Posted By:Carol J.J.
Post Date:June 14, 2001 at 10:36:57
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Forum:Pitt County, NC Genealogy Forum
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I've wanted to ask for info and help to find some folks living in the last hundred years, who lived and may have died in the Ayden area of Pitt County. This relates to my half brother and his father's family (not my kin). There is little known and what little there is has been found by me in recent years while researching in Raleigh's records for the state and in Ayden's cemetery, in person.
This relates to a son born there to Florence STROUDE and Alton James ROSSER. I found no correct birth record for the child and he may have been only belatedly and reluctantly claimed as the son of this father. There is no marriage recorded for this couple, but then, there may never have been one. There were two court filings with this Mr. ROSSER, one an eventual divorce from another woman, Mamie Mae STOCKS ROSSER, (nee WORTHINGTON, Born 6-22-1902, died 9-29-1972, married to ROSSER 1-10-1948) in Pitt county. The father, Alton James Rosser was born on 2-18-1893 and died 11-1970, before we even knew of his existence. The child involved (my half brother's father) was James Alton ROSSER, born 10-11-1929 (hard to be sure, as he was underage and lied about his age in 1946 to marry my mother and to join the Army , so who knows what is right?).
I can tell you all kinds of Genealogy info on this ROSSER line (Alton James-had about 4 siblings- was the son of Joseph C. and Sarah A. , and that Joseph's parents were Joseph J. and Mary J.) going back to the Civil War, as this Alton James came from Barbecue Township, Harnett County, and before WW I his family members are easy to find and follow. He does not appear in the 1920 census, possible due to Military service in the Army, but he seemed to have, for his own reasons, moved afterwards to Ayden and there he stayed. The mother here, Florence STROUDE, is a complete unknown, and as women change names with marriage, I've hit a complete dead end here, too. My brother had the misfortune to have his father die in a car crash (all info from the death certificate) on 3-18-1950 in Chicod in Pitt county. When he died, the now Grandfather Alton James, had no knowledge that he had a daughter-in-law and a son, Jimmy also, born in 1947 in New Jersey, while the James Alton lived in Red Bank, NJ. There seem to have been many misunderstandings and many decisions made by older generations that have resulted in the latest of these ROSSER's never having met a soul of his paternal kin and until my research, he had no idea who they might be. Surely there are some STROUDE and ROSSER kin out there who can use another cousin and would not hold against him his New Jersey accent and his Italian upbringing? <Smile>
I've gone to Ayden a few times with my husband, we've driven by the eldest Mr. ROSSER's former home at 310 Lee Street, I've visited the graves of these 2 Ayden men, side by side there right in town. I've driven by other ROSSER homes and down a Rosser Rd, but would love to find some living kin who would claim this Jimmy. Is there anyone reading this list who could help in this? Did anyone know any of these folks? Please pass this message on to any who might help. If you know one story or one fact, that is more than we have now. There is no interest in money or a claim to anything except kinship and knowledge. Please email me on behave of this quest, at . Any leads will be appreciated and in this season for reunions, maybe they can have a first union this summer??????

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"Dear Lord, give me patience, and give it to me now!"
Carol J.J. Beavercreek, Ohio