Isaac ROCHELLE was born 28 May 1811 to Benjamin ROCHELLE and wife Susannah JAMES of the Holly Shelter District of New Hanover County, N.C.
When his father died in 1826; Isaac along with his brothers Amos and John supported and helped raise the younger children. There are many land deeds and transactions of property in New Hanover Co. between him and his family.
He married Sabrah Jane PADGETT about 1838. She was the daughter of Benjamin PADGETT, b. 23 March 1779 and Hannah JAMES. Sabrah PADGETT was born 15 Dec. 1809.
Sabrah and Isaac ROCHELLE had the following children:
- Mary Susan ROCHELLE, b. 18 Nov. 1839-d. 26 Dec. 1882; she married George Tate COWAN on 19 May 1864.
- Isaac ROCHELLE, Jr., b. 12 Oct. 1840-d. 8 Aug. 1862.
- Hannah Etta ROCHELLE, b. 17 June 1842-d. 14 Nov. 1942; she married William R. PICKETT, III.
- Hester Jane L. ROCHELLE, b.22 March 1844-d. 18 July 1929; she married Jacob K. JAMES.
- Sarah Ann ROCHELLE, b. 16 Feb. 1846-d. 25 March 1911; she married Kinchen Fennel POWERS.
- Nancy Catherine ROCHELLE, b. 7 Oct. 1848-d. 23 July 1915; she married John William JAMES.
Isaac ROCHELLE, Jr. served in the Civil War. He was wounded at Ellison's Mill, Va., died in Richmond, Va. Upon hearing of his death; Isaac ROCHELLE, Sr. drove his wagon to Richmond to carry the body of his son back to the Holly Shelter District (now Maple Hill) to be buried. He is buried in the Rochelle Cemetery along with his parents.
Hannah Etta ROCHELLE, was born 17 June 1842-d. 14 Nov. 1931. In the 1850 Census of New Hanover Co. she is listed as Henrietta. Hannah E. ROCHELLE married William R. PICKETT, III; on 5 April 1860. William R. PICKETT, III. was born about 13 Sept. 1829-d.24 NOv. 1882, in Duplin Co., N.C. He was the son of William PICKETT, Jr. and Hester JAMES.
His mother Hester James PICKETT, left a Will on 11 June 1864 in New Hanover Co., N.C. She names her children as Wm. R. PICKETT, Mary Jane FARRIOR (wife of Wm. FARRIOR) and also her grandchildren: Isaac R. PICKETT, Andrew James PICKETT, John W. FARRIOR, Elizabeth Jane FARRIOR, Hester Ann FARRIOR and James D. FARRIOR. Executors were Wm. R. PICKETT & Wm. FARRIOR, Witnesses: Jacob ROCHELLE & Isaac ROCHELLE. The Will was probated 4 August 1879 (Pender Co. Will bk.A-1; p.9)
Below is a picture of Hannah Rochelle PICKETT
sent by her great granddaughter Joan Jennette
Hannah Rochelle and William PICKETT, III; had the following children
- Andrew James PICKETT (bible says Andrew Jessie), b. 3 March 1861
- Isaac Richard PICKETT, b. 27 November 1862
- Alice Neal PICKETT, b. 18 Feb. 1866.
- William Fred PICKETT, b. 25 Nov. 1867
- Ada Gertrude PICKETT, b. 26 Oct. 1870-d. 25 May 1916
- Albert PICKETT, b. 20 August 1873
- Charles Thurston PICKETT, b. 4 June 1876
- Mary Etta PICKETT, b. 5 Dec. 1879-d. 8 July 1881
Hannah ROCHELLE and William R. PICKETT, III; lived and raised their children outside of present day Magnolia, N.C. (Duplin Co.) Joan sent pictures of the house as it stands today. It is located west of Maxwell Creek of of SR #907.
Hannah Etta Rochelle PICKETT, died 14 November 1931 in Duplin Co., N.C. Her death certificate states her parents were Isaac ROCHELLE and S. PADGETT; informant: A. J. PICKETT (vol.18, p. 210)
Below is a picture of their tombstone which is located in a wooded area behind the house (other PICKETTS are buried there)
by Patricia PICKETT
I don't no whether she was Henrietta Elizabeth or Hanna Etta Rochelle PICKETT, but the bible listing had Hannah as a diminutive of Henrietta. She definitely was known as Hannah. I have the same picture of Hannah that is above, plus a much smaller picture of her in a group shot of her with ther daughter Ada Gertrude, (Gert) and son Charles Thurston Pickett, his wife, their children and some of his wife's relatives. Hannah lived on the farma nd Charlie inherited it. The oldest son, Andrew PICKETT was off on hi sown and quite wealthy. All of Charlies' children were born on the farm, as well, so it housed three generations.
Somewhere I got that there were 600 acres in the main holding. My father said there were about 300 in his time. I have many pictures of the old homeplace. It is perhaps most famous for the absolutely huge magnolia tree in the front yard (I have an offspring growing in my front yard in Virginia - also some offspring of the daffodils planted by my grandmother that still bloom there each spring). My father said you could see for miles when he used to climb it as a child (and he was born in 1911). He also said they carved a trough to feed the dogs out of one of the raised roots.
My uncle and father knew where the cemetery was - on a little rise over a creek behind the house - but they couldn't remember who, exactly, was buried there. And it was so overgrown that I have never seen it.
It appears that Hester was a 'spinster' of 31 when she married, which may be why she accepted a man who was almost 65. They wasted no time; Mary Jane was born on 12 August 1828 (nine months and 11 days after the wedding) and Wm. Richard (who married Hannah) was born on 13 September 1829.
William was dead before Mary Jane was 12. Wm. Richard had just turned 11. So Hester basically raised them alone, I suppose. I don't know whether she was living with Wm. Richard when she died.
Yes, at the time of her death, Wm. Richard and Hannah had two children, as per the will. The bible says Andrew Jessie vice Andrew James, and he was born 3 March 1861. Can you imagine? Hannah is 18, married just 11 months earlier, and on the brink of the Civil War with a newborn in her arms. My great-Uncle Andrew was soon followed by Isaac Richard on 27 November 1862. He was never 'right in the head' - 'simple' after a childhood illness. My father would tell stories he heard of how they would send an old dog out to look for Isaac Richard if he was late to supper, and he would take his hat off and wave it at the dog and tell him to go away, because he knew it meant it was time to come home! Who knows?
And Hannah Rochelle Pickett also raised a niece - known to me and my father as "Cousin Mary Johnson" - after her parents died
According to family lore, the Yankees did come through the property during the war, and Hannah had time to hide the silver and other precious items, but the soldiers took most of the livestock. My Aunt Vashti, who heard these stories from her grandmother Hannah, who lived with her at the homeplace, said Hannah would comment on how spiteful and mean the soldiers were, picking up the piglets, cutting off their hind legs and throwing them down to die, to be sure to leave as little food as possible for the family. I think this especially hurt my great-grandmother Hannah because she was such an animal lover.
If you have any further information please contact Joan JENNETTE or
Patricia PICKETT and