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Re: Grave for Sydney Rockwood


Posted By: Sarah Thorson Little (email)
Date: 5/5/2015 at 15:49:43

In Response To: Grave for Sydney Rockwood (Ted Hill)

It appears Esther (Wait) Rockwood is buried in the Harlington Cemetery in Waverly, Iowa. There is no listing in their records for Sydney. I included obituaries for Esther and their daughter, Emma (Rockwood) Waterman and a biographical sketch on their son, James B. Rockwood.

Link to Harlington Cemetery burial records:

April 8, 1815 --- October 16, 1903

Esther Wait Rockwood was born in Potsdam, N.Y., April 8, 1815. She was married to Sidney Rockwood in St. Lawrence county, N.Y., in 1839 and with her husband came west to McHenry county, Ill., where they resided for some years and then came to Bremer county, Iowa, in 1860. She experienced religion at 13 years of age. She was an active worker and member of the Baptist church nearly all of her life until her declining years prevented her from taking an active part in church work. Of late years she has made her home with her son, Geo. W. Rockwood, where she died on October 16, 1903, aged 88 years, 6 months and 8 days. She leaves four children - J. B. Rockwood, of Waucoma, Iowa, W. C. Rockwood, of Minneapolis, Minn., G. W. Rockwood, of this place, and Mrs. Emma Waterman, of Tripoli, Iowa. She also leaves seventeen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. She has ever been a kind and loving mother and much interested in the care and welfare of her children. Her family was always among our country's defenders in its time of need. Her grandfather was a captain in the revolutionary war, her father was a captain in the war of 1812, and her son, J. B. Rockwood, served his country as a private in Co. B., of the 14th Regiment, Iowa Volunteers. The funeral was held on Monday at 2 o'clock, Rev. Lusted, of Cedar Falls, officiating. The remains were buried in Harlington cemetery.

The Republican -- Waverly, Iowa
October 22, 1903

July 24, 1849 --- December 15, 1925

Emma Jane Rockwood was born July 24, 1849 in St. Lawrence County, N.Y., and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. J. Wilharm, at Horton, Iowa, on Saturday, Dec. 12, 1925, being 75 years, 4 months and 18 days of age. She was the daughter of Sidney and Esther Wait Rockwood, and at the age of three months she came with her parents and brothers, James, Will, and George Rockwood from New York state to McHenry County, Ill. Later they moved to Wisconsin, and at the age of five years, the little girl accompanied her family to Bremer county, Iowa, making the journey in a covered wagon. At an early age she was baptized by immersion at the Wapsipinicon River and belonged to a Baptist church in that vacinity. In 1860, in Bremer County, Iowa she was united in marriage to Jason Waterman of Tripoli, now deceased. She leaves to morn her loss; four sons, George, Roy, Calvin and Charles Waterman of Tripoli; two daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Baggs of Cedar Falls and Mr.and Mrs. August Wilharm of Horton; one brother, William Rockwood, of Minneapolis; twenty-six grandchildren; besides other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services were held in this city on Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. Rev. H.E. Briden of Horton Baptist church officiating and burial was at Harlington Cemetery here in Waverly, Iowa.


A Standard History of Oklahoma, Volume 4, by Joseph Bradfield Thoburn, 1916, page 1583.

James B. Rockwood. A citizen of Bristow, Creek County, James B. Rockwood has had a life of long and varied experience, and is now practically retired from active pursuits, having reached that age when men may surrender some of the earlier cares and responsibilities. He was born in a double log house in St. Lawrence County, New York, August 29, 1845, a son of Sidney S. and Etta J. (Waite) Rockwood. Both were natives of New York State, the father of English descent and the mother of French ancestry. Sidney S. Rockwood and family were numbered among the pioneer settlers in the State of Iowa, where he removed in 1854 and located in Bremer County. He lived there until his death at the age of sixty-seven, having been a farmer during all his active life. The widowed mother survived until her eighty-sixth year. The father though quite old at the time volunteered his service during the Civil war, but was rejected. There were four children, James B. being the oldest; William C. lives in Minneapolis; Emma is the wife of Andrew Waterman, who served through the War of the Rebellion with the Sixth Iowa Cavalry; and George W., who still lives in Bremer County, Iowa. It was in Bremer County, Iowa, that James B. Rockwood grew toward manhood. He attended the local schools, and when only sixteen years of age in October, 1861, he volunteered his services and enlisted in Company B of the Fourteenth Iowa Volunteer Infantry. He was at the front three years four months, and was finally mustered out at Davenport when the war was practically ended. During much of his army career he was assigned to special service. He was in the great Battle of Shiloh, where his regiment was captured with the exception of two companies which were engaged in supporting a battery and which did not share the fate of their comrades. Mr. Rockwood was a member of these two companies and consequently escaped confinement in Confederate prisons. He also participated in the Siege of Pittsburg with Sherman and saw much other active campaigning in the theater of war.

After the war Mr. Rockwood returned to Iowa and in that state in 1870 married Miss Catherine Bunny. She was born in Wilkes barre, Pennsylvania, March 22, 1845. Mr. Rockwood and wife spent most of their years in Waucoma in Fayette County, Iowa, and all their children were born, reared and married there. 'Mr. Rockwood is an auctioneer by profession, but has spent much of his time in farming and has also been a dealer in real estate, insurance, and livestock.

In 1904 he came to Oklahoma and located at Bristow, with which community he has since been identified. He has served as justice of the peace, as police judge, and for a great many years has filled some local office or other in the communities where he has made his home. He still keeps an office and handles considerable business in real estate, insurance and loans. He has some property of his own which brings him in rentals.

It was Mr. Rockwood 's distinction to cast his first presidential ballot for Abraham Lincoln while he was serving in the army in 1864, though only eighteen years of age at the time. He is an active member of the Grand Army of the Republic. Since Oklahoma statehood Mr. Rockwood has served as a justice of the peace.

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