• John J. Rockwell
John and Nancy Rockwell marker
• John J. Rockwell  ‎(I563414434)‎
Prefix:
Given Names: John J.
Surname: Rockwell

Gender: MaleMale
      

Birth: 20 January 1812 21 Sleepy Creek, Berkeley Co., VA, USA
Death: 19 May 1893 ‎(Age 81)‎ Ludlow, Champaign Co., IL, USA
Personal Facts and Details
Birth 20 January 1812 21 Sleepy Creek, Berkeley Co., VA, USA

Marriage • Nancy "Ann" Potter - 24 March 1834 ‎(Age 22)‎ Morgan Co., VA, USA

Death 19 May 1893 ‎(Age 81)‎ Ludlow, Champaign Co., IL, USA

Address:
Home of daughter Mrs. George Benjamin

Funeral Benjamin House

Agency: Elder P. F. York
Burial Bloomington, McLean Co., IL, USA
Cemetery: Evergreen Memorial Cemetery

Address:
Plot: Section 7 Row 4

Address
Ludlow, Champaign County, IL in 1880
Last Change 24 May 2015 - 18:06:50 - by: sysop
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Parents Family  (F396)
• Thomas Tolbert "Top" Rockwell Jr
1790 - 1875
• ‎(unknown)‎ Monicle?
- 1813
• John J. Rockwell
1812 - 1893

Step-Parent Family  (F2664)
• Thomas Tolbert "Top" Rockwell Jr
1790 - 1875
Sarah "Sally" Meeks
1800 - 1891
William Rockwell
1818 - 1875
John Thomas Rockwell
1819 - 1895
Rhoda Bell Rockwell
1822 - 1901
Mary Ann Gruetta Rockwell
1824 - 1910
Elizabeth "Betty" Rockwell
1828 - 1915
Phoebe Ann Rockwell
1832 - 1913
Elias Rockwell
1834 - 1903
Edward Johnson Rockwell
1837 - 1910
Matilda F "Tillie" Rockwell
1841 - 1918
Charles Rockwell
1844 - 1857

Immediate Family  (F524898124)
• Nancy "Ann" Potter
1815 - 1864
Peter H. Rockwell
1834 - 1904
• Edward P. Rockwell
1836 - 1925
John W. Rockwell
1838 - 1913
George F. Rockwell
1840 - 1867
Thornton Rockwell
1842 - 1894
William M. Rockwell
1844 - 1918
Mary Virginia Rockwell
1848 - 1930
Sarah Ann "Anna" Rockwell
1850 - 1891
Maria Elizabeth Rockwell
1854 - 1943
Arthur David Rockwell
1859 - 1936


Notes

Note
John J. Rockwell may have purchased land in McLean Co. IL in 1870.

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Note
John J. Rockwell moved to Illinois in October, 1861. He resided near Bloomington, McLean Co. His son Peter had moved there by 1858. This may have been a move to a safer location following the outbreak of battles in Virginia and surrounding states. The family was long associated with railroad work from an early date. Edward hints at T. Tolbert Rockhold's association with the B&O Railroad at an early date ‎(the B&O was chartered in 1827)‎. The migration was to another railroad center. By the end of 1861 the B&O was completely shut down by Confederate raids ‎(­http­://­en­.­wikipedia­.­org­/­wiki­/­Great_Train_Raid_of_1861­).

Note
John J. Rockwell was from Sleepy Creek, which today is found in Morgan County, West Virginia. He was born 20 January 1812. A few weeks later, on 3 February 1812, the great temblor that flattened New Madrid ‎(now Missouri, then Chickasaw territory)‎ struck. Perhaps not coincidentally John J.'s mother passed away while he was an infant - we do not know the circumstances ‎(see the letter from Edward P. Rockwell to his son Walter)‎. John J.'s father Tolbert "Top" Rockhold soon left to serve in the War of 1812, leaving the infant in the care of its grandparents.

After the war, Top started a new family in 1816 with Sarah Meeks, leaving John J. with his grandparents and us with some questions.

Who was John J.'s mother, who died around 1812? That is - what was her name, what was her pedigree ‎(in the genealogical sense)‎, and how and where did she live and die?

Which set of grandparents raised John J? Census evidence from 1820 and 1830 indicates that it may have been Top's parents, Thomas Tolbert Sr. and unknown, but census records from this period do not name individual household members, so this is circumstantial.

Note
John J. spent the end of his life in the household of his daughter Maria Benjamin in Champaign Co., IL.

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Sources

Source
Thomas T Rockhold Rev. War Pension File, 1833 testimony
Publication: Rev. War archives

Source
1850 VA Census
Citation Details:  Morgan Co.

Source
1860 VA Census
Citation Details:  Tomahawk PO, Berkeley Co.

Source
1870 IL Census
Citation Details:  Blue Mound, McLean Co.

Source
1880 IL Census

Source
Rockwell Family Papers
Publication: Owned by Delbert Rockwell, Weslaco, TX

Source
Obituary
Citation Details:  John J. Rockwell, typed copy

Source
http://www.findagrave.com
Citation Details:  ­http­://­www­.­findagrave­.­com­/­cgi­-­bin­/­fg­.­cgi­?­page­=­gr­&­GSln­=­Rockwell­&­GSiman­=­1­&­GScid­=­105608­&­GRid­=­50233378­&

Source
Edward Rockwell's Letter to Walter
Transcription of Edward Rockwell's letter to WalterTranscription of Edward Rockwell's letter to Walter

Type: Other


Source
1840 VA Census
Citation Details:  Morgan Co.

Source
Marriage License
Citation Details:  24 Mar 1834

Source
Benjamin/Rockwell Bible and inserts
Publication: Owned by Robert W. Benjamin of Phoenix, Arizona. The Bible is the Benjamin Bible. The bible was published in 1873 and there is an inscription that it was bought by GW Benjamin in 1881. There are three inserted pages of Rockwell history recording John J. Rockwell, his wife Nancy Ann Potter, and their ten children. The last entry records the death of William Rockwell in 1918, although following this entry on the Deaths page is a synopsis of the death dates prior to William's and a repeat of the 1918 death date of William. Many of the dates in this bible are not known to be recorded elsewhere.
Benjamin/Rockwell BibleBenjamin/Rockwell Bible

Type: Photo


Show Details Note: The inserted pages of Rockwell history were maintained from about 1848-1850 ‎(there is a break in hands between those dates on the births page)‎ and 1918, the date of the last entry.

In 1850 the John J. Rockwell family was in Morgan Co., VA ‎(now WV)‎. The first hand is very neat and practiced. Ann Potter is marked as illiterate in the 1850 census, so John J. is the most likely author, except this hand bears no similarity to his signature on his 1834 marriage certificate, which is much rougher. Perhaps it was one of the older boys - Peter or Edward - who were 16 and 14 in 1850. The first hand uses the construction eg "March the 17 1848" for dates, perhaps indicative of youthful inexperience. The second hand, commencing in 1850, uses a similar construction, and may be the same hand as the first with a year or two more education. A biographical sketch of Peter mentions his preparation in a log schoolhouse in Morgan county.


Source
Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis Counties, Missouri
Publication: Chicago Chapman Publishing Co. 1895 http://books.google.com/books?id=Is0yAQAAMAAJ
Citation Details:  p. 583

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Media

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Edward Rockwell's letter to his son Walter.Edward Rockwell's letter to his son Walter.  ‎(M363)‎
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Family with Parents
Father
• Thomas Tolbert "Top" Rockwell Jr
Birth 25 August 1790 34 Harford Co., MD, USA
Death 5 April 1875 ‎(Age 84)‎ Morgan Co., WV, USA
Mother
• ‎(unknown)‎ Monicle?
Death about 1813 Sleepy Creek, Berkeley Co., VA, USA

Marriage: Yes
#1
• John J. Rockwell
Birth 20 January 1812 21 Sleepy Creek, Berkeley Co., VA, USA
Death 19 May 1893 ‎(Age 81)‎ Ludlow, Champaign Co., IL, USA
Father's Family with Sarah "Sally" Meeks
Father
• Thomas Tolbert "Top" Rockwell Jr
Birth 25 August 1790 34 Harford Co., MD, USA
Death 5 April 1875 ‎(Age 84)‎ Morgan Co., WV, USA
9 years
Step-Mother
 
Sarah "Sally" Meeks
Birth 15 January 1800 Berkeley, Berkeley, VA, USA
Death 21 December 1891 ‎(Age 91)‎ Near Bath, Morgan Co., WV, USA

Civil Marriage: 8 September 1816 -- Little Cove, Franklin Co., PA
16 months
#1
Half-Brother
William Rockwell
Birth 11 January 1818 27 17 VA, USA
Death 24 May 1875 ‎(Age 57)‎ Great Cacapon, Morgan Co., WV, USA
17 months
#2
Half-Brother
John Thomas Rockwell
Birth 16 June 1819 28 19 VA, USA
Death 28 September 1895 ‎(Age 76)‎ WV, USA
3 years
#3
Half-Sister
Rhoda Bell Rockwell
Birth 31 August 1822 32 22 Frederick Co., VA, USA
Death 3 February 1901 ‎(Age 78)‎ Ridersville, Morgan Co., WV, USA
2 years
#4
Half-Sister
Mary Ann Gruetta Rockwell
Birth 16 June 1824 33 24 Morgan Co., VA, USA
Death 16 October 1910 ‎(Age 86)‎ East Bath, Morgan Co., WV, USA
4 years
#5
Half-Sister
Elizabeth "Betty" Rockwell
Birth 1 August 1828 37 28
Death 18 October 1915 ‎(Age 87)‎
4 years
#6
Half-Sister
Phoebe Ann Rockwell
Birth 12 October 1832 42 32
Death 10 March 1913 ‎(Age 80)‎
2 years
#7
Half-Brother
Elias Rockwell
Birth 19 December 1834 44 34 Morgan Co., VA, USA
Death 17 March 1903 ‎(Age 68)‎ Morgan Co., WV, USA
2 years
#8
Half-Brother
Edward Johnson Rockwell
Birth 1837 46 36 Morgan Co., VA, USA
Death 4 February 1910 ‎(Age 73)‎ Berkeley Springs, Morgan Co., WV, USA
4 years
#9
Half-Sister
Matilda F "Tillie" Rockwell
Birth 13 March 1841 50 41 VA, USA
Death 29 June 1918 ‎(Age 77)‎ Morgan Co., WV, USA
4 years
#10
Half-Brother
Charles Rockwell
Birth 21 December 1844 54 44
Death 6 August 1857 ‎(Age 12)‎
Family with • Nancy "Ann" Potter
• John J. Rockwell
Birth 20 January 1812 21 Sleepy Creek, Berkeley Co., VA, USA
Death 19 May 1893 ‎(Age 81)‎ Ludlow, Champaign Co., IL, USA
3 years
Wife
 
• Nancy "Ann" Potter
Birth 16 May 1815 35 45 VA, USA
Death 14 December 1864 ‎(Age 49)‎ near Bloomington, McLean Co., IL, USA

Marriage: 24 March 1834 -- Morgan Co., VA, USA
2 months
#1
Son
Peter H. Rockwell
Birth 29 May 1834 22 19 VA, USA
Death 6 August 1904 ‎(Age 70)‎ Sedalia, MO, USA
2 years
#2
Son
• Edward P. Rockwell
Birth 4 April 1836 24 20 Morgan Co., VA, USA
Death 9 October 1925 ‎(Age 89)‎ Cincinnati, OH, USA
2 years
#3
Son
John W. Rockwell
Birth 27 June 1838 26 23 Berkeley County, VA, USA
Death 18 December 1913 ‎(Age 75)‎ Family Home, Bloomington, McLean Co., IL, USA
2 years
#4
Son
George F. Rockwell
Birth 14 May 1840 28 24 Morgan Co., VA, USA
Death 26 July 1867 ‎(Age 27)‎ LaSalle, IL, USA
2 years
#5
Son
Thornton Rockwell
Birth 6 May 1842 30 26 Morgan Co., VA, USA
Death 1 January 1894 ‎(Age 51)‎ IL, USA
3 years
#6
Son
William M. Rockwell
Birth 3 November 1844 32 29 Morgan Co., VA, USA
Death 17 March 1918 ‎(Age 73)‎ Chicago, Cook Co., IL, USA
3 years
#7
Daughter
Mary Virginia Rockwell
Birth 17 March 1848 36 32 Morgan Co., VA, USA
Death 12 June 1930 ‎(Age 82)‎ Ellsworth, McLean Co., IL, USA
2 years
#8
Daughter
Sarah Ann "Anna" Rockwell
Birth 16 July 1850 38 35 Morgan Co., VA, USA
Death 12 June 1891 ‎(Age 40)‎
4 years
#9
Daughter
Maria Elizabeth Rockwell
Birth 5 July 1854 42 39 VA, USA
Death 5 March 1943 ‎(Age 88)‎ Paxton, Ford Co., IL, USA
5 years
#10
Son
Arthur David Rockwell
Birth 21 September 1859 47 44 VA, USA
Death 23 September 1936 ‎(Age 77)‎ Chicago, Cook Co., IL, USA