Monday, August 31, 2009

Betsey Ann Rockwell 1829-1901

This entry is from the J.J. Watts collection. John J. Watts hailed from Warren, Maine and moved to the northern Ozarks of Missouri sometime after the Civil War. He was a circuit-riding Baptist Minister and his territory covered Phelps, Pulaski, and Texas Counties and parts of Maries and Dent Counties. He established a cemetery, Watt’s Lawn, which is located 1 mile West of J Highway, near the Pulaski County-Phelps County line. This collection covers 1878-1912.

Betsey Ann, wife of Chester Rockwell, was born in Crawford Co., Penn., May 4th 1829, died near Tribune in Cullen Township Pulaski Co., MO, Aug. 19th 1901, at 3-30 a.m., aged 72 ys, 3 ms, & 15 ds. Her maiden name was Spaffor?. She was married to Mr. Rockwell in 1845, who survives her (and who was born Apr. 30th 1825. Mother of 10 child., 5 boys & 5 girls, Henry, Willis, Roder, Gilbert, and John, all living and Louisa, who is dead, Lydia, who is dead, Emma still living, Genette who is dead and Della who is still living. 19 grand children, 16 living. Sister Rockwell has been a member of the church 56 ys. first joining the Free Baptist when 16 ys of age, and later in life joined the M.E. Church. At her grave was sung by her request "There will be room in Heaven", and at the home was preached by her request a funeral discourse from Rev. 14X13. A text of her own choosing, after which, at the Logan Cemetery her remains were laid at rest. J.J. Watts

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