Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Henry and Robert Phaup

Grave of twin brothers Robert and Henry Phaup, born November 27, 1854.  Neither brother ever married and they lived together throughout their lives, dying within eight months of each other.   They are buried in Smyrna Cemetery in Buckingham, Virginia.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Sepia Saturday - Stanfill Family

Joyce Sue, George, Easie & Eugene Stanfill

This picture was probably made about 1939 or 1940.  George Stanfill died in August 1941 at the age of 39.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Wednesday's Child - Joan Elizabeth Rose

Joan Elizabeth Rose was born on December 27, 1933 in Jacksonville, Florida; she was the ninth and youngest child of Robert and Mary Rose.  Like many families during the Depression, the Roses were not able to provide gifts for their children at Christmas, so the younger children went to the Florida Theater on Christmas Eve 1935, where the Salvation Army handed out stockings with an orange, apple, candy and a toy to each child.  Little Joan became ill after standing outside in the cold and suffered convulsions later that night.  She died of pneumonia the next day and was buried two days later, on her second birthday, at Evergreen Cemetery in Jacksonville.  Her older brother, J.D., and her mother Mary are now buried with her there.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Family Recipe Friday - Herren's Cinnamon Rolls

Herren’s Cinnamon Rolls

Herren's Restaurant operated in Atlanta at the corner of Luckie & Forsyth Streets, from 1934 until 1987.  It was opened by prizefighter Charlie "Red" Herren, then bought by Guido Negri in 1939; the Negri family operated it until it closed in 1987.  I was fortunate enough to eat there a couple of times before it closed.  A basket of these cinnamon rolls came with every meal.  Cinnamon rolls are a wonderful gift at this time of year and these are great.

1 cup milk
¼ cup butter (cut into slices)
¼ cup sugar
1 ¼ teaspoon salt
2 packages yeast
¼ cup warm water
4 cups flour, sifted
2 cups sugar
4 tablespoons cinnamon
¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted

Boil milk in a heavy saucepan.  Add sliced butter, ¼ cup sugar and salt and set aside to cool.  Transfer to an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook.  In a small bowl, add yeast to water, then stir into the milk mixture.  Add flour, about a cup at a time, and beat well (dough can also be mixed by hand).  Let rest for 15 minutes.  Knead until smooth.  Place dough in a large buttered bowl, cover with a clean dishcloth, and let rise until doubled in size, about an hour.

In a bowl, combine the 2 cups sugar with cinnamon.  Lightly butter two 13x9”  baking pans and sprinkle with some of the sugar mixture.

Divide dough into 4 equal pieces.  Working with one piece at a time, roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to about ¼ inch thick and about 8 inches square.  Lightly brush surface with melted butter.  Sprinkle sugar mixture generously over entire surface.  Starting at one side of the square, roll up dough into tube.  Continue rolling back and forth until it’s about 12 inches long.  Cut into wheels about ½ inch wide and place flat in the pans, so that there’s just a little space between them.  Do not overcrowd pan.  Brush the tops with butter and sprinkle with sugar mixture.  Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour to rise.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Bake for 18 to 20 minutes.  Let cool for 1 minute, then promptly remove rolls to prevent sticking.

Makes 60 rolls.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Wednesday's Child - Granny

Mary Herndon Fuller
Mary Herndon Fuller, born on December 18, 1896 in Atlanta, Georgia, circumstances and parents unknown.  She was adopted from the Atlanta Home for the Friendless soon after by Mr. and Mrs. Spann Fuller of Habersham County, Georgia.  The Fullers also adopted an older girl, Maude Everett, around the same time in order to have two female dependents that would qualify them for a homestead.  Mary was married Robert V. Rose, Sr. about 1916 and was the mother of nine children, two of whom predeceased her. 

These photographs were shared with me by the granddaughter of Maude Fuller, as well as several documents pertaining to the children's adoptions.  I connected with her on  No one in the family had seen them before.  And in another twist, a member of Maude's birth family, the Everetts, also connected with us on and was able to share a letter from Maude's birth sister explaining the circumstances that lead to her being placed in an orphanage.  You never know what you're going to find!
Mary died on December 26, 1987 at the age of 91.  She is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida, along with her son J.D. and daughter Joan.

Sunday, December 15, 2013


As the year comes to an end, I have been reviewing what progress I have and haven't made in my family research.  In 2013 I have made some finds that have brought some interesting new discoveries in our family trees.  I got a lot of research done, and was able to actually put together four binders with five generations of family records, pictures and information, to share with family.  Pictures and documents sorted into folders for each family, as opposed to the big box where everything is thrown together.  I still have some organizational work to get done, but I have made progress.

I am still looking at two big brick walls that I want to try to move past this year.  My third great-grandfather, Archibald Rose of Virginia; I have found there are an astonishing number of men with that name in Virginia and North Carolina during the late 18th and early 19th century.  Who knew?  Sorting them out from one another, trying to figure out if they are related in some way, and all those other Roses in the area - who are they?  It makes my head spin; I've had to take a step back from it to try to get some perspective and come up with a different plan to try to move past this wall.  The other is John Kirkpatrick, my husband's second great-grandfather.  While we have a good deal of information on him after his marriage (thanks to another relative who shared research she has done in the past), but his birth and parents are still a mystery.  I suspect that both of these men may have been first generation Americans and their fathers were immigrants.  My questions still outnumber my answers, but I will keep trying. . .

In 2014, I hope to make a few genealogy road trips - to Campbell, Tennessee, where both my husband and I had ancestors who settled there for a few decades before moving on to Arkansas and Alabama.  I also want to visit Chester, South Carolina, where my immigrant ancestors on my maternal grandmother's line, settled and fought in the Revolution.  And the Birmingham, Alabama area, to try to dig up some records on my husband's father's family.

I have found in my research that most of my ancestors, as well as my husband's, were Scots-Irish settlers in the southern Appalachians, which has made me interested in the history and culture of the area. 

I have had my first few "paying" research jobs, which is exciting - how fun is it to get paid to do something you love?  Hoping to continue to get more in the new year.

Anyone else making out their goals for next year?

Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday's Faces From the Past - Benjamin Franklin McGee

B.F. McGee & grandchildren
Benjamin Franklin McGee, born 1830 in Lancaster, South Carolina, died 1920 in Monroe, Louisiana.  He was the son of a wealthy planter who grew up in a home with more than 50 slaves in Alabama.  Benjamin was a sergeant in the 30th Alabama Infantry, then retired to a life of farming after the war.  He survived two wives and was the father of 14 children.  In his old age, he moved to Monroe, Louisiana to live with his eldest son and his family. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Mary Fuller and Friend

Mary Fuller (left) & friend, Habersham, Georgia

Military Monday - Memorial Marker of Glenn O. Colwell, Spalding County, Georgia

Glenn O. Colwell

Glenn O. Colwell enlisted as a private in Co. A, Georgia 53rd Infantry, CSA in April 1862.  He died of disease at a hospital in Lynchburg, Virginia on May 4, 1864, age 33, leaving a wife and five children.  He is buried somewhere near Lynchburg.  His widow had this memorial marker placed in the cemetery at her church, Rehobeth Baptist, in Griffin, Georgia.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

December Family Calendar - Marth Burch Heard Tucker - December 7, 1824

Martha Burch Heard Tucker, my third great-grandmother, daughter of early Georgia governor and Revolutionary War hero Stephen Heard, died on December 7, 1824 in a scarlet fever epidemic that swept through the Savannah River Valley, also taking the lives of four of her eight children.

Martha and her children George, Richard, John and Biddie are all buried alongside each other at the site of the Heard family home, Heardmont, in Elbert County, Georgia.  Martha was 36 at the time of her death.  The inscription on her tombstone reads: "She lived a Christian's life and died a Christian's death, precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his Saints."