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in the county of York, which is known to the pres-
ent day as Rockwell Hall and is situated near Bor-
ough Bridge. York, England.

William Rockwell doubtless came with the origi-
nal church colony that settled Dorchester in New
England. He was on the jury there as early as
November g. 1630. He was deacon of the church
formed by Rev. Mr. Marbam and his friends in the
New Hospital at Plymouth, England, and who came
over to Dorchester in 1630. He was one of the
first board of selectmen of Dorchester. He also
served on the first committee to lay out lands for
his fellow-colonists at Dorchester. His own grant
was near Savin Hill June 27, 1636. He was ad-
mitted a freeman May 18. 1631, one of twenty-four
who took the oath on that day. He had a half
acre next Mr. Stoughton's, near the fish house,
granted December 17, 1635. He had eight acres
granted July 5. 1636, on Indian Hill. He removed
to Connecticut in the spring of 1637 with Mr. Mar-
ham and half of the Dorchester Church. He died
Mav 15, 1640. at Windsor, Connecticut.

He married. April 14, 1624. at Holy Trinity
Church, Dorchester. England. Susan Capen. prob-
ably daughter of Bernard Capen. She was born
April 11, 1602, and died November 13, 1666. She
married ("second) Matthew Grant, the ancestor of
General U. S. Grant, May 2q. 1645, and died Novem-
ber. 1666. The children of William and Susan Rock-
well were : Joan, born in England, April 25, 1625,
married Jeffry Baker, of Windsor ; John, born July
18, 1627, in England: Mary, died young; Samuel,
of whom later ; Ruth, born August, 1653, at Dor-
chester, married Christopher Huntington, October

7, 1652, one of the first settlers in Norwich; Joseph,
born 1635, died unmarried ; Sarah, born at Windsor,
July 21, 1638, married Walter Gaylord.

(II) Samuel Rockwell, son of William Rock-
well (1), was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts,
March 28, 1631. He was among the first settlers
in East Windsor, Connecticut, where he was ad-
mitted to the church April 6, 1662. He was one of
the contributors to the fund for the relief of the
poor of other colonies. He died in 171 1. He mar-
ried, April 7, 1660, Mary Norton, daughter of
Thomas and Grace (Wells) Norton. Their chil-
dren were: Mary, born January 18, 1661-2, married
Josiah Loomis, October 23, 1683; Abigail, born Au-
gust 23, 1664, died unmarried May 3, 1665 ; Samuel,
born October 19, 1667 ; Joseph, of whom later ; John,
born May 31, 1673-4; Abigail, born April 11, 1676]
married, November 9, 1704, John Smith; died Oc-
tober 12, 1741 ; Josiah, born March 10, 1678.

(III) Joseph Rockwell, son of Samuel Rock-
well (2), was born in East Windsor, Connecticut,
May 22, 1670, and died there June 26, 1733. He
settled in Windsor and was a farmer. He mar-
ried Elizabeth Drake, who was born November 4,
1645, the daughter of Job and Elizabeth Alvord.
The children of Joseph and Elizabeth Rockwell, all
born in Windsor, were : Joseph, of whom later ;
Elizabeth, born December 12, 1698, unmarried. Ben-
jamin, born October 26, 1700; James, born June 3,
1704; Job, born April 13, 1709; Elizabeth, born
July 24, 1713, married Jonathan Huntington.

(IV) Joseph Rockwell, son of Joseph Rockwell
(3), was born at Windsor, Connecticut, November

2 3> ID 95. He was a farmer at Windsor. He mar-
ried, March 25, 1693-4, Hannah Huntington, daugh-
ter of John and Abigail (Lathrop) Huntington,
grandchild of Christopher and Ruth (Rockwell)
Huntington and great-granddaughter of Deacon Will-
iam Rockwell (I). Hannah died January 18, 1761,
aged sixty-seven years, of small pox. Joseph died
October 16, 1746, in his fifty-first year. The chil-
dren of Joseph and Hannah Rockwell were: Jo-
seph, of whom later ; Hannah, born December 25,
1717, married Joseph Bidwell; Jerusha, born June
5, 1720 (twin), and a twin son, died same day;
Jonathan, born May 2, 1723, removed about 1763
with four sons and two daughters to Cornwallis,
Nova Scotia; their children were: Jonathan, born
1747, Asahel, born 1749, Joseph, born 1751, ances-
tors of two-thirds of the Nova Scotia Rockwells;
Benjamin, born 1753, Sarah. Hannah. Samuel, born
March 9, 1725-6; Samuel, born January 19, 1728.

(V) Captain Joseph Rockwell, son of Joseph
Rockwell (4), was born at Windsor, Connecticut,
March 15, 1715-6, died July 6, 1776, aged sixty-one
years. He was the second settler in Colebrbok,
"Connecticut, in 1766. He was the captain of the
first militia company there October 4, 1774, com-
missioned by Governor Jonathan Trumbull. He
married Anna Dodd. Their children were : Anna,
married Nathan Bass ; John, born September 7,
1743. was a lieutenant in the revolution; settled in
South wick, Massachusetts: Elijah, of whom later;
Mary, married William Goodwin ;. Jerusha, Eliza-
beth. Gurdon. Joseph, Elihu, resides at Winchester,
Connecticut, and baptized there February 17, 1765.
One of the foregoing children died October 24,


(VII Elijah Rockwell, son of Captain Joseph
Rockwell (5), was born in Windsor, Connecticut,
November 14. 1744. He removed to Colebrook with
his father and was the first and for many years the
only justice of the peace in the town. Among other
duties that came to him as a magistrate was the
marriage of one hundred and twenty-seven couples.



He was a member of the first church gathered by
President Jonathan Edwards in 1795. He was town
clerk from 1779 and for thirty-nine years. He
was thirty-five years town treasurer and for six-
teen year; the only civil magistrate in the town.
He was a representative in the general assembly in
1796 and for several years afterward. He was ser-
geant in Sergeant Aaron Greenwald's company,
which went to New York in 1776. When he was
eighty years old he became interested in the tem-
perance movement and gave up the use of cider
as an example to others. He married, January 19,

1775. Lucy Wright. Their children were: Elijah,

of whom later; Lucy, Theron, Betsey, married

Wakefield ; Ann, married Hurlburt.

(YII) Elijah Rockwell, Jr., eldest son of Elijah
Rockwell (6), was born in Colebrook, Connecticut,

1776. He lived in Colebrook, Connecticut. He mar-
ried Sophia Ensign, who was a lineal descendant
of Governor William Bradford through his grand-
daughter, Alice Bradford. The Rockwells thus
have a number of "Mayflower" ancestors. The chil-
dren of Elijah and Sophia Rockwell were: Horace
Ensign, born 1809, died 1831 ; Henry Ensign, of
whom later; Sophia, born 1813; Lucy Anne, born
1816; Alpha, born 1817, died 1S31.

(VIII) Henry Ensign Rockwell, son of Elijah
Rockwell (7), was born in Colebrook, Connecticut,
March 24, 181 1, and attended Yale University for
two years. He was educated in the common schools
and through his own study. For a number of years
he was a teacher in the Winsted (Connecticut)
Academy. He afterwards was one of the editors
of the Boston Telegraph for several years. He
then moved to Millbury, Massachusetts, where he
was a teacher in the high school and represented the
district in the general court. He was the author
of the Rockwell Genealogy, a work involving years
of study and labor. He was intensely interested in
the history of his family and country and became
an authority in local history. He was appointed an
official stenographer of the United States senate, a
position he held for several years. For ten years
prior to his death he was one of the secretaries of
the Smithsonian Institute at Washington, D. C.
He died in Washington, D. C, February, 1881.

He married Emmerette Munson, who was born
in Winsted. Their children were: Horace T., born
1838; Henry Lee, born 1841 ; Perry Devotie ; Edward
Munson, of whom later ; Lucy E., Charles Bristed,
born 1848. He married (second) Sarah J. Hatha-
way, in 1854. Their children : Sarah Alice, died in
infancy; Julia Lee, born 1858; Julius Ensign, born

(IX) Edward Munson Rockwell, son of Henry
Ensign Rockwell (81, was born in Winsted, Connec-
ticut, March 27, 1845. He was educated in the
schools of that town and in Millbury, Massachu-
setts, He began his business career as bookkeeper
for N. A. Lombard & Company of Worcester and
subsequently at the Cleveland Machine Works in
that city. At the death of Mr. Cleveland he be-
came manager. In 1S72 he associated himself with
James Phillips, of Fitchburg, and they began the
manufacture of worsted suitings under the firm
name of Rockwell and Phillips. The firm was dis-
solved in 1876 and Mr. Rockwell bought a mill site
in Leominster, where he began the manufacture of
woolen yarn. In 1887 he added the manufacture of
cassimeres, and his business has prospered and
grown rapidly since then. At the present time
(1905) his mill has fifteen sets of machinery and is
one of the largest independent mills in this line
in the country, manufacturing woolen yarns exclus-

Mr. Rockwell served in the civil war for some
eight months in 1864 and 1865. During five months
he was in the engineering department at Fortress
Monroe. He is a member of Charles H. Stevens
Post, Grand Army, No. 53. In politics he is a
Republican. He is a director of the Home Market
Club of Boston. He was for several years a mem-
ber of the Republican town committee of Leom-
inster. He is chairman of the school committee.
Mr. Rockwell is a leader among the business men
of the town and is president of the Leominster
board of trade. He is a member of the Orthodox
Church, the Masonic Lodge, the Order of United
Workmen and of the Royal Arcanum.

He married, October 29, 1867, Martha J. Smith,
daughter of Charles Smith, of Worcester. Their
children are : Edward Henry, a professor in Tufts
College, married Lena Warfield, and they have four
children; James C, died young; Grace Emmerette,
died young; Alice, married W. E. Holman; Alfred
Crocker; Ruth Martha.

family is of ancient English origin. The best
authority gives the derivation of the name as from
the word "Bury" or "Borough" (a place of safety,
of defense), and the spelling of the name in Eng-
land, in fact, is more common Bury than Berry.
The Manorial residence in many parts of England
is the "Bury" from which the names Berry, Ber- '
riman, Burroughs and Barrows are derived. The
name Adam de la Bury is cited as an instance of
the name in the earliest history of surnames in
England. The fact that one English family used
the barberry as an emblem on its coat of arms does
not explain the origin of the name, though it is
quite probable that in this instance, the name sug-
gested the barberry as a symbol. There have been
families of title bearing this surname in England,
Scotland and Ireland for many centuries. The
name is very common in Devonshire, England. Some
of the family seats were at Teddington, .county Bed-
ford ; Molland, county Devon; Berry Narborn, East
Leigh, Lobb, etc., in Devonshire ; also in Ox-
fordshire, Lancashire, Bedford and Norfolk.

(I) William Berry, the immigrant ancestor of
John Cutting Berry, of Worcester, is presumed
to have descended from the Norfolk family, mainly
because he came to New England in the service of
Captain William Mason, whose native place was irt
Norfolk county. It may, however, with equal rea-
son be assumed that William Berry was from the
south of England, for Captain Mason was for many
years the governor of Portsmouth in the county
of Hampshire, whence came the names of Ports-
mouth, New Hampshire, which he founded and
owned. It was in Mason's Portsmouth home that
the Duke of Buckingham, the royal favorite and
Mason's patron, was assassinated in the summer of
1628 by John Felton. The death of his patron,
however, did not end Mason's favor with King
Charles, who had already granted more than one
New England Patent to him and his friend, Sir
Ferdinando Gorges, and would have put them in
command of all New England, to the detriment of
the Massachusetts Puritans, had not Mason died in
December, 1635, just as the measures of the court
and the English prelates were about to take effect.
Mason was a native of King's Lynn in Norfolk,
born December 11, 1586. He entered Oxford in
June, 1602, but never graduated. He became a
merchant and ship master before 1610. He had
lucrative offices at Newfoundland and in Hamp-
shire. He had grants of land between the Naum-
keag river and the Merrimac under the name of



Mariana, March 9, 1622 ; a second patent from the
council of New England was granted August 10,
1622, to Mason and Gorges, covering all the land
lying on the seacoast and for sixty miles inland,
between the Merrimac river and the Kennebec, and
this was called the Province of Maine. Seven years
later, November 7, 1629, Mason was granted all that
part of the province of Maine lying between the
Merrimac and the Piscataqua; this he called New
Hampshire. Ten days later a much larger tract,
called Laconia, and supposed to extend to Lake
Champlain, was granted to Mason and Gorges. By
1632 Mason had become a member of the council
for New England, which made all these grants and
many more to other persons, and he was expend-
ing much money in taking possession of his lands
in New Hampshire. As early as 1623 David Thom-
son, a Scot, took possession of a grant made to him
in 1622. He was not long after the Pilgrims at
Plymouth. William and Edward Hilton settled on
a grant at Dover in 1623. There were settlers in
various places in New Hampshire on the coast when
Captain Mason's first colonists came over in 1631.
The names of the forty-eight men who, with "twen-
ty-two women and eight Danes," were sent to take
charge of his property and make settlement, have
been preserved. There were mechanics for building
the Manor House in which Mason was to rule New
England. Large and small houses were built, and
Portsmouth soon became a flourishing colony. Ma-
son was nominated by King Charles as vice-admiral
of New England and was preparing to go out to his
colony when he died. Under the original name of
Strawberry Bank this settlement, planned and exe-
cuted by Mason and his agents among those four
dozen pioneers, included all that is now Portsmouth,
Rye, New Castle, Newington, and Greenland. In
all of these towns later we find descendants of
William Berry. The Church of England was estab-
lished and a pastor in charge, Rev. Richard Gib-
son, as early as 1640, when all the rest of New
England seemed destined to be exclusively Puritan
in religion. William Berry seems to have been one
of the chief men of the colony. When the Glebe
Lands were deeded the seals were placed opposite
the names of Berry and John Billing, though there
were twenty of the early settlers whose names appear
on the document, including the governor, Francis
Williams, and his assistant, Ambrose Gibbins. This
deed, dated 1640, represented a parsonage for the
parish and fifty acres of glebe land, twelve of which
adjoined the house lot. Some of the land was on
Strawberry Bank creek and can doubtless be lo-
cated by survey today. The parsonage and glebe
lands were deeded to the two church wardens,
Thomas Walford and Henry Sherburne, and their
successors. The document calls the twenty signers
the "principal inhabitants" of Portsmouth. Although
Captain Mason expended large sums of money upon
Strawberry Bank or Portsmouth, when he died the
men in his employ were left with wages unpaid and
the future uncertain. The property was then divided
among Mason's creditors and the settlement at
Portsmouth was soon in much the same condition
as the other' settlements of New England.

William Berry received a grant of land on the
neck of land on the south side of Little river at
Sandy Beach at a town meeting at Strawberry
Bank, January, T648-49. 1 Sandy Beach was the
early name for what is now Rye, New Hampshire,
but Berry lived only a few years afterward. He
died before June, 1654, and his widow Jane mar-
ried Nathaniel Drake. William Berry had two
sons, perhaps other children, viz. : Joseph, who was

living in the adjacent town of Kittery, Maine, in
1683 ; and John, see forward.

(II) John Berry, son of William Berry (1), was
born about 1630, probably in England. He was the
first settler in the town of Rye, then called Sandy
Beach, on his father's grant of land there. He

married Susannah and their children were:

I. John, Jr., born January 14, 1659. 2. Elizabeth,
married John Locke. 3. William, settled at New
Castle ; married Judah and they had — -Na-
thaniel, born February 13, 1689; Stephen, born Jan-
uary 18, 1691 ; William, born November 18, 1093;
Jeremiah, born March 8. 1O95 ; Frederick, born Jan-
uary 15, 1699; Abigail, born March 15, 1700; Jane,
born January 26, 1702. 4. James. 5. George, see
forward. (The history of Rye is authority for the
parentage of all but George, who hailed also from
Rye and must be included among the children of
John Berry, the head of the only family of this
name in the town. (See Parson's History of Rye,
New Hampshire, and Dow's History of Hampton,
New Hampshire).

(III) George Berry, son of John Berry (2),
was born in 1674, at Rye, New Hampshire. He
lived at Rye, finally settling at Kittery. He married
at Hampton, New Hampshire, January I, 1702, De-
liverance Haley, daughter of Andrew Haley. (See
history of Paris, Maine, for some of his descend-
ants. Also Hampton for marriage, etc.) The chil-
dren of George and Deliverance Berry were: George,
see forward; Deborah, married, October 22, 1730,
William Walker, of Kittery, Maine; Elizabeth, mar-
ried, October 22, 1730, Tobias Fernald; Mary (?),
married, October 3, 1741, Samuel Lunt, Jr.; Josiah,
married, 1740, (published December 20) Mary

(IV) Major George Berry, son of George Berry,
(3), was born at Rye, New Hampshire, or Kittery,
Maine, 1706. He removed from Kittery, where he
was brought up, to Falmouth (now Portland),
Maine, in 1732. He became the proprietor in Fal-
mouth of Berry's shipyard and was evidently a ship-
wright by trade. He was major of the regiment of
that vicinity in the Indian fights that were frequent
during his younger days, and during the French
and Indian war in the fifties.

He married, January 11, 1726-27, Elizabeth Frink,
daughter of George and Rebecca (Skilling) Frink
(See Old Eliot genealogies). The children of
George and Elizabeth Berry were baptized at Kit-
tery, though some of them were born at Falmouth,
viz. : 1. George, born May 12, 1728, died young.

2. Joseph, born March 30, 1729, died young probably.

3. Elizabeth, born December 6, 1730. 4. George, born
April 8, 1732, married Sarah Stickney and they had
children — Deacon William, Levi, George (See his-
tory of Paris, page 510). 5. Lieutenant Thomas
B., see forward. 6. Joseph, born September 26,

1740. 7. Burdick, married Sally and had eight


(V) Lieutenant Thomas B. Berry, son of George
Berry (4), was born at Falmouth, Maine, in 1745.
He was an officer in the revolution and late in
life drew a pension of twenty dollars a month from
the government. He was elected adjutant of Colonel
Jacob French's regiment of Bristol and Cumber-
land counties, and he took part in the siege of Bos-
ton. He was stationed on Walnut Hill. Later in
the year 1776 he was lieutenant in Captain Richard
Mayberry's company of Colonel Ebenezer Francis's
regiment. He resided at Brunswick and Portland,
Maine, and at Rockland, where he died January 27,
1828, at the age of eighty-three years. He mar-
ried at Brunswick, Maine, August 15, 1773, Abigail



Coombs, and their children, all born at Portland,
Maine, were: I. Samuel, born May 4, 1774. See
forward. 2. Lydia, born August 14, 1776. 3. Joshua,
born March 4, 1779, married Fannie Coombs, lived
and died in Portland. 4. Thomas, Jr., born May

26, 1781, married Burgess, lived and died

in Brunswick, Maine. 5. George, born August 14,
1783, named for his grandfather Berry, lived and died
at Topsham, Maine, leaving a large family. 6. Abi-
gail, born April 26, 1785, married Josiah Haskell,
settled in Rockland, Maine, died November I, 1853.
7. Jeremiah, born September 8, 1787, removed from
Falmouth to Thomaston, Maine, in 1812 ; married
Frances A. Gregory, April 27, 1815; settled at Rock-
land ; was a mason, inn keeper, and successful busi-
ness man; died March 11, 1857, at the age of sev-
enty, leaving four .sons and one daughter. He was
a soldier of the war of 1812. 8. Joseph, born Sep-
tember 20, 1789, married (first) Abigail Coombs,
March 12, 1815; (second), jane Ann Creamer, De-
cember, 1845 ; resided at Thomaston, a mason by
-trade; died May 29, 1845, aged sixty-six. 9. Betsey,
born 1791. 10. Benjamin, born May II, 1796, married
at Brunswick, Dolly Murray, December 21, 1820;
died at Rockland, Maine, June 27, 1856.

(VI) Samuel Berry, son of Lieutenant Thomas
Berry (5), was born at Portland (Falmouth),
Maine, May 4, 1774. He was an active, good-na-
tured, brave and energetic man, a mason by trade.
He died at Georgetown, May 18, 185 1, aged seventy-
seven years. He married (first) Mary (Polly)
Gould; (second) Miss Hubbard, of Massa-
chusetts, who died September 26, 1818; (third)
Hannah Small, of Phippsburg, daughter of Samuel
Small, a soldier of the revolutionary war ; and
(fourth) Miss Oliver. The children of Samuel
and Mary (Gould) Berry were: 1. Captain Sam-
uel, Jr., born July 4, 1799, married Hannah B.
Pennell, October 13, 1825; lost at sea in- the brig
"Gautelupe" of which he was master, together with
his son Samuel Henry, in 1844; resided in Bruns-
wick and had six children. 2. Joseph, born at
West Bath, Maine, 1797, died at Georgetown, Octo-
ber 26, 1872, aged seventy-eight years; married
Nancy Lee and had two sons; married (second),
Harriet Oliver, daughter of David Oliver, and had
ten children. General Joseph Berry was a mason
by trade, working with his father in early life build-
ing government lighthouses along the coast of New
England ; then engaged in milling and shipbuilding
in which he prospered ; was collector of the port
of Bath in 1857; was major-general in state militia;
was member of state legislature of Maine several
years. 3. Joshua Berry, born at West Bath, Septem-
ber 18, 180—, married Mary Doughty, of Brunswick,
died in Bath, Maine, at the home of his daughter;
was a mason by trade. 4. John, born at West
Bath, May, 1804, married Elizabeth Oliver, who
died December 13, 1856, aged fifty-two years; (sec-
ond) Sarah Rhodes; he was a successful ship-
master and later was in business in Wisconsin ;
died at Georgetown, May 22, 1869. The child of
Samuel and his second wife was : 5. Jane, died un-
married. The children of Samuel and Hannah
I Small) IVrry. his third wife, were: 6. Betsey, mar-
ried I. J. Hollis. merchant, and lived in Boston. 7.
Mary. 8. Lydia, died in infancy. 9. Curtis, born
at Harpswell, a mason by trade, in successful busi-
ness in Boston; retired in i860 and bought a large
farm at Newport, Maine, where he lived until his
death in 1876, aged sixty-one years; married twice
but had no children. 10. Stephen Decatur, born
September 16, 1818, see forward.

(VII) Stephen Decatur Berry, son of Samuel

Berry (6), was born at Winnegance, Phippsburg,
Maine, September 16, 1818. His mother dying when
he was ten days old, Stephen was taken to the home
of his uncle and aunt, Mr., and Mrs. Samuel Small,
of Meadow Brook, Phippsburg, where he grew to
manhood. He early took to the sea and became an
active and successful shipmaster. General Joseph
Berry, mentioned above, in whose ships Stephen
Berry sailed, once remarked that Stephen was the
most active and efficient man he ever saw on the
deck of a ship. He was noted for firmness and
kindness in the management of his men, and for
whole-hearted friendship and generosity in his re-
lation with friends. He died of cholera at New
Orleans, Louisiana, May 24, 1852, at the age of
thirty-three years, six months. The enthusiasm and
affection with which older people, the friends of his
youth and young manhood, now refer to his traits
of character, bear testimony to their loyalty and to
his enduring memory. His remains were brought
to Maine, and interred in the Georgetown burying

He married Jane Mary Morse, youngest daugh-
ter of Deacon Elijah Morse, of Phippsburg, Maine,
June 12, 1845. She was a descendant of William
Morse, the pioneer settler, who was born in Marl-
borough, Wiltshire, England, in 1608. He and his
brother Anthony came to America in 1635 and set-
tled at Newbury, now Newburyport, Massachusetts.
A third brother Robert, late of Elizabethtown, New
Jersey, came to Boston the year before the immigra-
tion of the two other brothers and shortly after-

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