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William Rockwell 1591-1640

My 10th Great Grandfather, from Earnest Euell Gray, Alda Tribble, Phoebe Grant Smith, Andrew A. Grant, David S. Grant, Noah Grant, Martha Huntington, John Huntington, Ruth Rockwell, William Rockwell.

William was born on February 6th, 1591, in Fitzhead, Somerset, England. He married Susan Capen on April 14th, 1624. in Dorchester, Dorset, England. They had one child during their marriage.

Departed Plymonth 20 Mar 1630 and Arrived Plymouth 30 May 1630 on the “Mary and John”.

WILLIAM ROCKWELL was born in England. The parish register of Holy Trinity, Dorchester, England, records the marriage of William Rockwell to Susana [sic] Capen, April 14, 1624. (P) The Rockwell family traces its origin to Sir Ralph De Rockwell, Norman Knight, who accompanied Empress Matilda into England, 1139, where she laid claim to the English throne. He ultimately joined King Henry II, and was given large grants of land in the County of York, England. (P) William Rockwell came to Dorchester, Massachusetts from England, 1630. He was a freeman and Deacon of the Dorchester Congregational Church. He removed to Windsor, Connecticut, where he died May 15, 1640. His wife, Susana Capen, was the daughter of Bernard and Joan (Purchase) Capen. She was born April 5, 1602 at Dorchester, England, and died November 13, 1666 at Windsor, Connecticut.

Baptized Fitzhead, Somersetshire, 6 February 1590/1, son of John and Honor (Newton) Rockwell. (Other sources give the year of baptism as 1591/2.) Came from Dorchester, Dorsetshire to Massachusetts Bay in 1630 on the “Mary & John.” Deacon of the Church. First settled in Dorchester; moved to Windsor in 1638.

She married (2) Windsor 29 May 1645 as his second wife MATTHEW GRANT. She died at Windsor 13 November 1666

Joan Rockwell Baker (1625 – 1683)*

Samuel Rockwell (1631 – 1711)*

William with his wife and three children were a part of the Winthrop delegation of the Puritan emigration sailing from Plymouth England on the "Mary and John" having departed there March 20, 1630, with Captain Squeb, arriving at Nantasket on May 30, 1630. The Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock less than ten years before that date.

William came to America in 1630 on the ship Mary and John. He settled first in Dorchester, Massachusetts and then in Windsor, CT.

Sailed on Mary and John, 1630

“The vessel in which Deacon Rockwell and his passengers came over on the ship ‘Mary and John.’ In those days it was called a large ship of four hundred tons. She sailed from Plymouth, England on March 20th, 1630 with 140 passengers, being 72 days on the passage. The word of God being preached and expounded every day during the passage. Great pains were taken to construct this company as would compose a well ordered settlement. In consequence of some misunderstanding about the place of landing, and having no pilot to take the vessel in, the passengers and all their goods with 16 head of cattle were landed by the ship’s boats near the site of Watertown and later located at Dorchester, Massachusetts.William Rockwell appears to have been a very ardent Christman. The history of Dorchester, Mass. refers to him in a list of gentlemen past middle life, with adult families and good estate as being elected a Deacon in the first church formed by the Rev. William Warham and Rev. John Maverick and their friends in the new hospital at Plymouth, and who came over to Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1630.

The Rev. William Warham had been a prominent minister from Exeter, England and the Rev. John Maverick was a minister of the established church and resided 40 miles from Exeter, England. Deacon William Rockwell was one of the first three ‘selected men’ of Dorchester, Mass. On Nov. 9th, 1630, he was selected one of the jurymen on the trial of Walter Palmer for the murder of Austin Brochus, the first trial by jury in New England. He was one of 24 Freemen who took the Oath of Fidelity May 18th, 1631. He was closely associated with the Rev. Warham and Rev. Maverick, and his fellow Deacon, William Gaylord. He and Rev. Gaylord were appointed administrators on the estate of John Russell in Sept. 1632. He was appointed to lay out the first land grants at Dorchester, and as one of the Deacons of the Dorchester Church, signed all acts and orders of the Plantation prior to 1635. He had land granted to him near Sabin Hill June 27, 1636.

In the printed town record of Dorchester under date of Dec. 17, 1635, he is granted a half acre of ground next Mr. Strongtons ‘near’ the fish house to build him a house on the condition that he ‘goe away’ and leave the Plantation, he shall leave the sayed house and ground to the Plantation in paying him the ‘chardge.’ In 1636, June 22, his house is referred to in the history where Goodman Rockwell now dwells and July 5th, 1636 he had 8 acres given him on Indian Hill. Also mention is made to his ‘lot in the common.’

In some genealogies the town of Dorchester is called Nantasket, an Indian name, but the name was changed to Dorchester, it being the name of the town from which the passengers on the ‘Mary and John’ came from England. The town now called Windsor in Connecticut was formerly called Sunsetting, an old Indian name by which that locality was named.”

Source: Family history researched by Ada Banks


William arrived on the “Mary and John” in 1630 at Boston, Massachusetts or from Fitzhead, Somerset to Windsor, Conn, 1624 (Boyd (President) p56.

William was christened 6 Feb 1591, Holy Trinity Church, Dorchester, Dorset, England. He was buried 15 May 1640, Old Cemetary, Sunsetting, Windsor, CT or Palisado Cemetery, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.

Anderson lists five children: Joan, John, Samuel, Ruth and Sarah. About the extra children incorrectly associated with this family he writes:

"All secondary sources include in this family a son Joseph and a daughter Mary. This is derived from a pedigree prepared in 1731 by Matthew Rockwell, great-grandson of the immigrant [NYGBR 2:99-102]. Mary is said to have married Jeffrey Baker, so this is a simple error for Joan; there is no independent record for a son Joseph, who is in any case said to have died young. There may be some confusion with the children of William Rockwell's brother Richard, who did have a Joseph and Mary among his six children."[1]


Filby, P. William, ed.. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2009. Familysearch.org U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900. Yates Publishing. Gary Boyd Roberts. Ancestors of American Presidents. New England Historic Genealogical Society; Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA; 2009. The great migration begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 - Robert Charles Anderson - P. 1594-1597 Henry Ensign Rockwell, The Rockwell Family in America: A Genealogical Record from 1630 to 1873 (Boston, 1873). Francis Williams Rockwell, The Rockwell Family in One Line of Descent (Pittsfield, MA 1924).

1/4/2015 LOOK UP THE PURITAN MIGRATION TO US-.. Found various information on Capen and Rockwell…also found a site that did their best to confirm passengers that were on some of the 11 ships that came over from England…One being the Mary & John Ship and they listed 3 different lists… one being an “A” list which does show Suan Capen, wife of William Rockwell along with William and two children John and Joan which also coincides with findagrave on these parties and Son Samuel would most likely have been born after they arrived in the US which again matches up. Also shows Susan’s age as 28 which also coincides with her birthdate and landing in US in 1630. Also William’s age of 39. Anyways, I am listing all of the passenger list found from this site as there are other familiar sounding names on that record as well such as Phelps and may be some others: “A” List

Our "A" List of those who were CERTAIN or HIGHLY PROBABLE passengers aboard the ship the Mary and John 1630. However, we have attempted to compile a new list of possible passengers and then rate them as follows:

•Our “A” List – Certain or highly probable

•Our “B” List – Probable

•Our “C” List – Possible

Name Approx. Age From (in England) CLAPP, ROGER 21 Salcombe Regis, Devon COGAN, ELIZABETH wife of John Endicott 23 Chard, Somerset COOK, ARRON 14 Dorchester, Dorset DENSLOW, NICHOLAS 57 Bridport, Dorset

Elizabeth Doling, wife a. 56 Bridport, Dorset Temperance Denslow, daughter 21 Bridport, Dorset Joan Denslow, daughter 15 Bridport, Dorset

DYER, GEORGE a. 51 Dorchester, Dorset

Elizabeth _____, wife a. 50 Dorchester, Dorset Elizabeth Dyer, daughter a. 15 Dorchester, Dorset Mary Dyer, daughter a. 10 Dorchester, Dorset

FORD, THOMAS a. 42 Dorchester, Dorset

Elizabeth Chard, second wife a. 41 Dorchester, Dorset Mary Ford, daughter 17 Dorchester, Dorset Joan Ford, daughter 12 Dorchester, Dorset Abigail Ford, daughter 10 Dorchester, Dorset Hepzibah Ford 4 Dorchester, Dorset

FILER, ANNE probably widow a. 40 Probably Dorset

Katherine Filer a. 12 Probably Dorset Walter Filer a. 11 Probably Dorset

GALLOP, JOHN a. 35 Bridport, Dorset GAYLORD, JOHN a. 30 Probably Somerset GAYLORD, WILLIAM a. 39 Crewkerne, Somerset

____, wife a. 37 Crewkerne, Somerset Elizabeth Gaylord, daughter a. 14 Crewkerne, Somerset William Gaylord, Jr., son 12 Crewkerne, Somerset Samuel Gaylord, son 10 Crewkerne, Somerset

GILLETTE, JONATHAN a. 24 Chaffcombe, Somerset HOLMAN, JOHN 28 Dorchester, Dorset HOSKINS, JOHN a. 45 Probably Dorset

Thomas Hoskins, son a. 10 Probably Dorset

LOMBARD, THOMAS 49 Thorncombe, Dorset

____, wife a. 47 Thorncombe, Dorset Barnard Lombard, son a. 22 Thorncombe, Dorset Thomas Lombard Jr., son 12 Thorncombe, Dorset Joshua Lombard, son 9 Thorncombe, Dorset Margaret Lombard, daughter 6 Thorncombe, Dorset

LUDLOW, GEORGE 33 Dinton, Wilts LUDLOW, ROGER 40 Dinton, Wilts MARSHFIELD, THOMAS a. 30 Exeter, Devon

____, wife a. 28 Exeter, Devon Sara Marshfield, daughter a. 3 Exeter, Devon Samuel Marshfield, son a. 2 Exeter, Devon Mercy Marshfield, daughter a. 1 Exeter, Devon

MAVERICK, REV. JOHN 51 Awliscombe, Devon

Mary Gye, wife 51 Awliscombe, Devon Elias Maverick, son a. 26 Awliscombe, Devon Mary Maverick, daughter 24 Awliscombe, Devon Moses Maverick, son 21 Awliscombe, Devon Abigail Maverick, daughter 17 Awliscombe, Devon Antipas Maverick, son a. 12 Awliscombe, Devon John Maverick Jr., son a. 11 Awliscombe, Devon

PHELPS, WILLIAM a. 35 Crewkerne, Somerset

Ann Dover, wife a. 33 Crewkerne, Somerset William Phelps Jr., son 11 Crewkerne, Somerset Samuel Phelps, son 10 Crewkerne, Somerset Nathaniel Phelps, son 5 Crewkerne, Somerset Joseph Phelps, son 1 Crewkerne, Somerset

ROCKWELL, WILLIAM 39 Dorchester, Dorset

Susan Capen, wife 28 Dorchester, Dorset Joan Rockwell, daughter 5 Dorchester, Dorset John Rockwell 2 Dorchester, Dorset

ROSSITER, EDWARD a. 55 Combe St. Nicholas, Somerset

____, wife a. 53 Combe St. Nicholas, Somerset Nicholas Rossiter, son a. 31 Combe St. Nicholas, Somerset Ann ___, wife of Nicholas R. a. 29 Combe St. Nicholas, Somerset ___, child of Nicholas a. 4 Combe St. Nicholas, Somerset ___, child of Nicholas a. 2 Combe St. Nicholas, Somerset Bray Rossiter, son a. 20 Combe St. Nicholas, Somerset Jane Rossiter, son a. 16 Combe St. Nicholas, Somerset Hugh Rossiter, son, a. 15 Combe St. Nicholas, Somerset Joan Rossiter, daughter a. 14 Combe St. Nicholas, Somerset ___, possible relative or servent - - Combe St. Nicholas, Somerset ___, possible relative or servent - - Combe St. Nicholas, Somerset ___, possible relative or servent - - Combe St. Nicholas, Somerset ___, possible relative or servent - - Combe St. Nicholas, Somerset

SANFORD, FRANCES, widow a. 42 Dorchester, Dorset

Henry Smith, son a. 20 Dorchester, Dorset

SOUTHCOTE, RICHARD a. 40 Devon TERRY, STEPHEN 21 Dorchester, Dorset UPSALL, NICHOLAS a. 30 Dorchester, Dorset

Dorothy Capen, wife a. 25 Dorchester, Dorset

WARHAM, REV. JOHN a. 34 Exeter, Devon

Susanna Gallop, wife a. 32 Exeter, Devon

WAY, HENRY a. 47 Bridport, Dorset

Elizabeth Batchelar, second wife a. 43 Bridport, Dorset Henry Way Jr., son 19 Bridport, Dorset Aaron Way, son 16 Bridport, Dorset George Way, son a. 15 Bridport, Dorset Hanna Way, daughter 15 Bridport, Dorset Susanna Way, daughter 9 Bridport, Dorset Richard Way, son 5 Bridport, Dorset

WILTON, DAVID 21 Beanminster, Dorset WOLCOTT, HENRY 51 Lydiard St. Lawrence, Somerset

Elizabeth Saunders, wife 44 Lydiard St. Lawrence, Somerset Henry Wolcott Jr., a. 20 Lydiard St. Lawrence, Somerset George Wolcott, son a. 15 Lydiard St. Lawrence, Somerset Christopher Wolcott a. 12 Lydiard St. Lawrence, Somerset

BRANKER, JOHN a. 22 Honiton, Devon

Abigail Searle, wife 18 Honiton, Devon

Baptized Fitzhead, Somersetshire, 6 February 1590/1, son of John and Honor (Newton) Rockwell. (Other sources give the year of baptism as 1591/2.) Came from Dorchester, Dorsetshire to Massachusetts Bay in 1630 on the “Mary & John.” Deacon of the Church. First settled in Dorchester; moved to Windsor in 1638. Buried at Windsor 15 May 1640. Married at Holy Trinity, Dorchester, Dorsetshire, 14 April 1624, Susan Capen, daughter of BERNARD CAPEN . She married (2) Windsor 29 May 1645 as his second wife MATTHEW GRANT. She died at Windsor 13 November 1666


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How Not to Loose Track of Your Children

If you are a parent, you have probably had one of those days.  You have one million things on your mind…homework, breakfast, lunch, calendar…somedays, it just too much.

It was a foggy morning in the SF Bay area, or maybe it was just my mind that was foggy, I don’t remember. I do remember that the kids were dressed in their uniforms and waiting for me. I just started parking my car across the street. So, I would go open the gate for the minivan. pull out the minivan. Get out of the car, and close the wrought iron gate. Get back in the car, and drive around the park to pick up the kids.

This particular day, I did all the same things, except I got on the freeway, and was heading to school. As I was getting closer to the school…I thought…the kids are so quiet today. I look in the back seat, no kids. OMG! I forgot my children at home.

I go back home as fast as possible. I wasn’t speeding, just going the fastest speed limit. I pull up to the house, and the kids come out to the mini van laughing. UGH! It would be defeating to punish myself for this one time lack in keeping track of my kids. Now, it’s hysterical, but at the time, it wasn’t as funny. IMG_8765

How could I forget my own children? So, my advice to all younger parents…keep a bell on those little people! LOL!

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Rhone Rangers of Paso

So, recently our winery joined the Rhone Rangers. Since we have several Rhone varieties to share. We offer our Syrah, Petite Syrah, and Grenache Rose. Hopefully in the fall we will have a Rhone Cuvee to offer as well.

I had lunch with an awesome group of people, and the speakers were mostly winemakers. Each one of them gave us a little history about the varietal they were growing, how it was grown, the challenges growing the variety, and how well Paso Robles is suited to grow the variety.

After lunch, we were pouring for the public. There were so many informed consumers of Rhone varieties. It was so much fun to talk to the people, and pour wine for people that knew what the liked, but also willing to try something new from a different terrior then they were used to tasting.

Here are some photos of our event…

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It’s Just Been Bananas Lately…

We have had to move our goats up to the stalls, and then down to the pasture so much lately. Our rains have been lasting for days at a time, so we want to keep the animals dry. Especially the pregnant goats. We have to make sure they are dry, and the bedding is dry…just in case the babies come early.

The orchard is blooming and looking so beautiful, but the ground squirrels are multiplying by the day, and ready for the any fruit that grows on the trees. Until I eliminate the squirrels, I won’t have one apple to eat.


I have an appointment to obtain more queens for our bee boxes, and with all the rain there are so many flowers, and there will be plenty of flowering plants and trees throughout the year. I hope we have a few more rains before the end of the season.

Both of our cows Luna, and her daughter Stella are doing well. Stella will be able to get pregnant in November. I hope that she will be as good as a mother as Luna has been. Luna will also be able to get pregnant come November. We want to buy several heifers in the spring, so we will have a little herd of our own.



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I have several paintings of horses, but this is one of my favorites. A knight sits astride the beautiful palomino. The gleaning of the metal in juxtaposition to the chestnut color of the body of the horse. The sunlight gleams on the metal, and right in the center of the shield for the horse is a sunburst. The golden yellow seems to have it’s own light, which then brings the eye of the spectator to the eye of the horse. Now, the eye of the spectator and the horse are locked…since the eye of the horse is gently looking back at the viewer. The eye of the viewer then follows the elbow up to the top of the canvas. The red color brings the eye back to the bottom of the canvas, looking at the blanket. Christine has done an excellent job of allowing a nice flow for the spectator. the eye is wandering around the canvas, and finding another aspect of the painting that went unnoticed the last time it was viewed. This painting hangs in our family room. The hose peeking at us while we are on the couch. I often find myself checking in on the horse and rider, but let’s not kid ourselves this painting is all about the horse.

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Oso Libre

My husband and I met Chris through another friend. We knew him before we owned a winery ourselves. Roberto and Chris took a trip to our 500 acre ranch, where Chris fell in love with our land. He uses the land for his cows. His cows run on the ranch before they go on to become his famous angus burgers.

His family got the name Oso Libre (which means free bears) from their name… Chris and Linda Behr and one of his sons Jeff Freeland and his wife Elizabeth…with the blend they came up with Oso Libre…pretty cool!

I can personally attest to the quality of the wines. One of my favorites, is the 2014 Volado Viognier, it’s crisp, and dry, yet refreshing. I believe every time I have been over to visit I have to purchase a bottle of it. It goes so well with chicken or fish. Although it is fantastic when paired with a meal, it is good enough to stand alone.

The tasting room is beautifully decorated, and the ambiance is warm and inviting. It is refined elegance! The staff welcomes everyone that comes through the doors.

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Pruning Time

The olive trees need maintenance, just like everything else. This is the time of the year we have to prune all those trees. Their silvery leaves that are billowing in the wind need some trimming. Sometimes, it is a little difficult to find people to do the running since this is also the season to prune for the vines. The climate in this are is perfect for Mediterranean food and faire. It is warm and dry during the day in the summer, and then up to 50 degrees cooler in the evening. Our overall temperatures are very close to southern France. When the averages are compared with the cool nights, our area is a little cooler.

Now, we have had so much rain, and it will impact the flavors of the olives and the grapes. The water from all the rain hasn’t yet soaked into the earth, it’s like a sponge that can’t pick up any more water. The water is just running off, and not being absorbed. This week, we are going to have warm, sunny days, which will allow the some drying before more rains come back to our area. No one is complaining about all the rain, since we really need it to completely recover from our four years of drought. I am so excited to taste the differences in the fruits this year! I’m sure they are ripe with possibilities!

So, what does our olive grove look like now? Here is a photo before the trimming of our Italian variety olive trees.