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David Rose, II

Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: Branford, New Haven County, Connecticut
Death: January 1, 1799 (62)
Fire Place (now Brookhaven Hamlet), Suffolk County, New York
Place of Burial: South Haven, Suffolk, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of David Rose and Hannah Rose
Husband of Hannah Rose; Bershua Rose and Sarah Rose
Father of Elizabeth Rose; Hannah Rose; Ester (Esther) Rose; Mulford Barker Rose; David Rogers Rose, Sr. and 5 others
Brother of Kezia Rose; Solomon Rose; Deacon Joel Rose; Daniel Rose; Simeon Rose and 1 other

Occupation: Pastor, Doctor, Teacher
Managed by: Patricia Ann Scoggin
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About Rev. David Rose

DAR Ancestor #: A097658 American Revolutionary War, Patriotic Service, New York Militia.


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  • Prefix: Priest
  • Suffix: II
  • Birth: 11 Dec 1736 in Branford New Haven, Connecticut
  • Died: 1 Jan 1799 in Fire Place (now Brookhaven Hamlet), Brookhaven, * Suffolk, New York
  • Buried: South Haven (Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Bookhaven, Suffolk, NY
  • Education: Yale College, New Haven, New Haven CT; Studied to become a physician. Later studied theology under the Rev. Phileman Robbins in Branford, CT & the Rev Dr. Samuel Buell, Pastor of the Presbyterian Church in East Hampton, Suffolk, NY
  • Occupation: after 1760 -- Physician in Fire Place (now Brookhaven Hamlet), Brookhaven Suffolk, NY; Between 1765 & 1799 -- Pastor, South Haven Presbyterian Church; in 28 May 1765 he was licensed to preach by the New Haven Association of ministers
  • Ordained: 4 Dec 1765 -- Was ordained to serve the parish of "Moriches, Manor of St George, South part of Brook-Haven, and of Winthrop's Patient," in other words, the south side of the Town of Brookhaven from present day Blue Point east to Eastport.
  • 3 Marriages:
  1. Hannah Mulford, ^, b. Abt 1736, d. 24 Feb 1781, Branford, New Haven, CT (1760-1765 in East Hampton, Suffolk, NY); This was David's first marriage. David met Hannah while studying under Dr. Buell in East Hampton, NY. They had [at least] two children, Elizabeth and Esther; (Hanna Rose & Mulford Barker Rose also listed)
  2. Bershua [Rose], b. Abt 1748, d. 14 May 1784, {Fire Place (now Brookhaven), Brookhaven, Suffolk, NY} ; They apparently had no children.
  3. Sarah Strong, ^, b. 29 Sep 1753, d. 13 Nov 1810, Brookhaven, Suffolk, NY; 6 Apr 1786. They had five children, Sarah, Nancy, Nathaniel, Esther [ii], and Elisha.
  • Military: After 1775 -- The Revolutionary War. He signed the Town of Brookhaven Association of 17 May 1775, Third Company (Capt. Nathan Rose.) The Associators chose Selah Strong in the presence of William Smith, Nathaniel Woodhull, and Josiah Smith. He is recorded as being enlisted in the Suffolk County Militia, Col. Josiah Smith's First Regiment of Minutemen.


  • Rev. David Rose's Pocket Watch

.. While Miss Louise (sic) Carman of South Haven was not in costume at church or at the tea, she had with her one of the most interesting articles in the collection. That was a watch which had belonged to her great-great-grandfather, "Priest" Rose, as David Rose, who was pastor of the South Haven church from 1766 to 1798, was known.

The watch is known as a "bull's eye," being almost spherical in shape, set in a detachable silver case, with the face much like a "bull's eye." The watch is unique in that it has a calendar hand, instead of a second hand, which points to numbers one to 31 on the rim of the dial. It also has figures one to 60 for the seconds, as well as Roman numerals for the hours. There is a story that Priest Rose dropped the watch in Little Neck run one day when he was riding horseback from the parsonage in Brookhaven to the church in South Haven. Although the watch was not found until the following day, it is said that it was still ticking, as the case was water-tight. The watch was made in London and the gold filigree work in the back is said to be a lost art among jewelers today.

Excerpted from Patchogue Advance, 9 Aug 1940, p. 12



The Doctor in Colonial Days, by Thomas R Bayles; Patchogue Advance -- Sept 22, 1947

Rev. David Rose – a pastor of the Presbyterian Churches at South Haven and Middle Island from 1765 to 1799 when he died.

  • Prepared to be physician at Yale College & graduated in the class of 1760. He combined the work of pastor, doctor and teacher at South Haven & Middle Island. Was known as “Priest Rose”.
  • Most families had domestic remedies for their ailments & was part of the training of a good housewife to know the different herbs, what ailments they were to be used for, and where to find them in the woods.
  • “Bleeding and a purge” were both used in case of sickness.
  • Mentions an interesting account of the fees charged during the years when “Priest” Rose practiced the profession in an account book of Dr White of Southampton. As was true of the minister’s salary, the doctor was paid largely in farm produce. One bill of nine pounds, seven shillings was paid in “sundries” –apples, flax, wood, pears, timothy-seed, beans, clams, fish, eels, pigs, watermelons and geese.
  • In 1723, a severe epidemic of smallpox swept over Brookhaven town resulting in may deaths among the Indians and the negro slaves. The government handled this plague by requiring the masters to keep their servants in at night and fences were erected around houses to quarantine the family and prevent the spreading of smallpox.
  • In 1765 the town trustees decided that “Doctor Cyras Punderson shall have liberty to prosecute ye business of Inoculation for the small pox in ye usuall place in ye west Meadow Neck from this present time forward.”
  • (Note. The material in this sketch has been taken from the history of South Haven Church, by the Rev. George Bothwick.)

Find A Grave Memorial# 38115028; Birth: Dec. 11, 1736 in Brookhaven, Suffolk County, New York, USA Death: Jan. 1, 1799, USA

Info from: TERESA BANFIELD Priest Rose was Pastor of the South Haven Parish Between 1765 and 1799. He was a prominent Patriot who did much to ensure that this region was strong in Independence sentiment. He was a member of the Suffolk Militia. When the British took control of Long Island, he was forced to flee to Connecticut. He ministered to the entire south Town of Brookhaven region, including Middle Island. He was also trained as a physician, and was one of the few trained medical practitioners in the Town. As was the custom, he was also granted a large tract of land (called a manse, or parsonage lands) for his benefit,which included nearly all of the section north of the LIRR between South Country, Montauk and Old Stump Roads, to farm. His gravestone was subscribed to by many in the community, including General William Floyd (one of his parishioners).

Family links: Children:

 Mulford Barker Rose (____ - 1818)*

Inscription: In Memory of the Reverend DAVID ROSE who departed this life Janry the 1st, 1799 the 63rd Year of his AGE Religion while he dwelt below Its sacred influence on him shed Learning & Grace adorned his brow And round them balmy odours spread

Burial: South Haven Presbyterian Church Cemetery, South Haven, Suffolk County, New York, USA


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Long Island Patriots and Their Stories

Rev. David Rose Patriot Pastor

  • The Rev. david Rose, who was pastor of the South Haven Presbyterian Church from 1765 until his death in 1799, and also pastor of the Middle Island Presbyterian Church from the time of its organization in 1766, was an interesting and important man in those early days. He rode over his large parishes on the south side and in the Middle Island area on horseback, his saddle bags filled with drugs, medicines and a bible, and combined the three most prized functions of that day, preacher, doctor, and teacher.
  • He lived on and worked a farm near the church, and in 1767 the ear marks for his cattle were recorded in the town records as being that "formerly of Justice Nath. Woodhull at South."
  • It was this intensely busy man who wielded a great influence over the people in the southern and central part of brookhaven Town in the years leading up to the Revolution. He feared encroachment on personal liberties by the British government like all the Presbyterians who were so devoted to the ideal od freedom for the individual and were the descendants of those Puritans and Independents of whom King James, I, once remarked, "A Scottish Presbyter agrees as well with an amsolute monarchy as God with the devil."
  • He was also aquainted with the despute in 1740 between the Presbyterian Church and the struggling young Angelican Church in which the latter demanded some of the town lands and patronage. In this didpute the Presbyterian Church was referred to as the "Descenting party" and the rev. Mr. Rose feared the loss of the freedom for which the settlers had come to this land.
  • "Priest Rose," as he was called, led an active campaign to resist these encroachments on their liberties, and one of the most outstanding examples of the way the members of the South haven Church declared allegiance to the cause of liberty is found on the first page of "Onderdonk's Revolutionary Incidents," which is as follows:

"At a meeting of the inhabitants of the parish of South haven, June 13, 1774, William Smith moderator: "1. It was voted and agreed that the Act of Parliament for blocking up the port of Boston is unconstitutional and has a direct tendency to enslave the inhabitants of America, and put an end to all property. 2. And it is also the opinion of this meeting, that if the Colonies all unite and strictly adhere to a non-importation agreement from Great Britian and the West Indies, and should have reason to expect in a short time, a repeal of that oppresive act, and for that purpose we heartily desire that such an agreement may be entered into. 3. And it is voted that William Smith, Esq., Col. Nath'l Woodhull, Col. Wm. Floyd, Mr. Thos. Fanning, Capt. Josiah Smith, Capt. David Mulford, and Capt. Jona. Baker, be a standing Committee of Correspondence of the city of New York, and others, and that they immediately communicate the above statements to them."

  • Priest Rose was very active in the cause of American Independance, and served in the army after taking his family to Connecticut for safty, where his wife died from the hardship of exile.
  • During the seven long years that the British were in possession of Long Island, the farms and homes of the members of the South Haven Church were seized, and the church used as a horse stable by the British soldiers. After the war, the Rev. Mr. Rose returned to Connecticut with his family and began the difficult task of restoring the two churches of his parish and carried on this work until his death in 1799.
  • Remarkable was the influence of this small country church for it sent out into the political world of that colonial day, distinguished men who have been recognized and remembered as leaders in the early life of our country. Among these were General William Floyd, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independance; General Nathaniel Woodhull, who became one of the first notable martyrs to the American cause; Col. Josiah Smith, who led a regiment in the battle of Long Island, and Judge William Smith, lord of the Manor of St. George.
  • Let no one forget that behind the developement of this church, and its power and influencxe during those most important years in the history of the American republic, stood its pastor, the Rev. David Rose, that capable and courageous leader who gave over half of his life to the service of the church.
  • Another promonent man in the early history of the church was the Rev. Ezra King, who was pastor from 1810 to 1839 of the combined churches of South Haven and Middle Island. He also covered his large parishes on horseback, and was a teacher, serving for many years as inspector of the town schools. He lived on his farm in Middle Island, and it was during his pastorate that the present South Haven church was built in 1828, and the one in Middle Island in 1837.
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Rev. David Rose's Timeline

December 11, 1736
Branford, New Haven County, Connecticut
Age 16
July 2, 1767
Age 30
South Haven, Frookhaven, Suffolk County, NY
Age 32
Age 34
January 1, 1799
Age 62
Fire Place (now Brookhaven Hamlet), Suffolk County, New York
Age 62
South Haven, Suffolk, New York, United States