Part  E (540 - 576)

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Henry Oscar Rosencrans (248)
Florence Starkweather Rosencrans (540) Nettie May Rosencrans (541)
Myron S. Rosenkrans (249)
Harry Howard Rosenkrans (542)  
Benjamin Rosenkrans (250)
Philip Rosenkrans (543) Eugene Rosenkrans (544)
Jacob Rosenkrans (253)
Mary Rosenkrans (545) Frank Rosenkrans (546)
Martin Rosenkrans (254)
Lillian Margaret Rosenkrans (547) Addison Priest Rosenkrans (548)
William Rosenkrans (549)  
John S. Rosenkrans (257)
Maud Rosenkrans (550) Cora Rosenkrans (551)
Everitt Rosenkrans (552)  
Seeley Rosenkrans (258)
Edna L. Rosenkrans (553) Carl Rosenkrans (554)
Brittain Rosenkrans (263)
Amzi Rosenkrans (555) Amos Rosenkrans (556)
Johnson Rosenkrans (557) Johnson Rosenkrans, 2nd (558)
Hulda C. Rosenkrans (559) Lydia A. Rosenkrans (560)
Alice R. Rosenkrans (561) Amanda Rosenkrans (562)
Seely A. Rosenkrans (266)
Charles H. Rosenkrans (563) Cynthia R. Rosenkrans (564)
Laura E. Rosenkrans (565) Floyd E. Rosenkrans (566)
Julia A. Rosenkrans (567) John R. Rosenkrans (568)
Rosanta T. Rosenkrans (569) Ira T. Rosenkrans (570)
Adam T. Rosenkrans (571) George H. Rosenkrans (572)
Tressa R. Rosenkrans (573)  
J. William Rosenkrans (267)
Andrew J. Rosenkrans (574) Alvina J. Rosenkrans (575)
Benjamin Rosenkrans (576)  



Henry Oscar Rosenkrans (248)

HENRY OSCAR ROSENCRANS and Fannie Starkweather had two children.

540.  FLORENCE STARKWEATHER ROSENKRANS, daughter of Henry Oscar, was born at Port Jervis, New York, October 30, 1869. She grew to womanhood in Jersey City, where her parents lived, and at Port Jervis married June 6, 1895, Lawrence Walter, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, who was connected with his father in the wholesale manufacture of crackers, at Wilkes-Barre.

541.  NETTIE MAY ROSENKRANS, daughter of Henry Oscar (248), was born in Jersey City, February 14, 1875. She married at Port Jervis, New York, October 23, 1895, Russell Grant Thorpe, a merchant in Port Jervis. His biography in part is as follows: "James Burling Thorpe was born at what was then known as Old Shongum, Ulster County, New York, on April 16, 1810. He married A. Lydia Cole, born 1812, in Sussex County, New Jersey. John M. Thorpe, their oldest son, father of Russell Grant, was born April 3, 1834, in a house through which the line separating the counties of Sullivan and Ulster was run. He married December 28, 1865, Martha Tawilliger, who was born at Huguenot, New York, February 9, 1844. Russell Grant Thorpe was born at Huguenot, November 3, 1868, attended the public school at that place until sixteen years of age, and then entered the Port Jervis Academy, graduating February 18, 1887, spent one year studying law, and one year teaching school at Huguenot, New York. June, 1889, entered the First National Bank at Port Jervis, in the capacity of clerk and August, 1892, resigned the position to engage in the mercantile business with William Hooey under the firm name of Hooey & Thorpe, which was terminated by his buying Hooey’s interest February 3, 1896." Nettie M. and her husband since the death of her mother in 1899, have occupied her father’s residence, he living with them.

Myron S. Rosenkrans (249)

MYRON S. ROSENKRANS and Alice Marvin have one son.

542.  HARRY HOWARD ROSENKRANS, was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, December 31, 1874.

Benjamin Rosenkrans (250)

BENJAMIN ROSENKRANS and Mary Ann Smith had two children.

543.  PHILIP ROSENKRANS, son of Benjamin, was born in Walpack 1853. He remains unmarried and conducted the farm with his mother till her death about 1897, and is now living with his uncle, John Swartout, at Bushkill, Pennsylvania.

544.  EUGENE ROSENKRANS, son of Benjamin, (250), was born in Walpack and married Mary Gariss. He purchased the Daniel Decker farm at the Flatbrookville ferry, and lives there as a farmer having charge of the homestead farm adjoining. He has three children: Elsie, Jeremiah and another daughter whose name is not known.

Jacob Rosenkrans (253)

JACOB ROSENKRANS and Martha Stephens have two children as follows:

545 - 546.  MARY ROSENKRANS, daughter of Jacob, (253) was born near Pawpaw, Illinois and her brother FRANK ROSENKRANS also. He married in Illinois and moved on his father’s farm in Iowa, where his parents are at present living with him.

Martin Rosenkrans (254)

MARTIN ROSENKRANS and Martha VanBlarcom have three children.

547.  LILLIAN MARGARET ROSENKRANS, daughter of Martin, (254), was born in Newton, New Jersey, December 29, 1871. After leaving the public school she attended the Newton Institute and prepared for college, entering Smith College, and graduating in 1892. She then taught in a private family in Belvidere one year after which she taught Greek and Latin two years at the State Normal School, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, being also a German scholar. She returned home on account of the ill health of her mother, and opened a private school at Newton, where Miss Helen A. Pierce also had a private school. In September, 1897 she and Miss Pierce joined their schools and opened an English and Classical School in Newton, which they are still conducting.

548.  ADDISON PRIEST ROSENKRANS, son of Martin (254), named for Reverend Dr. Priest, then a pastor at Newton, was born in Newton, New Jersey, November 6, 1875. After leaving the public School and reading Greek and Latin under the tutorage of Miss Helen A. Pierce, private teacher, he entered Princeton University, 1894, from which he graduated in the spring of 1998. Addison P., while in the Junior Class, received first premium and medal in the debate of that class participated in by the students of the University. He took a regular Classical course in college, making a specialty of English literature. He is now studying law with his father in Newton, is a member of the Presbyterian church, ex-President of the Y.P.S.C.B. of the Presbyterian church of Newton and ex-Secretary of the Y.P.S.C.E. of the county of Sussex, having recently resigned.

549.  WILLIAM ROSENKRANS, son of Martin, was born in Newton, March 25, 1878. He left the public school and prepared for college under the instructions of his sister, Lillian M., and entered Princeton University 1896. He is now in the graduating class and makes a specialty of the sciences and the German language. He is a member of the Presbyterian church, of Newton.

John S. Rosenkrans (257)

JOHN S. ROSENKRANS and Mary Schooley have three children.

550.  MAUD ROSENKRANS, daughter of John S., was born in Walpack, New Jersey, July 31, 1875. She has taught school and is now completing her course of study at the Trenton Normal.

551.  CORA ROSENKRANS, daughter of John S., was born July 26, 1877, is a graduate of Trenton Normal School and now teaching in her native county.

552.  EVERITT ROSENKRANS, son of John S. (257), was born in Walpack, New Jersey, April 7, 1880.

Seeley Rosenkrans (258)

SEELEY ROSENKRANS and Emma Lantz have two children.

553 - 554.  EDNA L. ROSENKRANS, daughter of Seeley (258), was born August 31, 1883, and is at Blairstown Academy; CARL ROSENKRANS, his son was born November 1886.

Brittain Rosenkrans (263)

BRITTAIN ROSENKRANS and Harriet Richards had eight children.

555.  AMZI ROSENKRANS, son of Brittain, was born at Milwaukee, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, June 10, 1847. He married Mary Vansickle, November 24, 1887, is a farmer near Bald Mount, and at last account on the homestead of his grandfather Levi.

556 - 557.  AMOS ROSENKRANS was born May 28, 1850, and JOHNSON ROSENKRANS, his brother, was born March 3, 1854, and died March 16, 1854.

558 - 559.  JOHNSON ROSENKRANS, son of Brittain (263), was born October 22, 1855, and married November 2, 1887, Emma Taylor. HULDA C. ROSENKRANS was born October 26, 1857, and married November 24, 1887, Charles E. Lacoe.

560.  LYDIA A. ROSENKRANS, daughter of Brittain, was born May 16, 1861, and married September 1, 1891, Dr. Theodore M. Senderling, who lives at Scranton, Pennsylvania.

561 - 562.  ALICE R. ROSENKRANS, daughter of Brittain, was born January 28, 1864. She furnished most of the information recorded concerning her father’s and her grandfather’s family. AMANDA ROSENKRANS, the youngest was born February 16, 1886.

Seeley A. Rosenkrans (266)

SEELEY A. ROSENKRANS and Catharine J. Hufford had eleven children.

563.  CHARLES H. ROSENKRANS, son of Seeley A., was born near Bald Mount, Pennsylvania, May 5, 1852.

564.  CYNTHIA R. ROSENKRANS was born April 14, 1854; married May 18, 1882, John Leyshon, and has two children Gertie R., born March 21, 1883, and Thomas J., born October 16, 1887.

565.  LAURA E. ROSENKRANS, was born February 17, 1857; married May 15, 1879, Aaron Call, who died February 1, 1894. She has five children: Nellie G. Call, born February 10, 1882; Cora M., born February 24, 1884, Rosa B. born July 2, 1885 Clara L., born September 10, 1887, now departed, and George A., born July 31, 1892.

566.  FLOYD E. ROSENKRANS, son of Seeley A. (266), was born October 5, 1858, and married February 12, 1887, Maria Cullom, who died December 27, 1891. On December 26, 1895, he married Mabel A. Barrett.

567.  JULIA A. ROSENKRANS, daughter of Seeley, was born October 15, 1859, and married December 23, 1882, Jerome Thompson. No children.

568.  JOHN R. ROSENKRANS, was born August 28, 1861, died August 11, 1871.

569.  ROSANTA T. ROSENKRANS, was born September 23, 1863, and married June 16, 1887, Andrew Pulver. She died October 26, 1890. Children: Adam Pulver, born September 3, 1888, and Katie, born August 28, 1890, and died November the same year.

570.  IRA T. ROSENKRANS, son of Seeley A., was born September 26, 1865, and married September 21, 1887, Rubie Lord. Their children are Edwin and Gertie E.

571.  ADAM T. ROSENKRANS, son of Seeley A. (266), was born near Bald Mount, November 13, 1867, and married September 17, 1890, Rosie E. Brown. He has a son Charles Harry, born January 10, 1895.

572.  GEORGE H. ROSENKRANS, born July 11, 1870, married November 18, 1889, Florence Starkey, and was killed by a runaway horse January 8, 1892.

573.  TRESSA R. ROSENKRANS, youngest child of Seeley A., was born March 17, 1872. In April, 1898, she was unmarried and living in Scranton, where she reported these items concerning her father’s family.

J. William Rosenkrans (267)

J. WILLIAM ROSENKRANS and Jane Smith have three children.

574.  ANDREW J. ROSENKRANS, son of J.W. (267), was born near Edgewood, Iowa, October 5, 1858. At the age of twenty one he accompanied his father to Dakota where he located a farm of government land. December 25, 1883, he married Ermina Phillips, of Brush Creek, Iowa, and died there September 20, 1892. The following is his obituary copied from the public press of Brush Creek: "Died at his home in this city September 20, 1892, after an illness of one week of pneumonia, Andrew J. Rosenkrans, aged 33 years, 11 months and 15 days. The deceased was a son of J.W. Rosenkrans, of this city, was born at Edgewood, Iowa, October 5, 1858, where he lived until 1879, when he went to Dakota and took up a homestead on government lands, which he improved with the intention of making it his future home. December 25, 1883, he married Miss Ermina Phillips, of this place, and their home was on the Dakota homestead until the fall of 1888, when they moved to this place, building for themselves a comfortable home. He was an honest, industrious, highly respected citizen and a devoted Christian, having been a member of the United Brethren Church for seventeen years. From the first hour of his sickness he realized that death was near and through the long week of suffering uttered no word of complaint, only expressing a desire to depart and be at rest. The funeral took place from the United Brethren church of which he was still a consistent member, where a large concourse of friends and relatives were gathered to pay their last respects. The service was conducted by Reverend R.D. McCormick, of Fayette, Iowa. Text: Amos, 4:12."

575.  ALVINA J. ROSENKRANS, daughter of J.W. (267), was born near Edgewood, Iowa, June 17, 1860, and married December 25, 1878, William E. Miller, a farmer of Edgewood, born May 7, 1856. She is a member of the United Brethren Church, and has two children, Jesse S., born December 21, 1882, and William J. Miller, born December 23, 1886. Her picture appears in the family group (267), page 197.


Benjamin Rosenkrans' Sod Shanty and Ox Team

576.  BENJAMIN ROSENKRANS, son of J.W. (267), was born near Edgewood, Iowa, July 16, 1866. The following is his story of his experiences as a cow boy herding cattle while living in a sod shanty on the prairie. He says in letter February, 1900: I was born in a small frame house near Edgewood, Iowa, July 16, 1866. In March, 1882, at fifteen years of age, I started for South Dakota Territory, where my brother Andrew J., lived, thirty-five miles northwest of Howard. I reached Howard, the end of the railroad, April 1st, stopped there three or four days, and then started out across the wild prairie to go to my brother’s, who was holding down one of Uncle Sam’s claims. I traveled all day and only accomplished fifteen miles, the longest fifteen miles I ever traveled in my life. Did not see a house or shanty all day nor any one to speak to. There was only one house in the thirty-five miles, a big house called Miner Center where I stopped all night, starting out the next morning, to finish my journey of twenty miles. There were lots of lakes and small streams to go round or across, and I journeyed on and on, till I had traveled nearly fifteen miles, when I could see some object a way in the distance ahead of me, and knew it must be a house or a shanty, as there was no timber in that country, not even a tree to be seen, nothing but the wild prairie, and occasionally a covered wagon going in some direction. You could see a wagon for miles away, for the land was level.

Cyclone on the Dakota Prairie

I traveled on and on till pretty near sundown before I arrived at my brother’s shanty. It was laid up of sod, size 14 by 10 feet, and 12 feet high. There I made my home that summer and winter, and we had pretty cold weather, and hard work to keep warm, for we had to burn hay. We would go out and bring in an armful of hay, and then sit down by the stove and twist it and put it in the stove. I called that a pretty tough way to keep from freezing to death. That is life in the far west. In the spring, of 1883, May 10th, I started to herding cattle on the plains, and that proved to be a big task, as I had to ride bucken ponies and stand the storms and all kinds of weather. A cow boy’s life is a rough life, and a hard life to live, but I got along first-rate till August 22, when about half past two in the afternoon a cyclone struck the herd killing 63 cattle and six ponies. It rolled them and tumbled them about half a mile, leaving them on the Jim River Valley mangled in pieces. Well, there is no use of talking — a cyclone is a hard thing to be in. It was one black cloud in the shape of a funnel, and it reached from the Heavens to the earth, and went round and round like an auger boring into wood, and taking everything in its channel.

I lived in South Dakota as a Rough Rider and hunter for eleven years, and then returned to my old home in Iowa, where I still remain. But I have traveled all over Iowa, or very near it, with a team camping out in a tent, fishing and hunting, and enjoying life as best I can. Last December, Saturday, 16th, 1899, I was married to Miss Maud Carner, in Edgewood, Judge Woodridge tying the knot, and I am now settled down in the double harness living, four and one half miles north of Edgewood in a small frame house on twenty acres of land."

Benjamin’s picture is in the family group (267), page 197. After further inquiry as to where he was during the cyclone, how he caught and cared for his cattle, etc., the following information was received by letter, dated March 10, 1900. He says: "I was four and a half miles north of a little town called Frostburg, and about one mile west of the Jim River when I first saw the cyclone. Seeing I could not control my herd, put spurs to my pony and rode to the bluff of the river, where I dismounted from my pony and ran down the bluff. About half way down there was a small bunch of water willows, two to three feet high, and I hung on to them, being out of the main channel a little hanging on with both hands with my feet in the air, and I guess they flew around like a wind mill, for it tore my vest off me, and some parts of my other clothes. Well I cannot tell you how I felt, and hardly how I looked, but I guess I looked and felt something like a picked chicken, but I was thankful that I was alive. The cattle were not exactly wild cattle nor milk cows. They were raised and never handled, nor caught nor touched till two or three years old, and sometimes older. Lots of the old stock were Texan bred, their horns being from four to six feet across them from tip to tip and lassoing was the only way we could catch them. We would tie one end of the rope to the horn of the saddle, and pick out the one wanted, separating it from the others, lasso and run it down and then hopple so it couldn’t run."

He further says March 19, 1900: "The cattle are not caught and hoppled except those to be broken, which have the yoke placed upon their necks, and by much whipping and slashing, they are broken and learnt to plow, and do team work," He says he would hitch his cattle to a top buggy and drive to Howard, thirty-five miles distant, one day and back the next. Regarding the care of his herd, he says he would drive them home at night, and put them in an enclosure of several acres called a kraal, surrounded by a wire fence six feet high, with about ten or twelve strands of wire. This he says would hold them except in a stampede when nothing would stop them, and they would ran over and kill each other, running for miles. The cows and heifers he would sell in large quantities, sometimes filling a car or two in which case he would drive them into the stock yard at the railroad station, and then rush them into the cars. The pony, which he rode to Jim River, during the cyclone he says was killed and nearly twisted to pieces" The one picture here presented, shows his shanty on his claim partly sided up with sods, and his beautiful white team of cattle, with which he drew the lumber for his shanty from Howard, himself standing with whip in hand. The other picture is that of the cyclone described above, taken at Howard when it was twenty-two miles distant, and is said to have been moving in a south eastern direction remaining in sight two hours killing several persons and destroying all property in its course. It is claimed by the artist in Howard who took the picture, that it is the only one ever taken of a cyclone. This shanty, Benjamin says, was his home for several years, around which he herded cattle. And he often thought of the verses on the back of the picture, part of which read as follows:


"I am looking rather seedy now while holding down my claim,
And my victuals are not always served the best,
And the mice play slyly round me as I lay me down to sleep
In my little sod "shanty" on the claim.
Yet I rather like the novelty of living in this way
Though my bill of fare is always rather tame,
But I’m happy as a clam on the land of Uncle Sam,
In my little old sod "shanty" on the claim.

* * * * * * * *

The hinges are of leather and the windows have no glass,
While the roof, it lets the howling blizzard in,
And I hear the hungry coyote as he sneaks up through the grass,
Round my little old sod shanty on the claim.

* * * * * * * *

But when I left my eastern home, so happy and so gay,
To try to win my way to wealth and fame,
I little thought I’d come down to burning twisted hay,
In my little old sod "shanty" on the claim.
I wish that some kind hearted Miss would pity on me take,
And extricate me from the mess I’m in,
The angel — how I’d bless her if thus her home she’d make,
In my little old sod "shanty" on the claim.
And when wed made our fortunes on these prairies of the West,
Just as happy as two bed bugs we’d remain,
And we’d forget our trials and our troubles as we rest
In our little old sod "shanty" on the plain."


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