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  • ID: I2529
  • Name: John Rochelle Jr.
  • Title: Capt.
  • Sex: M
  • Change Date: 16 JUN 2005
  • Note: COURT - John ROCHELLE, state of Va. and wife Judith of Southampton Co, to Mathew WILLS, $50, 150 acres, 1/2 of tract on East side of Chowan River opposite Meherren River, beginning at marked pine in Henry COPLAND'S land, down river to cypress at mouth of small creek, up creek to black gum; land formerly held by John ODOM, who conveyed to Benjamin BAKER and Abraham COLE 22 Feb. 1787, and said COLE devised his half to his son James, who sold to said ROCHELLE 13 Dec. 1789. Open Court May 1790 signed: John ROCHELL, Judith ROCHELL A Commission to Issue to the Co. of Southampton, Va. to take the private exam. of Judith ROCHELL wife of John ROCHELL her free consent in conveying certain lands by deed from the said John ROCHELL and Judith ROCHELL to Mathew WILLS. 18 Dec.1792- bk. 3, p.176 between David CROSS and wife Penelope to John ROCHELL of Southampton Co.,Va., paid 60 pds for 5 acres located on the east side of the Chowan River. Deed of Sale-Gates Co., NC p. 10- May 1794-Deed of sale of land -David CROSS and uxr to John ROCHELL proved by oath of Wm. WATSON. SOURCE - 'Minutes of County Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, Gates Co., NC 1794-1799,Vol. I by Raymond P. FONTS
  • Note: TAX LIST - Shadrack RUTLAND for ROCHELL'S land, 780 acres SOURCE - 'Halifax Co., NC Tax Lists, Vol. IV,' by David GAMMON
  • Note: DEED James COLE of Nansemond Co., Va. to John ROCHELLE of Southampton Co., Va., for 100 pds, 1/2 interest in a parcel of 150 acres in which James COLE inherited from Abraham COLE lying in Gates Co., NC, formerly Hertford Co., beginning on E side of Chowan River at marked pine near Henry COPELAND'S land, down river to cypress at mouth of small creek, to forked maple, thence to black gum near main road, bounded by road, to a marked pine, a corner tree, to a black gum... Witn.John GILES, Mary GREEN, Elender GILES, Sign: James COLE May Ct. 1790 . SOURCE- 'Minutes of County Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, Gates Co., NC - 1794-1799, Vol. I- by Raymond P. FONTS. Book 2, p. 139 Co., and 'Gates Co., NC Land Deeds 1776-1795, Vol I' by Tay
  • Note: DEED State of NC to Henry MONTFORT and John PONNS-180 acres, joining ROCHELL, David LANE, John RICKS, John PONNS 1 Aug. 1794 SOURCE - 'Deeds of Halifax Co., NC 1786-1796' by S. BRADLEY, Db.17 1363-(660), NC no. 284
  • Note: DEED - John ROCHELL of Southampton Co.,Va., Sarah JACKSON, Drewry BEAL and wife Mary, David SPENCER and wife Mary, and Ezekill SPENCER and wife Ann, and Jesse SPENCER and wife Rachel of Johnston Co., NC. Deed Book 7 p. 282 SOURCE- Olde Dobbs Trail- Apr, May, June 1993, Vol. 8 nos. 10, 11, 12
  • Note: of Southampton Co. VA bought 250 acres from Henry MONTFORT of Halifax Co. VA for 750 pounds, half of the land called 'the old court house land' on S. side of Conconary Swamp, joining Barney's Branch, the land which Joseph MONTFORT had purchased from Simeon WAD, Wm. RICHMOND, Paul PATRICK, Henry MONTFORT. Witn: A. DAVIS, J. CRAVEN. Feb. Crt. 1785. Examined by John JUSTICE, Esq., Sarah MONTFORT relinquished her right of dower. CC: Wm. WOOTTEN, P. R. Jno. GEDDY 1
  • Note: DEED Richard BAKER of Nansemond Co., VA, to John ROCHELL of Southampton Co. VA --100 pds--150 acres, which Benj. BAKER and Abraham COLE purchased from John ODOM 23 Sept. 1770, lying in part of Gates Co., formerly part of Hertford Co., on East side of Chowan River beginning at marked pine near Henry COPELANDS land, down river to a cypris at mouth of small creek, up creek to black gum near Main Road and bounded by road, to marked pine, a corner tree, to black gum... Richard BAKER of Nansemond Co.,Va. Elisha DARDEN, John MCCABE, Jacob DAUGHTREE, Peter FIVEASH, Nov. Ct. 1787
  • Note: DEED Richard BAKER and John ROCHELLE of Southampton Co.,Va., 150 acres located in part of Gates Co.,formerly part of Hertford Co., on the eastern side of the Chowan River which sold for the sum of 100 pds. SOURCE-'Minutes of County Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions-Gates Co., NC-1794-1799,Vol.I, p. 342, by Raymond P. FONTS
  • Note: WILL & ADM of CLEMENTS, Benjamin, Jr., decd 1788 - Paid Thomas GILLIAM, Jr. guardian of Thomas C. GILLIAM as by decree of the Southampton court; to John ROCHELLE as per decree; to William URQUHART, Ex. Rec. 11 Sept. 1794 p. 641
  • Note: of Southampton Co. VA bought 200 acres from Henry MONTFORT of Halifax Co. for 600 pounds. 200 acres where Joel LANE had lived, on S. side of Coconary Swamp, joining David LANE, and a tract which Joel LANE had acquired 3 Jan 1772. Henry MONTFORT. Wit: A. DAVIS, J. CRAVEN, Feb. Crt. 1785. CC: Wm. WOOTEN. P.R. Jno. GEDDY 2
  • Note: DEED - John ROCHELL to Joseph BRITT, 96 acres -Nansemond Co., Va.- Southampton Co., Va. SOURCE-'Southern Colonial Families' Vol.I
  • Note: court order that John ROTCHEL and negroes BEN, DAVID, JAMES and DAVY be added to Henry TAYLOR'S list of Tythes 3
  • Note: COURT- Will of Thomas GILLIAM, Proved by John ROCHELL. Wit: Levy ROCHELL
  • Note: Estate of GRESWITT, Wm. - Appraised by Abram MITCHEL, Thomas LAWRENCE and John ROCHELL. Rec. 14 Feb. 1782. p. 362
  • Note: Estate of VICK, Samuel. Appraised by Drewry BEAL, John ROCHELLE and Jeremiah DRAKE. Rec. 5 Feb. 1786. p. 172
  • Note: Estate of VICK, Shadrack, appraised by John ROCHELLE, Jeremiah DRAKE, and Drewry BEAL, D. 28, Nov. 1788. Rec. 11 Sept. 1789, p. 327 SOURCE-P. 117-Wills and Adms. of Southampton Co., Va. 1775-1800 Bk.II, by Chapman, 1958
  • Note: FAMILY HISTORY- Shipbuilder and merchant at South Quay. He had storehouses there and imported goods from Europe. Reported by Judith THOMAS, from Diary of Capt. James ROCHELLE. SOURCE - 1782 Letter written, July 1782 at Edenton, copied from William and Mary Univ.,1989
  • Note: TAXES - John ROCHELL to Joseph BRITT - 96 acres. SOURCE- 'Nansemond Co., Va. Land Taxes'
  • Note: bequeathed in father John ROCHELL's will, Item 4, unto my son John ROCHELL one negro boy named DAVEE to him the said John ROCHELL his heirs and assignes forever 4
  • Note: Brother-in-law's estate: Account of Estate of Philip HARWOOD, Dec'd by Sela HARWOOD, adm., shows payments to Charles BARHAM, Gray JUDKINS, Joseph SCOTT, and William SCOTT, John RACHEL, Daniel HARWOOD, Daniel EPPES, Richard HILL, John BERYMAN, James GREENWAY, Thomas PEETE, Jesse WILLIAMSON and Arthur WILLIAMSON, Thomas BARHAM, Jr., James BELL, John HILL, John STURDIVANT, Thomas NEWSUM and John CARGILL. 19 Dec. 1776. SOURCE-Sussex co.,Va. Will Book C. 1772-1785 - Georgia State Archives
  • Note:
    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.
    SOURCE - by Kitty Futrell of Southampton Co., Va, 1991, copied by Sloan Mason from records of Mrs. SHANDS last living descendant of the ROCHELLES.
  • Note:
    Ordered that John ROCHELLE, Person WESTBROOK, and negroes Davy, Ben, Sam, George, Hannah and Tabb be added to Alb. JONES list of tithables.
    An indenture of feoffment? between Howell WHITTINGTON and Rebecca his wife of the one part and John ROCHELLE of the other part on a mem. of livery of seison?
    An indendenture of bargain and sale betw. Jesse CAPER? and John ROCHELLE, rec. 5
  • Birth: 26 SEP 1746 in Albemarle Par., Sussex Co., VA
  • Note: per Register, John son of John RACHEL and wife Mary, born 26 Sep [1746, in Bible record], christened 8 Oct 1746; gdpts. John GILLIAM, Burrell GILLIAM, Eliza LOFTING 6 7 8
  • Census: 1787 Southampton Co., VA
  • Note: 'Petition to build a tobacco warehouse' of inhabitants of Nansemond, Southampton and counties adjacent, under the disadvantage of transporting their tobacco a long distance to get ot the nearest inspection: which is 25 miles below South Quay and in consequence of which great quantities are carried to the inspections on Meherren River in NC -- Below are names of those who signed the petition. Names which appeared in Southampton are marked with a 'S'. John ROCHELLE- Nathl. ROCHELL. SOURCE - '1787 Census of Va., Nansemond County' by Yantis and Love
  • Residence: BEF 1794 'The Hermitage', Southampton Co., VA
  • Note: and owned fisheries on Chowan and Meherrin Rivers, lands in Sussex Co., Va. and Halifax Co, NC, 'several plantations thereon ' (ref: his will proven 10th day of April, 1794. Described by Landowner Mr. BLYTHE, 'The Hermitage' chimney had 4 fireplaces, and the ceiling had open beams 16 inches square. Mr. BEALE also said two old stones from John ROCHELLE'S grist mill are in the church grounds of a nearby church. SOURCE-record of phone conversation 1979 with Herschel ROCHELLE, from Sloan Mason
  • Burial: APR 1794 St. Luke's Par., Southampton Co., VA
  • Note: On land owned by Mr. BLYTHE in 1979. Tombstone 'John ROCHELLE -Capt. Comsy-Va. Troops, Rev. War.' Mr. Beale of Handsom, Va. in a phone conversation with Herschel ROCHELLE thinks there may be more stones there, but none standing. He stated many stones were there when he was a boy. SOURCE-record of Herschel ROCHELLE from Sloan Mason
  • Death: APR 1794 in Southampton Co., VA
  • Will: 10 APR 1794 St. Luke's Par., Southampton Co., VA
  • Note:
    Written 13 Feb 1794, In the name of God amen, I John ROCHELL of the Parish of St. Lukes and Co. of Southampton, being sick and weak of body but of sound mind and memory thanks be given to Almighty God, for the same do make and constitute this my last will and testament in form and manner following:
    Imprimis: I lend to my loving wife Judith the use of all my lands and plantations in Southampton Co. as also all my personal estate. Bonds, notes and private accounts during her life or widowhood to use the same and profits therof after payments of my debts as she may think proper, but should she marry, I give liberty to make use of such timber only on the land and tenements as is sufficient for the use of the Plantations.
    I also lend my wife Judith the use of all my slaves for the term of twenty years or till marriage for the support of herself and the education and support of my children but should she marry or survive the term of twenty years from the date hereof in either case, I lend her the use of the following slaves only, viz SAM, DICK, FRANK, GREAT NED, DAVY, OLD HANNAH, TABB, LUCY, PATIENCE, YOUNG HANNAH and EASTER.
    My desire further is that should my said wife marry or survive the term of twenty years all my negroes not herein particularly named shall be hired out for the common benefit of ALL MY CHILDREN that in the town of Petersburg Prince Town, as also my fisheries on the Chowan and Meherrin Rivers.
    My Will is that they be rented out yearly and the profits arising therefrom be divided equally between my wife and such of my children as may be then living, but my will further is that in renting out my lands in Sussex Co., Va. and Halifax Co, NC. No timber shall be made use of more than for the necessary support of the several plantations theron, nor any more lands cleared on either.
    Lastly, at the decease of my wife, Judith, my will is that the whole of my estate that is then left be equally divided between such of my children as may be then living or the heirs of such as be dead, if any draw a parents part.
    I hereby appoint my brother Levi ROCHELLE Exec. of this my last Will and Test. allowing him 5% for trouble in settling my estate or should he die before my estate is settled, I appt. my friend James BUTTS to succeed him as my exec. to whom I allow the same 5% for what part shall remain unsettled.
    In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 13 day of Feb. 1794. John ROCHELLE (SEAL). Wit: Geo. GURLEY Jeremiah DRAKE Stephen HANDCOCKE.
    At a court held for the Co. of Southampton the 10th day of April, 1794. This Will was proved by the oaths of Geo. GURLEY, Jeremiah DRAKE and Stephen HANDCOCK, the Witn. thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Levi ROCHELLE the Exec. Therein named who made oath and probate is granted him in due form giving security whereupon ack. Sam KELLO Clerk.
    SOURCE - Will Book 4, p. 621-Southampton Co., Clerk of Courts Office

    Father: John J. Rochelle b: ABT 1700? in Surry Co., VA
    Mother: Mary Gilliam b: ABT 1725? in VA

    Marriage 1 Judith Gilliam b: ABT 1752?
    • Note: mention of John Rochelle's orphans. This implies that he left Judith with minor children, but their names were not listed
    • Married: ABT 1767 in Southampton Co., VA
    1. Has No Children Benjamin Rochelle b: ABT 1770
    2. Has Children John Rochelle b: ABT 1772 in Southampton Co., VA
    3. Has No Children William L. Rochelle b: ABT 1774 in Southampton Co., VA
    4. Has Children Clement Rochelle b: ABT 1776 in Southampton Co., VA
    5. Has No Children Levy Rochelle b: ABT 1778 in Southampton Co., VA
    6. Has No Children Lucy C. Rochelle b: ABT 1780 in Southampton Co., VA
    7. Has No Children Mary Rochelle b: ABT 1782 in Southampton Co., VA
    8. Has Children Elizabeth Rochelle b: ABT 1785? in Southampton Co., VA
    9. Has Children James Rochelle b: ABT 1786? in 'The Hermitage', Southampton Co., VA

    1. Title: The Deeds of Halifax County, North Carolina, 1774-1787
      Abbrev: Halifax Co. NC Deeds 1771-1787
      Author: Stephen E. Bradley, Jr.
      Publication: 1994
      Page: Book 15, p. 80 (
    2. Title: The Deeds of Halifax County, North Carolina, 1774-1787
      Abbrev: Halifax Co. NC Deeds 1771-1787
      Author: Stephen E. Bradley, Jr.
      Publication: 1994
      Page: Book 15, p. 80
    3. Title: Southampton County, Virginia, Order Book
      Abbrev: Southampton Co. VA Ord Book
      Page: p. 389
    4. Title: Sussex Co., Virginia Wills
      Abbrev: Sussex Co. VA Wills
      Page: Book A, p. 142
    5. Title: Southampton County, Virginia, Order Book
      Abbrev: Southampton Co. VA Ord Book
      Page: pp. 127, 278, 279
    6. Title: Albermarle Parish Register of Surry and Sussex Counties VA, 1739-1778
      Abbrev: Albemarle Par. VA Par Reg 1739
      Author: Compiler: G. Richards, Ph.D.
      Publication: National Society, Colonial Dames of 17th Century, 1958
      Page: p. 211
    7. Title: Rochelle-Stokes-McGee Bible, Present Owner: Rev. James Rochelle McGee, Location: SC
      Abbrev: Rochelle-Stokes-McGee Bible
      Publication: unpublished, transcribed by Sloan S. Mason
    8. Title: Births, Deaths and Sponsors 1717-1778 from the Albemarle Parish Register of Surry and Sussex Counties, Virginia
      Abbrev: Albemarle Par Reg Surry-Sussex
      Author: Compiler: John Bennett Boddie
      Publication: Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD, 2nd Ed., 1964
      Page: p. 115
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