Biography of Andrew Y. Rosa
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Rosa, Andrew Yates, was born Schenectady, N. Y., in 1828, son of John Rosa, born in 1808, a contractor, who built considerable of the Erie Canal. He built the old basin at Schenectady and, assisted in building the New York Central Railroad. He married Mary Eliza, daughter of Andrew Yates, of Glenville, Schenectady county, and their children were Andrew, Deborah, Harriet (deceased), J. E. and John Rosa. He died in 1841, and his wife in 1866. Andrew's grandfather, James Rosa, a native of Schenectady, was a stage superintendent, and in later years became assistant superintendent of the Albany and Schenectady horse railroad. He took charge of buying the horses and hiring the men. Andrew has led an active life, having been for twenty eight years a locomotive and steamboat engineer, and engineer in Sacramento valley in California. At the age of seventeen he entered the Thomas Rogers locomotive works, at Paterson, N. J., where he served his apprenticeship, since which time he has served in the shops of the New York Central Railroad, also as engineer, and later as engineer on the Michigan Southern & Northern Indiana Railroads, and numerous other roads. During 1865-66 he was engineer on the steam propeller, James McBride Davison, which plied between Wilmington and Fort Fisher and Cape Ann River for the government. In 1867 Mr. Rosa journeyed to California via Panama, where he engineered and served for a time as foreman of railroad shops stationed at Wadsworth, Nevada. In 1869 he returned to Schenectady as engineer on the New York Central, and in 1871 came to Prattsburg and located on his present farm, but was called to engineer on the Midland River Railway, where he spent three years, thence to Missouri for a time. He then returned to Prattsburg where he has devoted, his attention to general farming, and the breeding of Jersey cattle and fine driving horses. In 1862-63 he owned boats on the Erie Canal. He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge in New Albany, Ind. In 1870 he married Mary Jane Brown, of Schenectady.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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