My great grandfather, James, was born 10 Feb 1828 (d.1888). A captain in the Union Army, he and his younger brother, Philip (b.1829), were born in Buffalo or Black Rock, N.Y. and were raised in foster homes, retaining their surnames. I have reached a dead end on discovering their forebears, but we were told they came from Ireland. My grandfather, Howard Willis Rokes, Sr., had a brother, Frederick (b. 8 Aug 1874;d.13 Nov 1955) and married a Carrie Chase. Do any of you Rokeses out there have any possible connections in your family?