Eliza Ann [Taber] and Seth B. Rockwell
- Eliza [1818-1881] and Seth  both born in New York along
with their children
- Jesse D. [1841-1897] married Mary E [ -1897] both buried
at Weeping Water NE
- Orris T. 
- Calvin B. [1846-1881]
- Daniel  [in 1930 census Father-in-law to Hugh O'Brien,
wife Ethel O.  and brother-in-law Sylvanius D. Rockwell
 at Center, Cass, NE]
- Abraham [1850-1917] or Abram M. [married 1882 Mary A. Maple,
[1863 -1927] her parents were William Maple and Martha Ann Jenkins]
see obit below.
- In 1860 this Rockwell clan was together in Toulon, Stark
County Illinois. Then 1870 at North Bend, Dodge County Nebraska,
where Seth was a hotel keeper and the boys were brick makers.
Moved again in 1877 to Cass County Nebraska.
- Obit from Weeping Water newspaper: Abraham M. ROCKWELL born
Dec. 5, 1850, Saratoga Co., N.Y. Settled on a farm [2.5] miles
northwest of Weeping Water in 1877. Moved with his wife and family
to Mary, Chase Co., NE. in 1910. Of a family of five brothers.
One survived him: Daniel (Manley, NE) Twelve children, three
deceased: William O., Abraham C., and Mrs. Orren Pierce [Pearl]
(formerly of Imperial, Chase Co., NE). Surviving children
Walter C. ROCKWELL, Syracuse, NE
Mrs. J. S. SIPPLE, (Adda F.) Ord, N E  [Mr Sipple was railroad
engineer, family in Grand Island for 1920 and 1930 census]
Susan ROCKWELL, Ord, NE
Steven ROCKWELL, Elmwood, NE
Mrs. Frank BOKELMAN [Laura] Pueblo, CO
- Jesse [Dean] ROCKWELL, Denver, CO [born 1896 wife Emma H.
children Eileen C. and Doris J. died 1973 California]
Gifford ROCKWELL, Teinstein, CHINA
- Benjamin ROCKWELL, Gering, NE 
Louis [Edger] ROCKWELL, Loveland, CO  [Mary and sons Jesse,
Benjamin and Louis were in Grand Island NE for 1920 census]
- The Rockwell homestead about 1903 north of Weeping
- Pictured from left, Walter [or William], Steve,
Sue, Jess, Mary Ann & Abraham [seated], Laura, Gifford.
- In wagon, Ben, Adda and Pearl. [picture
from Jodi Govig]
Maria Louise [Whiffen] and Calvin B. Rockwell
- Maria [1846-1910] parents were Jane Victoria [McBeth] and
David Whiffen. Married to Calvin [1846-1881] in 1866 in Illinois,
and later joined up with Seth at North Bend Nebraska with 2 children
in 1870 census, both born in Iowa.
- Jesse David [1868-1923]
- Maude Ada [1869 - 1960]
- In 1880 they show as C.B. and Maria L. Rockwell, still at
Dodge County NE. Birdie [1877-1970] born in Nebraska. Calvin
served in Civil War, enlisting in 1864 for A Battery, 2nd Regiment
Illinois Light Artillary, at age 19 in Peoria Illinois. In the
1890 veterans schedule his widow is listed as Maria L Cannon
living in Lincoln NE. The 1885, Nebraska mid-term census found
the 3 children Jesse, Maude and Birdie Rockwell are in Weeping
Water NE with mother Maria Cannon. Calvin had died walking home
in a severe blizzard in February 1881. Maria then married Alexander
S. Cannon  in 1884 at Dodge County NE, and had another
son, Harry G. Cannon [1885-1949] in Weeping Water. They moved
to Lincoln soon afterwards.
- Birdie was still at home in 1900 census, she married in 1903
to John M. Snowden  a grocery store manager in Lincoln
NE. One son, John Kenneth [1910-1980]. Birdie was active in the
Eastern Star and Daughters of Civil War Veterans. Birdie also
served on the first jury in Lancaster County to include women,
December 4, 1944. Maude married Beard and moved to Los Angeles,
California where she was a dress maker to the motion picture
Hannah Sophia [Peterson] and Jesse David Rockwell
- Hannah  was from Sweden, Jesse [1868-1923] was born
in Iowa with mother and father from New York. Married 1894 they
had 5 children-
- Warren Shelly, born 1898 in Kansas City KS [according to
1917 draft registration at Valparaiso NE] died 1959. He served
in the military and married Frances  in 1925. For 1930
census living in Los Angeles as a chauffer and housekeeper for
Vera Gerdeman and son Hart, a teacher from Russia. Frances parents
were from Germany.
- Irene Beauty, born 1899 in Missouri, married to Russell Kaltenbach
a telegraph operator for the railroad at Valparaiso, divorced
by 1929 and later married Ming See and lived in Hollywood California.
- Jannet Bethel, born 1906 died 1908, age 15 months.
- Halloween Marcia, born 1908 in Nebraska died 1992 in Lincoln.
She married George W. Macoy  in 1936 and later Jack Wohlbrandt
[1902-1978]. One daughter, Hally Irene Macoy  married Richard
- David Jesse, born 1910 in Nebraska, died 1989 in Tempe
- Birth locations above extracted from the 1920 Census taken
at Valparaiso NE.
- The 1900 Census has Jesse married 5 years but boarding by
himself at the house of William R. Slocum in Kansas City MO,
apparently at temporary work as a watchman. Hannah, Warren and
Irene were at Pierce, Missouri for the census. The family was
together again for the 1910 census, at Lincoln NE where Jesse
owned a grocery store. After David was born, they went to Willow
Springs Missouri, where he was christened. Jesse's fortunes did
not do well there, so he moved to Valparaiso
NE where he operated a restaurant to service the UPRR traffic.
- Valparaiso was a major hub for the Union Pacific Railroad
in the period of 1910 to 1925. Passenger trains would leave Omaha
at 2 pm arrive Valparaiso 4 pm then get to Grand Island at 6:30
pm. The return left Grand Island at 6 am, arrive Valpairaiso
at 9 am and then get to Omaha at 11:30 am. Freight trains ran
the circuit from Central City to Grand Island, and Council Bluffs
to Beatrice. In addition to being on the transcontinental route,
Valparaiso was on the Omaha to Kansas City freight line that
often carried 100 cars a day.
- Valparaiso Station
- Jesse died and Hannah, Halloween (known to the family as
"Bobbie") and David moved to Lincoln NE. Hannah was
super at an appartment building and David ushered at the theater.
- Bobbie became student nurse at the Dr Benjamin Family Sanitorium.
a rather large facility in 1930. It started as a medical school,
and in 1900 was purchased by Dr Benjamin Bailey who made one
dormatory into a general hospital and the other into a mental
health sanitorium. In 1924 he died and partner Dr May Flannigan
continued to run the facility until 1958. She was 93 years old
and donated it to the Beneditine Catholic Order and it is now
know as the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital. Its long time director
Sister Phyllis Hunhoff was honored in December 2005 by University
of Nebraska-Lincoln with an honorary doctor of humane letters
degree and she gave the fall commencement address.
- Macoy was a Burlington Railroad [CB&Q] family. George's
parents were Leslie and Lottie. Leslie was a conductor, George
himself was a brakeman and his older brother Leslie Earl eventually
advanced to Chief Timekeeper when he died in 1958. George also
had two sisters, Nina Pritchard and Louise Hugelman. Leslie Earl
was married to Helen F. Bertwell with daughter born 1922, Joan
- Hally Irene [Macoy] Sullivan
- There is an Irene B. Rockwell, living as lodger in Los Angeles
in the 1930 census, occupation artist. Age  and parent data
[Nebraska] does not match precisely but close enough to be considered.
"Also, my aunt Irene died near/in Santa Fe, New Mexico,
where she lived her last few years as an artist in a dome shaped
house she designed herself. I never saw it but my brother Jerry
was there several times and helped her move to New Mexico where
she had some artist friends." - Joan [Rockwell] Brannigan
Marjorie Helen [Dean]
and David Jesse Rockwell
- Marge married Dave in August 1936, she was a University of
Nebraska graduate with degree in education. 2 children,
- Joan Dianne Brannigan [1943 -]
- Jerry David Rockwell [1946-].
- Dave [1910-1989] retired from a long career as typesetter
for the Nebraska Farm Journal in Lincoln and then moved
to Kearney NE to operate the Shady Lane Motel for several years
before settling in Phoenix AZ.
- Marge, right, was a member of the Broken Bow HS Drama
Club in 1927.
- Left is Irene Foster, a coat-tail cousin, daughter
of Leota and Lon.
Joan Dianne [Rockwell] and Lawrence Harlan
- Joan married Larry in 1965 at Lincoln NE, where she was born.
Joan also went to University of Nebraska earning a BA in music
education in 1965, and later graduated from the Peabody Teachers
College of Nashville TN with Master of Music in vocal music.
She sang several seasons with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Chorus. It was a common interest in literature that they met
originally at the Delian Union. Clark Gustin was a writer and
a leader in the Delian Union at the time. Clark
and Thelma Gustin were friends of both Marge and my
folks as well.
- Larry  was another NU graduate with BS in chemistry
1964, MS 1966 and later took a PHD from Vanderbilt University,
Nashville TN. He was originally from Hastings NE and an accomplished
research chemist and instructor, currently retired.
- Joan remembers from her early days in Lincoln-
- "We had all kinds of men come around to our house when
I was growing
up. There are few of these men left. There never were any women.
- We had a fruit and vegetable salesman who came around once
with his horse and cart. His name was Tony. He was a big Italian
who sold us fruits and vegetables. He was fun because he would
always give the kids one free piece of fruit.
- We also had a milk man who came in a truck. We would set
bottles out by the front door and if you put out three empty
you would get back three full bottles. The bottles were kept
small wooden box so they would stay cool. Before we all started
drinking skim milk, the milk would come separated with the fat
to the top of the liquid. You had to shake it to mix it back
Larry remembers getting non colored margarine during WWII that
white and had a yellow dye capsule which came with it. One had
them to get yellow margarine.
- When I was very little, we didn't have a refrigerator. We
wooden ice box. A man came every few days, walked into our back
room and added more ice to the ice box. Later on when we got
refrigerator, my dad built our ice room/back porch into and eating
area in the kitchen.
- Also, back in the day, when I was a small child, we had a
furnace. A coal man would come weekly to the house and there
chute on the side where later we put a basement window. He would
coal into the chute. It went into an area near the furnace. Then
dad would go to the basement and throw the coal into the furnace
keep a fire going there which warmed the house. This memory is
pretty vague but I think that is what I remember.
- We also had a knife sharpener/scissors sharpener guy who
once every summer. He would yell out, "Knives sharpened"
and all the
mothers would bring out their scissors and knives they needed
- We also had some strange pets in our neighborhood. One family,
without kids, had a porcupine. They kept it tied on a rope that
could move up and down a laundry line. We could not touch it
- We also had one neighbor who raised a few chickens and had
I always loved the rooster crow in the morning.
- One other neighbor raised minks in their basement. They had
of pens. They sold them for the fur.
- That reminds me of another neighbor who made his own rootbeer
basement. Sometime he would share with neighborhood kids but
very often. Sometimes the lids would pop off and send a sound
gun shot from his basement.
- My mom and dad made candles for a couple of years. They made
old milk cartons. They filled the cartons with cracked ice and
poured in the wax and then the candles were all frilly. They
very pretty. One year they made enough for a candlelight service
church and they put them in each window. It was a passing fad
for a couple of years."
- Joan in March 2005. I was taking classes at Harris
Broadcast, Quincy IL.
- Susan Lynda Brannigan  married in 1993 and divorced
from David Aspinwall in St. Louis. She graduated from the New
England Conservatory of Music in 1994 at Boston MA.
- Lisa Deanna Brannigan  born in Nashville TN. BA degree
in music from Cornell University 1996 and then JD from Columbus
School of Law at Catholic University 2000.
- Sue, Lisa, and Larry Brannigan at Nationals ballgame,
- Foster son, Joe Sam Hye  born in St. Louis MO. He currently
is a member of Peace Corps on assignment in Thailand.
Joan W. and Jerry David Rockwell
- Jerry is a former golf pro at Scottsdale Country Club and
runs JDR Tours in Arizona.
Anyone want to take a bus ride? Daughters are Delaney and Malory
- Jerry at the JDR office
Information for this page was taken not only from census records
but recollections of Joan [Rockwell] Brannigan and additional
research by Colleen Brannigan. Webmaster Larry
Dean suggestions and contributions welcome.