Abraham SAMPSON, Jr
(1658-Aft 1727)
John ROUSE, Sr
Captain John ROUSE, Jr
(Abt 1740-Abt 1818)


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Rebecca BARKER

Captain John ROUSE, Jr 1

  • Born: Abt 1740-1742, Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA
  • Christened: Rochester, , Massachusetts, USA
  • Married: 1766
  • Died: Abt 1818-1819, Belpre, Washington, Ohio, USA

   Other names for John were Captain and Private.

   User ID: 146.

   General Notes:

Private, Captain Revolutionary War, Removed with family from Rochester MA to Marietta OH Oct-Dec 1788.

US Census 1810, Washington, Belpre: "John ROUSE M20121 F00110."

US Census 1820, Washington, Belpre, p185A: "Michael ROUSE M010021F00011."

The American Pioneer Vol 2 pg 112-34 Cincinnati OH 1843, Stimson Collection Class 051 Book A51P 55838
"Shortly after our call on Alonzo Frouse, Belpre, Mrs TD Phillips, Marietta, said there is a book in Marietta College Lobrary, in which the journey of the Rouse family and others to Ohio, is given in detail, as related to Dr S P Hildreth by Mrs Bathsheba ROUSE Greene, Marietta...
"Parts relating to the Rouse family are here copied. It corrects come of Alonzo Rouse's records-LCP
"Or the journey of some New England families 'across the mountains' from New England to Muskingum in 1788
"By Dr S P Hildreth
(Omitted: conditions at close and after the Revolution- the Ohio Company purchase- long journey over rivers and mountains etc. Mrs John Rouse was Rebecca Barker, daughter of Capt Isaac Barker- lost at sea 1761. Mrs Jonathan Devol, a sister)
"Among other families who ventured on this long and perilous journey...In the year 1788...were those of John Rouse and Capt Jonathan Devol. Before the period of the revolution, Mr Rouse had followed vocation of whaleman and seaman, from New Bedford, but that event put stop to all pursuits of this kind. He was now living on a small farm in the town of Rochester, Massachusetts...He was now near fifty yers of age...His family consisted of wife and eight children, viz: Michael, a stout young man of twenty-two; Bathsheba, nineteen; Elizabeth, seventeen; Cynthia, fifteen; Ruth, eleven; Stephen, six; and Robert and Barker, twins four years. Capt Johnathan Haskell, who also lived in Rochester, joined in fitting out the expedition, and furnished a large covered wagon and two horses, and Mr Rouse the other two. An active young man named Cushing, who wished to settle in the west, was employed to drive the wagon...
"A party of young ladies, on horseback, accompanied the females as far as "The Long Plain", which was a portion of the north end of the town of New Bedford, distance six miles from Matteposett Harbor. Here they tarried about a week amongst kinfolk and former neighbors; for at theis place Mr Rouse had lived many years and here a large portion of the children had been born. The week flew rapidly away...and the parting morning came...Capt Haskel joined them that morning from Rochester, and early in October 1788...They commenced the long journey to Muskingum, as the new settlement was then called...
"Captain Joseph Cook, who had married a sister of Mrs Rouse, and Edward Bennett, an old neighbor, accompanied them as far as Providence...which reached second day at evening. Here they were joined by the family of Capt Jonathan Devol, composed of Mrs Devol and five children, viz: Sally- 12 years; Henry- 10, Charles- 8, Barker- 5, and Francis- 1 year. Mrs Nancy Devol was the sister of Mrs Rebecca Rouse. Her husband had been absent nearly a year, and was attached to the party of pioneers sent by the Ohio company, in the autumn previous...Their (Devol) covered wagon, with four horses...was driven by Isaac Barker, an only brother of the married females. He was about thirty years of age, in the vigor of manhood, and had left a wife and family in Rochester, until he could return and bring them on the following year...
"Chapter II
"The following morning they left Providence, bidding adieu to their friends, who had accompanied them from 'The Long Plain' and to another sister, Mrs Fish. From here by easy stages, they traveled to Hartford, Connecticut...from Farmington, Litchfield, and Ballsbridge, to the North River...crossed at Fishkill landed at Newburgh...went on to Blooming-grove.
"pg 120 After leaving Carlisle Pennsylvania, at a place called the 'Bigspring' they were overtaken by an old neighbor, who was on his way to Muskingum with his family- driving ox team three yokes. He was a tout upright man with a tremendous Roman nose- portly front, about fifty years of age, 'Uncle Daniel Cogswell'. He had been out to the west the autumn before, returned in summer to move out his family...pg 123 'Uncle Daniel' had been both a sailor and a soldier in the late war...
"pg 127 Reached Simrel's Ferry late November, after many hardships. Here they found Benjamin Slocomb and family, going to Muskingum. Uncle Daniel took passage with him... Rouse party secured a boat, forty feet long, twelve feet wide, without roof- in the stern of the boat was a rude fire-place for cooking- beds were spread on the floor...Reached Pittsburgh Sunday evening, at junction of the Alleghany and Monongahela Rivers and saw the waters of the charming Ohio, the object of their toils...Tied up to shore- river fell- land side of boat on shore- outer side filled with water.
"pg 129 Left Pittsburgh Monday afternoon. That evening a violent storm. Had to tie up to the 'Indian shore'. At Buffalo they were joined by the men who had taken the horses overland.
"pg 131 They reached mouth of Muskingum at dark, Thursday, fourth day after leaving Pitsburgh. Ice had made in the Ohio last twenty-four hours...Next morning Muskingum frozen from shore to shore...
"pg 131-132 It was the fore part of December and the emigrants had been more than eight weeks on the road.
"Captain Devol hurried on board to see wife and children, from whom he had been absent more than a year. Their goods and chattels were put into the 'Mayflower', which was used as a receiving boat for the emigrants, and with the women and children, landed at the Ohio Company's wharf. Captain Devol had built a comfortable two story house in one of the curtains of the garrison, to which all were removed that night, and his happy family slept once more under their own roof- but in the far distant region of the 'Northwest Territory'. [History of Washington County Ohio, Williams, pg 502, American Pioneer]
"pg 132 In 1798 the Isaac Barker family removed from Belpre to Athens County Ohio. He had returned to New England and moved out his family in the fall of 1789. The following spring, about forty men, commenced a settlement fourteen miles below, on right bank of the Ohio, called Belpre. Captain Devol, Mr Rouse, Michael Rouse, Captain Haskell and Isaac Barker joined this association. The latter returned to New England and moved out his family in the fall of 1789... Indian war broke out...Epidemic of smallpox and scarlatina. Mrs Rouse's children down with it and Mrs Devol lost Henry, in his thirteenth year, and Francis in his fourth, by this terrible scourge.
"In summer 1790, Bathsheba Rouse taught a school of young boys and girls at Belpre, which is believed to be the first school of white children assembled within the bounds of the present state of Ohio...She also taught for several successive summers, withing the walls of 'Farmer's Castle'...Mr Rouse and family remained in Belpre. Michael died a bachelor. Stephen and Barker married and settled there. Bathsheba married soon after the close of the war, Richard, the son of Griffen Greene, Esq, one of the Ohio Company agents became a leading man in public affairs, and became the mother of three sons and two daughters. Cynthia married the Hon Paul Fearing, the first delegate to Congress from the Northwest Territory and for many years a judge of the court. Elizabeth married Levi Barber Esq, for many years receiver of public monies and member of Congress, for this district during two sessions...Ruth is still on the old farm, but never married. The two younger sisters have been dead some years. Bathsheba died in October 1842, and from her we received the incidents of 'The Journey'. Captain Devol and family settled on the Muskingum, five miles above Marietta, after the close of the war iin 1795, and built a large mill, which was by far the most useful to the inhabitants of that day, of any in that part of Ohio. Sally married James C McFarland, and died in 1810, leaving three daughters and one son, who are connected by marriage with some of the leading families in Kanawha County, (West) Virginia.
"Captain Jonathan Devol, died 27 Sep 1842 [Ref: Gi stone Mound Cemetery, Marietta Ohio]
"Charles, Barker, Francis and Maria (Devol), the two latter born after their parents emigrated to Ohio, are living (1843) with their children, in this vicinity...Isaac Barker settled at Athens...Captain (Jonathan) Haskell married a daughter of Mr Johnn Greene, a cousin of Griffen Green, and settled in Belpre...Shaw, the other adult male of the emigrants, settled on the Mississippi River, near Natchez...Uncle Daniel Cogswell [Cogshall today- LCP, Laura Guthrie CURTIS Preston] settled at Belpre, and served as a soldier during the Indian War. The writer was well acquainted with him in the winter of 1807; soon after which he died, age about 73 years. His children still live in Belpre, near the mouth of the Little Hocking.
"Mr Rouse died suddenly, in the year 1819, dropped dead by the side of the road, at the edge of a pool of water, where he had stopped to water a horse, a few rods from home. He was 78 years old. He retained to his last days a high relish and love for his early whaling occupations. When relating his exploits in this line, he would rise from his chair, and with all the energy and animation of youth show how whales were slain by the deadly harpoon. He also retained a strong love for the land and habits of his childhood. After he had been in Ohio for some years, he used to say, 'He would rather have Joe Sampson's farm than half the state of Ohio'. This was a farm at 'The Long Plain' on which he lived many years as a tenant. It was tolerably productive, but no ways remarkable for its fertility- but showing the strong predilection of man for the scenes and days of his early years.
"Yours, very respectfully S.P.Hildreth"

History of Washington County Ohio Illustrations and Bibliographic Sketches 1788-1881, HZ Williams & Bro Publishers Cleveland 1881 p500:
"John and Rebecca Rouse, with their family, arrived at Belpre Washington Co Ohio in 1789, having come from Massachusetts in 1788, accompanied by Maj Jonathan Haskell and Capt Jonathan Devol. An interesting circumstance is related
concerning their departure from their Massachusetts home. A neighboring farmer boy was in love with Bathsheba, the oldest daughter of Mr Rouse, and just before the family left for the west, the boy's father urgently begged Bathsheba to remain, offering as an inducement to marry his son, the deed for a fine farm. But the faithful daughter would not desert her father and mother. She became very useful in the community of Belpre, and for a number of years taught school, she being the first teacher in the Northwest Territory. The other children were: Cynthia, who married Hon Paul Fearing; Betsey, wife of Col Levi Barber; Michael, Ruth, Stephen, Robert and Barker, the two latter being twins. Robert died of scarlet fever, and the others married and settled in the county, some of their descendants being on the old place in Belpre township..."

Old North West Quarterly v13 pg23:
"Families in Farmers' Castle Belpre Ohio 1792
"Blockhouse #9. John Rouse, wife and eight children, from Rochester MA: Michael, Bathsheba, Cynthia, Betsey, Ruth, Stephen, Robert, and Barker. The latter were twins, Robert died of the scarlet fever. Their children married and settled in this county: Cynthia to Hon Paul Fearing and Betsey to Col Levi Barber. These men were highly respected, and held some of the most honorable posts, both of whom have been members of Congress..."

"Rouse Family of Belpre Ohio"
by Lucy COLE Fleming (notes), Seldon COLE, Mrs Clarence SLOAN, Laura Curtis PRESTON- 30 Mar 1939.
"The information listed here is from Mr Alonzo Rouse of Belpre, last living member of the five children of John and Elizabeth (Pennock) Rouse, of Belpre Ohio. Mr Rouse has various old family Deeds, Wills, and the Family Bible (with records) of his family, and has a remarkable memory for dates, names, and family history. He was born at Belpre 23 Feb 1869.
"Date of our call on Mr Rouse was 30 Mar 1939.
"Information given in 'typed sheeets' no name signed but probably written by Alonzo Rouse. Parts copied.
"John Rouse came from England, joined the whaling industry, was stopped by the Revlolutionary War. Rouse had a hard time digging to make a living for wife and eight children on their farm near Rochester MA.
"John Rouse and his neighbor, Capt Jonanthan Haskell, hitched teams to covered wagons early in October 1788, were two months on way to Summerls Ferry where they took a flat boat and floated to Marietta. They arrived in Marietta in December (date not given) four days after leaving S Ferry. the next morning after reaching Marietta the rive was closed by ice...
"Alonzo Rouse papers- an old chart (with notes from LCP- Laura Curtis Preston)
John Rouse married Rebecca Barker and had 8 children
1. Michael Rouse (born Abt 1766, never married, lived & died Belpre OH)
2. Bathsheba m Richard Greene (son of Griffen Greene, of Belpre OH, lived & died Marietta OH - LCP), Bathsheba ROUSE Greene was born 28 Sep 1769 New Bedford MA, died 24 Feb 1843, buried Mound Cemetery Marietta OH near Rufus Putnam R91-L2 (GR stone pg2).
3. Elizabeth m Levi Barber (Marietta 15 Feb 1803)
4. Cynthia m Paul Fearing (Marietta 28 Nov 1795)
5. Robert twin
6. Barker twin
7. Ruth
8. Stephen (see Amer Pioneer v2 p113 Marietta)...
"...1930 Cedarville Cemetery, first one in Belpre twp. only Rouse gravestone found is: Stephen Rouse, died 10 Aug 1855, in 30th year of his age (probably grandson of John and Rebecca)...
"...1937 Alonzo Rouse age Abt 70, only one of the family living in Belpre, born 1869...last living member of the five children of John and Elizabeth (Pennock) Rouse of Belpre Ohio..."

"Rouse Genealogy"
Handwritten by Lucy COLE Fleming
"5th Generation- John Rouse b 1741, d 1816, m Rebecca Barker d 1820, eight children- Michael unmarried, Bathsheba m Richard Greene, Cynthia m Paul Fearing, Betsey (Elizabeth) m Col Levi Barber, Ruth, Stephen, Robert- died & Barker (twins)..."

"Ohio's First School Teacher- Bathsheba Rouse"
by Lucy COLE Fleming
"...John Rouse, the father of Bathsheba migrated with his family to Marietta. Before the Revolutionary War he had made his living on a whaling fleet out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. His great grandfather had come from England. Through his mother John Rouse was descended from that hero of history and romance- Miles Standish. Alexander Standish, son of the famous Miles, married Sarah Alden, daughter of John and Priscilla Alen. Their daughter Lorah Standish, became the great grandmother of Bathsheba Rouse. Thus the pioneer school mistress of Ohio was descended from two of the first families of America...
"...With eager anticipation [Bathsheba Rouse] watched her father and his neighbor, Capt. Jonathan Haskell, hitch their teams to covered wagons early in Oct 1788.
"The moment for the start to Ohio arrived...
"For two months the little caravan crawled along the muddy roads of New England and trembled on the snow swept slopes of the Alleghenies. Perched on the front seat of one of the wagons, Bathsheba and the other girls sang gay songs when there was no danger in sight.
"When the road was lower on the outside, the women had to walk while the man pulled at short ropes tied to the upper sides of the wagons to keep them from upsetting. At other times the descent was so steep that logs were tied to the rear axles to retard their speed down the mountain.
"When they arrived at Sumrill's Ferry in Pennsylvania, they loaded their wagons on a flatboat and started down the river to their new home. At Pittsburgh a severe December storm threatened to capsize the boat and drown them, but they survived the danger and landed at Marietta four days later. The next day the Ohio River was closed with ice.
"During the winter the Rouse family lived at the home of Capt Jonathan Devol in the fortification called Campus Martius. But they were impatient to moved to their grant of land and garner the riches that Ohio soil would produce. Therefore, they joined a company of 40 settlers who decided to seek their fortunes 15 miles below Marietta on a plain called Belle Pre, or beautiful meadow, later changed to Belpre. The name was applied by explorers sent out by the King of France when the Ohio Valley was under French rule. Extending for five miles along the Ohio, the beautiful meadow was divided into three farming communities called respectively Stone's Fort, Farmer's Castle, and Newbury. John Rouse joined the middle settlement.
"Early in April 1789, the Belpre pioneers moved to their allotment...
"...On May 1 Capt Zebulon King, a neighbor of the Rouse family, was scalped and unspeakably butchered by Indians while he was chopping down trees. Indian attackes increased in number until the massacre of 12 white settlers at Big Bottom on the Muskingum on 2 Jan 1791, started open warfare between the red and white men in the Ohio Valley. Although the Indians had signed treaties in which they gave up their lands, they insisted that they were not properly represented at the treaties and the reasserted their claims to the land north of the Ohio.
"As soon as the Indians went on the warpath, all the white people on the border took refuge in the forts. The Belpre residents assembled in the middle settlement and constructed a fortress consisting of thirteen block houses surrounded by a ten foot wall of heavy logs.
"Proud of their agricultural occupation and confident of the strength of their fort, they named their refuge Farmers' Castle. Until Anthony Wayne defeated the Indians at Fallen Timbers nearly five years later the Belpre residents seldom ventured outside of the walls of their fort.
"John Rouse lived here with his wife Rebecca Barker and eight children, Michael, Bathsheba, Cynthia who married Hon Paul Fearing, Elizabeth who married Col Levi Barber and was our great grandmother, Ruth, Stephen, Robert and Barker (the last two being twins).
"A marble monument on Route 7, three miles below the present village of Belpre marks the site of Farmers' Castle. The inscription tells the tourists that the castle was the 'Home of Pioneer Families During Indian Wars 1791-1794'..."

IGI Birth Film Number 184317 Page Number 228 Reference Number 5024 John ROUSE Born 1740 Dartmouth Bristol MA Father John ROUSE Mother Sarah SAMPSON.

ANCESTRY.COM 31 Jul 2000
The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 126
page 206
[p.206] Mrs. Marie Le Baron Andrews Hiteshew.
DAR ID Number: 125638
Born in Parkersburg, W. Va.
Descendant of David Le Baron, John Rouse and Capt. Noah Fearing, as follows:
1. Warren Parkhill Andrews (1846-1907) m. 1881 Sophia Willis Mayberry (1856-92).
2. Edward Warren Andrews (1811-95) m. 1834 Mary Le Baron Gilbert (1813-95); George Mayberry (1819-70) m. 1841 Frances Elizabeth Kincheloe (1823-65).
3. Tillet Gilbert (d. 1830) m. 1793 Martha Le Baron (1772-1852); John Pennybacker Mayberry (1790-1866) m. 1816 Lucy Willis Fearing (1796-1886).
4. David Le Baron m. 1704 Martha Chatfield (1747-1820); Paul Fearing (1762-1822) m. 1795 Cynthia Rouse (1776-1822).
5. John Rouse m. 1766 Rebecca Barker (1750-1820); Noah Fearing m. 1756 Mary Nye (1731-68).
David Le Baron (1740-1819) served, 1775, in Capt. Edward Shipman's company, Col. Webb's Connecticut regiment. He was born in Killingworth, Conn., died in Benson, Vt.
Also No. 101600.
John Rouse (1741-1818) served as a private under Captains Major and Soper, Colonel Marshall's Massachusetts regiment. He was born in Dartmouth, Mass.; died in Belpri, Ohio.
Noah Fearing (1732-1809) served as captain of a company of minute men who marched on the Lexington Alarm. He was born in Wareham, Mass.

Census: 1800 ROUSE JOHN Washington County OH Belpre Township. Tax List OH Early Census Index OHS1a2627092 1800 ROUSE JOHN Washington County OH Belpre Township. Tax List OH Early Census Index OHS1a2627119 1803 ROUSE JOHN Washington County OH Belpre Township. State or Colonial Census OH Early Census Index OHS1a2627093 1803 ROUSE JOHN Washington County OH Belpre Township. State or Colonial Census OH Early Census Index OHS1a2627118 1808 ROUSE JOHN Washington County OH 040 Belpre Township Tax List OH Early Census Index OHS1a2627134 1808 ROUSE JOHN Washington County OH 040 Belpre Township Tax List OH Early Census Index OHS1a2627174


1. Revolutionary War; 1776, , , Massachusetts, USA. Private under Captains Major and Soper, Colonel Marshall's Massachusetts regiment.

2. Removed; Oct 1788, Marietta, Washington, Ohio, USA. From Rochester, Massachusetts

3. Removed; Spring 1789, Belpre, Washington, Ohio, USA. From Marietta Ohio with family.

   Marriage Information:

John married Rebecca BARKER, daughter of Captain Isaac BARKER, Sr, in 1766. (Rebecca BARKER was born in 1750 and died in 1820.)


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