The Rose Arthur of Steinbeck Country

The Rose Sword


John Presco

Copyright 2021

My childhood friend, Bill Arnold, got picked up by John Steinbeck while hitchhiking on Highway 101. John was driving a red Ford pickup truck with a bale of hay in the back. This truck would appear in my book ‘Elfine’. It is driven by Ivan (John) who has fathered a daughter on the planet of Felinia, and, at sixteen, she is coming to Earth to see her father for the first time. Ivan owns a lettuce ranch. He ended the cold war so he could live in Steinbeck County. I started this un-finished novel in 1986, and is the reason I go sober. I wanted to live – to finish it. The four Presco Children were famous for our poverty – and ingenuity! We raised ourselves – and our friends! Come the Weekend, we had as many as ten children in our home on San Sebastian Ave. in Oakland. Steinbeck lived on a boat during the depression. I sent a letter to executor Sydney Morris asking his help in finding my daughter – I had a dream about. Two weeks later, Patrice Hanson calls me and says we have a sixteen year old daughter.

On this day, July 19, 2021, I declare Royal Rosamond a Grail Author, and Chrisitne Rosamond, a Grail Artist. All members of the Rosamond Family – are connected to King Arthur and the Grail. John Steinbeck – prepared my way! He was so close to the Grail Rose! He could feel the presence of the Rose Sword. He became – dismayed. He never finished his book, his quest. On this day, I declare John Steinbeck a Grail Arthur, and Knight of Rosey Round Table! We are one with the truth! We are at home – with the Grail!

King John

Nobel Prize winning novelist John Steinbeck (1902-1968) had been fascinated by Malory’s tale since childhood. As he noted in the Introduction to the Acts of King Arthur, it was a version of Malory designed for youngsters from which he developed ‘my sense of right and wrong, my feeling of noblesse oblige, and any thought I may have against the oppressor and for the oppressed.’ Thus Malory’s Morte helped to shape all of Steinbeck’s work, even his novels of social concern.

In Tortilla Flat, Steinbeck translates the Arthurian realm into the modern world by creating an overlay of Arthurian allusion to ennoble the lower-class characters of the novel. Steinbeck himself said in a letter written in 1934 that Tortilla Flat, ‘has a very definite theme. I thought it was clear enough. I have expected that the plan of the Arthurian cycle would be recognized, that my Gawaine and my Launcelot, my Arthur and Galahad would be recognized. Even the incident of the Sangreal in the search in the forest is not clear enough I guess. The form is that of the Malory version, the coming of Arthur and the mystic quality of owning a house, the forming of the round table, the adventure of the knights and finally, the mystic translation of Danny [the King Arthur figure in the book].’ To make the link more obvious, Steinbeck added chapter headings that imitated those in the Caxton edition of Malory. Steinbeck also added a sentence to the preface to make the Arthurian connection more explicit: ‘For Danny’s house was not unlike the Round Table, and Danny’s friends were not unlike the knights of it.’ Danny, who shelters his friends, takes on the role of Arthur in medieval romance by providing a focal point for his followers and a starting point for all their adventures. Danny’s companion Pilon, who advises him, is the story’s Merlin. Despite the use of the Arthurian material to ennoble his characters, Steinbeck never idealizes or overly romanticizes them—although they do have their own code of ethics and do champion those in distress.

King Arthur and The Sword of Roses | Rosamond Press

In his first commercially successful novel, Tortilla Flat (1935), John Steinbeck creates his own modern day version of Camelot and King Arthur’s roundtable; it is “the story of Danny and Danny’s friends and of Danny’s house” (1).  As a twist on local color fiction, Tortilla Flat records semi-mythic events from the lives of the paisanos from Monterey County.  Episodic in nature, the tales recount the escapades of Danny and his group of ragged and drunken friends as they drink, fight, engage in random acts of petty theft and, occasionally, do good deeds.  Throughout their many adventures and misdeeds, the one thing that remains as constant as their desire to avoid doing any real work or live respectable lives, is their loyalty to one another.  Steinbeck creates a story about epic friendship, and yet, just like the original round table, “this story deals with how the talisman was lost and how the group disintegrated” (1).  The hilarious, drunken adventures of the kind-hearted yet misguided paisanos makes for a rousing, seemingly frivolous little novel.  Under the comedic surface, however, is a provoking picture of alcoholism and poverty that reminds readers of the substandard social status of Mexican-Americans in California in the 1930s.

Tortilla Flat was first published by Covici-Friede in 1935.  The novel was adapted into a play in 1937 and released as a film in 1942.


Tortilla Flat | Malory and his Followers | Bangor University

In Rosamond There Is No East or West

Floris and Blancheflour

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Floris and Blancheflour is the name of a popular romantic story that was told in the Middle Ages in many different vernacular languages and versions.[1] It first appears in Europe around 1160 in “aristocratic” French. Roughly between the period 1200 and 1350 it was one of the most popular of all the romantic plots.

The story of Floris and Blancheflour[edit]

The following synopsis is from the original Old French “aristocratic” version (Floire et Blancheflor) of the late 12th century.

The Middle English version of the poem derives from an Old French “aristocratic” version but differs somewhat in details. The opening section concerning how the two are born is missing from the English versions. Originally it dates to around 1250 and was called Floris and Blanchefleur.

Old French version[edit]

Felix, King of Al-Andalus (Muslim Spain), on one of his ventures into Galicia in northwestern Spain attacks a band of Christian pilgrims en route on the Way of St James to the famous medieval pilgrimage shrine of Santiago de Compostela. Among the pilgrims are a French knight and his recently widowed daughter, who has chosen to dedicate the rest of her life to the sanctuary. The knight is killed, and his daughter is taken prisoner to Naples, where she is made lady-in-waiting to Felix’s wife. Both women are pregnant, and the children are born on the same day, Palm Sunday: Floris, a son, to the Muslim Queen, and Blanchefleur, a daughter, to her lady-in-waiting.

Floris (“belonging to the flower”) and Blanchefleur (“white flower”) are raised together at the court and grow close. King Felix fears his son may desire to marry the “pagan” girl and decides that she must be killed. However, he cannot bring himself to do the act and instead sends Floris away to school, then sells Blanchefleur to merchants traveling on the way to Cairo (called Babylon in the story), where she is then sold to the emir. Felix constructs an elaborate tomb for Blanchefleur and tells Floris she has died. Floris’s reaction is so severe that Felix tells him the truth. Distraught but encouraged she is still alive, Floris sets out to find her.

Floris eventually arrives outside Cairo where he meets the bridge warden named Daire who tells him about the emir’s tower of maidens. Each year the emir selects a new bride from his tower and kills his old wife. Rumour has it that Blanchefleur is soon to be his next chosen bride. To gain access to the tower, Daire advises Floris to play chess with the tower watchman, returning all winnings to him until the watchman is forced to return the favor by allowing him entrance to the tower. Floris outplays the watchmen at chess, and according to plan, Floris is smuggled in to the tower in a basket of flowers, but is mistakenly placed in the room of Blanchefleur’s friend Claris. Claris arranges a reunion between the two, but they are discovered two weeks later by the emir.

The emir holds off killing them on the spot until he holds a council of advisers. So impressed are the advisers at the willingness of the young lovers to die for one another that they persuade the emir to spare their lives. Floris is then knighted, he and Blanchefleur are married, and Claris marries the emir (who promises Claris she will be his last and only wife, forever). Soon after, news of Felix’s death reaches Cairo and Floris and Blanchefleur depart for home where they inherit the kingdom, embrace Christianity, and convert their subjects as well.

Middle English version[edit]

The poem tells of the troubles of the two eponymous lovers. Blancheflour (“white flower”) is a Christian princess abducted by Saracens and raised with the pagan prince Flores (“belonging to the flower”). The two fall in love and separate. Blancheflour gives Flores a ring that will reflect her state, so that it will tarnish if she is in danger.

Blancheflour is in a different caliphate from Flores, and there she is accused falsely and sent as a slave to a Tower of Maidens. The Emir has within his garden a “Tree of Love” that determines a new wife for him every year. Its flower will fall on the destined maiden from the harem, and yet he can also magically manipulate the tree to cast its flower upon a favorite. He has decided to make it fall on Blancheflour, for she is the loveliest virgin in the harem. Flores, knowing that Blancheflour is about to be taken by the Emir as a wife, comes to rescue her from her peril. The reunited lovers are found in bed (though they were chastely together) by the Emir the next morning. When he hears their whole tale of chaste love and long promises to one another, he demands proof of her virginity by having her put her hands in a water that will stain if she has been with a man. She is proven pure, he pardons both lovers, and all is well.


The story contains elements of both older heroic sagas and romance. Unlike the usually bloody and martial Romances earlier in the period (e.g. Havelok the Dane), this Romance is, indeed, romantic. The older original “aristocratic” version does not contain knightly combat but the “popular” French version that would come later does contain some elements. The story contains themes of conflict between paganism and Christianity. Additionally, unlike other Romances, each section of the story is dependent strictly upon the previous section, so this poem has a linear plot. The poem also emphasizes the power of romantic love (rather than courtly love or divine favor) over force of arms to preserve life and ensure a good end.

The Middle English version of the poem derives from an Old French “aristocratic” version (Floire et Blancheflor) of the tale. The story has analogs in Indian literature, particularly the Jatakas of the early fifth century. Many of the details, such as the Tower of Maidens (i.e. harem), eunuch guards, and the odalisques derive from material carried to the west via The Arabian Nights. The tale could be originally French, or possibly of Oriental origins, or a synthesis of motifs.

Boccaccio wrote a version of the same tale in his “Filocolo”, in 1336, while he was in Naples. The tale has been a popular subject for later retellings, and it was treated by Swedish poet Oskar Levertin in the romantic ballad “Flores och Blanzeflor” in the collection Legender och visor (Legends and Songs) in 1891.

Posted on March 14, 2021 by Royal Rosamond Press

Capturing Beauty


John Presco

Copyrigt 2021

“By the way, how many poet friends do you got in the West you (who) will join me in the Arcadian Anthology?”

Otto Rayburn

Ida Rose-Rosamond | Rosamond Press

After finishing this post, and woke up from my old man nap, my spirit guide was telling me to hop on Amtrak and take a train to visit the grave of your grandfather that you found. It was lost. Here is the marriage certificate of the parents of Frank Weseley Rosamond who was born of two Roses. I am going to try to make a loop up to Montana, then home to Oregon. I will put a down payment on my final resting place. I sent my Burial Broker this e-mail.

Dear Debow;

I have decided to make a historic stand next to my grandfather, as close I can get, in what looks like a structure salvaged from a NASA contender in a space race – gone wrong? Your founder saw it sitting in a junkyard on route 66 and, freshened it up? What a deal! Put it on a concrete launch-pad, and away we go! I was concerned about permanence, that it fall into massive disrepair before I take occupancy, and thus I will not be able to sell it to another sucker. But, being kin to Robert E.Lee and other gentleman who have had their monuments attacked, then I must accept this truth’ “There are no guarantees in life – and death!”  So, I am betting on getting in my niche before the mob with torches and sledge hammers arrive in a foul mood. How will I know what fate has befallen me, then? My time to worry about my fate – will be at an end. 

Yesterday I tried my monolith on for size and may have written my best stuff. I own the right stuff. Read this post and the next to see if I do? I am worthy.
Will contact you again when I – get the gov. check.

Fixen To Die In Oklahoma City | Rosamond Press

Consider the monuments done by Gutzon Borglum, whose patron was kin, Jessie Fremont. There is no rest for the wicked.

Artistic Development of Gutzon Borglum | Rosamond Press

When I heard this tune by John Fahey, I wanted to learn to play it on a guitar, so I bought me one. A couple of months later, my best friend, Bryan MacLean is teaching me basic chords. Bryan sang at my wedding. I married Mary Ann Tharaldsen a good friend of Richard an Mimi Farina. She lived in Mexico with Thomas Pynchon. Here is some of the history of Lerona.

Lerona Rosamond | Rosamond Press

(3) “In Christ There Is No East or West” by John Fahey – YouTube

In Christ There Is No East or West |

In Christ there is no east or west,
in him no south or north, 
but one great fellowship of love
throughout the whole wide earth.

William Arthur Dunkerley,

Lerona Rosamond says we descend from Rosamond Clifford. She is very much like the fictional character, Scarlett O’Hara.

“The Rosamond family, of which Mrs. Morris is a member, trace their lineage back to the early Norman families that settled in England and were members of the nobility, there being among them “Fair Rosamond,” whose life has been written as one of the “Immortal love stories” of history. In this country the family first settled in South Carolina before the first United States census was taken. Captain Samuel Rosamond’s name is in the first census taken in the United States and won honors in the Revolutionary War. He was the great-great-grandfather of Mrs. D .C. Morris. Lerona (Rosamond) Morris, herself, is a gifted lady with decided talent for writing, which she has used to good advantage.”

Royal Rosamond’s photograph of a cabin, appears in the history of the Ozarks that Otto Rayburn is the caretaker of. There are several photographs of the Thomas Hart Benton family, the regional artist that my niece Drew Benton, is kin to, as are the Prescos. Before Christine and Garth Benton met each other, the history of their creative ancestors merged, and can be considered National Treasures, because these men created an art form from whence a well spring of American Culture has sprang – as well a the American Tree of Life. I own letters that will be sent to the University of Arkansas where thy will be deposited in the Raybrun collection, which is the National Archives for the History of the Ozarks that were populated by Scotch-Irish who fled England because their religion was being oppressed. They did most of the fighting in the War of Independence – because they were experienced in killing Red Coats who were forcing folks to become members of the Church of England, that Queen Elizabeth is a zealot to promote. Any member of her family who makes wrong moves, is attacking the Church of England – especially if you are an American. It is the Colorful Liberty Coat that Meghan Markle wears that has got the Queen’s full attention, for she may be in league with that Presbyterian Devil, John Knox, and his kin, Signer, John Witherspoon.

When I declared “I will never be placed on a pedestal!” Those who know American History, let go a hardy laugh, for you can not make a more nobler pronouncement as a descendant of the Scotch-Irish, whose leaders did have royal blood in their veins, but, at what a price? We take no bribes. We do not have a price. Our liberty is secured by spitting on all crowns!

Fixen To Die In Oklahoma City | Rosamond Press

Above is a photograph of the Black building with Native American designs. Get a gander at that roof line. This could be a monument to Lerona Rosamond whose ancestors lived in Mississippi and co-mingled with the Choctaw. My grandfather owned baskets, Ozark quilts and a fiddle upon which he played Scotch-Irish jigs. Royal is reading from his magazine ‘Bright Stories’ published by his self-publishing company ‘Gem Publishing’. Below is a news article about him that appeared in the Oklahoman, that I will transcribe. Kingdom in an Attic – is a gem! The fate of his ‘Copper Indian’ is a real tragedy.

In 1825, in the village of Fenagh in county Leitrim in Ireland, a
gang of Catholic youths attacked the Rosamond home. The Rosamonds were
staunch Protestants. James, aged 20 (born 1805) and his brother Edward, aged
15, attempted to protect their mother. A shot was fired by Edward and a
youth was dead. The boys fled to Canada. James went to Merrickville where he
worked for James Merrick as a weaver. Edward, still fearing arrest, worked
his way eventually to Memphis, Tennessee.

My Burial Broker had to mention some kind of service, and I was forced to reveal the wretched fight over the prints of Rosamond’s Fair Ladys. But, dag-namit! If I go to Oklahoma, I’m going to see if Hillary Klug and some Cloggers will meet me at the train station. I swear that’s my great-grandmother, Dorothy Hodges, on the wall of this classic. We’re going to give Royal a real humble sendoff. Yeeehaw!

(3) Best Bluegrass Clog Dancing Video Ever Made – YouTube

“I walked on, for I had yet a long way to go before nightfall. Now it
was but a mite after mid-day. After leaving the train at Winona, I
could have perhaps caught a ride to Eminence had I stayed with the
wagon road instead of footing it up the spur-track leading northward
to cross Jack’s Fork at the Hodge place where I left to journey up
Possum Trot toward Little Wonder Schoolhouse and Tucked Away Church
House, above which in the ride to the north, I lived – the place
where I was born and which I called home, where my parents had
settled in their youth and planned some day to die.”

(3) Hillary Klug – Cotton Eyed Joe – YouTube

The Sources of Country Music | Rosamond Press

William Buck and Ram Dass | Rosamond Press

The Rosamond American Authors

Posted on March 8, 2020 by Royal Rosamond Press

I am excited about my new James Bond book because I can bring all I want to do – together.! I have found my McGuffin. The world’s most famous womanizer is tooling around in a 1970 Corvette, he on a road trip, because he lost his beloved wife, and his lover. Alas, we get to see how James deals with real bona fied relationships – and how he uses casual sex to get his mind off his grief. Of course he is going to meet villains along the way! He will have more than one showdown to protect his woman, like King George did! He never forsake Ms. Wallace. I have placed Ian Fleming with the Black Mask authors.

John Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press

Branding Royal Rosamond Press

Posted on February 6, 2019

Hotel Black

Address: 5–11 North Hudson Avenue

View: Northwest

Date: June 1947

Built: 1930 (Blackburn, Henderson and Thurman 76)

“The eleven story Black Hotel, constructed in 1930 by Lucian Black at a cost of $600,000, was only one of several ornate hotels constructed in Oklahoma City after the oil boom of 1928. Luring guests with a daily rate of $2 to $3 a day, the hotel for years competed with the Skirvin, Huckins, and Biltmore as the most appealing hotel in Oklahoma City. One feature which distinguished the Black from other hotels was its blend of geometric and Indian-design ornamentation. This unique design was continued on the American Motor Hotel directly to the north. Built by Oliver P. Kernadle, who pioneered the automobile hotel business in Oklahoma City, the eight-story structure housed automobiles for surrounding businesses, including the Black Hotel.” (Blackburn, Henderson and Thurman 76)

Bruce campaign in Ireland – Wikipedia

Scotch-Irish Americans – Wikipedia

 When King Charles I attempted to force these Presbyterians into the Church of England in the 1630s, many chose to re-emigrate to North America where religious liberty was greater. Later attempts to force the Church of England’s control over dissident Protestants in Ireland led to further waves of emigration to the trans-Atlantic colonies.[11]

Scholarly estimate is that over 200,000 Scotch-Irish migrated to the Americas between 1717 and 1775.[53] As a late arriving group, they found that land in the coastal areas of the British colonies was either already owned or too expensive, so they quickly left for the more mountainous interior where land could be obtained cheaply. Here they lived on the first frontier of America. Early frontier life was extremely challenging, but poverty and hardship were familiar to them. The term hillbilly has often been applied to their descendants in the mountains, carrying connotations of poverty, backwardness and violence.

Lerona Rosamond

Posted on June 5, 2016 by Royal Rosamond Press


Here is the Historian Lerona Rosamond Morris claiming the Rosamond family descends from the Normans and Fair Rosamond. She is my kin. I take her educated word for this. My long quest for ‘The Rose of the World’ bloodline, is at an end. Royal Rosamond lived and died in Oklahoma, and owned Gem Publishing.

Jon Presco

President: Royual Rosamond Press Co.

Copyright 2016


The Rosamond family, of which Mrs. Morris is a member, trace their lineage back to the early Norman families that settled in England and were members of the nobility, there being among them “Fair Rosamond,” whose life has been written as one of the “Immortal love stories” of history. In this country the family first settled in South Carolina before the first United States census was taken. Captain Samuel Rosamond’s name is in the first census taken in the United States and won honors in the Revolutionary War. He was the great-great-grandfather of Mrs. D .C. Morris. Lerona (Rosamond) Morris, herself, is a gifted lady with decided talent for writing, which she has used to good advantage.

As a high-class salesman in this territory, representing the Fuller Brush Company of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dan Curtis Morris puts the full force of his rich experience as merchant into his work and thereby is able to keep a record above those of less knowledge of human nature, its requirements and potential purchasing power. He is the son of a Methodist minister, John Harvey Morris, and his wife Sue (Crawford) Morris, both of whom were natives of Georgia.

Rev. John Harvey Morris is of a line of distinguished ancestry, among them the famous Robert Morris, of Revolutionary days. He moved from his native State to Texas when he was a young man, and for a time was engaged in the cattle business. Rev. Morris is perhaps one of the best loved men in Jones County, Texas, as his charming personality, his witticisms, his fund of rich episodes gathered from colorful days of the old South on a Georgia plantation in his boyhood; his Civil War experiences, his wild days when he roamed the cattle ranges, and his later years of civic and church leadership, all gain for him a welcome wherever he goes. His own Christian life is so sincere and God-like, his expressions of sympathy so beautifully and aptly spoken, that in times of sorrow he is much in demand, and in times of sorrow he is much in demand, and in times of rejoicing the gayest and youngest in the crowd, though recently turned eighty-two. He drives, alone, his own car over four hundred miles to Oklahoma to visit his son twice a year. Rev. John H. Morris and his wife, Sue (Crawford) Morris, had two children, Dan Curtis, of whom further, and a daughter, Willie, who is now deceased, as is also Mrs. Morris.

Dan Curtis Morris was born in Hamilton County, Texas, August 12, 1879, and after he grew to manhood entered the furniture and drygoods business, in which he learned the general principles of merchandising and had opportunity to study the fundamentals of salesmanship. He moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1922, where he was a department manager in the big Hunt Company store, now the Brown-Dunkin Company. Mr. Morris later became associated with the Fuller Brush Company, of Tulsa, as has been stated.

On January 6, 1903, Dan Curtis Morris married Lerona Rosamond, daughter of William James and Martha (Cooke) Rosamond. Mr. Rosamond was a native of Mississippi, and his wife a native of Texas. They were the parents of ten children, of which family Mrs. Morris is the fifth child. Mr. and Mrs. Morris have five children: 1. Evelyn Rosamond. 2. James Harold. 3. Jack Gordon. 4. Robert Cecil. 5. Margaret Ruth.

The Rosamond family, of which Mrs. Morris is a member, trace their lineage back to the early Norman families that settled in England and were members of the nobility, there being among them “Fair Rosamond,” whose life has been written as one of the “Immortal love stories” of history. In this country the family first settled in South Carolina before the first United States census was taken. Captain Samuel Rosamond’s name is in the first census taken in the United States and won honors in the Revolutionary War. He was the great-great-grandfather of Mrs. D .C. Morris. Lerona (Rosamond) Morris, herself, is a gifted lady with decided talent for writing, which she has used to good advantage. She has completed one literary work, “Tulsa, the City Beautiful,” and is now busy with the preparation of another which will be entitled “Oklahoma, Yesterday, To-day, Tomorrow,” and is to be the history of Oklahoma told in story form. She has already won thirty-six prizes for writing in different contests. Mrs. Morris took up magazine subscription work to earn her church pledge toward the Baptists’ $75,000,000 campaign. She has ever used originality in her unique way of securing subscriptions and has made of it an interesting as well as profitable business. Since moving to Tulsa six years ago, she has built up a substantial clientele, who have remained on her list through the years, many of them calling her, when it is time to renew subscriptions, or if they desire to send gifts.

Mrs. Morris is accused of having a charm of manner that easily makes friends. She, herself, says, “people are so lovely to me—I just love folks. They give me so many new ideas, which, with a little originality and imagination on my part, can be turned into a money-making device.” She has been quite successful in advertising, and is now editor of a Transportation leaflet, “Whenuride,” in which she prints cleverly written jokes which are made into designed advertisements, and also stories and interesting information about the “Ins and Outs” of Tulsa. Her love for school work (she having married before she took up teaching as a profession) makes her a real help to her children in their studies. Mrs. Morris became a Christian at the age of ten years; was baptized in Ardmore, Indian Territory, by the Rev. Stubblefield, a pioneer Baptist minister, still living in Oklahoma, and she has ever been a devoted member of the Baptist church, being active in Eunice Sunday school class, in First Baptist Church, of Tulsa, and is a member of the choir, having come from a musical family—the Rosamonds of Texas. Her seven brothers and two sisters, with their father (her mother deceased) are valuable citizens in Dallas, Denison and Central West Texas towns.
(Source: Oklahoma, A History of the State and Its People, by Joseph B. Thoburn and Muriel H. Wright, Volume IV; Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc. New York, 1929; transcribed by Susan Geist)

The Rosamond family which resides primarily in southern half of the
United States is said to be descended from Sergeant Rosemond’s son Thomas.
According to the legend, Thomas Rosamond arrived in South Carolina from
County Leitrim, Ireland in 1740 with his wife Sarah and son Samuel. Samuel
Rosamond, his brother James Rosamond and their sisters are well documented
in South Carolina in the late 1700s, but current research has shown that
their father was a John Roseman who came to South Carolina from Augusta
County, Virginia about 1765. It is believed John Roseman’s father-in-law,
his wife Sarah’s father, was named Thomas, and that Sarah Roseman had a
brother named Nathaniel. This could be the reason for the confusion in given

No one has been able to document the origin of John Roseman of Virginia.
One possible origin is that he came from Maryland. In December of 1725 a
John Roseman arrived in Annapolis, MD aboard the ship Forward. He came to
the colonies as an indentured convict having been found guilty of committing
highway robbery back in England. He has been dubbed “John, The Highwayman”.
His period of indenture was fourteen years so he would have been free to
pursue life as a free man around 1739-1740. John Roseman of Virginia first
appears in the records of Augusta County, VA in 1749, so there is a
possibility that John of Virginia and John, The Highwayman are one and the
same. However, a will was recorded in Maryland in 1787 for a John Roseman.
If the will is that of John, The Highwayman, then John Roseman of Virginia
can’t be the same person because we know John of Virginia was in South
Carolina at that time. He could perhaps be a son of John, The Highwayman, or
the reverse could be true. The will could be for a son, and John, The
Highwayman may have gone to Virginia. Without further research the question
of the origin of John of Virginia remains open. A famous descendant of this
line of the Rosamond family is the artist Christine Rosamond who signed her
paintings simply as Rosamond. Christine was actually born Christine Rosamond
Presco. Her mother’s maiden name was Rosemary Rosamond, the daughter of the
writer Royal Rosamond.

The Northern US and Canada
The northern U.S. and Canadian branches of the family are said to be
descended from Sergeant Rosemond’s son whose given name is not known. This
son supposedly never left Ireland, although one researcher has claimed that
this son’s given name was William, and that William came to the colonies for
five years and then returned to Ireland. What is known is that this son of
Sergeant Rosemond with no known given name had a son named James who was
born in County Leitrim, Ireland. This James Rosamond, the grandson of the
elusive Sergeant Rosemond, had a number of sons who migrated to the United
States and southern Canada. At least one of these descendants, another James
Rosamond, lived in Lanark County in Ontario, Canada and founded the Rosamond
Woolen Mill there. Records of the Canadian James Rosamond show that he is
descended from Rosamonds in County Leitrim.

The most famous descendant of this branch of the Rosemond family, and
arguably the Rosamond family as a whole, is the actress Elizabeth Rosemond
Taylor whose grandmother was Elizabeth Mary Rosemond from Guernsey County,

Re: Rosamond of Greenville & California

By Jimm Rosamond January 14, 2007 at 12:23:36

John. Here is information I’ve found on your line of the family. This begins with your mother Rosemary Rosamond. Didn’t know how muchy of this you have so I figured I’d send it to you.

Jimmy Rosamond

Ancestors of Rosemary Rosamond

Generation No. 1

1.Rosemary Rosamond, born 26 Sep 1922 in California.She was the daughter of 2. Frank Wesley “Royal” Rosamond and 3. Mary Magdalene Weineke.

Generation No. 2

2.Frank Wesley “Royal” Rosamond1,2, born 18 Dec 1881 in Missouri3; died Abt. 26 Nov 1953 in Prob Oklahoma.He was the son of 4. William Thomas Rosamond and 5. Ida Rose.He married 3. Mary Magdalene Weineke Abt. 1911 in California4.
3.Mary Magdalene Weineke, born Abt. 1882 in Iowa.

Notes for Frank Wesley “Royal” Rosamond:
From: Jon Presco>
Subject: Rosamond
Newsgroups: gmane.culture.templar.rosemont
Date: 2004-05-31 12:28:27 GMT

My grandfather, Royal Rosamond, authored several books, numerous short stories, and countless poems that were published in ‘Out West’ ‘Liberty Magazine’, and several Romance magazines. He was good friends of Dashiel Hammet according to my mother Rosemary, and my Aunt Lillian recalls falling asleep to the sound of her father, and the author Earl Stanley Gradner, typing away in their home in Ventura California, they honing up on their literary skills. Dashiel and Earl were members of the ‘Black Mask’ a society of mystery writers.

Royal was born in a log cabin on the Missouri River, the only known child of William Rosamond and Ida Louisiana Rose. He met my grandmother, Mary Magdalene Wienke while working in Brakey’s Cash Bizaar in Ojai, and would later own the first general store in Ventura. A short biography of Royal is found in my link to my newspaper ‘Royal Rosamond Press’.

Royal was a good friend of Otto Rayburn, the Ozark historian, they meeting when Royal returned to the Ozarks to become a Regional writer. Royal published in Rayburn’s ‘Arcadian Magazine’ “A Journal
of the Well-flavored Earth” printed in Eminence Missouri. Royal would later found ‘Gem Publishing’ in Oklahoma City, and publish his books ‘Bound in Clay’ and ‘Ravola of Thunder Mountain’.

I have corespondence between Royal and Otto. I wonder if he met the Regional artist, Thomas Hart Benton, who was also good friends of Otto Rayburn, there photographs of both men in Volume 1. of
Rayburn’s ‘Enchanted Ozarks’ an archives of Ozark Folk Life found at the University of Arkansas.

Interment Record for ROYAL ROSAMOND
Born: 12/18/1881
Died or Buried: 11/26/1953
Buried: Sunny Lane Sec. 13
Section: lot S13-RN-7
City: Del City
County/State: Oklahoma, OK
Notes: Son of Ida & William
More About Frank Wesley “Royal” Rosamond:
Burial: 26 Nov 1953, Sunny Lane Sec. 13, lot S13-RN-7, Del City, Oklahoma

More About Frank Rosamond and Mary Weineke:
Marriage: Abt. 1911, California4

Children of Frank Rosamond and Mary Weineke are:
i.       June E Rosamond, born Abt. 1914 in California.
ii.       Bertha M Rosamond, born Abt. 1916 in California.
1       iii.       Rosemary Rosamond, born 26 Sep 1922 in California.
iv.       Lillian J Rosamond, born Abt. 1924 in California.

Generation No. 3

4.William Thomas Rosamond5,6,7,8,9, born 1860 in Mississippi10.He was the son of 8. Samuel Rosamond and 9. Frances C. Morrison.He married 5. Ida Rose 16 Feb 1881 in Bates County, Missouri11.
5.Ida Rose, born in Louisiana; died Abt. 1890.

More About William Thomas Rosamond:
Name 2: William Thomas Rosamond12,13
Date born 2: Abt. 1860, Mississippi
Residence: 1900, Duke, Greer, Oklahoma14

More About William Rosamond and Ida Rose:
Marriage: 16 Feb 1881, Bates County, Missouri15

Child of William Rosamond and Ida Rose is:
2       i.       Frank Wesley “Royal” Rosamond, born 18 Dec 1881 in Missouri; died Abt. 26 Nov 1953 in Prob Oklahoma; married Mary Magdalene Weineke Abt. 1911 in California.

Generation No. 4

8.Samuel Rosamond16, born 1815 in Abbeville District, SC.He was the son of 16. Benjamin Rosamond and 17. Susannah Hill.He married 9. Frances C. Morrison.
9.Frances C. Morrison17, born Abt. 1822 in South Carolina.

More About Samuel Rosamond:
Occupation: Farmer

Children of Samuel Rosamond and Frances Morrison are:
i.       Benjamin F. Rosamond, born Abt. 1844 in Mississippi.
ii.       John J. Rosamond, born Abt. 1846 in Mississippi.
iii.       Frances J. Rosamond, born Abt. 1852 in Mississippi.
iv.       Nonimus Nathaniel Rosamond, born Jul 1854 in Lowndes County, Mississippi; died 01 Jan 1908 in Lurton, Newton County, Arkansas; married Rosalie A. Bennett Abt. 1875 in Chicago, Illinois.

More About Nonimus Rosamond and Rosalie Bennett:
Marriage: Abt. 1875, Chicago, Illinois

4       v.       William Thomas Rosamond, born 1860 in Mississippi; married (1) Ida Rose 16 Feb 1881 in Bates County, Missouri; married (2) Mildred A. ? Abt. 1898.
vi.       Laura Rosamond, born Abt. 1862.

Generation No. 5

16.Benjamin Rosamond18, born Abt. 1790 in South Carolina19; died Bet. 1850 – 1860 in Attala County, Mississippi.He was the son of 32. James Rosamond and 33. Lettice Tillman.He married 17. Susannah Hill.
17.Susannah Hill, died 20 Oct 1828 in Abbeville County, South Carolina20.She was the daughter of 34. John Hill Sr. and 35. Susannah ?.

Notes for Benjamin Rosamond:
Benjamin Rosamond, R255, M. Born in 1790 in South Carolina. Was on the census for Attala County, Mississippi in 1850. Benjamin died in Attala County, Mississippibef 16 May 1859, he was 69.

In “Greenwood County Sketches” Benjamin, Susannah and son Thomas are mentioned as members of the Walnut Grove Baptist Church located near Ware Shoals in 1834.Before 1850, Benjamin had remarried to Jane Rogers Mays.

A number of records from the Walnut Grove Baptist Church were published in a series of newspaper articles in the “Greenwood Index-Journal” in the early 1940s. The text of these articles, written by Harry L. Watson, are contained in Volume 2 of “Greenwood Historical Society Scrapbooks”. These were later reprinted in a book titled “Our Old Roads” by Margaret Watson, daughter of the author. Benjamin and his family are mentioned several times in these records as detailed below. Each article was numbered based on date of publicatiion, not the date of the church record.

———- From “Our Old Roads” ————–

No. 101, Year referenced in text 1826. Newspaper article 6 November 1943.
(Regarding the Walnut Grove Baptist Church)
“The original minute book begins with this entry:
A Record of the proceedings of the Baptist Church of Christ at the Walnut Grove on Mulberry Creek in Abbeville District, S. C., constituted on the 24th day of June 1826 by the Rev’d Arthur Williams and Chesley Davis, both of the district aforesaid and teh Rev’d Moses Holland, of Pendleton District.”

The names of the members constituted are as follows:
Samuel Hill              Nancy Hodges
Richard Gaines              Mary Youngblood
William Graham              Peggy Henderson
Valentine Young              Dicey Sharp
Thompson Hodges              Jincy Gaines
Benjamin Rosemond       Susanna Roseman
Robert Gaines              Francis Roseman
William Hodges              Jane Huskerson
James Hodges              Tabitha Hodges

It will be noticed the names of the male members are in the first column and the names of the female members are in the second column. And that was the way the members in all the churches sat in the early days and even within the recollection of people of middle age and better today, the men on one side, usually the right side after entrance, and the females on the left side after entrance.

No. 157, Year referenced in text 1837.
The church was again involved in neighborhood and individual difficulties. In one meeting in which the members were voting on the matter of fellowship with a former member who was now an officer of another church, it appeared after a vote that this former member would be “excluded” and this would embarass the sister church in which he was now an official. Whereupon, an old member, B. Rosamond who was also a charter member, got up and told the members voting to “exclude” that if they could not vote to keep the former member in good standing, to “sit still and not vote at all” so as to bring about harmony. His suggestion was followed and the record says twenty members “sat still and refused to vote” and this saved the day for the former member who was now an official in another church.

No. 164, Year referenced in text 1828. Newspaper article 4 December 1943.
The “Church at the Walnut Grove on Mulberry Creek” as it was always described by the clerk, did not show any gain in membership by the end of its third year. Beginning with eighteen charter members, it lost within two years two of these by letters of dismission and on Oct. 20, 1828 Susannah Rosmond died, the first loss by death. This brought the membership down to fifteen, but the addition of “Polly Hodges”, wife of James Hodges by letter from Turkey Creek about this time, brought the membership up to sixteen. Then on Jan. 4, 1830 after a sermon by the Rev. Nicholas Ware Hodges, the first two members to be received by baptism are named. These were “Polly Hodges, sister of, and Mahala Hodges, the wife of Thompson Hodges.” (This made the total membership eighteen again.) Incidentally, there are three “Polly Hodges” already noted in the record.

…(also from No. 164)
“On Christmas Eve, the Rev. Thomas A. Rosamond, “a member of the Methodist clergy” (a member of the Rosamond family of this section and many members of it were members of the Walnut Grove), preached and the following joined: John and Thomas Rosamond (sons of B. R.) and this notation by the clerk must have meant they were sons of Benjamin Rosamond, one of the charter members in 1826,…”

No. 165, Date referenced June 23, 1832.
At this meeting Valentine Young was granted the privilege of “a public gift of prayer within the bounds of the church”. It was explained that this was the same privilege which had been granted to Richard Gaines and Benj. Rosamond, …

—————- End records from “Our Old Roads” ———————-

Benjamin is also mentioned several times in “Abstracts of Old Ninety-Six, Abbeville District Wills and Bonds” as witness to wills and deeds.

According to an article in J.P. Coleman’s “Choctaw County Chronicles” under New Zion Baptist Church, organized December 1842, Benjamin ws one of the first two deacons. Also among the organizers was a Rosander Rosamond (don’t know who he/she is).

By 1850 Benjamin had sold his South Carolina property which was located somewhere near the Mulberry Creek/Saluda River area. He divided the profit with his sons and was living near his brother Samuel in Atalla County, Mississippi. In the same time period his other brother Thomas and all his sons except Thomas and Joseph were also in Mississippi. In 1850 Benjamin was listed in the Mississippi census as owning 9 slaves and being married to Jane. Census Ed. 126, 495/495.

In November 1858, James Rosamond (Benjamin’s son James ??) was appointed guardian of Jerusha W. (who is this?) and Tilman J. Rosamond. Then on May 16, 1859, Jane is named as guardian of Tilman J. and Marion F. Rosamond. These are her sons by Benjamin. On this date she gave her annual accounting regarding her sons.

On 12/20/ 1858, William T. Wright, referred to as the guardian of Jantha Rosamond (presumably Jantha Mays who was under guardianship of Benjamin and Jane), gave his final accounting. Jantha at this time was married to John F. Temple.

1850 Census Data, Attala County, MS
Page 126 & 127
495/495 Rosemon, Benj., Age 60, farmer, value 400, born SC = means b. ca. 1790
Jane, Age 44, born 1806, SC = Jane Rogers Mays
Lucretia, age 14, born SC
Daniel, age 12, SC
Jantha, age 11, female, SC
Marion F., age 2, born 1848, SC – – -Contradicts Carroll County, MS birth.
Mayse, Abner, age 18, male, born SC–Question-when did Benjamin get to MS?

The above record is not the only that contradicts the birthplace of Benjamin’s son Marion Francis Rosamond. The 1880 census of Montgomery County, AL which also lists his wife and children records his birthplace as Alabama. Any of these are possible since he could have been born just before the family left SC for MS, enroute between SC and Mississippi, or shortly after the family’s arrival in Mississippi. However, the death certificate of Marion Francis Rosamond who died July 8, 1935 shows his birthplace as Mississippi, this information being provided by his son Joseph Franklin Rosamond with whom he was living at the time of his death.

One handwritten note from Ruth Menhel indicates that Benjamin was on the tax roll in Attala County in 1847. Since there is a probate record for Benjamin and Jane in 1845 in SC, that would date the move to MS between 1845 and 1847. And this would mean that Marion Franklin was born in Mississippi. But if Benjamin was on the tax roll in Attala County, that would indicate that Marion Francis was born there rather than in Carroll County.

Benjamin first married Susannah Hill, daughter of John Hill, Sr. and Susannah ? Hill. In John Hill Senior’s will, he named his children as well as Benjamin and Susannah’s seven sons to receive Susannah’s share since she had already died. From the the will it says, “Susannah, who intermarried with Benjamin Rosemond, now dead, leaving as her only heirs her said husband Benjamin Rosemond, and seven children to wit, James, Benjamin, Samuel, John, Thomas, William and Joseph.”

After the death of his first wife, ca 1843 when Benjamin was about 53, he married Jane Rogers daughter of Daniel Rogers Jr., & Lucretia Harris, in Abbeville County, SC. Born on 4 Oct 1803 in Edgefield Co., South Carolina, Jane died in Mississippibef 1870, she was about 66.

Following his marriage to Jane, Benjamin was made guardian to three Mays children, Abner Mays, Jr., Aletha Mays and Jessee Mays. I believe these are Jane’s children from her first marriage to Abner Mays, Sr.The children are listed as neices and nephew of Benjamin’s son Thomas and Sarah Mays Rosamond. “Mays Minors, Box 68, Pack 1658 – On Oct 14 1840, Benjamin, John Rosamond, Felix Rogers bound to Moses Taggart Ord., Abbeville Dist sum $2,000. Benjamin Rosamond made guardian of Lethe, Jessy and Abner Mays, minors of Abner Mays, decd. 1841. Rec’d of Mathew Mays, Admn. of S. Whitley, Decd., who was guardian of above children.”

There is some confusion regarding children adopted by or under the guardianship of Benjamin and Jarne Rogers Mays Rosamond. I believe that the three Mays children to whom Benjamin was made guardian after his marriage to Jane were her children by Abner Mays, Sr. Their names were Abner, Jr., Aletha and Jessee.

In the 1860 census, Ally Wright, daughter of Althea Mays Wright is listed as living in the household of Jane Rogers Mays Rosamond.

Personal note: I can remember my dad, Ennis Herman Rosamond, and my Aunt Christine Rosamond Stedman referring to Benjamin’s second wife Jane as the Widow Mays. Also, Dad said on several occasions he remembers his grandfather, Marion Francis Rosamond (son of Benjamin and Jane) referring to his brother Daniel. This must be Daniel Mays who was under Benjamin and Jane’s guardianship after the death of his father.

In an email from Ruth Menhel, she said she had a record from the probate court in Edgefield County, SC that shows Benjamin and Jane Rogers being married in 1845.

Per “Attala County Pioneers” by Betty Couch Wiltshire:
Kosciusko, Attala County, MS Probate Book 1, 1858-1863.
Page 35: (Is this the page in Probate Book, or in “Attala County Pioneers”??
“James Rosamond, Guardian of Jerusha W. and Tilman J. Rosamond.(Note: Tilman is the brother of Marion Franklin Rosamond. Also, what is the date of this record? It can be assumed that Benjamin Rosamond died prior to this event, so it could help date Benjamin’s death.)

Page 105:
May 16, 1859 – “Jane Rosamond, guardian of Marion F. and Tillman J. Rosamond presented her annual account”.

Note: According to birth date of 1803 from Rogers book, Jane was forty-five years old when Marion Franklin Rosamond was born (making her age 48 at the time of the 1850 census), and about 47 when Tillman Jasper was born.This conflicts with birth date in 1850 census which shows her as 44 years old, i.e. born in 1806.

More About Benjamin Rosamond:
Census: 1850, Attala County, Mississippi

Notes for Susannah Hill:
From “Equity Records of Old 96 and Abbeville County, SC”; re children of John Hill Senior.
Susannah, now dead, who intermarried with Benjamin Rosemond, leaving as her only heirs and distributees her husband, the said Benjamin Rosemond and seven children to wit, James, Benjamin, Samuel, John, Thomas, William and Joseph.

Children of Benjamin Rosamond and Susannah Hill are:
i.       James Rosamond, born Abt. 1808 in Abbeville District, SC; married Tobitha ?; born Abt. 1802 in South Carolina.

More About James Rosamond:
Occupation: Miller

ii.       John Rosamond21, born Abt. 1809 in Abbeville District, SC; married Sarah Graham Abt. 1831 in South Carolina; born 23 Jun 1811 in South Carolina.

More About John Rosamond:
Occupation: Farmer, Landowner

Marriage Notes for John Rosamond and Sarah Graham:
Date based on birth dates of children

More About John Rosamond and Sarah Graham:
Marriage: Abt. 1831, South Carolina

iii.       Thomas Henry Rosamond, born 19 Oct 1811 in Abbeville District, SC; died 1886; married Sarah Mays Abt. 1846; born 03 Apr 1825 in Abbeville District, SC.

More About Thomas Henry Rosamond:
Occupation: Merchant/Flour Mill Owner

More About Thomas Rosamond and Sarah Mays:
Marriage: Abt. 1846

iv.       Benjamin Rosamond, born Abt. 1814 in South Carolina; married Elizabeth ?.

More About Benjamin Rosamond:
Occupation: Farmer

8       v.       Samuel Rosamond, born 1815 in Abbeville District, SC; married Frances C. Morrison.
vi.       William Addison Rosamond, born 17 Sep 1819 in Abbeville District, SC; died 29 Nov 1900 in Weldon, Houston County, Texas; married Martha Canzada Coleman Abt. 1848 in Kosciusko, Attala County, Mississippi; born Abt. 1828 in South Carolina; died 02 Sep 1898 in Weldon, Houston County, Texas.

Notes for William Addison Rosamond:
Antioch Cemetery

More About William Addison Rosamond:
Burial: Lovelady, Houston County, Texas
Occupation: Mill Operator

Notes for Martha Canzada Coleman:
Antioch Cemetery

More About Martha Canzada Coleman:
Burial: Weldon, Houston County, Texas

More About William Rosamond and Martha Coleman:
Marriage: Abt. 1848, Kosciusko, Attala County, Mississippi

vii.       Joseph Rosamond, born 1825 in South Carolina; died Aft. 1870.

More About Joseph Rosamond:
Occupation: Hotel Keeper / Cotton Merchant

viii.       Nancy Narcissus Rosamond, born 20 Oct 1828 in Abbeville County, SC; died 17 Jun 1921 in Chester, Choctaw County, Mississippi; married William Wright Bowie 1844; born 03 Oct 1822 in South Carolina; died 02 Feb 1910.

Notes for Nancy Narcissus Rosamond:
Salem Methodist Cemetery

More About Nancy Narcissus Rosamond:
Burial: Chester, Choctaw County, Mississippi

Notes for William Wright Bowie:
Salem Methodist Cemetery

More About William Wright Bowie:
Burial: Chester, Choctaw County, Mississippi

More About William Bowie and Nancy Rosamond:
Marriage: 1844

Generation No. 6

32.James Rosamond, born Abt. 1754 in Augusta County, Virginia; died Bef. 10 Jul 1806 in Abbeville District, SC.He was the son of 64. John Rosamond and 65. Sarah Willson.He married 33. Lettice Tillman Abt. 1778.
33.Lettice Tillman, born Abt. 1757; died Bef. 1793.

Notes for James Rosamond:
((birth was between 1750 and 1760 when John and Sarah were still in Virginia))

James Rosamond, R255, M. Bornca 1754 in Augusta County, Virginia. James died in Abbeville District, SCbef 10 Jul 1806, he was about 52. Occupation: Farmer.

James served in the Revolutionary War in the Ninety-Six District before and after the fall of Charleston. The Siege of Charleston occurrend in 1780 by the British Army led by Sir Henry Clinton. James furnished 150 lbs. of pork to the militia in 1782. He obtained land grants as a result of his service in the war. An abstract of his service in the Revolutionary War is on file at the Historical Commission in South Carolina.

James may have been married to a Dorothy/Norah Hodges (daughter or John Hodges and Elizabeth ?) prior to marrying Mary Daugherty. No one has been able to find any record of this. Barbara Morgan lists a Lettice Jones as a possibility for James’ first wife. Much depends on when his first wife died, and the date he married Mary.

In the first national census in 1790, James, his brother Samuel, and his mother Sarah were the only Rosamond Heads of Household listed in South Carolina.

From info received from Ruth: “The census listing shows him as living in the Ninety-Six District 1 male & 1 female age 40-50, 2 males under 16 years and 9 slaves.” This can’t be the 1790 census data as that census didn’t break down the ages except the males, and that only younger and older than 16. Also, there is no 40-50 age group for the 1800 census. This breakdown didn’t occur until at least 1830, so where did this data come from? I think this refers to a different James. Probably Samuel’s son James, the nephew of this James.

A transcripted copy of his will is located in the SC Archives in Columbia, SC.A copy also appears on a separate page within this web site. James’ will was recorded in Abbeville County, 10 July 1806.

He and his brother Samuel are mentioned in their sister Jean Rosamond’s will.

From “Mississippi Ancestors”
“ROSAMOND, James, Soldier, S.C., b. Abbeville, S.C., d. aft 8 June 1805, Abbeville, S.C., m ca 1778-79, wf Mary Dohorty, Abbeville, S.C., d aft 15 July 1795; ch,Thomas (Rev.), b 1788, Abbeville Dist., S.C., d. prob Jan 1862 Yalobusha Co., Miss., m Elizabeth A. Williams, ca 1820-21, b 20 Apr 1805, Kershaw Dist., S.C., d 23 Apr 1857, Yalobusha Co., Miss.; Nathaniel, b ca 1786, m (1) Mary Lighon, (2) Amy Powell; Benjamin, b ca 1784; Samuel b ca 1782; Mary, b ca 1780.

ca 1778 when James was 24, he first married Lettice ?, F. Bornca 1757. Lettice diedca 1793, she was 36.

The big question is who was James’ first wife???? One record shows her as Lettice, others speculate that she was Dorothy Hodges, sister to Sarah and Richard Hodges who married Samuel and Sarah F. Rosamond respectively, and some still believe it could be Mary Doherty (Daugherty), although that now seems very unlikely. If her name was Lettice, she might have been a Jones.

Alternate spellings for Lettice – Letice, Letitia, Lettitia, Leticia, Letticia, … Nicknames Letty, Lettie, …

More About James Rosamond:
Occupation: Farmer

Notes for Lettice Tillman:
It is not certain that Lettice Tillman was the name of James Rosamond’s wife. However, records in Mississippi indicate that this was her name although the person holding the records has not agreed to provide copies.Further research is needed.

Email from Ray Isbell <>28 January 2004:
… the maiden name must have been in some family papers I received years ago from my grandmother’s cousin, Vera Rosamond Schults Phillips of Indanola or Grenada, Miss., … It Vera said she BELIEVED but couldn’t prove Lettice was a Tillman, or that she was THOUGHT to be a Tillman, I can’t tell you without going through those old letters and papers, …
I’m descended from Mary Turley Williams Mayhew, whose sister Elizabeth A. Williams married Rev. Thomas A. Rosamond, son of James Rosamond and Lettice.

More About James Rosamond and Lettice Tillman:
Marriage: Abt. 1778

Children of James Rosamond and Lettice Tillman are:
i.       Mary Rosamond, born Abt. 1780.

Notes for Mary Rosamond:
1820 Census of Abbeville County shows a Mary Rosamond over 45 years old as a Head of Household with no one else living with her. This is probably her as she is right next door to James’ sons Samuel and Benajmin, and only 11 houses away from Nathaniel Jones Rosamond.

ii.       Nathaniel Jones Rosamond, born Abt. 1784 in Abbeville District, SC; died Bef. 1840 in Abbeville County, SC; married (1) Amy Powell; born in Laurens County, South Carolina; died 1855 in Northport, Alabama; married (2) Mary Lighon 1808; died 1809.

Notes for Nathaniel Jones Rosamond:
Nathaniel Jones Rosamond, R255, M. Bornca 1784 in Abbeville District, SC. Nathaniel Jones died in Abbeville County, SCca 1840, he was 56. Occupation: Farmer.

Nathaniel Jones Rosamond and second wife Amy Powell were second cousins.

Listed in the 1810 thru 1830 census and is shown owning six slaves in 1810.

Nathaniel Jones first married Amy Powell (41) , P400, F, daughter of Ezekiel Powell, M & Margaret “Peggy” Rosamond (20), F. Born in Laurens County, South Carolina. Amy died in 1855 in Northport, Alabama.

Family group sheet from LDS Archives shows Amy’s father’s nane as William Powell and mother as Nancy Bobo. Her date of birth shown on this sheet would make her age inconsistent being the daughter of Ezekial Powell and Margaret Rosamond.

A short biography of William Capers Rosamond, written before 1904,says that his mother, i.e. Amy Powell was born in Kentucky. This again contradicts Ezekiel and Margaret being Amy’s parents.

Another mystery here.

More About Nathaniel Jones Rosamond:
Occupation: Farmer

iii.       Thomas A. Rosamond, born 05 Jun 1787 in Abbeville District, SC; died 30 Nov 1861 in Yalobusha County, MS; married Elizabeth A. Williams Abt. 1820 in Kershaw District, SC; born 20 Apr 1805 in Kershaw District, SC; died 23 Apr 1857 in Yalobusha County, MS.

Notes for Thomas A. Rosamond:
Williams Family Cemetery, 8 miles east of Grenada, MS

Thomas A. Rosamond, R255, M. Born on 5 Jun 1787 in Abbeville District, SC. Thomas A. died in Yalobusha County, MS on 30 Nov 1861, he was 74. Buried in Yalobusha County, MS. Occupation: Minister / Farmer. Religion: Methodist.

It is believed that Thomas came to Mississippi between 1842 and 1845.

Thomas is mentioned in his father James’ will.

Thomas’ will was written 2/8/1860 and probated in February 1862, probably in Yalobusha County (now Grenada County).

At least two descendants have joined the DAR thru Thomas’ line to his father James Rosamond. Mrs. Mabel Martin Moorehead, #542939 and Vera Schulz Phillips, #490096.

Per an article written by Thomas’ great-granddaughter Vera Rosamond Schulz Phillips:
“Thomas A. Rosamond was born in Abbeville District, SC on 5th June 1787 and died in Yalobusha County, MS Nov. 30th, 1861 in his 73rd year. He was converted and joined the M.E. Church in early life; became a member of the SC Conference in 1817; traveled as an itenerant for five years; retired from the Conference in 1824 and located in Abbeville District where he served the church as a local preacher, as circumstances would admit, until in 1841 he moved with his family to Mississippi where he labored faithfully for the church of his choice and it’s interests until infirmity confined him home. The gospel proved a solace and comfort in all his afflictions, and enabled him to say when apprised of nearing dissolution, “All is well.” During his sickness no murmur of complaint fell from his lips. He retained the gift of speech and reason till near his end. As a man he was domestic in his habits, exact in all his dealings, attentive and liberal to the poor, and always ready to contribute freely to the support of the gospel and it’s instrumentalities. As a neighbor, kind and accomodating; he shared the respect and confidence of all who knew him. And he thus died as he had lived the faithful servant of his blessed Master, in bright prospects of the resurrection of the just.”

The 1850 census valued his personal estate at $28,000.

ca 1820 when Thomas A. was 32, he first married Elizabeth A. Williams, W452, F, daughter of Robert Williams, M & Mary Turley, F, in Kershaw District, SC. Born on 20 Apr 1805 in Kershaw District, SC. Elizabeth A. died in Yalobusha County, MS on 23 Apr 1857, she was 52. Buried in Yalobusha County, MS. Religion: Methodist.

More About Thomas A. Rosamond:
Burial: Yalobusha County, MS
Occupation: Minister / Farmer
Religion: Methodist

Notes for Elizabeth A. Williams:
Williams Family Cemetery, 8 mi east of Grenada, MS

More About Elizabeth A. Williams:
Burial: Yalobusha County, MS
Religion: Methodist

More About Thomas Rosamond and Elizabeth Williams:
Marriage: Abt. 1820, Kershaw District, SC

16       iv.       Benjamin Rosamond, born Abt. 1790 in South Carolina; died Bet. 1850 – 1860 in Attala County, Mississippi; married (1) Susannah Hill; married (2) Jane Rogers Abt. 1843 in Abbeville County, SC.
v.       Samuel E. Rosamond22,23,24, born Abt. 1792 in Abbeville District, SC25; died Abt. 1862 in Attala County, MS; married Frances E. ‘Fannie’ Hill 1812 in Abbeville District, SC; born Abt. 1785 in Abbeville District, SC25; died Abt. 1867 in Attala County, MS.

Notes for Samuel E. Rosamond:
Rosamond/Sweaney Cemetery
Page 127, 14 R6E

In 1860, Samuel E and Frances Rosamond were living in a house with Elijah Little and his wife Nancy.

More About Samuel E. Rosamond:
Census: 1850, Attala County, Mississippi

Notes for Frances E. ‘Fannie’ Hill:
North Union Cemetery

More About Frances E. ‘Fannie’ Hill:
Burial: Holmes County, MS

More About Samuel Rosamond and Frances Hill:
Marriage: 1812, Abbeville District, SC

34.John Hill Sr.26, died in Abbeville County, SC.He married 35. Susannah ?.
35.Susannah ?, died Aft. Jan 1824.

Notes for John Hill Sr.:
The following is quoted from “Equity Records of Old 96 and Abbeville District” by Willie Pauline Young, as on file in the Abbeville Courthouse, S.C., Volume , pgs. 94-98.
PACK 3375

The State of South Carolina, Abbeville District
In Equity to the Honorable, the Chanellors of the said state, humbly complaining show unto your honors your orator Robert C. Richey & oratrix Nancy his wife, and your orator William C. Hill as follows:

Many years ago John Hill Senior departed this life having made his last will and testament. By his will the said John Hill Senior gave to his wife Susannah the plantation whereon he lived with all his moveable property together with the following negros, to wit, Sylla, Cessa with five boys, Lewis, Silas, Gabl?, Willis, and Wiley during her widowhood, but provided that if his wife should marry again that then she should have Cessa, one horse and saddle, one bed and furniture and household and kitchen furniture during her life, and at her death the same to be equally divided amongst his children. And upon termination of the life estate he gave to his son Samuel the negro boy Lewis, to his son William the negro boy Silas, to his son John the negro boy Gabl?, to his son Joseph the negro boy Willis, and to his son Bluford the negro boy Wiley.The testator also directed that the said slaves should remain in the hands of the executors until each of the sons should severally be married or come to the age of 21 years, and in case any one of the said slaves should die before the said sons should be entitled to receive thence that out of the increase of Sylla or Cessa the deficiency be made up.
The said John Hill Senior at the time of his death left as his only heirs & legatees, a widow Susannah and twelve children to wit,

Betsy who intermarried with David Hilland by him had several children only two of whom are now living to wit, Jane or Jincy? now the wife of James Dodson; and Joycey now the wife of ____ Cogburn, she afterwards married Patrick Germain? and had one son Thomas, and then died.

Nancy, then and now the wife of William Mays.

Polly then and now the wife of Jesse Rainey.

Sally, then and now the wife of David Vines.

Susannah, who intermarried with Benjamin Rosemond, now dead, leaving as her only heirs and distributees her husband, the said Benjamin Rosemond and seven children to wit, James, Benjamin, Samuel, John, Thomas, William and Joseph.

Fanny, now the wife of Samuel Rosemond.

Samuel Hill, now dead, who left as his only heirs and distributees a widow Elizabeth, who has since intermarried with William Hodges, and two children to wit, Nancy your oratrix who has intermarried with your orator Robert C. Richey, and Elvira who has since died unmarried and quite young. Administration of Samuel Hill’s estate was granted to William Barmore.

William Hill who attained the age of twenty-one years, married and then died leaving as his only heir and distributee William C. Hill.

John Hill who died leaving a will of which mention is hereafter made.

Joseph Hill who died intestate, leaving as his only heirs and distributees a widow Eliza now the wife of John Graham, and three children Susan, Jane and Frances.

Bluford Hill who died in his minority and unmarried.

About the year 1824 John Hill Junior died after having made his last will and testament, by which he bequeathed to his mother during her life or widowhood the said slave Gabriel, or Gabe?, and upon her marriage or death to be sold and the proceeds to be divided between his brothers Samuel, Bluford and Joseph and his sister Rebecca; all the residue of his estate, he gave to the three brothers and sister above named. He appointed Reuben Hodges, Samuel Hill and William Barmore Executors of his will of whom William Barmore was the acting executor.
Most of the property given to Susannah Hill as aforesaid soon after the death of John Hill Senior passed into her possession, and some of the negros for a number of years were hired out. About the year 1838, the negro Gabe or Gabriel, was hired to David Vines and Nelia Vines under a contract that he should be returned at the end of the year, and delivered up to the said Susannah Hill or her agent.But the said David Vines and Nelia Vines having failed to return the said slave Gabe at the end of the year, about the twenty-fifth of February 1839 an action of trover was brought by the said Susannah Hill against the said David Vines and Nelia Vines to recover damages for his commission and about the seventeenth of October a verdict was rendered in the favour of the said Susannah Hill against the said David and Nelia Vines to the amount of nine-hundred and eighty-three dollars, which was the full value of the said slave Gabe.
There are only elven children mentined above. Omitted was John and Susannah Hill’s daughter Rebecca Hill. She is mentioned in the will of John Hill, Jr.I need a full transcription of the wills of John Hill Sr. and Jr.I have a copy of the original will of John Hill Sr. in my files copied at the Abbeville County, SC courthouse in the year 2000.

Children of John Hill and Susannah ? are:
17       i.       Susannah Hill, died 20 Oct 1828 in Abbeville County, South Carolina; married Benjamin Rosamond.
ii.       John Hill Jr., died 1824.

Notes for John Hill Jr.:
From “Equity Records of Old 96 and Abbeville District”
About the year 1824 John Hill Junior died after having made his last will and testament, by which he bequeathed to his mother during her life or widowhood the said slave Gabriel, or Gabe?, and upon her marriage or death to be sold and the proceeds to be divided between his brothers Samuel, Bluford and Joseph and his sister Rebecca; all the residue of his estate, he gave to the three brothers and sister above named. He appointed Reuben Hodges, Samuel Hill and William Barmore Executors of his will of whom William Barmore was the acting executor.

iii.       Samuel Hill, married (1) Mary E. Mathis; married (2) Elizabeth Barmore in Ninety-Six District or Abbeville District, South Carolina27; died Bef. 1805 in South Carolina.

Notes for Samuel Hill:
from “Equity Records of Old 96 and Abbeville District, SC”
Samuel Hill, now dead, who left as his only heirs and distributees a widow Elizabeth, who has since intermarried with William Hodges, and two children to wit, Nancy your oratrix who has intermarried with your orator Robert C. Richey, and Elvira who has since died unmarried and quite young. Administration of Samuel Hill’s estate was granted to William Barmore.

Notes for Elizabeth Barmore:
From “Equity Records of Old 96 and Abbeville District, SC”
Samuel Hill, now dead, who left as his only heirs and distributees a widow Elizabeth, who has since intermarried with William Hodges, and two children to wit, Nancy your oratrix who has intermarried with your orator Robert C. Richey, and Elvira who has since died unmarried and quite young. Administration of Samuel Hill’s estate was granted to William Barmore.

William Barmore was probably the father of Elizabeth Barmore Hill Hodges.

Marriage Notes for Samuel Hill and Elizabeth Barmore:
“7500 Marriages …” shows their source as Probate Court Records (PCR), ref. B-1799. This is probably the date of the court record and not the marriage date.

More About Samuel Hill and Elizabeth Barmore:
Marriage: Ninety-Six District or Abbeville District, South Carolina27

iv.       William Hill

Notes for William Hill:
From “Equity Records of Old 96 and Abbeville District, SC” re the children of John Hill Senior.
William Hill who attained the age of twenty-one years, married and then died leaving as his only heir and distributee William C. Hill.

v.       Polly Hill, married Jesse Rainey.
vi.       Joseph Hill, married Eliza ?.
vii.       Blueford Hill, died in Abbeville County, SC.
viii.       Betsey Hill, married David Hill.
ix.       Nancy Hill, married William Mays.
x.       Sally Hill, married David Vines.
xi.       Rebecca Hill
xii.       Frances E. ‘Fannie’ Hill28,29,30, born Abt. 1785 in Abbeville District, SC31; died Abt. 1867 in Attala County, MS; married Samuel E. Rosamond 1812 in Abbeville District, SC; born Abt. 1792 in Abbeville District, SC31; died Abt. 1862 in Attala County, MS.

Notes for Frances E. ‘Fannie’ Hill:
North Union Cemetery

More About Frances E. ‘Fannie’ Hill:
Burial: Holmes County, MS

Notes for Samuel E. Rosamond:
Rosamond/Sweaney Cemetery
Page 127, 14 R6E

In 1860, Samuel E and Frances Rosamond were living in a house with Elijah Little and his wife Nancy.

More About Samuel E. Rosamond:
Census: 1850, Attala County, Mississippi

More About Samuel Rosamond and Frances Hill:
Marriage: 1812, Abbeville District, SC

Generation No. 7

64.John Rosamond32,33,34, born Abt. 1710 in Poss County Leitrim, Ireland; died Abt. 1789 in Prob Abbebille County, South Carolina.He was the son of 128. James “Jacob?” Rosemond and 129. Ann d’Orr.He married 65. Sarah Willson Abt. 1740 in Augusta County, Virginia.
65.Sarah Willson, born Abt. 1726 in County Antrim, Ireland; died Bet. 1790 – 1800 in Prob Abbebille County, South Carolina.She was the daughter of 130. Thomas Willson and 131. Elizabeth Dinwiddie.

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