McDonald County Biographies

Thomas Brown Rosendale and Mary Ellen Atteberry

George Rosendale, son of William Rosendale and Jane Brown, father of Thomas Brown Rosendale, came to Lorain County, Ohio from Yorkshire England about 1838-9 and eventually settled in Wood County, Ohio. George was born May 16, 1828,and died March 25, 1909. July 4, 1859, he married Elizabeth Locy, daughter of Peter Locy and Jane Anderson at Findley Ohio, Jane was born June 11, 1841, daughter of Peter Locy and Jane Anderson.

Thomas Brown Rosendale was born January 8, 1874, the the last of George and Elizabeth's' eight children. Elizabeth died in childbirth January 8, 1874. Soon, George decided to move to Kansas, leaving Thomas to grow up with relatives in Ohio. In the 1880 census for Wood County, Ohio, he is found with an uncle, Mr. Oliver Pottor. As a young man, Thomas served in the 2nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Co. H, 2nd Regiment during the Spanish American War.

Following the war, Thomas moved to Longton, Kansas. There he met his wife, Mary Ellen Atteberry, daughter of David Noah Atteberry and Fanny Susan Rosenberger, born June 2, 1880 at Elk City, Kansas. She grew up there and married Thomas at Elk City, Kansas March 14, 1900.

By 1928, they were living in Anderson Missouri. Their first daughter, Thirsa Arvella Rosendale, died at Anderson, Missouri following the birth of her daughter, Fannie Ellen Oliver, June 11, 1928. Thersa had married Edward Oliver September 12, 1927. Edward also passed away at Anderson, Missouri June 18, 1933. He was a veteran of WW I.

The Rosendale family resided down a lane across from New Bethel Elementary school. The had a small farm. During their teens, the boys worked in the strawberry fields, as did many other children at that time.

Children of Thomas and Mary were: Thirsa, born March 26, 1908, George born January 21, 19??, Opal, born July 30, 1905, James Edward born July 15, 1914, all born in Kansas, Chester Orin born January 1918 in Dent County, Missouri, and Thomas Albert Rosendale born August 19, 1920.

James, Chester and Thomas attended Anderson schools. James married Dorothy Hall; Chester married Alyne M. Finke of Anderson Missouri, February 19, 1939 at Splitlog, Missouri, Thomas married first, Dortha Mae Bryant August 1939 in Neosho, Missouri and second Katherine Ferrel Renner in Neosho, Missouri.

Chester served in the National Guard at Anderson which was mobilized September 6, 1940 and served in the Army five years. Thomas served in the Navy and James was in the National Guards, possibly serving in the Army as well. He and Alyne had two daughters that were born in Anderson, Missouri, Eleanor Joyce Rosendale and Jacquelin. In 194 they moved from Anderson, Missouri to Lathrop, California. He passed away in Harbor, Oregon, November 11, 1987.

Thomas and Mary lived in Anderson until the early 1940's. They lived for a time in Neosho, Missouri and then moved to Manteca, San Joaquin County, California where they remained until their death. Thomas passed away February 14, 1954 and Mary passed away July 16, 1966. They had six children and 14 grandchildren.

submitted by Eleanor Rosendale Southwick

Copyright 2011 Shirley Cullum.

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