“Grandma” Rochelle Reaches Her Ninety-Third Birthday

Reynoldsburg, O., July 12.—One of the most delightful events in this vicinity for a long time was a day passed with lovely, old “Grandma” Rochelle, last Wednesday, it being her 93rd birthday. Friends and relatives by the dozens with well filled baskets trooped to the comfortable farm house, one of the landmarks of the community, and the day was given up to quiet enjoyment, the venerable hostess being one of the liveliest of the gay party.

Mrs. Lucinda Search Rochelle was born at Sparta, Sussex county, New Jersey, July 9, 1809, and married John Rochelle, at Morristown, N.J., April 9, 1825. They moved to Black Lick, Franklin county, Ohio, in 1836, and purchased the land, and cleared it, and hewed the logs and erected their own cabin on this farm, where she now lives.

Twelve children blessed the union, namely: Zelotus [sic], Elizabeth, John, William, Dency, Mary Ann, Susan, Victoria, Martin S.[,] Scott, Phoebe and a little girl who died in infancy. Of these six are living, namely: William Rochelle of Hamilton, Dency Barber of Moline, Mich.; Dr. Martin S. Rochelle of Wichita, Kan.; Scott Rochelle of Black Lick; Mary A. Hickman and Phoebe Hempstead of Reynoldsburg.

“Grandma’s” husband died the 26th day of October, 1877, in his 72nd year. Four of their sons served in the civil war, William helped to check the Morgan raid; John enlisted in the 100 day service and was taken prisoner and sent to Andersonville prison, and died there, and Martin and Scott enlisted in Company C, 46th regiment, O.V.I., under General Walcutt, and were honorably discharged.

There are 28 grandchildren, 60 great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild.

Among those present at the dinner Wednesday evening were: Mr. and Mrs. Harry Earl of Westerville, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Hempstead and daughters Frankie and Lulu, of Reynoldsburg; Charlie Chrysler, of Gahanna; John Rochelle and wife of Beech Corners, and Dency Barber of Moline, Mich.

Mrs. Rochelle is a consistent member of the Old School Baptist church and rides about six miles to church. Her eyesight is good and she reads the Columbus Evening Dispatch regularly. Her general health is good. The loving hands of her son, Scott Rochelle and his faithful wife, are caring for her in her old days.

A Rochelle and Hanson reunion, two of the oldest families of Franklin county, will be held at this homestead, on September 11, to which relatives and friends are invited with their well filled baskets.

Source: Columbus Sunday Dispatch, July 13, 1902.

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