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Rosannabell Crowell was born October 14, 1860 in Caldwell County, Kentucky. His parents were Sanders Addison Crowell and Sarah Jane Laughlin. Her parents were given on her Marriage Bond to William Coleman. Caldwell County Marriage Bond Book 23, pages 194, 195.  She was one of the youngest members of this family, the 7th of 8 children born to her mother. Her father had 5 more children after Sarah Jane died..

Rosannabell Crowell married George Walter Blackburn on Dec. 13, 1875 in Caldwell County.  Rose was just 15 at the time. Their wedding is listed in the Caldwell County Marriage Bond book 12, page 47.

The 1900 Census of Caldwell county Donaldson Section lists the family thus:
George Blackburn - Head born Dec 1852
Rosa B. - wife born Oct 1860
John - son born Oct 1883
Walter - son born Aug 1885
Narly - dau born Nov 1890
William W. Blackburn - father born Nov 1823

The full names and birthdays of the children are listed below. Oldest son JWA had wed in 1899 and was not living with George and Rosa at the time of the 1900 Census. The other variation between the two lists is that of son Walter born Aug, 1885, verses George Washington Jr. born April 1885. As his father was George Walter, his name was probably George Walter and Washington is the error.

Their children were:
1. Infant died at birth on Jan 18, 1876. He is buried in the Morse cemetery
2.. James William Addison Blackburn born Dec. 25, 1877 wed Mabel Hubbard 1899
3. Mama G. Blackburn born Nov. 15 1878, died April 24, 1883. Buried in Morse Cem.
4. Alley Blackburn born Oct 14, 1881, Died Jan 26, 1893. Buried in Morse Cemetery.
5. John Kelly Blackburn born Oct. 1883, wed Estella Traylor died Nov. 6, 1955
6. George Washington Blackburn Jr. born April 30, 1885 wed 1st Bertha Board,
2nd Clara Martin, 3rd Nona Louis Stephens. He died April 23, 1962
7. Infant died at birth on Aug. 22, 1886 buried at Morse Cemetery.
8. Narlie Victora Blackburn born Nov. 11, 1890, wed Lee Roy Stallins.

George Blackburn died in 1906 and is buried in Farmersville Cemetery (Morse Cemetery)

Rose married a second time on Dec. 25. 1906, William H. Coleman, a farmer. source noted above.  He was 62 years old and it was his 2nd marriage also. R.L. Gresham and Dellah Allison were witnesses. William Coleman died in 1910.  He is buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

I cannot find Rose on the 1910 Census as Rose Coleman.

Her grandson remembers that she would spend her winters in Florida.  I don't know if that would have been with one of her husbands, or between husbands.  I would love to have known where she went in Florida. 

Her third husband was George M. Wood. They wed on March 22, 1913 in Caldwell county Ky,  Marriage Bond Book 26, pages 98,99. He had a long white beard that touched his belt buckle.

On the 1920 Caldwell County Ky Census they are found on page 2b enumeration district 21 in Donaldson, north of Princeton, we find George M. Wood, 70 years old, he could not read or write, born in Tennessee, a Farmer on a General Farm which he owned mortgage free.
Rose B. Wood, 59 years old and she could read and write, born in Kentucky, a homemaker.

He died Dec. 2, 1928 at the age of 79 years and 7 months.  He was buried  at Carter Grace,  in Beulah, Hopkins county..  Kentucky Death Records, 1852-1962.  The Death Certificate was filled out by Jim Blackburn, Rose's son.

Rose died almost a year later, on Nov. 29, 1929.  Her son filled out the death certificate, file # 3014, however, he did not know her mother had died when she was so young.  So he has Martha, her stepmother listed as her mother. Rosa Crowell Blackburn Coleman Wood is buried in  Cedar Hill Cemetery, Princeton Caldwell County next to her son James Blackburn and daughter Narlie Stallins. As you enter the cemetery from the brick gate, the Blackburn plot is halfway up the hill on the right.

Rose's obituary is found in the obituary file of The Glenn E. Martin Genealogy Library (History Center) of the George Coon Public Library in Princeton Ky.   The language is flowery and loving.  It describes Mrs. Rose Wood as "one of Princeton's respected women".  She died on Friday afternoon at 3 pm the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, 1928.  She spent that special day with her sister, Mrs. Robert Dunn (Rachel) in the McGowan community, and seemed in her usual good health.  A heart attach was suspected.

Her three living sons, James W. A., G. W. and Kelly Blackburn were all mentioned as her survivors.  For some reason, her daughter Narlie Stallins was not.   The funeral was held in the home of Mrs. Bertha Blackburn where Mrs. Wood had lived since the death of George Wood.


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1.  where was she in 1910?



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