So That's Where I Get It From

Michael and Elizabeth Rose – c1870s

These are my cousins Michael b. 1810 and Elizabeth (Farmbrough) Rose b.1810. They were cousins to each other and are the great grandson and great granddaughter of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read.

In my private collection - digitally scrapped by me - copyright 2010


And this is Michael, widowed about this time, c 1880

In my private collection - digitally scrapped by me - copyright 2010




  1. Just a short question. I am looking for Rose family in Illinois, is this where yours reside? They also lived in Minnesota. What state do your Reads live?
    I am also interested in a English Rose family in Iowa.
    I was kind of fascinated by that first name Cozin cause I thought I saw it listed as a surname in Jo Daviess cemetery records. I saw plenty of Reed names there.

    In my iowa area we have the name Reading township. I guess the name Read is more common than I knew.
    Good luck on your search.

    Comment by jo — April 26, 2010 @ 11:47 am

    • Hallo Jo,

      Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your comments. It’s nice to “meet” you!!

      My Rose ancestors are in the UK, mainly in Buckinghamshire although it would not surprise me at all to find that some made their way to America. But I haven’t yet discovered that. Perhaps your English Rose family in Iowa maybe from Buckinghamshire in the UK? If you find they are, please let me know.

      My 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read was named after his mother, Elizabeth Cosens, so yes, it is a surname and there are all sorts of ways to spell it!!

      The surname Read is, as I have been reliably informed, one of about seven surnames that are still about today from the time of the Anglo Saxons here in the UK. So far I have come across about 24 different ways to spell the surname Read.

      We have a Reading in Berkshire, UK and it is next door to where my very early Reads were living in Caversham, Oxfordshire and I have often wondered if the name of the town Reading was named after someone called Read. I want to research the origins of our Reading to see if that is so, but my ancestors kind of take up a lot of my time researching so I never seem to get round to it!!

      I shall pop over to see your site and please keep in touch and if you want to know more, please let me know.

      Kind regards,
      Christine (rootsresearcher)

      Comment by rootsresearcher — April 26, 2010 @ 12:38 pm

  2. Hello,
    My great grandmothers’ name was Elizabeth Rose and she lived in a village called Linfield, in Surrey county south of London. My grandfather was Maurice Rose(born 1880) and he and two friends came to Canada as teenagers on a cattle boat just prior to 1900. His friends names were Jack Darby and Harry Arnold. I know little about my great grandmother (Elizabeth) or any of the family prior to her. If anyone thinks they know anything that may be relevent, please advise me. Much appreciated, George Rose

    Comment by George Rose — March 20, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

    • Hallo George, Thank you for visiting my blog and for your comment. I don’t have any details in my tree that match with your grandfather Maurice Rose. Most of my Rose ancestors were from Buckinghamshire although some strayed to London, Middlesex and Surrey, so there could well be a link between our Roses! Do you know who your great grandmother Elizabeth was married to? Do you know if they married in Surrey? Was your grandfather Maurice born in Surrey? It might be that if you have a little more information I could check again with the details I have for my Rose ancestors.

      Now I know of you I will let you know if I come across anything to do with your ancestors, even if we cannot find a definite link between your ancestors and mine. Others might see your message too and leave a comment, so you never know, between us we might come up with more info for you. 🙂

      Kind regards,

      Christine (rootsresearcher)

      Comment by rootsresearcher — March 20, 2011 @ 10:37 pm

      • Sorry to be so slow getting back to you. I suspect that my great grandmother was not married, and that her children were born out of wedlock. A couple family members have been to England and it seems that many records were lost many years ago in a church fire. Apparently my grandfather had two older sisters that raised him, as I believe his mother died shortly after he was born. I know he worked for a short time in England in the grocery business, as he described it as learing a trade. when I was very young, he showed us how to make a leak-proof container out of a square piece of paper that would hold a pound of sugar. He also served on the fire briggade. Someone suggested that my great grandmothers uncle fathered her children. In any case they were in Surrey county and whether my great grandmother was a run-a-way, or an out-cast I don’t know, but I haven’t been able to turn up much about her.

        Comment by George Rose — June 12, 2011 @ 12:27 am

      • Hallo George,

        It’s my turn to apologise for the extremely long delay in replying to your comment here. Thanks for visiting and for your comment. I think you have a very interesting line to follow there!! I’ve not been able to do any family history research for a while due to family commitments but hopefully soon I can sort out a routine that lets me do some research and I will try to see if we can come up with some ways for you to find some more definite information about your ancestors.

        I hope all is well with you and yours.

        Kind regards,


        Comment by rootsresearcher — December 22, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

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