About Ossa Rose
Ossa Rose is the earliest-known ancestor of the Rose family to date. The first appearance of Ossa is in 1776. HIs name appears in "The Annals of Tennessee 1769 to 1800" by J.G.M. Ramsey (see Historical Notes.) On page 138 appears the name of Ossa who was one of the signers of the "Watauga Petition" written to the Provincial Council of North Caroliina. This document is without a date, but was received at Raleigh, North Carolina on August 22, 1776. It holds 113 names of the earliest settlers, as signers of this petitiion, in what is now Tennessee.
Although this is the only specific mention of the Rose family in the Annals, "the narriation of the events upon which (were analyzed), show, that in all their border conflicts, in their wild adventures into the silderness, in their frequent invasions of neighbouring tribes, in their glorious participation in the sturggle for independence and freedom, in all their wars with European or American enemies, the sons of Tennessee have every where achieved success, triumph, victory, conquest and glory."
Some of the near neighbors lived long ago in the vicinity of the present New Harmony. It is an established fact that the first known place of residence of a family named Rose in the present Macon County was in the vicinity of the present New Harmony which is six miles southwest of Lafayette.