When Alta Rockefeller was born on 12 April 1871, in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States, her father, John Davison Rockefeller, was 31 and her mother, Laura Celestia “‘Cettie” Spelman, was 31. She married Ezra Parmalee Prentice on 17 January 1901, in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in New York City, New York County, New York, United States in 1915 and Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States for about 20 years. She died on 21 June 1962, in Manchester, Bennington, Vermont, United States, at the age of 91, and was buried in Dellwood Cemetery, Manchester, Bennington, Vermont, United States.
Americanized form of German Rockenfeller: habitational name for someone from the village of Rockenfeld near Neuwied, Rhineland, named in Middle High German with rocke ‘rye’ (Old High German rocko) + feld ‘open country’. Compare Rockafellow .
History: The Rockefellers trace their origin to Johann Peter Rockenfeller, who emigrated to North America in 1723. His descendant, the millionaire industrialist John D. Rockefeller (1839–1937), founder of Standard Oil, was born in Richford, NY; his father was a commodities dealer and farm owner.