A Civil War Soldier: Pvt. Rufus ROCKWELL, III (1840 – 1918)

How Related: Brother of my 3rd-great-grandmother, Ann Elizabeth ROCKWELL

Born: 1840 in New York State

Parents: Peter ROCKWELL, Sr. (1802 – 1871) and Lucy PARTRIDGE (1803 – 1893)

Siblings: One of 10 known children and one of two brothers that served in the Union Army, Peter’s siblings included:

  • Fanny Cordelia “Delia” (c. 1825 – 1887)
  • Jane (dates unknown)
  • Adoline (dates unknown)
  • Ann Elizabeth (1829 – 1860) – my ancestor
  • Charles H. (1836 – 1866)
  • Peter, Jr. (1842 – 1925)
  • Eleanor (b. c. 1844)
  • Olivia (dates unknown)
  • Alvira R. (b. c. 1852)

Married: Clementine HOVER (b. c. 1844) before 1867, probably in Tioga Co., New York

Children: Emmett L. (1867 – 1926); Orson E. (b. 1870); Lester (b. c. 1875); and Calvin ROCKWELL (b. c. 1878)

Source: Civil War Pension Index Cards of Rufus Rockwell. Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900. National Archives and Records Administration. Publication T289. Digital images purchased at Footnote [http://www.footnote.com/]

Enlisted: 3 December 1863 at the Town of Candor, Tioga Co., New York; private. Enlisted 30 December 1863 in Co. B, 109th New York Infantry. Transferred 31 May 1865 into Co. B, 51st New York Infantry; private.

Side Served: Union

Mustered Out: 25 July 1865 at Alexandria, Virginia

Biography or Information of Interest: Here is another brother of an ancestor I know little about. Rufus was a popular first name for men in the Rockwell family. This Rufus had an uncle and a grandfather by the same name.

Died: 21 July 1918 in Tioga Co., New York

Buried: somewhere in the Town of Candor, Tioga Co., New York; perhaps he is buried in Upper Fairfield Cemetery, as so many of the Rockwell family members are


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