Thomas Elihu Rose and Easter Caroline Harbour from Wayne County, Tennessee went to Texas by covered wagon with his father, Elijah Rose, siblings and the Harbour family in 1877. His mother Sarah M White died from a heart attack on the journey to Texas. The family lived in Hill County, Texas for a few years, moved to Bosque County, Texas, then back to Hill County, Texas where they settled in 1894 in Huron, a small community north of Whitney. Thomas Elihu Rose bought 212 acres for $6 per acre, on which he built his home that is still standing today, owned now by a great-grandson. Thomas Elihu Rose had ridden in an automobile but had never driven one. It was said that they both drew the line at riding in an airplane.
Thomas and Easter Rose celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary 👰 in 1948 which Diamond Anniversary Elijah Liege Hendrix attended as did hundreds of friends and other relatives, attracting newspaper representatives from all over Texas. President Truman sent a letter of Congratulations. On this occasion they both said that they Never had a serious argument.
This couple lived to celebrate their 80th wedding anniversary and to see their son, Harvey Edgar Rose, celebrate his 50th. This even made "ALife magazine" and "A Ripley's Believe It or Not" asked "what enable him to be a partner in the oldest marriage in the United States", Tom replied, Being born on Sunday. At the time of this event, January 1953, they had 123 living direct descendants, including 37 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren, and 23 great-great-grandchildren. They were long-time members of the Cedar Creek Baptist Church in Huron where Tom had served as a deacon for many years. He was also a member of Whitney Masonic Lodge No. 355, A.F. & A.M.