Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Monday, July 30, 2012

Habersham County, Georgia

I visited the courthouse in Clarkesville, the town my grandmother, Mary Fuller spent part of her childhood in.  This is the town her parents lived in when she was adopted.  I was hoping that I might find something that referenced her adoption in the probate records, but there was nothing.  I imagine those records were sealed.   We did find some interesting records regarding the purchase and sale of land, the seizure of property owned by my great-grandfather in Cornelia, GA and a court case involving my great-grandmother running up a nice bill in a store and refusing to pay (she lost the case).   I also found a copy of their marriage record.  Mamie was only 18 when she married Span, but she was "Mrs. Hall" on the record, so she was either widowed or divorced already.  No luck so far in finding any information on that marriage.
December 24, 1878
I was also able to get a copy of Span's obituary:
March 27, 1937
My grandmother's last name is misspelled - it was Rose.  The "Capt." refers to his having been the Chief of Police (family history says, although I can't find any record of it) in Anderson, SC.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Robert VanHuff Rose & Mary Herndon Fuller

Robert Rose was born on October 9, 1889 in Anderson, South Carolina.  He married Mary Herndon Fuller some time before 1917.  They had nine children:  Louise, Mary, Robert (Bobby), J.D., Grace, Carter, Harry, Betty Mae and Joann Elizabeth.  In 1910, he was shown on the census as being employed as a laborer on his father's farm in Jefferson County, Alabama, in 1920 he was living in Jacksonville, Florida and working as a shoe salesman, living in a boarding house.  His wife and two children are living with his father in Nashville.  His WWI draft registration card, dated June 5, 1917, lists his residence as being in Nashville.  He was an awning maker for Carter Hough Tent & Awning in Nashville and is listed as the sole support of his mother, father, wife and baby.  The form also says he has cataracts in his right eye and had broken his right leg.  Robert had his own awning business in Jacksonville several years later.  I have not been able to locate the 1930 census record for the family.  He and Mary were divorced in 1934.  Their youngest child, Joann, died in December of 1935, just before her 2nd birthday.

Mary Herndon Fuller was the adopted daughter of Spann L. Fuller and Mamie Herndon.  She was born in Atlanta, Georgia on December 18, 1896.  The circumstances of her birth are unknown, but she was adopted as an infant from the Home for the Friendless in Atlanta.  The Home for the Friendless was begun in 1888 by three Atlanta women after a severe ice storm resulted in the deaths of several homeless women and children.  Initially, it took in men, women and children, but soon evolved into a facility for homeless women and children, and then an orphanage.  The building was located on Highland Avenue in Atlanta.  In the 1920's, the building burned, destroying most of the records.  The home later moved to Courtney Avenue in Atlanta, where it still operates as Hillside Cottages, a facility for children with emotional problems.

Spann and Mamie also adopted another daughter, Maude, in January 1897.  Maude was about seven at the time of her adoption.  Through, I connected with Maude's granddaughter, who had pictures of Mary as a baby, and young woman.  The dates of Mary's birth and Maude's adoption have made me think that there is a possibility they were actually biological siblings. When Maude was an adult, she found one of her biological siblings and was told that their mother had died and she was placed for adoption then.  It's conceivable that Mary was also her sister and was placed for adoption at the same time.  While we don't the exact date of Mary's adoption, the Fullers had a picture of her taken as a young infant, indicating that she was no more than a few months old when they adopted her.  As far as I know, no one has a copy of Mary's adoption papers, so there may be no way of ever knowing.
Mary Herndon Fuller


Mary & friend

Another mystery was the inclusion of several photos of a young girl named Thelma, identified as both Thelma Everett (Maude Fuller's birth name) and Thelma Fuller.  One of the photos is of Thelma and Mamie in what looks like a mother-daughter pose.  No one knows of another sister named Thelma and I have found no records of her under either name, so we have no idea who she is or what happened to her.

Spann Fuller was born in Hambersham County, Georgia on January 18, 1854.  I believe his father was John Elder Fuller and his mother was Livonia Jeffers, although I have not found a birth record for him.  The 1870 census shows him living in Atlanta with H.A. Fuller, who I believe was an uncle who was a grocer, along with two of his brothers.  This would have been during the post-Civil War reconstruction period.  Spann married Mary Elizabeth (Mamie) Herndon on December 23, 1878 in Habersham County.  Mamie was born on October 9, 1860 in Union, South Carolina, the daughter of George P. Herndon and Eliza Pratt. The 1880 census shows them living on Garnet Street in Atlanta, with Spann employed as a laborer.  In 1900, they are living in Clarkesville, Habersham County.  His occupation is listed as farmer, his two daughters are listed on the census with him, but not his wife.   In 1910, they are living in Anderson, South Carolina, where his occupation is merchant; he owns a grocery store.  Mamie and Mary are listed with him.  I believe that before the family moved to South Carolina, he also had a store in Clarkesville, Georgia.  

Spann Fuller

Spann in front of his store

Mary (Mamie) Fuller
Mamie died on June 5, 1917 on a chronic kidney disorder at the age of 56.  She and Spann had not told their daughters that they were adopted when they were children, and she finally told Mary shortly before her death.  Mamie is buried in the Old Silver Brook Cemetery in Anderson, South Carolina.
Spann lived until March 26, 1937.  At the end of his life, he lived with Maude and they are buried together at Shiloh UMC Cemetery in Piedmont, South Carolina, along with one of Maude's children who died in infancy.

Robert Rose eventually moved to Birmingham, Alabama after his divorce from Mary.  He worked as a salesman and married Frieda Weidmann in 1941.   He died on April 18, 1966.

Robert & Frieda Rose

Robert & Harry Rose, 1949
Mary lived in Jacksonville for the remainder of her life.  She died on December 26, 1897 at the age of 91.  She is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Jacksonville, along with her son J.D. and daughter Joann.

Mary Rose

J.D. Rose served in World War II and suffered from shell shock after the war.  He died in June 1949 at age 26.

Funeral services for J.D. Rose, 26, of 110 Liberty Street, will be held at ?  p.m. tomorrow in the memorial chapel at ? Funeral Parlors with full military honors furnished by the Duval County Honor Guard.  Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.  Mr. Rose was a native of Jacksonville and resided here his entire life.  He was a veteran of World War II, a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1629, Disabled American Veterans and Ridge Boulevard Baptist Church.  He is survived by his father, Robert V. Rose of Nashville, Tenn., his mother, Mrs. Mary Fuller Rose of this city; four sisters, Mrs.  Mary Myers, Mrs. Louise Vogt, Miss Betty Mae Rose and Miss Grace Rose, all of  Jacksonville; three brothers, Robert V. Rose, Jr., Harry Rose and Carter Rose, all of Jacksonville, and two nieces and one nephew.

Carter Rose died in 2002, Bobby in 2004 and Betty Mae in 200 .

Harry & Bobby Rose, 1949

Harry with (l-r) Mary, Grace, Betty & Louise

Sarah Anna Sanders Family History

Sarah Anna Sanders was the daughter of Henry Sanders and Sarah Tucker.  Henry Sanders was a physician in Greene County, Alabama and the grandson of a Danish immigrant named Henry Ditmer.  Sarah Tucker was the granddaughter of two Revolutionary War heroes, Godfrey Tucker and Stephen Heard.
Stephen Heard

Stephen Heard was also one of the first Governors of Georgia, who is said to have almost single-handedly held together the government of the state during the revolution in spite of the British controlling most of the land.  Heard was born in Virginia in 1741, the son of an Irish immigrant named John Heard, who allegedly had to leave Ireland in a hurry after attacking a Catholic priest with a pitchfork for raising his rent.  Stephen Heard left school to serve with his brothers in the French and Indian War, rising to the rank of Captain.  He was awarded 150 acres of land in Wilkes County, Georgia for his service, and there he built Fort Heard (now Washington, Georgia) for protection from local natives.  When the revolutionary war began, Heard joined the colonists.  While absent from his home, his wife Jane Germany, and their adopted child, were forced by British soldiers out of their home and into the cold, where they both died.  Heard took part in the Battle of Kettle Creek in Wilkes County, a turning point in the war.  He was later captured by the Tories and was being held awaiting execution when one of his slaves, Mammy Kate, and her husband Daddy Jack helped him escape.  I have seen two stories regarding the escape. One is that Mammy Kate, who was a very large woman, was allowed to bring her master clean clothes and take his soiled ones for laundering.  Heard was a small man, and she was able to conceal him in the basket of laundry and carry him out.  The other story is that Mammy Kate and Daddy Jack coerced the guards into letting them have one final visit with their master, bringing along a basket of food for him.  They replaced the food with Heard, covered him with a blanket and were able to sneak him out.  Whatever the truth, Heard did escape and Mammy Kate and Daddy Jack are buried in the family cemetery with Heard and his children.

After the war, Heard was given 6,850 acres in Wilkes County for his service.   This land was cut out from Wilkes County to form Elbert County.   Heard built a home called Heardmont there, and remarried to Elizabeth Darden.  They had five daughters and four sons.  Heard was an early patron of the Moravian school, now Salem College in Salem, NC.  He continued in public service until his death in 1815 in Elbert County, Georgia.

Stone reads:  "Sacred to the Memory of Col Stephen Heard. He was a soldier of the American Revolution, and fought with the Great Washington for the liberties of his country." 

Revolutionary War Memorial in Elbert County, Georgia.  The memorial contains the names of both Stephen Heard and Godfrey Tucker
Martha Burch Heard was Stephen Heard and Elizabeth Darden's second child, born on December 21, 1788.  She married Bartlett Tucker, the son of Godfrey Tucker and Mary Burton, before 1805.  They were the parents of nine children.  In December of 1824, Martha and four of her children, George, John, Richard and Biddie, all died of scarlet fever in the epidemic of 1823-24.  They are buried next to each other in the Heard family cemetery in Elbert County.

Martha Heard Tucker

George Tucker, age 14

John Tucker, age 12
Richard Tucker, age 9

Biddie Tucker, age 7

Several years after Martha's death, Bartlett Tucker married Nancy Boles and had five more children.  They eventually all settled in Abbeville, South Carolina, where he died in 1861.

Bartlett and Martha's youngest child, Sarah, was born in 1822.  She married Henry John Sanders on January 27, 1842 in Elbert County, Georgia.  They had four children, William, Martha, Sarah Anna and Carrie.  The family moved to Alabama before 1850, where they stayed for the remainder of Sarah and Henry's lives.  Henry died on January 11, 1887 at age 65.  Sarah died on December 14, 1896 at the age of 74.  They are buried together at Ebenezer Baptist Cemetery in Clinton, Alabama.

Elbert Gunn Rose & Sarah Anna Sanders

Elbert Gunn Rose was born on August 14, 1857 in Alabama.  He married Sarah Anna Sanders in 1880.  She was the daughter of Henry John Sanders and Sarah Tucker.  More about her family to come.  Anna and Elbert had four children:  Henry, Robert, Essie and Elbert Jr.  The 1880 census shows Elbert and Anna, who were newlyweds, living with her family.  By 1900, they are living in Anderson County, South Carolina and his occupation is farmer.  In 1910, they are in Jefferson County, Alabama and he is still employed as a farmer.  In 1920, he is a widower (Anna died of tuberculosis in 1919) and is living in Nashville, Tennessee.  Also living in his household are his son Henry, who is shown as being paralyzed, the two children of his daughter Essie, J.D. and Anna Hatter (whose last name is listed as Rose here), and his daughter-in-law Mary, and her two oldest children, Louise and Mary.  Mary's husband, Robert, is living in Jacksonville, Florida in 1920, working as a shoe salesman and living in a boarding house.

Back of picture reads:  Grandpa & Ma, Aunt Essie, J.D. and Anna Lillian and Uncle Henry.  Clara Bell (Bridgewater) is in Grandpa's arms (Essie's daughter from second marriage).  Picture taken before 1917

 Essie Louise was born in May 1882 in South Carolina.  She was married to Ira Hatter before 1904 until his death in 1909.  They had two children, J.D. and Anna Lillian.  After Ira's death, Essie married Thomas Bridgewater, with whom she had a daughter named Clara Bell.  Essie died of tuberculosis in 1917.  Since her two oldest children are living with her father in 1920, I assume their grandparents took them after her death.  Clara is not shown on the 1920 census with the Rose's, so she may have remained with her father; I have not been able to find a death date for him.  In 1910, he and Essie and were married and living with her two children in Nashville on the same street as her parents.

Elbert Jr. was born on August 14, 1894 in South Carolina.  He was married to Bessie Clark.  I haven't found a marriage record or a record of any children, although I think they had at least one son.  Elbert is listed on the 1920 census as living in his mother-in-law's home in  Nashville with Bessie and is employed as a salesman in a cigar store.  They later moved to Terrell County, Georgia, where he died on May 19, 1964 at age 70.

Henry was born on December 21, 1877.  He died in 1928.  I have not found any marriage records for him.  In 1900, at age 19, he is working as a farm laborer on his father's farm.  In 1910, he has no occupation listed, and is still living with his father.  Since the 1920 census shows him as being paralyzed, it's possible he had some sort of accident or illness that made it impossible for him to live on his own.  After his father's death, he lived with his brother Robert.  His obituary:

Henry Rose, 50, died early yesterday morning at the home of his brother, R. V. Rose, in Oakhurst Park.  The deceased was a native of Alabama, but had been a resident of Jacksonville for the past nine years and his many friends wil learn with deep regret of his death.  He was a devoted member of the Westminister Presbyterian Church.  Surviving are two brothers, R.V. Rose of this city, and Elbert G. Rose, Jr. of California.
Funeral services will be held from the parlors of the Marcus Conant Company at 3:30 o'clock this afternoon.  The Rev. R.C. Douglas, pastor of the Westminister Presbyterian Church will be officiating.  The following will serve as pallbearers:  Z.J. Crawford, R.N. Abrams, H.F. Rotheriler, W.C. Hackett, L.L. Davis and J.E. Whipple. Interment will be in the family lot in West Evergreen Cemetery.
Rose family plot in Jacksonville, FL
 Florida Times-Union, December 3, 1928

Robert Van Huff Rose was born in 1890 in Anderson, South Carolina.   He was married to Mary Herndon Fuller before 1918.  They had nine children:  Lousie, Mary Anna, Robert, J.D., Grace, Carter, Harry, Betty Mae and Joann Elizabeth, who died just before her 2nd birthday in 1935.  He and Mary were divorced in 1934.