Honor Rockwell (Newton)

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Honor Rockwell (Newton)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Fitzhead, Somerset, England (United Kingdom)
Death: August 21, 1637 (72-73)
Dorchester, West Dorset, England (United Kingdom)
Place of Burial: Fitzhead, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Lawrence Newton and Elizabeth Peland
Wife of John Rockwell, Sr.
Mother of Richard Rockwell; John Rockwell, Jr.; Deacon William Rockwell; (No Name) Rockwell; Joan (Or Joanne or Jane) Farthinge and 1 other

Managed by: Ned Reynolds
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About Honor Rockwell (Newton)

Rockwell Genealogy - Hause Family History hausegenealogy.com › rockwell "William Rockwell, the immigrant ancestor of the American Rockwells, was probably ... Knights when Empress Maude went to England to lay claim to that kingdom. ... THOMAS ROCKWELL was born about 1560 in Fitzhead, Somerset, England; .... The Cade surname was first recorded in Yorkshire, where they held a family ...

John Rockwell was born in 1563 in Fitzhead, Somerset, England. According to Fitzhead Parish Church Records, John and HONOR NEWTON (1564-1637) were married the 19th day of July Anno Dom 1585. (There is a memorial bench and and American Oak in the Fitzhead churchyard that were dedicated by American descendants in 1985, in the 400th anniversary of their marriage.)

  "Newton" is an English surname. The Coat of Arms features a green shield with two silver crossed shin bones. The Family Crest shows an eastern Prince with a gold crown. The Family Motto is "Huic habeo non tibi," meaning: "I hold it for him, not for thee."
  John was present at his on William's christening on 6 Feb 1591. He had pew #1607 at St. James' Church.
  John was buried at Fitzhead on 23 Feb. 1636. His widow, Honor, was buried there on 21 Aug. 1637. But she left behind a remarkable will, penned at Dorchester, co. Dorset, and dated 19 July 1637:

LAST WILL & TESTAMENT OF HONOR (NEWTON) ROCKWELL Dated 19 July 1637; Proved 26 Jan 1637

(click to enlarge) "In the name of god Amen. The ninteenth day of July One thousand six hundred thirty and seaven I HONER ROCKWELL of Dorchester in the County of Dorset, widow, doe make this my Laste will and Teastament in manner and for me following: first and before all things I Bequeath my soule unto almighty god my Creator and body to the earth and Christian Buriall.

Imprimeis I Give and bequeath unto Six of my Grandchildern the Sonnes and Daughters of my Son Richard Rockwell deceased, Thomas, Joseph, Nathaniell, Samuell, Deberath and Mary Twenty shilling apeece to be paid unto them and to Either of them when they shall come to the Age of one and twenty yeeres, with Condition they shall give my Executor a Recipt for every paiment.

Item I give unto my Son Roger Rockwells Childern ten shillings apeece when they shall come to the Age of one and twenty yeeres. I give to all my grandchildern in new england, both sonnes and daughters of Richard Rockwell William Rockwell and John Rockwell, twelve pence apeece to be paide at the age of one and twenty yeares. Item I give unto my daughter Jane Farthing all my wearing apparell except my best whitle wch I give to Abigall Rockwell daughter of my Son Roger Rockwell. All the Rest of my goods not yet given nor bequeathed I Give unto my Son Roger Rockwell whome I make my whole and sole Executor to this my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seale the day and yeare first above written. Sealed and delivered in the presence of

Henry Bridges Tho: Poole

The Marke of Honer Rockwell

Sealed with a signet ring bearing a device, apparently a swan. Probated London, Jan. 26, 1637-38 by oath of Roger Rockwell, executor. Endorsed: "Tempp. mortis suae de ffitsed in com. Somers. vide cert." (Death certificates were kept by executors and are therefore not at Somerset House.)..."

  This wording of, "all my grandchildren in New England, both sonnes and daughters of Richard Rockwell, William Rockwell, and John Rockwell" definitely ties the family of Fitzhead to some of the immigrants to America; but it also raises questions. Richard died before his mother wrote her will, and there is no evidence that he emigrated to America. So it is supposed that some of his children went there as minors in the care of others, perhaps with their uncle John. CHILDREN OF JOHN ROCKWELL AND HONOR NEWTON

WILLIAM ROCKWELL was born on 6 Feb 1591 in Fitzhead, Somorset, England; He was a yoeman and deacon of the church; In 1624 he married Susanna Capen (SOURCE: Torry, Clarence A. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004) and they immigrated in 1630 on the Mary and John; Children were: Joan (b. 25 April 1625) married Jeffrey Baker 1642; John (b. 18 July 1627); Mary; Samuel (28 March 1631 - 1711), Ruth (Aug 1633); Joseph (b. abt. 1635); and Sarah Rockwell (b. 24 July 1638). William died on 15 May 1640 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. His widow married Matthew Grant 29 May 1645. Deacon William Rockwell and his wife Susanna "Chapin" were ancestors of President Grant through their daughter Ruth, who married Christopher Huntington.

JOHN ROCKWELL was baptized in 1588, and married WILMOT CADE on 20 Feb 1619 in Fitzhead, Somerset, England. They had the following children: John bapt. at Fitzhead on 22 July, 1621; Mary, bapt. 21 Feb. 1623-4; Anna, bapt. 9 Dec. 1627; and Simon, bapt. 7 Nov. 1630. "John Rockwell and family" are listed as passengers on the Hopewell, which sailed from Weymouth, Eng., on 8 May, 1635, bound for Massachusetts. John soon appeared in Windsor, CT, along with William. John died there in 1662 and wife Wilmot died soon after, in the same year. Both left wills that name three children: Mary, Anna, and Simon. As son Simon never married, it was long assumed that no Rockwells descend from this family. But researchers have recently been considering the son not mentioned, John. RICHARD ROCKWELL was born about 1586, in Fitzhead, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location, d. Bef 1637, England. Six children were in England in 1637, mentioned in their grandmother's will. Also mentioned were other of Richards children living in New England. ROGER ROCKWELL was baptized on 31 May 1594 in Fitzhead, Somerset, England; he d. Dorchester, Dorset, England. JANE ROCKWELL was baptized on 05 Feb 1597 in Fitzhead, Somerset, England.

Cade

  John Rockwell was born on 5 Jul 1588 in Fitzhead, Somerset, England and died on 10 May 1662 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. He married WILMET CADE (1587-1662). The Cade surname was first recorded in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. The Coat of Arms Family Coat of Arms: Silver with three black pennants; the Family Crest features a red cockatrice with gold.
  John was the ancestor who would lead the Rockwells across the ocean once more, to start over again. "John Rockwell and family" are listed as passengers on the Hopewell, which sailed from Weymouth, Eng., on 8 May, 1635, bound for Massachusetts. John soon appeared in Windsor, CT, along with William. John died there in 1662 and wife Wilmot died soon after, in the same year. Both left wills that name three children: Mary, Anna, and Simon. As son Simon never married, it was long assumed that no Rockwells descend from this family. But researchers have recently been considering the son not mentioned, John, bapt. at Fitzhead in 1621. He would have been 20 in 1641--a reasonable age to be starting out on his own. It was common for parents to give a departing child his inheritance and then to not mention him in their wills. This is the working hypothesis of recent Rockwell researchers, including the late Shirley Brown and Margaret R. Price.
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Honor Rockwell (Newton)'s Timeline

1564
1564
Fitzhead, Somerset, England (United Kingdom)
1586
1586
Fitzhead, Somersetshire, England
1588
July 5, 1588
Fitzhead, Somerset, England
1591
February 6, 1591
Fitzhead, Somerset, England (United Kingdom)
1595
1595
Fitzhead, Somerset, England, (Present UK)
1606
1606
1608
1608
Fitzhead, Somersetshire, England
1637
August 21, 1637
Age 73
Dorchester, West Dorset, England (United Kingdom)