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John Rockwell, III

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Fitzhead, Somerset, England
Death: 1673 (58-59)
Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of John Rockwell, Jr.; John Rockwell; Wilmet Rockwell and Wilmont Rockwell
Husband of Elizabeth Rockwell and SARAH PEASE ROCKWELL
Father of Hittabel Hoyt; Jonathan Rockwell; Joseph Rockwell; Thomas Rockwell and John Rockwell
Brother of Mary Watson; Hannah Rockwell; Hittabel Rockwell; Elizabeth Rockwell; Nathaniel Rockwell and 3 others

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About John Rockwell, III

Left Plymouth, England on 20 Mar 1630 and Arrived 30 May at Boston on the "Mary and John".

Travelled by foot from Boston to found Dorchester

Moved to Windsor in 1637

Married Sarah Ensign in 1651, who died in 1659 (Sic: The John Rockwell who married Sarah Ensign was the son of Deacon William Rockwell, and not John Rockwell, Jr.)


Data from "A Genealogy of the families of John Rockwell of Stamford, CT 1641 and Ralph Keller of Hartford, CT 1638" by James Boughton, dated 1903, p 3.

It has been supposed that John Rockwell, the founder of the family of which this account is given, was from the vicinity of Dorchester England where the Rockwell name was well known and came to America about the time mentioned in the History of Stamford by Huntington, page 25. To Huntington's History perhaps more than to any other source we are indebted for the early history of the immigrant John Rockwell of Stamford Conn. The date of the first record referring to John Rockwell is December 7 1841 where he is named as one of the first settlers and received for his home lot two acres and a parcel of woodland.

In the same history is found a list of first settlers of Stamford containing his name and again on page 40 there is found a record of John Rockwell being a witness in court there at that date. At a town meeting held at Stamford Feb 19 1667 it was voted that John Rockwell Sr be granted liberty to mow and have the grass of Norton Island as long as he shall live in Stamford. He is also mentioned on the Land Records in 1669 as conveying his land in two parcels to one person his house and home lot and to another his land after which he removed to Rye, Westchester County, NY where he died in 1676.

The Whitney Genealogy page 22 speaking of Daniel Keeler calls him the son of John and Hittabel Rockwell Keeler and a grandson of JOHN ROCKWELL Sr, one of the first settlers of Stamford Conn and again on page 81 a note speaking of John Rockwell Sr records his death as having taken place at Rye Westchester County NY in 1676, and also on page 1259 in referring to the said John Rockwell Sr says that his wife was probably Elizabeth Weed, daughter of Jonas Weed of Stamford Conn.


Sailed on the Mary and John 1630

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From Descendants of William Rockwell, Generation 4 (webcached 1/8/2013):

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/s/t/r/Micheal-M-Strong/GENE3-0004.html

First John Rockwell

6. JOHN4 ROCKWELL (JOHN3, JOHN2, WILLIAM1)

  • was born Bef. 1640 in STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT (Sic: Probably Wethersfield as the first settlers of Stamford arrived from there only in 1641... Wethersfield itself was settled in 1634 by Puritans from Watertown, the latter settled by Richard Saltonstall of the Winthrop Fleet colonists in 1630), and
  • died 1673 in STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT.
  • He married ELIZABETH WEED Abt. 1658 in CONNECTICUT, daughter of JONAS WEED and MARY SCOFIELD.
     

Children of JOHN ROCKWELL and ELIZABETH WEED are:

  • 1. i. THOMAS5 ROCKWELL,
    • b. Abt. 1660;
    • d. June 1712, FAIRFIELD, CONNECTICUT;
    • m. SARAH RESCO, December 09, 1703, NORWALK, CONNECTICUT.
  • 2. 10. ii. JONATHAN ROCKWELL,
    • b. Abt. 1665, NORWALK, CONNECTICUT;
    • d. June 19, 1731, RIDGEFIELD, CONNECTICUT.
  • 3. 11. iii. JOSEPH ROCKWELL,
  • b. Abt. 1670

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Second John Rockwell

7. JOHN4 ROCKWELL (DEACON WILLIAM3, JOHN2, WILLIAM1)

  • was born July 18, 1627 in ENGLAND, and
  • died September 13, 1673 in WINDSOR, CONNECTICUT.
  • He married (1) SARAH ENSIGN May 06, 1651.
  • He married (2) DELIVERANCE HAWES August 18, 1662,
    • daughter of RICHARD HAWES and ANN.
     

Children of JOHN ROCKWELL and SARAH ENSIGN are:

  • 1. i. SARAH5 ROCKWELL,
    • b. 1652
    • m. DAVID HALL
  • 2. ii. RUTH ROCKWELL,
    • b. 1654
    • m. DANIEL MIX
  • 3. iii. LYDIA ROCKWELL,
    • b. 1656
    • m. JOSHUA ATWATER

Children of JOHN ROCKWELL and DELIVERANCE HAWES are:

  • 1. iv. JOHN5 ROCKWELL,
    • b. 1663
  • 2. v. HANNAH ROCKWELL
    • b. 1665
  • 3. 12. vi. JOSEPH ROCKWELL
    • b. July 08, 1668, WINDSOR, CONNECTICUT
    • d. October 27, 1742, MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT.
  • 4. vii. ELIZABETH ROCKWELL,
    • b. 1670
    • m. JAMES WARD

per: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Rockwell-38

This is not John Rockwell of Windsor, son of William Rockwell and Susanna Capen. This is not John Rockwell, son of John Rockwell and Wilmot Cade. Contents

[hide] 1 Unknown Origin 2 Biography 2.1 Children 2.2 Marriages 2.3 Property and Positions 2.4 Death and Legacy 3 Sources Unknown Origin

From Anderson: John Rockwell (1564-1637) & Honor Newton of Fitzhead had:

1. John Rockwell- bpt Fitzhead 1588 m. Wilmot Cade d. 1662 Windsor. They had A. John bpt 1621 No Further Record B. Mary m. Robert Watson C. Simon Rockwell d. 1665 D. Hannah Rockwell m. Zachary Sanford. Somehow related but not the John (b. 1621) above. Not the son of John & Wilmot is:

John Rockwell b. Unknown (because he was not bapt. at Fitzhead in 1621 or 1588.) m. Elizabeth Weed. d. 1673 in Rye, New York. Also lived in Stamford. Had the children listed on this profile. Also John who's been disconnected for the moment.

This John has been disconnected from John and Wilmot Cade. Birth has been changed to unknown. Death place has been changed to Rye, New York.

As Kenneth Rockwell points out in his article, "John Rockwell of Stamford, Connecticut: One Man or Two?" we are still not sure whether there was one or two men named John Rockwell at Stamford.[1]

It is often speculated and repeated that John Rockwell of Stamford and Rye was the son on John Rockwell and Wilmot Cade.

There has been found by DNA evidence a close relationship of this John to immigrants John and William Rockwell and their brother Richard, but it is not sufficient to prove this relationship.[2](2003)

While we have no record of the origin of John Rockwell of Stamford, Honor Rockwell left 12d to her grandchildren in New England, "both sonnes and daughters [of] Richard Rockwell, John Rockwell, and William Rockwell." Descendants of each of these brothers (or their surrogates) have been tested and are closely related to those of John Rockwell of Stamford.[1](2004) John Rockwell's brother, Richard Rockwell, is known to have had at least one son who immigrated to New England; perhaps this is the connection

More recently: 2009: Anderson (Great Migration) states unequivocably that this is not the son of John Rockwell and Wilmot Cade, who was baptized in Fitzhead in 1621. Neither John or Wilmot, mentioned a son John in their wills. They only listed daughters.[3]

Biography

Synopsis: Arthaud, John Bradley. “Enigmas #13: Was John Rockwell of Stamford, Connecticut, and Rye, New York, Married Twice?” The American Genealogist 77:104-9.[4]

John Rockwell of Stamford, Connecticut and Rye, New York, has been called the son of John Rockwell and Wilmot Cade. Their son was baptized on July 22 1621 in Fitzhead, Somerset, England. However recent DNA evidence does not support this relationship, although they were related.

John Rockwell of Stamford, Connecticut and Rye, New York, is of unknown origin, birth and parents.

He married Elizabeth Weed, daughter of Jonas.

The vital records of Stamford, Connecticut include a death on 14 September, 1656, of one Hittabel Rock. It has been literally transcribed in many secondary sources. Jacobus interpreted the same entry placing a ? after the Rock.[5] Arthaud reading the original and Jacobus’ ?, believes that there may be a ~ (tilde) just above the k in Rock, indicating an abbreviation. He suggests this is Mehittabel Rockwell, a first wife of John Rockwell of Stamford. Supporting this is the fact that John named a daughter Mehittabel.

John died before 18 May 1677.

7 Dec 1641 list: John Rockwell was one of the first settlers of Stamford and had a homelot of two acres and a parcel of woodland (Hist of Stamford 20). He sold land in 1657 and sold his house and homelot in Stamford in July 1669 to Daniel Weed (br in law).

In 1673, John Rockwell had some land at Budd’s Neck in Rye, New York. On 18 May 1677 the General Court at Hartford, was informed that land owned by John Rockwell, late of Rye, needed to be sold to pay his debts and to help his wife and children. (Baird, Charles W. Chronicle of a Border Town: History of Rye, Westchester County, New York, 1660-1870. New York, 1871. p 440) The children gave his widow and Daniel Weed permission to make this sale.

Children

By Mehitabel: Hannah is identified in a deed. m. John Marshall Child of John d. Stamford 31 July 1658. Sarah dtr of John Rockwell at her marriage m. John Crampton Mehitabel dtr of John Rockwell at her marriage m. John Keeler and Zerubbabel Hoyt By Elizabeth Weed Jonathan, acknowledge satisfaction in the settlement of his father’s estate Joseph, died early and his brother Joseph was appointed guardian of one of his children. Thomas (nothing specific to identify him except in the right place at the right time. Marriages

Hittabel Rock died 14 Sept 1656.[6]

Marriage In the Jonas Weed Great Migration article, daughter Elizabeth Weed married to John Rockwell (of Stamford).[7]

Property and Positions

Boughton cites Huntington's History of Stamford ... as his primary source.[8] On December 7 1641, John Rockwell first appears in Stamford town records when he received a 2 acre homelot and 3 acres of woodland.[8] He was among the second group of settlers, the first having arrived during the summer of 1641. John Rockwell also testified in court at Stamford in 1656. 14 Feb 1667/8, John Rockwell Sr. was given permission to mow and have the meadow grass on Noroton Islands for as long as he remained in Stamford. In 1669, he sold property to Daniel Wescott; deed was witnessed by Clement Buxton and Matthew Bellamy. Also in 1669, he sold his house and homelot to Daniel Weed.[8]

Death and Legacy

John "probably went to Rye, where he died in 1676," according to Huntington.[8]

A genealogy of the families of John Rockwell of Stamford, Conn., 1641: and Ralph Keeler of Hartford, Conn., 1639, by James Boughton.[9]

Caution if using this source This is very confused and some is incorrect. According to Boughton -- John Rockwell Sr. and Elizabeth Weed had:

John Rockwell Jr. Sarah m. John Crampton Hittabel Rockwell m. John Keeler John Rockwell, Jr., was the son of John Rockwell and Elizabeth Weed, but his birth and marriage have not been determined. He died probably in Stamford about 1673, before his inventory was presented there March 10, 1673-4. Had children:

Jonathan born prob Stamford c 1665; m. at Norwalk, Connecticut, Abigail Canfield; died Ridgefield, Massachusetts June 19, 1731. Thomas born prob. Stamford c 1667; m. at Norwalk 1703 Sarah Resco.; lived in Norwalk; died 1712 Joseph b c 1670 married Mary; died Norwalk; d. 1714. Boughton has added an extra generation of John (so called John Rockwell Jr.) and attributed the younger children of John Sr to John Jr., but the dates are incompatible with births to a John Jr.

Sources

↑ 1.0 1.1 Rockwell, Kenneth W., Enigma # 19 "John Rockwell of Stamford, Connecticut: One Man or Two?" The American Genealogist. (Vol 79: P 299-308) New Haven, CT: D. L. Jacobus, 1937-. (Online database accessed 20 January 2016. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009 - .) ↑ Rockwell, Kenneth W. "Early Rockwell Settlers of Connecticut: DNA analysis shows a relationship." New England Ancestors Magazine. Volume 4.2 p. 52, 2003. ↑ Great Migration 1634-1635, R-S. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012.) Originally published as: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VI, R-S, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009. (p.70-72) http://www.americanancestors.org/databases/great-migration-immigrants-to-new-england-1634-1635-volume-vi-r-s/image/?pageName=70&volumeId=12124 "John Rockwell" Featured name] ↑ Also called "The Wives of John Rockwell of Conn. and N.Y. ↑ ”Stamford (Conn.) Town Records,” TAG 10:40-45 at 44 ↑ Huntington, E. B. History of Stamford, Connecticut, from its settlement in 1641, to the present time. Stamford: The author, 1868.p. 164 ↑ Anderson, Robert C., Jonas Weed: Featured Name The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, (Volumes I-III, Page 1956). (Online database accessed 20 January 2016: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010) ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Huntington, Elijah B., History of Stamford, Connecticut ... (Pages 20, 40-41) Stamford: 1868, Archive.org accessed 20 January 2016. ↑ Boughton, James,. A genealogy of the families of John Rockwell of Stamford, Conn., 1641: and Ralph Keeler of Hartford, Conn., 1639. New York: W.F. Jones, 1903, Archive.org. Genealogies of the Families of John Rockwell of Stamford, CT 1641. James Broughton, William F Jones, New York, 1903. Kenneth W Rockwell, compiler. The Rockwell Family of Fairfield County, Connecticut. Peter W Coldham, "Genealogy gleanings from England: Passengers and ships to America, 1618-1668," National Genealogy Society Quarterly 71 (1883) p 173. Christopher Desolge. Desloge Chronicles - A Tale of Two Continents - An Amazing Family's Journey - Volume Two - Genealogies. lulu.com p 64 [1] See also:

The wives of John Rockwell of Conn. and New York. The American Genealogist TAG 77:104-9. 2002. At AmericanAncestors Rockwell, Kenneth W., The Rockwell family in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and beyond: some of the descendants of John Rockwell, an early settler of Stamford, Connecticut. North Salt Lake, Utah: DMT Publishing, Second Edition, 2008. John Rockwell (son of John Rockwell Honor Newton and Wilmot Cade) Article in - Great Migration 1634-1635, R-S. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012.) Originally published as: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VI, R-S, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009. At American Ancestors (pay site) Family Data Collection - Individual Records Author: Edmund West, comp. Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Note: APID: 1,4725::0 Birth year: 1637; Birth city: Wethersfield; Birth state: CT. Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=genepool&h=5045013&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 1637 Birth place: Wethersfield, Hartford, CT Death date: 1676 Death place: Rye, Westchester, NY Marriage date: 1658 Marriage place: Rye, Westchester, NY APID: 1,4725::5045013 Source: A genealogy of the families of John Rockwell of Stamford, Conn., 1641 : and Ralph Keeler of Hartford, Conn., 1639 Author: Ancestry.com Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005.Original data - Boughton, James,. A genealogy of the families of John Rockwell of Stamford, Conn., 1641 : and Ralph Keeler of Hartford, Conn., 1639. New York: W.F. Jones, 1903. Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=genealogy-glh13272551&h=91&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

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John Rockwell, III's Timeline

1614
1614
Fitzhead, Somerset, England
1621
June 10, 1621
Age 7
Fitzhead,Somerset,England
1627
July 18, 1627
Age 13
Dorhester, Suffolk, Massachusetts
July 18, 1627
Age 13
., Dorchester, Dorchestshire, England
1660
1660
Age 46
Stamford, Connecticut
1665
1665
Age 51
Probably Stamford, New Haven Colony
1666
1666
Age 52
Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut
1667
1667
Age 53
Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut
1673
1673
Age 59
Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony