John Rockwell

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John Rockwell, son of John Rockwell and Honor Newton, was born probably shortly before his baptism at Fitzhead, Somerset, England, 5 July 1588.1,2,3 He died at Windsor, Connecticut, 10 May 1662.1,4

John married Wilmot Cade, daughter of Christopher Cade and Agnes Tucker, at Fitzhead 22 February 1619/20.1,5,2,3

John Rockwell and his family (no other names nor ages given) are on a 8 May 1635 list of passengers in the Hopewell, John Driver master, out of Weymouth bound to Massachusetts Bay.6,1

John Rockwell apparently had some education, as his inventory included "books," £1 10s., though he signed his will by mark.

He is not of record as holding any civic office, though on 13 September 1649, the Connecticut General Court "frees John Rockwell senior . . . from watching and training." His inventory also included " ammunition, pewter and brass," £10 11s.

The Windsor land inventory of 4 February 1640/1 shows John Rockwell held four parcels:
"an homelot with the additions eight acres"
"in the Great Meadow two acres"
"over the great river ten rod in breadth"
"also behind Pine Meadow forty acres being in breadth threescore rod in length a hundred and twenty rod"
An exchange was also noted, "John Rockwell hath exchanged lots over the great river with John Taylor, the lot he hath by exchange is in breadth sixteen rod."1

John left a will dated 4 April 1661, and left:
"my house & land with all the appurtenances unto my wife and one cow"
to "my son Simon one cow"
to "my two daughters Mary and Hannah one pound and to their children one pound to Maries's children to be equally divided and the like to Hanah's children
"my wife shall enjoy what I have given her during her life and after my son shall inherit my house and land"
"for the rest I leave to my wife to dispose
my son Simon executor . . . and shall entreat Deacon Gailard and Mr. Pinney to be overseers and to assist my son and wife in the ordering of my estate"

Wilmot wrote her will 12 May 1662, the day she died, and but two days after John had died:
to "my daughter Mary one bed that wiich Simon lies on with two blankets, 2 sheets, one pillow"
to "my daughter Hannah one little bed which my husband died on with two blankets, 2 sheets, one pillow"
"all my wearing clothes to my two daughters equally divided to them"
residue to "my son Simon"

The "inventory of the estate of John Rockwell and his wife, the one died the 10th, the other the 12th of the aforesaid month," was taken 27 May 1662 and totaled £244 5s. which included £85 10s. in real estate:
"his housings, orchard, homelot, pasture," £60
"also half a barn upon Watson's land," £3 10s.
"2 acres meadow," £9
"land over the river," £12
and "woodland 40 acres," £1.1


Wilmot Cade b. 6 Mar 1587/88, d. 12 May 1662
  • John Rockwell1,7,3 b. 22 Jul 1621
  • Mary Rockwell+1,4,3 b. 21 Feb 1623/24, d. 21 Aug 1684
  • Nathaniel Rockwell8,9 b. say 1625, d. bef. 10 May 1656
  • Hannah Rockwell1,4,3 b. 9 Dec 1627
  • Simon Rockwell1,4,3 b. 7 Nov 1630, d. 22 Jun 1665
  • Thomas Rockwell8,9 b. say 1633
This person was last edited on28 Apr 2016


  1. [S2053] Robert Charles Anderson, George F. Sanborn Jr. and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Great Migration: Immigrants To New England, 1634-1635 (7 vols., Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1999-2011), 6:70-72, further cited as Anderson, et al., The Great Migration.
  2. [S1398] H. Earl Close, The Family of Linnie Fay Rockwell (Tucson, Arizona: p.p., 1999), 21, further cited as Close, The Family of Linnie Fay Rockwell.
  3. [S1908] Somerset Record , Taunton, England, Parish Registers for Fitzhead, FHL microfilm 1526629, further cited as Fitzhead Parish Registers.
  4. [S1297] Henry R. Stiles, The History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut; Including East Windsor, South Windsor, Bloomfield, Windsor Locks, and Ellington (1892; reprint, Somersworth, New Hampshire: New Hampshire Publishing, 1976), 2:647, further cited as Stiles, History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsor.
  5. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1289, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  6. [S1492] Peter Wilson Coldham, The Complete Book of Emigrants: 1607-1660: A Comprehensive Listing Compiled from English Public Records of Those Who Took Ship to the Americas for Political, Religious, and Economic Reasons; of Those Who Were Deported for Vagrancy, Roguery, or Non-Conformity; and of Those Who Were Sold to Labour in the New Colonies (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1987), 143-44, further cited as Coldham, Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607-1660.
  7. [S1398] Close, The Family of Linnie Fay Rockwell, 22.
  8. [S1906] Francis Williams Rockwell, The Rockwell Family in One Line of Descent (Pittsfield, Massachusetts: s.p., 1924), 188, further cited as Rockwell, Rockwell Family in One Line.
  9. [S1923] London Record Office, Admon. Act Books, 105, FHL microfilm 93259, further cited as Admon. Act Books.