Biography of Edwin R. Rose
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ROSE, EDWIN R., farmer and stock raiser, Kelly Township (post office Gerlaw) : is the son of William B. Rose, who was born in Kentucky about the year 1820 and came to Illinois with the family of his father, Randolph Rose. in the '30s. William B. Rose married Ann Caroline Wells, who was born in Henrietta, Lorain County. Ohio, July 15, 1830. and died in Warren County Ill., December -5, 1864. She was the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Durand) Wells. Charles Wells belonged to a nistoric family whose ancestor (Joseph Wells) emigrated from Wales, England, in the seventeenth century, and who were prominent in the New England colonies, especially Connecticut, the name originally being spelled Welles. Members of the family took part in the French war and in the War of the Revolution. Charles was born at Huntington, Fairfield county, Conn., November 25, 1799, moved to Henrietta. Lorain County, Ohio, about 1816, and there married Elizabeth Durand, daughter of Simeon Durand of French descent who had come from Vermont. Their children were Edwin, Ann, (the mother of E. R. Rose), Mary Cook, Nancy and a little girl who died in infancy- the last three being born in Littleton Township, Schuyler County. Ill. William B. Rose owned a farm in Schuyier County, where Edwin R. was born January 19, 1849. In 1852 his father made a trip to California and engaged in the search for gold, but being unsuccessful, returned the following year and resumed farming. During the Pike's Peak excitement or 1859, he started in company with others, with ox-teams, for that region. but becoming discouraged, turned about without reaching their destination. With the gold-fever still burning in his veins, in 1861, he sold out and with his family, consisting of his n-ife and six children, made the overland journey to California, locating in the placer mining district of Dutch Fiat. His ill-success still followed him, three years later he returned to Illinois, arriving in Warren County in October, 1864. with means about exhausted. Here he settled on a farm and, in December following his wife died. At the age of fifteen years, Edn-in H., the oldest of the children, took up the battle of life for himself in Spring Grove Ton-nship. In 1875 he purchased a farm of eighty acres in that township, which he sold in 1882 in order to buy a farm of 134 acres in Section 32, Kelly Township. where he has since carried on farming and stockraising with considerable success. He is a member of the Christian church and in politics a Democrat. He has been a School Director, was elected Supervisor of Kelly Township in 1900 and has filled other important official positions. He is a member of Alexis Lodge. Independent Order of Odd Fellows. February 15, 1875, he n-as married at Monmoutb, to Alice A. Porter. n-ho was born in Spring Grove Township. August 14, 1852, a daughter of Joshua and Mary (Tinkham) Porter, and who for some years previous to her marriage had been a successful teacher. Joshua and Mary Porter were natives of Vermont who came to Illinois about 1839 and bought a farm in Spring Grove Township, where they both passed away. It is remembered of Mrs. Porter that at one time she taught school in her own house in that township. To Edwin R. and Alice A. (Porter) Rose have been born two sons, Clark Wilbur and Floyd P. Rose.

Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois
and the history of Warren County.
Edited by: Newton Bareman, LL. D. & Paul Selby, A. M.
Published by: Munsell Publishing Company
Chicago 1903.