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Christian County Illinois

Named after Christian County in Kentucky through the influence of emigrants from that county.

Established February 15, 1839 as Dane County (Laws, 1839, p. 104). Name changed to Christian County in 1840.

Portrait and biographical record of Christian County, Illinois : containing biographical sketches of prominent and   representative citizens, together with biographies of all the Governors of the state, and of the Presidents of the United States.  Chicago, Ill. : Lake City Pub. Co., 1893.  Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards, 2007.
CHARLES VICTORY ROCKWELL, M. D., deceased, was born in Mansfield, Ohio, on the 4th of March, 1833, and died July 29, 1888, in Taylorville, Ill., where for many years he had successfully engaged in the practice of his profession, winning a place in the front rank among his brethren of the science.

Throughout the community he had many friends. The first eight years of his life were spent in his native city, and he then went to Chicago with his parents, John and Jane Desire (Tousley) Rockwell. His father was an architect of Chicago. His death occurred in Decatur, while visiting his daughter, Mrs. S. T. Trowbridge, now of Napa, Cal. The mother is now living with Mrs. Trowbridge.

The Doctor was educated in the schools of Chicago, and, with the desire of entering the medical profession, he went to Decatur, where he began reading along that line under the direction of Dr. Trowbridge, a brother-in-law. He was subsequently graduated from the St. Louis Medical College [ed., probably Saint Louis University School of Medicine] in the Class of '57, and at once located in Taylorville.

He had engaged in practice here for one year before his graduation as a partner of Dr. Curtis, and after his graduation began practicing alone. He was a thorough student of his profession, a man of deep research, and his merit and ability won him a foremost place among his professional brethren.

During the war the Doctor spent some three months in the South, whither he was sent by the State to assist in the distribution of supplies. He also aided in hospital work for a time. On his return he resumed practice and secured a most liberal patronage. For some years he was surgeon for the Wabash Railroad, and was an active member of the Tri-State and District Medical Societies.

On the 29th of December, 1858, the Doctor was united in marriage with Miss Ellen Torrey, of Springfield, Ill. She was born in that city April 4, 1841, but was married in Taylorville, at the home of her sister, Mrs. Albert Sattley.

By their union were born the following children: Luella, wife of Rev. H. P. Fullenweider, a Presbyterian minister of Chicago; Susie E., who is employed as a stenographer in the Remington Type Writer Office, of Chicago; Gertrude, at home; Estella L., wife of Fred C. Barnett, who was formerly a grain dealer of Litchfield, but is now in business in Chicago; and Grace A. at home.
In connection with his other business interests, the Doctor was proprietor of a drug store in Taylorville.
In politics, he was always a stalwart supporter of the Republican party, and whenever he so desired gave expression to his views on the subject without fear or favor. He was appointed Postmaster of Taylorville by President Arthur, and held that position at the time of his death, although President Cleveland was then at the head of the Government. He served as a member of the School Board, and was Director of the Cemetery Association.

He owned some good residence property in Taylorville, also an eighty-acre fruit farm two miles from the city. He was a man of firm convictions, and, though he was undaunted in espousing his own view, gave to others the same right. He was popular with all classes, for he had a pleasant, cheery manner, and those who
knew him esteemed him highly for the excellencies of his character. His death was widely mourned throughout the community and proved a loss to the public as well as to his immediate circle of relatives and friends. Mrs. Rockwell and her family are members of the Presbyterian Church, and in social circles hold an enviable position.


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