Joel L. Rose was born in 1859, at Bentonville, Johnston County, North Carolina. His parents were George Pinkney and Nancy Brent Rose. When he was a young child, his family moved to Grantham Township, Wayne County, NC. He followed in his father’s footsteps as a farmer. He had ten siblings that lived to maturity, including Sarah Ophelia Rose Barnes.
On December 7, 1887 he married Mollie Stafford in Johnston County, NC. They had twelve children, and in this other obituary it states that all twelve children were at his bedside when he died. That seems so touching to me, and a testament to how much he must have been loved by his children. This obituary was copied by the Johnston County Heritage Center, in Smithfield, NC, and at the time, in 2004, it was the best copy available. I’ve also added the obituary as a PDF.
Here is a photograph from 1918, showing Joel and Mollie Rose, of the Grantham Community, in the center, surrounded by their children and extended family. Many thanks to Guy Potts for his help in identifying the picture for our family. He found a smaller version in a copy of the Goldsboro News Argus, Wayne County, NC from March 1981 entitled, “Yesterday’s Scene”.
Sunday’s Obituary is a blogging prompt suggested by Geneabloggers. Good luck searching for your family’s roots!