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John Franklin Rockwell (1816-1903) of Milan, Ohio [R244]:

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Son Riley settled in Marysville, Kansas. While his marriage record calls his wife Mary "Vedder," her obituary sent to me my descendant Sherri Polson, gives the maiden name as "Vater." See also Riley's obit and their shared headstone.

The confusion continues over the year of Riley's birth. The stone and obit give the year 1852. The fact that 7-month old Riley is found in the John Rockwell household in 1850 supports the family report of November 1849. I suppose there is a possibility that that was a different child who died, and another also named Riley was born in 1852; but there is no report of such a child. And why would he be reported being born in 1846 in the 1900 census if he were even younger? By the time Riley died, however, those responsible for his headstone were under the impression that he was younger than previous reports suggest. Similarly, Mary's survivors gave her a younger age than her census reports suggest--1854 as a birth year instead of the 1851 report in 1900.

Riley's death date, as found in the family records and reported to me by John W. Rockwell, is contradicted by the obituary, published on 18 March 1920. That was a Thursday, and as the obit says he died the previous Saturday, his actual date of death was 13 March 1920.