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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Sympathy Saturday - Horace Boardman Rose

This is all I have for Horace Rose who purportedly died on January 7, 1841. He married Elvira Percival, daughter of Dr. Jabez Percival and Elizabeth Stearns (and sister of my great-great-great grandfather, Dr. John Stearns Percival.)

Ted R. Worley, Editor, "A Sketch of Horace Boardman Rose," Arkansas Historical Quarterly Volume 14, Number 3 (Autumn 1955): p 281-282, Volume 14, #3, p 281-282.

A Sketch of Horace Boardman Rose

Edited by Ted R. Worley

The original of the following biographical sketch of Horace Boardman Rose, for whom the town of Roseville, Arkansas, was named, is in the Weaver-Field Collection of the Arkansas History Commission.  This collection consisting of household relics, books, maps, and miscellaneous manuscript records was loaned in 1954 to the Commission by the late Ben Johnson Field, Jr. and Mary Judith Field Julian.  The author of the sketch is unknown.  The town of Roseville was on the Arkansas River in Franklin County about ten miles below Ozark.

Major Horace Boardman Rose of New York, one of the Pioneers of Arkansas, was married in 1807 to Miss Elivra Percival of Indiana, and with his bride went to New Orleans, LA., to make their home; of this marriage three daughters were born -- Mary Eliza, Eudora Elvira and Corinna.  In 1830 Major Rose moved to Arkansas from New Orleans, bringing his wife, and his three young daughters with him -- also a young man from Virginia, Saml. Montgomery Weaver.  The little party came up the Arkansas river on one of the early steamboats, (that mode of travel being in its infancy at that time).  After a trip of many weeks, the boat landed at Little Rock, then a settlement of a few houses, spending several days here, Major Rose concluded he would like to explore the country further up the river, so the little party again boarded the steam boat  and moved on to the west -- When the boat arrived at what was then called McClaines Bottom, (in after years as the place grew to be a town the name was changed to Roseville, in honor of Major Rose, who did so much for the up building, and advancement of the place). Major Rose seeing the beautiful country, and rich lands of that locality, decided to remain there, invest money, and make his home, which was afterward noted for its hospitality, and meeting of cultured people under its roof.  Major Rose himself, being a man of great learning, and elegant personality, possessed a very valuable library, (a part of which is still owned, and priced by one of his granddaughters, Mrs. Mary Rose Field of 311 E. 6th Street Little Rock.)  His wife, a gentle and dignified lady, with great charm of manner added much to the refinement and happiness of their home.  Mary Eliza Rose eldest daughter of Major and Mrs. Rose married Saml. Montgomery Weaver in 1836, and returned to Little Rock to make this place their home, and spent the balance of their lives here, Mrs. Weaver having lived to the age of 91 -- honored, and beloved by all who knew her -- her children, grandchildren, and great-granddaughter, are still living in the old colonial home, built by her husband, Saml. M. Weaver in 1838.  Major and Mrs. Rose's second daughter, Eudora Elvira, married Mr. George Knox of Van Buren, Ark. and made their home in that place.  Corinna married Mr. Quinn of Roseville, after some years was left a widow, then Mr. Dr. Chism of same place, and spent the rest of her life in the town named after her father.  Major Rose died in 1841, his wife in 1835; bot were laid to rest in Roseville.

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