ROCHELLES IN MADISON & LIMESTONE CO., ALABAMA
This is a brief history of the Madison Co. & Limestone Co., Ala. ROCHELLES
There were many ROCHELLE lines that migrated to Alabama from Tenn. and other states. I have tried to trace this line as far back as I can but can only get to John ROCHELLE/RACHELS who was listed in Madison Co., Ala. as early as 1820; and served in the Militia and was commissioned as an Ensign on 8 July 1820. Also a possible brother Littleberry ROCHEL married Rathena/Pathena? WILLIAMSON on 9 Dec. 1822. Who John ROCHELLE married is unknown, but he had the following children: 1)William L. ROCHELLE, b. abt. 1804-d.1850/60- 2)Caroline ROCHELLE, d. before 7 Feb. 1828 and married John FRANKLIN-3)Thomas Goodman ROCHELLE, b. abt. 1819 and married Rebecca HILLARD, Feb. 1839- 4)Cynthia ROCHELLE, b. abt. 1823-d.1850/60 married Gideon H. SMITH on 28 Dec. 1840-5)Frances E. ROCHELLE, b. 5 Feb. 1825-d.22 Oct. 1875 married Samuel A. GRAHAM on 18 Nov. 1845-6)Judith Ann E. ROCHELLE married Jacob HEDRICK on 5 Nov. 1835-7)Hiram Smith ROCHELLE married Eliza Jane NORWOOD on 17 Nov. 1842. John ROCHELLE'S will was probated in Madison Co., Ala. on 28 March 1850. He states he wants to be buried beside his wife (not named) and lists all his children, except Caroline who probably is deceased.
only going to concentrate on the 1st son William L. ROCHELLE. He
was married 3 times; his 1st wife was unknown. He had the
following children by the 1st wife:
The 2nd wife was Eliza SMITH, they were married in Madison Co., Ala. on 25 June 1840 and had one child-Matilda Caroline ROCHELLE, b. abt. 1840-d. 25 Jan. 1901; she married Thomas Jefferson EVANS.
The 3rd wife was Mary Ann TOONE, b. 8 Jun 1816 in Virginia-d. 26 Dec. 1900 in Giles Co., Tenn.-they had the following children:
John Henry G. ROCHELLE was the second son of William L. and his first wife who is at present unknown. John H.G. ROCHELLE was born abt. 1834 in Limestone Co., Ala. and died in the Civil War on March 1864. He married Mary Jane ROBINSON 25 Dec 1854 at Tabitha ROBINSON'S home. They were married by W.M. REDUS, J.P. John Henry G. ROCHELLE served in Co. G., 35th Regiment; Alabama State Troops in the Infantry.
The 1st picture below is of Mary Jane Robinson ROCHELLE and her 4 sons: A special thanks to Joyce BROOKS for sending the family pictures. If you have further information please contact her at Joyce BROOKS.
Front Row: George Gale (Bunk) ROCHELL----Mary Jane (Mammy) Robinson ROCHELL-Green Calvin ROCHELL
Back Row: William Thomas (Billy) ROCHELL--John Pinkney ROCHELL
As noted earlier, John Henry G. ROCHELLE married Mary Jane Frances ROBINSON,
and John's sister; Eliza Ann Frances ROCHELLE married the brother of Mary Jane:
Green Coleman ROBINSON. Both were the children of Hezekiah ROBINSON and Tabitha
GRANTHAM. Pictured below are the marriage licenses of John Henry G. ROCHELLE &
Mary Jane Frances ROBINSON; and also the marriage record of Eliza Ann Frances
ROCHELLE and Green Coleman ROBINSON.
John Henry G. ROCHELLE fought in the Civil War and served as a Private in Co.
G. of the 35th Regiment, Alabama Volunteers. He died March 1864. His brother in
law Green Coleman ROBINSON served as a Private in Co. A, of the 53rd Regiment;
Tennessee Infantry. Both women applied for a Widow's Pension: They are pictured
John Henry G. ROCHELLE and his wife Mary Jane ROBINSON had the following
The 2nd picture is of William Thomas ROCHELL, (son of John H. G. & Mary Jane ROCHELLE) and his family:
Back Row: Delia Malinda ROCHELL-Dera Dean ROCHELL-Mary Jane Robinson ROCHELL-Dovie Lee ROCHELL
Front Row: George Gale ROCHELL-William Thomas ROCHELL-Eliza Jane Hargrove ROCHELL-Pink Green ROCHELL and on his mother's lap-William Thomas ROCHELL, Jr.
The 3rd son of William L. ROCHELLE, and wife unknown was: William T. ROCHELLE,
b. 15 Aug. 1832. He first married Laura Ann PITTS, she was born about 1835 in
Virginia. Their marriage occured on 15 Dec. 1853; only 1 known son of this
marriage was John ROCHELLE, b. about 1856. Her mother Lucy PITTS, also born in
Virginia was living with them in the 1860 census of Limestone Co., Ala.
William T. ROCHELLE'S 2nd marriage was to Mary C. ANDREWS, b.12 Feb. 1841; they were married 21 Feb. 1868 and had the following children:
David ROCHELLE, married Martha HASTINGS, b. 9 April 1876-d. 27 March 1969 in Giles Co., Tenn. Their 1 known son was also David ROCHELLE, b. 13 Sept. 1900.
As stated earlier, William L. ROCHELLE, married 3 times. His 3rd wife was Mary
Ann TOONE; they married 8 Oct. 1840 in Limestone Co., Ala. His 2nd daughter
Cynthia Beal Rochelle, was born 11 March 1852, d. 22 June 1943 in Giles Co.,
Tenn. She married Martin Alonzo Pettus HARGROVE. They had the following
The following pictures were sent by Elizabeth Rochelle HEYMAN; if you have further information on this line please contact her at Elizabeth R. HEYMAN.
As I said earlier; a Littleberry ROCHELL also appears in Madison Co. & Limestone Co., Ala. about the same time John ROCHELLE does-1822. Littleberry ROCHELLE applied for a marriage license in Madison Co. on 9 Dec. 1822 and he an Parthenia WILLIAMSON were married on the 11th of Dec. 1822. Known children were 1)Robert J. ROCHELL, b. abt. 1823-2)Caroline V. ROCHELLE, b. abt. 1826-3)Amerilla Ann, b. abt. 1824-4)Caledonia ROCHELL, b. abt. 1830-5)Rebecca ROCHELLE, b. abt. 1832 6)Jesse B. ROCHELL, b. abt. 1838-7)Elizabeth ROCHELL, b. abt. 1845-there were probably more children.
Most of the children moved to Lincoln Co., Tenn. by 1870. Littleberry ROCHELL had died by 1850 and Bathenia/Parthenia ROCHELL age 74, was living with the HATHCOAT family by 1870; next door to William L. ROCHELLE'S sister Frances E. GRAHAM in Molino, Lincoln Co., Tenn. (William L. ROCHELL was the son of John ROCHELLE mentioned above). Also living in Lincoln Co., Tenn. were her children: Jesse B., Caroline V. ROCHELL who married James Leroy PITTS. In the 1880 census record Jesse B. ROCHELLE states his father (Littleberry ROCHELL was born in Va. and his mother Parthenia Williamson ROCHELL was born in Ga.)
Caroline V. (Virginia?) ROCHELL, b. abt. 1826 married James Leroy PITTS, b. 7 March 1822-d. 19 Feb. 1875. They were married on 10 July 1846. Known children were 1)Thomas B. PITTS, b. 27 May 1847-d.29 Aug. 1896-2)James Berry PITTS, b. abt. 1849 3)Pamphilia Ann PITTS, b. 11 Sept. 1850-d. 7 May 1884; married John Calvin LINCOLN, b. 10 Jan. 1845-d. 20 May 1922; on 26 Dec. 1869; 4)Frances Octavia PITTS, b. 2 Jan. 1856-10 Jun 1910; married Rev. Silas Wright BRUCE, b. 13 Aug. 1844-d.22 April 1913-on 15 Dec. 1870-5)R. A. PITTS, b. abt. 1861-6)Morgan J. PITTS, b. abt. 1863 and 6)Josephus PITTS, b. abt. 1865.
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Frances Octavia PITTS, daughter of Caroline V. ROCHELL and James Leroy PITTS and her husband Rev. Silas Wright BRUCE
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