Rocelia Oxley

16 April 1848–20 December 1886 (Age 38)
Iowa, United States

The Life of Rocelia

When Rocelia Oxley was born on 16 April 1848, in Iowa, United States, her father, Everett Thomas Oxley, was 36 and her mother, Catherine Milner, was 34. She lived in Bertram Township, Linn, Iowa, United States in 1860 and Bertram, Linn, Iowa, United States in 1870. She died on 20 December 1886, at the age of 38, and was buried in Campbell Cemetery, Bertram, Linn, Iowa, United States.

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Everett Thomas Oxley
Catherine Milner
Joseph Milton Oxley
Rebecca Jane Oxley
Rozeline Oxley
Cynthia Ann Oxley
S A Ferreby
Everett Oxley
Rocelia Oxley
Mary Ellen Oxley
John Alpheus Oxley
Charles C. Oxley

Parents and Siblings

    Everett Thomas Oxley


    Catherine Milner




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World Events (7)

1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines

Age 9

The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.

Age 15

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1867 · The Burtis Opera House

Age 19

The Burtis Opera House opened in Davenport and could easily hold an audience of 1,600. It was a widely used facility and Mark Twain filled the house when he spoke on tour in 1869. It was also used to house Susan B. Anthony when she lectured on the woman's right to vote. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra played its first concert as the new Tri-City Symphony in the Opera House. An arsonist set fire to the building on the evening of April 26, 1921, and the building was severely destroyed. The building was rebuilt but was no longer used as an opera house.

Name Meaning

1 English: habitational name from any of various places, for example Oxley in Staffordshire and Ox Lee near Hepworth (West Yorkshire), named with Old English oxa ‘ox’ + lēah ‘(woodland) clearing’.2 Probably a respelling of South German Öchsle ( see Oechsle ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Celia Oxley in household of Everet Oxley, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Rosela Oxley in household of Everit Oxley, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Roselia Oxley in household of Everett Oxley, "United States Census, 1850"

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