Richard Mockford b. 1802

Richard Mockford 4th great grandpa on RootsMagic tree.

Richard Mockford was born June 1, 1802 in Brighton, Sussex, England. In Brighton on February 13, 1830 Richard, a bachelor  married Elizabeth Green, a spinster. Elizabeth and Richard had 8 children. The Mockford family lived in Brighton, Sussex, then Burdock, Cornwall, England. On the England  1851 and 1861 censuses Richard was a miller.  By 1863 Richard and his wife were living in New York. They joined their sons Henry and William who had immigrated earlier. They all settled in western New York near Rochester on Lake Ontario about 30 miles east of Niagara Falls.
In 1863 Richard was on a New York tax list, “Richard Mockford of Brockport, Retail dealer, 6.67 in taxes”.

A Rochester, NY business directory from 1863 has Richard Mockford listed in the Brockport and Rochester NY sections, as a baker and flour broker. The same directory described Batavia and Brockport, both towns where Mockfords lived. Batavia was known for its ‘fine wheat’. Also in same directory: a House for Idle and Truant Children and the Rochester Home for the Friendless.

Richard died in 1867, his wife Elizabeth lived 10 more years. They both lived to see many grandchildren born in Monroe County, New York including Richard Mockford who made the 1,000 mile journey to Iowa where he married Matilda Flood and they had a child Philippa Mockford, mom of Elizabeth Speedy.


  • England Sussex parish registers 1538-1910 database. There’s an image, copyrighted and viewable at
  • 1863 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 page 37 at Ancestry
  • 1851 and 1861 England census databases at FamilySearch.
  • US IRS Tax Assessment Lists 1862-1918 New York District at Ancestry. 

William Stephens Mockford b 1842

William Stephens Mockford 2nd great uncle of Elizabeth Speedy who married Stanley Roose Sr.

William was born in Cornwall England April 1842, the younger brother of Henry Mockford. William arrived in America about 5 years after his brother Henry in 1859 and lived for a time with Henry and Philippa Mockford. In 1862 he joined the Civil War for the Union: New York Infantry, 140th Regiment, Company A. He enlisted as a Private, left as a Corporal. William was a farmer and postmaster. A photo of William is shared on Ancestry with this written on back: William Stevens Mockford. Picture taken in his flower garden at the age of 86, 1928 by Mrs Warthington, the driver of the Traveling Library.

William Mockford 1841-1932, brother of Henry Mockford 1831-1905
Richard John Mockford 1856-1910
Philippa Flood Mockford 1891-1979
Elizabeth Matilda Speedy 1917-2005 m. Stanley Joseph Roose 1915-2004

Civil War service: National Parks Soldiers and Sailors Database, William’s info and more details on 140th Regiment, New York Infantry and the NPS Civil War Main Page 

1851 England Census Cornwall, Falmouth, Mylor at The National Archives of the UK