Portrait of Stephen Rockwell


Stephen Rockwell, son of Jonah and Anna Rockwell, was born in Providence, Sept. 6, 1804. His parents were natives of Dutchess county, N.Y., and settled in Providence about 1790. They were farmers by occupation. They had six children, namely: Hannah, Stephen, Jesse B., Seth B., Jas. H., and Polly, all of whom are living. Jonah Rockwell lived to be about seventy-four years of age, and at the time of his death was living in Orleans county, N.Y. Mrs. Jonah Rockwell died in 1818, in Providence. Mr. and Mrs. Rockwell were members of the Society of Friends.

Stephen Rockwell remained with his father on the farm until he was of age, when he commenced working by the month on the farm. He followed this about one year and then began making brick, which he followed some four years. Then purchased a farm in Providence, and has followed farming, more or less, ever since, and at the present time owns some three hundred acres. In 1862 he purchased his present home of one hundred and twelve acres. At the time of purchase there was a good saw-mill on it, which was burnt June 10, 1873, and some fifteen hundred dollars worth of lumber. By the following October it was rebuilt and in running condition.

Mr. Rockwell is identified with the Republican party. He is one of the most esteemed citizens of Providence. He has been called upon to occupy all the important offices in his town. He served one term as justice of the peace in 1847, and has been supervisor of his town some six terms, in all his official career giving general satisfaction.

He married Miss Alice Chase in 1827, by whom two children were born, Susan and Alice. Susan is dead. Mrs. Alice Rockwell was born Sept. 27, 1811, and died Jan. 9, 1837. Mr. Rockwell married Hannah Chase, sister to his first wife, about 1839. By this union three children were born, namely: Jas. H., Ovanda F., and Hannah. Jas. H. is the only one now living. Mrs. Rockwell died in 1843. Mr. Rockwell married his third wife, Miss Laura M. Sleezer, in 1847. She died May 22, 1861, being thirty-five years and seven months old. Mr. Rockwell married his present wife, Miss Frances M. Page, a native of Wells, Hamilton county, N.Y., Jan. 28, 1866. She was born Oct. 8, 1846. Two children bless this union, Rosa Belle and Emma L.



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