Fayette County Iowa
Bates County Missouri
Jacob K. ROSIER was born June 18, 1822 or 1823, in Richmond, Virginia. The birth year is stated as 1822 in one obituary and as 1823 in another. His middle name was probably Kayser, his mother's maiden name, but there is no proof of that. He was generally referred to as J. K. ROSIER. A story in the 1878 History of Fayette County, Iowa, about the Old Settlers Association, indicates that J. K. Rosier was born in Harrison County, Virginia, the same county where his parents were married.
J. K. Rosier was enumerated with his parents, Lawrence and Esther ROSIER on the 1830 Miami Township, Logan County, OH, census. He is shown there as one of the two males between five and ten years of age. On the 1840 Perry Township, Shelby County OH, census he is listed as between fifteen and twenty years of age.
J. K. ROSIER married Susannah CHAMBERS on October 6, 1849, probably in Ohio. Their first child was born in Clayton County Iowa on July 27, 1850. One version of the story says that the family was, "enroute to Fayette County Iowa."
The date of J. K. Rosier's first arrival in Fayette County is not known. The 1878 History of Fayette County has the following entry.
"Francis P. ROSIER, L. ROSIER, Jacob K. ROSIER, George N. ROSIER and Thomas TURNER made first entries in Township 95, Rage 8 (Dover Township), September 28, 1850.
The 1910 History, Past and Present of Fayette County Iowa, has this to say in the chapter about Dover Township.
"The first permanent settler in this township was Lewis KERR, who came with his family in 1848. . . .Eliff JOHNSON came the same year, but John DOWNEY broke the first land in the township and soon after sold his claim to Jacob ROSIER, who, with his brothers, George N. and William M., located on sections 7, 29, and 32."
Regardless of exactly when Jacob ROSIER arrived in Fayette County, his household was enumerated there on October 7, 1850. There was no township listed. The household consisted of Jacob ROSIER, age 27, farmer, with real estate valued at $100.00; wife, Susannah ROSIER, age 21, born OH; Lawrence ROSIER, age 3/12th, born Iowa; and George ROSIER, age 22, farmer. Birth states of Jacob and George Rosier are illegible but were probably meant to be VA.
Jacob and Susan ROSIER are enumerated on the 1860 Federal Census, Fayette County Iowa, Auburn Township, Post Office Eldorado, in dwelling number 394. Enumeration date was June 9, 1860. Value of real estate had grown to $4,900.00 and the number of children to five. They were Lawrence, Elizabeth, Absolem, William, and Louisa E. The household also included a "farm laborer," Elec JOHNSON, age 19.
By 1870, their post office was still shown as Eldorado but the township was shown as Dover. The first three children are same as on the previous census; Louisa E. is shown as Ella; and four younger children are listed. They are Albert, Asa, Enock and Matthew. The family's financial circumstances were apparently greatly improved as the value of real estate was shown as $32,850.00 and the value of personal property as $10,128.00. The "hired hand" was Albert MAPP, age 22.
The 1880 census reflects a changed household composition. The eldest child, Lawrence, has married and he and his wife, Sarah, are living with Jacob and Susan. The other children at home were Absalom, Louisa Ellen, Albert L., Asa C., and Enoch. According to the obituary of Jacob K. ROSIER, he and wife, Susan, had ten children, the last listed being George L. ROSIER of Independence, Iowa.
According to his obituary Jacob K. and Susan (CHAMBERS) ROSIER moved to Bates County Missouri in 1882 and purchased a farm just north of Butler, known as, "Rosier's Place." The year may be correct; however, an article in the West Union Gazette states his daughter, "Ella," was married Sunday, September 17, 1882, at ,"the residence of J. K. ROSIER."
Susannah ROSIER died March 27, 1889, and is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery at Butler, Missouri. Her tombstone gives her date and place of birth as October 6, 1849, in Muskingum County Ohio.
The following February, Jacob K. ROSIER married Mrs. Martha STUCKEY. She is listed with him on the 1900 Bates County Missouri census. J. K. ROSIER died February 8, 1907, at Butler, Missouri. He is also buried at Oak Hill Cemetery.
The following list of children born to Jacob K. and Susannah (CHAMBERS) ROSIER was compiled from census records, marriage records, newspaper articles, and information published in various county histories. The list identifies the spouse, if known, and where each child lived at the time of their father's death, according to his obituary. Additional information is available on some of these individuals.