of ROCHELLES was first documented in Wake Co., N.C. It was a
large family; so I will attempt to document this family one line
at a time. I have already included some of the line of William
ROCHELLE of Wake Co., N.C. He apparently is the only known child
that stayed in that area. Many of his descendants moved to
Tennessee. Please go to: Tennessee Rochelles.
legend states that John ROCHELLE married Elizabeth BOONE,
relative of Daniel BOONE. (the parents
marriage has not been proven) They had the
following children: 1)John ROCHELLE, b. abt. 1748- 2)James
ROCHELLE, b.15 July 1752- 3)Lovick/Lodowick ROCHELLE, b. abt.
1754 - 4)William ROCHELLE, b. abt. 1754 (twin
of Lovick)- 5) Allen ROCHELLE- 6)George
ROCHELLE- 7)Amelia ROCHELLE- 8)Celia ROCHELLE- 9)Sally ROCHELLE.
All of the sons served in the Rev. War. All the children left
Wake Co., except William ROCHELLE, and moved to the Kershaw,
Fairfield and Richland Districts of S.C. Please see the following websites for more information on James ROCHELLE of Fairfield Co., S.C. and
Capt. John ROCHELLE descendants of Edgefield Co., S.C.
Lovick/Lodowick ROCHELLE was born about 1754 either in Va. or N.C. The first legal record of him appears on Dec. 1775 in Wake Co.,N.C.
Once the Revolutionary War broke out, he along with his brothers, John, Allen, William & James all served. Military Documents list him as a Lieutenant and records entitle him to receive payment for his services in 1792.
His brother James ROCHELLE had bought land in Craven Co., S.C. by 1786 and his brother Capt. John ROCHELLE had served with Francis MARION in S.C.
The first legal record shows Lovel ROCHEL as a witness to the estate of Lewis PERKINS in the Camden District; with Lydia PERKINS as next of kin. This probably is no coincidence that Lovick ROCHELLE married Elizabeth PERKINS, relationship is unknown; and so is the marriage date-but it probably occurred in S.C.
Many land deeds appear in the Kershaw Co. courthouse concerning Lovick ROCHELLE, he apparently owned land and possibly lived in the Chesterfield District near Lynches Creek and then bought land on the other side of the river which was in Kershaw Co. Many of the Chesterfield Co, Cheraw District; land deeds were destroyed during the Civil War. Lovick had many land dealings with Jesse MINTON. Lovick was apparently a very wealthy, good business man who got what he wanted in his business dealings; and was probably very hot tempered.
This hot temper and strong will caused many a problem for him in court and his personal life. Lovick ROCHELLE was arrested in 1805, along with Jesse FLEY and several others for the murder of Jessie MINTON'S son; David MINTON. A brief account of this history was written by Thomas J. KIRKLAND in the book "Historic Camden"- Vol.I, p.327. As today, this trial took many years, by April 1809 both ROCHELLE and FLEY were brought to trial. Many court records and family history survive on this trial; but with all his money and influence neither prevailed to help him. On 9 June 1809 Lovick ROCHELLE was hung for the murder of David MINTON. Later to be proven "innocent". Jessie FLEY/FLYE was hung several months later.
Lovick ROCHELLE is buried on the western bank of Lynches Creek on the land he loved-his tombstone reads:
Here rests the earthly remains of
Mr. Lovick ROCHELLE, Senr.
who was born in the year of our Lord 1754,
and departed this life in the fifty fifth year of his age,
leaving a disconsolate wife, son and daughter to lament
their irreparable loss.
"An Honest man's the noblest work of God."
By the 1800 Census of Kershaw Co., S.C.
Lovick ROCHELLE and Elizabeth PERKINS had the following children:
Two sons: Allen ROCHELLE and Lovick ROCHELLE, Jr.,
three daughters are listed; one is Charlotte ROCHELLE
(the others names are unknown)
Charlotte ROCHELLE was born 21 June 1787 and Lovick ROCHELLE, Jr. was born 28 May 1792.
In his Will, Lovick ROCHELLE left all his land and money to his wife Elizabeth ROCHELLE, his son Lodowick ROCHELLE, Jr.; under age 14 and his daughter Charlotte ROCHELLE. Not much is known about his son Lovick ROCHELLE, Jr.; he apparently married a woman named Elizabeth but, both were dead by 24 Nov. 1818-and are apparently buried in the Perkins Cemetery in Kershaw Co., S.C. No issue was recorded for this marriage.
Lovick ROCHELLE had left a large estate to his wife and now only child Charlotte ROCHELLE. This estate was named Red Oak Camp. It was on Lynch's Creek about 25 miles northeast of Camden and six miles north of the present town of Bethune.
Charlotte ROCHELLE married James BLAIR on Sunday evening at 7:00 pm, on the 6th February 1820.
James BLAIR was born about 1790 in the Waxhaws District, Lancaster Co., S.C. the son of William BLAIR & Sarah DOUGLAS. By 1816, he was named Adjutant General of the S.C. State Militia and took an active part in the War of 1812; and was elected Sheriff of Lancaster Co. for several years. He was elected to Congress in 1821 and respresented South Carolina until 1822 and was re-elected in 1828 and served until 1834; when he died on the 1st of April in Washington City.
A description of James BLAIR, lists him as 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 350 pounds, all in perfect proportion. He was known as the "Waxhaw Giant." A very tall Cattawba Indian, known as "Chunky Bone" was BLAIR'S most constant companion, other than his wife and son. They must have made a most impressive site!
Below are pictures of Charlotte Rochelle BLAIR and her husband General James BLAIR
General James BLAIR and Charlotte ROCHELLE had one son Lovick William Rochelle BLAIR, born on Tuesday, 10 July 1821 at Red Oak Camp. L.W.R. BLAIR grew up in wealth and prosperity; not much is known about his early childhood; his father died when he was about 13 years of age. Much responsibility must have fallen on his shoulders.
A brief history of the BLAIR family and home was written by his only son; James William BLAIR, entitled "Dixie's Retreat, Forbears and Descendants"-I will abstract some of the family history here:
My father (L.W.R. BLAIR) was an only child, his father a big scotch irishman, his mother a little French Hugenot woman weighing less than a hundred pounds. He was sent off to school in Virginia, accompanied by his uncle. He hated school and wanted to return home to his parents; so a tutor was hired from France and he excelled in his studies. He was a well educated, philosophical and religious man as an adult; and a friend to many.
At age 39, he met and married Miss Sallie T. WORKMAN, daughter of William Clarke WORKMAN and Sarah J. YOUNG of Camden, S.C. She was born on 12 March 1830; and married Lovick W. R. BLAIR at 10 o'clock A.M. on Wednesday the 10th day of August 1859 by R. I. BOYD.
The BLAIRS were members of the Methodist Church of Camden, S.C.-from the records we find the following:
3 May 1835-Charlotte Rochelle BLAIR an adult, was baptized by Whiteford SMITH.
Capt. L. W. R. BLAIR'S marriage was recorded on 10 August 1859.
The birth of their 1st child was recorded in the church records also: Sarah Elizabeth, daughter of L. W. R. BLAIR & Sallie T. BLAIR born 1st July 1860, was baptized by E. J. MEYNARDIE.
Below are pictures of Sallie T. Workman BLAIR and Lovick William "Rochelle" BLAIR
Lovick William Rochelle BLAIR and Sallie T. WORKMAN had the following children:
Sarah Charlotte BLAIR, b. 1 July 1860-d.9 Dec. 1917
Bessie Louise BLAIR, b. 20 Nov. 1862--married Julian J. NEVILLE, 29 Oct.1884
Rochella BLAIR, b. 26 Feb. 1866-d.22 August 1882
Mary Gwynne BLAIR, b. 19 May 1868-married James G. STROTHER, 29 Dec. 1886
Eva Douglas BLAIR, b. 11 April 1872-married James Abner RICHARDSON
James William BLAIR, b. 24 Dec. 1874-married Matilda BARWALD
Lovick W. R. BLAIR enlisted in Co. A., 7th Battalion, South Carolina State Troops. He was a Captain from 1861 and promoted to Major in Feb. 1863.
Below is a picture of Captain Lovick William Rochelle BLAIR in his Confederate Captain's Uniform; the picture was painted by his daughter Eva Douglas BLAIR in 1895.
According to family history and deeds; "Red Oak Camp" was Lovick ROCHELLE'S plantation (1754-1809) and afterwards the James BLAIR plantation which was on the Lynches River. The mansion was burned by Union troops of Sherman's 17th Corps.
"Log Town Cottage" was L.W.R. BLAIR'S townhouse in Camden. He bought it in 1860 as a house for his wife Sallie T. Workman BLAIR. He lost it in the carpetbagger tax sales after the war. It still stands, now "Aberdeen" a bed and breakfast Inn in Camden, S.C.
The Camden Weekly Journal
advertised the following property:
Valuable and Desirable lands for Sale
The subscriber offers for sale that valuable tract of land on Big Lynches Creek, formerly owned by Lovick YOUNG, deceased, lying in Kershaw and Chesterfield Districts, containing between seven and eight thousand acres. The improvements consist of the settlement upon which the deceased resided at the time of death, consisting of a dwelling house, gin house, screw, and all necessary outbuildings, all in good repair. Also, another settlement, with a comfortable dwelling house and necessary outbuildings. There is also on the premises, and convenient to both settlements, a first rate Grist Mill, on a never failing stream. This is conceded to be the most valuable and desirable land on Lynches Creek, and its productiveness is known to be unsurpassed by any other in the county. A further description is unnecessary-purchasers are invited to call and examine for themselves. The land will be sold in a body, or divided to suit purchasers, and the terms made liberal.
August 15, 1854
J. D. YOUNG
(First appearing Aug. 15, 1854-Oct. 10, 1854.
This plantation was called "Lynchwood Plantation" and was purchased by L. W. R. BLAIR.
"Dixie's Retreat" was Rochelle BLAIR'S postbellum home on Big Pine Tree Creek near Camden. It was a 300 acre tract purchased from James CHESNUTT, Jr. Behind the house which he built, there was the gorge known as the "Precipice" and also known as "Paint Hill." The house burned in the 1930's. When he bought the tract there was another house on the property which he called "Daisie Farm"; the family lived there until he built "Dixie Retreat." His son described the house as, a huge two story structure, built of hewn pine logs. The ceilings, walls and floors were about two thirds of the interior were finished with dressed pine, not painted. When you entered the home, there was a large hall; the first room to the left was the parlor, where the portraits of my Grandfather and Grandmother BLAIR hung high; and their eyes would seem to follow me in the semi-darkness. On the 2nd floor, overlooking the precipice was the balcony where my father spent considerable time looking through his telescope at the skies. The second floor also contained the childrens rooms. The balance of the upper floor was occupied by the library and his extensive collections of books from all over the world.
Below is a picture which was suppose to be taken at Red Oak Camp
They have been identified by James MCCOLL as:
(front-L-R) Mariah Jane Garland HORTON, (old man with beard) John HORTON, Sr.
(sitting-L-R) Lovick William Rochelle BLAIR, (woman) unknown, possibly a GARLAND
(far back-L-R) Charlotte Rochelle BLAIR and (right)Mary Crowe GARLAND
(man standing) George Douglas BLAIR, brother of James BLAIR.
(bust on shelf) possibly Genl. James BLAIR
Ben BRANNON identifies them as:
(front-L-R)Jane Garland HORTON and Col. William Batts HORTON (at table)
(sitting-L-R)Ben ROCHELLE and Ellen McLean HORTON
(far back L-R)Dorcas BLAIR and Jane Elizabeth AIGUIER
(man standing) George Douglas BLAIR
Only history will know for sure. Can you help identify them?
Below are pictures of 2 of L.W.R. & Sallie T. Workman BLAIR'S children.
Sarah Charlotte BLAIR & James William BLAIR & Rochella Blair
From the "National Cyclopedia of American Biography"
Manufacturer, was born at Camden, S.C.; July 1, 1861, daughter of Lovick William Rochelle and Sallie T. Workman BLAIR, and great granddaughter of William BLAIR, a Scotchman, who emigrated from Ireland and settled in Lancaster District, S.C. in 1771. Her father served during the Civil War as a major in the Confederate army, in a company he himself had equipped. His daughter received her education at home, under the preceptorship of private instructors, and tutors. In 1892, when she was thirty one, she bacame a stenographer in the service of the Radford Pipe & Foundry Co., at Radford, Va.; and after being employed by several other companies in the same industry, she became associated in the organization, in 1900, of the the Dimmick Pipe Co., of Birmingham, Ala.; as secretary. Later, when she was admitted to the board of directors of the company, she became the first woman in the history of the state to sit in the directorate of an industrial corporation. She resigned from the company in 1904 and a year later secured sufficient backing to organize her own company, the American Cast Iron Pipe Co.; being chartered in October, 1905, with Miss BLAIR as secretary and director of the corporation, in charge of sales. In 1908 she was obliged to retire from active work because of impaired health and thereafter she resided chiefly in California and in Atlanta, Ga. At that time the company's annual production amounted to about 40,000 tons of pipe per year. The plant of the American Cast Iron Pipe Co. is at Acipco a suburb of Birmingham, and the company was by 1930 one of the largest manufacturing concerns in the Birmingham district, employing approximately 1500 men and producing 150,000 tons of cast iron pipe annually. Miss BLAIR was a quiet and unassuming woman, but her business associates had implicit confidence in her ability. She possessed good judgement, common sense and foresight. She died in Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 9, 1917.
Please contact Sloan Mason if you have any further info. on the BLAIR/ROCHELLE families.
A special thanks to the following people for pictures and information on these families.
Dr. William BLAIR
Camden Archives & Museum
S.C. State Archives