Hoesa Holcombe Rockett
- Born: 30 May 1842, Lafayette, MS
- Marriage (1): Annie Mae West on 26 Apr 1866
- Marriage (2): Martha Ruth Breazeal on 3 Sep 1882
- Died: 16 Apr 1914 at age 71
- Buried: Spearsville Cemetery, Union Parish, LA
Noted events in his life were:
• Obituary, 1914, Spearsville, Union Parish, LA. Obituary.
On Wednesday April 15th 1914 at the residence of his daughter Mrs. Lee Barron, 4 miles south of Spearsville, La., our friend and former neighbor Hosa H. Rockett departed this life. His departure was not such a shock to his family and friends as he had been sufferingwith a complicated stomach and cataral trouble, the effects of which had rendered him an invalid for the past year or more.
There is one consolation to the surviving relatives and friends of the deceased,
he at no time ever wanted for attention but what there was either his devoted
wife and daughter ready to render to him any attention that could be at there [sic] command to make his last days comfortable as possible. The writer has been personally acquainted with the deceased for the past 40 years, a large portion of this time we lived as neighbors to each other and I can say and know whereof I speak when I say that H. H. Rockett lived a life that was commendable. As citizen and neighbor, he was always ready to assist the worthy and needy in his community, and was a member of the Babtist church and lived a consistant member to his death.
Personally I have never known him to join any issue that so commonly arises in our country or community that his advise and council, when sought for, was not given in line with justice and equity to all parties concerned. He was the third son of James and Eudosia Rockett, was borne May 31, 1842, in Lafayette Co., Miss. and moved to Union Parish, La. with his widowed mother in 1858, where he has made his home since with the exception of two intervals. He was a soldier in the civil war. He was married in 1866 to Miss Ann West, who died in October 1881, leaving five children, Mrs. W. S. Hollis, Mrs. W. T. Castleberry and S. H. and W. E. Rockett, and Mrs. Lena Black. He was again married in 1882 to Mrs. Martha Groves, to this union there were born three children, Mrs. Lee Barron and S. B. and H. T. Rockett, all of whom are living. To the surviving relatives of the deceased, I realize your loss as I have been made to realize the loss of a father and mother. There is but one consolation to us as surviving relatives and that is that we so live that when God sees fit to call us that we may meet our loved ones there to live together for eternity.
P. F. Post.
Hosea Holcombe Rockett returned to Mississippi in early 1861 so that he could join the same Confederate military unit as his brother, William Henry Rockett, who had remained in Mississippi when their mother Eudocia Holcombe Rockett and her younger children moved to Louisiana. Hosea and Bill served in the 19th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, and spent much of that year in Virginia. Both men became sick while in Virginia and were discharged in November 1861 and returned home. Hosea returned to Spearsville and enlisted in the "Sparrow Cadets" in the spring of 1862, a unit that became Company I, 31st Louisiana Infantry Regiment. They served in and around the Vicksburg, Mississippi area between November 1862 and July 1863. As U. S. General Grant's army passed down the Mississippi past Vicksburg and began their campaign intended to take the city, Hosea was with his unit when they first met the Yankees at the Battle of Grand Gulf. Rockett was taken prisoner there in May 1863 and sent north to a Yankee prison. He was soon paroled and exchanged, but he lost an eye that year while in the military service. He rejoined his unit in early 1864 and
served until the end of the war.
Except for a few years he lived in Arkansas, Hosea H. Rockett farmed in the
Spearsville area for the rest of his life.
Hoesa married Annie Mae West, daughter of John West and Elizabeth Cooper, on 26 Apr 1866. (Annie Mae West was born on 31 Jan 1843, died on 2 Oct 1881 and was buried in Spearsville Cemetery, Union Parish, LA.)
Hoesa next married Martha Ruth Breazeal, daughter of Hosa Bright Breazeal and Sarah Elizabeth Mayfield, on 3 Sep 1882. (Martha Ruth Breazeal was born on 29 Sep 1851, died on 27 Nov 1935 and was buried in Spearsville Cemetery, Union Parish, LA.)