JOHN C. ROSE, of Wolrab Mills, Hardin County, is the son of Henry Rose, of Elizabethtown, who was born in Hardin County, Ill., February 19, 1816, and was brought up on the farm. He followed farming all his life and is now one of the leading farmers of Hardin County. He was married to Elizabeth Whitesides, of Illinois, by whom he had ten children. E. G. is now in the livery business at Harrisburgh, 111.; J. H., a practicing physician, resides at Harrisburgh, Ill; William A. and George W. reside in California; Charles is a farmer of Pope County; and John C. is our subject. The mother of these children died October 29, 1870, and in 1872 Mr. Rose was married to Nancy Holt, widow of John Holt, by whom he had one child, Lela, who lives at home. This wife died, and Mr. Rose was married the thud time, to Mary E. Erwood, of Hardin County, Ill.
John C. Rose, the subject of this sketch, was born in Hardin County March 12, 1843, and was reared on the farm. His early education was obtained in a subscription school, there being then no free schools, as there are now. At the age of nineteen years he enlisted in Company L, Sixth Illinois Cavalry, January l, 1862, and was mustered out at Selma, Ala., in November, 1865. Among the numerous battles in which he was engaged may be mentioned that at Nashville, Lawrenceburgh and Relmont, Tenn., in which engagements he was wounded several times, but at no time seriously. He was Orderly Sergeant of his company, and after the war returned to Illinois with his health very much impaired from the hard service he had undergone. He engaged for a short time in farming, and was then Deputy Sheriff of the county for seven years, after which he bought land and settled down to improve his farm. Upon this farm he has remained ever since, he has one hundred and fifty-one acres of land in a high state of cultivation, with good buildings upon the farm, and he is one of the most prosperous citizens of the county. He was married July 26, 1866, to Miss Mary A. Pankey, daughter of John Pankey, who was a native of Hardin County, 111. Politically, Mr. Rose is a Republican, and socially he is a member of Lodge No. 276, A. F. & A. M., and of Post No. 565, G. A. R. Both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and are earnest workers in the cause of religion, aiding that congregation both spiritually and financially.
Extracted from Biographical Review of Johnson, Massac, Pope, and Hardin Counties, Illinois, published in 1893, page 366
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