Rosanna was my Grandpa McDanielís mother. He was the youngest of five children, born when his mother was 41 years old. Naturally, this made him the baby of the family, and he was probably pretty spoiled not only by his siblings but also by his parents. I do know that his mother suckled him until he was five years old, and he didnít want to give up the breast even then. When she tried to wean him, he used to cry and beg her to nurse him.
I know very little about my great-grandmother Rosanna. She died when my grandpa was only twenty years old, and since he was not married yet, my grandmother probably did not know her, except maybe from events such as going to church together.
Grandma Rosanna was a descendant of Martin Nalle, who emigrated in 1701 from England to Virginia, perhaps as an indentured servant and was the ancestor to almost every Nall/Nalle/Naul/Nalls person in this country. This family is predominately a Southern one, with the normal migration patterns from the colonial states to the midwest and west. They mirror the history of this country and make for an interesting study.
****** Mrs. Rosa McDaniel, wife of William McDaniel, a prominent and well to do farmer of Lyon township, died at her home near Derrahs Wednesday about 1 a. m. Nov. 22, aged 61 years. Funeral was held Thursday morning at 11 o'clock at Zion Hill, Rev. A. S. Ingman conducting the service. Mrs. McDaniel was a daughter of Jeptha Nall, deceased, a pioneer of Lewis county. Besides the husband, three half brothers and five children mourn her death. One of the sons, Robert, a well known young civil engineer of the county is a student of Missouri University, Jeptha another son, lives in Montana, Miss Eva, a daughter, is teaching the Boudreau school, the other two, Miss Anna and Wm. Jr. are at home.
Last Wednesday was a sad day in the history of our quiet little city, when we received the sad intelligence that Mrs. W. C. McDaniel was dead. She died very suddenly at her home Wednesday morning of heart trouble. She was a true, and devoted wife, kind, affectionate and indulgent mother. For a number of years she has been a consistent member of New Prospect Baptist church, her christian life and character, we feel inadequate ever to approximate in telling of her worth and christian virtues. At home, at church or abroad her christian life and true fidelity to her Saviour and his cause always perceptible. She has left to her children, family, relatives and friends, a richer legacy than can be obtained from all of earth's treasury, a pure spotless, christian character. An immense concourse of people attended the funeral service conducted by Rev. Ingman at Zion Hill church at 11 a.m. Nov. 23. She was loved and esteemed by all who knew her. Her remains were followed to its last resting place in the beautiful cemetery by an uncommon large procession, her body will quietly and peacefully rest in hope till the voice of the son of God shall call it from its sleeping dusty bed to dwell in His glorified realms beyond the skies. But let us all lift our sad, voices to glad triumphs on high, for Jesus has risen and man shall never die. "Each sorrow has its purpose by the sorrowing oft unguessed, but as sure as the sun brings morning, what ever is, is best."