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 James Rose

James Rose

South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island, USA
Death 3 May 1830 (aged 85)
North Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island, USA
Burial North Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island, USA
Plot One of only 2 stones in the lot
Memorial ID 35363650 · View Source
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James was the son of John Rose and Elizabeth Eldred of South Kingstown, Rhode Island. He was married first in Stonington, Connecticut on 20 April 1769 (by Rev. Nathaniel Eells) to Thankful Miner (3 Oct 1743-1786), the daughter of Rev. Rufus and Mary (Miner) Miner. Thankful was still living on 22 May 1786 when she co-signed a deed with her husband. Following her death in 1786, James married by 26 Mar 1787 (when she cosigned a deed) Dorcas SHERMAN, the daughter of Benoni Sherman and Margaret Havens, whose full name may have been Elizabeth Dorcas, since she is called Elizabeth D. in the death record of her son George. According to a secondary source, James was a member of the Kingston Reds during the Revolutionary War and was at the Battle of Bunker Hill, Valley Forge, and other encounters. A photo of the coat that James wore at Valley Forge appeared with a newspaper article which is reproduced in a short manuscript genealogy of the family.

James died in North Kingstown, RI, and though his tombstone gives a death date of 1 May 1830, his obituaries in the "Providence Journal," the "Rhode Island American", and the "Manufacturers and Farmers Journal" all give his death date as 3 May, so that is the date chosen for this memorial.

James and his second wife, Dorcas, are buried in a small family plot off of Slocum Rd. in North Kingstown, theirs being the only two markers in this little plot that was originally the property of Dorcas' father, Benoni Sherman. James had 16 children, 7 with his first wife, and 9 with the second. They were:

With wife Thankful Miner:

*Rufus, b. 1767, d. in So. Kingstown 5 Nov 1848, m. (1) ca 1789 Nancy TENANT; m. (2) ca 1806 Hattie BRAMAN. The birth year given for Rufus Rose, 1767, comes from a family record, but conflicts with the marriage date of his parents in 1769. Assuming the 1769 marriage date is correct, it is possible that Rufus was actually born a few years later than the date given. He appears on the 1790 census in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, but in each federal census from 1800 to 1840 he appears in South Kingstown.

*Polly, b. 1769, d. ca 1782 (Rose Ms.)

*Mercy (Mary), b. 5 Nov 1771, m. Ebenezer ADAMS.

*Infant son, b. ca 1774, d. young.

*Elizabeth, b. ca 1776, m. NK 17 Mar 1799 John SMITH, son of Benjamin and Ruth Smith. According to Stephen Lawton (quoted in the Sherman Gen.), Elizabeth had had a son by Nathaniel Sherman before marrying John Smith. This son, b. 1795, was named John Rose, keeping his mother's surname.

*Sarah, b. 15 Nov 1778, m. Jason WILLIAMS.

*John, b. ca 1780, may be the one of that name who m. Sarah WHITMAN, b. 1784, d. Middleton, RI 30 May 1824, dau of Paul Whitman and Hannah Reynolds. It is possible that he is the John Rose of RI who died "at the NY Hospital" on 25 Dec 1832.

With second wife, Dorcas Sherman:

*Thankful, b. 1788, d. 15 Aug 1815, m. SK 1 Apr 1815 Capt. Samuel THURBER, b. Pr 30 Jan 1788, d. Pr 15 Feb 1857, son of Samuel Thurber and perhaps __________ Wilson. Thankful apparently died in childbirth, and is buried in RI Hist. Cem. SK #11 with her infant.

*Hannah, b. ca 1790, m. (1) William CONGDON; m. (2) David SHERMAN. Hannah was murdered by her second husband, a year after which he was executed.

*Solomon, b. NK 4 Jul, ca 1792, m. Mary ADAMS.

*Rowland Robinson (usually called Robinson), b. 1793, married Anstis NORTHUP.

*James, b. 3 Dec, ca 1795, d. SK before 1833, by drowning per the Rose Ms. In 1813 he was mentioned in a deed involving his brother Rowland R. Rose and his parents. The wording of the deed suggested that James was a minor at the time.

*George, b. 6 Jun 1797, m. Elizabeth Sweet NORTHUP.

*Charles, b. NK 1800, m. Lydia CONGDON.

*Godfrey, b. ca 1802. On 2 Jul 1824 he deeded property in NK to his brother Robinson Rose. See next entry.

*Benoni, b. ca 1804. I've seen no record of him. According to Ruth Torbert in her Rose family manuscript, he and his brother Godfrey may have left on a whaling vessel and deserted in a South American port.

Family Members

Gravesite Details Death date on marker is 1 May 1830, but three different obituaries give the date as 3 May.





  • Maintained by: Stan Arnold
  • Originally Created by: Matthew Fatale
  • Added: 30 Mar 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 35363650
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