CHARLES C. ROSE, a farmer living on section 16, township 12, range 7, Pope County, is a son of Henry, who was born in Hardin County, Ill. Henry Rose was a son of Albert Rose, originally from Virginia, and a soldier in the Revolutionary army. He was a man of sterling character, of strong will, a typical Virginian, and a prominent man in the community in which he lived. He removed from his native State to Kentucky, and afterward to other States, and in all of them was engaged in tilling the soil. Henry Rose had the best opportunities for securing an education the country then afforded, but they were very meager compared with what they are at the present day, and there is still room for improvement. He secured by far the better part of his education after leaving school, by reading, observation, and the practical application of what he learned to the affairs of life. He worked on a farm when a boy, clearing land, chopping wood, making rails and assisting generally until he was twenty-one. He then married Elizabeth Whitesides, who was born near Eddyville, Pope County, and whose parents are now deceased. Mr. Rose secured eighty acres of land, to which he subsequently added two hundred and forty acres in the northwest corner of Hardin County, all timbered land. Clearing up this farm he continued to live upon it until 1867, when he bought near Elizabethtown a farm of one hundred and sixty acres, which was somewhat improved, and for which he paid $3,200. Five years afterward he sold the old place. To the one hundred and sixty acres he has since added one hundred acres more and has made a splendid farm of it all, and now lives upon it.
Henry Rose's first wife died in 1872, and he afterward married Nancy Holt, the widow of a Methodist preacher. She died about 1882. He was married the third time to Mary Erwood. By his first wife he had thirteen children, viz: Catherine, widow of F. M. Thomas, of Harrisburgh; John C, a farmer of Pope County; Albert G., engaged in the livery business in Harrisburgh, Ill.; Sarah E., wife of Alfred Anderson, of Harrisburgh; James H., a physician and surgeon of Harrisburgh; Indiana, deceased; William A., living in California; George W., living at Arbuckle, Cal.; Jane, deceased; Charles C.; Marian, deceased; Addie, wife of John Coker, who is engaged in the dry-goods business in Harrisburgh, Ill.; and one that died in infancy. By the second wife he had one child, Lelia M., living at home, and by the third wife he has two children. His third wife by a former marriage has two children, John and Bessie.
Charles C. Rose was born in the northwest corner of Hardin County, on the old farm, November 22, 1858. He was reared on the farm and received a fair common-school education. He remained at home until he was twenty-one years old, and was afterward for some time variously occupied without accomplishing anything worthy of note, he was married to Gracie Ellis, whose parents were from Ohio, but she was born and reared in Pope County, Ill. Her father is dead, but her mother is still living. After his marriage he went to Evansville, and remained there in business one year. He then returned to Pope County, and was engaged in farming, accumulating land little by little until he was in comfortable circumstances. He then bought a farm in section 16, township 12, range 7, in Pope County, having previously owned one of one hundred and sixty acres which he had sold. He has had two children by his marriage to Miss Ellis, viz: John, deceased, and Katie Elizabeth, at home. Mr. Rose was a Republican until the rise of the Populist party, and since then he has been a member of the new party. He is a man who has many warm friends, and is a highly respected citizen.
Extracted from Biographical Review of Johnson, Massac, Pope, and Hardin Counties, Illinois, published in 1893, page 536
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