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|
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|
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.