Rosevear Family Genealogy
Jacob Rosevear is our great-grandfather on my mother's side.
Jacob was born in Illogen, Cornwall about 1861. His father, Frank Rosevear, was born in St. Merryn, Cornwall. Jacob's mother was Ann Wallis, daughter of George Wallis. In 1856 Ann married Frank in the Parish of Little Petherick, Cornwall. Both Jacob and his father worked in the ore mines around Illogen.
Jacob married Emma Jane Pomery on 5 May, 1884 in Kirkby, Ireleth, Lancashire, in the northwest of England. Jacob was 23, Emma Jane was 20. Their daughter Harriet was our mother's mother. Both Jacob and Emma Jane were born in Cornwall to miners. The British census from 1881 lists Emma Jane, aged 16, working as a servant in Millom, Cumbria, and Jacob listed as an iron miner, living with his father and mother in Dalton in Furness, Lancashire. Why Jacob and Emma, both born in Cornwall to old Cornish families, were living in Lancashire is not known for certain. A reasonable motive was the possibility of work and a better life after the economic collapse of the Cornish mining industry after 1871. Where and how they met is not known. Their marriage certificate shows them both living at 5 Haverigg Square, Millom, Parish of Kirkby, Ireleth, county Lancashire.
Seventeen years after they married Jacob left England September 11, 1901 and arrived in New York aboard the White Star liner Teutonic from Liverpool. He is listed as going to meet a relative (illegible: member of family?) in (illegible), possibly Landsford, Carbon, Pennsylvania (illegible). Jacob probably emigrated again to find work in the Pennsylvania coal mines.
Eight months later, in April 1902 Emma Jane, with her daughter Harriett and her two sons William and John, sailed for New York on the White Star liner Majestic out of Liverpool. They arrived in New York on May 1, 1902. Emma Jane was 36 years old, Harriett was 10 years old, William was 5 and John is listed as an infant. They are listed on the ship's manifest as going to meet Jacob in Beech Lake, Pennsylvania.
Within a year of moving to Pennsylvania from England Jacob has moved to Colorado. The 1903 City Directory for Leadville, Colorado lists a Jacob Rosevear as a miner with the Ibex Mining Company. Jacob's move west may have been motivated by the coal strike called on May 12, 1902 by the UMW in Eastern Pennsylvania. The Wikipedia entry describing the strike notes "The union had the support of roughly eighty percent of the workers in this area, or more than 100,000 strikers. Some 30,000 left the region, many headed for Midwestern bituminous mines; 10,000 men returned to Europe. "
The The 1903 City Directory for Leadville, Colorado also lists George Rosevear, miner with Midas M. & L. Co., and boarding at 323 East 6th Street, and William G. Rosevear, saloon, 800 East 6th Street. George and William are Jacob's brothers. Seven years later Jacob is still in Colorado. The 1910 Federal census lists him in the 21st Precinct of Lake County, Colorado. He is a miner living with 2 partners. The 1920 Federal Census listsJacob working as a single jack in a gold mine and living in Leadville,
By 1930, twenty eight years after leaving for Colorado, the Federal census lists Jacob back East, living with Emma and their son John, daughter-in-law Phoebe and grand-children on Loder Avenue in Endicott, New York. Jacob is working as a watchman at a Washer(Washing Machine?) company. He is 66, Emma is 65 years old. In 1932 they have moved to 109 Frey Avenue, Endicott.
Jacob died in September 1933. He is buried in Vestal Hills Memorial Park, Vestal, New York.
JACOB: born about 1861, Illogan, Cornwall. [see page 306, book 4 of Rosevear Family Outline. birth date inconsistent with 1881 census age of 20 years; see marriage age and date above.]
Married: Emma Jane Pomery, 5 May 1884
Children: 1. John Henry, born about 1885, died 1 January 1891 (aged 6) buried in Dalton in Furness, Cumbria (from family interview Joyce or Harriet).
2. Harriett Bray, born 15 February,1889, 9 Silverdale, Millom (from certified birth registration) died as infant; death registered in Bootle, Jan - Mar 1890, volume 10b, page 468.
2 . Harriett Pomery (Kate) born 21 December,1890, 7 Concrete Square, Haverigg, Millom (from certified copy of birth registration).
Married Forrest N. Wood
Joyce (Beulah), b. 8 Dec. 1927
3. William Richard Rosevear, b. 1896, Millom
Married: Charlotte Mae Whitmore, 1915 (from interview with Joyce Wheeler)
Children: Charlotte Rosevear, b.Nov. 2, 1917
Richard Rosvear, b. Sept. 6, 1919
Barbara Rosevear, b. June 10, 1922
James Rosevear, b. Sept. 22, 1924
4. John Edwin Rosevear, b. 1900, Millom
Married: Phoebe Atkinson (from interview with Joyce Wheeler)
Children: Margaret, born ?
Charles, born ? married: Dorothy ?
Leo, born ?
1881 census (aged 20) living with parents: 8 Cobden Street, Dalton in Furness, Lancashire. Occupation: iron miner.
Jacob emigrated to America and worked in mines in Pennsylvania.
Frank Rosever Born about 1833, St. Merryn,Cornwall; father Thomas [from certified copy of marriage registration for Frank; see also page 305, book 4 of Rosevear Family Outline]
Iron ore miner
Married Ann Wallis, [born about 1833; father George Wallis, labourer] m. 5 July 1856, Parish of Little Petherick (?), Cornwall.
Both apparently illiterate (x mark for signature on marriage certificate).
Frank’s Residence at time of marriage, Illogan, Cornwall. [copy of certified marriage registration]
Children: 1. Issac, born 1861
2. John Henry, born 1862, St. Agnes, Cornwall
3. Amelia Jane, born 1864, Illogan, Cornwall
4. Jacob, born 1866 (not consistant with marriage age date above), Illogan
5. William Guy, born 1867, Illogan
6. George, born 1870, Illogan
7. Thomas, born about 1876, Dalton in Furness, Lancashire
8. Annie, born about 1878, Dalton in Furness, Lancashire
1841 census (aged 10), living with parents in Pleasant Streams, St. Merryn, Cornwall;
1851 census (aged 18), living with parents, Trevear Cottage, St. Merryn, Cornwall;
1871 census, living at #50 Porth-forra, Illogan, Cornwall, occupation: copper miner.
1884, between July and September, John Henry Rosevear died, aged 21. Death registered in Lancashire county.
Anectodotal history from interview with Joyce Wheeler: Frank, Ann’s husband, got religion and preached w/ Salvation Army
William, son, came to U.S.
George, son, came to U.S.; tried to save money to return to England, drank the money away and went to jail.
THOMAS: Born 31 August 1794: St. Merryn, Cornwall, died 6 May 1877; buried St. Merryn ?.[see page 297, book 4 of Rosevear Family outline]
Married Elizabeth Ivey, [born about 1801; died 20 April 1824] m. 13 February 1822, St. Merryn, Cornwall.
Children: 1. William, born 16 May, 1822
2. Thomas, born 17 April, 1824
Married (2nd wife): Elizabeth Brown, [born about 1801] m.10 October 1825, St. Merryn, Cornwall
Children: Ann, born 25 September 1826
1. Abraham, born 27 April 1828
2. Jane, born 10 December, 1830
3. Frank, born 1833
4. Kitty, born 01 January, 1835, died 1837
5. Issac, born 16 October, 1835 (or 1836)
6. Jacob (Brown), born 8 July, 1838
7. Richard, born 11 October, 1840
8. Emma, born 26 April 1842 [see pg. 310 of Rosevear Family]
9. Edward, born 10 June 1844
10. Elizabeth, born 30 December 1846
11. Thomas, born 29 September 1848
1822-1826: residence Shop, St. Merryn; occupation: cordwainer
1841 census (aged 35- 40?) married with family at Pleasant Streams, St. Merryn; laborer
1851 census (aged 46-56?) married with family at Trevear Cottage, St. Merryn; agricultural laborer.
1861 census (aged 56) agricultural laborer, Trevear Village, St. Merryn
FRANCIS: Born: 17 May, 1749, St. Ervan Cornwall. [see page 259, book 4 of Rosevear Family Outline]
[Beginning of St. Issey Branch: Green in Rosevear Family Outline; see page 16, book 2, chapter 24]
Married: Susannah Pope, [born about 1750, St. Issey, Cornwall, died 11 November, 1820, Shop, England] m.21 April, 1770, St. Merryn, Conrwall
Children: 1. William, born 9 December, 1770
2. Mary, born 31 January, 1773
3. Elizabeth, born 19 February 1775
4. Susanna, born 8 December 1777
5. Richard, born 26 December 1780
6. Francis, born 14 April 1783
7. John, born 9 September 1787
8. Ann, born 10 October 1790
9. Thomas, born 31 August 1794
RICHARD: Born: 10 December 1710 [see page 259, book 4 of Rosevear Family Outline]
Married: Elizabeth Tellum, [born after 1710] m. 22 November 1741
Children: Child 1
5. Francis, born 17 May 1749
RICHARD: Born: 4 November 1676, St. Issey, Cornwall; died 9 February 1732/33. [ see page 259 of Rosevear Family Outline]
Married: Elizabeth Robbins [born 20 March 1675/76] m. 10 April 1703, St. Issey, Cornwall
Children: 8 children, including Richard , born 10 December 1710 (above)
RICHARD: Born: After 1648, England; died 8 December 1729 [see page 259 of Rosevear Family Outline]
Married: Jane [born after 1648, England; died 11 February 1726/27]
Children: Richard, born 4 November 1676 (above)
FRANCIS: Born: 7 December 1617, St. Kew, England [see page 259 of Rosevear Family Outline]
Married: unknown, 1648
Children: 1. Richard, born after 1648 (above)
2. John, born after 1648 (see page 320)
3. Thomas, born after 1648 (see page 335)
JOHN: Born: 1566, Rescorla, St. Austell Parish, Cornwall [see page 226, book 4 of Rosevear Family Outline]
Married: Louise Edy [born after 1568]
Children: 1. John, born 1611, St. Austell
2. Francis, born 7 December 1617, St. Kew (above)
RICHARD: Born: 1517, Rescorla, St. Austell Parish, Cornwall, died 1596, Rescorla [see page 226, book 4 of Rosevear Family Outline]
Married: unknown [born about 1517]
Children: John, born 1566, Rescorla, S. Austel Parish, Cornwall (above)
RICHARD: Born: about 1470, Rescorla, St. Austell Parish, Cornwall; died about 1550 [see page 204, book 4; St. Austell Branch - BLUE of Rosevear Family Outline]
Married: Thomasina [born about 1472, Rescorla; died 1557, Rescorla]
Children: 1. Thomas, born 1502, Rescorla, St. Austel; died about 1570
2. Richard, born 1517, Rescorlas, St. Austel (page226, see above)
3. William, born about 1502, Luxulyan, Cornwall (?, see page 21)
JOHN: born about 1400 near Bugle, Cornwall; died before 1500 [see page. 1, book 4 of Rosevear Family Outline]
Children: John (unconfirmed), born about 1468, Lanivet, Cornwall, died abt 1550
Reference: This outline is based largely on Rosevear Family History: 1440-2005, by Bob Rosevear, edited by Bruce C. Greenberg and Linda F. Greenberg,
Published by Brinkmann Publishing, Alexandria, Virginia, 2005.
Birth, and marriage dates and names are confirmed by certified copies of licenses and certificates only for Jacob, Emma Jane and Harriet. The names of Harriet's children are known from personal memory. Dates can be confirmed in census records.