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Adm Charles H Rockwell
Birth: Apr. 29, 1840
Death: Jul. 1, 1908
Barnstable County
Massachusetts, USA

American Civil War Soldiers
Name: Charles Rockwell
Residence: Massachusetts
Enlistment Date: 5 Jul 1862
Side Served: Union
State Served: U.S. Navy
Service Record: Enlisted as a Acting Master on 5 July 1862.
Commission in Navy Regiment U.S. Navy on 5 Jul 1862.
Promoted to Full Acting Volunteer Lieutenant on 16 Dec 1863.
Promoted to Full Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Commander on 29 Apr 1865.
Discharged from Navy Regiment U.S. Navy on 8 Dec 1865.

1880 United States Federal Census
Name: Charles H. Rockwell
Home in 1880: Chatham, Barnstable, Massachusetts
Age: 40
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1840
Birthplace: Massachusetts
Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
Spouse's Name: Esther H.
Father's birthplace: Conn.
Mother's birthplace: Mass.
Occupation: Lieut. Commander U. S. N.
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Charles H. Rockwell 40
Esther H. Rockwell 38
Cyrus O. Rockwell 17
George P. Rockwell 14
Mary H. Rockwell 11
Charlie Rockwell 9
Helen M. Rockwell 4
Charles Rockwell 73

1900 United States Federal Census
Name: Charles H Rockwell
Home in 1900: Uss Chicago, Us Naval Forces, Military and Naval Forces
Age: 60
Birthplace: Massachusetts
Race: White
Relationship to Head of House: Captain
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Household Members: Name Age
Charles H Rockwell 60
Barnstable Patriot
December 6, 1881

"Lieut Commander Charles H. Rockwell, who is now stationed at Charleston Naval Yard, in the ordinance department, and who has been executive of the steamer Jamestown at Alaska, has been interviewed by the Sunday Herald correspondent and given some very instructive and entertaining information that distant part of the United States. Lieut Commander Rockwell is one of the most promising men in the Navy. Cape Cod will not discount him any."

He was a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. He was a founding member of the Nantucket Pilgrims, which later became the Cape Cod Pilgrims.

One of his friends and Mason brothers was Joshua Nickerson.

His daughter, Mary, married Past Surgeon James F. Keeney, US Navy.

His oldest son, Otis, was a Captain in the Navy and lived in Brooklyn. He died at his summer home in Chatham, in September 1914 at age 51.

His son, Charles, passed away in Chicago in April, 1918. He is buried by his parents.

His youngest daughter, Evelyn, married Ensign Whitford Drake of the US Navy. Her engagement was announced about ten days prior to Charles' death so he probably never saw her get married.

There is a notice in the June 22, 1908 Hyannis Patriot that Charles had become suddenly and seriously ill.

Hyannis Patriot
Death Notices
July 13, 1908

In Chatham, July 1st, Charles H. Rockwell, aged 68 years.

Apparently Charles remarried. There is a notice in the Barnstable Patriot, dated November 32, 1898, that he married Mrs. Marianna C. Butler, in New Hampshire.

It looks like they wintered in Boston, New Hampshire and New York, and summered in Chatham. Folks would know they arrived home safely to Chatham if there was an American flag flying in front of their home.

His home in Chatham was called The Moorings.

Hyannis Patriot
July 6, 1908

Death of Admiral Rockwell

Admiral Charles H. Rockwell, U.S.N. retired, died at his home in Chatham Wednesday morning of apoplexy after a few weeks illness.

Rear Admiral was born in Chatham April 29, 1840, his father being a well known clergyman. He entered the navy as a volunteer during the Civil War, being appointed an acting master July 5, 1862.

He was soon placed in charge of the US Schoooner, Two Sisters, and performed such important service that he was recommended for promotion several times and at the close of the war was in command of the US Steamer Hendrick Hudson as a volunteer lieutenant commander.

Examined for regular service in 1861, he was at once appointed acting master, and by conspicuoul service since that time had been promoted through every grade, serving in many imporant commands.

During the Spanish War, he was in charge of the Port Royal, SC Naval Station, from which he was detached June 1, 1899 as a captain and took command of the USS Chicago, flagship of Rear Admiral Schley, with whom he served until May 1901. He was placed in charge of the Mare Island Navy Yard last July, and ordered home April 1 for retirement as a rear admiral.

Admiral Rockwell possessed marked literary ability, and was a frequent contributor of stories and poems to magazines.

Thank you christina11 in the forums for all of this wonderful information!

There is a book written about the Admiral by
Robert Carlisle entitled "Chatham's Admiral: Charles H. Rockwell"


his widow was Marianna Clough Rockwell

During the U.S. Navy excursion to Korea in 1871 Lieutenant Charles H. Rockwell was the Commanding Officer of the USS Palos (a Navy tug converted into a gunboat and commissioned 11 June 1870, Lieutenant C. H. Rockwell in command).
additional information courtesy of Bill 46983089
Capt. Charles H. Rockwell poses aboard his new command following the change of command for protected cruiser USS Chicago having relieved Capt. Philip Henry Cooper on 11/20/1899. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress 
Family links: 
  Esther Helen Rockwell (1841 - 1886)*
  Marianna Clough Rockwell (1846 - 1921)*
  George P Rockwell (1866 - 1926)*
  Mary L Rockwell (1867 - 1946)*
  Mary Rockwell Stuart (1868 - 1946)*
  Charles Rockwell (1870 - 1918)*
  Evelyn Rockwell Drake (1882 - 1969)*
*Calculated relationship
Rear Admiral USN- age 68y 2m 2d
Seaside Cemetery
Barnstable County
Massachusetts, USA
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Record added: Oct 26, 2009
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He was the son of Charles Rockwell of CT and Mary Howes of Chatham, MA. Cause of death: cerrebral hemorrhage; hemiplegia.
- Sunset
 Added: Apr. 5, 2016
Companion #05004 - Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the U.S.
- Jeffry Burden
 Added: Jan. 14, 2013
In grateful remembrance.
- JanMary
 Added: Aug. 29, 2011
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