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Smith Rosan
Birth: May 29, 1845
Coshocton County
Ohio, USA
Death: Nov. 12, 1897
Du Quoin
Perry County
Illinois, USA

Son of James Rosan and Rachel Bonham Rosan. Married Mary Mathis on July 4, 1870, in Perry County IL.

Smith served for the Union in the Civil War. He began as a Private in Company C of the 81st Illinois and was later transferred to Company B of the 58th Illinois Infantry. Records state that he was mustered out of service on April 1, 1866, as Corporal.

As written by Nolan A. Rosan in 1977:
"We used to have a photograph of him taken in uniform and standing beside a cannon and stacked pile of cannon balls. Family tradition has it that his only injury during the war was to be hit on the leg or knee by a spent cannon ball. This tradition seems to be born out by the fact that in Sept. 1890 he applied for and was granted a government pension which, at his death, was transferred to his wife. The amount she got was $30 a month. Whether Smith's had been more than that amount is not known.
According to family understanding, he managed the mining company "company store" located in the small village of Holden, IL, also known as "Hardscrabble." When a small amount of money was missing from the store cash box, Smith was blamed for poor management in allowing it to happen. It seems that he could not stand severe criticism and rather than continue to face continued criticism, he resigned his position as manager. What he did after that is not known.
When he died, Smith Rosan owned a one-story house and two lots in the village of Holden, IL."


1845 -- Born in Coshocton County, OH

1850 -- Tiverton, Coshocton Co, OH

1860 -- Jackson, Coshocton Co, OH

1864 -- Enlisted as Private in Union forces for Civil War, living in Illinois at this time

1866 -- Mustered out as rank of Corporal

1870 -- Married to Mary Mathis, living in Perry County, IL, farmer

Children with Mary Mathis Rosan:
Margaret, 1873
James, 1874
John, 1876
Benjamin, 1877
Rosa, 1879
Amanda, 1882
Angeline, unknown
Harvey, unknown

Family links: 
  James Rosan (1818 - ____)
  Rachel Bonham Rosan (1812 - ____)
  Sarah E Hale Rosan (____ - 1869)
  Mary Lucretia Mathis Rosan (1852 - 1929)
  Margaret Rosan Goddard (1873 - 1967)*
  James William Rosan (1875 - 1951)*
  John Preston Rosan (1876 - 1948)*
  Benjamin Sylvester Rosan (1877 - 1959)*
  Rosa Belle Rosan Kirkpatrick (1879 - 1905)*
  Amanda Rosan Morgan (1882 - 1978)*
*Calculated relationship
Nine Mile Cemetery
Perry County
Illinois, USA
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Record added: Jul 26, 2008
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- Deborah Barber
 Added: Jun. 23, 2014

- Luv Big Red From IL
 Added: Jan. 13, 2013
Happy Veteran's Day to my Great-Great-Grandfather...thank you for your service.
- Amanda Trill
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