Family of Nancy Bryant DOUGLAS (16) & Peter Norwood ROSSER
Obituary: Dead: J.W. Rosser, aged 66 years, was born April 28, 1858, and died April 28, 1924, while seated in a chair in his room at Cross Roads, two miles west of Wildersville. For several months he had been in poor health, but no turn for the worse had been noted in his condition. He arose early Monday morning as was his custom, had eaten breakfast and then carried a bucket of feed to his hogs, this being something he had not done for sometime. His wife had gone to turn the cows out of the lot, and when Mrs. Rosser returned, she found him sitting drooped in his chair, life being extinct. To many who knew him he was "Uncle Jim", and no more noble Christian life was ever lived than the one just ended. He was a Democrat in politics, a member of the Masonic fraternity, and a loyal member of the Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, five daughters, Mrs. Z.A. (Nannie) Scott, Mrs. J.A. (Effie) Parker, Mrs. J.D. (Eva) Sanders, Mrs. George (Jeffie) Parker, and Mrs. A.C. (Newmie) Scott; four half brothers, Levi Walker, Yuma; S.J. Walker, Williamsport; and R.L. and B.W. Walker, Wildersville, and one half sister, Mrs. Neely Moody, Yuma. Burial was in the family plot in the burying ground near his home known as Cross Roads Cemetery, Rev. A.U. Nunnery, Parsons, and Rev. T.M. Boyd, Junction City, officiating.
On 10 Oct 1877 when James William was 19, he married Mary Frances BLOUNT, daughter of John Grey BLOUNT (1821-1909) & Kizzie Amelia BREWER (1825-1868), in Carroll County, Tennessee. Born on 3 Dec 1858. At the age of 91, Mary Frances died in Tennessee on 17 Jan 1950. Buried in Jan 1950 in Parkers Crossroads Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee. Resided in District 14, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1880. Alias/AKA: "Mollie".
They had the following children:
50. Atlas Paley ROSSER. Born on 15 Mar 1860 in Carroll County, Tennessee. At the age of 62, Atlas Paley died on 5 Apr 1922. Buried in Apr 1922 in Jones Cemetery, Wildersville, Henderson County, Tennessee. Resided in District 13, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1860. Resided in District 1, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1920. Alias/AKA: "Paley".
A.P. ran a grist mill behind where the old Post Office and row of stores were in downtown Wildersville.
Obituary: In Memory of Paley Rosser: News of the death of A.P. (Paley) Rosser, aged about sixty years, of Wildersville, reached Lexington so late on our last publication day (Thursday of last week) that it precluded possibilities of making more than short notice of the unexpected calamity. On Wednesday afternoon, April 5th, Mr. Rosser had a stroke of apoplexy and died close to the midnight following. Mr. Rosser is survived by his wife, one son, Ora, and one brother, J.W., beside the Walker children, who are his half-brothers and sister. Paley's mother was Nan Douglas, and by Mr. Rosser she was the mother of Paley, Jim, and Jeff (there may have been more children) and Paley's death leaves Jim as the only survivor. Mrs. Rosser married for her second husband, Levi Walker, and by him was the mother of Bedford, (Bud), Levi, Syd, and Neely, the only daughter marrying W.L. Moody, who recently died in Carroll County. Levi Walker was a brother of the late Washington Walker, who died at Chesterfield. Perhaps more than fifty years ago Paley Rosser lost his eyesight as a result of a gunshot form the hand of his brother-in-law named Blount, and we have often wondered if the misfortune of blindness which fell upon Paley did not have the effect of sharpening his naturally keen intellect, for it came to be an admitted fact that Paley knew more about people and the community generally in which he lived than did any seeing man in the same territory. But be that it may, instead of "sitting down in the ashes" of discontent because of his misfortune, Paley went to work to make his own living and that he accomplished as independently as well as could any man with eyes and indomitable spirit. Previous to the great fire which swept away the entire business section of Wildersville in May of last year, Paley owned and conducted a cold drink stand. Since the fire he rebuilt his house in brick in brick and rented it instead of resuming business, preferring to conduct his grist mill, which he did unaided at times. His knowledge of the details and construction of that mill was little short of wonderful, and Paley took pride in taking his walking stick and pointing out the intricacies of its workings. He was a big-hearted soul, genial as the day was long, apparently, yet he told us that the only pleasure he found was in living for others. He rarely came to Lexington, but on his visits here, he never failed to come see us and have a good talk. We note that he was of the Baptist faith and that when the funeral occurred on Thursday afternoon of last week the service was conducted by his pastor, Rev. A.U. Nunnery, assisted by Rev. Fleetwood Ball.
Atlas Paley first married Cora BARGER, daughter of James Irvin BARGER (1833-) & Mary E. BRITT (1844-). Born about 1864 in Henderson County, Tennessee. Resided in District 9, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1870.
They had one child:
On 15 Jan 1879 when Atlas Paley was 18, he second married Josephine Caldonia BLOUNT, daughter of John Grey BLOUNT (1821-1909) & Kizzie Amelia BREWER (1825-1868), in Carroll County, Tennessee. Born on 24 Apr 1861 in Tennessee. At the age of 75, Josephine Caldonia died on 27 Jul 1936. Buried in 1936 in Jones Cemetery, Wildersville, Henderson County, Tennessee. Alias/AKA: "Josie".
51. Jefferson Thompson ROSSER. Born on 12 Dec 1861. At the age of 54, Jefferson Thompson died on 27 Dec 1915. Buried on 28 Dec 1915 in Jones Cemetery, Wildersville, Henderson County, Tennessee.
Obituary: Good Citizen Passes Away: Jefferson T. Rosser, aged 54 years, died Tuesday night, December 27, at his home in Wildersville, of heart trouble, after an illness of considerable length. During recent weeks preceding the end, reports from Wildersville in regard to the condition of Mr. Rosser were not encouraging to his friends scattered all over the county, but when the news of his demise came they were not prepared for the shock. Jeff Rosser was one of nature's noblemen and it can safely be said that no citizen of Henderson County had more true, warm friends. He was a useful factor in the community, a helper to the church (Baptist) in which he held membership. Mr. Rosser is survived by two full brothers, Jim and Paley Rosser, and one sister, Mrs. L.A. Moody; four half brothers, Bob, Levi, Bedford and Syd Walker; also his wife, three sons and two daughters. The elder son, M.C. is postmaster at Wildersville. The remains were interred December 28, at the Jones graveyard West of Wildersville, Revs. Fleetwood Ball and T.N. Boyd officiating in the service which was held in the home in Wildersville.
On 25 Dec 1882 when Jefferson Thompson was 21, he married Nancy Elizabeth BLOUNT, daughter of John Grey BLOUNT (1821-1909) & Kizzie Amelia BREWER (1825-1868). Born on 4 Oct 1865 in Tennessee. At the age of 63, Nancy Elizabeth died on 6 Nov 1928. Buried in Nov 1928 in Jones Cemetery, Wildersville, Henderson County, Tennessee. Resided in District 1, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1920.
Obituary: Nancy Elizabeth Rosser, wife of Jeff Rosser, was born October 4, 1865, and died November 6, 1928, aged 63 years. She leaves five children: namely, M.C. Rosser of Jackson; Cap of Wildersville; Clifford of Bruceton; Mrs. C.W. (Lena) Scott of Wildersville; and Mrs. Cecil Parker (Sella) Parker of Portageville, Missouri, also six grandchildren, three brothers and six sisters. She was the third child of a family of 12 children to die. Mrs. Rosser was the daughter of the late John and Kizzie Blount. She lived a devout member of the Baptist Church since childhood and her funeral was conducted in that church at Wildersville by Revs. Fleetwood Ball and A.U. Nunnery on Wednesday afternoon. She was sick about three months of complications but developed pneumonia last month and died at five o'clock Tuesday morning. Mrs. Rosser's husband was our friend, but it was not our pleasure to know her except through others who paid high tribute to her character and disposition. He died several years ago. We had more than one reason for interest in her, one being that she was the maternal grandmother of Lawton Scott, who lived under our roof during his last term in high school. The places of such women are not easily filled.
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