WILLIAM ROCKEL. The subject of this biography owns a comfortable farm homestead on section 18, Blue Mound Township,
and has been a resident of McLean County since 1865. Here he has 115 acres of valuable land, all improved and under
a good state of cultivation and supplied with convenient and tasteful farm buildings.
Mr. Rockel is a native of Ohio, born in Clarke [ed., Clark] County, Ohio, Sept. 15, 1844, and remained a resident of his native county until 1865. His parents were Adam and Mary (Baker) Rockel, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Virginia. After their marriage they located in Clarke [ed., Clark] County, Ohio, where the father engaged in farming pursuits and where both parents spent the remainder of their lives. Adam Rockel departed this life May 18, 1884, and the mother April 14, 1886. Their five children were Peter, Harriett, Henry, Mary and William.
Upon first coming to this county, being then a young man twenty years of age, William Rockel worked as a farmer and carpenter for three years. In 1868 he became a resident of Blue Mound Township, where he has lived, with the exception of one year, since that time. He was married in Lexington, Ill., Feb. 4, 1868, to Miss Hester A. Heller, daughter of Elias and Eliza (Branstetter) Heller, who were both natives of Pennsylvania. They removed, soon after their marriage, to Clarke [ed., Clark] County, Ohio, and from there to this county in about 1856, settling in Towanda Township. They are still living, making their home in the village of Towanda. Their household circle included eight children, viz: Rebecca J., Mary E., Christian M., Benjamin F., Eliza J., Hester A., Squire W. and William C. Mrs. Rockel was born in Clarke County, Ohio, April 11, 1847, and remained with her parents until her marriage. Of her union with our subject there have been born three children—Alice L., Clement W. and Mary A.
Mr. Rockel, politically, is an adherent of the Democratic party. He has served as School Director in his township and is fully entitled to be classed as an honest man and a good citizen.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 629. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards