The Descendants of Benjamin Rockwood, Sr., of Grafton, Mass: With Some Account of His Ancestry and the Early Rockwoods in Massachusetts

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Gibson Bros., 1905 - 36 pages
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Page 21 - Morse appends in a foot-note the tradition that a "page by the name of Rockwood, at the court of Henry VIII, in a game of chess with his king won a manor belonging to one of the monasteries distributed in his reign, and that in commemoration of the victory, received from the king for his arms 6 chessrooks.
Page 35 - He was styled Rev. on the records, probably from his speaking in religious assemblies, for I can find no evidence that he was ever ordained or otherwise licensed to preach than by common consent.
Page 24 - Plantation shall thinke fit to pale & enjoy it ; Item, ordered that Rich : Rocket is to have an acre addition to his home lott in consideration of removing his pale in regard a publicke way is to be through his lott ; Item.
Page 21 - ... somewhat allude to there Srnames, dyd beare suche a forme or charge in there coate armor as might expresse there names, & after a sorte might perpetuate & denote there appellations to posteritie, even when there famylies might be extinguished. And so came these 6 towers or chesse-rookes, quasi de Rupe Lignea, wc some do affirme were originarely geven to the firste bearer of this coate for his excellente skyll in this exercyse, of in this respecte playenge with the Conqueror at his firste entery...
Page 28 - Rocket & his wife, is to have the same sale confirmed by the child when hee cometh to age, or else the child to alow all such costs as the Court shall thinke meet.
Page 20 - The student is at once called to notice an apparent confusion of names in the early generations in this country: Rockwood and Rockett used interchangeably, with the latter form predominating. For example: the vital statistics of...
Page 29 - England in 1629 has been found, making him the heir of a family of gentlefolk. By virtue of this discovery some of the Rockwoods have adopted the armorial bearings of the English family to which they feel themselves entitled. The holders of the above theory do not care at this time to make the evidence public, but we do not understand it is claimed that the identity of this English Nicholas and our Nicholas of Medfielcl is yet conclusively established.
Page 32 - Rockwoods living in that part of town in 1676, and we have reason to think that the home of Nicholas and family was still in the village east of the river, and hence that he found refuge in one of the several garrison houses in the neighborhood. While our ancestor's buildings were destroyed by the foe, none of the family seem to have been injured. The town was naturally impoverished by the dreadful calamity.
Page 25 - Weymouth's northern boundary, and seems to have likewise designated the region on the north of this stream, the site of the modern village of Braintree, then and for some years afterward practically unsettled. A notable trait of our early colonial ancestors, coming as they did from a country where landholding was the privilege of the few, was their desire to own large estates. Then, too, the natural increase was rapid; towns speedily became too * Boston Record Commissioners.
Page 20 - John' 2 , as if mindful of the importance of the true orthography, had their marriages in 1656 and 1662 recorded by the name of Rockwood. Such precaution in their day and circumstances was anomalous and significant. Other families yielded to innovation, adopted without resistance the misspelling of clerks, and seldom if ever recovered the original orthography of their names when thus publicly corrupted. But the Rockwoods (some if not all of the 4 first generations) withstood the corruption [universal...

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