Laura Celestia “Cettie” <I>Spelman</I> Rockefeller

Laura Celestia “Cettie” Spelman Rockefeller

Wadsworth, Medina County, Ohio, USA
Death 12 Mar 1915 (aged 75)
Pocantico Hills, Westchester County, New York, USA
Burial Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 15080383 View Source
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Wife of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. Laura "Cettie" Spelman was the daughter of Ohio State legislator, Harvey Buel Spelman. With her parents being strong supporters of religion, Laura became devoted to church, as well as the temperance movement. In 1864, while attending high school in Cleveland, Ohio, she met a poor farm boy by the name of John Davison Rockefeller, whom she would ultimately marry nine years later. After high school, Cettie would spend one year at the Oread Collegiate Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts before taking a job as a schoolteacher. On September 8, 1864, Cettie married John Rockefeller and the couple would have a total of five children together. In 1876, she was diagnosed with consumption and would be sick with numerous illnesses and medical problems until the time of her death in 1915.

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