Oprah Winfrey and the Rosamond Family Roots in Kosciusko


Rosamonds 1943 Bonnie

Rosamonds 1919 June & Bonnie

Rosamonds 1942 June, Bonnie, Rosemary & Lillian


ode3My grandmother, Mary Magdalene Rosamond, was appalled when her husband wanted her German daughters to be associated with Hillbillies. Mary’s Wieneke ancestors had fled Bismark’s Kulturekumpf as members of the Order of Saint Francis. Looks like Royal Rosamond got his way when he named his second born daughter, Bertha Mae. Royal’s mother, was Ida Louisiana Rose. Here are some more names from down in the Delta that sound like women out of Lil Abner.

Lillie Mae Rosamond
Anna May Rosamond
Lola Mae Rosamond
Eva Mae Rosamond (1902 – 1973)

Born in Choctaw, Mississippi, USA on 29 Dec 1902 to Wade Hampton Rosamond and Lillie Mae Rosamond. Eva Mae married Tommy Jefferson Ray and had 4 children. She passed away on 18 May 1973 in Bossier City, Bossier, Louisiana, USA.

At Island Park I beheld a long-legged beauty in cut-offs walking my way. She almost was a double for Rena, whom I compared to Moonbeam McSwine. When I went in front of the stage to do my Nazarite Charismatic Mojo, I saw her smiling in the front row. I almost asked her to dance, but, then my dream would be over, because I would have to die.

Did it ever occur to anyone the Lord wanted Moses to live forever? Yes…….Jesus got it, the riddle.

What even my liberal friends can not understand – because they are jealous – there are original roots to the most enduring things – a Genesis! Most of them fuckable redneck cowgirls for Jesus, are poured into the mold of the Rosamond Women – the Roses of the World!


Oprah Winfrey and the Rosamond Family Roots in Kosciusko

Oprah Winfrey and the Rosamond Family Roots in Kosciusko
(Images: Sleeping Beauty. Oprah Winfrey. Grave of James Rosamond in
Kosciusko, recenlty cleared of briar and weeds by my kinfolf who take
When this Democracy was born, it was half-born, and not fully awake.
This was because black folks were still slaves, and neither they, nor
women, owned the right to vote.
Today, I discovered Oprah Winfrey has her roots in the same ground
the Rosamond family have theirs, in Kosciusko Mississippi. Is it
possible that the Rosamonds owned Oprah’s ancestors, and they worked
on the Rosamond plantation? Surely Oprah’s kin knew the Rosamonds who
are still living and dying there. I just found another Frances M.
Rosamond carrying on the family tradition of naming their children
after Frances Marion the “Swamp Fox”.

Kosciusko /ˈkɒziˈɨskoʊ/ is a city in Attala County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 7,402 at the 2010 census.[1] It is the county seat of Attala County[2].
Kosciusko is located on the Natchez Trace Parkway, northeast of Jackson. It is named for the Polish-Lithuania Commonwealth general Tadeusz Kościuszko, who assisted United States military efforts during the American Revolution. However, the Anglicized name of the city omits the “z”. Kosciusko was originally named Red Bud Springs for one of three natural springs that were present in the city.
Kosciusko was the home of Magnolia Bible College, and the birthplace for several notable people, including Oprah Winfrey and James Meredith.


Mrs. Mary Lou Rosamond, 81, of Kosciusko passed away Monday, September 10, 2012 in Winona, MS. Services will be held at 11 am Thursday, September 13 at Culpepper Funeral Home Chapel, burial will follow at Community Full Gospel Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 – 8 pm on Wednesday. Pallbearers will be Brian Norwood, Michael Rosamond, Dickie Leach, Larry Sanders, Jr., Cooter Tomkins, Eric Rosamond, Tyler Norwood and Justin Self. Honorary Pallbearers will be Mrs. Rosamond’s Grandchildren. Rev. Duran “Buster” Palmertree will officiate the services.
Mrs. Rosamond was a member of Community Full Gospel Church. She was a homemaker and retired from Garan, Inc. and the Hoisery Mill.
She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Sadie Smith.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, John Rosamond; daughters, Joyce Norwood and Kathy Carver both of Kosciusko; sons, Don (Pat) Rosamond, Weis (Debbie) Rosamond, Bruce Rosamond all of Kosciusko; sister, Johnnie Westerfield of Florence; brother Jack Smith of Florence; 13 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Lillie Mae Rosamond (78 – 1918)
17,381 Family Trees
Born in Mississippi, USA on 78 to Thomas Newton Rosamond and Nancy L Bowie. Lillie Mae married Wade Hampton Rosamond and had
In looking at my Rosamond kinfolk’s names, and the list of books my grandfather, the humorist, authored, I realized I was beholding Al Capp’s Hillbilly people – the Real McCoys. Was Royal aware of the Lil Abner comic strip that was syndicated in newspapers all over America? Then it dawned on me, Rena Christiansen was a real Daisy Mae, and Moonbeam McSwine, driving out from Grand Island Nebraska with her twenty six year old boyfriend to Los Angeles, perhaps to get discovered, or, become a model.

I then went looking for the description of Ravola of Thunder Mountain in Royal’s book dedicated to his second born daughter, Bertha Mae Rosamond

“Yes, she would make a great actress, But we must not think of spoiling her with sham. How sweet she is in just being her, her American Frontier self, let me say. Of the wild flowers I’d call her India Paint brush, and equally as brilliant.

I have described Rena Christian as a Great American Midwest Beauty, the epitome of what America truly is, not a screeching bald eagle, but a beautiful Farm Girl Temptress, that sprout like healthy corn so that Midwest Men may obey God’s first commandment, “Be fruitful and multiply!”

I was fascinated with how Rena grew up, she living with her grandmother apart from her three beautiful sisters who became models. I considered Royal’s four beautiful daughters, and the name Rosamond that can be taken by a man married to a woman named Rose. If Rena had agreed to marry me, she would own the name Irene Rosamond. What was her middle name? The original Daisy Mae had dark chestnut hair.

Rena told me she was tall and knocked kneed, not pretty when she was thirteen, but shwn she turned fourteen, she was – The Death. She suddenly had power over men – of all ages. She noticed married men were taking long peeks at her especially when she went swimming in the Platt River. Rena nurtured this power,and un;eashed it upon me as she came gliding out of that darkened doorway at three A.M. in the morning, she stranded, homeless, and afraid, thus she sought the upper hand. And it hit me like a blast of cosmic fire, she looking down on me like a superior being – that could not be from this world – for I never beheld such a stunning creature. I had to look away, for just a second, just to compose myself, just to find, me. Her beauty was that overpowering.

Four days later, I was exhausted by this Beauty. And thus by a waterfall on Mount Tamalpias, I surrender.

“I give up!”

Safely on hither side, I tell Rena she is my Muse. I now wonder if she was my granfather’s Muse – as well as my sister’s. The Great American Muse?

Jon Presco

Copyright 2011

Beulah Loufloye Rosamond was born 12 Jun 1919 in Lurton, Arkansas, and died 15 Jan 1996 in Leach, Oklahoma.
Edna Alienne Rosamond was born 21 May 1922 in Lurton, Arkansas, and died May 1980 in Lawndale, California.
Wynona Maxine Rosamond was born 14 Oct 1927 in Lurton, Arkansas, and died 5 Aug 1997 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
Shirley Rosamond.
Edward Madison Jr. Rosamond.
Gladys Mae Rosamond.

Exert from Ravola of Thunder Mountain by Royal Reuben Rosamond.

I met her in Eminence this morning. I never beheld another such being. She is like the beautiful notes of an organ with all the stops subdued. You see by this that the very implication of her is wonderful. She’ll stand fully six feet tall in her bare heels and this means that, in high heals, she can pick up a shingle and mend leak in most Ozark cabins. She can look down on most men. Her figure if that of a model, rivaling even the dreams, I vow, of the artists of ancient Greece. Her perfect body needs no no adornment in exquisite , clinging garments. Her features have class; her complexion is pink and healthful, her air of grandeur is almost appalling, cowing most men with her sheer superiority. Her eyes large and luminous, deep chestnut, are thrilling, but not come hither. Those great and beautiful orbs seem seem to be a lover’s moon rising over the horizon of her lower lashes. Yes she is temptation, her generous lips and full mouth the last straw to break a mans resistance, She’s exotic and provocative in the same wondrous breath, made but for the arms of a man, made to love and be loved. Have I describe her?

“Temporary easement and agreement between Frances M. Rosamond and the
Attala County Board of Supervisors.”
Oprah backed Obama, and today, he just cruised to victory in the
Mississippi primary I believe this Democracy is having an awakening
like the kingdom of Princess Rosamond a.k.a ‘Sleeping Beauty’.
Both Oprah and my late sister, Christine Rosamond, are victims of
incest. Christina did a painting of four young black girls,
titled ‘Lena and her Sisters’. Lena was our nanny, she our surogate
mother when Rosemary began to work after the divorce. Lena would take
Christine home with her to meet and be with her sisters because
Rosamary was not paying her eldest daugter enough attention. We see
these sisters captured at the Rosamond gallery. This image was one of
four in a family partnership funded with Melba’s legacy she intended
for her grandchildren.
When Stacey Pierrot’s ghost writer asked me contribute to Peirrot’s
biography of Christine, I asked what became of the family prints. In
a e-mail she assured me she had nothing to do with them, and was not
selling them. She lied, because my good freind Mark Gall, and his
sister had taken a photo of the gallery and inside was the lithograph
of the beautiful sisters who brought us calm after the storm. All
four Presco children loved Lena.
When I met my daughter for the first time, she suggested we tell
Oprah the story of our miracle. I sent Oprah an e-mail, but she never
“Many a long year afterwards there came a King’s son into that
country, and heard an old man tell how there should be a castle
standing behind the hedge of thorns, and that there a beautiful
enchanted Princess named Rosamond had slept for a hundred years, and
with her the King and Queen, and the whole court.”
Jon Presco
Copyright 2008
Sure enough, they both knew where it was. David lead us to it, and he
lead us to the few graves on Mulberry Creek that mark the original
site of the church that was organized in 1826. Talk about luck! This
was so exciting!!! We were so lucky to have ran into these two
gentleman.These graves are right along a paved road in the woods (I
mean, the stones are right along the road). This cemetery is in bad
shape. No one is taking care of it. It is over grown in weeds, trees
and with poison oak and ivy everywhere. David, Mark and I ventured
out into the cemetery a little ways. Couldn’t go to each stone
because the poison oak & ivy is soooo thick.
Then round about that place there grew a hedge of thorns thicker
every year, until at last the whole castle was hidden from view, and
nothing of it could be seen but the vane on the roof. And a rumor
went abroad in all that country of the beautiful sleeping Rosamond,
for so was the Princess called; and from time to time many Kings’
sons came and tried to force their way through the hedge; but it was
impossible for them to do so, for the thorns held fast together like
strong hands, and the young men were caught by them, and not being
able to get free, there died a lamentable death








In the western portion of Mississippi’s Pines Region near the center
of the Natchez Trace is Kosciusko, Mississippi, the birthplace of
Oprah Winfrey. In a region characterized by antebellum mansions,
magnolias, riverboat calliope, collard greens, cornbread and stock
car races, Kosciusko celebrates its Indian heritage, culture and its
most famous native daughter. Kosciusko is a recommended top on
Mississippi’s Natchez Trace tour.

Oprah Celebrated Oprah Winfrey is celebrated by the designation of
Oprah Winfrey Road, which runs past her birth site, the cemetary
where her relative a buried and the church she attended as a child.
Known for her philanthropic endeavors, Oprah has not overlooked
Kosciusko. In September 2006, The Oprah Winfrey Boys and Girls Club
of Kosciusko was opened. This 52,000 square foot facility includes a
computer lab, gymnasium, and an after school program.
Oscar Marion was the servant of General Francis Marion (1732-1795),
the legendary “Swamp Fox.” In December of 2006, Oscar Marion was
recognized as an “African American Patriot” in a ceremony at the U.S.
Capitol, and a proclamation signed by President George W. Bush
expressed the appreciation of a “grateful nation” for Oscar
Marion’s “devoted and selfless consecration to the service of our
country in the Armed Forces of the United States.”[1]

Temporary easement and agreement between Frances M. Rosamond and the
Attala County Board of Supervisors.

Diane was one of our research cousins, and she recently passed away.
She provided me with a lot of the information in the charts on the
descendants of Jasper Tilman Rosamond in Arkansas, the brother of my
great-grandfather Marion Francis Rosamond.
May 16, 2007OBITUARY

Raymond Rosamond

LEXINGTON, Mississippi (STPNS) — Died: Tuesday, May 08, 2007Age:
84Raymond Rosamond, Sr., 84, a farmer, carpenter, and general store
operator, died Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at his home in Kosciusko. Funeral
services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2007 at New Salem
Baptist Church in Carmack, MS with burial in the New Salem Cemetery.
Jordan Funeral Home in Kosciusko handled the arrangements.He served
in the U.S. Army during WWII. During his service, he participated in
the Pacific Theater earning the rank of Sergeant and a Purple Heart
with Oak Leaf Cluster. He was a lifetime member of American Legion,
Disabled American Veterans, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr.
Rosamond was a member of the New Salem Baptist Church.

Orprah’s ancestors
15. Amanda WINTERS was born on 13 January 1874 in Mississippi and
died on 1 October 1944 in Kosciusko, Attala County, Mississippi. She
is buried with her second husband, Charley Bullock, in Buffalo
Cemetery, Kosciusko, Attala County, Mississippi. Nelson PRESLEY and
Amanda WINTERS married on 22 March 1893 in Kosciusko, Attala County,
Mississippi and had the following children:i. Oscar PRESLEY was born
about June 1895 in Mississippi. He married Mabel Hasley. ii. Harvey
PRESLEY was born about November 1896 in Mississippi. He married Katie
Bullock. iii. Georgia PRESLEY was born about May 1898 in Mississippi
and most likely died prior to 1910. 7. iv. Hattie Mae PRESLEY v.
Emora PRESLEY was born about 1904 in Mississippi and married James H.
Hasley. vi. Isaac PRESLEY was born about 1906 in Mississippi. vii.
Ida PRESLEY was born on 2 May 1907 in Mississippi and died on 21
September 1975. She married McKinley Carr. viii. Katie Willie PRESLEY
was born about 1909 in Mississippi.

· Name: William Addison ROSAMOND
· Surname: Rosamond
· Given Name: William Addison
· Sex: M
· Birth: 17 Sep 1819 in Abbeville District, SC
· Death: 29 Nov 1900 in Weldon, Houston County, Texas
· Burial: Weldon, Houston County, Texas
· _UID: 35F634475BFDD511920DBCD0308C862D7E3B
· Occupation: Mill Operator
· Change Date: 30 Dec 2001 at 00:00:00Father: Benjamin ROSAMOND b:
1790 in , Greenwood Co., SC Mother: Susannah HILLMarriage 1 Martha
Canzada COLEMAN b: ABT. 1828 in South Carolina
Married: in Kosciusko, Attala County, Mississippi
Susan J. ROSAMOND b: ABT. 1849 in Mississippi
Benjamin H. ROSAMOND b: 11 Nov 1852 in Kosciusko, Attala County,
Martha ROSAMOND b: ABT. 1855 in Mississippi
Enoch R. ROSAMOND b: ABT. 1856 in Mississippi
William E. (Bill) ROSAMOND b: Dec 1856 in Mississippi
James E. ROSAMOND b: Apr 1859 in Mississippi
Joseph Absolum ROSAMOND b: 14 Apr 1862 in Kosciusko, Attala County,
Minnie (Millie?) ROSAMOND b: AFT. 1866 in Texas
John Newell ROSAMOND b: Sep 1867 in Mississippi
Jonas Lever ROSAMOND b: 14 Feb 1870 in Arkansas

Oprah Gail Winfrey was born in 1954 in rural Mississippi, the child
of a love affair between Vernon Winfrey and Vernita Lee. Her parents
never married, and Oprah spent much of her youth being shuttled
between various relatives. From her troubled childhood, Oprah Winfrey
has grown into a household name, achieving success as a talk show
host, actress, producer, publisher, and activist.

First Generation:
1. Oprah Gail WINFREY was born on 29 Jan 1954 on in the small town of
Kosciusko, Attala County, Mississippi to Vernon WINFREY and Vernita
LEE. Shortly after her birth, her mother Vernita moved north to
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and young Oprah was left in the care of her
maternal grandmother, Hattie Mae Lee. At age six, Oprah left
Mississippi to join her mother in Milwaukee. After several troubling,
neglected years with her mother and half-siblings, Oprah moved again
at the age of 14 to join her father in Nashville, Tennessee.

Second Generation (Parents):

2. Vernon WINFREY was born in 1933 in Mississippi.
3. Vernita LEE was born in 1935 in Mississippi.
Vernon WINFREY and Vernita LEE were never married and their only
child was Oprah Winfrey:
1 i. Oprah Gail WINFREY
Third Generation (Grandparents):
4. Elmore E. WINFREY was born 12 March 1901 in Poplar Creek,
Montgomery County, Michigan and died on 15 October 1988 in Kosciusko,
Attala County, Mississippi
5. Beatrice WOODS was born on 18 February 1902 in Kosciusko, Attala
County, Mississippi and died on 1 December 1999 in Jackson, Hinds
County, Mississippi.
Elmore WINFREY and Beatrice WOODS married on 10 June 1925 in Carroll
County, Mississippi, and they had the following children:
i. Lee W. WINFREY ii. Brister WINFREY iii. Marie WINFREY 2. iv.
6. Earlist LEE was born about June 1892 in Mississippi and died in
1959 in Kosciusko, Attala County, Mississippi.
7. Hattie Mae PRESLEY was born about April 1900 in Kosciusko, Attala
County, Mississippi and died on 27 Feb 1963 in Kosciusko, Attala
County, Mississippi.
Earlist LEE and Hattie Mae PRESLEY were married about 1918 and had
the following children:
i. Susie LEE was born about 1920. ii. Hal LEE was born about 1922.
iii. Willis S. LEE was born about 1925. iv. Hubert LEE was born about
1928. 3. v. Vernita LEE


Kosciusko is located on the Natchez Trace Parkway, northeast of
Jackson. It is named for the Polish general Tadeusz Koœciuszko, who
assisted United States military efforts during the American Revolution

The emblem worn by the Swan Brethren depicts a a rose, or lily,
amongst thorns. At the root of the rose is the Latin word SICUT which
is the first word from a line from Song of Songs.
2:2. As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.
Sicut lilium inter spinas sic amica mea inter filias

“Then round about that place there grew a hedge of thorns thicker
every year, until at last the whole castle was hidden from view, and
nothing of it could be seen but the vane on the roof. And a rumor
went abroad in all that country of the beautiful sleeping Rosamond,
for so was the Princess called; and from time to time many Kings’
sons came and tried to force their way through the hedge; but it was
impossible for them to do so, for the thorns held fast together like
strong hands, and the young men were caught by them, and not being
able to get free, there died a lamentable death.Many a long year
afterwards there came a King’s son into that country, and heard an
old man tell how there should be a castle standing behind the hedge
of thorns, and that there a beautiful enchanted Princess named
Rosamond had slept for a hundred years, and with her the King and
Queen, and the whole court. The old man had been told by his
grandfather that many Kings’ sons had sought to pass the thorn-hedge,
but had been caught and pierced by the thorns, and had died a
miserable death. Then said the young man, “Nevertheless, I do not
fear to try; I shall win through and see the lovely Rosamond.” The
good old man tried to dissuade him, but he would not listen to his
“In May of 1999, a group of the Rosamond Cousins researching the
history of the family met in Kosciusko, Attala County, Mississippi.
Those attending this gathering and their direct Rosamond descent are
shown on the List of Attendees. The reunion had as it’s purpose, a
clean up of the Rosamond-Sweeney Cemetery located on the site of one
of the Rosamond Plantations in the mid-1800s. This property is now
owned by the Buford family. As I understand it, the old cemetery was
rediscovered by one of the Bufords who was exploring the wooded
portions of their property

The next day the cousins visited the Rosamond-Sweeney Cemetery. A
large stone (pictured at the left), was that of James Rosamond. This
stone was sitting alone toward what I will define as the back of the
small cemetery. Most of the other stones formed two rows across the
front of the cemetery. None of these stones bore the Rosamond name,
but all the names were known to be related to the Rosamonds in some
manner. The cousins used metal prods to try and find additional
stones that might have been buried during the intervening years, but
only a few foot stones were found. These were all located by Michelle
Smith, the only teenager accompanying the group through all it’s
activities. Many of the stones were put back in place, and propped up
as well as they could be.

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1 Response to Oprah Winfrey and the Rosamond Family Roots in Kosciusko

  1. Reblogged this on rosamondpress and commented:

    Patrice & Heather aspired to be a Country Western Singer. They watched American Idol, religiously, and knew once they found the famous artist, Rosamond, the golden door to fame would open wide for them. After attended an event at the Rosamond gallery, and introducing themselves, my kin and their beloved outsiders suggested it might be a good idea to inform me I had a daughter, and not read it in their lying book.

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