Col. William Rose

Col. Rose or Dr. Rose as he was usually called, was a great great grandfather of Nellie Graves Dewsnap, on her grandmother Graves side.  Dr. Rose settled a little farther up the Chenango than Capt. Leonard did.  Soon after this, quite a colony of whites came, and one Daniel Hudson, settled between Capt. Leonard and Dr. Rose.  Solomon Rose came on further, settling in the town of Lisle .  Their relations with the Indians were very friendly.  They were never molested.  The Indians raised corn and potatoes, and gave some to the white men for seed.  But other seeds and flour they brought with them.  Getting their grain ground was a great problem, the nearest grist mill being in Pennsylvania , at what is now called Athens , forty miles away.  It took a week and sometimes two to make the journey.  The trip was usually made on horse back.

by Emma Arnold Graves, as told to her daughter Nellie Graves Dewsnap

 who hand wrote it in 1933


exerts from Binghamton : its settlement, growth and development

 and the factors in its history, 1800-1900″

Col. William Rose, enlisted three times and served with credit through out the war, gaining the title of colonel. He came to Chenango in 1786; was the first school

teacher in the vicinity, and a man of much note in the county.


William Rose was a musician and private in the Connecticut Line and came from Canaan. He arrived in camp July 7, 1778 and joined Capt. Ensign’s Co. (Conn. men in Rev., page 537). He also served July 7, 1780 to Dec. 9, 1780 in the 8th Regt. under Capt. Munson (Conn. Men in the Rev., page 239). In 1785 veteran moved to Twn. of Chenango, Broome County, N.Y. , and was placed on the pension rolls March 26, 1833 (Pension File No. S 11324, National Archives, Wash., D.C.)
John Rose, the father of William, also served in the Revolution (Conn. Men in the Rev., page 257 and pension file # S 43967)
Most of the genealogical data upon which this application is based is contained in the sketch of Mrs. Mary Jane Johnson, grand-daughter of William Rose, found on page 355, Biographical Review of the Leading Citizens of Broome County, published in 1894 by Biographical Review Publishing Co. of Boston. Other references are the will of Burwell Nimmons, who married Martha Rose, a daughter of William Rose, recorded in Broome County Surrogate’s Office in Book 5 of Wills, page 61, and papers in connection with the probate of the will of Mary Jane Johnson on file in said Surrogate’s Office in which I am mentioned as her grandson.
No public records of vital statistics were kept in this state until after 1880.
William Rose and Susannah Rose, his wife, and Burwell Nimmons and Martha, his wife, were buried in a small cemetery at Nimmonsburg and the dates of their deaths are inscribed on the tombstones which are erected at their graves. Family records were also examined.
… another meeting of survivors was held at the ” Binghamton Hotel,” at which time Col. William Rose was chosen chairman, and John Rodgers, of Barker, secretary.
At this time a series of resolutions were adopted, one of which was as follows: ” Resolved, That our representatives in congress who have been instrumental in procuring the passage of the act of June 7, 1833, granting pay and pensions to the surviving soldiers of the Revolution, have and are justly entitled to our thanks.”

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