Pioneer Passes Away

“Grandma” Rochelle Dies At Home In Reynoldsburg

Helped Her Husband Clear the Land and Build Their Cabin—Funeral Services.

The funeral services over the remains of Mrs. Lucinda Search Rochelle were held Wednesday from the late residence near Reynoldsburg, Rev. G.N. Tussing, pastor of the Reynoldsburg Baptist church officiating. Interment will be made in the cemetery near the deceased’s home.

Mrs. Rochelle passed away at her home near Reynoldsburg Monday of troubles incident to her advanced years.

She was born in Sparta, Sussex county, New Jersey, July 9, 1809, and was married to John Rochelle at Morristown, N.J., on April 9, 1825.

On December 7, 1836, the young couple decided to come to Ohio and made the long hard trip, beset with all the difficulties and dangers of those early days, in the original type of a prairie schooner.


They purchased a farm near Reynoldsburg and with her own hands Mrs. Rochelle helped clear the land and build the log cabin.

She lived on her farm until the day of her death and spent the last years of her life with her son Scott.

Twelve children were born and four sons, William, John, Matt and Scott, enlisted for service in the Civil War. William Rochelle died while a prisoner at Andersonville.


Mrs. Rochelle known to all around the county under the endearing term of “Grandma” Rochelle, was probably the oldest living pioneer of Franklin county up to the time of her death.

Only eight weeks ago she was able to ride six miles and attend services at the Baptist church, of which she had been a lifelong member.

Source: Columbus Dispatch, November 18, 1903.

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