Nora MILLAN Fannie Christine ROOKE Chris Columbus ROOKE James Leonard ROOKE Bessie Estelle CLINTON Hettie Lou REED Mini tree diagram

Christopher Columbus ROOKE1,2,3,7,1,8,4,5,6,9,9

8th Nov 18981,2,3,1,4,5,6 - 28th Nov 19783,7,1,8

Life History

8th Nov 1898

Born in Rockport, Aransas, Texas.1,2,3,1,4,5,6

about 1920

Married Nora MILLAN in Rockport, Aransas, Texas.8

In the 1930 census, Chris is reported as widowed.  If this is correct, then Nora died some time before the 1930 census.

before 1930

Death of Nora MILLAN in Rockport, Aransas, Texas

14th Mar 1931

Married Bessie Estelle CLINTON in Matagorda County, Texas.10

16th Feb 1932

Birth of daughter Fannie Christine ROOKE in Rockport, Aransas, Texas.11,1,6

1st Sep 1933

Birth of son Chris Columbus ROOKE in Bexar County, Texas.6,9,3,12,8

after 1935

Divorced from Bessie Estelle CLINTON in Last chiild James was born about 1935, ref 1940 census; based on granddaughter's report; and 1940 census, when Chris is single again..10

31st Mar 1935

Birth of son James Leonard ROOKE in Rockport, Aransas, Texas.6,9,3,13,14,12

about 1948

Married Hettie Lou REED in Rockport, Aransas, Texas.8

5th Aug 1975

Death of daughter Fannie Christine ROOKE in Vilonia, Faulkner, Arkansas.11

Feb 1976

Death of Bessie Estelle CLINTON in Watauga, Carter, Tennessee.10,15

23rd Oct 1977

Death of Hettie Lou REED in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas.8,1

28th Nov 1978

Died in Aransas Pass, San Patricio, Texas.3,7,1,8

Death carcinoma of the lung for 6 months

28th Nov 1978

Buried in Rockport Cemetery, Rockport , Aransas County, Texas.1


  • Chris lived in Rockport, Aransas County, Texas, his whole life.

    WWI Draft Registration Cards
    Christer Columbia Rooke [sic]
    Residence Rockport, Texas
    Born 8 November 1898
    Laborer, Heldenfield Bros, Rockport
    Contact:  Mrs Fannie Rooke (Mother), Rockport
    Tall, Slender, Blue Eyes, Brown Hair
    Registered 12 September 1918 Rockport, Texas
    Signed Christopher Columb. Rooke

    1920 Federal Census, Aransas County, Texas, 3 January, Rockport, District 2, page 12B, Church St, Hse #102, Fam #112
    Rooke, Thomas B Head Owns Free & Clear M W 61 SC VA FL Carpenter
    Rooke, Fannie A Wife F W 62 TX GA GA None
    Rooke, Christopher C Son M W 22 Single TX SC TX Driver

    One genealogy has very good detail, but no documentation.  It appears to be presenting valid information from family records.  The only thing is, it reports the approximate time of Christ' marriage to Bessie Clinton was 1927, but in the 1930 census, he is reported living in his brother's home, and is reported as Widowed.  Bessie is age 20, sitl lliving in her parents' home in Rockport.  In the 1940 census, Bessie, already divorced from Chris, has all their children.  The oldest is Fannie, age 8.  So they didn't marry until about 1931, or maybe last half of 1930.

    Christopher Columbus William Rooke
    Birth 08 Nov 1897 in  Rockport, Aransas, Texas
    Death Nov 1978 in  Rockport, Aransas, Texas
    Thomas Beard Rooke 1858 - 1924
    Fannie Augustus Clarke 1857 - 1924
    Marriage to Nora Millan Abt 1920 Rockport, Aransas, Texas
    Marriage to Bessie Estelle Clinton Abt 1927 Rockport, Aransas, Texas [more like after 1930 census]
    Marriage to Hettie Lou Wyatt Abt 1948 (place unknown)
    Birth 31 Jan 1896,  Death Oct 1977 in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas
    --  Nelson 201`3,

    1930 Federal Census, Aransas County, Texas, 17 April, Rockport, District 4-4, page 6B, Pearl St, Hse #121, Fam #123
    Rooke, Clark A Owns $400 has a Radio Head M W 37 Married at age 27 TX SC SC Oil Station Truck Driver
    Rooke, Lou Beyd [?] Wife F W 30 Married at age 19 TX TX AL
    Rooke, Louise V Dau F W 5 TX TX TX
    Rooke, Christ [sic] Brother M W 32 Widow [no statement of first marriage age] TX SC SC Grocery Delivery Boy

    The birth date of Fannie Christine Rooke is 16 February 1932.  The Nelson genealogy above estimates the marriage of Christopher to Christy's mother Bessie took place in 1927.  But in the 1930 census, Christopher is reported as widowed.  Thus it does not appear that he married Bessie until between 1930 and 1931. In the 1940 census, Chris is living alone, with Rooke relatives nearby in their own households, and he is reported as Divorced, as suggested by his granddaughter's report.

    Their marriage record reprots Chris married Bessie in 1931.

    Texas, County Marriage Records, 1817-1965
    Chris C Rooke
    Bessie Clinton
    Marriage 14 Mar 1931 Matagorda County, Texas, USA

    They divorced before the 1940 census.

    1940 Federal Census, Aransas County, Texas, 9 May, Rockport Precinct 2, District 4-4, page 5A, Liberty St, Hse #88, Owns $100
    Rooke, Chris C Head M W 42 Divorced Grade H1 Texas same place in 1935 Retail Ice Truck Driver [b abt 1898]

    His brother Clark is two doors away, and between them appears to be another brother, Thomas, which is their father's name.

    His former wife Bessie is enumerated with their three children in her father's household in Rockport.  The youngest child James is 5 years old, thus born about 1935.  So Chris and Bessie divorced some time between 1935 to 1940.

    1940 Federal Census, Aransas County, Texas, 9 May, Rockport Precinct 2, District 4-4, page 5A, Liberty St, Hse #88, Owns $100
    Clinton, Jimmie Head M W 48 Married Grade 7 b Texas same place in 1935 No Occup stated [b abt 1892]
    [other Clinton family members listed here]
    Rooke, Bessie daughter F W 30 Divorced H1 b Texas same place in 1935 Seamstress, PWA Sewing Room [b abt 1910]
    Rooke, Fannie granddau F W 8 Grade 2 b Texas same place in 1935 [b abt 1932]
    Rooke, Chris Jr grandson M W 6 Grade 1 b Texas same place in 1935 [b abt 1934]
    Rooke, James grandson M W 5 Grade 0 b Texas same place in 1935 [b abt 1935]

    "I never knew him, they divorced when my mother was young."
    --  his granddaughter Linda Tucker Matchett, in Facebook messaging to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 20 July 2014

    U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
    Christophe Rooke
    Born 8 Nov 1897
    Died Nov 1978
    Last Residence & Benefit Rockport, Aransas, Texas 78382
    SSN 459-10-2521 issued Texas (Before 1951)

    Chris' last address with Social Security was his hometown of Rockport in Aransas County, Texas.  He died in neighboring San Patricio County,

    Texas Death Index, 1903-2000
    Christopher Rooke
    Death 28 Nov 1978 San Patricio County

    His death certificate explains further that he was in a nursing facility in Aransas Pass.

    Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982
    Christopher Columbus Rooke
    Birth 8 Nov 1897 Rockport, Texas
    Residence Rockport, Aransas, Texas
    Occupation Grocery and Feed Store Helper
    Father Thomas B Rooke
    Mother Fannie A Clarke
    Informant Mrs Linda Arthur (niece)
    Age at Death 81
    Death 28 Nov 1978 Aransas Pass Nursing and Convalescent Center, Aransas Pass, San Patricio, Texas
    Had been in the facility 2.5 months
    Cause of death carcinoma of the lung for 6 months
    Removal 28 November 1978 for burial in Rockport Cemetery, Rockport by Marshall Funeral Home
    Filed 6 December 1978, Filed State 13 December 1978


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