ROCK­WOOD/Poole, Eng­land

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - Q&A -

Help oth­ers with their re­search. Send your re­ply to the ad­dress on page 3 or email with ‘You’re the Ex­pert’ as the sub­ject – an­swers will be for­warded to the reader, please state if you are happy to share con­tact de­tails. I’m look­ing for a Wil­liam Rock­wood born in Eng­land around 1742. From in­for­ma­tion in mer­chant Ben­jamin Lester’s jour­nal, Wil­liam may have come over to New­found­land from Poole ei­ther in­de­pen­dently or as a ser­vant of Lester who was a prom­i­nent mer­chant of Trin­ity, New­found­land, and Poole, Eng­land.

The jour­nal en­try is dated 4 April 1762 and also men­tions some­one called Gard­ner. Rock­wood and Gard­ner had both trav­elled that day to Trin­ity from Dildo (about 70 miles by wa­ter in New­found­land). I’ve found many Wil­liam Rock­woods born in South Shields, Durham, and a Wil­liam Rook­wood [sic] born in Portsmouth, Hamp­shire, in 1731 but no one con­nected with Poole. Does any­one recog­nise my Wil­liam Rock­wood? Wil­liam Ge­orge Reid is wear­ing a sash show­ing he be­longed to the Tem­ple of In­de­pen­dent Or­der of True Tem­plars

WDYTYAques­tions@ im­me­di­ate.co.uk

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