David Jeptha Rose (1861-1940) started his Rocky Mount, North Carolina general contracting business in 1890, and the company, D. J. Rose & Son, Inc., is still in business today. His firm was one of the first licensed general contracting firms in North Carolina. David J. Rose, and his partners, built homes, churches, banks, railroad stations, and a multitude of other buildings. Visit the firm’s website, http://www.djroseandson.com/about.htm and also read this excellent article: http://americanbuildersquarterly.com/2013/building-through-four-generations/ for more information. Next year the company is planning their 125th anniversary in the construction trade.
This photo, and the one below, were in the collection of pictures his sister, Sarah Ophelia Rose Barnes saved. His great-niece, Helen Barnes Golden, said her family called him Uncle Jep, and at the time of her grandmother Ophelia’s death in 1936, he was putting together a family history tree. Many in the Rose family have gathered genealogy information, and published family histories at reunions. Many thanks to Betsy Coleman for the photos.
Since D. J. Rose was such a successful North Carolina builder his biography was included in the History of North Carolina, Volume V, The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York, 1919, pages 338-339. He was the fifth of eleven children of George Pinkney and Nancy Brunt Rose, born 27 November 1861 in Bentonville, Johnston County, NC. In 1868 his family moved to nearby Grantham Township, Wayne County, NC., where his family farmed. He was an enterprising young child, finding jobs in the neighborhood, and by the age of twenty-four had started working as a carpenter. His brother, William P. Rose also started a general contracting business, and became another well-known North Carolina builder. D. J. Rose’s business grew to encompass sites throughout the south. D. J. Rose married twice, first to Anna Woodall, and after her death to Vara Benton. Both were natives of Johnston County, NC. His obituary is from the Greensboro Daily News (Greensboro, NC) , published on Thursday, May 9, 1940, page 18. David Jeptha Rose died 8 May 1940 in Rocky Mount, Nash County, North Carolina.
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