History of the Rosamond Family

History of the Rosemond Family


Compiled and Written by

Leland Eugene Rosemond


New York, New York

Printed by the Waterman Press, 1938

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The writer has for many years been interested in knowing more of the
Family History and about the name Rosemond and its variations. He
has, therefore, collected material form different sources and is now
putting it into book form, so that it will not become lost; also to
the end that others who desire it, may have it.

The writer learned that the members of the Rosemond family as a whole
have not had any great interest in preserving records of the family
but have permitted them to become lost or misplaced. The interest on
the part of many has not been great, and it has been hard work trying
to get authentic information. It has been secured only after many
years, and the fact that it is so complete even now is due almost
entirely to the efforts of Fred L. Rosemond of 40 West Long Street,
Columbus, Ohio. He has spent years in trcing the ancestory of the
family and has collected the details concerning “Philip the Elder”
and much about “Edward the Elder” in this country. (The
designation, “elder,” is simply for the purpose of distinguishing the
first members of the family to have the names Philip and Edward from
later members of the family who had the same given names.)

This booklet would not have been possible were it not for Fred L.
Rosemond’s most help cooperation and the information turned over to
the writer which was secured entirely by the formers efforts. Much of
this is printed exactly as written by him. He gives credit, where
due, for the assistance he received so it need not be repeated here.

The writer’s side of the family for years spelled their name Roseman
and this was the real cause of this History being printed. For years,
in fact since childhood, the writer remembers his father, Edward
Monroe, telling about the family in Ireland and of his saying that
the name had been changed in

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spelling as compared to the original. His father told of many members
of their family having died in Guernsey County, Ohio, of a
disease “Milk Sickness.” He, himself, almost succumbed. His father
and other relatives died from this disease. This left him (Edward
Monroe), who was the eldest of twelve children, head of the family at
the age of twenty-one. They suffered many hardships over the period
fo the next few years. The mother died six years later and the family
split up, moving to different sections. They lost race of each other
to a great extent. Some members of the family continued spelling the
name Roseman while others used the original spelling of Rosemond.

THe change occurred with this branch, which did not retain the
spelling as Rosemond about this time. Edward Monroe’s father, who was
Joseph Rosemond, born December 13th, 1802, and who was the son of
Edward, the elder, signed his name both as Rosemond and as Roseman,
also at times as Rosman. Edward, the elder, did likewise. However,
when they took or passed title to land it was always as Rosemond. It
will be noticed later in this book that Edward, the elder, signed his
name as Rosman at the time he was naturalized. However, he used the
correct spelling of Rosemond when taking title to land, in marriage,
and was buried with the spelling on his tombstone as Edward Rosemond.

Naturally, many omissions will be found in this History of the
Rosemond Family. There has been no attempt

to make it a complete history. It is printed to give information on
the name, the derivation, and mainly concerning the ancestry of
Edward, the elder, and Philip, the elder, and some of their
descendants. It will enable those, who have the desire, to preserve
the information for their descendants.

The writer, Leland Eugene Rosemond, at present living at Scarsdale,
New York, married Emma Janet Ray in Syracuse, New York, at the home
of her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Earle Knox Ray. The service
was making it a complete history. It is printed to give information
on the name, the derivation, and mainly concerning the performed by
Rev. Dr. Rock-

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wood Ferris, September 24, 1927. There are tow children, Leland Ray
Rosemond, born September 19th 19__ (year was blacked out), and Janet
Rosemond, born September 13th, 19__ (year was blacked out). Both were
born in Boston, Mass.

Throughout the following pages will be found many paragraphs in
quotation marks. These are

exactly as written by Fred L. Rosemond. Much of the information
secured by the writer is a

duplication of this, so the quotations are taken direct from Fred L.
Rosemond’s record.

Leland E. Rosemond

March, 1938

Scarsdale, N. Y.


Some confusion seems to have resulted from the fact that more than
one origin for this name has existed. The oldest, perhaps, is the
Teutonic “Hrosmond”, conspicuous as far back as the 6th century in
the history of the Gepidae and the Lombards of northern Italy. “Mond”
in the Anglo-Saxon signified the protection given by a noble, or
chieftain, to this dependents of every kin, and the name signified
among them strong, or famous, protection. The form “Rosenmund”,
usually reckoned as German, has been interpreted as “rose of the
world,” form the Latin “mundus” for world. In Danish the name appears
as Rozamond; in French, as Rosemonde, in Italian, as Rosmonda, and in
Latin and Spanish, as Rosamunda.

“The Huguenot tradition in the family, confirmed by such sources as
O’Hart’s Irish Pedigrees and Agnew’s French Protestant Exiles,
suggests a French origin also and this has been found in the
name “Rougemont”, still perpetuated by the name of a village in
southeastern France, near Switzerland, and another village in
southwestern Germany. Why this source seems preferable for our origin
will be mentioned again.

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“Such a name, transported to other countries and dealt with in other
languages, was certain to be changed and even distorted. Our own
people have at times adopted the form “Roseman”, or “Rosman”,
or “Rossman”, or “Rosmond”, or “Rosmon”. The first three forms are
common in Germany although wholly unconnected with our family. Elders
in the family have held the view that the presence of the “d” is
significant and, since it is the equivalent of the “t”
in “Rougemont,” that seems reasonable. As many as thirty variations
are found, and yet the name in any form is not a common one in this
country if the German forms above are to be disregarded.

“In the Southern states among those identified with our line in
Ireland, the form “Rosamond” prevails as it does in England and
Canada, but the legends of “Fair Rosamond” Clifford which popularized
it there have no significance for us. It is, in one form or another,
the name of towns, but inquiry has developed that our family had
nothing to do with giving them.

“It is not to be thought surprising, therefore, if persons bearing
the name be found whose ancestry traces back along a line quite
different from the Huguenot line.”


The gracious and intelligent aid of Peter Rosemond of Flushing,
Holland, who lived for some years in Basle, Switzerland, was a large
contribution to the writer’s* investigation of the Huguenot
tradition. His family went from Basle to Holland in 1754. Researches
he made over many years, including 1911 to 1917 in Basle, furnished
him with material which he regarded as identifying us with a James
(or Jacob) Rosemond, born in Basle, January 1st, 1654 (which date is
not far from our traditional date of `about 1655′) who left home and
who did not reappear there even for the reading of


*Fred L. Rosemond

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his father’s will in 1679 nor thereafter. This James (or Jacob, for
these names were once interchangeable) was the son of Hans Ulrich
Rosemond, born 1623, a weaver; who was a son of Hans, a weaver, born
1581; who was a son of Fred Rosemond, born 1552, a weaver, member of
town council and a local captain; who was the son of another Hans
whose date of birth is not known, but he too, was a weaver and became
a citizen of Basle in 1534. His father was Erhart de Rougemont who
bought in 1495 “the house called Rebleuten-Zunft in Basle in the
Freistrasse.’ Peter Rosemond further reported information from the
Records Office in Basle that “before Basle the family resided in
Holland up to 1338, and it is said they descended from the estate
Rosemont, near Belfort, in France, where also the village Rougemont
is found.” A family coat-of-arms was registered in Basle about 1537
when the first Hans became a resident there. A reproduction of this
coat-of-arms in the writer’s possession shows a weaver’s crook
conspicuously, and it will be remembered that in Ireland our people
were linen weavers and farmers, and that Edward, the elder, was a
weaver in this country. Peter Rosemond had seen in print the letters
from Erasmus to Gotschalk Rosemondt. He noticed that a seal used by a
Rosemont in Holland, bearing a jumping fox, was like an emblem he had
noticed in a wall of the house Rebleuten-Zunft in Basle. This seal
dated back to 1430, whereas the coat-of-arms above mentioned dates
from 1534, it seems. Peter Rosemond died September 22, 1930. This is
but a sketch of what he wrote.”


One northern line and two southern lines of the family have been
traced back to a “Sergeant” Rosemond, first name unknown, name of
wife unknown, who, according to a tradition confirmed in different
lines of the family, was born and married in Europe, was a drill
sergeant in the Army

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of William III, Prince of Orange, went with that army through Holland
and England to Ireland, and settled in Ireland, in County Leitrim in
the neighborhood of Drumshanbo and Ballinamore. The tradition is that
he was born about 1655 and William’s invasion may be dated 1688. He
is said to have been offered and to have refused the township of Mayo
in Leitrim. While the tradition is silent beyond these matters of
nativity and pedigree, investigations, aided by correspondents in
Europe, identify the family name back to the 14th century, and
indicate that our ancestor was a French Huguenot, born in Basle,
Switzerland of Hans Ulrich Rosemond in 1654, on New Year’s day, who
left home and did not appear when his father’s will was read in 1679,
or thereafter so far as appears.

His name was James, or Jacob, these having once been practically
interchangeable. The name is believed to have originally been
Rougemont, meaning “red mountain”, which is perpetuated by villages
in southeastern France and nearby in Germany. The Basle family took
citizenship there in 1534, and the ancestry there runs back to 1495.
In Holland the name goes back to 1338. Family archives show that one
Gotschalk Rosemond (or Rosemont) was a correspondent of the
celebrated Erasmus (1466-1536), Dutch scholar and theologian, and
that the two studied together about 1483 at Bois le Duc and at
Louvain, Belgium.

“The inference that the `drill sergeant’ was a Huguenot exiled from
France at the time of the revocation of the edict of Nantes may be
correct, but not if James of Basle is accepted as the ancestor ,
because it is evident that his family had long before that been in
Basle. But their being citizens of Basle does not at all contradict
their being

Huguenots. Being one of the army of William III, Prince of Orange, is
an indication of such sympathies. In Ireland, the Rosemonds were, so
far as the writer has heard or read, Protestants and Orangemen. That
fact had much to do, according to tradition, with the emigration of
both Philip, the elder, and Canada Ed. A descendant

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of a brother of Philip, the elder, has told the writer that a lodge
of Orangemen regularly met in the home of the former in Leitrim. The
recognition of the family name in Ireland as a Huguenot name carries
with it the weight of contemporary knowledge and opinion.

“If Rougemont be accepted as the origin of the line from which the
drill sergeant sprung, that location is in harmony with the Huguenot
tradition. There is a Rougemont parish in Department Doubs, and there
is a Rougemont village in Department Haut Rhine (Upper Rhine), near
Belfort, with two destroyed castles. There was a time, it seems, when
this territory was a part of Pfirt, in Austria, as a part of what was
locally known as `the Sundgau’, extending form Basle to Belfort. Maps
show another Rougemont village in southwestern Germany not far away.
The name means `red mountain’ and is accounted for by local mountains
of reddish color; therefore having a purely logical significance and
being distinguishable from other origins of the name. The variations
in the family name in these records illustrate strikingly how readily
Rougemont could become Rosemond, especially in view of the French

“After this lapse of time the writer* does not expect the origin of
the name to be susceptible of strict proof, but is disposed to accept
the view shared by Peter Rosemond in Holland, that our family
originated in the Rougemont region in southeastern France and were
Huguenots. In one of his last letters, Peter Rosemond wrote that he
was inclining to the belief that the coat-of-arms relates to the
Crusades and that the `weaver’s cross’ is that worn on the shoulder
by some Crusaders.”

“Rougemont village is said to have been at one time embraced in
Neufchatel, which was a principality of William III of Orange, which
suggests a reason why this James (or Jacob)


*Fred L. Rosemond

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should be disposed to attach himself to the forces of William when he
recruited them for his British conquest.

“Some sixty years elapsed after his settling in Ireland before any of
his descendants came to this country. Three sons, Thomas and
Nathaniel, and one whose name is unknown, have been traced here, but
no other children if any. About 1740 Thomas and Nathaniel settled in
Abbeville District, South Carolina, and the name is traceable from
Virginia south and southwest, as far as Texas, and up into Illinois,
then Missouri. The unnamed son, born about 1690, never left Ireland
and is taken to be the ancestor of the northern line to which Fred L.
Rosemond, Leland E. Rosemond, and others of the name in Ohio belong,
with branches of descendants in various northern states.

“This unnamed progenitor had a son James, believed to have been born
about 1730, who married Nancy Cook, never left Ireland, and died
about 1813; said to have had fifteen children, ten of these having
been positively identified namely: James (1759-1836); Philip (1765-
1831); Edward (1770-1850); William (1775-1841); Thomas, born 1785;
Bennett, died 1852; Anne, Mary Margaret, and Fanny. It is likely
there was a John also, who emigrated with his brother James to
Pennsylvania and thence down the Ohio to the neighborhood of
Cincinnati. They spelled the name “Rossman,” and descendants still
live at Franklin, Ohio. Philip and Edward are believed to have come
either together or about the same time. Edward landed August 30th,
1794, form Ireland, according to naturalization papers taken out by
him March, 1820, at St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio.” (A
photostatic copy of these naturalization papers will be found in this
booklet.) (NOTE: a photostatic copy is placed between pages 14 and 15
of the booklet.)

“This was a time of wide unrest in Ireland, and the tradition among
the descendants of Philip is that the was “warned out’ by Roman
Catholics, hastily converted his property into gold coin, and brought
the coin with him secreted in deep holes

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bored in the corner supports of a wooden chest. William did not come
until 1841 and died soon after arriving at Fairview, Guernsey County,
Ohio, which was a Rosemond headquarters for many years with as many
as five families of the name in the village at a time. Bennett,
father of the family at Almonte, Ontario, woolen manufacturers on a
large scale, and of Edward, known as “Canada Ed’, came over once with
some ideas of remaining, but returned to Edentenny, near Drumshanbo,
and died there. Thomas lived and died in Ireland, leaving numerous
descendants, some about Carrigallen, and some in Canada. His location
was known as Aughalague, east of Ballinamore. The available
information as to the other children of this first James is scanty.
For the present purpose, the general relations of the line of this
Edward, the Elder and Philip, the Elder (so called to distinguish
them) are followed.”


He is head in this country of Fred L. Rosemond’s line and, in
addition, was one of the founders of Fairview, and that village —
touching the line between Guernsey and Belmont counties in eastern
Ohio — was conspicuous for many years in the family history. He
brought with him in 1795 his wife, Mary Bennett, and their oldest
child, James, landing in Philadelphia, and coming west through
Pennsylvania, with some stops by the way, until they reached `The
Seven Ranges’ of available lands in eastern Ohio. Brownsville,
Pennsylvania, was one stop, where a residence was taken up.

“One of the early conveyances in Belmont County, Ohio, was to this
Philip for forty acres on McMahon’s Creek, some

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nine miles northeast of St. Clairsville, for One Hundred Sixty
dollars including all buildings and improvements, dated January 22nd,
1805. This land he conveyed to John Mitchell for Three Hundred Fifty
dollars June 2nd, 1809. These conveyances described him as
of “Richland Township, in Belmont County,” but in 1810 he was settled
at Fletcher, near Fairview, where only a church now remains, and
alter joined in platting Fairview.

“He was a merchant, tavern-keeper and stock buyer, riding west to buy
and driving the herds over the mountains to the eastern market, often
at Philadelphia. He was the first postmaster between Zanesville and
Wheeling on the “Zane Trace.” He is described as a strict, shrewd
businessman, who never allowed one year’s business to run over into
the next and accumulated several farms.

“At his death in 1831, his widow and son, Edward, and daughter,
Eliza, remained on the farm until Edward’s death, when they moved to
Fairview, where the oldest son, James, was established as a merchant
operating stores there and elsewhere. This son, James, had eleven
children, most of whom died while young or relatively so. At his
death in 1855, his son, James Henry, continued the business there
until 1865, when he moved to Cadiz, Ohio, and two daughters, Sarah
and Sue, moved to Cambridge. Philip’s widow died; Eliza also went to
Cambridge, and since then none of this line has lived at Fairview.
The name is no longer found in the village, except upon tombstones,
but some of the descendants of “Canada Ed” live in the vicinity.

“James’ daughter, Margaret, married William C. Browne and their
daughter, Harriet, married William H. Hunter and was a part owner of
the Daily News Advertiser at Chillicothe. Both are dead and one son,
Dard Hunter, of that city, survived. He is widely noted as a leading
expert in paper making, as an international authority upon the
historical and scientific

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(NOTE: Between pages 10 and 11 is a picture of the Rosemond crest, at
the bottom of the crest it says Rosemond and under that on the left
side of it is what appears as Basu? 1654 (Basel, maybe ?) and on the
opposite right side shows Ireland 1688. The next page is a picture of
Fred Leslie Rosemond and underneath says his name, great grandson of
Philip “the Elder” Rosemond, trustee and general counsel of Ohio
Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio.)

aspects of that subject and as the only man in the world, it is
believed, who has published a book of which he was not

only author, printer, and publisher, but the paper and type for which
he made, type for which he set, and the proof for which he read. In
other words, the volume was his workmanship throughout. He is married
and has two sons.

“James Henry, son of this James of Fairview, married Amanda Maria
Campbell, in 1860 and both died about 1872, leaving one child, Fred
Leslie, surviving, the writer*. This son married Ella Grimes in 1889
and their children are Alice (Dean of Women in Marietta College),
Marjorie and Leslie at home, and Philip, Orrville, Ohio. THeir home
was at Cambridge, Ohio, until 1920, when they moved to Columbus,
where their address is 2090 Iuka Avenue. No others of this particular
line remain so far as is known.”


This Edward, born in Ireland, 1770, Ballinamore, County Leitrim, came
to this country August 30, 1794. That he resided for a time in
western Pennsylvania seems clear and it is believed that his
brothers, Philip and James, were with him for a while. A search of
the records in Washington County, Pennsylvania, has shown that
Alexander Hopkins conveyed one hundred thirty-eight acres to Edward
Rosemond for One Thousand Twenty-Seven dollars May 19, 1803. This
land lay on the waters of Pike Run, had been patented to Hopkins and
a survey shows that it lay a few miles north of Brownsville. A
conveyance, May 1st, 1805, by Edward Rosemond and Sarah, his wife, to
Michael Riggle, of twelve acres out of this tract for One Hundred
Twenty-One dollars and one by them March 4th, 1807, for Nine Hundred
Seventy-Four dollars to Moses Morton for the residue of the tract
appears. Morton, at the same time, conveyed to Edward eighty-five
acres on Pidgeon Creek for


*Fred L. Rosemond

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Six Hundred Eighty dollars. This Pidgeon Creek parcel lay a few miles
northwest of Brownsville in Fallowfield Township. These instruments
certified payment in full in each instance.

“This Edward married Sarah Dowler in Washington County. He was
younger than his brother Philip the Elder. It is believed that James,
the brother of Philip and Edward the Elder, was already here and that
they all remained for a time in Washington County, Pennsylvania.
Edward and Philip later came west into eastern Ohio.

“Moses Morton married a sister of Sarah Dowler, wife of Edward
Rosemond. There are no marriage records in Washington county prior to
1885. Other records show that Dowlers lived in this region. For
instance, Thomas Dowler bought one hundred eighty-one acres on Pike
Run in February 1789 and lands in an adjoining township were bought
by Edward Dowler in 1797. As late as 1874 the name of Dowler appears
in records of conveyances for land on Pike Run.

“No record of the conveyance by Edward of this land was found and no
other Rosemond was named in the deed or probate records at the time
of this search.”

However, the old tax records were incomplete so that the absence of
the name from them may not be significant. Under date of May 3, 1815,
one hundred acres in Belmont County, northeast of St. Clairsville, on
McMahon’s Creek, were conveyed to him by Vachel Hall for Seven
Hundred dollars, which tow years later he conveyed, in part, to John
Carter, for Two Hundred Dollars, and the residue to Steele Smith for
One Thousand dollars March 18th, 1822. In 1822, Steele Smith conveyed
to Edward a farm in Wills township, Guernsey County, Ohio, and the
conveyance of it by Edward bore date of 1835. The deed from Smith
described Edward as “of Belmont County, Ohio” and this agrees with a
tradition that he, at one time, lived on Wheeling Creek in that
County. In addition,

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he took out naturalization papers in St. Clairsville, Belmont County,
March 1820, which state that he lived in Richland township, Belmont
County. The records show him owning land in Westland township,
Guernsey County, in 1832, and his daughter, Frances, is shown as
having been married in 1830 in Richland township, at or near
Senecaville. In 1836 he received title to eighty acres in Richland
township, Guernsey County, and that same year a property in
Cambridge, together with a quarter section adjoining that town, was
conveyed to him. He lived in this Cambridge property until his death.

Fred L. Rosemond remembers this Cambridge property and also Edward’s
daughter, Ann (or Nancy), a brisk, neat, devout little woman, and was
told by an old resident who knew Edward that he was a plump, active,
friendly man who carried on weaving in his home. He also saw
repeatedly the now-missing white marble stone which marked Edward’s
grave in the first cemetery which Cambridge had an which showed the
date of his death as June 28th, 1850 and his age was 80 years. On
that stone the name was “Edward Rosemond.” Like some fo the others of
the name he was variable in the spelling of it, or allowed others to
vary, for the form “Rosman” was used.

As previously pointed out, the coat-of-arms of the Rosemonds in Basle
shows a weaver’s crook as its chief feature because the family were
weavers. They continued so in Ireland, adding farming to that trade.
Edward, however, is the only one of the line of whom we know who
continued the work of weaving in this country.

The children of Edward and Sarah Dowler Rosemond were Joseph, Nancy,
or Ann, James, Margaret, Edward Dowler (Morristown Ed), and Frances.

Joseph, born December 13, 1802, died October 23, 1854 (grandfather of
Leland E. Rosemond, the writer). (Full information will be given on
his descendants later. The other

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children will be mentioned now with whatever information pertaining
to them is known).

Nancy, or Ann, first married James Barcus, surviving him, and later
marrying Thomas Ruckle, and died an aged woman in Cambridge, Ohio,
fifty years ago. Fred L. Rosemond gives the following information
about her:

“Ann Ruckle, a brisk, little woman, wearing a slat silk bonnet, I
remember having seen as a boy and her daughter, Julia Davis, I knew
well. A daughter of this Julia–Mrs. John H. Sarchet–lives in
Cambridge, a widow in the eighties, but well preserved. Ann Ruckle
lived in a one-an-a-half story frame house on Steubenville Avenue,
near what is now known as Fifth Street, that an old resident told me
was the home of her father, Edward the Elder, whom he claimed to have
known well. He described Edward the Elder as a short, plump, friendly
man, a weaver who followed his trade in that house, and occasionally

James married Eleanor Beall (Bell) in 1826. Descendants of this James
are Elisha, Jasper County, Iowa; Mattie, (married Reverend Chas.
Edwards, East Ohio Conference, M. E. Church)’ Melissa, (married Dr.
Thos J. Romans, Quaker City, Ohio, who died about 1895, leaving a
son, Dr. Clarence D. Romans, who died at Columbus, Ohio, in 1933, and
Evan, another son, of St. Paul, Minn.) She survived her husband until

Surviving Dr. Clarence D. Romans are his widow, Viola D., and only
child Blanche McVey (Mrs. James S.),

who reside at 2434 Arlington Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. Mrs. Romans is a
noted temperance worker and president of the Women’s Christian
Temperance Union of Ohio.

Frances married Joshua Foshey (Forshay), survived him, and in 1830
married Joshua Davis.

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(NOTE: between pages 14 and 15 is a picture of Leland Eugene Rosemond
and on the next page is a copy of the hand written naturalization
paper of Edward Rosemond.

Here is the transript of the naturalization paper on page 15. At the
bottom of the transcript it reads “Transcript of the naturalization
apepr of Edward Rosemond, of which the longhand original appears in
facsimile on the opposite page. Note that the name is spelled as
Rosman although Edward on other occasions used the spelling Rosemond.


“At a Court of Common Pleas begun and held at St. Clairsville in and
for the County of Belmont on Monday the thirteenth day of March in
the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty before the
Honorable Benjamin Tappan Edwquire President and Edward Bryson,
Joseph Anderson and John Wiley Esquires associate judges of the said
Court —

Came into Court Edward Rosman and presented his petition as follows–

To the Honorable the Court of Common Pleas of Belmont County at march
Term 1820.

The Petition of Edward Rosman of Richland Township County aforesaid
was heretofore a Subject of the King of Great Britain and Ireland, —
That he migrated from Ireland and arrived in the United States of
America on or about the thirtieth day of Agust in the year of our
Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety four — That he doth
absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and
fidelity to the King of Great Britain and Ireland whereof he was
before a subject. He therefore prays that the oath prescribed by law
may be administered to him, and the same may be placed upon the
records of the Court, –and your Petitioner will every pray –.

(signed) Edward Rosman

which being read and understood, and accepted by the Court, the oaths
prescribed by law were administered to the said Edward Rosman in open
Court, and ordered that the same be recorded — .

The State of Ohio, Belmont County —

I Ezra Ellis Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas in and for the

County of Belmont do hereby certify the above to be a true

Transcript of the records of the Court on the above Petition

remaining in my office — In testimony whereof I have

SEAL hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the said

Court at St. Clairsville this 29th day of March Anno Domini 1820.

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Edward Dowler, called “Morristown Ed” because of the many Edwards at
Fairview, was reared by his cousin, James, son of Philip, the elder,
a merchant in Fairview, clerked in James’ store there, alter was set
up in business by James at New Birmingham about twenty miles away. He
married Sarah Rogers, only child of Nicholas Rogers of Morristown.
They were married by Rev. William Taggart, January 25, 1832. He went
to Morristown and lived with her people, and had a store there. His
locating in Morristown gave rise to the nickname. Two male children
were born of this marriage, but both died soon after their mother’s
death. This Edward later married at her home, November 30th, 1836,
Susan, daughter of Henry Teater, a glass manufacturer of Wheeling,
West Virginia, into which family his cousin James also married. Early
in the `50’s (meaning 1850’s) this Edward moved to Morris, Grundy
County, Illinois, where his second wife died. Of his second marriage,
there were nine children: Sarah, who died in 1841; Henry, died 1848;
Stanbery, died 1845; Mary, died 1854; James K., Union soldier killed
in battle at Fort Smith, Arkansas, June 28th, 1864; Charles C., died
1867; Helen T. (Mrs. Oliver T. Griffith) of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Eva
B., first married John Danielson, died 1868, later married Thomas W.
Bain of Argyle, New York; Wilbur F., dentist, Fremont, Nebraska, now
deceased, from whom most of this information was obtained. Fred L.
Rosemond knew Wilbur F. well. Wilbur married and survived Amaret
Wolcott, and they had one son, Paul, and a daughter, Lucile. This
Wilbur was a member of Company C, 36th Illinois Veteran Volunteers
when mustered out after serving throughout the Civil War.

Edward Dowler’s third wife was his sister-in-law, Mary Teater, whom
he married December 20th, 1853, at Morris, Illinois. They moved to
Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, where he died August 21st, 1884, and his wife
died at Fremont, Nebraska, June 25th, 1897. Three children of this
third marriage: Fanie H., unmarried, Washington, D.C.; Susan H. (Mrs.
Will A.

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Tarbell) Kearney, Nebraska; Frank M., married Anna Hammer, Caldwell,
Idaho, having five children, Edward, Charles, Arthur, Helen, and

Edward Dowler, or “Morristown Ed”, was so-called to distinguish him
from two other Edwards; namely, one , a son of the elder Bennett in
Ireland who came to Faiview through Canada, and a son of William who
did not reach Fairview until 1840 or 1841, and was then fairly well
grown. They became, therefore, “Morristown Ed,” “Canada Ed,”
and “Irish Ed.” The following facts are taken from information given
by Fred L. Rosemond:

“In 1830 James, son of Philip the Elder, was in Cincinnati, in
connection with a trip to West Union, where he had set up an
additional store, and he wrote a letter to Philip of Franklin as a
substitute for a visit to Philip. In that letter occurs this passage:

`I now have one cousin that came from Ireland a few years since
learning the tanning business

in my yard and another a son of Uncle Edward that we raised in the
store who I am intending to

give an intererst in a store as soon as I get goods. Another who came
in last fall with a wife

and two children a son of Uncle William we fixed with and on a piece
of land lying near the

village in which I reside.’

“The first and last were sons of William the Elder, who did not
himself come over until ten years later. His son,

Philip, called `the Tanner,’ was in Fairview for years and then went
west. He left numerous descendants. His first

wife was a daughter of Moses Morton, who may have been the Moses
Morton who was brother-in-law to the elder Edward. The last of the
three above mentioned is believed to have been James, son of William,
who later lived at New Birmingham, in Guernsey County. But `the son
of Uncle Edward’ is identifed as `Morristown Ed’ who, in a later
letter, James described as having been with him for twelve years.
James set up a store at New

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Birmingham an dput `Morristown Ed’ in it, probably with John Orme
(whom he had also `raised’), or with George Dent, who was another boy
in whom he had taken an interest. To this same store in New
Birmingham James sent his son James Henry when he was about twenty
years old, say in 1852, and there he remained until about the time of
his father’s death in 1855.

“Records in Belmont County show that this Edward and a Moses C.
Morton were partners as merchants in

Morristown, and that their business came to an unfortunate end. It is
possible that the unfortunate outcome of the Morristown partnership
may have decided `Morristown Ed’ to go west, as he did. If that
supposition be correct, it follows that his life at Fairview and New
Birmingham preceded this Morristown enterprise. The Moses C. Morton
is believed to have been a son of Moses Morton heretofore mentioned.

“Except some daughters, I know of none of these Mortons surviving,
but the family was one of the best in the Fairview neighborhood, and
the writer knew some of the older generaton as excellent citizens.”

Joseph Rosemond (sometimes used the spelling Roseman and Rosman) born
1802, married Tapath Monroe. Tapath Mornoe was born October 23, 1811.
They werer married February 7th, 1832, by Rev. J.G. Gilbert. They had
twelve chldren; namely, Edward Monroe, born February 6th, 1833;
Narcissa Maria, born June 2nd, 1834; Eliza Brush, born September 9,
1835; William Andrew, born November 28th, 1837; Margaret Eleanor,
born May 7th; 1839; Joseph Trimble, born January 12th, 1841; Isaac
Newton, born November 8th, 1842; James Harvey, born March 25th, 1845;
John Fletcher, born November 27th, 1847; Harriet Luana, born January
9th, 1850; Fernandua Allen, born February 18th, 1852; Horace Theodus,
born August 11th, 1854. Of these children all information available
will be given.

The writer, who is a son of Edward Monroe, eldest son of Joseph and
Tapath; Joseph, in turn a son of Edward the Elder, who in turn was a
son of James and Nancy Cook of Ireland, has secured the information
pertaining to Edward Monroe from reliable sources and has authentic
reocrds proving the natural ancestry to James and Nancy Rosemond of
Ballinamore, County Leitrim, Ireland.

Some of the information is taken from an old family bible retained by
Mrs. Lena Denio, daughter of Issac and Alice E. (Bosworth) Roseman.
Other information is taken from reocrds retained by the family of
Edward Monroe and form the Court Records where the naturalization of
Edward, the elder, took place in St. Clairsville, Ohio, and in fact,
from many other sources.

Edward Monroe married Margaret Poland, December 25th, 1856, the Rev.
John Coen officiating. The spelling of the name used by Edwared
Monroe and all of the brothers, as well as sisters, descendants of
Joseph and Tapath, was “Roseman.” The children of Edward Monroe and
Margaret Poland were: Clara, married Henry Wissler, both deceased;
Alice, deceased; Charles, deceased; Elmer, married Laura Lapela, now
living Pasadena, Calif.; Fred, married Bertha (last name unknown)
deceased, three children living, Alice, Helen, and one son, living
near Wellington, Kansas, from last report; Florence, twin sister of
Fred, married Anan James, deceased, but leaving one daughter, Myrtle
Ellis, living with her two sons in Dexter, Iowa; Myrtle, married
George Mitchell, now living near Mission, Texas, and has one son,
Roseman Mitchell, living nearby. James married Clara Jennings, living
with two sons, Dean and Monroe, in Waterloo, Iowa.

Edward Monroe survived Margaret Poland “Roseman,” marrying as his
second wife, Savilla Elizabeth Hurt (nee Imel) Septemebr 20, 1893.
The descendants of this marriage are Edward Earl, of Lorimar, Iowa,
born May 18, 1895; Leland E.

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Rosemond (spelling of name changed to Rosemond by Court Order May 15,
1934, issued Middlesex Probate Court, Cambridge, Massachusetts) born
Lorimar, Iowa, near Des Moines, July 18th, 1897; Ward Theodore, born
November 5th, 1901, at Lorimor, Iowa.

Edward Monroe was the eldest of twelve children. He held the family
together for a short time after this father’s (Joseph) death, October
23, 1854. He was then twenty-one years old. The writer has heard him
tell many times about the hardship suffered at that time. Many deaths
occurred in the family about that time. He explained that these
deaths were caused by a so-called “Milk Sickness” prevalent then.
Edward M. never drank milk nor used cream from that time on. He told
many times of his Irish ancestry and of their belief. As a young man
he had coal black hair and blue eyes. He had a fair complexion. He
was six feet one and weighed about one hundred eighty-five pounds.

Edward Monroe died October 10, 1911, and is buried in a cemetery at
Lorimor, Iowa. His second wife, Savilla Elizabeth, died March 8,
1934, and is buried by his side.

Narcissa Maria married Francis M. Robison December 4th, 1855 by Rev.
Mr. Norris. Eliza Brush married John F. Irons, April 18th, 1866 by
Rev. Mr. Glass. William Andrew died February 28th, 1838. Margaret
Eleanor married George B. Robinson, January 9th, 1857; Joseph Trimble
died August 24,l 1849. Issac Newton married Alice E. Bosworth, March
7, 1868 by Rev. D. Bosworth; surviving, one daughter, Mrs. LEna
Denio, Bristol, Vermont. James Henry married Manie McFarlane,
deceased. John Fletcher died April 9th, 1864, in a hospital at
Columbus, Ohio, as a casualty of the Civil War. Hrriet Luanna married
Tracy D. Harris, February 12, 1868, deceased. Fernandua Allen died
January 5th, 1854. Horace Theodus mrried Maria Irons, deceased.

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Addenda by Fred L. Rosemond, Trustee and General Counsel of Ohio
Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, and former President of its
Board of Trustees.

“When his father removed from Fairview the writer was about four
years old, never to return. The writer was not yet in his `teens when
he lost both parents, and he was brought up by his mother’s people,
and thus was out of direct contact with the traditions of his
father’s people. Not until he was at middle age did he feel enough
urge to look up the ancestry, to sstematically take it up, and then
practically all the natural means of getting it in the family had
gone. His grat-grandfather, Philip the Elder, had brought with him
various documents, which late in life, he turned over to his daughter
Fanny, who was proposing to go back to Ireland and claim property
there left behind when her father hurriedly quit that country. What
became of those documents, or what they showed beyond what we know,
is unknown. Other papers and records were in the custody of his
daughter Eliza after the death of her parents and were destroyed in a
fire that burned the house where she lived. Over a period of years
and corresponding north, south, east, and west, and with persons
abroad, a mass of material was gathered which has not yet been, and
may never be, thoroughly digested and worked into shape. In 1912 the
writer was in Ireland, at Ballinamore and Drumshanbo, and visited
William Percival and family. His mother was Anne, daughter of William
the Elder, and he lived on what he asserted was the home farm of that
William, and which he believed was in the Rosemond family before
that. The farm was exceedingly fertile and well-equipped with
machinery needed for their sort of farming. The house, although
a “cob” cottage, of two rooms, with a dirt floor in one room, a slate
floor in the other, and peat fire on the hearth, was not the
original. At Newtown Gore the writer met and talked with John
Richardson of the line of Bennett the Elder. The writer spent also
some days in Dublin searching the records, unfortunately incomplete,
and finding much less than he hoped. Most of those named whom the
writer has known have seemed to care little for family history and
ancestry, but in the whole number of them who have come within the
writer’s ken only one could fairly be called “a black sheep, ” so far
as the writer has learned, and only one fo the families contained any

(signed) Fred L. Rosemond

April 26, 1935. Columbus, Ohio”

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Pages 22 and 23 contain a SUMMARY by Leland E. Rosemond, of
Scarsdale, New York. It merely mentions what information that could
be possibly gathered over the years, the spelling of the Rosemond
name and the encouragement that if some which to change from the
Roseman/Rosman spelling to be in line with the spelling used in
Ireland, and a desire that any of the Rosemond descendants who have
any information to add or correct in the future that they contact
him. Mind you Leland Rosemond died in 1992. His granddaughter,
Jennifer (Dick) Bober, has done some research of the Irish Rosemond
lines. In January 2000 she mentioned in an e-mail to me that she and
her husband, John-Joseph Bober, were buying a house in Princeton, NJ
and that her e-mail address would be connected for a while. Several
times I have tried to e-mail her at her old e-mail address of
rosemund@xxxx but it keeps getting kicked back.


In addition to the “History of the Rosemond Family:” there is given
information turned over to the writer by William F. Roseman who, in
January 1925, was Superintendent of Schools, State Center, Iowa. This
William F. Roseman had records back to his great grandfather, James
Roseman, born 1800, who lived in Ohio and who was married at that

This information is given so that it may bring to light other
additions which can be made to this history.

Jas. Roseman, born Oct. 4, 1800, died Nov 25, 1838, married Eleanor
Beall, born Nov 21, Died? (My great grandparents)

(Second Generation)

Born to the above couple:

Edward Roseman, Jan 13, 1827, died Jul 14, 1829.

Wm E. Roseman, (my grandfather), born June 16, 1829, died Nov 2, 1896
(born near Washington, Ohio.)

Family History of William F. Roseman, continued.

(Second generation.)

Melissa Roseman, June 30, 1832, married Dr. Romans

Martha Roseman, born Nov 11, 1836, married Rev. Edwards

Wm. E. Roseman, married Jan 29, 1857, Elizabeth Ann Griffith (my
grandmother), born Oct 23, 1836, died

March 24, 1916.

(Third generation)

Margaret Eleanor Roseman, Nov 22, 1857, died Feb 8, 1888, married
Newton Smith

Jas. Wm. Roseman, born June 21, 1860, died Sept. 28, 1887 married, no

Thomas Edward Roseman, born May 24, 1866, died Oct 19, 1866.

Mary Milissa Roseman, born Mar 6, 1868, died Sept. 26, 1870

Edgar Bell Roseman, born Apr 12, 1872 (now living in Centuria, Wis.)

(Fourth generation)

Margaret Eleanor Smith Roseman:

Grace Smith (now married) 6 children

Everett Smith (now married) 2 children

Maude Smith Crozier, (now married) 2 children

Thos. E. Roseman and Ida J. Roseman:

Wm. F. Roseman, born Jun 20, 1894, married Edna M. Pearson

Lyle R. Roseman, born Feb 26, 1899, married Anna Walker

Thos. V. Roseman, born Dec 21, 1901

Edgar B. Roseman and Stella West Roseman:

Elsie M. Roseman, Nov 2, 1915

(Fifth Generation)

Wm F. Roseman and Edna Pearson Roseman:

Marjorie L. Roseman, June 17, 1924.
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