He was born on 5 April 1842 (or 1840?), to Frederick Moering Rooke and Margaret Smithes (13 [Apr 1840], 14 [5 Apr 1842], 15 [9 in 1850]). He was 20 years old when he enlisted in the 18th Pennsylvania Infantry in April 1861 (6, 10 [19 in 1860], 11 [30 in 1870], 12 [39 in 1880], 13 [60 in 1900]). He was 21 years old when he enlisted in August 1861 (4). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (4, 14, 15).
In 1850, he was living in the 2nd ward, Spring Garden, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania (15). He had attended school within the year (15).
In 1860, he was living in the 20th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, apparently with his family (10). He was an apprentice to a blacksmith (10).
When he enlisted, he was a machinist, and was living in Philadelphia (4, 6).
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 7-1/4 inches tall, and had a light complexion, blue eyes, and light hair (4).
On 24 April 1861, he was mustered in as a private in company I of the 18th Pennsylvania Infantry, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (6, 7 [22 Apr]). The regiment mustered out on 7 August 1861 (6, 7 [6 Aug]).
He enlisted and was mustered into service as a sergeant in company A on 20 August 1861 (1, 3, 4, 6 [as pvt], 7 [25 Aug], 17-18). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Starr (4).
He was reduced to the ranks (3).
He was discharged, from a camp in the field, on 27 May 1863 (1) or on 28 January 1863 (2), or on 27 January 1863 (4), on surgeon's certificate of disability (1, 2, 4, 6, 7 [26 Jan 63]). He was a private in company A (1, 2, 17-18).
He married Eliza or Jennie [unknown family name] in 1863/64 (11 [Eliza], 12 [Jennie], 13 [Jennie], 14 [Jane ("Jennie")], 16 [Jennie]). In 1900, she had had six children, four of whom were alive (13).
In 1870, he was living in the 24th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (11). He was a switchtender (11). He was living with Eliza (presumably his wife) and his daughter Alice (11).
In 1880, he was living at 2324 Alter Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (12). He was a watchman (12). He was living with his wife Jannie, and children Alice, Emily, Henry, and Ann (12).
In 1890, he was living at 1933 Wilder Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (7). He was a switchman (7).
In 1900, he was living at 1250 23rd Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (13). He was living with his wife Jennie [?], his son Marion, and his daughter Mary A Boott and her spouse (13).
On 16 October 1890, he applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (5, 9).
He died on 28 March 1906 (14, 16), probably in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The funeral was held on Monday from 125 South 23rd Street, in Philadelphia (his residence) (16). He is buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery (16).
On 16 June 1906, his widow, Jane Rooke, applied successfully for a pension (5, 9).
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster) (Max's M Rooke)
2 Register of men discharged, co.A (Mateilious [? Mat--ous seems clear] M Rooke)
3 register of non-commissioned officers, company A (Maximilus [?] M Rooke)
4 company A descriptive roll, entry 86 (Maximillus M Rooke)
5 pension index, by regiment (Maxillus Rook)
6 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 6 September 2004 [3 cards: I Mil 63 (Maxillis Rook), I 18 (Maxillus Rooke), and A 91 (Max's M Rooke; rolls have 'Maximullus')
7 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 595, page  (image 1939 on Ancestry) (Maxilus Rooke)
8 1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory (M Rooke)
9 pension index, by name (Maxillus Rook)
10 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 20th ward 1st division, series M653 roll 1171 page 352 = 354 handwritten (Maxillus [?] Rooke)
11 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 24th ward 78th district, series M593 roll 1411 page 404 (Maxillus Rooke)
12 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, series T9 roll 1185, page 732B = page 6 B handwritten, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 565 (Maxillus Rooke)
13 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 36th ward, series T623 roll 1478 pages 5B-6A = handwritten 5B-6A, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 937 (Maxillus Rooke)
14 Rooke Family - Eng-Ireland-USA, gedcom on WorldConnect, at Rootsweb (searched 13 November 2005) (Maxillus Rooke)
15 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Spring Garden, 2nd ward, microfilm series M432, film 818, page 413 (Maxillus Rooke)
16 [death notice], Philadelphia Inquirer, 1 April 1906, page 10; also on 30 March 1906 page 7 (Maxillus Brooke [sic])
17 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Maxillus M Rooke)
18 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Maximillus Rook)
|Name||Frederick M Rooke||Margaret "||Cannemillus [?] "||Anne Eliza "||Alice "||Maxillus "||Maxim Maxillus "||Frederick William "||Henry Smithson||Mary Ann "||Caroline Hasbeson||Reuben Sample||Abraham Casler|
|Occupation of males over 15 years||Cordwainer||Sea Captain||Plumber||Bricklayer||Cordwainer|
|Real estate owned|
|Birthplace||New York||England||Pennsylvania||"||"||"||"||"||"||"||New York||Pennsylvania||"|
|Married within year|
|Attended school within year||1||1|| |
|Over 20 & can't read/write|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|Name||Frederick Rooke||Elizabeth "||Marion "||Maxillus [?] "||Frederick "|
|Occupation||Shoe Maker||Blacksmith App|
|Value of real estate owned|
|Value of personal estate||100|
|Place of birth||New York||Penna||"||"||"|
|Married within year|
|Attended school within year||1|
|Cannot read & write|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|Occupation||Switch tender||K House|
|Real estate value|
|Personal estate value|
|Father foreign born|
|Mother foreign born|
|Birth month if born within year|
|Marriage month if married within year|
|Attended school past year|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|Male US citizen at least 21 years old||1|
|Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...|
|street name||Alter Street|
|dwelling visit #||46|
|family visit #||52|
|name||Rooke, Maxillus||- Jannie||- Alace||- Emmely||- Henry||- Ann M|
|month born if born in year|
|married during year|
|occupation||Watchman||Keeping house||At School||At school|
|school this year||1||1|
|name||Rooke Maxillus||Rooke Jennie [?]||Rooke Marion||Boott Mary A.||Boott John|
|birth date||Apr 1840||Sept 1849||Oct 1881||Feb 1880||Oct [?] 1874|
|# years married||36||36||2||2|
|mother of how many children?||6|
|# of children living||4|
|father's birthplace||New York||Penna||Penna||Penna||Penna|
|# years in USA|
|occupation||[first syllable illegible; may begin with 'G'??] man||Sailor||House Keeper||Candy Maker|
|# months not employed||0||0||0||0|
|# months in school|
|free or mortgaged|
|# of farm schedule|
BROOKE [sic].--On March 28, 1906, MAXILLUS, beloved husband of Jennie Rooke [sic]. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral, on Monday, at 2 PM, from his late residence, 1250 S 23d st. Interment at Mount Moriah Cemetery.