The Rosamond Family of Texas

A branch of the Rosamond family came to Texas in covered wagons and settled in Weldon. They were the Real McCoys who will go down in history because of Sweeny’s aliance with Rick Perry, a fake cowboy and patriot. The Hodges family alsocame to Texas.

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William A. Rosamond and his wife Canzada (Coleman) Rosamond and their six sons and other members of the Rosamond Family came from Kosciusko, Mississippi, where his parents owned a plantation on Big Black River. They came here in covered wagons in 1866 and experienced all the hardships on the way – wild animals and other threats to their lives.

They first settled for a short time in White Rock Creek where they were near water. Next they moved to Houston County. W.A. Rosamond, my grandpa, owned a gin and also a grist mill. And, was a farmer here in Weldon, Texas near the ole Huntsville and Crockett road. On this road was a stage stop, a short distance from their place. They had to hunt for their meat and other food. (Weldon?) was not a very clear settlement.

Canzada, my grandma, was a good hunter. She would go out and kill wild turkeys and other wild animals for their food – wild hogs. (She) cured meat by smoking it a long time. (They) had to make their lye soap as they saved grease. Their wash days were not easy – had to go to a tank & wash, boil (their clothes) in a black wash pot. Then had to Battle their clothes to dry them – beat them with a paddle.

William A. Rosamond (my grandpa) told of a hunt he was on – it was nite time. He and a friend had one shell left. They saw something so they climbed a tree. They saw two eyes shining so they used their last shell, didn’t know if they killed the animal or not because they could still see two eyes shining. But, when it got (to be) daylight, they could see a panther and it was dead.

W.A. Rosamond (my grandpa) found a baby girl in the mill hopper when he went to work one morning. This was in the late 1800s. They raised the baby.

One place they owned here (Weldon), Canzada planted some pecan trees. They are over a hundred years old – still bearing pecans.

I do not have records or dates of the land they owned – only one small farm, about 40 acres – here in Weldon, Texas. It belonged to Joseph A. Rosamond (my papa) and all of his children were born on this place.

Willam A. & Canzada Rosamond – Sons

Benjamin H. Rosamond, Nov. 11,1852, deceased Oct. 19, 1934, buried in Weldon Cemetary.

Joseph Absolum Rosamond, April 14, 1862, deceased March 5, 1946, buried in Weldon Cemetary.

Enoch R. Rosamond, 1896, buried in Weldon Cemetary.

Joseph (Big Joe) Rosamond, married 1902 to Ida Mable Harper here in Houston County, Weldon, Texas, and they moved on the old Rosamond place here in Weldon. Their four children were all born on this old place.

Emmett Joseph Rosamond – April 16th 1903

Walter Glover Rosamond – October 19, 1907

Myrtle Beatrice – January 1, 1910

Mattie Dell Rosamond – October 24, 1914

One of the sons (Glover Rosamond) lives on the place.

William and Canzada Rosamond have grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren living in Houston County.

John W. Rosamond, one of the sons, owned a store here in the late 1800s- (early) 1900s. He was also one of the early postmasters.

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Subject:[HODGES-L] Another William Hodges No. 3 – Register Report 4th Generation
Date: Thu, 26 Dec 2002 18:58:11 -0500

This is the fourth and final generation I will post for this William Hodges. This is the generation that drove me crazy trying to figure out. I’d be interested on comments concerning my analysis. If anyone is a member of this Hodges family, I’d sure like to get additioinal information on the death of Thomas H. Hodges and Sarah Jane Hodges Rosamond.


Generation No. 4

8. SARAH JANE (SALINER) HODGES (THOMAS H.3, JAMES L.2, WILLIAM1) was born Abt. 1846 in Choctaw County, Mississippi, and died Abt. 1884 in Montgomery County, Mississippi. She married MARION FRANCIS “FRANK” ROSAMOND Abt. 1865 in Mississippi, son of BENJAMIN ROSAMOND and JANE ROGERS. He was born September 13, 1848 in Carroll County, Mississippi, and died July 13, 1935 in Lovelady, Texas.



>From 1850 Choctaw County, MS census:

539-539 CROWDER (This couple does not appear in the 1860 census)

i. J. W. 30 m Farmer 25 NC

ii. Malinda 21 f TN

This is the Malinda that married Thomas H. Hodges before 1860. J. W. Crowder apparently died between 1855 and 1860. Their children were:

Sarah M. T. J. Crowder b. abt. 1860

Martin L. Crowder b. abt. 1852

Isaac W. Crowder b. abt. 1855

___ / ___ HODGES

i. Thomas 30

ii. Maryan 25

iii. Sarah 4

iv. James 2

Maryan(n) is the mother of Sarah and James Hodges, rather than Malinda. Maryan apparently died between 1874 and 1860. By 1860, Thomas H. Hodges and Malinda B. Crowder are married and their families have been united.

>From 1860 Choctaw County, MS census:

641-619 HODGES

i. Thomas H. 42 Farmer 800 688 SC

ii. Malinda B. 35 Household Mistress TN

iii. Saliner 14 MS (This is Sarah, daughter of Maryann)

iv. James 13 MS (Son of Maryan)

v. Martha 10 MS (Daughter of Maryan)

vi Benjamin 7 MS (Son of Maryan)

Note that Benjamin has to be Maryann’s son and not Malinda,

because at the time he was born abt. 1853, Malinda is still

with her first husband.

vii. CROWDER, Sarah M. T. J. 10 MS

viii. CROWDER, Martin L. J. 8 MS

ix. CROWDER, Isaac W. 5 MS

By 1870, Thomas H. and Malinda B. Hodges have had three additional children, Elizabeth, Lewis O., and Mary M. E. Hodges. Sarah (Saliner?) Hodges has married, as she is shown by her married name of Rosamond, and she has two children living with the family, Mary A. Rosamond and Wm. H Rosamond. This has to be Sarah, daughter of Maryann, as Sarah Crowder age 19 is still listed in the census under that name as shown below.

>From 1870 Choctaw County, MS census:

74 – 74 HODGES

i. T.H. 53 Farmer SC

ii. Malinda 42 Keeping House

iii. Benj. F. 16 Farmer

iv. Elizabeth 8

v. Mary M. E. 2/12

vi. CROWDER, Sarah 19

vii. CROWDER, Martin L. 17

viii. ROSAMOND, Sarah 22

ix. ROSAMOND, Mary A. 4

x. ROSAMOND, Wm. H. 3

xi. RICHIE(?), A. B. 14 Farmer (Who is this?)

Of course, the obvious question is who and where is the husband of Sarah Hodges Rosamond. I believe he is Marion Francis “Frank” Rosamond, son of Benjamin Rosamond and Jane Rogers (Mays) Rosamond of Attala County, MS.

It is known that this couple had a son, Joseph Franklin Rosamond, based on the death certificate of this Joseph Franklin Rosamond. This death certificate lists the mother of Joseph Franklin Rosamond as Sarah Jane Hodges, born in Choctaw County, Mississippi. Joseph Franklin Rosamond was born in 1876, making him age 4 at the time of the 1880 Choctaw County census.

It is also known, that the father-in-law of Marion Francis “Frank” Rosamond died ca. 1884 based on an entry in the Diary of Judge Jason Niles on 6 October 1884. This entry reads, “Frank Rosamond, son of old Ben, was convicted at the last term of the Montgomery County Court of the murder of his father-in-law and was sentenced to the penitentiary for life.” From family legend, the murder was precipitated by the death of Sarah Hodges Rosamond in childbirth, as a result of the actions of her father. This would put her death also ca. 1884. However, this does place Marion Francis “Frank” Rosamond in Montgomery County, MS in the early 1880s. Assuming that Frank and Sarah Jane Hodges Rosamond were in Montgomery County in 1880, a search was made for a census record for this family in 1880 and the following was found.

>From 1880 Montgomery County, MS census, ED 141, Line numbers 16-21:

Line 16 Roseman, F. M 32

17 Roseman, S. F 33

18 Roseman, A. F 14

19 Roseman, W. M 13

20 Roseman, E. F 11

21 Roseman, J. M 4

The F. and S. Roseman correspond to Frank (Marion Francis) and Sarah Hodges Roseman/Rosamond. The J. Roseman, age 4, is Joseph Franklin Rosamond born 1876. Concerning the other three children the son, W. Rosamond, age 13, corresponds to the Wm. Rosamond shown in the 1870 census living with his mother and grandparents.

This writer believes that the two female children A. and E. Rosamond are Mary A. Rosamond, age 4 in 1870, and Mary M. E. Hodges, age 2/12 in 1870. The use of the A. and E. for their names could come from the fact that both were named Mary, so the family probably used their middle names to distinguish them.

This still leaves the question of where was Frank (Marion Francis) Rosamond in 1870. It seems probable that he is the M. Rosamond, 23, b. MS that is listed in the 1870 census of Attala County, MS. This M. Rosamond is living alone and “Working on a farm.” It is possible that he was separated from his family because of having to take a job in the adjoining county, and it was far enough away that he couldn’t commute back and forth each day.

It is also possible that he and Sarah Jane were estranged which would account for the fact that there is a nine year gap between the birth of their son William and their son Joseph. There was obviously some dissension between Frank Rosamond and his father-in-law which ultimately led to the murder about 1884. I would suspect that this could be because at the time Frank and Sarah’s daughter, Mary A. Rosamond was conceived ca. 1866 Sarah Hodges Rosamond would have only been 17-18 years of age, and Marion Francis Rosamond was 16 or 17 years of age.

However, it would appear that there was some justification for the murder as Marion Francis “Frank” Rosamond served only seven years of his sentence. By 1893 he had been released and was in Houston County, Texas with the rest of the Rosamond family there. In 1893 there is a record of him marrying the widow, Mrs. B. F. Smith in Houston County, Texas. This couple had at least three children.


Burial: Abt. 1884, Mississippi


There is a name snafu: Rosamond, Marion Frances (Marion Franklin or Frances Marion)

13 September1848


No record of actual birth, birth date established based on tombstone and census records. Tombstone has his name as Marion Franklin Rosamond.


Attala County, MS Federal Census for Benjamin Roseman

Listed as Marion F. Roseman (age 2) on Page 253 (Ancestry Images Online, image No. 1), Line No. 1. Benjamin and Jane Rosamond are listed at bottom of previous page.


Attala County, MS Federal Census for Jane Rosamond

Listed as Frances Rosamond (age 12, born in Mississippi) on Page 186, Line No. 6. His mother Jane Rosamond is on line No. 4. His father, Benjamin, is not listed so it is assumed he died between 1850 and 1860.


Marion F. Rosamond is now 22 years old.

Attala County, MS Federal Census, Stamped Page No. 80 (Image No. 159), Line No. 38

M. Rosamond, age 23, born MS, is listed as “Working on Farm” on this census page. I consider it a high probability that this is Marion Rosamond. I think that he was already married and living on a farm in Attala County where he was working, leaving his wife and children with her parents in Choctaw County. We know his wife was Sarah Hodges born in Choctaw County, MS based on the death certificate of his son Joseph Franklin Rosamond. We don’t know her age from this document.

Choctaw County, MS Federal Census, Stamped Page No. 375, Line No. 8

A Sarah Rosamond is living in the home of T. H. and Malinda Hodges. I believe this is the Sarah Hodges that was married to Marion F. Rosamond. Sarah Rosamond, age 22, born in MS, is listed on line No. 8 along with two children,

Mary A. age 4, and

Wm. H. age 3.

21 February 1876.

Marion Frances and Sarah Hodges Rosamond become parents of a son they name Joseph Franklin Rosamond. Joseph’s death certificate, a certified copy of which was obtained from the State of Texas, and is in my possession, establishes his date of birth.


Montgomery County, MS Federal Census, ED 141, Line Numbers 16 – 21

A family, which I believe is that of Marion F. and Sarah Hodges Rosamond, is listed as follows:

16 Roseman, F W M 32 Marion Frances, at some point, began using the name Frank. (The 2 is garbled, but determined by comparison to other numbers written on the page.)

17 ” , S. W F 33 (Possibly 35) This would be Sarah Hodges


18 ” , A. W F 14 This child corresponds to Mary A. in 1870

Choctaw County Census below.

19. ” , W. W M 13 This child corresponds to Wm. H. in 1870

Choctaw County Census below.

20. ” , E. W F 11 I believe this is really Sarah’s sister,

Mary M.E. Hodges listed on the 1870 Choctaw County, MS census Since #18 is

Mary A. and #20 is Mary M.E., this would explain why they are using middle


21. ” , J. W M 4 This child corresponds to Joseph Franklin Rosamond, born in 1876.

The Family of T.H. Hodges


Choctaw County, MS Federal Census shows:

641-619 HODGES (H322)

Thomas H. 42 m Farmer 800 688 SC

Malinda B. 35 f Household mistress TN

Saliner 14 f MS

James 13 m MS

Martha 10 f MS

Benjamin 7 m MS

CROWDER, Sarah M. T. J. 10 f MS (C636)

CROWDER, Martin L. J. 8 m MS (C636)

CROWDER, Isaac W. 5 m MS (C636)

I believe Thomas H. and Malinda B. Hodges daughter Saliner is Sarah. The difference in the name could be a misspelling by the census taker, or either could just be her nickname.


Choctaw County, MS Federal Census shows:

74-74 HODGES (H322)

T.H. 53 M W Farmer b. South Carolina

Malinda 42? F W Keeping House

Benj. F 16 M W Farmer

Elizabeth 8 F W

Lewis O. 3 M W

Mary M. E. 2/12 F W

Crowder, Sarah 19 F W

(Sarah Crowder was living with this family in 1860)

Crowder, Martin L. 17 M W (Martin Crowder was living with this

Family in 1860)

Rosamond, Sarah 22 F W I believe this Sarah is T.H. and

Maryann Hodges’ daughter Saliner mentioned in the 1860census above.

Rosamond, Mary A. 4 F W

Rosamond, Wm. H. 3 M W

Richie(?), A,B. 14 M W Farmer

1880 Montgomery County, MS Federal Census, ED 141 is shown above listing F. and S. Rosamond and children A., W., E., and J. Rosamond, ages 14, 13, 11 and 4 respectively.

6 October 1884

Entry in Judge Nile’s diary stating that “Frank Rosamond, son of Old Ben, was convicted at the last term of the Montgomery County Court of the murder of his father-in-law and was sentenced to the penitentiary for life.”

This entry would show that Marion and Sarah Rosamond were in Montgomery County in the 1880s.


1920, Houston County, Texas, 172/9/87 (Is this Houston County, or the City of Houston?)

Marion Franklin Rosamond is listed as FRANK and is living with his son Joseph Franklin Rosamond and daughter-in-law Clara Russell Rosamond. Her father, James M. Russell at age 85, is also living in this household.

Buried at Antioch Cemetery, Houston County, Texas.


Burial: July 1935, Houston County, Texas

Occupation: Doctor, Violinist


Marriage: Abt. 1865, Mississippi


i. MARY A.5 ROSAMOND5, b. Abt. 1866.

ii. WILLIAM H. ROSAMOND6, b. Abt. 1867.

iii. JOSEPH FRANKLIN ROSAMOND7, b. February 21, 1876, Kosciusko, Attala County, Mississippi; d. January 31, 1953, Houston, Harris County, Texas; m. CLARA CLAY RUSSELL8, 1905, Texas; b. July 30, 1884, Trinity, Texas9; d. September 30, 1948, Houston, Harris County, Texas.


Forest Park Cemetery, Lawndale


Burial: February 02, 1953, Houston, Harris County, Texas

Occupation: Postmaster, Watch Repairman, Carpenter

Religion: Baptist


>From Pat Fite’s email:


1900, Houston County, Texas, 20,9,69


Burial 1: October 01, 1948, Houston, Harris County, Texas

Burial 2: October 01, 1948, Forest Park Cemetery, Lawndale Street

Cause of Death: Carcinoma

Occupation: Housewife

Religion: Baptist


Marriage: 1905, Texas

iv. EMMA ROSAMOND, b. Aft. 1880, Kosciusko, Attala County, Mississippi.

9. JAMES SAMUEL4 HODGES (WILLIAM HENRY3, JAMES L.2, WILLIAM1) was born Abt. 1845 in Mississippi, and died 1914 in Arkansas. He married RHODA PRICE. She was born 1851 in Arkansas, and died March 25, 1893 in Arkansas.


>From “The Hodges Family”, page 11. “What I Know of Our Hodges Grandparents” by Hazel Hodges Parsons.

“Our grandfather was described to me as a hard-working, stern man who ruled his children with fear and anger. There was always a shadow over my own father’s life because of the relationship between them…

“I have also been told that our grandfather fought in the latter days of the Civil War and was wounded. He had a deep scar on his head as a result of that wound.”

Page 13.

Louise Shannon Franklin found a funeral card for her. It is heavy cardboard and black, printed in gold letters. A freehand sketch is shown in the book.

Notes for RHODA PRICE:

>From “The Hodges Family”, page 12.

“It has been said that she had an identical twin sister.

“… Small and dark, black hair and eyes, vivacious, dainty and petite — are the impressions I have…

“Although it was never spoken of in the family, she was probably part Indian. Seminole, I would guess … She smoked a corncob or clay pipe and she loved to fish.”

Children of JAMES HODGES and RHODA PRICE are:

i. LUTHER5 HODGES, b. July 23, 1872; d. May 23, 1913.


“The Hodges Family” page 17.

“We know there were other children. We have not been able to find Uncle Luther’s wife’s name, or the names of all of his children.”

ii. WILLIAM JOSEPH HODGES, b. November 11, 1874; d. March 31, 1955; m. MATTIE CALDONIA LAYMAN, Randolph, Texas; b. December 29, 1883; d. April 14, 1965.


Marriage: Randolph, Texas

iii. JAMES JOHN HENRY HODGES, b. January 25, 1876, Arkansas; d. March 16, 1964; m. MINERVA JANE SHANNON, September 24, 1897, White County, Arkansas; b. March 13, 1885, Murphysboro, Illinois; d. November 28, 1959.


Marriage: September 24, 1897, White County, Arkansas

iv. MARTHA FRANCES HODGES, b. July 31, 1878; d. March 23, 1909; m. WESLEY VINCENT ROBINSON; b. 1872; d. 1941.

v. SUSIE A. HODGES, b. February 09, 1880; d. June 22, 1969; m. JIM GALLOWAY.

vi. IDA BELLE HODGES, b. October 01, 1882; d. December 23, 1950; m. JOHN W. SHANNON.

vii. CAROL HODGES, b. February 08, 1884; d. November 23, 1908.

viii. LIGE EMMETT HODGES, b. November 28, 1885; d. March 11, 1956; m. (1) CORNIELIA LONG, April 24, 1908, Quanah, Texas; d. January 1919; m. (2) IDA MAE KILLOUGH, August 24, 1924, Abilene, Texas; b. March 15, 1893; d. July 28, 1963.


Marriage: April 24, 1908, Quanah, Texas


Marriage: August 24, 1924, Abilene, Texas

ix. MARY ELLER HODGES, b. February 11, 1888; d. December 17, 1981; m. JOSEPH ELLIOT SHANNON, Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas; b. December 12, 1882; d. March 24, 1965.

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1 Response to The Rosamond Family of Texas

  1. Reblogged this on rosamondpress and commented:

    Mark Gall says I’ve got a lot of good ideas rolling around in my head (clank-clank) for a book. He asks if I’ve seen the movie ‘Django Unchained’. My Rosamond ancestors left their plantations behind in South Carolina and moved to Texas.

    The story is set in early winter and the following spring, during the antebellum era of the Deep South, with preliminary scenes taking place in Old West Texas.

    You’ve got so many interesting ideas and family history rolling around in your head. Write a book about it, damn it!! Create a list of chapters, outline the content of each chapter, and then start writing.

    Your blogs give you a head start on all this.

    I know, easier said than done. But I think you’d get some catharsis from bringing all your ideas together into a book.

    Perhaps I’m projecting myself onto you. Several of my books, one about study skills and another about curriculum materials, came about because I had ideas that just kept rolling around in my head, keeping me awake at night. My only relief was to craft a book.

    As for Argo, I saw it twice and was on the edge of my seat each time. I thought the ending credits nicely acknowledged the real-life heroes of that story.

    Have you seen Tarantino’s Django Unchained? That’s a wild ride. I liked it a lot, but I like everything he’s done.


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