Rosevear Brothers & Company
Morris Co. Up


Biographical and Genealogical History of Morris County New Jersey. Illustrated. Vol. II., Lewis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago, 1899.

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William ROSEVEAR, the father of the ROSEVEAR Brothers, prominent business men of Morristown, was born in England and acquired his education in the schools of his native land. In 1868 he crossed the Atlantic to America, his residence in Dover, Morris county, where he engaged in general merchandising. He afterward sold his store and removed to Pennsylvania, but after a short time came to Morristown, where he has since been associated with his sons in business as one of the stockholders in the firm of Brothers & Company. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary BURT, who was born in Cornwall, England, January 14, 1833, a daughter of Henry and Patience (RODGERS) BURT. To Mr. and Mrs. ROSEVEAR were born six children:

  • John H;
  • Elizabeth A., who became the wife of William LETCHER, and died in 1886, leaving five children:
    • William,
    • Albert,
    • Charles E.,
    • Edith Herbert and
    • Annie R.;
  • Charles R., who is identified with the firm of Thurston & Braidieh, of New York city;
  • E. William;
  • Phillipa J., wife of W. K. MUCHMORE, of Morristown; and
  • L. Ellen, at home.

The parents are both intelligent members of the Methodist Episcopal church in Morristown.

John H. ROSEVEAR, the senior member of the firm of ROSEVEAR Brothers & Company, came with his parents to America in 1868, and October 15, 1873, was married to Miss Eugenia GREEN, of Camden, Maine, daughter of Alexander GREEN, a native of Scotland. They now have two children,

  • Mary E. and
  • John H.

E. William ROSEVEAR, the younger brother, who is interested in the firm of ROSEVEAR Brothers & Company, married Nellie L. LLOYD, of Port Oram, and they have one child,

  • Morris.

In his social relations, William ROSEVEAR is a Mason and is held in high regard by his brethren of the fraternity. In his political predilections, John H. ROSEVEAR is a Democrat, taking an active interest in politics, yet has never been an office-seeker. At the present time he is serving as president of the board of health of Morristown.

Both gentlemen occupy very prominent positions in business circles, and the industry they control is one of the most important in this section of the state. The welfare of a community depends upon its commercial activity, and such an establishment as the factory of ROSEVEAR Brothers & Company not only redounds to the success of the stockholders but also contributes largely to the general good by furnishing employment to a large force of operatives. The brothers and their father are now associated in the manufacture of trousers and overalls, and their business is accounted one of the most important in the city. The firm was organized in 1887, and the old mill, enlarged and remodeled, constitutes the plant. They began operations with only six machines, but as their trade has increased they have been forced to constantly enlarge their facilities and are now running sixty machines and employing seventy-five operatives in the factory. They also employ four traveling salesmen and their goods are shipped throughout the New England and Middle states. Their capacity is three hundred dozen pair of overalls and trousers per week, and these find a ready market, owing to the excellent workmanship and the high reputation for reliability which the house sustains. No industrial concern in Morristown is of more benefit to the city, owing to the large force of men and women who are employed. Good wages are paid and the employees know that fidelity to duty not only wins the confidence of the firm but also means promotion as opportunity offers. A well-merited success has attended the enterprise from the beginning, and the members of the company are all men of good business

ability, enterprise and keen discrimination, whose care and foresight in business have brought them prosperity. They are ever just and fair in their treatment of employees and have strict regard for the ethics of commercial life.

This biography was scanned and contributed by Catherine Smith DeMayo.


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