Person:John Rockwell (2)

m. 19 JUL 1585
  1. Richard Rockwell1586 - 1637
  2. John Rockwell1588 - 1662
  3. Deacon William Rockwell1591 - 1640
  • HJohn Rockwell1588 - 1662
  • WWilmot Cade1587 - 1662
m. 22 FEB 1619
  1. Hittabel ROCKWELLABT 1612 -
  2. Elizabeth ROCKWELLABT 1614 - 1656
  3. John Rockwell, Sr.ABT 1620 - 1673
  4. Nathaniel ROCKWELLABT 1623 -
  5. Mary Rockwell1623/4 - 1684
  6. Thomas ROCKWELLABT 1626 - ABT 1656
  7. Hannah Rockwell1627 - 1672
  8. Simon Rockwell1630 - 1665
Facts and Events
Name John Rockwell
Gender Male
Christening[1] 5 Jul 1588 Fitzhead, Somerset, EnglandSt. James
Marriage 22 FEB 1619 Fitzhead, Somerset, Englandto Wilmot Cade
Death[1][2] 10 MAY 1662 Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States

John and Wilmot joined John’s brother William, who had gone to New England in 1630. John’s name is found on the port book at Weymouth, where they departed on the Hopewell in May 1635. They first settled at Dorchester before joining William in Windsor in 1637.

The wills of both John and Wilmot mention their children Simon, Mary and Hannah. In his will, dated 4 April 1661 and proved on an unknown date, “John Rockwell of Windsor” bequeathed “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 Marie’s children to be equally divided and the like to Hannah’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 [to be] 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." (Great Migration, citing HaCR 2(probate):162)

Rockwell DNA was tested in 2002, confirming that descendents of John's (thought to be) son John, William Rockwell of Windsor, and Josiah Rockwell were very closely related. See http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~rootrock/DNAproject.html for details.

References
  1. 1.0 1.1 Nichols, Weeden Rockwell. The Descendants of John Rockwell II (1588-1662) and Wilmet Cade (1587-1662). (Hays, Kansas: Hays, Kansas : W.R. Nichols, 1996, 1996).
  2. John Rockwell, in Anderson, Robert Charles; George F. Sanborn; and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635. (NEHGS, 1999-2011), Forthcoming sketch http://www.greatmigration.org/research/sketches/john_rockwell_june08.html.

    Citing HaCR 2(probate):163; CTVR 21; Grant 83 (provides year of death only)].


Hopewell (May 1635)
There were at least three voyages of ships named Hopewell in 1635. The first in April 1635 under William Buddick; the second, this voyage in May from Weymouth under John Driver; and the third in September under Thomas Babb.
Sailed: 8 May 1635 from Weymouth, England under Master John Driver
Arrived: Summer 1635 at Massachusetts Bay Colony

Passengers:
18 families (Full List)
William Blake and family - Thomas Bushrod - John Crowe - Edward Clapp and family - Thomas Dimmock and family - John Durant - John Gachill and family - John Gilbert - Matthew Hearn - William Lane and family - William Malton - Edmund Marshall - Hugh Norman - Thomas Richards and family - John Rockwell and family - Daniel Stolack - John Strong and family

Resources: Primary Sources:
Other information: Annotated passenger list


Founders of Windsor, CT
Windsor was the first permanent English settlement in Connecticut. Local indians granted Plymouth settlers land at the confluence of the Farmington River and the west side of the Connecticut River, and Plymouth settlers (including Jonathan Brewster, son of William) built a trading post in 1633. But the bulk of the settlement came in 1635, when 60 or more people led by Reverend Warham arrived, having trekked overland from Dorchester, Massachusetts. Most had arrived in the New World five years earlier on the ship "Mary and John" from Plymouth, England. The settlement was first called Dorchester, and was renamed Windsor in 1637.

See: Stiles History of Ancient Windsor - Thistlewaite's Dorset Pilgrims - Wikipedia entry

Loomis homestead, oldest in CT.
Settlers at Windsor by the end of 1640, per the Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor: Abbot - Alford - S. Allen - M. Allyn - Barber - Bartlett - M. (Barrett) (Huntington) Stoughton - Bascomb - Bassett - Benett - Birge - Bissell - Branker - Brewster - Buckland - Buell - Carter - Chappel - D. Clarke - J. Clarke - Cooke - Cooper - Denslow - Dewey - Dibble - Dumbleton - Drake - Dyer - Eels - Eggleston - Filley - Ford - Foulkes - Fyler - Gaylord - Francis Gibbs - William Gilbert - Jere. Gillett - Jon. Gillett - N. Gillett - Grant - Gridley - E. Griswold - M. Griswold - Gunn - Hannum - Hawkes - Hawkins - Hayden - Haynes - Hill - Hillier - Holcombe - Holmes - Holt - Hosford - Hoskins - Hoyte - Hubbard - Huit - Hulbert - Hull - Hurd - Hydes - Loomis - Ludlow - Lush - Marshfield - A. Marshall - T. Marshall - Mason - M. (Merwin) (Tinker) Collins - M. Merwin - Mills - Moore - Newberry - Newell - Oldage - Orton - Osborn - Palmer - Parsons - Parkman - Pattison - Phelps - Phelps - Phillips - Pinney - Pomeroy - Pond - Porter - Preston - Rainend - Randall - Rawlins - Reeves - J. Rockwell - W. Rockwell - B. Rossiter - St. Nicholas - Saltonstall - Samos - M. Sension (St. John) – R. Sension - Sexton - Staires - Starke - F. StilesH. Stiles - J. StilesT. Stiles - Stoughton - Stuckey - Talcott - E. Taylor - J. Taylor - Terry - Thornton - Thrall - Tilley - Tilton - Try - F. (Clark) (Dewey) (Phelps) - Vore - Warham - Weller - Whitehead - A. Williams - J. Williams - R. Williams - Wilton - Winchell - Witchfield - Wolcott - Young
Current Location: Hartford County, Connecticut   Parent Towns: Dorchester, Massachusetts   Daughter Towns: Windsor Locks; South Windsor; East Windsor; Ellington; Bloomfield