At Homer were passed the boyhood days of the Rosecrans-the General and Bishop Rosecrans. The father of these two eminent men was Crandall Rosencrans, of Amsterdam ancestry; the name in Dutch signifies a "wreath of roses." Their mother was Jemina Hopkins, of the family of the Timothy Hopkins whose trembling signature appears on the Declaration of Independence. They emigrated from the Wyoming valley to Ohio in 1808. The family lived in a double cabin.

While other boys were at play, they were noted for their studious habits. The general from youth was interested in religious study. He possessed an extraordinary memory, being able to commit almost entire books. The family were Methodists, but he was eventually converted to Catholicism, and influenced his younger brother, Sylvester Horton to also adopt that faith. The latter graduated at Kenyon with distinguished honor, and died at Columbus in 1878, at the age of 51 years. Bishop Rosecrans' life was one of great simplicity and self-denial. All that he had he gave to the poor, and he was often obliged to walk long distances, even when in delicate health, because he had not the money to pay his car-hire. All the money that was in his possession at his death was two silver half dollars.


Historical Collections of Ohio, Vol 2, by Henry Howe. (pub 1888)