Name: John J. Rochelle
Change Date: 27 OCT 2002
Note: Three Daughters named in will of son Nathaniel in Sussex Co., p. 149, 11 Nov 1792 . . . Nathaniel Rochell. My two sisters viz Sealey Rochell and Jemima Rochell the land I live on for life or until either of them should marry. Robert Rochell, son of Levy Rochell, the land I live on after the death or marriage of sisters. Nephew John Rochell, son of Hinchey Rochall. Benjamin Rochall, son of John. Sister Mary Knight. My mother, Mary Rochell. Exor: Brother Levy Rochall
Note: Letter by Historian, Col. Wm. Allen Chapter, DAR Richmond, VA 17 Oct 1947. Dear Mrs. REES, In looking through some of my papers yesterday, I came across your letter. My grandmother was Mary ROCHELLE, who was born at the Hermitage which was built by John ROCHELLE, her grandfather. Her grandmother was Mary GILLIAM, whose mother was a HARRISON. John ROCHELLE and Mary GILLIAM had 4 sons: John, Levi, my grandfather, Hinchia and Nathaniel. John married his cousin, Judith GILLIAM, famed for her beauty. Their son John is the Rev. Patriot whose grave was marked. The Hermitage house burned some years since. I also wrote to the Huguenot Org. at Mannikintown and received no further information on the ROCHELLE'S. Most Cordially, Mrs. Robert Harper STEPHENSON, Rose Villa, Littleton, Va. SOURCE-copy of letter from Herschel ROCHELLE to Sloan MASON
Note: DEED - Abraham EVANS and wife Elizabeth, and his mother Sarah EVANS the widow of John EVANS, decd, of Surry Co. to John ROCHELL...100 acres of Surry (being a tract bought by John EVANS, brother of the said Abraham EVANS, from Francis STEED. John EVANS the Younger died leaving Abraham EVANS as his Heir at Law. Abraham EVANS was the eldest son of John EVANS, decd., the Elder and Heir at Law to his Father's 285 acres of land next to the 100 acres of this deed. That land was granted to John EVANS the Elder on 24 Mar 1724 and this 285 acres is also part of this deed to John ROCHELL. Witn. Cornelos LOFTIN, Robert (X) LAND, Moses JOHNSON. Sign: Abraham EVANS Elizabeth EVANS, Sarah (X) EVANS Rec: 21 Jul 1742 Note On 20 Jul. 1743, Elizabeth EVANS relinquished her Right of Dower. p. 59 (p. 31) deed bk. #4 1741-1746
Note: William Rochelle and John Rochelle and wife Mary appeared in Sussex County records beginning 1755.
Note: DEED - Jones LONGBOTTOM of Northampton Co. in NC and William LONGBOTTOM of Surry County to John RACHEL of Surry County for 20 pounds current money...173 acres on south side of Nottoway River and north side of Racoon Swamp in Albermarle Parish and bounded by the Spring Branch, Henry FREEMAN, Jr.; Robert WEBB, Jr., the Great Branch, Robert LAND, and said RACHEL. John LONGBOTTOM Signed Witn: Robert WEBB, Jr., Ansel GILLIAM, and William (X) LONGBOTTOM, Charles (x) GILLIAM, Jr. Rec: 21 April 1752 p. 139 (p. 440) - Deed bk. #6 1749-1753
Note: PATENT John (C) RACHEL of SURRY, 200 ac in BRUNSWICK Co., Va. - Lease and Release April 5/6 1743 from John RACHEL of Surry Co. and Albermarle Par. to Richard COOKE of Southwarke Parish and Surry Co., 200 acres land patented to Said RACHEL, 15 March 1741, Rec 1743, Deed Bk. 2, p. 23. Sign: John (C.) RACHEL
Note: DEED - William and Jones LONGBOTTOM of Albermarle Par. to John ROCHELLE of the same for 30 pounds...2--acres in Albermarle Parish on south side of Nottoway River adjoining Roberts (being land that was surveyed for William LONGBOTTOM, decd., and given in his will to William LONGBOTTOM and Jones LONGBOTTOM.) Wit: John CURTIS, James CHAPPELL, Jr., and Charles BRIGGS Sign: William (X) LONGBOTTOM, Jones (x) LONGBOTTOM. Rec: 21 Nov. 1749 p. 119- (p. 21) Deed bk. #6 1749-1753
Note: Acct of Estate of Richard CLANTON, decd, lists John RACHEL, Col. Richard COCKE, Cornelius LOFTIN, Ralph McGEE, Hinchia GILLIAM, Dr. PEETE, John PAINTER, Thomas BYRAN, Richard PHELPS, Edward CARTER, John HARGRAVE, Henry PRITCHARD, the widow and Howell BRIGGS, adm. Signed: Sam. PEETE, Peter WARREN p. 53 - (p. 806) Deed bk. #9 1738-1754
Note: Witness DEED - Edward SHALTON to Richard RAWLINGS for 10 pds 5 shillings 125 acres on south side of Racoon Swamp and bounded by Henry HOLT, James CARTER, and the Miry Branch. Witn: John RACHEL, Lewis DUNN, Samuel HARWOOD. Sign: Edward SHALTON Rec: 21 Jul 1752 p. 141- (p. 476)- Deed Bk. #6 1749-1753 SOURCE- Surry Co., Va. Deeds and Estate Accounts 1734-1755 by Hopkins. LCC- Kinston NC
Note: John (J) of Surry DEED - 200 ac John RACHEL to Richard COCKES (Lease) This Indenture made the 5th day of April in the year of our Lord Christ 1743, between John RACHEL of the County of Surry and Parish of Albermarle of the one part and Richard COCKE of the Parish of Southwark in the same County of the other part Witnesses that the said John RACHEL for and in consideration of the sum of 5 shillings current money to him in hand . . . bargain and sell unto the said Richard COCKE one certain Tract or parcel of land containing 200 acres lying and being in the Co. of Brunswick on the North side of Bear's Element Creek it being the land which was granted to the said John RACHEL by patent bearing date 15 March 1741. . . therefore on the Last day of the sd year the rent of one pepper corn only if the same be Lawfully demanded to the intent that by virtue of these presents and of the Statute for transferring use into possession the said Richard COCKE may be in actual possession of the premises and enabled to accept a grant of the Indenture thereof to him and his heirs forever and In witness whereof the said John RACHEL hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year above written of. Signed: John ( ) RACHEL (L.S.) At a Court held for Brunswick Co. April 7th 1743. This Indenture was ack. by John RACHEL one of the parties and order'd to be recorded. Teste: This Indenture made the 6th day of April in the year of our Lord Christ 1743 Between John RACHEL of the Co. of Surry and Parish of Albermarle of the one part and Richard COCKE of the parish of Southwark in the same Co. of the other part Witnesses that the said John RACHEL for and in consideration of the sum of 15 pds. current money to him in hand by the said Richard COCKE . . . John RACHEL doth hereby ack. and himself therewith fully satisfied contented and paid and thereof and of every part and parcel thereof & doth clearly acquit and discharge the said Richard COCKE his heirs, excrs. and admors. . . Doth grant bargain sell --- release and confirm unto the said Richard COCKE and to his heirs and assigns for over all that tract of Land which was granted to him the sd. RACHEL by patent bearing date 15 March 1741, situated on the north side of Bear's Element Creek in the Co. containing 200 acres be the same -- for the Term of one year . . . In witness whereof the said John RACHEL hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year above written: Signed: John (J) his mark RACHEL, (L.S.) At a Court held for Brunswick Co. April the 7th 1743 This indenture was ack. John RACHEL one of the parties.
Note: PATENT - John RACHEL, 330 acs. Brunswick Co., adj. EDLOE, 12 Jan. 1746/47, p. 46. 2 lb. SOURCE - 'Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Va. Land Patents and Grants' Vol. 5, 1741-1749, Va. Gen. Society-p. 305, P. Bk. 28
Note: DEED - John RACHEL, 200 acs. Brunswick Co. on the N side of Bear's Element Cr., adj. Mason BISHOP, 15 Mar 1741/42, p. 244. 1 lb. SOURCE - 'Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Va. Land Patents and Grants' Vol. 5, 1741-1749, Va. Gen. Society-p. 17, P. Bk. 20
Note: Appraise Estate of Mary CLANTON - John RACHEL, Richard AVERY, William LOFTING, Appraisers. Inventory Rec 20 Aug 1751
Note: JUROR - John RACHELL -132 Feb. 1755 John CARTER Plt. vs. William RACHELL & Wm. WEATHERS defts. By petition. Abates no inhabitants. -324
Note: Thomas OLIVER Plaintiff vs. Silvanus STOKES def: in case. This day came the parties by their attornies and thereupon came also a Jury (to wit) Henry MOSS, Robert WEBB, John RACHELL, Joseph EXELL, Edward SHELTON, Isaac MASON, Thomas MOORE junior, Jehu BARKER, Thomas ATKINSON, Hinchia GILLIAM, John PENNINGTON junr. and Henry TATUM who being elected tried and sworn the truth to speak upon the issue joined upon their oath do say that the deft. is not Guilty of the nonperformance of the undertaking in the declaration mentioned as in pleading he hath alledged therefore it is consider'd that the plt. take -- -211
Note: DEED: John ROCHEL and wife Mary ROCHEL, to Joseph RENN for 25 pounds...385 acres bounded by Robert WEBB, Jr., the Great Branch and the Spring Branch. Wit: William HINES, Thomas MOORE, Jr., Levi GILLIAM and Henry FREEMAN. (Mary ROCHEL relinquished her Right of Dower.) Sign: John (X) ROCHEL Mary (X) ROCHEL. Recorded 15 Nov 1758 1
FAMILY HISTORY - I. Ralph ROCHELLE 1668 tax list,
II. George ROCHELLE,
III. John ROCHELLE m. Mary GILLIAM- daughter of Hinchi and Harrison Gilliam,
IV. John ROCHELLE m Judith Gilliam, Levi ROCHELLE, Hinchia ROCHELLE, Nathaniel ROCHELLE
V. John & Judith's ch: Benjamin, John, Willis, Clements, Elizabeth, James, Lucy, Mary Rochelle 2
Papers of Mrs. PETERSON, from Mattie Rochelle TYLER - History among those who had made a temporary home thence was one John ROCHELLE, who came with the other Huguenot Exiles, and if Pope be right he soon enjoyed all the joys of sense, healthe, peace and competence, for he acquired a competence and married, Perhaps it is well, that even under the happiest circumstances the spirit of man grows dissatisfied, even him, among the exiles who had found peace, liberty and bounty. His entered, disputes arose, and many left. The Three ROCHELLE brothers sought, other settlement homes - William settled in North Carolina, James went to South Carolina, and John bought of William and James LONGBANOM 212 acres of land on the south side of the Nottoway River in the then Parish of Albermarle- hence he lived and married Mary GILLIAM daughter of Hinchia GILLIAM and his wife Miss HARRISON. They had four sons John, Levi, Hinchia, Nathaniel. John the oldest son married Judith GILLIAM, his cousin, known for her Beauty.
Note: and Hinchea Gilliam, Levi Gilliam witnessed the will of Nathaniel Clanton, 'wife Mary Clanton all of my estate for life. Son Reuben Clanton. Son Nathaniel Clanton. Son William Clanton. Wife is now with child and, if it is a male child, I wish him to be named Holt Clanton. My daughters (not named). Exors: Wife and son Reuben Clanton.' 3
Birth: ABT 1700? in Surry Co., VA
Death: BEF 21 SEP 1759 in Sussex Co., VA
Will: 21 SEP 1759 Sussex Co., VA
They were the parents of nine children: Benjamin, John, William, Clements, Levi, Lucy, Mary, Elizabeth and James. Elizabeth: who will live in History as the mother of the famous soldier George H. THOMAS.
James was born in the year 1786, at an early age he entered the Clerk's Office of his county as Deputy to the then Clerk, Samuel KELLO, in 1815, he was chosen Clerk, and held the Office until his death. On the 19th of April 1817, he married Martha Hines GRAY, widow of Dr. Henry Mitts GRAY- many children were born unto them, but only three lived beyond the early years of infancy: John, Martha and James Henry.
James Henry was born at his fathers homestead near the courthouse, on the 1st day of Nov. 1826. His boyhood was passed in the refining influence of a Va. home, of the opinion when Va. was the garden spot of America. When her daughters were the mothers of presidents, and sons were Statesmen. 'Sons It Sons Reproce' on the 9th of Sept. 1841, he was appt. acting midshipman in the U.S. Navy. Served 6 Months at sea, and then received his warrant as midshipman. (Refer to further material under J. H. ROCHELLE) Commissary in WASHINGTON'S Army in 1781, Rev. War.
Legatees sons Hinchea, Levi, Nathaniel, John; wife Mary Extrx. In the name of God Amen, I John ROCHALL of Sussex Co., being sick and weak in body but of perfect sound mind and memory thanks be to God for the since and knowing the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof make constitute and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following,
in Primis: 1st-I give and recommend my soul and spirit into the hands of God, that gave it to me in sure and certain hopes to receive the same at the general resurrection and my body to be buried at the direction of my God's hereafter and as for what termperal goods it hath pleased God to bless me with I dispose of in manner and form following:
Item I - I give and bequeath unto my son Hinchy ROCHEL all my lands that is lying and being above the mouth of the branch common called by and known by the name of Hals Branch it lying also on both sides of the Little Swamp containing by est. 239 acres to him the said Hinchy ROCHEL his heirs and asigns forever.
Item 2 - I give and bequeath to my son Levi ROCHEL all my land that lying being on the north side of the Little Swamp and also lying between the land Hals Branch and the Meadow Branch containing by estimation 140 acres to him the said Levi ROCHEL his heirs and assigns forever.
Item 3 - I give and bequeath unto my son Nathaniel ROCHEL my plantation I now live on with about 160 acres of land there unto adjoining and belonging and all the appurtenances the said plantation belonging or in any wise appertaining to him the said Nathaniel ROCHEL his heirs and assigns forever.
Item 4 - I give and bequeath unto my son John ROCHELL one negro boy named DAVEE to him the said John ROCHELL his heirs and assigns forever.
Item 5 - I lend to Mary ROCHELL my wife one negro man named TONY and one negro girl named JUDE during her natural life.
Item 6 - I lend to Mary ROCHELL my wife all the rest and remainder of my estate during her widowhood and at the death of Mary ROCHEL my wife my will and desire is that all the estate that I lend to Mary ROCHELL my wife should be equally divided amongst my children.
Item 7 - My will and desire is that this my estate should be inventoried but not appraised.
Item 8 - I do nominate and appoint Mary ROCHELL my wife my sole executor of this my last will and testament, revoking annulling and making void all former wills and testaments by me at any time here to forever made.
Wit: Silvanus STOKES, Levi GILLIAM, Cinnelol Loftin
Signed and Sealed: John ROCHELL (X) His mark
At a court held for Sussex Co., VA the 21st day of Sept. 1759 The aforewritten Last Will and Testament of John ROCHELL, decd presented in court by Mary ROCHELL the exec. therein named who made oath thereto according to law and the same was proved by the oathes of Levi GILLIAM and Cornelius LOFTIN, two of the witnesses thereto and by the court ordered to be recorded and on the motion of the said exec. certificate is granted her for obtaining a probate thereof in due form. A. CLAIBORNE, Clerk.
Inventory of Estate, 19 Oct 1759
Father: George Rochelle b: BEF 1647 in France
Mother: Elizabeth Rogers b: ABT 1650 in England
Mary Gilliam b: ABT 1725? in VA
in Sussex Co., VA
- John Rochelle Jr. b: 26 SEP 1746 in Albemarle Par., Sussex Co., VA
- Celi or Selah Rochelle b: 06 FEB 1748 in Albemarle Par., Sussex Co., VA
- Mary Rochelle b: 30 SEP 1749 in Albemarle Par., Sussex Co., VA
- Hinchea Rochelle b: 18 JUN 1751 in Albemarle Par., Sussex Co., VA
- Jemima Rochelle b: 09 NOV 1753 in Albemarle Par., Sussex Co., VA
- Levi Rochelle b: 19 JAN 1755 in Albemarle Par., Sussex Co., VA
- Nathaniel Rochelle b: 15 JUN 1758 in Albemarle Par., Sussex Co., VA
- Title: Sussex County, Virginia, Deed Books A-E, 1754-March 1779
Abbrev: Sussex Co. VA Deed Books A-E
Author: William Lindsay Hopkins
Page: p. 31 (Book A, p. 341)
- Title: Rochelle history by Mrs. Shands, last living descendant of her line, copied from Kitty Futrell of Southampton Co., VA, 1991, by Sloan Mason
Abbrev: Rochelle history by Mrs. Shand
- Title: Sussex Co., Virginia Wills
Abbrev: Sussex Co. VA Wills
Page: Book A, p. 128
- Title: Sussex Co., Virginia Wills
Abbrev: Sussex Co. VA Wills
Page: Book A, pp. 142, 145