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Rose Christina "Rosa" Boylan
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Birth: 1873
Peoria County
Illinois, USA
Death: 1966
Peoria County
Illinois, USA

Click directly on the photo of the house at right, to read further history pertaining to the John Boylan house and farm.


Rose, like her sister Lena, never married. When her younger half brother Arch married in 1916, Rose was invited along on a road trip Arch and his wife Clara made to Colorado. Also like Lena, Rose helped to deliver and raise her younger half brother Archie's 5 children.

She was known to her nieces and nephews as "Aunt Rose". Rose was intelligent, had nursing knowledge, and served as a midwife for many years. Rose was described by one of her nieces in 2012 as hardworking, but somewhat haughty and cool, as if the disastrous conditions of the 1930's Depression disgusted and depressed her. Perhaps she simply grew weary of years of working on behalf of the families of others, without a family of her own.

No one knows why Rose's sister Lena decided to move to Los Angeles alone in the early 1930's at the age of 56. Lena never returned to live in Illinois, and died in Los Angeles. One might imagine that the two sisters wrote to one another, or perhaps even visited each other, but no one knows for sure.

Sisters Rose, Ella, and Lena all died the same year, 1966, and all were in their early 90's. Rose lived out her entire life in Chillicothe, Illinois. She is buried there in the Chillicothe Cemetery, with just a small, simple marker marking her gravesite.

On platmaps of the Chillicothe area, Rose's name appears as the owner of record on a piece of the original farm of her father John Boylan, her name still there all the way through the 1950's. By the time of her death in 1966 at age 93, this land traced back over 125 years, part of the 1840 purchase made by her grandparents Patrick and Mary Branigan Boylan. At present in 2012, it is unknown who Rose bequeathed her land to, but it is assumed that she passed it down to the children of her sister Ella, as Ella's property was immediately adjacent to Rose's.

There exists only one known photo of Rose Boylan (seen at right in the group portrait with her siblings), despite the fact that she lived for all of her 93 years as a resident of the town of Chillicothe - please contact me if you have any group photos of Chillicothe residents, or knowledge of Rose and her birth family.

[Rosa C "Rose" Boylan]
Home in 1920: Hallock, Peoria, Illinois
Age: 43
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1877
Birthplace: Illinois
Relation to Head of House:Sister-in-Law
Father's Birth Place: Missouri
Mother's Birth Place: Illinois
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Sex: Female
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Household Members:
Name Age
John Staab 47
Ella Staab 47
Paul Staab 21
Lucile Staab 19
Richard Staab 15
Bernard Staab 10
Rose Boylond 43

Family links: 
  John Boylan (1837 - 1903)
  Christina Holahan Boylan (1843 - 1875)
  William Franklin Boylan (1868 - 1923)*
  Mary Ellen Boylan Staab (1869 - 1966)*
  Rose Christina Boylan (1873 - 1966)
  Helen E Boylan (1874 - 1966)*
  Clara Geneva Boylan Weber (1875 - 1938)*
  Robert Emmett Boylan (1881 - 1935)**
  John B Boylan (1882 - 1959)**
  Louis Boylan (1885 - ____)**
  Archibald George Boylan (1888 - 1933)**
*Calculated relationship
Chillicothe City Cemetery
Peoria County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Deir
Record added: Feb 10, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 47961089
Rose Christina Rosa Boylan
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Rose Christina Rosa Boylan
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Rose Christina Rosa Boylan
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