Saturday, October 31, 2009

Mary Elizabeth (Rockwell) Flora - Daughter of John & Rebecca Rockwell


FLORA - Mary Elizabeth, daughter of John and Jennie Smith Rockwell, was born Oct. 23, 1889, in Knox County, near Mount Vernon, Ohio. One of seven children, she spent her early years in and near her birthplace. While young in life she joined the Church of her choice, the Old German Baptist, to which she remained faithful.
She was united in marriage with Noah Henry Flora on Aug. 11, 1914. To this union were born 10 children, 2 of whom died in infancy. She with her companion were called to the office of Visit in 1942, which she well filled as long as she was able.
Her husband preceded her in death on Oct. 18, 1954, leaving here to care for herself for almost 17 years. The last 4 were spend in the Allen County Home. She broke her hip and had several times become real low. Twice she called for the anointing as instructed by James, which brought her much comfort, and she would gain strength for a little while. In her last confinement she was in bed one week, and then in the hospital 1 1/2 days. Her nature was to be very patient in her afflictions, always looking on the bright side to a goal ahead. She passed to the Great Beyond on July 11, 1970, at 12:55 a.m., in Memorial Hospital, Lima, Ohio, at the age of 80 years, 8 months, and 18 days.
She leaves to mourn her passing 8 children: Harvey, Earl, Carl, Hazel, Francis, Donald, Kenneth, and Robert; 42 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers: John D. and Sharon J. Rockwell; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Two grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters preceded her in death. She has fought a good fight and finished her course, and her victory is won as the angels beckoned and she answered the call.
Funeral services were conducted on July 13, at 2:00 p.m., at the Ash Grove church, by the home brethren. Hymns used were 498, 393, 399, 411, 403. Text: Philippians 1:21. Burial was made in the church cemetery.

The Family
(Reprinted from the Vindicator)

John Daniel Rockwell - Son of John & Rebecca Rockwell

ROCKWELL - John Daniel, son of John Daniel and Sister Jennie (Smith) Rockwell, was born April 25, 1892, near Mt. Vernon, Knox Co., Ohio.
He was baptized into the Old German Baptist Church at the age of 17, which Faith he lived and taught to the end. While young in years, he left his isolated home, with the earnest teachings of a Christian mother, to be near and among the brethren. He found and enjoyed this fellowship in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Indiana, living near North Manchester since 1940.
In 1913 he was united in marriage with Sister Lora Flora in Wisconsin. This union was terminated by her death in 1923.
He was again united in marriage with Sister Laura Bainter, March 3, 1928, near Goshen, Ind. This union was blessed with 2 children.
On Feb. 26, 1976, he departed this life at the age of 83 years, 10 months, and 1 day.
He is survived by his companion; their children, Brother Delbert and Sister Dolores Gish; 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and 1 brother, Brother Sharon. Preceding him in death were 2 brothers and 3 sisters, Clyde, Robert, Hattie Beckhold, Sister Mary Flora, and Nellie Lehman.
Funeral services were conducted by the brethren at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 29, at the North Manchester meeting house. The text was taken from 2 Tim. 4:1-8. Hymns used were 488, 451, and 499. Burial was made in the cemetery nearby, where hymns 403 and 463 were used.

The Family

Reprinted from The Vindicator

John Henry Rockwell & Rebecca Jane Smith

Ronald "Ron" Flora - Great Grandson of John & Rebecca Rockwell

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Carl and Sarah Flora - Grandson of John & Rebecca Rockwell

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Donald & Marcille Flora - Grandson of John & Rebecca Rockwell

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Daniel Smith Obituary

Vindicator Obituary October 1906

Smith.-Daniel Smith was born in Knox Co., Ohio, Oct 23, 1825; died Aug. 21, 1906, aged 80 yrs. and 10 months, less two days. He leaves a wife, three sons and three daughters. He was a member of the Old Brethren Church and was faithful: Though isolated and alone, he never murmured, but his life was one of childlike simplicity. He said, "Do not worry, for it is well with me." He was laid to rest in the Miller cemetery to await the resurrection. The last chapter of Revelation and the fourth of 1 Thess. were read at his funeral.
Jennie Rockwell
Mt. Vernon, Ohio. Daughter.

Jennie Smith Rockwell Obituary


ROCKWELL-Jennie Smith Rockwell was born in Knox Co., Ohio, June 10, 1856. Departed this life, July 27, 1915, aged 59 years and 17das. She was united in marriage with John Rockwell in 1872. To this union were born 5 sons and 3 daughters all of whom survive except one son who died in infancy. She united with the church in early life and though much isolated lived faithful until death. Her disease was acute anemia. The funeral was preached in the Beaver Creek church Wisconsin from Job 14th chapter by the undersigned.

Abram Fisher

(Reprinted from THE VINDICATOR)