Happy Birthday Jerusha Bennett

Jerusha Bennett (circa 1811 – 1849)

Happy Birthday Jerusha! We know you had a birthday sometime. We just don’t know the day or exact year of your birth. So, today is your day to be remembered despite the lack of records to tell us the exact dates.

Jerusha Bennett was born about 1811 in New York as the third child of John Bennett and Sarah “Sally” Rockwell. She had eight siblings, namely: Milla Atwood, Comfort, Deborah, Thomas, Josiah, Hannah, Elias, and Miles Covell. The oldest sister, Milla, was a half-sister. Their shared mother, Sally Rockwell, had been married to Benjamin … Continue reading

Going back 102 years to 18 October 1915

Most days of most lives are “ordinary.” But, our ordinary is likely very different than the ordinary of our ancestors. Though, in some ways things are probably similar. So, this is the first of a series of what will become regular blog posts in which we will go back in time to explore what our ancestors may have been doing on a certain date. This idea was inspired by Roberta Estes’ blog post, On This Day – What Were Your Ancestors Doing? – 52 Ancestors #170. She picked a day and went back 100 years. I’m putting a slightly … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Amelia A Brace

Amelia A. Brace (1844-1926)

Amelia A. Brace was born on 22 Mar 1844 in Akron, Erie, New York as the sixth child of Edmund Brace and Jerusha Bennett. She had seven siblings, namely: John, Deborah Rose, Comfort, Nancy, Thomas, Joseph, and Eliza H. Brace.

When she was a very small child, Amelia’s family left New York and resettled in Bristol, Kendall, Illinois.

Amelia lost her mother when she was about five-years old. It is quite possible that her mother died in childbirth when Amelia’s youngest sister, Eliza, was born on 7 Nov 1849. The mother, Jerusha Bennett Brace, passed away … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Jonathan Rockwell, Jr.

Jonathan Rockwell, Jr. (1711-1784)

Birth

This is the 305th anniversary of the birth of Jonathan Rockwell, Jr. He was born 31 March 1711 in Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut as the fourth child of Jonathan Rockwell and Abigail Camfield. He had three siblings, namely: Benjamin, John, and David. His family moved to Ridgefield, Fairfield, Connecticut when he was young. His father was one of the original land owners there.

Marriage and Children

When he was 22, he married Esther in Oct 1733 in Ridgefield, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA.

Jonathan Rockwell Jr. and Esther had the following children: