Rosa Viola Gantt was born 13 September 1859 in Newport, Perry County, Pennsylvania. Her parents were Joseph Don Lobaugh Gantt and Mary Jane Zeigler. It was the couples first marriage, he was 23 and she was 19. A year and a half later, Rosa was born.
Her father was a Lawyer by profession having studied law with Hon. B.F. Junkin in New Bloomfield. He located in Newport but his health failed and he died on October 7, 1863. Mary Jane married J.M. Carvell three years later, and her daughter had a father again.
On 12 June 1890, she married John M. Hamilton, a widower with 4 young children. Hamilton was a parishoner in her father's Church in Shippensburg. Her father performed the ceremony. Four years later they added her father (Jeremiah Mark Carvell) to the household and cared for him until his death.
Information from my GG Grandmother Niess' diary.
On February 23, 1929 she died in the home of her sister, Carrie Carvell Niess, in Washington D.C. She is buried with her husband and his first wife in Springhill Cemetery in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.
The News-Chronicle, Shippensburg, PA.
Tuesday, February 26, 1929
FORMER RESIDENT BURIED HERE
Mrs. Rosa V. Hamilton Died At Washington Thursday
Mrs. Rosa V. Hamilton, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. E.A. Niess in Washington, D.C., on Thursday night. While in failing health for some time she was only seriously ill a short time.
Mrs. Hamilton was a resident of Shippensburg for a number of years and was the widow of the late John M. Hamilton, for many years one of Shippensburg's leading merchants. She was a daughter of the late Rev. J.M. Carvell, D.D., (sic) a former pastor of the local Church of God. She left Shippensburg about nineteen years ago.
The survivors are her sister, Mrs. Niess and these step children; D. Edward Hamilton, West King Street, Shippensburg; John M. Hamilton, New York city and Mrs. Mary Runkle of Harrisburg.
The body was brought to Shippensburg on Saturday afternoon at one o'clock and funeral services held in the Church of God. Rev. F.I.M. Thomas officiated at the services and burial was made in Spring Hill cemetery.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Rosa by comparing test results with other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Rosa: