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LOOSE ROCKS AND COLD TRAILS: SOME EARLY ROCKWELLS OF KNOWN ANCESTRY WHO MAY HAVE LIVING DESCENDANTS, PLUS SOME UNCLASSIFIED INDIVIDUALS

All ancestor-hunters run up against that problem individual whom they have trouble further tracing, not knowing where to look. "They just showed up" in a given locality, from parts unknown. This situation usually leads the researcher to post a query in various online and print forums, hoping to find a match with a child born to known parents in a previously undiscovered home town.

This web page is a sort of "reverse query" board. Here I hope to collect in one place notes on Rockwells whose ancestors are known but not some of their descendants. That is, there is evidence for children of a given couple, with no further details on them. The children may have died young; that's the simple solution. On the other hand, the parents may have moved to a new area with poor documentation, and their children are the first generation to make it into the records. Possibly the people on this list are those for whom a descendant working backward in time is looking. Just maybe, this list can provide answers, clues, or new ideas for where to search.

As an example there was a Thomas Rockwell, who lived in Franklin Co., Pennsylvania and Medina Co., Ohio, and thought by descendants to have been born ca. 1784, possibly in Massachusetts. Could he be one of the children listed in the 1790 Census at Lanesborough, Mass., a son of Elijah Rockwell? Or did he come out of the Robert line from Maryland? Or was he of a more recent immigration, as some descendants have claimed?

In addition, I include a list of individual Rockwells born by 1800 who cannot be fit into the large known Rockwell families, i.e., their ancestors (and often their descendants) are unknown. Finally, I'll list some problem cases of the past for whom recent research has produced answers, or at least likely solutions.

Early Rockwell lines whose trails have grown cold: known ancestry, unknown descendants
(arranged roughly chronologically)

Early Rockwells not yet classified

Some solved (or likely-solved) cases

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