Peter H. Rockwell
Peter and Mary Rockwell markers, Sedalia, MO
Peter H. Rockwell  ‎(I563414436)‎
Given Names: Peter H.
Surname: Rockwell

Gender: MaleMale
      

Birth: 29 May 1834 22 19 VA, USA
Death: 6 August 1904 ‎(Age 70)‎ Sedalia, MO, USA
Personal Facts and Details
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Around 1879, Peter Rockwell represented the Fourth Ward on the Bloomington, IL city council. He also served as acting mayor about that time.

Peter Rockwell was General Roadmaster for the Missouri Pacific RR, then roadmaster of the Missouri, Kansas, & Texas lines north of Denison, TX.

Note
The following is transcribed from "Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis Counties, Missouri", Chapman, 1895, pp. 583-584.

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PETER ROCKWELL, of Sedalia, is Roadmaster of the Hannibal Division of the Missouri, Kansas, & Texas Railway. His experience, which extends over forty one years, gives him a practical acquaintance with the proper construction of roadbeds second to none in the country. During this time he has been in the employ of many railroad corporations, and has had the supervision of many thousands of miles of railroad. Talbott Rockwell a native of England settled in Virginia on a large plantation, and was a soldier in the War of 1812. One of his sons J.J., father of our subject, was born in the Old Dominion where he resided until 1866, then moving to McLean County, Ill. He died in 1894 at the good old age of eighty two years. His wife Nancy was the daughter of John Potter, who was of German birth, and conducted a farm in Virginia for many years. Mrs Rockwell, who like her husband was a member of the Christian Church, died in the Prairie State in 1867. Their family numbered seven sons and three daughters. William, a Lieutenant in the One Hundred and Fiftieth Illinois during the late war, is now a resident of McLean County, Ill., and Thornton who was also a member of his brother's regiment is deceased. Peter Rockwell was born near Bath, Morgan County, Va, May 29 1834, and received his early education in the log schoolhouse. When seventeen years of age he became sectionman on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, and soon was made foreman of an extra gang. In 1857 he accepted the position of Roadmaster on the Illinois Central, and for twenty three years made Bloomington his headquarters. For this long period he was in charge of the Amboy & Clinton Division, and for two years and four months was General Roadmaster of the four hundred and forty miles of track between Dubuque and Centralia. In 1881 he was offered the position of General Roadmaster of the Missouri Pacific between St Louis and Atchison, a distance of one thousand miles. He accepted the post and held it for six years during this time having seven roadmasters under his orders. When the Missouri Kansas & Texas Railway went into the receiver's hands he was appointed General Roadmaster of their lines north of Denison Tex., comprising over nine hundred miles, and here also had seven roadmasters under him. In April 1894 the office of General Roadmaster was abolished, and as he had become attached to Sedalia, he decided to take a position with the Hannibal Division where he has one hundred and forty three miles of track to superintend. There are twenty six sections in the division and four yards. When he was General Roadmaster of the Missouri Kansas & Texas the old tracks were supplanted by steel rails on a number of lines. In the fall of 1894 he helped to organize the Sedalia Mattress Company of which he is part owner. In 1859, in Virginia, Mr Rockwell was married to Mary E Cartney, a native of that state. Their only child, Charles H, who graduated from the Bloomington Business College, was for a time chief clerk for his father and now resides in this city. The family have a pleasant residence at the corner of Lafayette Avenue and Fifth Street, in addition to which Mr Rockwell owns farm lands in Kansas. He is a member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, being one of its Trustees, and served on the Building Committee when the new edifice at the corner of Fourth Street and Osage Avenue was constructed. For ten years Mr Rockwell was an Alderman in Bloomington and for two years was President of the Board. He was also Chairman of the Board of General Improvements which built the waterworks in Bloomington, they being considered the best in the state. He belongs to the National Association of Roadmasters of America. Fraternally, he is a Knight Templar Mason, being a past officer in the order, belongs to Evergreen City Lodge IOOF of Bloomington, and is a charter member of the Royal Tribe of Joseph. In politics he is affiliated with the Republican party.

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Sources

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

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1850 VA Census
Citation Details:  Morgan Co.

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1840 VA Census

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

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The Railway Age, Vol. 38, July-December 1904
Publication: http://books.google.com/books?id=VPxKAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA223&lpg=PA223&dq=Peter+Rockwell+Railroad&source=bl&ots=8F4_99zszk&sig=qqpAsq2Bb8Ou0Y3oh6L82Cahx4U&hl=en&ei=ouF2TO_mO4P78AaL8qXCBw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBYQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Peter%20Rockwell%20Railroad&f=false

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1860 IL Census
Citation Details:  Bloomington, McLean Co.

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1880 IL Census
Citation Details:  Bloomington, McLean Co.

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1900 MO Census

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http://www.findagrave.com
Citation Details:  ­http­://­www­.­findagrave­.­com­/­cgi­-­bin­/­fg­.­cgi­?­page­=­gr­&­GRid­=­88001956­

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1870 IL Census
Citation Details:  Bloomington, McLean Co.

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History of Bloomington and Normal in McLean County, Illinois.
Publication: Published 1879 by J.H. Burnham in Bloomington, IL
Citation Details:  p. 49

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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:  pp. 583-584

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

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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.


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Peter and Mary Rockwell markers, Sedalia, MOPeter and Mary Rockwell markers, Sedalia, MO  ‎(M489)‎
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Family with Parents
Father
• 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
Mother
 
• 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
Peter H. Rockwell
Birth 29 May 1834 22 19 VA, USA
Death 6 August 1904 ‎(Age 70)‎ Sedalia, MO, USA
2 years
#2
Brother
• 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
Brother
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
Brother
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
Brother
Thornton Rockwell
Birth 6 May 1842 30 26 Morgan Co., VA, USA
Death 1 January 1894 ‎(Age 51)‎ IL, USA
3 years
#6
Brother
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
Sister
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
Sister
Sarah Ann "Anna" Rockwell
Birth 16 July 1850 38 35 Morgan Co., VA, USA
Death 12 June 1891 ‎(Age 40)‎
4 years
#9
Sister
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
Brother
Arthur David Rockwell
Birth 21 September 1859 47 44 VA, USA
Death 23 September 1936 ‎(Age 77)‎ Chicago, Cook Co., IL, USA
Family with Mary E Courtney
Peter H. Rockwell
Birth 29 May 1834 22 19 VA, USA
Death 6 August 1904 ‎(Age 70)‎ Sedalia, MO, USA
1 month
Wife
 
Mary E Courtney
Birth 26 June 1834 35 34 VA, USA
Death 5 March 1904 ‎(Age 69)‎ Sedalia, MO, USA

Marriage: 1859 -- VA, USA
-3 months
#1
Daughter
Ella A Rockwell
Birth October 1858 24 24 IL, USA
Death 11 November 1860 ‎(Age 2)‎
3 years
#2
Son
Charles H. Rockwell
Birth 30 November 1861 27 27 IL, USA
Death 26 January 1933 ‎(Age 71)‎ Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO, USA