John F Rockwood


Brief Life History of John F

When John F Rockwood was born in 1839, in Rutland, Vermont, United States, his father, Lyman Rockwood, was 45 and his mother, Julia Ann Bliss, was 26. He lived in Pittsford, Rutland, Vermont, United States in 1850 and Wauconda, Lake, Illinois, United States for about 1 years. He registered for military service in 1861.

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Lyman Rockwood
Julia Ann Bliss
John F Rockwood
Martha "Mattie" B. Rockwood
Agnes Marian Rockwood
Mary A. Rockwood

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  • John T Rockwood in household of Lyman Rockwood, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Save Print John F Rockwood in the Web: Illinois, Databases of Illinois Veterans Index, 1775-1995
  • John Rockwood in household of Lyman Rockwood, "United States Census, 1850"

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World Events (8)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 0

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.


Age 7

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 31

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.

Name Meaning

English: from Middle English rok(e) ‘rook’ + wod(e) ‘wood’ (Old English hrōc, wudu). The name may be topographic, denoting someone who lived by a wood inhabited by rooks, or habitational, for someone from any of several minor places so named, such as Rookwood Hall in Abbess Roding (Essex), Rook Wood in Finchingfield (Essex), or Rockwood in East Grinstead (Sussex).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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