BIO- Pen Pictures
SURNAMES: WILSON, WEBB, SMITH, McBRAIR, DURYEA
was born in New York city, January 15, 1835. His father, Abraham, was born on Long Island, New York, October 30, 1792, and was married, when about twenty-five years of age, to Ann Wilson, also a native of Long Island, who died in 1839. They raised a family of three sons and two daughters, of whom Abraham, the subject of this sketch, and the oldest daughter are now living. One of the sons, John W. Rose, enlisted in New York in Colonel J. D. Stephenson's regiment (Captain Frisbie's company), and came around Cape Horn with the regiment to California, which was here during the Mexican War. After the death of his first wife Abraham Rose (the father) was again married, to Mrs. Rebecca Webb, a sister of Judge Samuel Smith, of Brooklyn, New York, who was an early pioneer, and once a Mayor of that city. They always made their home in New York and Brooklyn, where they died. He died in 1876, and she in 1875.
the subject, lived with his father until he was fourteen years old, when he
served a two years' apprenticeship in the jewelry business. He then learned the
business of shipsmith, for doing the iron work on ships. He was married,
November 13, 1855, to Lucretia G. McBrair, a native of New York city. Her
father, John McBrair, was of a well-known family of that city. He was a native
of Scotland. His father emigrated from Scotland to New York, where he became
wealthy, and left his property to his sons and their descendants. After his
marriage Mr. Rose went into business in Jersey City, in 1861, and carried on his
trade in connection with the Jersey City ship-yards and thy docks until 1874.
Just before starting in business his wife died (1860), leaving two children, of
whom John Rose is now living, in Brooklyn, New York. After discontinuing
business in Jersey City Mr. Rose came to California, arriving in San Francisco
March 2, 1875. Here he lived three years, when he moved to Oakland, and lived
there three years also. In 1881 he came to Los Gatos and purchased his present
fruit-ranch near the town, where he has since resided. He has a beautiful place
of ten acres, all in fruits and vines now in full bearing, and is a contented
and happy man. He is a jovial, large-hearted man, and every man that knows him
is his friend. In politics he is a Republican. He was married a second time,
June 20, 1862, to Sarah M. Duryea, a native of Flushing, Long Island.
Pen Pictures From The
Garden of the World or Santa Clara County, California, Illustrated.
- Edited by H. S. Foote.- Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1888.