Andrew Rose

New Jersey, USA
Death 1817 (aged 65–66)
Mercer County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Pine Township, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot in Pine Township; abandoned & lost
Memorial ID 35899594 · View Source
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On 2 Jan 1778, Andrew Rose, resident of Bucks Co., PA, took the Oath of Allegiance. Family tradition states Andrew Rose fought in the battle of Monmouth in New Jersey during the American Revolution, after which he made cannon balls and bullets for the Colonial Army. George Washington led his troops to victory on 28 June 1778 at Monmouth. Andrew Rose was an iron worker by trade and was employed at Durham furnace in Bucks Co., PA from about 1780 until about 1788. Later he built and managed the second iron foundry in Pennsylvania, which was at that time called Centre Furnace, located in Centre Co., PA.

By 1799, Andrew Rose and his family had settled on a tract of about 430 acres of wilderness in northwestern Pennsylvania, two miles north of what is now Grove City, in Pine Township, Mercer County, PA. In that year, he built a larger house, increased the capacity of his stables, and prepared to entertain strangers overnight, although he did not keep a regular hotel.

The first Presbyterian church in the area (organized in 1801) was Andrew Rose's double round log barn. Later, a hewed log church was erected; and finally, logs were hauled to where Center United Presbyterian Church now stands in Wolf Creek Township, southwest of Grove City, PA. A large part of Sunday was spent in worship at the church; and members would take baskets of cold pancakes for lunch, since they didn't believe in cooking or any other labor on the Sabbath. Musical instruments were also frowned upon on the Lord's Day, so the church had no piano for many years.

By his first wife, Sarah Dilworth, Andrew Rose had three children: John, Susan, and Sarah, each of whom were left $1 in his will. He married second on 5 March 1774 to Hannah Chapman, born 15 Aug 1757; died 1840 in Crawford Co., OH, where, as a widow, she lived with her daughter Mary "Polly" Rose McKinley (grandmother of President William McKinley). Hannah is buried in the cemetery of the Nazareth Lutheran Church near Chatfield, OH.

Andrew Rose died about 1817 in Mercer Co., PA (will dated 21 Jan 1815; probated 16 Aug 1817), and was buried in the Presbyterian cemetery on his own farm in Pine Township. Later, the Presbyterian church was moved to Wolf Creek Township, and the old cemetery was lost to the farmer's plow.

Andrew Rose & Hannah Chapman had nine children:
1. Elizabeth "Betsy" Rose born 1776; married Samuel Mitchell; 10 children
2. Ephraim Rose born 1778; died 1851; served in the War of 1812; married twice; 11 children
3. Jacob Rose born 1780; died 22 Sept 1864; served in the War of 1812; married 1803 to Rebecca Clark; 9 children
4. Andrew Rose Jr. born 1782; died 1843; served in the War of 1812; married 1807 to Isabella Woods; 3 children
5. James Rose born 1785; died 1865; served in the War of 1812; married 1806 to Martha McKinley; 11 children (ten of the grandsons served in the Union troops during the Civil War; and many Rose descendants became noted professors, preachers, lawyers, and judges)
6. Mary "Polly" Rose born 1788; died 1847; married 1804 to James Stevenson McKinley; 12 children, including William McKinley Sr., father of William McKinley, 25th President of the United States
7. Chapman Rose born 1791; died 2 Oct 1851 in Charleston, Lee County, Iowa; served in the War of 1812; married twice; 9 children
8. Celia Rose born 1794; died young
9. Benjamin Rose born 1797; never married; mentioned in his father's 1815 will

Andrew Rose's descendants qualify for membership in the DAR and SAR (Daughters or Sons of the American Revolution).
Five of his sons served in the War of 1812: Ephriam, Jacob, Andrew Jr., James, & Chapman.

My great-grandfather, Iowa pioneer Samuel Coulter, was a second cousin of President William McKinley. Samuel's maternal grandfather, Jacob Rose, was an elder brother of the President's grandmother, Mary "Polly" (Rose) McKinley. Some 1896 biographies of the newly-elected President claimed that prior to 1709, one of the younger sons of the English or Scotch Roses of Kilvarock, seeking religious freedom, went to Holland to live. But deciding their children were becoming too Dutch-like, the Roses migrated to America with a boatload of German Palatinates (a southwestern region of Germany).

21st century update! A DNA test of a modern-day Rose descendant reveals our early Roses were indeed German Palatinates! So pack away your Scottish kilt and step into a pair of lederhosen and prepare for Oktoberfest!

Some believe Andrew Rose Sr.'s father was Johannes Roos (original spelling) baptised in 1713 in the Reformed Dutch Church in Bergen County, New Jersey.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 35899594
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