
Jan. 15, 1G39. 

III. John R., 1st son of Samuel R., 2d, b. in Windsor, Conn., 

March 31, 1073. 

IV. Joel R., Cth son of John R., 3d, b. in Windsor, Conn., 

Sept. S, 1719. 
V. Ephraim R., 2d son of Joel R. s b. in Windsor, Conn., Sept. 
15, 1730. 

He married Sarah Moore, Jan. 1, 1773, and lived inWap- 
ping Parish, East Windsor, where he owned a small farm, 
on which, besides the staples of life, he cultivated, and 
manufactured, tobacco. He was also skilled, and engaged 
extensively in the manufacture of rakes. Their children 
were Sarah, b. Sept. 15, 1774. who died Oct. 17. 1776, and 
Allen, b. June 10, 1776, and in whose infancy the wife and 
mother died. He was then for some time in the U. S. ser- 
vice, under Gen. Washington, and well do some of his 
grandchildren remember his interesting, and oftentimes 



90 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

most thrilling, narratives of those revolutionary and trying 
times. In the fall of 1777 he married Hannah Coon .- 
his second wife. Their children were 

I. Hannah, b. Sept. 10. 177S. 

II. Ephraira, b. Fab. 17, 1781, and who, having learned and be- 
come an adept in the silversmith business, left bo 
make his own fortune, and was never heard of after bv 
his parents or friends. 

III. Abner C, b. May I, 17S3, in Windsor, Conn. 

IV. Eleazer, b. Nov. 10, 1785, in Windsor. Conn. 
V. Zerali, b. March G, 1787, in Windsor, Conn. 

VI. Sally, b. Jan. G, 1751, in Windsor, Conn. 
VII. Bernard, b. March 30, 1793, in Windsor, Conn.; d. Oct. 9. 
1864. 

His family having thus increased to eight children, and 
six of them sons, he began to apprehend that his place 
would soon be too strait for them, and hence, about the 
close of the century, he removed with thorn to the wild, 
but easily obtained lands of Berkshire Co.. Mass., where 
he resided for several years, and three of his chil V. n 
married and settled down around him. By some of his 
sons, however, a disposition was manifested to see 1 .; their 
home still further west, and Abner and Eleazer, after some 
exploration of the opening settlements towards the setting 
sun, had soon pitched their tents, the one in Eastern Penn- 
sylvania, and the other in Western New York, but from 
which place, having found a help-meet for himself in his 
toils and adventure-, he soon went further on to W\ - 
Pennsylvania. By their influence, and the visits of i 
of the family to those opening and inviting region-, the 
disposition to try their fortunes there became univers 
the household, and. as soon as mran-vuMits 
made, the removal took place; the parents now gi\ Qg 



T n V, HOC K WE LL FAMILY. 97 

up to, and going with, the children to their wild and 
western homes, Allen and Sally in Eastern, and Hannah-, 
Zerah, and Bernard to Western Pennsylvania, and with 
these the now aged parents had their home, when in July. 
1820, the mother " fell on sleep," and her mortal remains 
were laid, as the first tenant, in the neighborhood buri - 
ground, but which is now become a vast congregation of 
the dead. The father survived until Aug. 1, 1826, when 
he followed his companion, and as a shock of corn fully 
ripe, he was gathered from earth and received his reward. 

Allen R.° (1st son of Ephraim), in. Phebe Davis, Jan. 
15, 1701"), in Berkshire Co., Mass., where they resided until 
1814, when, with six children, they removed to Bradford 
Co., Pa., v.here he was one of the first settlers, and where 
he felled and cleared away the forests, with which his new 
home abounded, lie lived a long and industrious life, and 
iu a good old age, respected by all, and honored by those 
who knew him best, he died Jan. 25, 1851. Ills wife sur- 
vived him a few years, when she, too, went to her reward. 



1. Allen, b. Mass., Feb. 24, 1800. 

2. Polly, b. Mas.*., Aug. 31, 1S02. 

3. Nancy, b. Mass., March 2, 1804. 

4. Levi, b. Mass., Jan. 11, 1806. 

5. Oliver, b. Mass.. Feb. 4, 1S07. 

6. Betsey.' b. Mass., July 4, 1811. 

7. Hiram, b. Mass., June 4, 1814. 

8. John, b. Bradford Co., Pa., March 3, 1817. 

9. William A., b. Bradford Co., Pa., Jan. 0, 1820. 

Hannah R. 6 (1st daughter of E. R.). m. David Wads- 
worth, iu Berkshire Co., Mass., where they resided until 
about 1811, when they emigrated to Crawford Co.. Pa., 
and were anions* the first dwellers in those then western 



93 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

wilds. They lived long and happily together, as Israc 
indeed, walking in the fear of God, and the comfort of the 
Holy Ghost, and were meet for a Letter inheritance. He 
died Dee. 12, 1842. She survived him for several years, 
until April, 1864. The ground for the burial-place had, 
many years before, been donated by themselves. 

CHILDREN'. 

10. Jonathan William, 1). Mass., 180G. 

11. Maria, b. Mass., 1809. 

Ar.NFR C G (2d son of E.R.), in 1800, at seventeen years 
of age, h ft his home in Berkshire Co., Mass., to carve out 
his own fortune, and found his way to Eastern reunsyl- 
vania, where, with ability and willingness to labor, he 
turned his hand in the summer time to whatever he found 
to do. and in the winter engaged in the manufacture of 
vakes, in which he had great skill and tact. In Dec., 180S, 
he married Betsey Fowler, bought a farm, raid built and 
kept a hotel. In 1812, when the County of Bradford was 
organized, he was elected, and served as its first sheriff. 
He afterwards built and carried on an extensive flouring 
mill, and other kinds of water-power machinery, which are 
si ill owned and operated by one of his sons. 

Cmi.DUK.N. 

12. Dona Mum, b. Towanda, Bradford Co., Sept. 'JO. 1- )9. 

13. Zerah, b. Towanda, Bradford Co., Sept. 1", 1811. 

14. James L., b. Towanda, Bradford Co., Tel'. 15, 1814. 
Hannah M., b. Towanda, Bradford Co., Aug. 1<"». 1816; d. 

March '21. 1S24. 
Mary C, b. Towanda, Bradford Co., Nov. 15, 1819; d. Feb. 

12, 1325. 
William A.,, b. Towanda, Bradford Co., Sept. 10. 1821; d. 

March 22. 1824. 
13. William A., b. Towanda, Bradford Co., Lily 1-. IS34. 
16. Roland 11., b. Towanda, Bradford Co., June 15. lSCS. 



7 n E P i) C K WE I. I. F A MILT, , 00 

Eleazer R. c (3d <on of E. R.), while quite young, left 
his home in Massachusetts, and began in life for hi.!:- 7 . 
Leroy, Geuesee Co., N. Y., where in June, 1806, he 
married Keziah Spring, and resided, until about 181G, 
when they removed to Crawford Co., Pa., being among the 
first pioneers in those forest wilds. The township in 
which he took up his abode was called Rockdale. Ilere 
he reared his large, and most respected and influential 
family, who nearly all married and settled around or near 
him; and, with one single exception, it is still unbroken 
by death. His wife has been several years gone, while he, 
though the last of his generation, and bending under the 
weight and infirmities of 88 years, is still surviving. 

children. 

17. Ephraim F.. b. Leroy, X. Y., March 4, 1S03. 

IS. LodariskaS.,b. Leroy. X. Y., April 2S, 1810. 

19. Calvin D.. b. Leroy, N. Y., June 12, 1812. 

20. Clarissa F., b. Leroy, X. Y., June 2 k 1SU. 

21. Darius Ik. b. Leroy, X. Y., June 26, 1816. 

22. Hannah JL, b. Rockdale, Pa., Jan. 10, IS 13. 

23. Orville A., b. Rockdale, Pa.. July 25, 1S20. 

24. Sally Ik. b. Rockdale, Pa., Nov. 10, 1825. 

25. Permelia M., b. Rockdale, Pa., July 5, 1S31. 

EpnRAxsi F. Rockwell, 7 m. Rhoda Washburn, Oct. 23, 
1836. Children: Aaron G., b. Sept. 1, 1837; Sallie M., 
b. Nov. 15, 1839 ; Fanny A., b. Aug. 0, 1841 ; Sylvester 
C b. April 12. 1843 : 31. Sophia, b. Jan. C\ 1813. 

A.vnox G. Rockwell, 8 m. Anna Orr, Feb. 1G, 1S66. 
Children: Sarah A., b. Oct. 12, 1868; Aaron Ik, b. April 
3, 1871. 

Sali.ie 31. Rockwell/ m. Francis Metcalf, Dec. 3, 1857. 
Chil'lren: Rosa P.. b. Nov. 23. 1858 ; Charles S., b. March 
13, 1S61 ; Martha A., b. Feb. 23, 18G3. d. Sept. 4, 1864 



100 Tit K KO C K W E L L F A M 1 L Y. 

Mary M., b. Nov. 39, 1805 ; Jennie A.,b. March 28, ] i : 

Kate W., b. Aug. 23, 1871. 

Fannie A. Rockwell, 8 m. Alex. Smith, Aug. 8, 1861. 
Child: Charles, b. April 14, 1864. 

Sylvester C. Rockwell, 8 m. Sarina Mays, Jan. 31, 1 
Child: Win. C, b. Oct. 20, 1871. 

M. Sophia Rockwell, 8 m. Geo. Robeson, Jan. 30, 1 S6 '. 
Children: Franklin W., b. Jan. 13, 1865; Jarncs J., b. 
Jan. 10, 1SG7. . 

Lodoviska Rockwell, 7 m. J. W. McFaddin, Oct. 20, 
1825. She died March 25, 1869. Children: Rebecca EL, 
b. 1827, d. 1830 ; Catharine, b. 1829, d. 1820 ; Geo. &.. b. 
1830, d. 1832; Rebecca K., 2d, b. Nov. 3, 1832; J< - ; . 
B., b. Jan. 23, 1833 ; Hannah F., b. June 1G, 1837 ; Geo. 
A.,b. 183S, d. 1857 ; John W., b. Dec. 11, 1312 ; Kate A.. 
b. Dec. 15, 1844. 

Rebecca K., 2d, 8 in. Alex. Shautz. Children: Sola K.. 
Clara S., Florence IT., and George. 

JosEPn B., 8 ra. Mary Scager, Ma}' 15, 1857. Children : 
Almond, Kate, and Minnie. 

Hannah F., 8 m. A. D. Birchard, M.D., Dec. 15. 1866. 
Children: Geo. G., b. 1SG5 ; Clarence C, b. 18G7 ; Bessie 
B., b. 1871. 

John W., 8 in. Fidelia Birchard, Dec. 5, 1SG0. Children : 
Harris, Maude, Florence P., and Norah. 

Kate A., 8 ra. Chester Buck. Children : Jessie L., Julia A. 

Calvin D. Rockwell, 7 m. Rebecca Blystone, Sept. 6. 
1832. Children: Mary C, Kcziah, Permelia D., m. Wm. 
Whitney, d. Sept., 1872; Marion died from sickuess in- 
duced in the army ; Stcadmau, b. 1S44 ; Almond, b. M 
1853. 

Mary C. Rockwell, 8 m. Perry Hall. 

Clarissa F. Rockwell, 7 m. Jacob Blystone, Jan. 31, 



T/I£ ROCKWELL FAMILY. 101 

1832. Children: Dillon P., 1). Dee. 13, 1833 ; Calvin M., 
b. Aug. 31, 1835 ; Jacob G., b. 1838 ; Lorenzo D.,b. 184.1. 

Dillox P. Blestone, hi. Elizabeth A. Mitchell, Feb. 22, 
1855. • Children: Downa M., b. July 20, 1856; Perry L., 
b. Aug. 1C, I860. 

Calyik M. Blystone, m. Melvina Tuttle, July 5, 1859. 
Children : Orson M., b. July 19, 18C0 ; Newton F., b. Jan. 
11, 1862; Carrie A., b. Aug. 31, 1863; Hannah M., b. 
May 1, 1805 ; Sarah M., b. May 31, 18G7 ; Grant, b. Nov. 

10, 1871. 

Jacob D. Blystone, m. Henrietta Graves, June 28, 1839. 
Child: Florence 0. 

Lorenzo D. Lly.stoxe, m. S. G. Robinson, Sept. 3, 1802. 
Children: Viola R., b. June 21, 18G3 ; Stephen V., b. Feb. 
2], 1S65; Clarence E., b. April 27, 1867; Sylvester, b. 
Jan. 30, 1871. 

Dabius N. Rockwell, 7 m. Eunice Herrick, Jan. 18, 
1838. Children: Clarissa M. ; Sarah, b. Aug. 2o. 1S40 ; 
Henry X., b. July 3, 18 U ; George O., b. Aug. 29, 1817 ; 
Phiueas O., b. May 11, 1852; Catharine E., b. Jan. 1, 
1856 ; Emily M., b. Oct. 9, 1812, d. 1852 ; Calvin S., b. 
1849, d. 1850. 

Clarissa M. RoCKWELL, s m. Dwight Anderson. Childn a : 
Elma D., Elmer, Ida, Orpha, Eugene, D. G. Wayne. 

Henry X. Rockwell, 8 ra. Lyclia Fuller, Get. 31, 1865. 
Children: Seymour and William. 

PinxE.vs O. Rockwell, 8 m. Eliza Buchanan, June 18, 
1871. Child: Eunice M. 

Hannah M. Rockwell, 7 m. Albert G. Kingsbury, Oct 

11, 18 13. Children : Orson E., Ogden £., b. Aug. 9, 18 17 ; 
Alta A., b. Doc. 22, 1853 ; Albeit A., b. March 22, 1856. 

Ouville A. Rockwell, 7 in. Mary Baldwin, Oct. 13, 



102 TJTE HOCK WELL FAMILY. 

1842. Children: May L., Emma A., Arden A., Amy A., 
Ardalissa. 

Sally II. Rockwell, 7 ra. Geo. Wilson. May 10, 1844. 
Children: Mattie K., b. 1846; &eo. M., b. 1850; J. 

Lorenzo, b. 1852 ; Eugene C, b. 1855 ; Harris L., b. 1867. 

Pekhelia M. Rockwell, 7 ra. David Stoke, June 21, 
1844. Children: Melbourne Virona Wayland, Annie 
Loretta Worse, Tilby Evelyn Clayton, Tifford Willon 
Delos, Carsalla Alonzo Firmina, Bertie Elmer Elva, Bertha 
Elma Elsa ; the lasl two twins, b. Jan. 21, 1870. 

Zerah R. 6 (4th son of E. R.) removed with his father's 
family from Connecticut to Berkshire county, Mass., at 
about 12 years of age. Here he lived and labored with his 
father, in clearing out and subduing their wild and rocky 
farm, until lie became of age, when he bought a farm of his 
own, and on Feb. 12th, 1812, married Phebe Carter, of 
Otis, in his own county. They lived, and he worked on his 
farm, along with such other pursuits as lumbering and rake- 
making, until about 18 16, when the dissatisfaction-he had long 
felt with the cold and stony region of country around him, 
together with the influence of his brothers, who had gone 
West, inclined him also to set his face in that direction ; 
and, having some knowledge of Eastern Pennsylvania, 
where Aimer and Allen had settled, and where he had 
engaged with them, for short periods, in lumbering, alo .: 
the waters of the Susquehanna, he determined to visit 
parts of the State; and, accordingly, in company with his 
younger brother - , Bernard, he went on an exploring tour as 
far as Crawford county, in the west of the State, where his 
brother Eleazer and sister Hannah, with their families, had 
just taken up their abode. Here they were so well pleased 
that they made purchase at once of a tract of land lying 
on the waters of French Creek, one of the largest branches 



TRE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 103 

of the Alleghany River. And while his brother — being 
single — remained and commenced at once to subju 
and open up the unbroken forests of their now anticipati '1 
home. he returned to the East, and disposed of their effeel -. 
and made the arrangements necessary for removing with 
the family to the West. 

The journey, a distance of over live hundred miles, was 
made in the summer of 1818, and with the goods and 
chattels, that could be conveyed in the old-time covered- 
wagon, was accomplished in about six weeks. On reach- 
ing their destination, there being as yet no house erected 
for their accommodation, the family, for nearly a year, 
occupied an nnpi-etending log school-house, and which 
(perhaps from its being the first dwelling-place of an 
eastern family, as well as the nucleus around which a 
New England neighborhood soon sprang up) was ever 
after known as the Yankee-hill school-house. And whether 
the circumstance of thus having first seeu tin? light, and 
breathed the air, and imbibed the spirit and influence of 
this hall of learning had anything to do in forming his first 
habits, or shaping his after-life, it is not necessary now to 
decide, but certain it is that here the first Pennsylvania:! 
in the family (Aimer O A was born ; and, though his own 
memory is somewhat at fault here, yet tradition has it that 
from the time he could well use his arms and lungs he went 
by the name of the " Methodist preacher." And that 
especially when, in quite early boyhood, in an entire new 
suit from the boots up to the white-fur hat — a namesake 
present from an uncle — he re-entered bis birthright school- 
house, the preacher was finished outright ; and not only his 
school-companions, hut the groves and brooks around, were 
made to be hearers and spectators of his eloquence and 
zeal. 



191 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

But this digression aside. An unpretending, bat com- 
fortable, frame-house having been completed for the family, 

and an amicable division of the land made with his brother, 

he began in earnest the new and toilsome labor of laving: 
the forest-grove low, and converting the wilderness into cul- 
tivated and fruitful fields. And, as an evidence of bis 
enterprising industry, as well as his indomitable energy of 
purpose, it is not, perhaps, out of place to state that in less 
than twenty years from the time of his settlement in his 
new home, he had, with the aid of his boys, cleared away, 
and brought under cultivation, over one hundred acres of 
laud, erected two large frame-barns, a large and commodi- 
ous new house, besides a rake-mill, and a saw-mill, both of 
which he was well-skilled in carrying on, and turning to his 
advantage. 

In his early life though enjoying, to a good degree, the 
means of grace, and other advantages of a religious educa- 
tion, and, also, entertaining a hope of a new aud heavenly 
birth, yet, for reasons which need not be brought out here. 
he never saw his way clear to come out on the Lord's side, 
and profess his name among men until about the year 
1825, when he united with the Presbyterian Church, the 
doctrine and worship of which he heartily embraced, a; 
being those taught in the word of God. And in this 
church he was ever after a most consistent member, as well 
as stanch supporter ; and for the last thirty years of his 
life was an energetic and faithful ruling cider. 

His last sickness was short, and very painful, vet his 
hope was firm, and his end was peace. His last intellioiblc 
utterance, as he sank down into the embrace of death, was 
" All is well." 

Rev. R. Craighead, of MeadvUle,Pa., who in the absence of 
Rev. Geo. Hampson, his pastor, preached his funeral sermon, 



THE ROCKWELL F A 211 L Y . 105 

says: "I would bear my testimony, with multitudes of 

others who have known him, of his piety and fidelity as an 
office-bearer in the church. I had been associated with him 
occasionally in the congregation, and in the judicatories of 
the church, where he ever manifested knowledge, prudence, 
and zeal, that rendered him an efficient laborer in the vine- 
yard. of the Lord." 

lie died Fob. 13, 1859. His wife, after lung years of 
suffering both in body and mind, had gone before him, 
Aug. 19, 1854. 

CHILDREN. 

26. William S., b. Otis, Mass., Jan. G, 1S13. 

27. Louisa M., b. Otis, Mass., Oct. 17, 1814. 
Laura A., b. Otis, Mass., Jan. 13, 1817; died 

23. Abner O., b. Rockdale, Pa., May 10, 1819. 

29. Horace N., b. Rockdale, Pa., April 10, 1821. 

30. Ephraim S., b. Rockdale, Pa., July 13, 1S23. 
31'. Harriet P., b. Rockdale, Pa., Dec. 31, 1S25. 

32. Phcbe L.. b. Kockdale, Pa., June 19, 1S2S. 

Sally R. 6 (2d daughter of E.) m. Jacob Bowman in 
1823. He was the son of one of the first settlers of Brad- 
ford Co., Pa., and then and for a long time engaged in 
mercantile business, and still survives. 

CIULDREN. 

34. Alonzo B. 36. John B. 

33. Mary A. 37. Frapkliu B. 

35. William B. 

Bern-ard R. 6 (5th son of E. R.) removed, in early 

childhood, with his parents, from Windsor, Conn., to Berk- 
shire, Co., Mass., -K here he resided with the family until 
1816, when he removed to Crawford Co., Pa., and where, 
with great energy and industry, he engaged in subduiug 



106 TnH ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

the forests, and clearing out and preparing for cultivati ■:;. 
the farm ■which, with his brother Zerah, he had puj 
as his future home. On Feb. 3, 1819, he married 1! 

Marcy, and. a division of the property having been effected, 
he commenced life in earnest fur himself. He was k. 
as a man of integrity and uprightness, straightforward in 
his dealings with men, and punctual to all his ei 
rnents ; he stood in high repute among his fellow-men. 
as a philanthropist and a Christian, he was above the least 
reproach. In 1326, he made a profession of his faith '.u 
Christ, and united with the M. E. Church, of whkh he 
remained a faithful and consistent member. His last ill- 
ness was brief, and so severe that he could converse but 
little, yet his life affords abundant evidence that his 
was peace. He loved the church of his choice, and served 
her faithfully in all her interests, and now he rests from 
all his labors. "Blessed are the dead that die iu the 
Lord." He died Oct. 9, 1*4-1, aged 71. 

CniLPttEN. 

33. Addison 0., h. Rockdale, Pa., Dec. 10. 1819. 

39. Sallie A., b. Rackdale, Pa., Dec. 5, 1S21. 

Emily M., b. Rockdale, Pa., April 13, 1834; .1. July 27. 1823. 

40. Emeline 51., b. Rockdale, Pa., Nov, :V.. 1S2G. 

41. Eunice L., b. Rockdale, Pa., Dec. 10 ? 1829. 

42. Esther P., b. Rockdale, Pa., Oct. 7, 133-'. 

1. Allen R., 7 m. Catharine Cole. Oct. 23, 1821. 

CUILDREK. 

1. William B. 

2. Eli/a J., m. Samuel Cramer. 

3. Elizabeth, m. George Smith. 

4. Samuel. 

5. Erunklin. 
G. Sally. 

7. Reuben. 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 107 

2. Polly R:,' m. David Cole. Oct. 23, 1821. 

CHILD KEN. 

8. Silly C. 10. Hiram. 

0. John C. 

3. Nakcy Ft., 7 in. Nathan Bullock. Sue died Sept. 4, 
16-JC. 

CHILDREST. 

11. Polly B. s m. Harrison Holcomb. 

12. Laura B., in. Ulysses Holcomb. 

13. riiobe B., m. William Bowman. 

14. Betsey B., m. Alva Cornell. 

15. Erneline B., m. Townrnan Harris 

16. Simon. 

i. • Levi H., 7 id. Louisa Davidson. • 

CU1LI>KEX. 

17. Lucinda. 20. Orrin. 

IS. Emily. 21. Sarah. 

19. Charlotte. 22. Walter. 

5. Oliver R., 7 m. Nancy Smith. 

CHILDKEN. - ... 

23. Bernard. 27. Daniel. 

24. Clarissa. 28. Frances. 
23. Charles. . 20. Phebe. 

20. Mary. 30. Nancy. 

6. Betsy ll., 7 in. Henry Stone, May 20, 1S3G. 

CHILDREN. 

31. Cinthia. So. Mardana. 

32. Judsoo. 3»'>. Darvine. 

33. Mary A. 37. Dor.-on. 

34. Cherry T. 



108 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

7. Hiram J!., 7 m. Deborah Greene, Oct. 15, 1837. 

CHILDIIEN. 

38. Oraton. 41. T. King. 

SO. John R. 42. Allen C. 

40. Louisa. 43. Hiram. 

8. Joh>; II., 7 m. Susan Greene, April 15, 1841. 

CHILDREN. 

44. Mortimer G. 4G. ftfaylon. 

45. Molinda. 47. Emma. 

9. Wit. A. E., 7 m. Rachel Craton, Oct. 2, 1844. 

CHILDREN. 

4S. Addi?on. 51. Angeline. 

40. Adaline. 52. Martha. 

50. Amanda. 

Children of Hannah It. {1st daughter of E). 

10.' Jonathan Wh. "Wadsworth, 7 m. Sarah Adams. 
He died Oct. 1G, 1829. 

CHILDREN. 

53. Sarah M., m. William W. Birchard. 

54. Jonathan William, d. July, 1830. 

11. MapvTa "\V., 7 in. James K. Birchard. She died Oct. 
1, 1823 ; he died April 20, 1844. 

CHILDREN. 

55. Mortimer I, 

5G. William B. W., m. Sarah M. Wadsworth. 

Children of Abner C. P.. {2d son of E.). 

12. Donna Maria ll., 7 m. J. D. Montanyo, of Towanda, 
Bradford Co., Pa. 



TIIE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 10D 

CHtldken. 

57. Joseph D., ra. Frances Frees; one child. 

5S. Frances. 

59. George. 

60. Eliza. 

13. Zerah E., 7 m. Mary Ann Hart, of Bradford Co.. 

Pa. They removed to Crawford Co., in 1839, and reside! 
there several years, but not succeeding, as they desired, 
returned again to Bradford, where he died March 19, 18-37. 
She still survives, and, vrith her surviving and energetic 
sons, enjoys a well-supplied and happy home. 

CHILDREN. 

61. Elm* M., b. April 28, 1834; ci. July 18, 183S. 

62. Clarence B., b. Jan. 19, 1840; d. April 11, 1341. 
G3. Maylon S., b. Jan. 26, 1343; d. July 30, 1350. 

64. Abner C, b. Nov. 27, 1345. 

65. Helen £., b. Oct. 24, 1347; ra. F. Warren. 

66. Mary M., b. Feb. 24, 1S49. 
Zerah. 

14. James L. R., 7 m. Cordelia Lyons, Sept. 15, IS 15, 
who died May, 1850 ; m. Isabella B. Wilson, Dec. 10, 1851. 

He enjoys the old homestead, and owns and carries on the 
farm and mills of long ago, and where prosperity and 
happiness seem to have been largely poured into his cup. 

CHILDREN. 

G7. Allen S., b. April 21, 1353. 

63. Mary G., b. April 25, 1355. 
09. Frank M., b. July 24, 1359. 

70. John L., b. July 28, 1861. 

15. Wm. A. B.,~ m. Mary Nickols. 

CHILDREN. 

71. Henrv E. 72. George Tv. 



HO THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

16. Roland R., 7 m. Sarah Wilson. July 2. L837. He is 
in the mercantile busiuess at To T .vancla, Pa. Child: Dora. 

Children of Eleazer E. (3d son of E.). 

17. Ephraim F. E., 7 m. Rhoda Washburn, Oct. 23, 1830. 

CHILDREN. 

75 AnorB. 73. Sylvester. 

7G. Sally M. 79. Sophia. 

77. Funny. 

18. Lodoyjska vS. R., 7 m. John McFaddin, Oct. 20, 1825! 
lie was, for sonic years, a prominent and successful mer- 
chant in Cambridge, Crawford Co., Pa., and afterward 
engaged largely in lumbering and other business pursuits. . 
His wit'o is some years dead. 

10. Calvin D. R., 7 m. Rebecca Blystone, Sept. C, 1832. 
He was early and actively devoted to religion in the 31. E. 
Church, and for several years was a successful and popular 
minister of the Gospel in that church ; now a lawyer and 
notary public in Kingsville, Ohio. 

20. Clarissa F. R., 7 m. Jacob Blystone, Jan. 31, LS33. 

21. Darius N. R., 7 m. Eunice Herriek, Jan. 18, 1838. 
lie is a fanner in Rockdale, Pa. 

22. Hannah 31. R., 7 m. Albert G. Kingsley. Oct. 11, 18 13. 

23. Orville A. R., 7 m. Mary Baldwin. Oct. 13. 1842. 
21. Sally R., 7 m. George Wilson, May 23, 1S44. They 

live in Meadville, Pa. 

2."). Pamelia M. R., 7 m. David Stoke. June 31. 1849. 

All the above children of Eleazer R. have large and 
respectable families, but I have failed to get any further 
record of any of them. 



THE HOC K W E L J. FAMILY. Ill 

Children of Zerah R. (4th son of E.). 
20. A\ At. S. K., 7 m. Eleanor A. Snow, Jane 16, 1^.;">. 
He inherited a small farm on which lie lived and labored to 
some extent, but generally preferred to follow his trade as 
carpenter and builder, and which, as bis now-failing 
strength allows, he still pursues. She died Jan. 29, 1859. 

CHILDREN". 

SO. Anor A., b. Sent. 25, 1834; m. W. II. Hasley, 1856. 

81. James W., b. Dec. 16, 1S39. 

82. Jesse Z., b. Oct. 7, ISM. He was a volunteer in the V . S. 

service, and killed at his post of duty, at Corinth, Feb. 
11, 1802. 

53. Emma S., b. Aug. 1, 1850. 

27. Locis.v. M. JR., 7 m. John Hodges, Feb. 1G, 1837. A 

farmer and lumberman of good business tact. 

CHILDREN*. 

54. Zerah I"!., b. Dec. 1837; d. June, 1S3S. 

55. John O., b. Aug. 22, 1839. 
8(3. Maria, b. Aug. 22, 1839. 

87. Pin-be G., b. Aug. 22, 1841. 

88. Sarah T., b. Dec. 1, 1843. 

89. Lucretia, b. May 17, 1845. 

28. Ab-nTSK O., 7 m. Sarah Greer, of Pittsburgh. Jan. 15, 
1846. 

CHILDREN'. 

90. Anna Mary, b. Oct. 25, 1846; d. Aug. 20, 1848. 

91. Infant, b. Nov. 19, 1848; d. same day. 

92. Infant, b. May 10, 1851; d. same day. 

93. Emma S., b. June 30. 1853. 

Abxer O. Rockwell, 7 son of Zerah.'' lived and labored 
with his father and brothers on the old Rockdale farm, iu 



112 TfZfi hoc Kir I'll family. 

Crawford County, Ph., having removed thither from Berk- 
shire County, Mass. ; receiving' a good common-school 
education, and early religious training; united with the 
Presbyterian Church at the age of eighteen ; entered Jeffer- 
son College in 1809 ; graduated in 1843 ; studied theolog}' 
at the seminary in Alleghany City, and was license 1 to 
preach in April, lSlo. He was ordained and installed 
pastor over two churches in Columbiana County, 0.. in 
1S4G. In 1854- was called to the pastorate of a church in 
Mingo, Washington Count}", Pa. ; thence to the church in 
Lebanon; and thence, in 18G9, to the church at Frankfort 
Springs, Pa., where he is still pastor. 

29. Horace N. R., 7 in. Harriet Parker, Feb. 16, 1842. 
A hard-working and energetic farmer and lumberman. 

His wife died some years ago ; and, as his second wife, 
he married Elizabeth Cooly, July 20, 1861. 

CHILDREN. 

91. Hannah T. 93. Maylon H. 

93. Sarah S. 100. Milvrees H. 

96. Charles II. 101. John C. 

.97. Luna A. 102. Harriet S. 

98. Henry C. 

30. Epberaim S. R.j 7 m. Mary Dodge. Sept. 18, 1845. 
He remains on the old homestead farm, a hard-working, 
industrious, and frugal man, being also a ruling elder. 
His wife died in 1870. 

cnn-DKEN. 

103. William Deforest, b. July 8, 1820; d. Sept. 12, 1852. 
!04. Frank D. Elmer, b. Sept. 10, 1S.33; d. Aug. — , 1861. 

Hannah, b. Aug. 15, 1SG3. 

James M., b. Sept. 18, 1865. 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 113 

31. ILuuuet P. R., 7 m. /viva Benjamin, Jan. 31, 1849. 

GHILDBEK. 

105. Emma, b. Jan. 1, 1850. 

10G. Laura G-, b. Nov. 8, 1655. 
107. Edgar B., b. May 5, 1858. 

32. Phebe S. B., 7 m. Henry C. Long, June 20, 1853. 
She married (2) A. T. Long, Xov. 2G, 18G3. 

CHILDREN. 

103. Edward D., b. July 12, 1854. 

100. George C, b. Oct. 15, 1558. 

110. Clarence, b. Oct. 17, 1S60. 

111. Clara, b. Oct. 10, 1862. 

Cldldren of Sally i?. 6 (2d daughter of E.). 
34. Alonzo Bowman, 7 m. Susan Sweetwood. 

CUILDBEX. 

115. Clarissa. H8. Mary A. 

116. Frances. I 19 - William S. 

117. Charles. 120. George S. 

33. Maky A. B., 7 m. Joseph Ballard. She died Dee. 
7, 1SG5. 

CHILDREN. 

112. John S., m. Louisa Harrington; 2 children. 

113. Orlando, m. Frances Nash. Children: Mary, Julia. 

114. Sarah M., m. Horace Taylor. Child: Charles. 
Frank F. 

35. Wm. M. B., 7 m. Phebe C. Bullock. 

36. John W. B., 7 m. Alice Miller. 

37. B. Franklin B., in. Sarah Tinkham. 

CHILDEEX. 

121. Sarah M 123. M:irv S - 

122. Willis. 



114 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

Cliildn n of Bernard 11. {5th son of E.). 

38. Addison 0. R., 7 m. Martha S. Root, Oct. 8, 1845. 

He inherits and carries on a part of the old homestead 
farm, and lives an upright and Christian life, and of whom, 
indeed, much more might in truth and right be said. 

CHILDKEN. 

124 Wilbur Furness. 125. Larue Durets. 

39. Sally A. R., 7 in. Nathan S. Snow, Oct. 9, 1S45. 
An industrious, frugal, and enterprising man, and now a 
successful merchant in Cambridge, Crawford Co., Pa. 

40. Eunice S. R., 7 in. Justin G. Snow, May 22, 1830. 

She died Feb. 2, 1855. 

CHILD. 

120. Elda Sidalia, b. IMS. 

41. Esther F. R., 7 m. S. Beals Root, Oct. 10, 1855. A 
well-doing J'oung farmer. 

CHILDREN. 

127. Rebecca S., b. Aug. 18, 1858. 

128. Bernard S., b. July 11, 1SG5. 

42. Emeltne M. R. 7 An amiable and Christian lady, 
adorning her profession, and along with her niece, the 
surviving child of a departed sister, the stay and comfort 
of her mother in her declining years. 

Axon A. Rockwell, 8 m. "Willard II. Hasley, Sept. 28, 
1836. Children: Eleanor C, D. Dec. 21, 1801; William 
S., b. June 21, 18G5. 

Jameo W. Rockwell, 8 m. Mary S. Rcddesh, Oct. 12, 
1801. Child: Charles II. Rockwell, 9 b. Oct. 4, 1865. 



THE JiOCK WE I. L FA M 1 L Y. 11 .j 

Lakue Dueets Pock-well, 8 (125) b. iu Crawford Count \ , 
Pa., Aug. 9, 1849, at the homestead of his grandfather, 

Bernard Rockwell/' His early life "was spent upon the 
farm, and in the enjoyment of the advantages of a country 
school. In Feb., 1864, he enlisted in Co. G, 83d Peg't, 
Pa. Volunteers, with which he serve. 1 until the following 
May, participating in the battles of the Wilderness, and 
being wounded in the left foot at' Laurel Hill, and was dis- 
charged from the hospital in Philadelphia in Oct., 18G5. 
Being unable to engage in farm labor on his return home, 
he spent some time as a clerk in a dry-goods store in Cam- 
bridge ; but, being inclined to improve his education, he 
entered "Waterford Academy and from thence went to the 
Normal School at Edinboro, and graduated with the class 
of 1370. After spending two years in teaching, and occu- 
pying his leisure in the study of medical works, he entered 
the Medical University, at Philadelphia, in Sept., 1872, and 
is now preparing assiduously for his chosen profession. 



116 



THE R0CK1YF.LL FAMILY. 



Descendants of Sally It. Bowman. 



Cliildrcn. 




Alonzo Bowman, m. 
Susan Sweetwood. 

She died Jan. 3, 1S54. 



He m., (2d), 
Maria Bcrchard, April 
1854. 



William W. Bowman, m. 
Phebe S. Bullock. 

John W. Bowman, m. 
Alice Miller. 
She died. 



He m., (2d), 
II. Stevens. 

B. Franklin Bowman, m, 
Sarah S. Tinkham. 



Great- 
grandchildren. 



Clarissa B., m. 

Benson Wright. 
Frances S., m. 

Edwin Mingos. 



Charles. 

Mary Ann. 

William L. 

George. 

Mahion. 

Joseph. 

Dora. 

Fred. 

Fannie. 



Sarah M., m. 
M. Lyons. 

Willis B. 

Mary S., m. 
Reed McKee. 

Minnie, m. 
Reved Taylor. 
Frant and Joseph. 
Porter and Ulysses. 

Oscar, b. Dec. 5, 1SR0. 
Mark E.,b. Jan. 10, 1803 
CoraM.,b. May L'."., 1865 
Loomis E., b. Aug. 14, 
1SG7. 



Melnncthon. 

Elswortlu 

Helen. 

Minnie. 

Walter. 

Ulysses. 

Fred M. 



Frank. 



Oressie. 



* This properly belongs after number 37, on page 113. 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 117 

The following letter, in substance, was addressed to Rev. 
&. O. Rockwell, Frankfort Springs, Pa., by Elks Rockwell, 7 

writing from Canton, Bradford County, Pa., in November, 

1871, who traces his family to John Rockwell 3 as his 
oTandfather; and who, as he states, had seven sons: — 
John, Jeremiah, James, Timothy, Samuel, Reuben, and 
Earl; and he also had two brother:-, Abraham and 

Elijah : — 

"Samuel Rockwell 6 (his father), had ten sons: — 
Elias, Samuel, Calvin, Luther, James, Laban, Rufus, 
Myron, Niram, and Hiram. Nine of these had families. 
My brother Myron is a preacher in the Baptist church, 

Tioga Co., Pa. 

" My father, Samlkl, moved from Lanesboro', Mass., to 
Cornwallis, Vt., where I was born, Aug. 1C. 1768. and 1 
came with my father and his family to Canton, Bradford 
County, Pa., in 1801, where I now live. T was married 
June 3, 1811, and have had four sons '.:■— Elisha, William 
H., Jacob G-, and Niram. My father and mother were 
Baptists ; my grandfather and uncles John. Jeremiah, and 
James were Congregationalists, in Cornwall. \ t. 

« As you will learn from the date of my birth, I was 83 
vears old hist August, and, according to nature, I shall soon 
leave this tabernacle ; and, as I hope, be present with the 
Lord, to. praise him forever, without a veil between. 

"Elias Rockwell." 



CONNECTICUT FAMILIES, RESUMED.* 

Da^el Rockwell,-^ m. Esther Bingham, and lived in 
Wapping Parish, East Windsor. Cliildren: Irene, m. Mr. 
Barrett, of East Windsor ; Noah. m. Anna Birge, o( East 
Windsor ; Daniel, 6 m. Alice Cummiugs, of East Windsor ; 
Esther, unmarried; Miriam, m. Mr. Skinner, of East 
* This chapter is inserted out of reguhr order. 



118 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

Windsor; Hannah, m. Rev. Mr. Parsons, of Goshen, 
Conn. ; Eteazer Bingham (uow of Pittsfield, Vt.), in. Abby 
Stoughton, of East Windsor; Lora, unmarried; Alfred, 
m. Mary Hall ; Clarissa, m. Mr. Caldwell. 

Da>iel Rockwell, 6 as well as several of his ancestors, 
was a deacon in the church at East Windsor, and for fifteen 
years was representative of his town in the State Legisla- 
ture, lie removed to Vermont in 1813, first Leicester, and 
afterward to Salisbury ; after a life of usefulness, died at a 
good old age. In early life he served as a soldier in the 
war of the revolution. While absent, during one of the 
summer campaigns, his wife, by the aid of some women 
and a few old men, gathered in the harvest, having it all 
safely housed when he returned. Hi°> wife was Alice Cum- 
mings. of East Windsor. The children of Daniel Rockwell 6 
were Daniel, Warren B., Henry, and Jane, who married Mr. 
Ryan. 

Warren* Rockwell, 7 b. Oct. 31, 1787; m. Sarah K. 
Wells, in IS 14. Children: J. Edson, and Edward Warren, 
who died young. 

Miriam (Rockwell) Skinner had seven children : — Alfred 
R., Emily, Elvira, Esther, Henry, Lucius, and Edgar. 

The children of Alfred Rockwell 6 were Julia, Erigham, 
Alfred, Sarah, and Mary. 

J. Edson Rockwell, 8 m. Mary E. Erye, daughter of 
Daniel M. Erye, Esq., of New York, June 22, 18 12. Chil- 
dren: Frank W., b. Dec. 22. 1843; Mary Adelaide, b. 
June 2, 1811; Frederick Erye, b. Nov. 29, 1847 ; Robert 
Douglas, b. June 29, 1850, d. Oct. 8, 1871 ; Henry Bed- 
ford, b. Aug. 10, 1852, d. Nov. 16, 1855. 

Frank W. Rockwell, 9 m. Elizabeth J. Ilammill, daugh- 
ter of Caleb Ilammill, of Brooklyn, X. Y., Sept. 13, 1872. 
He graduated at Amherst College, July 13, 1865, and at 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 119 

the College of Physicians ami Surgeons, in New York, 
March 5, 18G8. Ho spent a year in the Hospital of King's 
county; and is now a practising physician in Brooklyn, 
with an appointment in the Surgical department of the 
Long Island College Hospital I)ispensar}% and others. 

Mart Adelaide Rockwell, 9 m. Henry Kirke White, of 
New York, Feb. 11, 1869. Children: Louisa, b. June 15, 
1870, d. Aug. 18, 1570 ; Cornelia Cutler, b. Nov. 19, 1872. 

Warren Rockwell, 7 was born in East Windsor, Conn., 
Oct. 31, 1787. On the 3d of February, 1814, he was mar- 
ried to Sarah E. Wells, and removed to Salisbury. Vermont, 
remaining there till 1817, when he went to Hudson, New 
York, where he engaged in mechanical pursuits, and. by 
his diligence and Christian character, gained the confidence 
and respect of the community. His house was the tran- 
sient home of many who were engaged in missionary 
work. In 1825 he was ordained a ruling elder in the 
church of Rev. Dr. Chester. lie was always interested in 
the Sabbath school, and an active worker in it, either as 
teacher or superintendent. He took a prompt and bold 
stand in behalf of the Temperance cause ; giving his time 
and means to promote it, addressing the people and or- 
ganizing societies. He identified himself with the Sous of 
Temperance, and for a long time was an efficient and 
honored member of the State and National Councils. lie 
edited and conducted a temperance paper four years : was 
a member of the City Council, and as such rendered efficient 
service in establishing a complete system of Common 
Schools, and in the erection of suitable buildings for their 
accommodation. 

Toward the close of 1856, Mr. Rockwell became a dis- 
tributing agent for the Brooklyn City Bible Society, and as 
such explored the city, supplying the destitute with the 



120 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

Bible. In this work he was thoroughly systematic and 
• successful for more than two years, during which time ho 
visited more than 2 G, 000 families, "llis kind and gentle 
manner of approach, his venerable appearance, his quiet 
dignity, his strong common sense, his tact in dealing with 
every variety of character, and his true Christian ecu. >sy 
and spirit won for him an entrance and a respectful hearing. 
He was then appointed a missionary by the Brooklyn Tract 
and Mission Society, in which work he continued until his 
death." 

'• Soon after his coming among us," says his pastor and 
son, Rev. J. E. Rockwell, 1"). I)., in the discourse preached 
at his funeral, ;i the Young Men'-s Bible Class was organ- 
ized, of which he became the teacher, and in which, to the 
last, he retained the deepest interest." On the 7th of 
March, 1800, having assisted his feeble wife to the female 
prayor meeting, he went on to an appointment with the 
Missionaries of the Tract Society. He returned home 
with a severe chill, and a disease fastened upon him, which 
terminated, after weeks of severe suffering, borne with true 
Christian resignation, on the 27th of April: ^.hus closing a 
long life of more than seventy-eight years, fifty-six of 
which he had spent in the service of Christ and his Church. 
The discourse referred to, thus closes: '•'• In the aTave- 
yard at Hudson, through whose grand old pines the soft 
airs of spring were sighing their requiem over the dead, 
and amid the graves of the loved and honored who had 
passed away before him, we laid him down in his dream- 
less slumber, and felt that of him it might be said, through 
the grace given unto him, ' He served his generation by the 
will of God.'" 

Rev. J. Edson Rockwell, D. D,, 8 was born in Salisbury 
Vermont, May 4, is 10. He graduated at Amherst College! 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 121 

in 1837, and at the New York Theological Seminary in 
1841 ; installed pastor of the Presbyterian church at Vala- 
tie, N. Y., in October of the same year ; was pastor of the 
Hanover Street New School Presbyterian Church, "Wil- 
mington, Delaware, nearly live years from March, 1847; 
in February, 1851, was installed pastor of the Central 
Old School Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, N. Y., with 
which society he was eminently successful, aiding them in 
the erection of a spacious edifice, and greatly adding to 
the church and Sabbath school. lie received his degree of 
D. D. from Jefferson College, in 1859. On account of 
impaired health, after eighteen years of ministerial service, 
he spent five months in travel, in company with his wife, 
in Europe. During the rebellion he ministered to the sol- 
diers, in the service of the Christian Commission, lie has 
been a constant contributor to the religious and secular 
press; has published a huge number of works; was the 
editor of the "Sunday School Visitor" eight years. In 
1868 he was called from the church in Brooklyn to Edge- 
water," Staten Island, where he now remains (1873). He 
was a member of the committee of the Presbyterian Church. 
to prepare the " Hymnal," used in many churches, and has 
performed much similar service outside of pastoral work. 
The following description of Dr. J. E. Rockwell is from 
an article in the " Sunday Times," being one of a series, 
entitled '-Portraits of the Clergy:" — 

"Dr. Rockwell is about the medium height, and equally 
proportioned. He has an active step, and his whole manner 
bespeaks him to be a person of quick impulses and earnest, 
practical energy. His severe labors of the ministry and 
occasional ill-health have given him the look of his full age. 
of nearly fifty. The short whiskers which cover his face are 



122 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

tinged with gray, wrinkles have settled in the corners of his 
eyes, and h? is growing bald. Intercourse with him, '. • - 
ever, shows bis spirits to have the buoyancy and elasl 
of youth, and his resolution is as rigid as his hopefulness 
is inspiring. His eyes are clear, calm, and particularly 
expressive of kind and Christian sympathies, to which is 
added a flitting smile of surpassing gentleness. The I 
is broad, high, and full, and there is a contraction between 
the eyes, outward evidences of the habit of severe and 
constant thought. All the features are prominent while 
uniform, and the entire face is not less striking from phys- 
ical than intellectual attractiveness. 

" Dr. Rockwell is a man o'C fine abilities, and ranks with 
the most distinguished men of his denomination. His mind 
is largely stored with the gains of a comprehensive and 
unremitting student-life, besides which he is a most intelli- 
gent and critical observer oi' daily lite. There is nothing 
speculative about him, nothing which has not as well a prac- 
tical, common-sense basis, as one laid in truth, morality and 
religion. Inflexible in principle, pure and exalted in design 
just and liberal in his judgment, he deceives no man with 
sophistries any more thau personally he heeds the ten 
tions of evil. Frank and truthful in his nature, he brings 
everything in culture and in life to the test of the l 
heart, and no other standard. Noblj conspicuous with 
this trait, and beloved for it, he proclaims his doctrines o[ 
faith and leads trusting souls to redemption. 

••His style of preaching is plain in matter and manner, 
though always marked by animation and a degree of 
eloquence. He uses well-worded, expressive sentences, 
often made most touchingly tender by pathos and pastoral 
love." 



THE IZOCKWELL FAMILY. 123 



FAMILIES IX NOYA SCOTIA AND NEW 
BRUNSWICK. 



Although I have found if difficult to secure full records 
of the present members of the family residing in Nova 
Scotia and New Brunswick, I have obtained enough to be 
able to state that all the families of the name of Rockwell, 
in each of these provinces of the Dominion of Canada, 
descended from Jonathan Rockwell, of the fifth generation 
from Deacon William. 

In the "times that tried men's souls," for several years 
preceding the Declaration of Independence, there were, 
naturally, differences of opinion in regard to the measures 
which the colonies should adopt ; and very many were not 
prepared to accept the idea of a separation from the 
"Mother Country," which all the people were fond of 
styling the home of their ancestors. It appears that a few 
years before the actual declaration of independence, Jona- 
than Rockwell, and most of his family. — four sons and two 
daughters, — left East Windsor, Connecticut, and emigrated 
to Cornwallis, in Nova Scotia, not far from the year 17G3. 

In the year 1830, Reuben Rockwell, Esq., of Colebrook, 
Connecticut, being anxious to obtain some facts in relation 
to the family of Jonathan, addressed a letter to the post- 
master at Halifax, inquiring about them. 

In this letter, after stating the object of the inquiry, he 
says : t; It is now a long tune since the branches of the 



124 TLTE HOCK WELL FAMILY. 

family here Lave had an) information from any of those 
who are suppose.! to reside in Nova Scotia, and they are 

very desirous to obtain information from them. You, sir, 
will confer a special favor by transmitting this letter to 
some one of the family, as above requested, if you know 
of any such person." 

The letter goes on to say that if the communication falls 
into the hands of any of the family, he desires answer-, to 
certain questions specified, in regard to the family in Nova 
Scotia, as they will be " interesting to the connections 

here." 

Among other questions was, ' ; What proportion of the 
descendants of Jonathan Rockwell are professors of relig- 
ion?" also, "Do any of them sustain office in church or 
state, and what generally are their circumstances in a 
pecuniary point of view?" He says: "The connections 
hero will be particularly gratified to have the requested 
information ; and, if received, together with directions how 
to address letters, will forward a particular account of the 
families here, and connections in this country, so that the 
branches of the family, though locate'! remote from each 
other, and under different governments, may become, by 
information, acquainted." 

I have learned from the Hon Julius Rockwell, son of 
Reuben that an answer was received to the inquiry of his 
father, but I. have been unable to procure this, or I would, 
be pleased to insert it here. Judge Julius Rockwell says, 
however, that he recollects that such a letter was received, 
and that his father was particularly pleased, and Laughed 
heartily over the reply to the question in regard to any one 
being an officer in the ehureh, which was, that the writer 
had himself, for some time, "held the deacon's stand." 
1 am indebted to L. W. and G. C. Rockwell, of the firm 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 1-0 

of Rockwell Brothers, commission merchants, Boston, 
for the above letter of Reuben Rockwell, they being the 
great-grandsons of Jonathan, and the letter having been 
preserved in their father's family, and in their own, to the 
present time. 

I may, perhaps, appropriately introduce here portions of 
correspondence, in substance, with members of the family 
during the past year. 

Alexander Rockwell, 8 in response to my letter to him. 
writes from Waterville, Carleton county, New Brunswick, 
Aug. 27, 1872 : "The Rockwell family in this vicinity are 
very numerous, and as near as I can understand are very 
numerous in Nova Scotia likewise. It appears that my 
grandfather, Benjamin Rockwell, immigrated to this country 
from the Middle States. He had, as near as I can recol- 
lect, three or four brothers, who settled in Nova Scotia 
about the same time, which was about the time of the 
American revolution." 

Benjamin and his brothers possibly had families at the 
time of emigration, but probably did not, but were the 
sons of Jonathan and still members oi' his family. Ecu- 
ben Rockwell says in the letter, part of which was 
quoted above, that " two of the family remained in this 

country." 

Mr. Alexander Rockwell goes on to say : " My grand- 
father had nine children, five boys and four girls. They 
are all dead but one, a woman by the name of Mary, and 
she is a widow with a numerous family. My father, Lot 
Rockwell, was born in Sunbury County, New Brunswick, 
and was the youngest son of Benjamin. He died last 
May, and was seventy-three years old. He had a family 
of five boys and seven girls, all living but one. 1 was born 



12G THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

in the year 1823, and my wife's name was Mary Egan 
before she was married. She was born in 1824, in Dublin, 
Ireland- I have had twelve children ; there arc but seven 
living, five boys and two girls." 

Jonathan Rockwell 5 had among; the children who Ktnt 
to Nova Seotia Daniel, 6 Asahel, 6 and Benjamin. 6 

Bexjauix Rockwell, son of Jonathan, b. 17C5; m. 
Susan Tapley in 1785. She died in 1840, and he died in 
1848, aged 84. Children: Hannah, Joseph, Samuel. Folly, 
Snsan, Sarah, Benjamin, b. 1792; Elijah, b. 1800; Lot. 
Polly, 2d, and Eliza. There are none of these living 
except Polly, 2d. All the children of Benjamin but one, 
married, and had large families in and near Water ville, New 
Brunswick. 

Blxjamix Rockwell, 7 b. 1702, m. Jane York in 1812. 
She died in 1867; he died in 1870. Children: Shadraeh, 
b. 1819, d. 1848; Hannah, b. 1821, m. William Carter in 
1858, d. 1859; Miriam, b. 1828; Stephen, b. 1S30, m. 
Clara Bonney in 1857; she died in 1870; Benjamin, b. 
1832, d. 1852; James, b. 1835; Eli, b. 1837, d. 1856; 
Harris, b. 1839, d. 18C8 ; Marcus, b. 1842, m. Eliza Cham- 
bers in 18G7 ; he died in 1870. 

Elijah Rockwell, 7 son of Benjamin Rockwell, and 
grandson of Jonathan, was born Aug. 25, 1800; m. Jane 
A.Drake in 1821; d. July 21,1858. Children: George, 
b. 1822, d. 1852 ; Elizabeth, b. 1824, m. Daniel Shaw in 
18C3 ; Mary, 1st, b. 1820, d. 1828 ; Mary, 2d, b. 1828, d. 
1850 ; Susan, b. 1830, m. Wm. Crandlemire in 1851 ; 
Catharine, b. 1832, m. James Lovely in 1853; Frances, b. 
1834, d. 1835; Jane, b. 183G, m. James Crandlemire in 
1855 ; Francis, b. 1838, d. 1862 ; James, b. 18-10. d. 1857 ; 
Melissa, b. 1843, in. Lewellyn McGown in 18G7. 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 1-4 

Bexjamix Rockwell, 6 had the following children: 
Samuel, born about 1783; Benjamin, Sarah, Joseph, 

Susan, Mary, Elijah, Lot, Eliza, the last being born about 
1805. These are all dead except Mary. 

Samuel Rockwell, 7 m. Sarah Drake, and the children 
in their order were George, Sarah, Malinda, Almou. 
Matilda, Irene, Joseph, Samuel. Margaret, Betsey, and 

Jane. 

Bexjamin Rockwell, 7 m. Jane York. Children, as far 

as known: Shedrick, Hannah. Merriam, Ste\en. Benjamin, 
Eli, Horace, Jarcies, Marcus and Sarah, who married John 
Newman, and whose children were Benjamin, Leonard, 
William, John, Ebon. Almon, and Sarah. 

Joseph Rockwell, 7 m. Matilda Dickinson. CJdldren: 
Sarah, Baal, James, and Lydia. 

Susan Rockwell, 7 in. Joseph Drake. Children : Hiram, 
Susannah, George. Joseph, Catharine, Harriet, Frances. 
Mary, Lucia, James, and Francis. 

Mart Rockwell, 7 m. Warren Drake. Children: Rod- 
ney, Avard, William, Charles Xelson, Maria, and Susan. 

Elijah Rockwell, 7 m. Jane Drake. Children: Eliza- 
beth, George, Mary, Susan, Catharine, Frances, Jam-, 
Lucy, and James. 

Lot Rockwell, 7 m. Mary Trosser. CJiildren : Hannah, 
Alexander, Charlotte, Hester, Sarah, Elijah. Eliza, Jere- 
miah, Jane, Benjamin, Lot and Naomi. 

Eliza Rockwell, 7 m. Jeremiah Prosser. Children: 
Mary, Ilitty, William, George, Silas, Samuel, Elmira, San- 
ford, Henry, Wilford, Alice. 

This record was received March 01, 1S73, being for- 
warded by Alexander Rockwell, of Waterville, who said 
it was impossible to give the dates of births exactly, the 
records formerly in possession of members of the family 



128 THE HOCKJTELL FAMILY. 

having been burned some }"cars ago. lie says : i: As for 
Benjamin Rockwell's great-grandchildren, their nun 
1 could not be told in New Brunswick, as some of the gi □ - 
children are in California, Michigan, Canada, Massachu- 
setts, and Maine." 

Daniel Rockwell. 6 Child: James. 

James Rockwell,^ b. 1788 ; m. 1803 : d. 1858. Children: 
James E, 8 William, 8 Lucy, 8 Avon, 5 h. 1809 ; John L., 8 
Aaron, 8 Adeline, 8 b. 1815 ; Charles D., 8 Elizabeth, 8 b. 1821, 
d. 1858 ; Mary, 8 b. 1823, m. 1849 ; Alfred II., 8 b. 1827. 

James E. Rockwell, 8 b. 1804; m. 1828. Children: 
Mary Ann, 9 b. 1829, m. 18G5 ; Lucy Jane, 9 b. 1831, m. 
1852; Cynthia. 2 b. 1835, d. 1857; James E., 9 b. 1837; 
Martin, 9 b. 1841 ; Albert, 9 b. 1838. 

John" L. Rockwell, 8 b. 1S11. Children: James E.. 9 
Alfred II., 9 Mary, 9 b. about 18 10, m. 18G4 ; Frederick. 9 b. 
1852. 

Aaron Rockwell, 8 b. 1813 ; m. 183G. Children: Anna. 9 
b. 183G, m. 18G9 ; Elizabeth, 9 b. 1838, m. 1859 ; John \V..-> 
b. 1841 ; Nancy, 9 b. 1843, in. 18G5 ; Olive, 9 b. 1845. m. 
18G8; Caroline, 9 b. 1847, m. 1SG8 ; Marcu^, 9 b. 1850; Al- 
fred, 9 b. 1853. 

Chakles D. Rockwell, 8 b. ISIS, m. 1840. Children: 
James II., 9 Francis E., 9 b. 1848, m. 1866 ; Warren W., 9 b. 
1850, in. 1871 ; Rnfus P., 9 b. 1851 ; Nathan S., 9 b. 1853 ; 
Rebecca P.. 9 b. 1857 ; William, 9 b. 4859 ; Arthur. 9 b. 1SG1 ; 
Ella M., 9 b. 1SC3 ; Willard II., 9 b. 18GS. 

Alfred II. Rockwell, 8 b. 1827. Children: Anna, 9 
Charles. 9 

James E. Rockwell, 9 b. 1837. Children: Clara E.. :c 
b. 1859; Clarence W., 10 b. 1SG3 ; Walter L., 10 b. 1865; 
Ella L., 10 b. 18G9. 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 129 

James E. Rockwell, 9 (son of John L.), b. 1833, m. 
160-5. Cuildi ea: Mary, 10 b. 1866; Lincoln, b. 1868. 

Alfred IT. Rockwell, 9 b. 1830; in. 18GG. Child: 
Cora E.. 10 b. 1866. 

James II. Rockwell, 9 b. 1841, m. 18G5. Children: 
Charles, 10 b. 18G6 ; Frances E., 30 b. 18G8, d. 1872 ; Arvid, 1; 
b. 1870 ; Frederick, 10 b. 1872, d. 1872. 

AsAHF.r, Rockwell, 6 bad the following 

CHILDREN. 

I. Julia IE 1 IV. Lydia. 1 

II. Benjamin.' V. Jerusha.' 

III. Hannah.' 

Jonx B. Rockwell, 7 in. (1) Rebecca D e Wolfe ; m. (2) 

Emily Eaton. 





CHXLDKEX. 




(1st marriage.) 


VI. 


Eebecea D. 8 


I. Ruth A. 8 


VII. 


Judah B. 8 


II. Eliza C 8 


VIII. 


Levi W. s 


III. Nathan D." 


IX. 


James E. 8 


(id marriage.) 


X. 


William A. 8 


IV. David X. 8 


XI. 


George C. 3 


V. John G. 8 


XII. 


Eunice "W. 8 



Rem A. Rockwell, 8 m. (1) Aaron Chapman; (2) 
Thomas Clark. All the children are deceased except one, 
namely, Betsey Chapman, 9 who married Joseph Drake, and 
now lives in Iloulton, Maine. 

Eliza C. Rockwell, 8 m. Reter Wickwire. Children: 
John L., 9 Rebecca, 9 Rrudcnce, 9 William, 9 Emily, 9 and 
Laura. 9 

Dated N. Rockwell, s m. Rebecca Bacon. Children: 
Alary, 9 Amelia, 9 Rebecca, 9 Emily, 9 Frederick, 9 Laura. 9 



130 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

John G-. Ko6kwell, 8 m. (1) Amorette Graves. (2) Lucy 
Bui-bridge. Children: Willard, 9 Eunice R., 9 Emily E., 9 
John A., 9 Moses, 9 Alfaretta, 9 and Ann. 9 

Jrr>.ui B. Rockwell, 8 m. Prudence Belcher. Children: 
Charles F., 9 Park, 9 Mary. 9 

.Levi W. Rockwell, 8 rn. Mary A. Clinkard. Children: 
Ella F., 9 Levi W. 9 

James E. Rockwell, 8 m. Matilda Branch. CJiildren: 
Clarence, Caleb. 9 

WiMjam A. Rockwell, 8 m. (1) Elizabeth Silliman, (2) 
Elizabeth Kinsman. Children: Emily E., 9 William "W., 9 
Anna E., 9 Wimrie K., 9 Joseph S. 9 

George C. Rockwell, 6 m. Mary Brooker. Children: 
George, 9 John W. 9 

Eunice W. Rockwell, s m. Ebenezer Kinsman. Chil- 
dren: John, 9 George. 9 

Messrs. George C. and Levi W. Rockwell have lived 
several years in Boston, and are commission merchants 
and dealers in grain, at 4G and 48 North street, 

Benjamin Rockwell, 7 m. Poll}- Kinsman. Children : 
John, 8 Maykew, 8 Rebecca, 8 Mary, 8 Eunice, 8 Ruth, 8 Sarah, 8 
Elizabeth. 8 

John Rockwell, s m. North. This family resides 

in one of the Western States, but which of them is not 
known. 

Mayiiew Rockwell 8 has a family, but nothiug further 
is known in regard to him ; and nothing further has been 
furnished in regard to the descendants of Jonathan Rock- 
well,-'' although there are doubtless many of them in the 
Provinces, and it is greatly to be desired that some one of 
them maj- take up and complete the record. 



THE KOCK 1VELL FAMILY. 131 

The preceding account I had prepared of the Rockwells 
in No>a Scotia, and although I was gratified at having so 
much, which I thought valuable, from this branch of the 
family, I was delighted to receive, on the evening of the 
18th of January, 1870, a full record of " the Rockwells of 
Nova Scotia," for which I am very greatly indebted to 
Gideon Rockwell, Esq., assisted by TV. E. Roscoe, Esq. 
And in this connection, I refer to the remark in this record, 
that Benjamin Rockwell "early left Nova Scotia, and 
nothing is known of his subsequent history," rn order to 
point to the preceding account which I have obtained con- 
cerning him and his descendants, from Alexander Rockwell, 
of Waterville, Carleton county, New Brunswick. Although 
that account is not critically accurate, it shows the Rock- 
wells of Nova Scotia, where Benjamin 6 went, and that they 
have many relatives in New Brunswick ; and I very much 
regret that though I have sought diligently for further 
information of them, I can give no more, without delaying 
my work perhaps unreasonably. 

THE ROCKWELLS OF KOVA SCOTIA. 

Jonathan* Rockwell 5 came to Nova Scotia with many 
others who chose rather to remain under the rule of King 
George the Third than participate in any attempt to shake 
off the allegiance which that king once claimed of all 
dwelling in the country now called the United States of 
America. ITe belonged to a class of people who, in com- 
mon parlance, wore called "refugees." As far as is 
known, he was the first of the name who had stepped op 
the soil of Nova Scotia. 

Settling in King's County, in the Cornwallis valley, the 
most beautiful as well as the most fertile part of the 
province in which it is situated, he received a large grant 



132 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

of land, and proceeded to cultivate the soil, — a vocation to 
which his posterity, to a great extent, have elung. Hi v s 
a man of unimpeachable moral eharaeter and sterling 
piety, and for many years filled the office of deacon in the 
church to which he belonged. He had four sons. Jona- 
than, 6 Asaliel, 6 Joseph, 6 and Benjamin, 6 and two daughters, 
Sarah, 6 and Hannah. 6 

. Jonathan 6 was horn in 1747, and in 1773 married 
Abigail Coats. This branch of the family contributed 
nothing to the spread of the Rockwell name, the only off- 
spring being two girls, Beulah, 7 who married John Knox, 
and Sarah, 7 who married "William Williams. 

Asahel "Rockwell was born in 1740. In 1775 he 
married Mary Brooks. From this union there were six 
children, Annie, 7 John, 7 Benjamin, 7 LycUa, 7 Hannah, 7 aud 
Jerusha. 7 Annie, the eldest, was born in 1776 ; she married 

DeWolie. John. 7 was born in 1780; in 1803 he 

married Rebecca DeWolfe ; from this marriage came three 
children. Ruth, 6 Eliza Ann. 8 and Nathan D. 3 In 1808 his 
wife Rebecca .died. In 1813 he married (2) Emily Eaton, 
by whom he had nine children, David X., 8 John, 8 Rebecca, 8 
Judah B., s Levi W., 8 James E.. 8 William A., 8 George. 8 and 
Eunice. 3 

Ruth, 8 the eldest, was born in 1804, and married Aaron 
Chapman ; Eliza Ann, 8 born in 1806, married Peter Wick- 
wire ; Nathan D., 8 the eldest son, was born in 1808, and 
never married ; David X., 8 was born in 1814, and married 
Rebecca Bacon ; they have four children, Mary, 9 Amelia, 
Rebecca, 9 and Emily. 9 

John Rockwell, 8 brother of David N., was born in 
1S16. He was twice married. By the first wife. Melissa 
Graves, he had four children, Eunice.'- 1 Emily, 9 John. 9 and 
Moses. 9 For his second wife he married a Miss Burbidge ; 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 133 

she has one child, Alvaretta. 9 Eunice 9 was married in 
1S72, to Ebenezer Kinsman, and in the same year Emilj ,; 
married Josiah Kidson. 

Rebecca, 8 sister of John and David Rockwell, was born 
in 1818, and died young. 

Judah B. 6 was born in 1S20. In the year 1S4G he 
married Prudence Belcher. Charles F. Rockwell, 9 their 
eldest son, was born in 1847 r Park J.,° in 18-32, and Mary 
M., 9 in 18G5. In 1871 Charles F. 9 married Annie Kidson. 
In the summer of 1872 Judah B. Rockwell died. lie was 
a man of whom, while recounting his many good qualities, 
no one could speak ill. For many years before his death 
he filled the office of Justice of the Peace in his native 
county ; and his man}* virtues, as a member of society, 
found their counterpart in his demeanor while acting in a 
public capacity. 

Lira W. Rockwell, 6 brother of Jadah B., was born in 
1822. lie married a Miss Clinkard. lie has two children, 
Frances 9 and Levi. 3 

James E., s sixth son of John Rockwell, was born in 
1825. In 1803 he married Matilda Barnaby ; they have 
three children, Clarence, 9 Eva, 9 and Caleb Gordon. 

William A. Rockwell 8 was born in 1827. The name 
of his first wife was Elizabeth Silliman ; she had one 
child, Emily. 9 For his second wife he married Elizabeth 
Kinsman, by whom he has four more, Annie. 9 Winnie, 9 
"William, 9 and Joseph. 9 

George, 8 the remaining brother, was born in 1832, he 
married Mary Booker. 

Eunice, 8 the youngest of the family, was born in 1832. 
She married Ebcnezer Kinsman. She died in 1871. 

Benjamin Rockwell, 7 brother of John, and son of 
Asahel Rockwell, was born in 1782. He married Polly 



134 THE r. OCR' "'ELL FAMILY. 

Skinner. lie had seven children: John, 8 who :.. 
Charlotte North, and emigrated to the United Si 
Rebecca married William Tupper ; Mary married Gu rdon 
Eaton, and at her death he married (2) her sister E 
beth ; her younger sister, Eunice, died yourg; S 
married Reuben Green ; Mayhew, the youngest of the 
family, married Maria Forsythe. 

Lydia, 7 second daughter of Asahel Rockwell, was born 
in 1784. She married Guy Eaton ; Hannah, born in 1786, 
married Enoch Eaton ; Jerusha, the youngest of the fan 
•was born in 1787 ; she married David Eaton. 

Joseph Rockwell, brother of Asahel, and a son of 
Deacon Jonathan Rockwell, was born in 1751. In 1774 
he married Lydia Barnaby. From this branch of the 
family are descended more than two-thirds of all in Nova 
Scotia who bear the Rockwell name. He had thirteen 
children: Jerusha, Lydia, Prudence, Samuel, Noah. Jo- 
seph, Benjamin, Ruth, Gideon, Eunice, Alice, John, and 
Lydia. 

Jerusha was born in 1775. She married Nathan West : 
Lydia, the second of the family, was born in 1776, and 
died in the same year; Prudence, born in 1778, m; 
William Bowles. 

Samuel, 7 the eldest son of Joseph Rockwell, 6 was born 
in 1780. In 1810 he married Rebecca Bill. At the 
of his death, in 1872, he had fifty-six grandchildren and 
twenty great-grandchildren. Charlotte Ann, hi< el lest 
child, was born in 1811, and married Edy Coldwell. 

George N., 8 his only sou, was born in 1814. In 1841 
he married Charlotte Bently. They had eight chil ' 
William, Ruth Ann, Rebecca Adelaide, Samuel P.. Ma raret 
Wells, Harris, and Havelock. William. 9 was born in 1841, 
and died in 1SG8 ; Ruth Ann, was born in 1842; she 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 135 

married Charles Lawrence ; Rebecca Adelaide, 9 was bom 
in 1845, and married Newton Cux ; SamuelB., 9 Mas "horn in 
1847 ; Margaret, in 1817; Wells,in 1853; Harris, in 1855, 
aDd Ilavelock in 1859. 

Habbiet, 8 sister of George N. Rockwell, was born in 
1816, and married Asaph Dimock ; Sarah, 8 born in 1822, 
married Dauiel Illsley and died in 1862 ; Mary, 9 born in 
1824, married Gideon Rockwell; Jerusha, 8 born in 1826, 
married Joseph Porter; Eunice, 8 born in 1830, married 
for her first husband, Alonzo Rockwell, and for the second 
Jedson Porter; Adelaide. 8 born in 1833, died in 1S36. 

Noah Rockwell," brother of Samuel, was born in 1782. 
In 1812 he married Deborah Eaton. They had a family of 
ten children: Elijah., Joseph, Gideon, Leonard, Lavinia, 
Prudence, Charlotte, William II., Leander V"., and Paulina, 
all of whom lived to see their father buried, in 1861, aged 
70. 

Elijah, 8 the eldest, was born in 1816. Joseph, 8 was born 
in 1818. In 1811 he married Jane Gessner. lie had a 
family of nine children: Eiinira,.born in 1841, died in 1861. 
Henry, born in 1843; George, in 1845; John, in 1.^47 : 
Sylvanus, in 1840 ; Anna Pell, in 1851 ; Leander, in 1853 : 
William, in 1855 ; and Ida in 1857. 

Gideon E. Rockwell, 8 was born in 1820. In 1847 he 
married Mary Rockwell. They have eight, children : The- 
resa, born in 1818, and married in 1871 to Henry Rockwell : 
Mary A., in 1850 ; Eldred,in 1852 ; Eliza, in 1854 : Owen, in 
1857; Rebecca, in 1801 ; Deborah, in 18G3 ; and Clara, in 
1807. 

Lf.on.viu> Rockwell, 8 was born in 1821. In 1^47 he 
married Elmira Walton. Emeline, the eldest of their fam- 
ily, was born in 1S48, and married, in 1871, to Marcelles 
Tupper. James E., the eldest boy, was born in 1810, Mar- 



136 THE HOC K WELL FAMILY. 

tha, in 1851 ; she died in 1852 ; Ellen was born in 1851 ; 
Emily, in 1856 ; Levi, in 1 857 ; he died in 1 859 ; Ed^\ in was 
born in 1859 ; Charlotte, in 1861 ; she died in 1868 ; Arthur, 
the youngest, was born in 18C3. 

Lavixia. 8 the eldest daughter of Xoah Rockwell, was 
born in 1823. In 1848 she married Campbell Bowles. 
Prudence, was born in 1825, and, in 1846. married J. SI. 
Roscoe, Esq. ; Charlotte, born in 1827, in 1847 married 
Slichael Pearl. 

"William II. Rockwell, 8 was bom in 1829. In 1854 
he married Susan Rockwell. They have had three children. 
two of whom died in their infancy. Frederick, the ouly 
one living, was born in 1860. 

Leandee V. Rockwell, 8 was born in 1830. In 18C0 he 
married Annie Payson, by whom he had two children — 
Frank, born in 1861, and Bell, born in 1863. He died in 
1867. 

Paulina, 8 youngest child of Noah Rockwell, was born 
in 1837. She was married in 1866 to David Skerry. 

Joseph Rockwell, 7 brother of Noah and son of Joseph 
Rockwell, was born in 1784. In 1807, he married Olivia 
Eaton. They had a family of eleven children: Huldah, 
born in 1803. was married in the year 1826, to Isaac Rive ; 
Alice, born in 1809, died in 1839; Sophia, born in 1812. 
married James Bragg in 1841; Ruth Ann, hum in 1815, 
in 1838 married James Harris; Mary S., bom in 1S17, 
married Samuel Evans in 1842; Gideon E. was born in 
IS 20 ; in 1845 he married Alice Bragg. They had no chil- 
dren. Amanda O., born in 1821, was married in 1843 to 
Cyrus \Yebster. Willimina, born in 1824, in 1851 married 
Samuel Kinsman. 

George "W. 7 was born in 1826. In 1S52 he married 
Lavinia Ilemiug, by whom he had three children: Alice. 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 137 

born in 1852, Mary, born in 1854, and Brenton, born m 1856. 
His wife Lavinia dA'ing, he married (2) Amelia Robinson 
iu 1859. They hare six children: Olivia, born in 18C0; 
William Alvin, born in 18G1 ; James Harris, in 1867 ; Phebe 
Jane, in 18G9 ; and Leverett Chipman, born in 1872. 
. Timotiit E. Rockwell, 7 the next of the family, was 
born in 1828. In 1864 he married Rebecca Dcckie. Maria, 7 
the youngest of the family, was born in 1831, and in 1859 
married Charles Price. 

Benjamin Rockwell, Esquire, 7 brother of Samuel, Noah 
and Joseph, is the third son of Joseph Rockwell/' lie was 
born in 1780; he married Elizabeth Foot. lie has six 
children: James E., William A., Asahcl, Charles, Joseph 
Lawson, and Nancy E. 

James E., 8 the eldest, was born in 1S15. In 1835 he 
married Mary Johnson. They had thh'teen children : Ben- 
jamin E., the eldest, was born in 1835, and died in 1838 ; 
Elizabeth, born in 183G, died in 1839 ; Sarah, born in 1838, 
died in 1840; Clara 9 was born in 1840; in 1SG0 she was 
married to J. G. Webster ; Margaret J. was born in 1S42. 
and died in 185G; Randall 9 was born in 1844, and was 
married in 18G5 to Margaret Sandford ; Sarah ° was born in 
1S4G, and married David Shaw in 18G7 ; Henry 9 was born 
in 1848, married Theresa Rockwell in 1871 ; James A..° 
born in 1850, died in 18GG ; Ruth 9 was born in 1852. Wil- 
son in 1854, and Ida in 1859. Albert was born in 18G0 
and died in 18G1. Some time ago James E. Rockwell was 
appointed a Justice of the Peace for the count} - iu which 
he lives. 

William A., 8 second son of Benjamin Rockwell, Esquire, 
was born iu 1817. In 1839, he married Lucy Bentlv. 
Harris, their eldest child, was born in 1840, and died in the 
same year. Harriet 9 was born in 1842, and married, in 
18G8, to Everett Bligh. Nancy E., 9 born in 1844, married 



133 THE JinCKWELL FAMILY. 

Edward Turner in 18G7. Rupert was born in 184G. 
Georgianna, 9 in 1848, and was married in 1 572 to Richmond 

Ells. Clara was born in 18.31 ; Eva in 18.30; Willie in 
185C, and Frederick in 18-38. 

Asauel Rockwell 8 was born in 1819. In 18-12 he mar- 
ried Mary Beckwith. Julia, their eldest child, was born in 
1841 ; Robert E., in 1847 ; Merchant, in 1849 ; Leslie, in 
1851 ; Mary E.. in 1851 ; Rebecca, in 1858 ; and Olivia, in 
18G2. 

Deacon Chakles Rockwell, 8 the next brother of James 
E. Rockwell, Esquire, was born in 1821. In 1844 he was 
married to Margaret Bligh. They have eleven children : 
Freeman C, born in 184-3 ; Annie, born in 1846 ; Summer- 
ton, 9 born in 1840, and married in 1871 to Mary Morton; 
Benjamin, born in 1849 ; James A., in 1851 ; Rebecca A., 
in 1854; Frederick, in 1857; Spurgeon, in 1859; Lee. in 
1864 ; Asaheij in 1865 ; and Herbert in 1868. 

Joseph Lawsox 3 was born in 18i'4. In 1847 he was 
married to Rebecca Bligh. They have nine children: 
Joseph A., bom in 1847 ; Margaret E., 1849 ; Burton E., 
in 1851 ; Emma, in 1853 ; George E., in 1855 ; Melbourne, 
in 1857 ; Jerusha, in 1858 ; Edith, in 1861 ; and Maud, 
iu 1SG4. 

Naxcy E., 3 the only daughter of Benjamin Rockwell, was 
born in 1826, and married, in IS 15, to Samuel Parish. 

Rcth Rockwell, 7 the eldest daughter of Joseph Rock- 
well, and sister of Samuel, Noah, Joseph, Jr., and Benjamin, 
was born in 1789, and married Stephen Porter. 

Gideon, 7 the next of the family, was born in 1790. In 
1814, he married Acsah Porter. They had ten children: 
Paulina, the eldest, was born iu 1816; she married Davi 1 
Porter, 1847. Jared, the eldest son, was born in 1818. 
He married Lydia Read. They have six children. George, 
born in 1851 ; William Filmore, in 1853 ; Roselia, in L854 ; 



TIIE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 139 

Eldred Stanley and Edward Manley, in 1S56 ; and Clara in 
185-8. 

David, 6 ihc next son of Gideon Rockwell, was born in 
1820. He married Jane Reid. They have seven children : 
Elanthus, born in 1813 ; John, in 1815 ; "Washington, in 
13 17 ; Emma, in 18-19 ; Everctre, in 1851 ; and Clara, in 1861. 

Eunice, 8 sister of David Rockwell, was born in 1822. 
She married Eklred Cohoon, Esq., 1848. Acusaii, 8 born 
in 182-1, married John Marine, 18-12. 

Jonx Rockwell, 8 the next in succession, was born in 
1826, and died in 18G7. lie married Rebecca Ingersol, by 
whom he had two children : Walter, born in 1850; and 
Freeman, born in 1858. 

Rcby, 8 the next of the family, was born in 1828, and 
married Isadore Reid. Mary, 8 born in 1830, married 
Edward Porter. Harriet, 8 born in 1832, married Edward 
Cohoon. Olivia, 8 the youngest of the family, was born 
in 183 i, and died in 1858. 

Eunice," the j-ouuger sister of Gideon Rockwell and 
daughter of Joseph Rockwell, was born in 1703. She 
married John Palmeter. Alice, 7 was born in 179-1, and 
married Gideon Eaton. 

Jonx, 7 the youngest son of the family, was born in 1790. 
In 1824 he married Ruby Porter. They had four children : 
Theodore Harding, Susan, Stephen Alonzo, and Ruby 
Melissa. 

Theodore 8 was born in 1827. In 1855, he married 
Esther Marsters, by whom he has eight children : Theo- 
dore F., born in 1856; Sarah, in 1858; Laura, in 1SG1 : 
Alonzo, in 1862 ; "Warren, in 183-4 ; Lewis, in 1865 ; Arthur, 
in 18G8 ; and Clara, in 1871. 

Susan* 8 was born in 1830, and iu 1S54 married William 
Rockwell. 

SrKrriEN Aloxzo, 8 the youngest son of John Rockwell, 



140 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

was born in 1832, and died in 18G2. lie married Eunice 
Rockwell. 

Ruby Melissa, 8 the youngest of the family, was born in 
in 1834. She married Aaron Anderson. 

Ltdia, 7 sister of John Rockwell, and the last of Joseph 
Rockwell's family, was born in 1797. She was never :.. :- 
ried and died young. 

Benjamin Rockwell, 6 son of Deacon Jonathan Rock- 
well, the head of the Rockwell family in Nova Scotia, was 
born in 17.33. lie early left Nova Scotia and nothing is 
known of his subsequent history.* 

Sarah and Hannah constituted the remainder of Deacon 
Jonathan Rockwell's family. Sarah was born in 1751. and 
married Reuben Styles. Hannah was born in 1750. and 
married Benoni Sweet. 

It will be seen that unfortunately for the Rockwell name 
the greater number of children in Nova Scotia born with 
that name have been females, so that, while there are 
estimated to be nearly a thousand people in Nova Scotia 
with Rockwell blood in their veins, there are only about 
one hundred who bear the name. 

There seems to have been a predilection among them 
in favor of agricultural pursuits. More than seven-eighths 
of them, from the rime of Jonathan Rockwell to the present 
day, have been farmers. The}' have never been as] ants 
for office, but when called upon to act in a public capacity 
have always discharged their duties with credit to them- 
selves and satisfaction to all concerned. 

FAMILY OF DANIEL ROCKWELL. 6 

The following record was received, with an explanatory 
note.f Daniel was one of the sons of Jonathan. 

* See preceding pages for correction of this *tatoiuent. 
f See page 12G. 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 



141 



" Amherst Shore, October 28, 1372. 
My grandfather's name was Daniel Rockwell ; my father's, James 
Rockwell, b. 1788, in. 1603, d. 1858. His family was as follows: — 



James E. Rockwell, 2d. 

William. 
Lucy Ann. 
John L. 
Aaron. 
Adeline. 
Charles I). 
Elizabeth. 
Mary. 
Alfred II. 



(2.) James E. Rockwell's, 2d, Fameey 

Mary Ann. 
Lney Jane. 
Cvntlna. 
dames E., 3d. 
Martin. 
Albert. 



(3.) Jonx L. Rockwell's Family. 

Jimes E., 4th. 
Alfred II. 
Mary. 
Frederick. 



(4.) Aaron Rockwell's Family. 

Anna. 
Elizabeth. 
John W. 
Nancy. 
Olive". 
Caroline. 
Marcus. 
Ait red. 



Born. 



3farried.\ Died. 



1804 


1S2S 


1807 




180» 


1635 


1811 


unkno'n. 


1813 


183G 


1815 




1818 


IS 10 


1821 




1623 


1849 


1827 


unkno'n. 



1829 
1831 
1635 
1837 
1S41 
1838 



1838 

1839 

unkno'n. 

1852 



186c 
18.55 

unkno'n. 



1865 
1866 

1804 



1836 


18C9 


183S 


18J9 


1841 




1843 


1SC5 


184.") 


1868 


1847 


1S63 


1850 




is;>3 





1833 



1857 



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THE ROCKWELL FAMILY 



1 

I 

i 


Bora. ; 


"Married. 


Die I. 


(5.) Charles D. Rockwell's Family. 








James II. 


1841 


1S65 




Francis E. 


1848 


1SG6 




"Warren W". 


1S50 


1871 




Bnrpe P. 


1851 






Nathan S. 


1853 






Rebecca F. 


1657 






William. 


1850 






Arthur. 


1861 






Ella M. 


1S63 






WHlard II. 


1S(J3 






(6). Alfred II. Rockwell, 1st, Family. 








Anna. 








Charles. 








Two of tliis family dead, names and ages 








unknown ; and also ages of the two 








above given. 








(7.) James £. Rockwell, 3d, Family. 








Clara E. 


1S59 






Clarence Wilmot. 


1863 






Walter Lacey. 


1805 






Ella Lane. 


lbtjo 






(3.) James E. Rockwell, ith, Family. 








Mary. 


1866 






Lincoln. 


I80S 






(9.) Alfred H. Rockwell, 2d, Family. 








Cora E. 


1866 






(10.) James II. Rockwell's Family. 








Charles. 


1866 






Francis E. 


1868 




1872 


Avard. 


IS 70 






Frederick. 


1872 




1872 



THE POCKWELL FAMILY. 143 

"Thus ends the Rockwell families of Cumberland, N. S. 
Adhering to the motto, " Self-praise is no recomm< 
tion," I have nothing to say on that point further than 
that from prisons, penitentiaries, courts of law and equity, 
as -well as from that monster sin of drunkenness, they have 
been free. For adaptation for mechanical arts, are above 
mediocrity. Seven of the number being blacksmiths shows 
a preference for that trade. 

"My brother John is a resident of Washington, State 
of Maine. Alfred II.. of Chestertown, Stale, of Mary- 
land. My brother Aaron received your letter and some 
time after handed it to me. Please excuse my delay, 
as also the imperfect manner of the work, and believe me, 
"Yours, respectfully, etc., 

" Chakles D. Rockwell." 



FAMILY OF JOHN EOCXWFLL. 



John Rockwell, 6 son of Joseph Rockwell, of Cole- 
brook, was a lieutenant in the Revolutionary War, and 
after its close removed to Southwick, Massachusetts, where 
some of his descendants still reside. The following table 
gives the genealogy : — 



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Joseph Rockwell, in. Esther Cone. Children : George, 
kouisa. He removed from Colebrook to Norfolk, Conn., 
ill 1805, and lived to lit- quite aged. 
. George Rockwell, 7 b. 179:), m. Mjria Guitteau, in 
1819, daughter of Dr. Philo Guitteau, of Norfolk. He 
removed to Now York city in 1826, and after .-pending 
seven years in mercantile business there, he returned to 
Norfolk, where he remained as a farmer until his death, 
Feb. 22. 1855. Children: Philo G. and Columbus C. 

Louisa Rockwell, 7 ra. Thomas T. Cowles. Children: 
Joseph It., Alva S. He lives in Norfolk, Conn. 

Philo G. Rockwell, 8 b. 1820, m. Elizabeth Wadsworth, 
of Fartaington, Conn., in 1851. Children: a daughter 
and son who died young; and George G. He graduated 
at the Berkshire Medical College in 1845 ; was in the array 
during the rebellion as Surgeon of the 11th Regiment of 
Conn. Volunteers ; as Medical Director of the 3d Brigade, 
2d Army Corps, of the Army of the Potomac ; was ap- 
pointed Surgeon-General of the State of Connecticut, by 
Gov. Joseph Ilavdey, in 1SG7 ; removed to Aiken, S. C, in 
18G9, and established a sanitarium for the treatment of 
pulmonory disease, where he now resides (187:;). 

Colx-mdis C. Rockwell. 8 b. 1824, in Norfolk, m. Mar- 
garet Phelps, of Norfolk, 1848. She died at Keokuk, 
Iowa, in 1854. Children: Ada L., b. 1850; Georgians 
A., born in 1854. He studied law, anil emigrated to Iowa ; 
was two years Secretary of the Senate, after assisting in 
organizing the State; was Assistant Clerk of the I • S. 
Senate, in 1851-2 ; returned to Iowa, where he remained 
'until 1856, when he located in New York city, and con- 
tinued in the practice of the law until bis death, Dec. 27, 

18C7. 

F.lluu Rockwell/' m. Lydia Allen. ChUdn n : Lydia, 7 



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Clarissa. 7 lie married (2) Edith Moore. Child: Elihu. 7 

lie lived, for many years, i:i the northern part of Winsted, 
Connecticut, and removed, later in Life, to Ohio. 

Clabissa Rockwell, 7 m. Clark-.' II. Roberts, vdio lived 
at the south-eastern part of Colebrook, called "The Old 
Forge." Child: one daughter, who married Mr. Down?, 
and removed to Ohio. 

[This record unavoidably repeats a portion of the record 
given by Hon. J. Bend.] 

Samuel Rockwell, 5 b. 1729, m. Hepzibah Pratt, of 
East Hartford, in 17.37. lie inherited a small farm of 
about thirty acres in East Windsor, his father dying when 
Samuel was at the age of 17. lie removed to Colebrook, 
Connecticut, in February, 17G7, having, at that time, a 
family of four sons, and being the owner of a hundred 
acres of wild hind in that town. He was the fifth settler 
in the town, and erected, for his dwelling, the building 
which now constitutes the kitchen part of the former resi- 
dence of his son, Reuben Rockwell. 

The following account of himself and family is from a 
pamphlet published in 1S52, in connection with a sermon 
preached at the funeral of Martin Rockwell, in December, 
1851: — 

" The house was then two miles distant from the other 
settlers. The frame had been raised before his family 
arrived. They were accommodated by then- friends, who 
came into the wilderness the year before, for two or three 
days, until boards could lie brought from the saw-mill, and 
the house made tenantable. This house, of one story, 
with a stone chimney, ami a ball-room under the roof, was, 
for many jears, the house of entertainment, and place for 
all town and religious meetings of the infant settlement. 



THE nOCh'UELL FAMILY. 151 

Here, amid the toils and privations of a new and rough 
country, he reared his family of six sons in habits of 
industry, enterprise, and rectitude. He retained, in a high 
degree, the virtues of his Puritan ancestors. lie was 
reared under the ministry of the Rev. Timothy Edwards, 
— had frequently heard the preaching of Whitefield, and the 
elder President Edwards, — was a professor of religion, 
punctual in family duties, and to a good degree faithful in 
the religious instruction of his children. There, being no 
settled minister in the town during his life, he was instru- 
mental in procuring, as far as circumstances would permit, 
a supply of Orthodox preaching, and in sustaining religious 
meetings, when no Supply could be obtained. He was 
thorough and efficient in supporting schools, and in educat- 
ing his children. lie commanded the military company 
-of the town through most of the war of the revolution; 
served as an officer in the army on a short tour of duty, 
and was a firm and decided friend of the liberties of his 
country. He was one of the fathers of the town, — was 
much employed in managing its concerns, and was ever 
zealous to promote its welfare and respectability. 

" He had a remarkable faculty for stimulating and direct- 
ing men in accomplishing objects, requiring united effort. 
Feeling a constitutional ardor on such occasions, he could 
impart to others his own spirit. Possessed of a vigorous 
constitution, few men had more physical strength, when in 
the prime of his manhood. The sickness which terminated 
his life was a highly malignant fever of about ten days' 
duration. His extreme grief at the death of his favorite 
son, Timothy, which occurred a few days before his sickness, 
probably increased the malignancy of his disorder. He 
died on the 24th day of September, 1794, in his 66th year. 

" His wife was well calculated to perform the duties de- 



152 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

volving on her as a wife and mother. She looked w< 
the affairs of his household. She never herself ate the I 
of idleness, or suffered others to do so, if in her power to 
prevent it. Her wool and her flax were always sou:. 
wove in season. Her geese were picked at the proper tiro • 
of the moon, and everything thoroughly done. Her 
Indian pudding was on the table precisely at noon an 
conch-shell blown in proper season. Her huge brass 
was over the tire for brewing beer every Tuesday morning. 
Her family, always largo, required her constant exert! 
and her energy and foresight were always equal to the 
emergency. She was a great lover of peace, and toot no 
part in neighborhood quarrels, or tea-table slanders, 
was ever attentive to the duties of religion, and in the latter 
halt' of her life gave evidence of sincere and fervent piety. 
She survived her husband twenty years. 

'• Doctor Samuel Rockwell, 6 the oldest son, lived at : 
and worked on the farm until the age. of seventeen, when in 
the year 177G he was six or eight months in the army at 
New London. In 177D he entered Yale College, and at the 
end of one term took a dismission, and pursued for the 
usual time the study of medicine with Dr. Lemuel Ho] 
then of Litchfield, and settled in 17n! as a practition 
Sharon, in this State. He soon obtained a hansome run vt 
practice, and, in 1788, married -Miss Eunice Car. 
daughter of John Canfield, of that place, who died 
consumption in 1705. Soon after this bereavement. 
removed to Salisbury, and after two or three years m« | 
Mrs. Hannah Reed and returned to Sharon, where 
remainder of his days were spent. He was signally happy 
in both his marriages. His second wife died in 1833. He 
was an honest and skilful physician, a firm and < ! 
frieudand supporter of religious institutions, an intellig" at 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 153 

rind consistent Christian professor, — a useful and influential 
member of the community. He sustained the oilice of 

Justice of the Peace for several years, and occasionally 
represented :he town in the Legislature. A Long and con- 
sistent profession, and a faithful, conscientious, and perse- 
vering adherence to Christian principles, and discharge of 
Christian duties, were rewarded with the comforts of faith 
and hop:- in his last sickness, and at the near approach of 
death. He was born February 18, 17-30, and died June 2-1, 
1836, aged 77 years, 4 months and G days. 

" Timothy Rockwell, 6 the second son, having in early life 
manifested an unusual capacity for business, was, by com- 
mon consent of the father and younger brother-, < - . 
the principal manager of their extensive business concerns, 
— a post which his foresight* enterprise and business tact 
well qualified him to fill. He had a strong propensity for 
reading, was ever kind and affectionate to his parents, and 
a faithful teacher of his younger brothers, in those rudi- 
ments of education which the circumstances of a new set- 
tlement rendered difficult of attainment. As head of the 
firm of Samuel Rockwell & Sons, he so conducted the busi- 
ness as to retain the confidence and affection of his 
brothers, and to exclude those jealou.-ies and uneasy feelings 
which so frequently take place when a partnership is com- 
posed of several members of the same family, all of whom 
are of an age to transact business. 

'•In the autumn of 1703 he married Mary, daughb r i : 
Col. Charles Burrall, of Canaan, and made preparation for 
building a house the next season. lu the summer of 1704 
his health became impaired, and he died on the 7:h day of 
August, 1701, in the 33d year of his age. His disorder 
was dropsy of the brain. 

" After the death of Timothy Rockwell and his father, the 



154 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

business of the family was carried on under the name of 
Solomon Rockwell and Brothers, —the partners bein< 
omon, Reuben, Alpha, and Martin, — until 1810, when 
Reuben withdrew with his share of the property by mutual 
agreement. The remaining brothers continued the business, 
principally at Winsted — to which place Solomon and Al- 
pha had removed — until the death of Alpha in 18 IS. after 
which, under the firm of S. & M. Rockwell, the busi 
was continued until 1827, when Martin withdrew from the 
concern, leaving the business in the hands of Solomon. 

i; Solomon Rockwell 6 removed from Colebrook to Win- 
sted in 1798 or 1790. whore he resided during the rest of 
his life. He was married to Sarah, daughter of Deacon 
Robert McEwen, of Winchester, in 1800. As a business 
man he possessed an uncommon share of energy and per- 
severance, and a good degree of prudence and sound dis- 
cretion. His motto was, never to be disheartened, but if 
one project failed, to try another. Experience taught him 
prudence, without in any degree diminishing his energetic 
and sanguine temperament. He was a man of integrity, 
constitutionally and from principle ; was liberal and generous, 
without a narrow or contracted streak in his character. 
His unvaried cheerfulness, his genial humor, and exhaust- 
less fund of anecdote, made him the favorite of old and 
young, vise and simple, lie was a true gentleman of the 
old school, a puritan of the puritans, yet liberal and catho- 
lic in his religious views. 

"Deacon Reuben Rockwell 6 was born at East Windsor, 
October 1, 17l-~>, and was carried, in bis mother's arms, on 
horseback, to Colebrook, in February, 1 707. He was the 
son who remained in the old homestead; and his whole 
life and character was in beautiful keeping with the firm 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. loo 

foundations, unvarnished plainness, and substantial com- 
forts of the good old dwelling. 

" With scarcely any opportunities of education, and 
constantly engaged in the hard labor incident to the fust 
settlement of a rough New England town, his strong, far- 
reaching mind was not satisfied without improvement ; 
and, by judicious reading and hard thinking, he acquired 
au amount and variety of knowledge, which enabled him, 
honorably and usefully, to discharge, not only the ordinary 
duties of life, but all public trusts and responsibilities 
which were committed to him. 

"With a large amount of information, constantly in- 
creasing, combined with a ready wit, and cheerfulness that 
seldom failed, and a kindness, shown in actions, rather 
than words, he was eminently useful and dearly beloved, 
in his own family. He shunned no responsibility, and 
where principle was at stake was fearless in the expression 
of his opinions. His habit of commenting on what he 
read or heard gave him the pen of a ready writer. 

"In 1799, under the ministry of Doctor Edwards, a 
marked change came over his religious views and feelings. 
His piety became, like himself, earnest, sincere, and prac- 
tical. He loved to search into, and meditate on. the great 
truths of religion. He loved the house of God, and his 
seat there was never vacant. He was, for many years, a 
faithful and efficient officer of the church. 

" Such a man could not but be useful in the community 
where he spent his long life. The hills which he had 
helped to clear of their primeval forests, the streams 
which he had opened to the sun, and each inhabitant whom 
he had seen, one by one, come to make his home among 
them, gave him an interest in the town, ecclesiastical 
society and church, which others knew nothing of. Their 



1'jG THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

interests were as dear to lain as his own, and he labored 
as diligently to promote them. 

"After enjoying uninterrupted health for mi 
seventy-four years he was prostrated by disease, and i 
familiar with pain. In full possession of Lis mental f 
ties, with fiiiaaness and resignation, he set his hous 
order, and was ' gathered as a shock of corn, fully ripe in 
its season.' It was a pleasant Sabbath morning in • 
1840, that his spirit left its earthly dwelling, and went up, 
as we fully believe, to keep an eternal Sabbath of res: in 
heaven. 

" His companion, Rebecca, daughter of Col. Bezaleel 
Beebe, of Litchfield, was permitted to smooth his dying 
pillow. She died in 1853. 

" Deacon Alpha Rockwell, 6 the first child born in Cole- 
brook, received a baptismal name which commem rates 
this circumstance. He was born Sept. 21, 1767. His 
wife, Bhoda Ensign, daughter of Joint Ensign, of Si lis- 
bury, a pious, efficient, and faithful wife and mot] 
a few days after the birth of their youngest daughter, in 
February, 1817. lie died June 6, 181S, aged 50 y< 

Rev. Joseph Eldridge, of Norfolk, who preached the 
sermon at the funeral of Martin Rockwell, Dec. 11. - 
closed with this sketch : — 

"Maktin Rockwell, 6 the last of his generation, was 
born in Colebrook, in 1772, and here passed bis long and 
useful life. His health, in early life, was not robust. For 
its improvement he took a voyage to tin- West In 
the age of eighteen. In reference to the business conc< rus 
of the family he was peculiarly the counsellor and i 
tiator. He became a Christian soon after his man - . 
and united with the church, during the mini-try of Rev. 
Dr. Edwards. The current of his life flowed on tranq 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 157 

furnishing but little of striking incident or adventure as 
year after year passed away, lie ever occupied a con- 
spicuous position here, and exerted a commanding influ- 
ence in all public matters ; not that he had any 'weak 
ambition of control, but because with his talents, en- 
lightened public spirit, warm religious feeling and ample 
means, it was impossible that it should be otherwise. How 
happy for this conmumhy, that with such capacity to do 
good, he had so unmixed a disposition to do it for its own 
sake ! lie is widely and favorably known in the land, and 
the intelligence of his death as it spreads abroad will 
awaken a general regret. 

"To this meagre sketch of his life I will add a few 
remarks upon his character, giving my impression of it, as 
derived from all I have heard of him, and from my own 
personal acquaintance with him, now of near twent}- years' 
duration. 

"And I deem it one of the fortunate circumstances 
incident to my residence in this region, that I have been 
permitted to make his acquaintance, as also that of his 
brothers, Reuben and Solomon. In my sober judgment 
they were rare men, eveiy one of them, rare for their 
abilities, and for their noble traits and Christian virtues. 
The intellect of Mr. Martin Rockwell I cannot better give 
my impression of than by calling it large ; it had not only 
keen penetration but great breadth. Without effort or 
straining he at once saw through and all round a subject. 
This was the basis of that sound discretion, that unfailing 
good sense which characterized his opinions and judgments 
of men and of business, of books and of public affairs. 
His temper was equable, rather as I conjecture from 
habitual self-control than from the want of depth and 
strength of feeling. His disposition was open, kind, and 



•158 TI1E JlOCKWELL FAMILY. 

tenderly affectionate. I will uut venture to speak of Lira 
as a husband and father, for my poor voids would be so 
inadequate, would fall .so far short of the impressions of 
his family as to jar, I fear, on their sensibilities. He was 

a father, also, to the orphan children of his brother Alpha, 
whose praise still remains in all the churches. lie ap- 
peared to be eminently happy in his home, and to diffuse 
around him a genial air of peace and happm< ss. Time 
had not blunted his faculties or chilled his heart. lie 
delighted in the society of the young, and was the g 
attraction of his grandchildren. He listened with zes-t to 
their sprightly sallies, and watched, with evident satisfac- 
tion and sympathy, their sportive gayety. His hospits lity 
was unbounded. As a host he exhibited a cordial and 
dignified, but not coldly ceremonious politeness. You 
were at once put at your ease, and assured of welcome. 

"His piety was intelligent without being cold or formal; 
it was symmetrical and consistent ; it shone in all his con- 
duct, in every relation and under all circumstances. But 
I must forbear, only adding that his Christian hope was 
bright and cheering during the whole evening of his days; 
it shone like a star on the horizon of the future. It was 
the harbinger of that perfect day on which his eyes have 
already opened. I shall utter no word of inference or 
application. The event speaks, oh, how afl'ectingly to the 
bereaved family ; how touchingh to this large circle of 
afilicted relatives ; how solemnly to this church and com- 
munity ! 

" It is the voice of God. It needs no interpretation ; it 
is incapable of additional enforcement from man. 

'"Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last, 
end be like his.' " 



TLCJS HOCK WELL FAMILY. 159 

He was first married in 1795-G to Mary, widow of his 
deceased brother Timothy, who died on the 22d or" May, 
1818, aged 53. He married for his second wife Mrs. Lucy 
Bobbins, of Canaan, in 1834. 



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Ralph E.mersox, b. Aug, 18, 1787; graduated at Yale, 
Sept., 1811, An&over Theological Seminary; Con:; 
tional minister in Norfolk, Ct., 1816 ; in. Eliza Rockwell, 

xsov. 27, 1817. Professor in Andover Theological Semi- 
nary 1829 to 1854 ; removed to Rockford, 111., where he 
died May 20, 1863. 

CHILDREN'. 

Daniel, graduated at West Reserve Coll. ; m. Miss Harriet 
K. Wilcox. Their children : Mary Amelia W. Emerson, b. 
March 3, 1839, d. 1839 ; Charlotte Lorena Emerson, 1). 
July 14, 1840 ; William Banister Emerson, b. July 28, 1848 ; 
Eliza Maria Emerson, b. June 5, 1853, d. March 23. 1805 ; 
Ralph Wilcox Emerson, b. January 3, 185(5 ; Minnie J. 
Emerson, b. Dec. 10, 1857 ; Julia May Emerson, b. April 
23, 18G0 ; Mary Harriet Emerson, b. and d. 1863. 

Mary, b. Xov. 22, 1819 ; m. Joseph Haven, a Congrega- 
tional minister, and Professor in Amherst College, and in 
Chicago Theological Seminary. Their children: Joseph 
Aster Haven, b. 1841, d. 1844; Elizabeth Haven, b. Dec. 
15, 1843, d. Dec. 8, 1871 ; Mary Emerson Haven, b. Feb. 
5, 1846, d. 1805 ; Alice Haven, m. Rev. James R. Danforth ; 
Ada Haven, b. May 1849, Clara Louisa Haven, b. Sept. 27, 
1853, d. June. 1865; Joseph Haven, b. July 30, 1855; 
Charlotte Belle Haven, b. Jan. 21, 1858, d. Aug. 17. 1859 ; 
Ralph Emerson Haven, b. Jan. 21, 18G0 ; Henry Haven b. 
1S02, d. Mar. 10, 1803. 

Joseph, b. May 28, 1821 ; m. Mary C. Xorth ; graduated 
at Yale College ; studied divinity at Andover and Yale and 
25 years professor in Beloit College. Their children : Ralph 
Emerson, b. and d. 1855 ; Charles Alvin Emerson, and 
Clara Eliza Emerson.* 

Rockwell, b. Feb. 27, 1823 ; m. Mary Hawley ; grad- 



170 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

iiatecl at Yale College: Residence, New York City. TIteir 
children: Charlotte Emerson, b. May 2S, 1859 ; Benjamin 
Emerson, b. Feb. 3, lcGl ; MafyXouisa Emerson, b. Nov. 
3, 1863 ; Elizabeth Emerson, b. July 9, 18G5 ; Alice Emer- 
son, b. and d. 18G7 ; Adeline Emerson, b. July 7, 1868. 

Samuel, b. May 9, 1867; graduated at Yale College; 
studied divinity at Andover Theological Seminary. 

Pud/)!i, b. May 8, 1831 ; m. Adeline E. Talcott, manu- 
facturer in Rockford, 111. Their children: Adeline Eliza 
Emerson, b. Aug. 13, 1859 ; Harriet Elizabeth Emerson, b. 
March 8, 1861 ; Mary Emerson, b. April G, 18G3 ; Charlotte 
Belle, b. Jan. 22, 1S65 ; Ralph Emerson, b. Sept. 25 1866 ; 
Dora Bay, b. March 7, 1869 ; Joseph Talcott, b. and d. 
Aug., 1870. 

Ebenezer Porter, b. Feb. 15, 18G1. 

Elizabeth, m. Rev. S. J. Humphrey. Their children: 
"William Brewster Humphrey, b. Dec. 1867; Arthur Emer- 
son Humphrey, b. Sept. 18G9. 

Chcrlotte, b. April 21, 1S38. 

Edwaiu> Rockwell, 7 the eldest child of Alpha Rockwell, 6 
b. 1800 ; graduated at Yale College in 1821 ; m. Matilda 
Salter, of New Haven, about 1829. He practised law in 
Salisbiuy, Connecticut, then in Youngstown, Ohio, for sev- 
eral years. He was for some time Treasurer of the Cleve- 
land & Pittsburg R. R., residing at Cleveland. Subse- 
quently, for a number of years he was treasurer o( the 
large mercantile house of Kent & Co., New York, and at 
present (1870) is spending a season in Germany. 

Samuel Rockwell," second child of Alpha Rockwell. 1 ' 
b. April 18, 1803 ; graduated at Yale College in 1825 ; en- 
tered the ministry in 1828 ; was ordained pastor of the 
Congregational Church, Plaintield, Conn., April 11, 1S32 ; 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 171 

dismissed at Lis own request in 1S41 ; installed Pastor of 
South Congregational Church, New Britain, Conn., Jan. 

1843; resigned pastorate June, 18-jG. 

Civil appointments: Elected to House of Representatives 

from New Britain in 18G2, and in 18G9, and to the State 
Senate from the first district, in 1865; Judge of Probate 
Court, district of Berlin, from 1864, eight years, declining 
a re-election ; secretary and treasurer of the ' ; Savings Bank 
of New Britain" from its organization, in 18G2, to the pres- 
ent time (1870). 

William Lawrence Baker 8 was born at Amherst. 
Mass., in 1839 ; was commissioned 2d Lieutenant, U. S. 
Artillery, Aug., 1861 ; promoted to 1st Lieutenant, Xo\\ 
of the same year ; fell at the battle of Antietam, Sept. 17, 
18G2, at the age of 22. 

Hon. Elliott Beardslet was a native of Huntington. 
Conn. ; was married to Delia Rockwell, 7 daughter of 
Alpha Rockwell, in 1838, and resided, for the last thirty- 
two years of his life, in Winsted, where he was largely and 
usefully identified with all the interests of the town.* 

Charles Rockwell, 5 an only sou, married Abigail Wbl- 
cott. Children: Charles. Mary, Elihu, and Miriam. 



BMXCH OF THE TAMIL! IX YE IttlOXT. 

Charles Rockwell. 6 b. 1765, in South Windsor, Conn., 
m. in 17!)."», Sarah Ilayden. lie died in 1847; she died in 
1850. Children: Emily, Maria, Abigail, William Ilayden. 
Mary, Julia, Naomi. Helen. 

William IIaydex Rockwell. 7 b. in S. Windsor, 1800, 
m. Maria E. Chapin, of Salisbury, Conn., in lb^Jo 
Children: Mary Kirtland, William Henry, Charles Earn- 
hara. 

* [See the work by Hon. J. Boyd, already referred to.] 



172 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

Mary K. Rockwell, 8 b. 1838J in Brattleboro', Yr., m. 
in 18G0, Xhomas F. Thatcher, of Philadelphia. 

William II. Rockwell, 8 b. 1840. in Bratilebor '. m. 
Ellen E. Mowe, of Eastport, Maine, in 186-1. C%d 
William Ilaj'den, b. in Brattleboro', 1867 ; Charles F: 
b. 1800. 

Charles F. Rockwell, 8 b. in 1841, in Brattleb ro', m. 
Ellen G. Hobbie, of Washington, D. C, in 1»67. C Id: 
Maria Farnani, b. 18 GO. 

William Hayden Rockwell 7 graduated at Yale Col- 
lege, at both the academic and medical institution- ; 
appointed Superintendent of the Vermont Asylum :'• >r the 
Insane, June 28, 1836, and is still (1873) Superintendent. 

William Hekry Rockwell 8 graduated at the College 
of Plrvsicians and Surgeons in New York cit}- ; was s-oon 
after appointed Assistant-Physician of the Vermont Asylum 
for the Insane, which position he now holds (1873). 

Charles Faknam Rockavell 8 graduated at We~: Point, 
in 18G3, as Lieutenant of Ordnance, and was attor^ard 
made Brevet-Captain. He died in Washington. D. C, 
Nov. 13, 1868. The "Vermont Phoenix," of Nov. 20, 
18G8, contained the following obituary notice : — 

"Captain Charles F. Rockwell, U. S. Army. Ia1 ly 
deceased, was a native of this town (Brattleboro'), :.: i a 
son of our fellow-citizen, Dr. Wru. II. Rockwell. Receiv- 
ing the appointment of Cadet, he entered the Military 
Academy at Vest Point, July 1, 18.";!). Pursuing the 
usual course of studies here he graduated with honor in 
June, 1863, and was at once assigned to duty as Firs: 
Lieutenant of Ordnance, and held the rank of Brevet- 
Captain at the time of his death. He was first 
at Alleghany Arsenal, Pittsburgh, Pa, then under the 
charge of Col. Whitely. lie was subsequently ordered 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 173 

to Frankford Arsenal, Philadelphia, where Major Laidley 
was in command. From Frankfoi*d he was cransTon* d to 
Nashville, Tennessee, in June, 18G5, with orders to report 
to Major-Gen. Thomas. 

"After a service of some months in the arduous duty of 
settling the aflairs of his department in the bad Military 
District of the Mississippi, he was transferred to the 
Washington Arsenal, commanded by Gen. Ramsey. From 
this post he was sent to Atlanta, Georgia, with orders to 
report to Major Pope, on whose stall' he served as Chief 
of Ordnance. When Major-Gen. Meade succeeded Gen. 
Pope in command of the 3d Military District Captain 
Rockwell retained his position as Chief of Ordnance, and 
on the removal of the State officers was selected by Gen. 
Meade to act also os Provisional Treasurer of Georgia." 

It was while at Milledgeville that he contracted the 
disease of which he died, at the age of 27. He always 
commanded the respect of his superior, and enjoyed the 
affection of his brother officers, by a strict and faithful 
attention to his duties, and a kind and courteous deport- 
ment to all. 

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Joseph Rockwell, 4 grandson of John," married Susan- 
nah Yeomans. His son Joseph 5 early removed from Wind- 
sor or MicUlletpwn to Salisbuiy, Conn., thence to East 
Lyme, Saratoga count}', New York, and died at the age of 
84, very early in the present century, having been born 
about 1720. 

Jeiieimy Rockwell, son of Joseph, 5 was a merchant in 
Milton (Rowland's Mills), Saratoga County, N. Y., up to 
about 1804 or 1S05, when be removed to Iladley, in the 
same county, and engaged hugely in the lumber and mer- 
cantile business. He was a member of the Board of Su- 
pervisors of the town for many years, a member of the 



174 TJIE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

Legislature, Associate Judge, and a member of the Con- 
Yention which framed the Constitution of 1821 . . • 
of New York. He died iu 1805. Children : James ; 7 Hen- 
ry ;~ Harmon ; 7 Charlotte, 7 who married Dr. Hicks : Hiram ;" 
George T. ; 7 Jeremy; 7 Celina, 7 married Thurlow Leavens ; 
Emeline, 7 married Solomon W. Russell ; Caroline, 7 married 
D. Carpenter ; Charles ; 7 Maria L., 7 married Cornelius A. 
Russell, 7 a lawyer, and now a resident of Glens Falls, N. Y., 
and W. W. Rockwell. 7 George T. 7 is a hotel-keeper at Lu- 
zerne. X. Y. ; Jeremy 7 is a merchant of the same place; 
Charles" is a merchant at Hadley, X. Y. W. TV". 7 is a 
merchant at Glens Falls. X. Y. 

Jeremy Rockwell, (son of Joseph), had a sister who 
married Lcuis Benedict of Albany, and had many des 
ants. 

George T. Rockwell," b. 1807 ; m. Eunice L. 'Wells, 
b. 1800. and died Juno 20. 1862. Children: II. J. Ruck- 
well, 8 b. 1832 ; Nathan, d. 1833 ; Wells II., d. 1843 ; Char- 
lotte, d. 1838 ; Caroline D. b. 1838 ; George II.,* b. 1842 : 
William Harmon, b. 1845, d. 1803 ; Charles Le Roy, 8 b. 
1849. 

Chakles Rockwell," b. 1818; m. Caroline Langdon in 
1841. Children : Anna S. Rockwell, b. 1813 ; Charles L. 8 
b. 1810 ; Kate L., b. 1850 : Carrie 31. b. 185-1. 

William W. Rockwell, 7 b. 1824 ; m. Sarah Bristin in 
1853. Child: Mary A. Rockwell, 8 b. Feb. 11, 1856. 

Geokge II. Rockwell, 8 b. 1842 ; m. Miriam Kipp, of 
Glens Falls, X. Y., b. 1847, in 1S69. Chad: Fdna 
Waring Rockwell, 9 b. at Glens Falls, Apr. 8, 1870. 

Charles L. Rockwell, 8 b. 1846, m. Helen Lapham, of 
Glens Falls, Xov. 1870. Chad: Bertha E. Rockwell, 9 b. 
July 10. 1872. 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 175 

There has boon much time spent by Rev. E. F. Rockwell of 
North Carolina, and others, in searching records to ascertain 

the connection of his branch of the family with the original 
stock from Deacon William. After a long and careful ex- 
amination and comparison of all the material placed in my 
hands. I am satisfied that I have established this connec- 
tion with an almost absolute certainty. 

Josiah RoCKWEKL, 3 m. Rebecca Loomis. Their family 
is presdously given. lie removed from Windsor about 
1672. His son, Josiah.'' obtained a grant of land which is 
described in Norwich records, as being east of the "Great 
River," and in 1718 an additional grant was given him by 
the town on account of his i; Sheep Concerns." lie mar- 
ried, in 1688, Ann, daughter of Thomas Bliss. Their son, 
Daniel, 5 b. Oct, 24, 1CS9 ; m. Tabitha Hartshorn, Xov. 23, 
1715. He died in L746, and his widow in 1756. The other 
children of Daniel and Tabitha were John (dale of birth 
not given) ; Jerusha, b. March 0, 1694 or 5; Hannah, b. 
June C, 1G98 ; Elizabeth, b. April 19, 1700. (The forego- 
ing from the History of Norwich.) 

Children of Daniel 5 and Tabitha : Josiah,' 3 b. Sept. 20, 
1 71G ; Daniel, b. Juno 28, 1724 : Ainariah, b. Oct. 29, 1 728 ; 
Tabitha, 1 ' b. Nov. 23, 1731 ; Jabez, b. Oct. G, 1733, and d. 
1759 (was a soldier in the French war). Tabitha, 5 m. Wil- 
liam Hall of Mansfield, Conn. 

Josiah Rockwell, b. 171G ; m. Lucy Lathrop, Dec. 25, 
1740. He died Aug. 25, 1795, and ids widow, Nov. 7, 
1800. Giildrcn: Lucy 7 and Josiah, 7 b. May 18, 1743. 

Lucy Rockwell, 7 m. Jacob McCall, and had two sons, 
Josiah and Jabez, in Litchfield. Conn. 

Daniel Rockwell, m. Minclwell Bliss, Dec. 29. 1746. 
Children: Eunice, b. Oct. 2, 1747; Duhamah, b. Sept. 13, 
1750 ; Lucre-da, b. Sept. 2. 1752 ; Daniel, b. Nov. 8, 1754. 



170 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

died in a prison-ship, in New York, during the revolution, 
having been taken prisoner as a privateer ; Ebenezer, b. 
Oct. 0, 1759. 
Am art ah Rockwell, 6 m. Martha Kingsbury, and lived 

in Coventry. Conn. Children: Jabez, m. Porter, and 

had a large family at Ware House Point, Conn. ; David, 
Martha. and.Tabitha. 

Josiaii Rockwell, 7 m. Lydia Marsh, June 18, 1768. 
He died Nov. 26, 1812: his widow died Nov., 1814. 
Children: Lathrop, 8 b. May 28, 1769; Azel, b. Oct. 14, 
1771; Joseph, 8 b. March 26, 1774; Lydia. b. March 25, 
1777 ; Clarissa, b. May 4, 1780 ; Daniel, b. Oct. 30, 1782 : 
Rhoda. b. June 5, 178-3 ; Erastus, b. Aug. 1, 1787 ; Jabez, 8 
b. May 20, 1790. Rhoda m. John Champion ; her children 
are living in Michigan. Clarissa in. Joseph Lyman ; her 
children are living in Lebanon, Conn. 

Merit Rockwell, 7 m. Dennis. Children: Eliza, 

m , Short, New York ; Ebenezer went to sea and not 

heard from ; Nancy, m. Mason, of Windsor, Conn. ; 

Merit, New York city ; Benjamin, m. Hyde, of New 

London, had twenty-three children ; Simeon, 8 went about 
1815 to Rome, Bradford Co., Pa. ; Daniel, Andover, Sus- 
sex Co., N. Y. 

Jabez Rockwell 8 (son of Josiah and Lydia), m. Eunice 
Bailey, of Lebanon, Conn., March 30, 1818. He died Feb. 
9, 1859. Children: Austin Lathrop, Oct. 9, 1819, d. 
March 25, 185? (not married) : John Milton, b. June 10, 
1821, d. Dec. CO, 1871 ; William Marsh, b. Dec. 17. 1823 : 
Timothy Bailey, b. Sept. 11, 1826; Elisha Hutchinson, b. 
Oct. 1G. 1829; Charles Henry, b. Aug. 26, 1832; Fred- 
erick Augustus, b. Dec. 27, 1834; Julia Eliza, b. July 7, 
183G ; Mary Maria, b. May 27, 1838 ; James Otis and 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 177 

George Marcus (twins), b. March 23, 1810 ; Arthur Owen, 
b. March 22, 1812 ; Ellen Elizabeth, b. April 25, 1845. 

John Milton Rockwell, m. Sylvia A. Buxton, April 
29, 1849. She died July 21, 1854. Child: Ida P. b. 
June, d. Aug. 1854. 

William Marsh Rockwell, 9 m. Emilie A. Buxton, Nov. 
19, 1855. 

Timothy Bailey Rockwell, 9 m. Harriet 1). Cory, Oct. 
28, 1849. Children: Carrie M., b. 185G, died same year 5 
Alice L., b. Aug. 12, 1858; Minnie E., b. Dee. 5, 1861 ; 
Frederick B., b. July 31, 1863 ; Fannie C, b. Oct. 12. 
1865, d. June 6, 18G6. 

Elisha Hutchinson Rockwell, 9 m. Martha A. Geer, 
of Norwich, Conn., Jan. 23, 1852. Children: Ella Maria, 
b. at Norwich, Conn., June 19, 1S53 ; Frank Winfield, b. 
at Jersey City, N. J., Sept. 3. 18G0 ; William Pennington, 
b. at Norwich Conn., Aug. 20, 1861. 

Charles II. Rockwell, 9 m. Mary A. Snow, Feb. 22, 

1858. No children. She died Feb. 25, 18G7. 
Frederick A. Rockwell, m. Sarah L. Williams, Jan. 

4, 1865. Children: Lizzie II., b. Nov. 24, 1865; Emma 
L., b. Sept. 1, 1872, d. Oct. 20, 1872. 

Julia Eliza Rockwell, 9 m. Jedediah Maynarcl, July 10, 

1859. Children: Win. Winifred, b. Dec. 20, 1861 ; Lillian 
Rockwell, b. Sept. 22, 18G3; Julia Elizabeth, b. Feb. 21, 
1866 ; Clara Huntington, b. Oct. 15, 1868. 

Mary M. Rockwell, 9 m. Henry W. Hazen, Aug. 29. 
1869. 

James O., 9 not married. 

George Marcus Rockwell, 9 m. Betsey Balch, March 9, 
1863. 

Arthur Owen Rockwell, m. Phcebe A. Bowers, Oct- 
31, 1872. 



178 TLTE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

Ellen E. Rockwell, 9 m. John W. Martin, Feb. 15, 
18GG. Child: Lottie Martin, b. Jan. 27. 1S68. 

Ret. Lathrop Rockwell, 8 b. at Lebanon. May 28, 17 '.•. 
(son of Josiah and Lydia), m. Olive Button, of Lebanon, 
for his first wife, and for hi3 second, Lucy Peck, who after- 
wards married a Mr. Reid, of Coxsackie, N. Y. II. ! I 
no children by his second wife. Me was, during his ; 
terial life, pastor of the Congregational church at Lyme. 
Conn. He died March 1 i. 1828, aged about GO: and he. 
his first wife and his daughter Julia, were buried in the 
cemetery at Lyme. Children: Hubbard, who never mar- 
ried, and died in 1861, in New York; Julia, unmarrie ".. d. 
Oct. 12, 1861 ; and Charles Lathrop. 

Charles Lathrop Rockwell, 9 m. Aug. 10, 1834, Eloise 
D. Miles, daughter of Ezekiel and Rosetta Miles, of New 
York city. Children: Sarah Eloise, b. Oct. 10, 1835, d. 
March, 1841; Charles, b. Nov. 15, 1837; Lucy Reed, b. 
July 24, 1843 ; and Stephen Miles, b. Aug. 23. 1846. He 
died at Norfolk, Va.. Eeb. 12, 1848, aged 4-". His widow, 
with her children, returned to Lyme, and afterward re:. \ ■ 1 
to Geneseo, Illinois, where she died, March 18, 1870. 
56. 

Simeon* Rockwell, 8 was brought up by Joseph Rock 
He married a Miss Dennis, of Norwich, and lived in Brad- 
ford county, Pa. Children: Deborah, m. D. Chaffe, R 
Pa.; Henry D., m; Clarissa AUis, Rome, Pa. ; Marg 
m. Geo. Vincent ; Ahnira, m. Enoch Tanner, Pome. Pa.; 
Fernando C, Arthur. Simeon. Win. Penn. 

Joseph Rockwell, 8 b. March 26, 1771. m. Sarah Hunt- 
ington, of Lebanon. April, 1800, who was b. June 0. 1777. 
Children : Azel, a b. May 5, 1801 ; Philura, b. Nov. 26, 1 ?02, 
d. May 2G, 1817; Emily, b. Nov. C, 1804, d. 18G0, unmar- 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 179 

rie&i Eunice Huntington, b. Juno 2, 1807; d. July. 1840, 
unmarried; Elijah Prink, 9 b. Oct* 6, 1800; Andrew Hunt- 
ington, 9 Ik Nov. 16, 1311 ; Ruth, b. March, 1814 ; d. young ; 
Sarah Ann. b. Oct. 16, 1816 ; d. Sept. 20. 1835, unmarried. 
Joseph Rockwell was a farmer ami lived at Lebanon, where 
all his children were horn. He also lived in Windham and 
Columbia, Conn., but returned to Lebanon and died there, 
Sept. 2$, 1849 ; his wife died on the 4th of the same month. 
A'ZEL liOCKwr.u., lives at Lebanon, Conn. ; m. Laura 
Hill, of Lebanon. Dec. 1G, 1324. Children : (I) Ann Eliza, 
b. Sept. 23, 1327 ; m. Sept. 29, 1851, Charles Wesley Ililb 
of Colebrook, Conn., now living at Willimantic, Conn., and 
has two children. (2) Laura Lodisa, b. Feb. 14, 1^.31 ; m. 
Sept. 29, 1851, Henry Nelson Powell, of Burlington, Vt., now 
living at New Haven, Conn. (3) Hadassa Maria, b. Jan. 
18, 1835 ; m. 18G6, Henry A. Race, of Farmington, Conn. 
They live at Lebanon and have two children. (-]) Harriet 
Sophia, b. Nov. II, 1839; m. May 25, 1857, Allison X. 
Clark, of Plainville, Conn., where they now live ; they have 
two children. 

Joseph Henry, 10 b. Oct. 14, 18-12 ; m. Annie E. Brown, 
daughter of Ezra G. Brown, of Providence, Jan. 22, 1868. 
Child: Howard Allison, b. Dec. 14. 1870. 

Elijah Frikk Rockwell, 9 b. Oct. G ; m. (1) Margaret 
Kirkland McNeill, daughter of George McNeill, of Fayette- 
ville, N. C, sister of Rev. James IT. McNeill, June 18, 1839 : 
she had no children ; d. May 21, 1866, at Davidson College. 
N. C. lie m. (2) Elizabeth Holmes Browne, daughter 
of A. S. Browne, of Pobeson county, N. C, Sept. 11. 1S67. 
Has one son, Joseph Huntington Rockwell, b. at the Female 
College, Statesville. N. C, Oct. 27, 1868. lie graduated at 
Yale College in 1834, studied theology at Princeton and at 
Columbia, S. C. ; became pastor of a Presbyterian church 



180 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

in Statesville, N. C, in 1841 ; was a Professor in Davi 
College, X. C, in 1850, remaining there 18 years, wb 
returned to Statesville to take charge of the Concord Female 

College, and is now (1873) pastor of a Presbyterian church 
at Cool Spring, Iredell county, N. C. 

ifcsDKEW Huntington Rockwell, 9 ni. Sept. 28, 1837, 
Caroline Ripley Porter, of Columbia. Conn., settled at 
Lebanon ; in 1841, removed to Columbia ; and in 1865, to 
Manchester, Conn., whore lie now lives. Children : Edwin, 
b. at Lebanon, Dec. 25, 1 838, and now living with his father, 
unmarried; Ferdinand, b. at Lebanon, Xov. 18, 1840; m. 
Sept. 18G6, Theresa I. Abb}-, of Chester, Conn., and now 
lives at that place, having two children : James Hunting- 
ton, b. Aug. 9, 18G8; and Winifred Abbey, b. March 31, 
1872. Margaret Kirtland, b. Dec. 12, 1843, living with her 
parents, unmarried. 

Daniix Rockwell, 8 b. Lebanon, Ct., Oct. 30, 1782, 
m,, Jan. 14, 1848, Prudence Wattles, b. Lebanon, May 12. 
1787. He died Sept. 9, 1836, aged 54 ; she died May 27. 
1846. Children: James Otis, b. Xov. 3. 1808, d. June 
7, 1831; Eliza Wattles, b. May 29, 1810, m. Luman A. 
Miller, Manlius, X. Y., d. May 12, 1856; Katharine, b. 
Feb. 4, 1812, m. Stephen Jennings Manlius, X. Y. ; d. Jan. 
1855; Lydia, b. Aug. 4, 1814, d. Aug. 24, 1825; Eunice, 
b. Oct. 19, 1817, m. Hiram D. Phillips, Manlius ; Mary, b. 
Oct. 20, 1819, d. Au;>-. 8, 1838 ; Augustus, b. April 7. 1822 : 
Simon Dennison, b. Feb. 29, 1824. 

Augustus Pockwi:ll,9 rn. Jan. 23, 1850, Jane Mer- 
rill, daughter of John Merrill, Esq., of Manlius Village. X. 
Y., and resides in Buffalo, X. Y. Children: Florence Au- 
gusta, m. Lieut. C. II. Judd, U.S.A.; Lydia Harriet; 
Alice Lillian. 



THE POCKTTELL FAMILY. 181 

Simox Dexstson Rockwell, 9 m.AlIita Gray, Jan. 1841, 
of Scipio, X. Y. Children : Elelen, m. F. TV". (Hushing, and 
resides in Buffalo ; Mary A. d. Dec. 25, 18G4. 

James Otis IvOcicweel. died at Providence, 11. I., June 
7th. 1831. aged 23 years. Young as he was, he had given 
evidence that he possc.-sed true poetic genius. His poetical 
pieces evinced a rare and delicate fancy, and were widely 
and justly popular. Had he lived to attain the full matu- 
rity of his intellectual power?, and fulfilled the brilliant 
promise of his youth, there can be no doubt that his name 
would have been enrolled among the best of American 
poets. His early death produced a profound and painful 
sensation in the literary world, as is attested by the remarks 
of the contemporary press and the many tributes from the 
leading literary men of the period. The event was an- 
nounced with expressions of deep feeling by the principal 
papers of New York and Xew England. A tender tribute 
from the pen of John Greenleaf "Whittier contained these 
lines : — 

" His mind 

Was in itself a flower, but half disclosed — 

A bud of blessed promise 

Nor died be unlamented I To bis grave 

The beautiful and gifted shall go up, 

And muse upon the sleeper; and young lips 

Shall murmur, in the broken tones of grief. 

His own sweet melodies," 

The following is one of Mr. Rockwell's mo^t popular ef- 
fusions, finding a place in the work published by Lippincott 
& Co., in 1860, of ^Selections from the modern British and 
American Poets," edited by Sarah Josepha Half : — 



182 Til !•: Ji <) C K (T J5 L L F A M 1 LY. 

THE SUM OF LIFE. 

Searcher of gold, whose days and nights 

AIL Waste away in anxious care, 
Estranged from all oi* life's delights, 

Unlearned in all that is most fair, — 
Who sailest not with easy glide, 
But delvest in the depths of tide, 

And strugglest in the foam, — 
Oh ! come and view this land of graves, — 
Death's northern sea of frozen waves, — 
And mark thee out thy home. 

Lover of woman, whose sad heart 

Wastes like a fountain in the sun, 
Clings most where most its pain does start, 

Dies by the light it lives upon, — 
Come to the land of graves ; for here 
Are beauty's smile, and beauty's tear, 

Gathered in holy trust ; 
Here slumber forms as fair as those 
Whose cheeks, now living, shame the rose,- 
Their glory turned to dust. 

Lover of fame, whose foolish thought 

Steals onward from the wave of time, 
Tell me what goodness hath it brought, 

Atoning for that restless crime? 
The spirit-mansion desolate 
And opens to the storms of fate 

The absent soul in fear, — 
Bring home thy thoughts and come with me. 
And see where all thy pride must be : 

Searcher of fame, look heio! 

And, warrior, thou with snowy plume, 
That goest to the bugle's call, — 

Come and look down ; this lonely tomb 
Shall hold thee and thy glories all : 



TUB ROCKWELL FAMILY. 183 

The haughty brow — the manly frame — 
The daring deeds — the sounding fame — 

Are trophies but for death! 
And millions who have toiled like thee 
Are stayed, and here they sleep ; and see, 

Does glory lend them breath? 

Daniel Rockwell, born in 1689, while a boy. living in 
the "town of Franklin (Norwich "West Farms), was carried 
off by Indians to Canada, and afterwards restored. 

Joseph is a very common name in the Rockwell family, 
but Joseph Rockwell, 8 of this branch, received his name 
from the Marsh family through his mother, Lydia Marsh, 
who was a sister of lion. Charles Marsh, LL.D., who died 
at Woodstock, Vermont, Jan. 11, 184:9, aged 83 years. 
He was a native of Lebanon. Conn., but removed, with 
bis fathers family, to Vermont before the commencement 
of the revolutionary war. His father. Hon. Joseph Marsh, 
was a leading whig during the struggle, and was, for 
several years, Lieut. Gov. of the State. Charles Marsh 
graduated at Dartmouth College, in 1780, studied law with 
Judge Reeve, of Conn., and for about fifty years stood at 
the front among the members of the bar of the State. He 
was a member of the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth 
College for forty years, and rendered efficient service in 
securing the .independence and integrity of the college to 
the permanent good of sound learning in the land. 



184 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 



BIUSCH OF THE FAMILY IX GEORGIA. 



William Roc kwell, 7 son of Joan, sou of Nathaniel, 
removed from Connecticut to Albany, but the exact date 
is not ascertained. Children: Samuel, by the first mar- 
riage ; by the second, Eliza, Caroline, Frances Henry, and 
Mary Ann. 

Samuel Rock.wk.ll 8 in. Sarah Ann Spencer, in 1 . 
Children: William Spencer, Hannah M. (these two are 
deceased) ; Charles, Samuel. Sarah Ann. 

Eliza Rockwell m. George Lamb, of New York citv. 

Caroline Rockwell 8 m. John Olmsted, and removed to 
Chicago, where he died. 

Fkaxces IIestry Rockwell 8 in. James McAllister, of 
Xew York city. 

William Spexcer Rockwell 9 m. Rebecca Davies. Cliil 
dren: Charles Firming, Sarah Theodosia, Giles Spencer, 
Win. Samuel, George Crawford, Fleming Davies. Stafford 
Lloyd.. Rebecca Hennione, Anna Bertha, and Theodosius 
Davies. 

Charles Samuel Rockwell 9 m. (1) Mary E, Smith: 
(:>) Mary E. Luckey. Children by 2d marnage: Sarah 
Ann, Reuben Luckey, Evelina Everett, Hannah Maria. 
Mary Eunice, Charles Samuel, William Harrison, John 
Turner. 

William Samcll Rockwell m. Kate Keinfield. Child: 
William 0. Driscoll. 



THE It O V K JFK LL FA MIL Y. 185 

William Spencer Rockwell was highly cultivated as 
a lawyer and a linguist, and enjoyed a very high reputation, 
throughout the State of Georgia, as a man of superior 
talents. lie was particularly interested in Free Masonry, 
and reached the highest degree attainable in the United 
States. 



Mrs. Sophia Day, who died in Pittston, Pa., Sept. 27, 
1871, at the age of 85 years and over, was the youngest 
child of a family of Rockwells, in Windsor, Conn., the 
older members of which were : Sally, in. Phineas Bell ; 
Nancy, m. Sylvester Earle ; Abner, d., unmarried ; Ralph, 
in. Polly Mix ; Joseph, m. Esther Wilder ; Samuel, m. 
Electa Downer; Sophia, in. Eliphas Day. 

The above is given from memory by a daughter of Mrs. 
Day. The record in the Bible of Mrs. Day is as follows : — 

"Sophia Rockwkll, b. in Windsor, Conn., July 30, 17S6, 
in. Eliphas Day, of Day, Saratoga County, X. Y., in 1803. 
ITcr children were Lydia M., b. Sept. 10, 1804, d. Dec. 17, 
1842; Ann M., b. Sept. 24, 1806, d. Dec. 11, 1842; 
Eliphas M., b. Sept. 9, 1811, d. Dec. 24, 1842 ; Nancy P., 
b. Oct. 24, 1814; Melvina C, b. Oct. 13, 1817. d. Dec. 
24, 1842 ; Elizabeth P.., b. Nov. 20, 1820 ; Truman P., b. 
Jan. 1, 1823, d. Aug., 1864." 

The family of Mrs. Day removed to Wyoming Valley, 
in 1847, and thence to Pittston. 

From William (1), Samuel (2), Josiah (3), Josiah (4). 
Josiah (5), m. Mary Scott. Children: Jabez, b. 17G3; 
Josiah, b. 1705 ; Thaddeus, and Scott. 

Josiah Rockwell, 7 m. Mary Hungerford, 1787. and died 
at the age of 85, in 1850. Children: Seymour. 8 b. 1789; 
d. in 1861, at the age of 72 ; John Milton, 8 b. 1791 ; Fan- 
ny, 3 b. 1793 ; Alvah W., 8 b. 1794 ; Julia, 8 b. 1797 ; George 
R.,8 b. 1799 ; W. S., b. 1801 ; Mary E.. b. 1803 ; Laura, b 



1S6 Tnt; ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

1805; Charles, b. 1807; Orplia, b. 1809; Sophronia, b. 

1811 ; Jane Ann, b. 1812; d. in 1813; Jane Ann, b. 1815. 

Seymour Rockwell, 8 m. Electa Dresser, in 181G. ( "- 

dren: Sidney, b. 1818; Egbert, b. 1802; Electa, 1,. 1823; 

Mary, b. 1826. Electa died in 1848, and Mary in 1 3 
Egbeet Rockwell, 9 m. Parthena B. Tremain, in 1846. 

Children: Mary Jane, b. 1848 ; Harry Seymour, b. L850 ; 

d. 1854; Lizzie Tremain, b. 1855 ; Grace Electa, b. 1864. 
I hare not been able to obtain any further record of this 

family. 



THE 110 CK WELL FAMILY. 187 



MELT BEC0B9DS— 1781. 

I am indebted to the " New York Genealogical and Bio- 
graphical Record," Vol. 2, No. 2, April, 1871, for the 

following pages, contributed to that journal by Dr. D. 
Williams Patterson, of Newark Valley, N. Y-, who has 
kindly allowed roc to use also the interesting letter of Mat- 
thew Rockwell, and the sad epistle of Joseph Turnere, 
together with the records of the Stoddard family, and the 
accounts of ' ; Baptisms" and ''Burials:" — 

" While looking through the town of East Windsor, 
Conn., in February, 1870, for records of the descendants 
of Matthew Grant, I bought, a manuscript genealogy of 
the Rockwell Family, contained in a single half sheet of 
foolscap paper, entirely unpunctuated, which is interesting 
for its age. one hundred and forty years, for its correction 
of errors, and for the light which it sheds on the maiden 
names of two of the early settlers of New England, viz., 
John Drake's wife, and Thomas Norton's wife. 

" It is probable that manuscript copies have been made 
for various branches of the family, as, in 1852, a document 
of similar form was printed as an appendix to 'A Sermon 
preached at the Funeral of Martin Rockwell, of Colebrook, 
Conn., Dec. 11, 1851.' 

* ; Should any reader of this know of such a document in 
manuscript, I shall be glad to see it, that T may compare it 
with that which I have. I send a transcript of it, with a 
few notes, for publication iu the Record. 

" D. Williams Pattersox. 

"Newark Valley, N. Y., March 20, 1371." 



188 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 



"A Genealedgy of .1 famely of the Rockwells in New England from 
Decon William !. 11 a first planter in 'New England d 

this present time A D 1731. Nolo the first Collomn contains the 

Names the Second tlie persons Names to whom thay Married the 
third the Children Names those Marked so [x] are ded those so 
Marcked in the third Collomn dide befoor Maredg the same figure 
allixd to the same Name in the first and third Collomn denote the 
same parsons. 



William [1] 

Rockwell 

Decon 



x.John 1 
Rockwell 



xRuth 2 
Rockwell 

xMary 3 
Rockwell 

xSam" 4 

Rockwell 



Sarah 5 
Rockwell 

Sarah C 
Rockwell 

Ruth 7 
Rockwell 

xLvdia S 
Rockwell 



Snsanan 
Chapin 



'xSairah 
Ensign 

xDelneranc 
.Haws [2 J 



xCiiristopher 
lluntinton 

xJcfferv 
Baker [3] 

xMary 

Norton 



xYV'alter 
Gaylord 

xDaued 

J la 11 

xDanil 
Mix 

xJoshua 
Atwater 



John 1 
Ruth 2 
Mary 3 
Sam" i 

xJoseph 
Sarah 5 

Sarah G 
Huth 7 
Lydia S 
xJolm 
xHannah 
Joseph 'J 
Elizebeth 10 



Mary 11 
xAbigail 
Sam 11 12 
Joseph 13 
John 14 
Abigail 15 
Josiah lo" 



TI7F ROCKWELL FAMILY. 



180 



xJoscph 9 [4] 
Rockwell ■ 



xElisabeth 10 
Rockwell 

xilary 11 
Rockwell 

xSaiis 13 12 
Rockwell 
Decon 



xJoseph 13 

Rockwell 

Sarjant 



John H 
Rockwell 



xAbigal 

Rockwell 15 

Josiah 1G 

Rockwell 



Elisabatb. 
Foster 



xJearus 
War J. 

Josiah 
Loomas 

xElisabeth 

Gavlord. 



Elisabeth 
JDrack 



Anne 
Skiner 



John Smith 



Rebokah 
Loomas 



John 
Joseph 17 
xEdward 

xElisabeth 
William IS 

x Hannah 
Edward. 
Ebnezer 



Elisabeth 19 
xSamvel 

x William 
Matthew [5] 
x Son. 

Joseph 20 
xElizabeth 

Ben gain an 21 
J earns 22 
Job 
Elezebeth 

xJohn 

xSon 

Anne 

xSon 

xdafter 

Danil 

David 

Mary 

Abigail 

xlsaac 

Ebnezer 

Joel 

Martha 

xSylvanus 

Each el 

xJohn 



Rebekah 

Ruth 

Josiah 

Ezra 

Waitstill 

Eunice 



190 



TITE HO CK WELL FAMILY. 



Joseph 
Rockwell 17 



William 13 
Rockwell 

Elisabeth 19 
Rockwell 

Joseph 20 
Rockwell 



Bingiman 21 

Rockwell 



.Teams 22 
Rockwell 



Susanna 
W mans 



Hannah 
Foster 

Thomas 

Grant [G] 

hannah 

huntenton 



Margnret 

pork [7] 



Abigal 
Lomas 



Samvl 
Elisabeth 

Mary 
Susanah 

Joseph 

Selh 



Joseph 

Hannah 

xSon 

Jerusha 

Johnthan 

xSam 11 

Samuel 

Margaret 

Sam" 

Elisebeth 

Ebnezer 
William 
x Abigail 
Abi-ail 



" My Grat Granmothers Maiden Names acording to the Rembcrenc 
are Suzanah Chapins and Grace Wells on my father Side Elisebeth 
Rogers on my Mothers side My Grat Granfather Name with my 
Grat Granmothers are William Rockwell and Susanah his Wife Tho- 
mas Morton and Grace his Wife John Drack and Elisebeth his Wife 
William Gaylord 

"My father Dyed May 13 1725. at. r [8] 

" My Mother Dyed Dec r 12 1727 



" "1. Deacon William Rockwell, and his wife. Susanna Chapin, wore 
ancestors of President Grant, through their daughter Ruth, who m. 
Christopher Huntington. William Rockwell d. May 13, 1640, and his 
widow m. (2d) May 29, 1645, Matthew Grant. 

"2. This name is plainly written Haws, and corrects all other 
accounts. Savage and Sides have it Haynes while the X. E. JTisi. 
Genedl. Register, v. Sol, has it Hayes. I can find no Deliverance 



THE ROCKWELL F A 3T 1 L Y . 101 

Hayes, while Deliverance Howes, b. Dorchester, June 11. 1010, dau. 
of Richard and Ann Howes [Savage, Sen. Did. ii, 380], was of the 
right ago, and in the right town, to marry John Rockwell, at Dorches- 
ter, Aug. 18, IG62. 

3. The Rockwell pamphlet, p. 23, calls Mary's husband Jeffrey 
Mohon, which is followed by Stiles, Hist, of Windsor, p. 702, while 
Savage, Gen. Diet., ill. 558, discredits the whole name, ami thinks 
that the " baptismal name was borrowed from the husband of Joan,'' 
whom he calls Jeffrey Baker, who is shown by Stiles, p. ">20, to have 
ni. Jane Rockwell, Xov. 1", 10 12, and by the Register, v. 64, to have 
m. on the same date, lone Rockwell. As William and Susanna 
Rockwell had a daughter, Joan, b. Ap. 25, 1625, whom our author has 
not named, it would seem that he has erroneously called her husband 
the husband of Mary, and left us no clue to the real name of Mary's 
husband, if she had one. 

•1. This shows that Hon. Edwin Stearns was in error in correcting 
the Ilist. of Windsor, p. 762, lines 31-37, see Supplement, p. 116; 
and his correction to line 36 was really an addition to the facts con- 
tained in the paragraph beginning with line 37, for "Joseph 3 " m. 
Elizabeth Foster, and "Joseph 5 " m. Elizabeth Drake, as shown by 
Stiles. Further proof is given by Stearns {Windsor Supplement, p. 
117, 1. 1), in the age of Dea. Joseph, t; in 73th yr." at his death, Oct. 
28, 1742, showing that he must have been born as early as 1005. and 
not, as he says in the first line of the paragraph, in Ci 1C70." Mr. 
Stearns was certainly in error as to which Joseph Rockwell went to 
Middle town. 

5. The author. See note 8. 

6. The Rockwell pamphlet says Elizabeth m. Thomas Spencer; so 
does the History of Windsor. Our author is correct; the name was 
Grant. 

7. This name is plainly written "pork," and may possibly be 
intended fur Park, though more likely for Polk, or Faulk. There is 
no authority, but the Rockwell pamphlet, for calling it Drake. 

S. Matthew Rockwell, the author of this Genealogy, was born. Jan. 
30, 1707-8, so, when it was written, in 1731, he was about tweniyj 
three years old. He wa9 a -; physician, clergyman, and deacon," and 
died at East Windsor, March 2S, 17S2. 

His father, Dea. Samuel Rockwell, 12, l>. Oct. 10, 1007, an 1 his 



102 THE nOCKWELL FAMILY. 

mother, Elizabeth Gaylord, b. Fob. 19, 1070, died, as Btated in the 

text. 

His grandfather, Samuel Rockwell, 4, b. March 28, 1G31, i 
7, 16G0, Mary Norton, of Saybrook, ilau. of Thomas and Grace 
(Wells) Norton, of Guilford. 

His grandfather (maternal), John Gaylord, m. Nov. 17, 1C53, Mary 
Drake, not as shown in Hist, uf Windsor, p. G24-, dan. of .' ' . fox 
Job's dau. Mary, -was then less than four years ohl(l/isl. Windsor,-p. 
533); but, the dau. of the first Juhn Drake and his -wife Elizabeth 
Rogers. 

He gives us the names of his four great-grandfathers, and of :'.iree 
of his great-grandmothers. 

"William and Susanna (Chapin) Rockwell have been noticed in 
note 1. 

Thomas Morton is an error for Thomas Norton, of Guilford x Sar- 
ar/c, Gen. Diet. i:i. 293), the maiden name of whose wife, Grace 
Wells, hitherto unpublished, is here brought to light. 

John Drake came to IJoston, 1630, removed to Windsor, ^h-re he 
was accidentally killed, Aug. 17. 1659; his widow, Elizabeth, said to 
be in her hundredth year, died Oct. 7, 1631, and her maide I name, 
Elizabeth Rogers, hitherto unpublished, is here brought to i 

He seems not to have known the name of Dea. William Gaylord's 
wife. 

Solomox Stodpai:d. b. in Stockbridge, May 19, 170*. sou 
of Orange and Experience (Xash) Stoddard, in. in Stock- 
bridge, Oct. 15, 17*9, Rosanna Rockwell, of Sink' 
b. in East Windsor, in 1771, probably baptized there Aug. 

11. 1771. daughter of Abuer and Deborah ( ) Rockwell. 

He died, May 11, 1800, of consumption, and she m. (2) 

Robbins, who deserted her after she had borae two 

children to him. I suppose she lived in Lisle, Broome 
comity, X. Y. She had live children by Stoddard : Eliza- 
beth ; Deborah, m. Abram Rogers ; Daughter, name 
unknown; Sally, in. Charles G. Manning; Solomon. 



TT1 E ROC K ir E J. h F A MIL T. 



193 



The following is a copy of an "original letter" from Dr., 
Deacon, Rev. Matthew Rockwell, written to his 
while he was in College, about the cut of his f jov:n, which 
she was then making for him : — 



New Haven 



Pray give this 
to my sister. 



November 3 
1726. 



Loving Sister after having Signified unto you y ! by y° Goodness of 
god I have my health continued I would give you some directions 
how to make my Gown I told you as you may remember to make it 
like y c Woomens gown but 1 would have you to make both sides alike 
y' I may wear both sides outermost when I please for 1 observed }"■' 
Gown y' I told you of was but one side mad< for y c out; ide ?i\ \ as for 
widening all }' e way from y e armpits it is y c fashion so to do but if you 
have done that alreddey you need nut alter it. 

.And be pleased also to mind Brother of a Paper that I sent to him 
for, which (if he received not y c Letter) is a paper y'- is in Mother 
wrine. to bring it to me fail! not These few Lines write 1 unto you 
being in great heast. Therefore parden y° faults 

I am your Loveing Brother 

MATTHEW ROCKWELL. 
To 

M r Thotnus Grant 

At 

East Windsor 



"We suppose the feelings of a love-sick swain, a century 
and a half ago, were much the same as now ; yet, doubtless, 
a change has been made in the way of giving them expres- 
sion. Those who know the modern form can compare 
with it the following literal copy of a letter, which the lair 
recipient thought worthy of being saved and handed down 
to her descendants, though she did not many the writer of 
it: — 

17 



TH B ROCKWELL FAMILY. 



fabruary th e 12 1 : 7:14: 15— (? 1745). 

Mi" Elezebetii Rockwell 

Madam after my kind Loue to you I wold in able these Lines to 
testili to you that I am in reasonable good helth: tbo I bo not with 
out my dificultyes and burdens. 

for I mujt on [own] and aeknowleg to you in thes Lines that I do 
rite them with an Heading hart full of sorow and anguish of spirit. 

My dear and Loueing Cosen I cant rite to you as I "Wold for 
sorrow of hart forever sence I beheld your Charming buty 1 find that 
I am a burden to my self to think that i have falen in Loue with on 
that will Cos me to say : 

that shec Loueth another She Loueth not mee she careeth not for 
•my Company, 

and to think that it wold have been beter for me if I Had neuer 
been born. 

But I do find that I must go to god for releaf from thence all our 
good comes and beg of him to bless my "Work and to direct my wayes. 

for it is in the pour of god to make me happi or you to mike me 
miserable. 

My earand of my Loue Cosen I wold pray you for to shew sum 
pity on your poor Languishing Cosen and not slite my poor patission 
but du grant me Loue for Loue again 
So that I Cant. in the least Comeplain. 
Loneing Cosen 
When this you do see think well of me by haueing short warning I had 
not time to write to express my self as I wold have done 

but a fu words and true are beter than many Lies but o I wold pray 
you to give my kind Loue to your onerd father and mother and to all 
Litel dear Cosones. 

And I do Remain your Loueing Cousin 

JOSEl'II TUBNEKE. 
To 

Mr' Elezebeth 

Rockwell 
With Care. 



THE ROCK IV E L L F A SI I L Y 



195 



BAPTISMS IN* EAST WINDSOB. 

October 3, 1702, Solomon, son of Samuel Rockwell. 

February 20, 1703, William, son of William Rockwell. ' 
June 2G, 1763, James Barber, son of Ebenczer Rockwell. 
January 22, 17C4, Solomon, son of Samuel Rockwell. 
February 17, 1765, Elihu, son of Joseph Rockwell. 

June 23, 17G5, , of Isaac Rockwell. 

July 7, 1765, Charles, son of Charles Rockwell. 
October C, 17C5, [? Reuben], of Samuel. 

November 3, 1765, , of William. 

August 2, 17G7, , of Charles. 

November 1, 17G7. . of Isaac. 

March 6, 176S, , of William. 

July 20, 1770. Daniel, of Dea. David. 

October 21, 1770, — , of Charles. 

August 1.1, 1771. [PRosanna], of Abner. 

September 15, 1771, , of William. 

August 23, 1772, , of Isaac. 

April 25, 1773, Mariam, of Charles. 
Augusts, 1773, [? Timothy], of Abner. 

August 20. 1773, . of Daniel,. Jr. 

May — , 1771, , of William. 

October 23, 1771, , of Ephraim. 

May 28, 1775, , of Daniel, Jr. 

November 12, 1775, , of Samuel Rockwell. 

April 21, 1 7 7 G , , of Isaac "Rockwell. 



December 5, 1770, - 
February 10, 1777, - 

April — , 1777, 

May 25, 1777, 

October 5, 1777, 

February IS, 1781, - 
August 11, 1782, — 
September 15, 1782, 
September 11, 1785, 



-, of Sylvanus. 

-, of Capt. Samuel. 



— , of Daniel. 
-, of William. 
— , of Samuel. 
, of Daniel. 



-, of Dea. Daniel. 

, of Samuel. 

, of Samuel. 



February 11, 1787, Joab Rockwell, adult. 
December 0, 1787, Warren, of Dea. Daniel. 



196 T II E R O C A If K L L F A MIL Y. 

October 20, 1783, Elisha, of Samuel. 

November 9, L7SS, M iry, wife of D ■ id. 

November K!, 1788, John and Levi, of David and Mary. 

January 11, 1789, Lovirta, of Daniel, Jr., or 2d, of Wapping. 

January 3, 1790, Roswell, of David. 

April 1, 170^, Russell, of Samuel. 

December 80, 1792, ■ — , of Ama-a, at Wapping. 

August i, 1703, Clarissa, of Daniel, at Wapping. 

April 20, 171)1, David of David. 

Sept. 11, 1701, Joseph of Samuel. 

January 17, 1796, Elijah of Amasa, of Becket. 

September 1, of 179o, Cynthia, of Joab. 

October 23, 1796, £ mi ! y ' ] twins of Charles. 
Maria, > 

February 4, 1 70S, John, of Daniel, Jr. 

July 29, 1708, Abigail, of Charles. 

Jan. 20, 1700, , clau. of Joab. 

April 5, ISOO, William Hayden, of Charles. 

October 12, 1S00, , of Joab. 

June 20, 1802, Mary, of Charles. 

June 10, 1803, B., of Daniel, Jr. 

February 21, 1805, Julia of Charles. 

April 20, 1805, Lucy, of Joab. 

April 12, 1307, Naomi of Charles. 

April 7, 111, Helen, of Charles and Sarah, 

October 13, 1S1G, Joseph Henry, ") 

Lydia Huntley, ! Children of Nathaniel, Jr., 
Sidney Williams, and Sarah. 

Edfrard Charlton, J 

August 31, 1817, George Henry, of George and Elizabeth. 

October 12, 1817, Harriet Tracy, of Nathaniel, Jr., and Sarah. 

May 2, 1S19, Russcl, of Kussel and Almira. 

June G, 1810, Julia Ann, of George and Elizabeth. 

July 23, 1820, Samuel Sheldon, of Russell and Almira. 

December 31, 1S20, Mrs. Abigail Rockwell, a widow. 

July 10, 1821, Miry Austin, of George and Elizabeth. 

July 20, 1821, Ann Maria, of Nathaniel, Jr., and Sarah. 

August 2(3, 1S21, two children of widow [? Abigail]. 

November 11, 1821, two children of widow [Olive]. 



Tfir; ROCKWELL FAMILY. 197 

October 8, 1826, .Albert, of Russell and Almira. (Another record 

calls him Edgar.) 
Aug. 26, 1821, Samuel Henry and Jerusha, of Abigail. 
Nov. 11, 1821, Hiiarn Burnham and Roswell Lewis, of Olive. 
September 2, 1822, Ruth, Chloe and Adeline, children of Joel and 

Chloe, of Wapping. 



BURIALS IX EAST WINDSOR. 

April 21, 1725, Samuel Rockwell. Jr. 

April 23, 1725, William Rockwell. (Other copies say April 25.) 

May 18, 1725. Samuel Rockwell, Sen. 

September 10, 1727, child of Joseph Rockwell, Sen. (Other copies 

say Jr.) 
December 12, 1727, Elizabeth Rockwell, widow. (Mother of Dr. 

Matthew.) 
July — , 1741, Daniel Rockwell's daughter. 
August — , 1741, Daniel Rockwell's son. 
April 22, 1741, Sylvanus Rockwell. 
September — , 1741, John Rockwell, Jr. 
November 13, 1742, Josiah Rockwell, Sen. 
November 19, 1754, Mathew Rockwell's child. 
June — . 1746. James Rockwell's daughter. 
August — . 174G, John Rockwell, Sen. 
October — , 174o', Joseph Rockwell, Sen. 
October 28, 1747, Mathew Rockwell's son. 
August L", 1751, Joseph Rockwell's child. 
August 23, 1751, Job Rockwell. 
August 2S, 1751, James Rockwell's child. 
October 1. 1751, Joel Rockwell's son. 
May 4. 1753. Samuel Rockwell's negro. 
May 11, 1751, Joseph Rockwell's negro. 
April 13. 1755, Ebenezer Rockwell's wife. 
June 20, 1755, Daniel Rockwell's child. 
June 23, 1755, Daniel Rockwell's son. 
April 1, 1756, widow Ann Rockwell. 
Oct. 24, 1757, Joseph Rockwell's child. 



198 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

December 1, 1758, Ebcnczcr Rockwell's child. 

June 22, 1759j James Rockwell's wife. 

April 27, L760, widow Elizabeth Rockwell. 

April 5, 17C2, Ebenczer Rockwell, Jr's, child. 

Oct. S, 1702, Samuel Rockwell's child. 

March 25, 1700, Ebenezer Rockwell's wife. 

October 29. or CO, 1766, Isaac Rockwell's child. 

January 14, 1709, Miriam Rockwell. 

February 4. 1773, Benjamin Rockwell. 

September -f, 1775, Dea. Daniel Rockwell. 

January — , 1770, Charles Rockwell, Seo.'s child. 

September 15, 177G, Nathaniel Rjjckwell'a child. 

September 29, 1770, Aaron Rockwell. 

October 15, 1 770, James Rockwell. 

October 10, 1770, Ephraim Rockwell's child. 

October 57, 1770, Ephrairn Rockwell's wife. 

February 20, 1777, Charles Rockwell, Sen. 

April 24, 1778, Lucretia Rockwell's child. 

March 28, 1782, Dock Matthew Rockwell. 

April 10, 1789, Joab Rockwell's child. 

June 10, 1792, Joab Rockwell's child. 

September 14, 1704, Joab Rockwell's child. 

October 15, 1700, Mabel Rockwell, aged 45. 

April 15, 1801, widow Miriam Rockwell, aged 03. (Grand-m::ier of 

Charles;. 
June C, IS 10, Nathaniel Rockwell, Sen's., wife. 
August 23, 18J7, Nathaniel Rockwell. 

May 12, 1825, Mrs. Abigail Rockwell, aged 84. (Widow of Carles.) 
June 2, 1727, widow Sarah Rockwell. 
January 28, 1801, Jemima Rockwell, aged 83. 
January — , 1846, George Rockwell, Sen. 
January — , 1840. George II. Rockwell. 
January — , 1858, Mrs. Eliza Rockwell, aged 08. 



THE HOCKITELL FAMILY. 199 

commanded the respect of his superior, and enjoyed the 
affection of his brother officers, by a strict and faithful 

attention to his duties, and a kind and courteous deport- 
ment to alt. 

ROCKWELLS OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY, COM. 



Rev. E. 1). Huntington, of Stamford. Conn., author of 
the "Huntington Family Memoir," "The History of Stam- 
ford," and several kindled works, has taken a very kindly 
interest in my work, and furnished some important facts. 
In his first communication he writes : — 

"You probably know that John Rockwell was one of 
the pioneers of Stamford — Xo. 39 on my list of those 
who were here before the end of 1642. He received here, 
Dec. 7, 1G41, two acres honie-lot and woodland, as the first 
company. The only extant record of any of the family on 
our register of deaths is that of a child of .John Rockwell, 
died Sept. 14, 1G-5G. No births or marriages of the name 
remain on our records now existing." 

As I did not know anything of this John Rockwell^ and 
could not understand how he could be connected with the 
family of Deacon "William, unless he was a brother, I made 
further inquiry of Mr. Huntington, who responded, con- 
firming the former record by other references to the family. 
He says : — 

"In my History of Stamford, page 25, 3-011 will find the 
list of the settlers of Stamford, of whom John Rockwell 
stands No. 39. 

"On page 40 you will find him here testifying in court 
in IG56, and in 1GG9 selling land to one party and his 
house and home-lot to another. 



200 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

"On the Norwalk records 3-011 will find that. • J me 1-. 
1679, Hittabel Rockwell manied John Keeler,' and 

record she is said to be the daughter of -John jlo 
formerly of Stamford.' 

"Feb. 14, 1GG7-8 the Stamford town-meeting voted to 
John Rockwell, • Sen.,' liberty to ' mow and hove the grass 
of the meadow upon Noroton Islands as long as he shall 
live in Stamford.' 

"A child of John Rockwell died here, or is reported on 
our records as dying. 31, 5, 1658. 

"You will find, in Hall's Norwalk, several other 'Rock- 
wells' recorded belonging to a family of John, and to 
another of Thomas." 

From Rev. George Rockwell, of Alexandria Bay, Jt • .- 
son County, New York, I have received the following in- 
formal ion, which is condensed from a lengthy communica- 
tion, lie says : — 

"About ten years ago, a family of my cousins (the 
Townsends) desired to place on record such facts in rela- 
tion to their mother (a sister of my father) as were aec< — 
sible, and I spent some time in assisting in the inquiry. I 
subsequently met Rev. Charles Rockwell (a native of Cole- 
brook, Conn.), and upon an examination of documents in 
his possession, as well as my own, we both came to the 
opinion that Deacon William Rockwell, of Windsor, v 
he had supposed to be the ancestor of all the Rockwi 3 
America, was not really the progenitor of our family. 
Our ancestor must have made a separate emigration, and 
came to Norwalk probably about the beginning .. 
eighteenth century. 

: 'I have been confirmed in this opinion b}* the facts 
which I have since become acquainted, and that the E ck- 



THE ROCK WE L L F A Ml I >'. 201 

wells of Norwalk were connected with our family, — at 
least the facts strongjy warrant such a presumption. [Not 

proved.] 

"One memoranda that I have, dated 1851, reads: 
« Thomas Rockwell, of Ridgefield, died there about sixty- 
six years ago (1785), aged about" 80 years.' His wife was 
Ruth Benedict. She died 1803, aged 95. They had 
eleven children. The sons were Thomas, James, and 
Thaddeus (my grandfather). Thomas was killed by a 
cart-wheel, ami left no son. James married Abigail Haw- 
ley. Thaddeus married Mehitabel Smith. The children 
of James were Thomas, Gould, William, Dorcas, Polly, 
Nancy, Lucy, Abby, and Aurelia. 

"Another memorandum is as follows. It is from Dr. 
Hall's History of Norwalk : — 

" ' Thomas Rockwell m. SarahRusco. Cliildren : Sarah, 
b. Oct, 21, 1701; Thomas, b. Dec. 13, 1703; John, 
Jan. 0, 17—; Jabez, March 18, 1712. 

" • Thomas, d. 1712. John, m. Abigail Beldcn, Aug. 17. 
1733. Children: John, b. Sept. 3, 173-1 ; Thomas, b. Aug. 
27, 1736. 

" ' John d. in the island of Statia,May 25, 1737 ; his wife 
d. May 7, 1730.' 

" Now as to the connection. I learned from Dr. Hall, 
of Norwalk, in 1862, that Cagoonali (Ridgefield) was set- 
tled by Norwalk people. About the same time, I learned 
from an aged mint (Cynthia Hunt), that her grandfather, 
Thoma> Rockwell, had a large tract of land in South Salem 
(adjoining Ridgefield, and a part of the town once belong- 
ing to it), which he gave to his two sons, Thomas and 
Thaddeus. Her father, Thaddeus, moved to South Salem 



202 THE nOC K W E L L FA M I L T . 

in 1702. She said her remote ancestor, Thomas Rockwell, 
came from England and lived tn Norwalk. 

••This seems to establish a connection between the Rock- 
wells who first settled Ridgefield and some one at least of 
the same name, living in Norwalk at a very early date, and 
makes it seem possible that the Thomas Rockwell who, 
according to Dr. Hall, was horn in 1708. might he the srme 
man. I had supposed that this Thomas, 2 horn in 1708, 
died in 1782, but it may have been that the father, the first 
Thomas, is meant. 

" Am-ther donbt thrown on the personal identity of my 
ancestor with this Thomas Rockwell, of Norwalk, is in the 
fact that there was also a Benjamin Rockwell there (accord- 
ing to Dr. Hall's History), at a very early period, who 
might have been the father of this Thomas, of Ridgefield. 

•• Rev. Charles Rockwell has been disposed to expect that 
the connection of the families might be established through 
him, as there is a Benjamin named as second son (third 
child) of Joseph Rockwell, a grandson of the origi 
William, and who died in 1733, aged 64. But it is obvious 
that though, for aught that appears to the contrary, he may 
be identical with the Benjamin of Norwalk, yet, if so, he is 
hardly likely to have been the father of a man born about 
1705 to 1708;* and even if we could conceive of such a 
possibihtv (and it is barely possible, as some of them evi- 
dently married early), though such a supposition would 
connect our families, there still remains the father of tins 
Thomas,- born in 1708, whom we find no connection for. 
For in the list referred to, though there are names enough, 
good sound Scripture names f too, and Deacon William's 

* "Thomas" died 1785, aged SO. 

t This is worthy of note. There are not ra to than two. or at most 
three, in this list for a hundred years, that are not scriptural. 



Til E RO C Kir E L L F A M I L Y. 203 

family as well as oar own, in early times, seems to have been 
well fulfilling the scriptural injunction, ' to be fruitful and 
multiply and replenish the earth,' yet it is worthy of observa- 
tion that there is not a single Thomas in the whole of it, from 
the beginning to the end of the list.* As to my old aunt 
saying that the father of the Thomas Rockwell who settled 
Ridgefield ' came from England,' I should be ready enough 
to regard it as meaning that his ancestor came from Eng- 
land, were it not for the facts above noted. As it is, I am 
disposed, at least until some positive connection of the 
families can be established, to regard it as literally true, 
and to think that Thomas Rockwell, of Xorwalk, who mar- 
ried Sarah Rusco, probably came from England and settled 
there at the very beginning of the eighteenth century, and 
that the Rockwell family, of Fairfield county, are an entirely 
separate family, in America at least, from Deacon William 
Rockwell's descendants, and that it is not probable that a 
connection can be traced without crossing the ocean. 

41 1 propose to give you in the remainder of this already 
too long letter, such data as I possess respecting the de- 
scendants of Thaddeus Rockwell (my grandfather), young- 
est son of Thomas, who was the first settler in Ridgefield 
(as I understand it). 

" Thaddeus Rockwell, b. about 1753 ; m. probably not 
far from 177">; moved to S. Salem, 1792, where he died 
about 1828. lie served as a Lieutenant in the Revolution ; 
was an elder in the Presbyterian church in S. Salem, where 
I remember him as a large, dignified and venerable appear- 
ing man, dressed in the old style of broad-skirted coat, and 
long waistcoat, and leading the worship of the congregation 

* And this very :i Thomas" scorns to have been a great favorite in 
our family down to 1800, at least. 



201 r n e n o ckwell r a m i l y. 

in the absence of the minister, standiug in front of the pul- 
pit to clo so. 

'• His first wife was Mehitabel Smith, who \ras the mother 
of all his children. He was married a second time. 

CHILDREN : 

"1. Tkaddeus, died young. 

' : 2. Sarah (usually called Sally), married Zolman Mor- 
gan, and settled in Wilton (South Ridgefield). T do not 
know the date of her death, nor the number of her children. 

"3. Thomas married and lived in S. Salem, where he 
died about 180 !-">. lie had no son who grew up. He had 
two daughters, one of whom, Pamela, taught school in Brook- 
lyn several years, married and lives in Pennsylvania. 

"4. Clara married, first, Thomas Northrop, second, War- 
ren Scofield, of N. Stamford ; died in 1835 ; no child. 

'•5. Cynthia, b. about 1782; m. Isaac Hunt of Ri Ig - 
field about 1802 ; in 1S32 they moved to Atirelius, Cayuga 
County. N. Y. She died there about 18G4. Cluldren: 
Fanny, Lockwood, Harvey and Harry (twins), and live in 
Cleveland, Ohio. 

"C. Elizabeth (commonly called Betsey), m. Nehemiah 
Northrop; moved to Lysander, Onondaga County, about 
1832. where she died of cancer, in 1854. Children : Th oi 
lives in Meridian, N. Y. : a (laughter, whom. Asa Benedict : 
Clarissa, m. twice, and lives in Pleasantville ; Mary, m, 
Rev. Mr. Beach, of Lysander, d. about 1870. 

"7. Ruth, b. 1785-6; m. "Wm. Towu^end. went to Ly- 
sander, where she died in 183S— 9. Children: Thomas R. 
(Rev.), lives at Meridian. N. Y. : Delia, in. a Mr. Watson ; 
Justus "Wm. (Dr.). went to Atlanta, Ga. ; Ebenezer Grant 
(Rev.), chaplain and captain in the late war, lives in Va, ; 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 205 

Ruth. Ann, m. Air. Ilalleek: James Henry (la wyer), d. 
March, 1872. 

'•8. Leicfs, b. about 1.789, m. (1) Mary "Webster, about 

1810. m. (2) Clarissa Webb ; removed to Belleville, N. J., 
thence to Bedford, X. Y., thence to Ohio, and thence to Il- 
linois, d. about 1855, Children: Clarissa (m. a Daven- 
port), lives at N. Stamford, Ct., and has a family ; Joseph 
Webster, lives near Cleveland, Ohio ; Emily, also married 
and lives near Cleveland ; William Wright, lives at Spring 
Valley, 111., married and has a family ; Harriet, m. a Tom- 
linson ; Rufus Edwin, clerk in Xew York city, has one 
daughter. 

"0. Harvey (my father), b. Jan. 13, IT'.H, m. Hannah 
How. of Bedford, in Oct., 1813 ; lived about Bedford and 
S. Salem till 1825 ; moved to X. Y. city ; thence to "West- 
chester County, and was a farmer; thence, in I860, to 
Pleasantville, N. Y., where he still lives, the only survivor 
of the children of Thaddeus Rockwell ; celebrated bis 
golden wedding in 18G3, but his wife died in 1869. 
Children: Sarah, b. 1814, m. Edward Baymoud nbout 
1S34, d. 1837 j no child; Alary Ann, b. 1817, m. Luther 
E. Davis, Meridian, X. Y.. 1852 ; has no children: George 
(myself), b. Jan. 17, 1821, in South Salem, X. Y.. m. 
Sarah L. Tunis, June. 1842; resided near Tarrytown till 
her death in 1846. Then studied, and in 1851 graduated 
at Butger's Theol. Sem., New Brunswick, X. 5l. In 1850 
married Humy (Mundy) Hubbell and removed to Water- 
loo, X. Y. In 1851 removed to Alexandria and became 
missionary pastor of church of Thousand Isles, where I 
still reside. Children: Ilewlet, b. 1814. who is a dentist 
in St. Joseph, Mich., married and has two daughters. 
Charles II., b. 1845, clerk in Mott Haven. X. Y.. married, 
in 1807, Letitia Downs; has one daughter. Sarah Louis: 1 , 



200 THE ROCK WELT. FAMILY. 

b. 1851; Hannah How, b. 1853; both reside at home. 

Jane (Hervey's daughter), b. 1824, m. Henry IT. I: 

in 1844, lives in Mott Haven ; her husband was a lumber 

merchant, died in 1871 ; left two children, Milton IT., b. 

1840, and Mary, b. 1855, Hannah M. (daughter or* 

Hervey), b. 1800, unmarried, lives with her father at 

Pleasantville. 

l - 10. Catharine, b. about 1793, in. Thomas Ambler about 
1813, d. 1851, leaving no children. 

"11. Frances, b. probably 1795, m. (1) Walter 
Olmsted ; m. (2) Aaron Northrop, who also died before 
her. She died in Stamford about 1870. Children: Sarah, 
Thaddens, Harriet, Catharine and Adelaide (twins), 
James H., a lawyer in Stamford, Conn." 

[Without being able to solve the questions raised in the 
foregoing letter, or to spend the time in arranging the 
record as systematically as I could wish, T give in connec- 
tion with it a record furnished by Gould Rockwell, Esq., 
of Ridgefield, together with other records from other 
branches of the same family, regretting that I cannot 
show, what I hoped to do, a connection direct with the 
famliy of Deacon Win. Rockwell.] 



Thomas Rockwell, d. June, 1712. 
Sarah Rockwell, d. 17 — . 



Thomas Rockwell, 1>. 16 — . 
Sarah Rusco, b. 16 — . Married in 
Norwalk, Dec. 0, 1703. 

CHILDREX. 

Sarah Rockwell, b. Oct. 21, 1704. 
Thos. Rockwell, b. Dec. L3, 170S. 
John Rockwell, b. Jan. 0, 171-. 
Jabez Rockwell, h. Mar. 13, 1712. 

The above Thomas Rockwell, of Norwalk, purchased of Benj 
Hickok, one of the first settlers of the town of Ridgefield (27 in Dum- 
ber, who purchased from the Indians in 170S), his share in the same, 
on the 9th of July, 1711. —Book 1, page 38 of the Record. 



Sarah llobart, d. 17—. 
Thos. Rockwell, d. Nov. 4. 1789. 
John Rockwell, d. May 25, 17J7. 
Jabez Rockwell, d. 17 — . 



THE ROC K W F I, L F A M I L Y. 



207 



Thos. Rockwell, d. Nov. 1. 1789. 
Ruth Rockwell, d. June 22. 1807. 



Thos. Rockwell b. Doc. 13, 1708. 
Ruth Benedict,' b. Dec. 3, 1711, 
m. May 18, 1792. 

CHILDREN. 

Sarah Rockwell, b. Mar. 1, 1733. 
Kuril Rockwell, b. Mar. 1, 1733. 
Hannah Rockwell, b. Feb.24, 173G. 
Ruth Rockwell, b. Nov. 30, 1737. 
Phebc. Rockwell, b. Oct. 14, 1739. 
Thankful Rockwell, b.Fe. 25, 1743. 
Martha Rockwell, b. May 12, 1744. 
Thos. li ickwcll, b. Jan. 1G, 174G. 
James Rockwell, b. June 9, 1750. 
Dorcas Rockwell, b. Feb. 12, 1752 
Thad. Rockwell, h. Nov. 23, 1753. 

James Rockwell, b. June 9, 1750. Jas. Rockwell, d. Nov. 25, 1 - 
Abigail Hawley, b. Oct. 24, 1749, Abigail Rockwell, d. .Ian. G, 1821, 
in. Oct. 17, 1709. | 



' Sarah Sovmour, d. , — 

Ruth Rockwell, d. Oct. 12, 1 
I Hannah Wilson, d. Apl. 5, 11 
I Ruth Stebbins, d. Oct. 15, l'i 

'■ Phebc Mead, d. , . 

: Thankful Mead, d. , 

| Martha Olmsted, d. July 29, 

Thomns Rockwell, d. 

Jas. Rockwell, (1. Nov. 25, 1 
Dorcas Rockwell, d. Mar. 1 7. 



734. 

G ■> . 
CG. 

1784. 

1759. 



chiltjues. 

Dorcas Rockwell, l>. Ap. 19, 1770. 
Marv Rockwell, b. Feb. 25, 1772. 
Anna Rockwell, b. Mar. 21. 1774. 
Thomas II. Rockwell, b. May 21. 
177G 



Dorcas Stebbins, d. Apl. 25, 1857. 

Marv IIuw, d. Jan. 11, 1793. 
Anna Nash, d. Sept. 8. 18G8. 
Thomas H. Rockwell, d. Sept. 25, 

1:65. 



Gould Rockwell, b. Dec. 18, 1778. Gould Rockwell, d. Aug. 22, 1807. 

William llockw* 11, b. Feb 5, 1732.| Wm. Rockwell, d. Mar. 7, 1862. 

Lucinda Rockwell, b. Ap. 21, 17S5. Still living, unmarried. 

Abigail Rockwell, b. Ju. 2:), 17S9. 

Millicent Rockwell, b. Ap. 25, 1792. 

Polly Rockwell, b. Dec. 5, 1794. 'Polly Rockwell, d. Aug. 1, 17 r '>. 

Thomas IT. Rockwell, 7 b. May 21, Thomas II. Rockwell, 7 d. Sept. 25, 

1776. 1865. 

Polly Smith, b. Oct. 1, 1783, in. Polly Rockwell, d. Feb. 27, 1869. 

July 31, 1800. 

CHILDREN. j 

Harry Smith Rockwell, b. Aug. l.j Harry Smith K ickwell, d. Mar. 1, 

1801. 1S04. 

Phebe Minerva Rockwell, b. Jan. Phebc Minerva Hill, d. Mar. 30. 

15, 1804. 1832; m. Rev. Moses Hill. 

Wm. S. Rockwell, b. Feb. 24, 1S0G. Wm. S. Rockwell, d. at sea, about 
Thomas Burr Rockwell, b. Aug. 1823. 

21, IS0S. 
David S. Rockwell. b. Au. 26, 1810. 
James Rockwell, b. Nov. 9, 1812. ' 
Geo. Rockwell, b. Oct. 12. 1815. i 
Francis A. Rockwell, b. Apl. 12, 

1817. 
John Rockwell, b. Dec. 12, 1822. John Rockwell, u. Sept 22, 1 124. 
John Wesley Rockwell, b. Feb. 

15, 1820. 

i 
* Daughter of Deacon James Benedict. 



203 



THE R C K W E J. L F A M IT. Y . 



Gould Rockwell, b. Dec. 18, 1778. 
Pollv Dauchy, b. July 23, 1779, tin. 
. Mar. 11, 1807. 

I IitX,l>. 

Gould Rockwell, b. Mar. 6, 1808. 
Marion C. Bradley, his wile, b. 
Apl. 18, 1818. 



Gould Rockwell, d. Aug. 22 ' 
Tolly Rockwell, d. Apl. 12, 1853. 



Married Apl. 18, 1338. 

Infant daughter, b. Oct. 8, 1-"-. I. 

same date. 



William Rockwell, b. Feb. 5, 1782. Wm. Rockwell, d. Mar. 7, 1862. 
Freelove Jaques, b. Sept. 22, 1786, 

m. Jan. '6, 1S07. 

CUILDKEN'. 

Adalina Rockwell, b. Sept. 5, 1806. 

Eliza Selina Rockwell, b. Feb. 16, Eliza Selina Rock-veil, d. Sept- 2, 

1811. j 1811. 

Frances Rockwell, b. Dee. 10, ISM. 
John I. Rockwell, b. Mar. 4, 1818.1 

Descendants or Thomas II. Rockwell. 

Thomas Burr Rockwell, h. Aug. 1 
21, 1801. 

Caroline Hyatt. 

children. 

Minerva Rockwell. 
Newt< n. 
Hamlin. 

Eddy. 

David S. Rockwell, b. Aug. 2G, 

IS 10. 
Betsey Cotnstock. 

CHILDREN. 

Wilbur Disk. 
James Vincent. 
Alphonso. 
Ransom. 

Thorn. 
Artjiur. 

James Rockwell, l>. Nov. 9. 1812. 

Miss Harvey. 

3 children. 

George Rockwell. 



Bertrand. 

Susan. 

Anna. 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 



209 



George. 

Thomas H. 

Francis A. Rockwell, b. Apl. 12, 

181S. 
Mary Lee, b. Oct. 7, 1S1G, m. Oct. 

6, 1840. 

CHILDREN. 

Charles L. Rockwell, b. May 10, 

184?,. 
Wm. F. Rockwell, b. Jan. 12, 1845. 
Geo. Rockwell, b. Nov. IV, 1848, 

Marriages or Children of James and Abigail Rockw±5LX. 
Dorcas Rockwell in. Nathan Stebbins May 26, 1V.U. 
Mary Rockwell m. John Stow July, 1792. 
Anna Rockwell ra. Jacob Nash Feb. 7, 1794. 
Thomas 11., Gould, and William, already stated. 
Abigail Rockwell m. Jared N. St. John Oct. 16, 1816. 
Millicent Rockwell m. Samuel Biera Feb. 22, 1837. 

[Gould Rockwell, Esq., says there is a tradition that his 
family originally came from Windsor ; but no one lias 
been able to trace any connection with Wm. Rockwell's 
family, which he is disposed to regret.] 

Another record of a branch of the same family is as 
follows : — 



Jonathan Rockwell, b. 16—. |Jona. Rockwell, d. June 19, 17.il. 

Abigail , b. 16—. Abigail Rockwell, d. July 8, 1. 

children. 
Bonj. Rockwell, b. July C, 1704. 
John Rockwell, b. April — , 1706. 
Daniel Rockwell, b. Oct. 8, 1703. 
Jona. Rockwell, b. March 31, 1711. 

Jona. Rockwell, b. March 31, 1711. 
Esther, 17 — ; rn. Oct., IVI'3. 

CHILDREN. 

Abigail Rockwell, b. Feb. 3, 1734. 

Mary Rockwell, b. March 9, 1736. 

Jonathan Rockwell, Jan. 10, 1738. 

Esther Rockwell, b. Dec. 10, 1740.1 

Eb'z< r Rockwell, b. Sept. 3. 1742. Eb'zer Rockwell, d. Dec. 4, 1S19. 

Elizab. Rockwell, b. Oct. 15, 1747. 

Henry Rockwell, b. Dec 13, 1749. Henry Rockwell, d. March 8, IS1< 

Win." Rockwell, b. April — , 1751. i Win. Rockwell, d. Aug. 21, 1831. 



210 



T n F. R OCKWE LL F A -V J L Y . 



Wm. Rockwell, d. 18—. 
Sarah. Rockwell, d. Is — . 



Sarah Keeler, d. 1-71. 
Abigail Smith, d, Sept. 1 
Ann Smith, d. -May 29, 1 

Saral. Rockwell, d - • 

Rachel Canfield, il. !-:_. 
Win. Rockwell, d. Sept. 



5. 1 


-19. 


5«54 




:". 


1834 


29, 


1827 



Clarissa RockweU, d. Apl. 11, IS ' 



"Wm. Rockwell, b. April, 175G. 
Sarah Worden, b. Feb. 16, 17G2. 

children. 
Sarah Rockwell, b. Dec. 29, 1785. 
Abigail Rockwi 11, b. 1789. 
Anil Rockwell, I). 1703. 
Jona. Rockwell, b. Not. 27, 1797. | 
Samuel Rockwell, b. 1800. 
Rachel Rockwell, b. Meh.30,1804. 
William Rockwell, b , 18—. 
Harry Rockwell, b., 1811. 

Jona. Rockwell, b. Nor. 27, 1797. 
Clarissa Gregory, b. Jan. 12, 1801, 
Sarah Gregory, b. April 25, 1S10. 

CHILDREN. 

Chas. Rockwell, b. Dec. 10. 1>20. 

Francis Rockwell, b. July 18, 1824. Francis Rockwell, d. May 31, 1855. 

George Rock-well, b. June 2 >. i 526. 

Betsey Rockwell, b. April 1"., IS28. 

Jane Rockwell, b. Aug. 12, 1630. 

Marv Ann Rockwell, b. Sept. 21, 

1832. 
William II. Rockwell, b. Oct. 14, 

1S34. 

SOX OF THOilAS ROCKWELL. 

Thau. Rockwell. b.Nov. 23, 17.53. 
Menitable, b. 17—. 

CHILDREN. 

Thad Rockwell, b. Feb. 20. 1771. Thad. Rockwell, d. Oct. 1: 
Sarah Rockwell, b. Oct. 5, 1772. 



Thos. Rockwell, b. Nov. 23, 1774. 
Cynthia Rockwell, b. Aug. 20, 1770. 
ClarissaRockwell, b. Aug. 16, 1779. 
Cynthia Rockwell, b. July 10, L781. 
Betsey Rockwell, b, Oct". 15, L784. 

Thos. Rockwell, b. Nov. 23, 1774. 
Deborah Townsend; m. July 20, 
1795. 

CHILDREN. 

Betsey Rockwell, b. Sept. 12. 1795. 
Coleman Rockw< II. b. Aug. 9, 1799. 
Chloe Rockwell, b. Aug. 9, 1799. 



Cynthia Rockwell , d. Mch. 1 •"• , 1781. 



T/IE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 211 



BRANCH OF THE FAMILY L\ THE WESTERN 
STATES. 



A branch of this family, principally resident in Illinois, 
Iowa and other Western States, and commencing in the 
seventh generation, probably, is as follows : — 

Thomas II. Rockwell 7 (son of James), b. 1776, m. 
Polly Smith in 1800. The record of the children is given 
on a preceding page. 

Thomas B. Rockwell 8 (son of Thomas II.), b. in 1S08, 
m. Caroline Hyatt in 1829.- Children: Minerva, b. 1831, 
m. 1859, a. 1862 ; Robert N., b. 1840 ; Hamlin J„ b. 18 to ; 
Lyman E., b. 1848. 

James Rockwell, 8 b. 1812, m. Margaret Van ISTorthwick 
in 1838. who died in 1816. Hem. (2) Susan Grow in 1848. 
Children: Frances M., Martha, Margaret, Annie, Hat tie. 

Robert Newton Rockwell, 9 b. 1840, in. R. A. Bel-Jen, 
in 1366. Child: daughter, b. L872. 

Hamlin J. Rockwell, 9 b. 1845, m. Carrie M. Jackson, 
i n 1 8 68 . Ch ih I : M ary Winifred, b. 187 . 

Caroline, the wife of Rev. T. B. Rockwell. 8 and daugh- 
ter of Abijah and Clara Hyatt, was born in Ridgelield, 
Conn., Jan. 10, 1810, and married Dec. 81, 1829. Entered 
with her husband the itinerancy in connection with the 
Oneida Conference of the M.E. Church, in 1837. Although 
it was not the work of her choice, for she well knew tli.it 
poverty and privation in those days were incident to that 
calling, yet, from convictions of duty, she responded, " Wo 



212 TITE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

will go in the name of the Lord;" and though naturally 
frail and of feeble health, j'et nobly did she endure its toils 
and trials, and all with cheerfulness. And even after re- 
tiring from the work with prostrated health, to her home in 
Batavia, III., she often sighed for that work again, which 
uou' had become her delight. One of the crn at<-->* t; Lais of 
her life was the call of her only daughter to the mi-.-ion 
work in India, being apprised of the strong probability of 
its being a final earthly separation (which it proved to be'). 
She, with a heart yearning with affection which none but a 
mother's can know, replied : "You know your duty, child. 
I cannot — I dare not say no." After a few mouths, her 
heart was gladdened by the intelligence of their safe arrival 
at Calcutta ; but all was suddenly dispelled by the death of 
her daughter's husband, Rev. J. R. Downey. Some three 
years subsequently came the crushing intelligence of the 
death of that beloved daughter. Her affable deportment 
secured to her many friends. In January. 1872, her health 
declined. Soon symptoms of that insidious disease, con- 
sumption, appeared. With great Christian confidence, she 
talked of her future prospects, and among her last expres- 
sions, amidst excessive restlessness of body, was. -I am 
almost home: I shall soon be at rest." And thus, in the 
morning of the 8th of April, 1872. she passed away to the 
mansion prepared above. 

Minerva Rockwell, 9 daughter of Rev. T. B. Rockwell, 
was born July 11, 1831, at Ridgefield, Conn., and died at 
Nynee Tal, India, Oct. 30, 18G2. She had from childhood 
a foretaste of subsequent missionary experience in her 
familiarity with the peculiar life of the Methodist itinerant, 
and a residence among the Indians, to whom her father 
was at one time a missionary. She was educated at 
Cazenovia Seminary, and from her sixteenth year exhibited 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 213 

a rare Christian character. She taught in several institu- 
tions, her most prominent position being that of pre- 
ceptress in the Ohio Wesleyan Female College, and her 
influence as a teacher was of the best character- 
In February, 1859, she was married to Uev. J. R. 
Downey, — then under appointment as a missionary to 
India, — an able and devoted man. On landing at Cal- 
cutta, in August, 1859, he started for his field in Rohil- 
cund, but died before reaching his station, and vras buried 
in the city of Lucknow, his widow being left a stranger in 
that far-off land. Though utterly crushed by the affliction, 
she begged to proceed to her husband's station, and do as 
much as she could of his work. At Bareilly she took 
charge of the Buy's Orphanage, and found a pleasant 
home in the family of Dr. Waugh. Her work was very 
severe, and exhausted her strength to such a degree that 
she was obliged to repair to the sanitarium, at Nynee Tal, 
where she remained five months, and returned to her 
charge. 

During the following December she married Rev. J. M. 
Thoburn, of the India Mission, stationed at Nynee Tal, 
and entered on her work in a new field, itinerating- among 
the villages, and securing a good influence over the women, 
laboring among the Europeans and natives at the s-tation. 
organizing a Sabbath school among the children of the 
soldiers, an orphanage for mountaineers, and opening a 
girls' school for Hindoo girls. Her success with this 
school was considered very encouraging, soon becoming 
quite large, and bringing the girls to attend the Sunday 
school and Sabbath service regularly. But in the midst 
of her usefulness she died, as she had lived, full of love 
and trust in Christ. Her death-bed was a scene of holy 
triumph. She was of " a meek and quiet spirit," but pos- 



214 THE ROCKWETjL FAMILY. 

sessed great energy, working for direct results. 
in the highest sense a missionary ', having faith in h< 

and believing that God had called her to it. Her c octant 
effort was to bring the people to a knowledg 
Saviour. To her missionary sisters she left the i. 
"I had hoped to live and labor with them, but I i m 
than happy to die." 

Early in 1862 Hamlin J. Rockwell 9 enlisted La 
G7th Regiment Illinois Volunteers, and was musterc 
Vr'itb the regiment at the expiration of its term of ser : e. 
He then re-enlisted into the 8th Regiment. Illinois Cv 
and served in the Army of the Potomac until July. '. - I . 
when, at the age of eighteen, he was commissi 
Captain in the Volunteer Infantry, and participate- 1 , 
his regiment, in the Army of the Cumberland, in various 
battles, until Dec, 1SG5, when he was mustered out. He 
is nov, with his brother, Robert N., engaged in business at 
Glenwoocl, Iowa. 

David Smith Rockwell, 8 b. 1810, m. Betsey Com-- k 
(b. 1812), in 1833. Children: Wilbur Fisk, b. 1633; 
James Vincent, b. 1835; Alphonso D., b. 1840; Theron 
Comstock, b. 18-15 ; Ransom Whittemore, b. 1848 ; A 
Leslie, b. 1852. 

Wilbub F. Rockwell, 9 m. Frances M. Bradley, in 15 
Children: Susan Frances, b. 1862; Edson Bradley, b. 
1866 ; Harry Hoffman, b. 1868. 

James V. Rockwell, 9 m. Adaline A. Robjohn, in IS62. 
ChM: Edith Adaline, b. 1866. 

Alpuoxso D. Rockwell, 9 m. Susan London, in l« 3. 
Children: Harvey Gregory, b. 1870; Charles Landon, b. 
1872. 



TTIE HOCK WELL FAMILY. 215 



MISCELLANEOUS. 



[From "Tl'e Strong Family," by Rev. B. TV. Dwight.] 
Dosia Grant, b. March 1, 1708, m. Jonathan Rockwell, 
a farmer, at Erie, Pa. ; had six children. 

Thomas Fitch Thatcher, b. Dec. 20, 1838, m. Mary Rut- 
land Rockwell (daughter of Dr. Wm. H. Rockwell,' of 
Brattleboro', Yt., and Maria Farnum) ; resided at Flatbush, 
L. 1. Xo children. 

Hon. Jairus Strong (son of Elisha Strong and Anna 
Pinneo), b. May 4, 170-1, m., Jan. 0, 1700, Dosha BisseH, 
b. in East Windsor, Conn., April 26, 1777 (daughter of 
Daniel Bissell and Beulah Rockwell). He died at Ash- 
land, ZST. Y., June 12. 1838 ; she died June G, 1865, aged 
88. Children: Austin, Olivia, Clarinda, Aurelia, Maria, 
Minerva, Elvira, Daniel Bissell, Louisa, and Elisha Pinneo. 

Amasa Strong (son of Philip Strong, of Warren, Cobb., 
and Rhoda Payne), b. June 3, 1766, m., April 6, 1780. 
Lydia Rockwell, b. March SO, 17G0, whose mother was a 
Bernan. He died Dec. 12, 1831 ; she died Aug. 14, 1800. 
Children : Amasa, Lysander Cyrus, Patty, Amanda, Lama, 
Cyrus, 2d, Homer. 

Lavinia Hyde, b. June 30, 1803, m., June 30, 1823, 
David Rockwell, of Stafford, Conn. ; had six children. 

Elnathan Strong, b. about 1722, m., June 6, Elizabeth 
Rockwell. He lived at Middletown, Conn. Cluldren: 
David, Lucy, Nathan, Elizabeth, Patience, Submit. 



21G THE HOCK WELL FAMILY. 

Lucy Strong (daughter of Elnathan an<l Elizabeth, b. 
June 13, 1717, m., March 25, 177-'), Edward Rockwe . 
b. Oct. -1, 1711 (son of Edward Rockwell and II; 
Robbins) ; a resident of Middletown, Conn. Ho died Feb. 
9, 1828, aged 80. 

[Edward Rockwell, b. July 23, 1707, was thi 
Dea. Joseph and Elizabeth Rockwell, and died Nov. 7. 
1792, aged 85 : his wife died Jan. 19, 1790, aged 75.] 

Children: Lucy, b. April 13, 1774. d. Oct. 15, 177C: 
Willard, b. "Sox. s, 1775 : George Temple, b. July 9, 1777. 
d. Aug. 29, 1802; Edward, b. June 23, 1770: Lucy, 2d. 
b. April 13, 1782; Sylvester, b. Feb. 8, 1784; Samuel 
Strong, b. May 19, 1787. 

Nathan Strong (son of Elnathan Strong, of Middletown. 
Conn., and Elizabeth Rockwell), b. Nov. 11, 1749, in. Sarah 
Mildrew ( 1 ) , and Lucy Cornwell (2). Cli ildren by firs' 
David, Louise, Louise, 2d, Sarah. By second wife : - T . 
Nathan, Lucy. Patty, -Samuel, Jabez, Timothy. S 
Meiicent, Timothy. 2d, Nathaniel, Sarah, 2d, and Elihu. 

The large number of male descendants of John R« '.- 
well 2 is worthy of note, in connection with the fact that 
the record of Matthew Rockwell (1730) does not mention 
them ; also, that he gives no account of Edward and 
Ebenezer Rockwell, the first of whom lived to be 85. and 
the second to be 72. 

The following record of deaths contains many names. 
and, possibly, dates found elsewhere; but, as they may be 
of use hereafter, it is thought best to insert them here : — 

Samuel, son of Joseph, Jr., d. 1726; William, 1725; 
John, son of John, 1732 ; Isaac, son of Daniel, 1733 ; I 
wife of Ebenezer. 1755; Ruth, 1831; Joseph, 1733, 
G4 ; Elijah, 1815, aged 57 ; Almira. wife of Russell, 1849, 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 217 

aged 59; Curtis, son of feussell, 1849, aged 19; Joseph, 
1855, aged GO; Hiram, 1851, aged :12 ; Joel. 1790, aged 
72; Isaac, 1802, aged GO; Desire, wife of Isaac, IT 2, 
aged 41 ; Abigail, 2d wife of Isaac, 1810, aged CO ; Ezra. 
1800, aged 79 ; Jemima, wife of Ezra, 1802, aged 83 ; 
Aaron, Lis son, 1770, aged 19; David, 1800, aged 51; 
Aaron, 1807, aged 30; Levi, 1838, aged 48; his wife, 
Elizabeth, 1805, aged 53; John, killed by powder-mil] 
explosion, 1^34, aged 24 ; Lavina (daughter of Daniel 
and Lucrctia), 1791: Elizabeth, wife of Elijah, 1833 ; 
Sarah, wife of Abraham, 1770. 

The old church record of Windsor says that Abraham 
Rockwell and his wife Mary were married Dec. 4, 1040, 
and that his wife died July 8, 1077. without children. 

Hinman also mentions a Simon Rockwell, who died in 
1665, leaving his estate to the children of his two sisters, 

— Mary, wife of Robert Watson, of Windsor, and . 

wife of Zachariah Sanford. (Others say Israel Sanford.) 

This record appears to have been made Sept. 13, 1652 : 
" It is assented that Isaac Sheldon and Samuel Rockwell 
shall keep house together in the house that is Isaac'-, so 
that the}- carry themselves soberly, ami do not entertain 
idle persons, to the evil expense of time by night or day." 

Matthew Grant writes, in 1075, •• I have been employed 
in measuring land and getting out the lots of men, which 
has been done by me from our first beginning here, come 
next September is 40 years." 

While in Fitchburg, Mass., in 1870,1 noticed upon the 
directory the names of two families of Rockwell : hut, on 
inquiry, I found that the name had been assun ■>'. for what 
reason I could not ascertain. They are residing elsewhere 
at present. 

In reply to an inquiry of the town cleric of the town of 
19 



218 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

Preston, Conn., — N. S. Wentworth, Esq., — iu regard to 
records of the Rockw< 11 na ne in that town, he wrote : — 

"I do not find any family name of Rockwell on 
records. In 1772 James Rockwell, of Sionington, bought 
land in Preston, and dmlng the year must have become a 
resident of the town, for the next spring he bought othei 
lands in town, being then an inhabitant of Preston. 1 do 
not find that he ever sold any property, and what became 
of him and his estates I. have no means of knowing. 
There is at present quite a lot of Rockwell land, but 
the owners are, and have always been, inhabitants of 
Norwich ." 

Lebanon, Conn., town Tecords show a deed by Amariak 
Rockwell, of Coventry, to Daniel R., of Norwich, of land 
inherited from his brother Jabez, 1700. Also deed of 
Daniel R., of Norwich, to Josiah R., of Lebanon, 1760. 
Also deed of Wm. Hall and wife Tabitha to Josiah R. 
Also Josiah Porter's deed to Jabez R.. 17.38. It thus 
appears that Jabez, son of the first Daniel, died between 
1758 and 1700. 

Colchester, Conm, records show a deed by Adonijah R. 

to , 17.39. Also deed by James R., 1702, of land 

of his father, but his father's name not given. Also deed 
by Samuel R., 1768, of laud of his father's estate. Also 
deed by Adonijah R., of land of his father's estate (and 
father's name, Adonijah), 1776, and another in 177S. 

There are other records of Norwich that give the 
children of Josiah R. : as Hannah, b. Sept., 1658, d. Oct., 
1GG1 ; Josiah, b. June, 1662, d. Jan.. 1675; Joseph, b. 
March, 1665; John, b. Dec, 1667; Mary, b. 1669; Han 
nah, 2d, b. March, 1G72 ; Samuel, b. Sept. 30, 1076. 
Hannah, 2d, d. Oct. 23, 1753, aged 81. 

Joseph R., m. Dorothy Brier. Jan., 1700. Children: 



THE ROCKWELL FA MIL 7. 210 

Hannah, b. April 15, 1710; Joseph, b. Aug., 1712. d. 
June 15, 1703 ; William, b. -Vug., 1714; Dorothy, b. • 
6, 1719 ; Joseph II.. d. Aug. 10, 1720. 

Adonijah 11.. m. Sarah Newton, J uly 4, 1 730. Children : 
Zipporah, b. Jan. 20. 1710; James, b. March 17, 1741; 
Esther, b. May 1, 1742 ; Betty, b. Feb. 20, 1744 ; Samuel, 
b. Doc. 13, 1745. 

The following is the substance of a letter relating to a 
family from Banbury, Connecticut : — 

" ScEANTON, Pa., Dec. 16, 1S72. 
" Hexkx E. Rockwell, Esq. : — 

" Dear Sir, — I will give you a few facts, and then you 
can tell me whether our family of Rockwells is included in 
the 'Rockwell Family of America.' My grandfather's 
name was Jabez Rockwell, and removed from Panbury, 
Conn., to Butternuts, Otsego Comity, X. Y., somewhere 
about the year 1800. My father and mother were born and 
lived in Danbury. After they were married and had two 
daughters they removed, in the year 1S0G. to Butternuts. 

"I. am the onlv son living, having lost two brothers at 
the ages of 52 and 57. My age is 54. 1 have a family 
of three children, two sous and one daughter. 

" My grandfather had four sons, three of whom moved 
at different times, before my father did to Butternuts ; and 
they lived in a place in the town called Rockwell Street. 
The four sons of my grandfather were Levi. Eli, Benjamin, 
and Ezra. 

"My father's name was Ezra. My ancles all had 
children. Benjamin had seven sons, and all had Scripture 
names, beginning with the letter A, viz. : Ard. Amos. Ash- 
bel, Andrew. Asahel, Anson, and Almon. The names of the 



220 THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 

daughters I have forgotten, except one. Rachael. 5 
see we are a Scripture family whether we belong 
'Rockwell Family in America' or not. Our family 

numerous at one time in Butternuts, numbering from two 
to three hundred, 

"I have several times heard that my grandfather had 
brothers in Connecticut, but never could get any authentic 
information At the time Danbury was burned by the 
British, grandfather was burned out. 

"Henry B. Rockwell." 

Henry B. Rockwell, of Scranton, Pa., under date of 
Dec. 24, 1872, gives this record of his family, expressii g 
doubt as to being connected with the family of Deacon 
William. 1 lie says : u Jabez II. was born about 17-42; 
was burned out by the British at Danbury. Conn., in 1777 : 
moved to Butternuts, Otsego County. X. Y.. prol 
before 1800. His first wife Avas a Benedict, and had four 
children, Levi, Eli, Benjamin, and Elizabeth. His second 
wife was a Hurlbut, and had two children, one daughter. 
Doshe, and one son, Ezra (my father). He had a third 
wife, who had one daughter, Julia. These children were 
born in Danbury. My father was born April 12. 1782. 

II. J. Rockwell, of Glen Falls, X. Y., March 24. 1870. 
sends the following : — 

Joseph R,, b., Feb. T4, 1739 ; Sarah, his wife, b. Dee. 1, 
1741. Children : Hannah, b. Feb. 7. 1763 ; Ruth, b. Nov. 
28. 1764, m. Uriah Benedict, d. Feb. 18, 1801. 

Jeremy R., b. Dec. 27), 170"), m. Betsey Bird. Dec. 1-".. 
17!)7, d. Aug. 1 *r. 1835. Children: Hannah, b. Jan. : I, 

17G8; Samuel, b. Sept. 22, 1772. d. : 8a:. '. 

b. May 21. 1774; Stephen, b. April 22. 177"<: Sarah, b. 
Julv 11, 1777; Esther, b, Aug. 29, 1780; Matthew, b. 



THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. 221 

Aug. 25, 1782 : Philo, b. Jan. 15, 1786, m. Abigail Martin, 
.lied of cholc a, Aug. t3, L832, at Utica, X. Y. 

Dr. Patterson, of Newark Valley, N. Y., wrote, Feb. 26, 
1873, that he found in the "Montrose Republican," Penn., 
March 22, 1872, the announcement of the death of Mr. 

Nathan Rockwell, in the 71st year of his age. The r< ,d 

in the paper was: "Mr. Rockwell was long and favoi 
known in this community as an honest and upright citizen, 
a good neighbor and kind friend." I have no clue to his 
descent. 

The following addresses, also furnished by Dr. 1'. tterson, 
possibly have been omitted in the hod} - of the work : — 

In Broome County, X. Y., M. C. Rockwell, Binghamton ; 
George C. Union Centre; Timothy, Maine; Mrs. Ann, 
Upper List; Martin C, Union; Chauncey G.. Union 
Centre; James Randolph, Centre: Andrew, Binghamton. 
Jn Tioga County, Peter Rockwell, Berkshire ; Lucy. 
Jenksville ; Rufus, Jenksville. All of this list are 
farmers. 

Mrs. Frances Henry (Rockwell) McAllister writes from 
Harlem, N. Y.. Dec. 9, 1872, that, having recently vis 
her sister, Mrs. Lamb, at White Stone. Long Island, an I 
compared their knowledge in regard to the history of their 
grandfather's family, they had found the facts to I" 1 
he left one son, John Wilson Rockwell; that their grand- 
mother married a second time, a 31 r. Johnson, and had 
four children, Daniel, James, Catharine, and Fanny. 
Daniel married Mary Williams, of Albany ; ( 
married a Mr. Goodwin; Fanny married a Mr. Star. 
She says : — 

"Jons Wilson Rockwell, my father, married (l) Mary 
Brewster. She died leaving a sun. Samuel. His - I 
wife was Mary Cowley. CJiikht n : Eliza, Caroline, ( r< 



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W., Frances Henry and Mary Ann. John Wilson iXock- 
well died Dec. 13, 182G, aged 61. 

"Eliza Rockwell m. George Clinton Lamb. They had 
twelve children, only four of whom are living ■■ 

names are George, who married (1) Caroline L. Franklin. 
only daughter of Col. S. Franklin: (2) m. Emily Dorr, 
and had one child; Catharine Lamb m. Wm. DeForesI 
Prentiss, and had three children; Marion Lamb m. John 
II. llolden. and had four children." 

Rev. Charles Rockwell, now of Dunstable. Mass., in 
famishing some information for my use, refers to an 
"Abraham Rockwell, of "Windsor, of unknown parenl 
who married Dee. 4, L640." He had a daughter, Mary, 
who died, without children, 1677. He says : — 

'•There was also a John, who, in 1649, was old enough 
to be exempt from military duty, and died in 1662. He 
had two daughters, one of whom married a Sanford; of 
Saybrook, and his daughter, Mary, m. Robert Watson, Dec. 
10, 1016. 

" Simon died unmarried in 1GG5, and gave his estate to 
his sister. 

"John,' son of William, after his second marriage, re- 
moved to Stamford, Conn. Thence the Fairfield-County 
Rockwells. He died Sept. 3, 1073, aged 46. His sou 
John, who lived in Greenwich or }\\o, left a wife and 
children. 

"Jonathan Rockwell died in Norwalk, in 1087, aged !•!. 
and hence was born in L593 — thirty-seven years before 
Wm. left England. Perhaps Abraham and Jonathan were 
brothers of Wm.. thus making up the inevitable U 
brothers.' 

" Josiah Rockwell, son of Joseph, of Middletowu, lived 
in New London many years, and most of his children were 



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born there. He was killed in Jou., 177G. at the same time 
with young John Reynolds. His son, Josiah, was taken 
prisoner and soon restored. 

'•In 1649 1 met in Circleville, Ohio, Judge Thrall. I 
editor and proprietor of the 'Ohio Statesman,' Columbus. 
Ohio, who married Maria Rockwell, as will be seen below. 
I had, however, previously obtained the list that follows 
from Dennis Rockwell, Esq., an early sutler and 1 ■• 
nent citizen of Jacksonville. Illinois, a clerk of the court 
there, and holding other important offices. His father. 
Daniel Rockwell, was born in Durham, Conn., Dec. 11, 
1765. and married Lucretia Dart, of Windsor, Conn., born 
in 17GG, and died at the house of her son-in-law, -1 
Thrall, Columbus, in 1848, aged 82. Their children 
Lavinia, who died young; Lucretia, who lived in Wood- 
ford County, 111.; Dennis, b. June 30, 1793; Daniel, b. 
Oct., 1795, and lives in VKestfield, N. Y. ; Austin, b., in 
Williston, Vt, Feb. 27, 1798. and died at sea ; Peter Kii _. 
b., in Poultney, Vt., Nov. 5, 1800, and removed to Kane 
County. 111.; William, b. June, 1803, and d. in 1345; 
Maria, b. in 1805, and m. Hon. W. B. Thrall; P., • 
Dart, b. in 1808 and died at the U. S. Hotel, in Phila- 
delphia, March 20, 1845, probably suffocated by the gas 
from the coal-grate in his room. 

"John Rockwell, 6 son of Nathaniel, son of Jai 
and so on, I knew near Pontiac, Michigan, and prea< 
his funeral sermon, in 1846, with the Bible of Elizabeth 
(Drake) Rockwell before me, in which her name was 
written twice by herself. She was well educated, and I 
think your grandfather (Elijah Rockwell 6 ) went to school 
to her." 

The following letter refers to one member of the family 
of " Rockwells," who seems to have been judged somewhat 



224 T II E It O CK M' EL L FA M II. V. 

harshly. The writer is certainly in a position « 
should give great weight to his statement, and I am I 

to insert it. 

"Office or Territorial Suberktendekt or Comhox 
Schools. 

••Salt L.mce City, Jan, 1C, 1873. 

" H. E. Rockwell, Esq., Bureau of Education: — 

"Deab Sir, — Toms of the 6th is received. Were I 
not overwhelmed with business (getting up statistics) 1 
would answer at greater length. 

••1 have been personally acquainted with 0. P. Rockwell 
since 1845, and know him to be an honest, good man. He 
is a man of truth and virtue. In 1854 he was guide to 
Col. Steptoe, U. S. A. ; and many others as well as 
Steptoe will speak highly of him from personal knowledge. 
" Respectfully yours, 
•• (Signed) Robert L. Campbell." 

[Mr. Campbell is the Territorial Superintendent of 
Schools for Utah.] 

The telegraph from the seat of the Modoc fight, in a 
dispatch to Major-General Schofield, San Francisco, d 
-Lava Beds, April 17. 1873, 9 v. ai.," in the course of a 
description of the Light refers to "General Gilleni and his 
aid, Lieutenant Joseph Rockwell." Though 1 am not 
aware of the family connection of Lieutenant Rockwell I 
am triad to make this note in regard to one who is honor- 
imr the name in so good a cause. 









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