Saturday, August 31, 2013

Surname Saturday ~ Rose of New York and New Jersey

My immigrant Rose ancestor is Joseph Rose. It has been theorized that he was born about 1735 in England. I have been contacted a couple of times through my tree on asking me about his parentage but I don't have any information about where in England he was born or who his parents are.

NYC Directory for 1786, page 68
(NYC: H. J. Sachs & Company, 1905)
I also don't have information on when he immigrated to America, but he was in New York by 1786, when he is listed as a distiller in the NYC Directory for that year. (I don't know who "Rose, J. hair-dresser" is listed below "Rose, Joseph, distiller.")

It is said that he was a sea captain and a merchant.

His wife was Barbara Egburson / Egbertse, of Dutch ancestry. They were married in New York City on July 31, 1766.

His will can be found at under New York, Probate Records, 1629-1971. (Liber 46 p. 513 fol. old numbers, or p. 473 fol. new numbers.) (Thank you to fellow geneablogger and distant cousin, Leah, of Leah's Family Tree, for letting me know about this will.) The will was signed on March 20, 1805. He mentions his "beloved wife" Barbara and children, Mary (widow of Francis Lynch), Joseph, William, Isaac, Elizabeth, Ann, and youngest child, Samuel (who appeared to be the only one not yet 21 years old). His will also mentions that he has "certain claims against the British and French Governments" which he hopes will become part of his estate for his heirs.

Joseph Rose died February 28, 1807, less than a year after his wife, who died on April 13, 1806. They are buried together in New York City's Trinity Churchyard. See the Find A Grave memorial for Joseph and Barbara.

I descend from their son Joseph, believed to be his eldest son.

Generation 2: Joseph Rose was born about 1770 in New York and died on November 21, 1852, in Matawan, Monmouth County, New Jersey. He married Frances Stanton (daughter of Lodowick Stanton and Thankful Stanton) and they had six children. His wife died in November 1815. Her death is noted in the November 18, 1815, issue of the Weekly Museum, a New York newspaper (1788-1817) found at GenealogyBank.

Matawan is in red; Monmouth County
is gray and its location in NJ is at right.
Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
This Joseph was a merchant in New York, but by 1850, he was in Monmouth County, New Jersey, where I found him, 80 years old, living alone in Raritan in the U.S. Federal Census for that year.

It appears that he and his wife had six children who were all baptized at St. Mark's in New York City on April 4, 1816: Frances Maria, Joseph, William (or Willet?), Cordelia, Mary, and Lodowick.

Joseph died in 1852 and has a memorial at Rose Hill Cemetery in Matawan, New Jersey.

I descend from their son Joseph.

Generation 3: Joseph Rose was born on October 25, 1809, in New York City and lived there for the first part of his life. He served in the New York State Assembly and was one of the city officials responsible for obtaining funding for the purchase of New York City's Central Park.

His wife was Frances Stanton Willet, daughter of Jedidiah Willet and Mary Stanton, though I've been having a hard time finding good primary source material for linking her to these parents.

In 1850, I found this Joseph living in New York City with the occupation of "Gun Smith." His household includes wife, Frances S. Rose, Joseph Rose, George Rose, William Rose and Cordelia Rose. Take a look at the head of the next household: David H. McAlpin, Segar Manufactuer!

U.S. Federal Census. Year: 1850; Census Place: New York Ward 4, New York, New York;
Roll: M432_536; Page: 264B; Lines: 35-41; Record for Joseph Rose family

At the top of the next census page is the eldest daughter of Joseph Rose and Frances S. W. Rose, Frances, wife of David H. McAlpin, and their eldest son, Edwin A. McAlpin, age 2:

Same census information, page 265A; lines 1-2; Record for Frances A. McAlpin and son Edwin A. McAlpin

Joseph Rose moved to Matawan, New Jersey by the 1860 Census, where he is listed as a farmer. According to a book found at Google Books, Matawan and Aberdeen: Of Town and Field, by Helen Henderson, of the Matawan Historical Association, Joseph served on the Matawan Township Committee and on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

In addition to the five children named above, he had two sons who died young, and another daughter, Josephine, who married just before the 1850 U.S. Census was taken. I plan to do some additional research on her, as I found her name listed as her mother's executrix in an 1893 newspaper notice.

Joseph died on December 4, 1877, and is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, named for him, as he once owned the land. I shared his obituary and gravestone photos in additional blog posts.

I descend from their oldest daughter, Frances Adelaide Rose, born in 1829.

It is interesting to note that their youngest daughter, Cordelia Maria Rose, born in 1844, was the third wife of David Hunter McAlpin, after she married Judson G. Shackelton, who died in 1883.

Generation 4: Frances Adelaide Rose (1829-1870), married David Hunter McAlpin (1816-1901), as noted above.
Generation 5: Frances Adelaide McAlpin (1860-1937)
Generation 6: Charles McAlpin Pyle (1893-1966)
Generation 7: Charles McAlpin Pyle, Jr. (1924-1993)
Generation 8: Me

My initial source, a secondary source, for some of this information is:

[1] Pyle, Smith and Allied Family Histories (Privately published, 1951), which I mentioned in the Surname Saturday post for my Pyle line.

Since first piecing together this line, I have found several other sources, including digital images of the Matawan Journal at the Matawan Public Library's website. I have also been in contact with Christine Rose of the Rose Family Association, who has published many reports on different Rose families.

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