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Thomas Rockwell of Arena, Iowa Co., Wisconsin [U48 in the 1st edition, U50 in the 2nd edition, and R172 in the 3rd]

In the 3rd edition of the book, I have upgraded Thomas to being identified as a son of Thaddeus Rockwell of Greenfield, Ohio (R68 in the 1st edition, R67 in the 2nd and 3rd), and have given him his own entry. The longtime claim that he was the brother of David W. Rockwell, which had been a stumbling block to placing Thomas here, has been resolved. While the two men married sisters, no documentation has demanded that they be brothers, and now I believe that David was Thomas's nephew via another son of Thaddeus. See Thaddeus's page.

Thomas was in Greenfield, Ohio, in 1840, then was buying land in Iowa County, Wisconsin, in 1848, jointly with Calvin W. Rockwell, likely his older brother. Calvin sold his share in the property to Thomas in 1852, prior to moving to California. Thomas and his wife Catharine had five children born at Arena; a sixth was born elsewhere in Wisconsin; and the seventh and youngest, James Dana Rockwell, was born in Colorado. So that was likely where Thomas died in February of 1866.

Bible records have turned up for the Thomas Rockwell family. They date from after he died and include his birth and death dates, details on his wife's remarriage, and details on their youngest son's family. The records were published decades ago, in the Wisconsin Helper, vol. 4, no. 2, p. 8. Catharine (who sometime went by "Kitty," or "Ellen") married James Lang on 28 January 1869. They lived at Medicine Bow, Carbon Co., Wyoming, at the time of the 1870 census, and in Golden, Jefferson Co., Colorado, in 1880. By 1900, she was living in Nampa, Canyon Co., Idaho, with her son James D. Rockwell and his family. She died there on 29 October 1914.