Thursday, October 17, 2019

Z. Rose, Baptist preacher

The Tennessee Baptist, July 10, 1852, page 4

Often found in Texas records as Z. Rose, he only labored a few years in Texas. He is mentioned in the organization of several churches, and the minutes of the Sabine Baptist Association. He was probably a member of the Rocky Springs Church at Dialville in Cherokee County, considering he served as delegate from that church to the association in 1849.

Zachariah Rose was the son of Francis Rose and Elizabeth Ford. He was born in Buncombe County, North Carolina, July 2, 1809. Rose married Mrs. Sarah Burch (nee Cate) December 23, 1832, and they had nine children. November 13, 1841 the Ocoee Church in Polk County, Tennessee, ordained him to the ministry. According to Sketches of Tennessee’s Pioneer Baptist Preachers, Z. Rose only “labored three years in Texas, organizing and fostering new interests, and strengthening weak interests in Eastern Texas Association.”[1] He was in Texas by 1849, and back in Tennessee by the end of 1852. With Bowley Conner Walters, he organized the Antioch & Salem churches in Cherokee County, and the Ebenezer Church in Smith County, all of which joined the Sabine Baptist Association in 1849. Rose organized Friendship Church in Cherokee County, the third Saturday in December 1850, and was probably in the organization of the Eastern Texas Association of United Baptists. He was active in the Sweetwater Association in Tennessee, as well as instrumental in the organization of the Big Emory Association.[2] “He labored and prayed earnestly for harmony and cooperation among all true Baptists, ‘missionary, anti-missionary, so-called, and omissionary,’…”[3] He died September 30, 1886 and was buried at the Little Cemetery in White County, Tennessee.

[1] Sketches of Tennessee’s Pioneer Baptist Preachers, Volume 1, James Jehu Burnett, Nashville, TN: Press of Marshall & Bruce Company, 1919, p. 432
[2] Ibid, p. 433
[3] Ibid, p. 433

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