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Frederick Cole Roquet
Birth: Dec. 19, 1808
Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Death: May 14, 1890
Fremont
Mahaska County
Iowa, USA

From the family history, written by Frederick's great grandson Lewis Earl Roquet

In 1850, Frederick Cole Roquet and his wife Kathrina's goal was to live in America. They were unhappy with the tyranny that existed in Europe. During the summer of 1851, they along with their four sons; Phillip, Frank, Charles and Lewis and daughter Louise, left Alsace-Lorraine France. Alsace-Lorraine was the territory located between Germany and France, controlled by both countries at different times. At the time of their departure, France was in control of this section of land which had been gained through the efforts of Napoleon and the French Empire. They boarded 'The Hulburt' in Le Havre France, and arrived 12/02/1851 in New Orleans LA. Forty-one days and nights were required for the ship to make this journey across the Atlantic. One of their possessions which arrived with them on the ship was a large family Bible, which remains in the family today and bears the copyrighted date of 1838.

The family's first homestead in America was at Noblesville, Hamilton County Indiana where they began farming on a small scale. Shortly after they were settled in 1852, Frederick's wife Kathrina and daughter Louise became ill and died of Cholera and were buried at Noblesville together on the same day.

In 1855, Frederick Cole Roquet and is family including new wife Sarah and son's Phillip, Frank, Charlie and Lewis joined other immigrants in a wagon train leaving behind Hamilton County Indiana and started toward the western plains of the US. After crossing the Mississippi River at Keokuk, they reportedly had an encounter with a tribe of Indians. The caravan proceeded northwest through Mount Pleasant, Iowa where they were much impressed by the fertile soil and beautiful forests. They stopped at a trading post called Fremont and this is where they chose to make their permanent home.


The family history goes on to say that Frederick had a son with Sarah Beaver (he had 6 children with her) named William Roquet who disappeared at age 30 and was never heard from again. I wish Earl Roquet was alive to tell him that William actually moved to NE., worked for the railroad, married twice, had a child named Edgar Roquet and died an old man in 1950.

Children: (mother Kathrina) Phillip Roquet went by (Roquette)1835-1922, Charles Wade Roquet 1838-1927, Frances (Frank)Roquet went by (Rockey)1841-1915, Lewis Cole Roquet 1846-1943

2nd wife Sarah Beaver They married 10 Dec 1854

Children: Elizabeth Roquet 1857- , Mary Roquet 1859- , Susanna Roquet 1862- , Catharine Aurora Roquet Pratt Palmer 1866-1941, Henry Roquet 1869-1875, William 'Willie' Roquet 1872-1950

Son Phillip, who divorced and lived with brother Lewis Cole Roquet for the last 20 yrs of his life, was buried and shares incomplete headstone with his father Frederick.


THE SPELLING OF THE FAMILIES LAST NAME IS ROQUET. SOME WENT BY ROQUET PRONOUNCED ROWKAY. SOME WENT BY ROQUET PRONOUCED ROCKY, SOME WENT BY ROCKEY, SOME WENT BY ROQUETTE PRONOUNCED ROW KET WITH A SHORT E....ALL THE SAME 1 FAMILY OF FATHER FREDERICK ROQUET AND 4 SONS.

 
 
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 Spouses:
  Kathrina Roquet (1808 - 1852)*
  Sarah Beaver Roquet (1831 - ____)*
 
 Children:
  Phillip Roquette (1835 - 1922)*
  Charles Wade Roquet (1837 - 1927)*
  Frank Rockey (1841 - 1915)*
  Lewis Cole Roquet (1846 - 1943)*
  Louise Roquet (1850 - 1852)*
  Elizabeth Roquet (1857 - ____)*
  Mary L Roquet Boatman (1859 - 1938)*
  Susanna Roquet (1862 - ____)*
  Catherine Aurora Roquet Palmer (1866 - 1941)*
  Henry Roquet (1869 - 1875)*
  William Roquet (1872 - 1952)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Cedar Township Cemetery
Fremont
Mahaska County
Iowa, USA
 
Created by: InSearchOf
Record added: May 07, 2010
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Frederick Cole Roquet
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Frederick Cole Roquet
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- Marian and Richard--Rest in Peace
 Added: Feb. 18, 2011
 
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