Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

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 ancestry.com, 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

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

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