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Joseph Rockwell (1675) / Elizabeth (Foster) Rockwell

Name: Joseph Rockwell

Birth: July 8, 1668, Windsor, Conn. (NEHGSR)

Emigration: To Middletown c. 1675 (HMC)

Death: October 27, 1742, Middletown, Conn. (NEHGSR); October 28, 1742 (MLR).

Occupation & Public Service: Cooper (MLR); town clerk from 1708 to 1734; deacon of the church; deputy to the General Assembly (CAF); captain of the north company or trainband on the south side of the Ferry River (Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636-1776).

Marriage: m. Elizabeth Foster, February 1, 1693/4, Middletown, Conn. (b. May 7, 1673, Middletown, Conn.; d. August 15, 1753, Middletown, Conn.) She was the daughter of Edward Foster and Elizabeth (Harris) Foster of Middletown, Conn. (MLR)

Children: 8 children between 1694-1711. (BCVR) (MLR) (See in-depth profile in Member Area for details.)


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The First Meeting House, Middletown, Conn. The engraving below by W.C. Butler was a fanciful illustration for David Field's Centennial Address published in 1853. In 1939 the image was used on the title page of The Log Cabin Myth by Harold R. Shurtleff. Surrounding the engraving are signatures of some of the first settlers as found on wills and deeds by Charles C. Adams in preparation of Middletown Upper Houses (1908).