Benjamin Rose (from his census, born 1770-1774) appeared in the records of Robertson Co., TN, by 1810. He left his will there in 1833, naming his wife Polly and his several children, among them a son John Rose and a son Berry Rose (14 Jan 1806 NC - 12 Mar 1855 Christian Co., IL). The son Berry Rose had among his children a son Elijah TOMPKINS Rose (born circa 1833).
The use of the middle name TOMPKINS may be very telling. There was a Benjamin Rose earlier of Nash Co., NC, who was named in the 1795 Nash Co. will of his father Francis Rose. The Francis Rose will named several children, among them another son of Francis Rose (and hence brother of the Nash Co. Benjamin Rose) named TOMPKINS Rose.
The use of this rather unusual given name suggests the real possibility that Benjamin Rose of Nash Co., NC, was the same man as Benjamin Rose of Robertson Co., TN. If that were the case, then Berry Rose -- who named a son Elijah Tompkins Rose -- would have been a nephew of Tompkins Rose of Nash Co., NC, thus explaining his choice of a middle name for his own son. Benjamin Rose disappeared from the records of Nash Co., NC, just before Benjamin Rose of Robertson Co., TN, began to appear in records there.
The Y-DNA profile of Benjamin Rose of Robertson Co., TN, has been determined, using samples derived from descendants of his son John Rose through John Rose's son Jonathan Rose. That profile matches the profile of the descendants of one John Rose who married Lucy Bennet on 14 Oct 1731. That marriage survives in the records of St. Paul's Parish, Stafford Co., VA. Those same records also document the birth of a son Bennet Rose on 5 Jan 1731/2.
As for Francis Rose of Nash Co., NC, father of Benjamin Rose of Nash Co., he appears to have been the son Francis Rose named in the 1752 King George Co., VA, will of William Rose. King George Co., VA, was a county immediately adjacent to Stafford Co., VA. It is very interesting that matching Y-DNA profiles appear to be originating from two adjacent VA counties.
Given the general time frames indicated by these records, it would appear that John Rose of Stafford and William Rose of King George were in the same generation. With the apparent Y-DNA match, this should suggest the real possibility that John Rose of the 1731 marriage and William Rose of the 1752 will were brothers.
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