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Re: amanda or alonza pettiford
Posted by: Susan Herring Date: July 20, 2001 at 18:06:02
In Reply to: amanda or alonza pettiford by mauri pettiford of 1372

William Rochell born 1754 and died 1838 (bible records)in Wake County was reinterred in the Woodlawn
Cemetary in eastern Durham, NC. You can check them out of the Orange/Durham Genealogical page.
Graves were moved approximately 28 years ago from their original site when Highway 98 was widen.
William and most of his descendents except those that migrated to Tennessee were originally buried on
Alsey Rochelle's homeplace (William's son) on land purchased from Joseph Gales around 1812 and is
located further east from Durham on both sides of Highway 98.

This area of Wake/Durham is known as Oak Grove. I am a William Rochelle descendent that lived most of
my childhood on the original land grants. The first grants were awarded in Wake County around 1770
which later became Durham County.

Could you be of mulatto descent because there was a slave graveyard in my front yard according to family
records? There were a few families of very light skinned Rochelles that lived several miles north of my

According to early maps the Rochell's settled on a jut of land that is now under Falls of the Lake, Neuse
River still further east. One side of the river is in Granville County. There are many later associated
Rochelles buried across from New Light Church that is on New Light Road off of Highway 98 in Wake
County. This area of Wake County is often referred as "The Hurricanes."

Many of these descendents married Joplins, Davis, Morris, Hall, Haley, Rays, Rogers, and associated with
the earliest families of that area of Wake. You might want to check THE HERITAGE of WAKE
COUNTY which highlights these early Rochelles. In my data bank I do not have a Hixey or Pettiford.
However I do have all of William's descendents documented.
William's father was George Rochell. George was an elderly man when he took the Allegience Pledge in
Wake County during the Revolutionary War period. I suspect that he would have been buried on the
original Neuse River site directly across the river from the New Light Road.

William and other brothers, John, Lovick, James, Allen, George II, and Miles have documented
Revolutionary War service. John, Lovick, Allen, and James had extended service. William and the others
were involved in the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, captured by British forces,and later released according
to Cornwallis' records found in England.

There is an even earlier land grant to a George and Mary Rochell (Boykin)in 1746 in Edgecomb Precinct
or also known as the Granville Tract when later became parts of Wake/Durham/Granville. I suspect this is
the same George as a younger man. They are thought to be originally from Isle of Wight, Southampton
County, Virginia of French Hugenot decent.

Possibly you are a descendent of one of William's brothers' children that did not go to SC or Tennessee. I
hope I have opened a door. Good luck in your search.


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