Biographies of Our Forefathers
Rose Hart Earlston
Hart was born 27 December 1920 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was
the 6th (or possibly 7th) child of Cornelius and
She was christened at Holy Family Catholic Church in the Manayunk
section of the city. Alice
had two sisters, Isabelle and Margaret. Isabelle, the oldest child, may
have had a twin who died in infancy, and three brothers: Cornelius,
John, and Francis (Frank).
Photo: Colorized photo of Alice at age 3 on the steps in front
of her house.
Courtesy of Mary Ellen Kennedy Sariti.
Hart's attended Holy Family Catholic Church on Hermitage Street in Manayunk. Alice
went to Holy Family Grade School and received the
sacrament of Confirmation in that parish church in 1927.
Alice in her confirmation dress standing in front of Holy Family School.
Courtesy of Mary Ellen Kennedy Sariti.
They lived at 128 and 4780 Silverwood Street in Manayunk at
various times. Alice was 9 years old while the family lived at the latter
address in April of 1930 as reflected in the US Census taken that year.
Extract US Census 1930. (Click image to view large image)
The 1930 Census of the United States showed Alice as age 9 along with
her parents Cornelius (42) and Alice (41). Also living in the family
home at 4780 Silverwood Street, Philadelphia were her siblings Isabella
(20) and husband William McLaughlin (21), Cornelius Jr. (19), Margaret
(17), John (13), Francis (11). Alice’s father’s occupation was listed as
an electrician who worked in a local steel mill and her mother was a
brothers and sisters, close family members and friends always called her
“Dolly.” Alice told her daughter, Mary Ellen (Kennedy) Sariti, the story
of this nickname. In the story, the next oldest child in the family,
Francis, who was two years older than Alice, demanded one day soon after
baby Alice was born: “Mother, put down the doll (baby Alice) and pick up
the baby, (himself). The nickname stuck throughout her life and a very
prescient nickname it was. Alice was not only a beautiful child and
woman (like a Doll) she amassed a large collection of beautiful
Victorian dolls with porcelain hands and faces during her life.
every person’s life, Alice’s life comprised many stages: schooling in
a Catholic school in Manayunk through grade 11 presumably, the early death
of her mother, Alice Tinneny, when Alice was 17. Her mother was 53.
Being the last child at home, her mother’s death during her teenage
years was a terrible blow to young Alice. She spoke often of losing her
mother at that critical age.
met and married James Barnett of Philadelphia and the couple had twin
daughters, Constance and Alice, in 1938 when Alice was just 18. The
twins were premature and quite small when they were born at 7 months
gestation, but they grew strong and healthy.
Photo : Alice with 6 1/2 year old twins Connie (L) and Alice(R)
holding one year old Mary Ellen, August 20, 1944.
Courtesy of Mary Ellen
The marriage of their parents, however, soon ended and Alice raised the
twins alone until in 1942 she met and married James Vincent Kennedy, who
became the adoptive father to
James was from Philadelphia. The couple settled in the Northern
section of the city just before James was drafted into the Army and sent to
the war in the Pacific.
Alice and James Kennedy on their honeymoon in Atlantic City, New Jersey,
1942. Photo courtesy of Mary Ellen Kennedy Sariti.
daughter, Mary Ellen, was born to James and Alice in 1943, while James
was serving in the Marianna Islands of the Pacific theater of war.
James in uniform during World War II. Courtesy of Mary Ellen Kennedy Sariti.
of V-Mail birthday message from James to his daughter Mary Ellen sent August
4, 1945 from the island of Tinian in the Pacific. Two days after this
message was sent, August 6, the Enola Gay took off from Tinian and
successfully dropped the Atomic bomb on Japan ending World War II. Thus
Alice’s husband was a witness to an element of this major historical event.
Courtesy of Mary Ellen Kennedy Sariti.
: James and Alice with daughter Mary Ellen. Courtesy of Mary Ellen
James had a son, James Vincent Junior who was born in Philadelphia in 1947.
: Alice and James’ son James Jr. age 6 while a student at Saint
Mary’s grade school. Courtesy of Mary Ellen Kennedy Sariti.
family moved to Williamstown, New Jersey in 1950. They were members of
St. Mary’s Catholic Church and their four children were enrolled in St.
Mary’s School. Through the
mid 1950s Alice stayed home and raised the children.
Alice enrolled in a hair styling school and began working part-time as a
hairdresser in Williamstown. Alice’s marriage to James Kennedy ended in
1960s was a very productive period for Alice. She was always very gifted
with hair and make-up and was always perfectly groomed herself. She took
to the beauty business naturally; she had a gift of bringing out the
beauty in every patron she worked with and truly lived a “beautiful”
life herself. She first rented then bought a beauty salon in
Merchantville, New Jersey, and employed several hair stylists there
during the 1960s. She also taught the art of beauty and make up in the
Haddonfield School District.
Alice with son James, and daughters Connie and Mary Ellen taken in the
Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania 1956. Courtesy of Mary Ellen Kennedy
Wedding photo Bob and Alice, 1970. Courtesy of Robert Earlston.
Alice married Navy Lieutenant Bob Earlston, whom she had met in 1970.
Alice and Bob were married for 41 years and were true soul mates and
perfectly suited to each other. It was “a
union that lasted forever.”
continued to do hair styling as she accompanied Bob on his assignments.
Bob built her an in-home salon in Cherry Hill, New Jersey when he was
stationed in the Philadelphia area and Alice managed the base hair salon
in Bath, Maine.
traveled with Bob to his Navy assignments in Bath, Maine twice during
the 1970s, Newport, Rhode Island, Norfolk, Virginia, the Philadelphia
Naval Ship Yard and Willow Grove Naval Air Station, Pennsylvania,
Signonella, Sicily, and
Station Patuxent River,
retired from the Navy in the grade of Captain following the
Photo: Alice and Bob at his retirement ceremony from the United States Navy,
1989. Courtesy of James Kennedy Jr.
Alice and Bob retired to Jupiter, Florida where they both worked
part-time at Costcos as food demonstrators until Alice was 89 years old.
From their arrival in Jupiter, they were very active members of St.
Peters Catholic Church.
Photo: Alice and Bob’s home in Jupiter, Florida. Source Google Images.
Saint Peter Catholic Church Jupiter, Florida. Source the parish website.
was a devoted grandmother and great-grandmother. She and Bob hosted
several Camp Earlston family reunions for their grandchildren during the
1980s and 1990s. The “cousins” from these camps enjoy a very special
bond nurtured by their lovely grandmother and capable granddad.
passed away January 31, 2013. Following a Mass of Christian Burial on
February 7 at St. Peter Catholic Church Alice was interred at Royal Palm
Memorial Gardens, West Palm Beach, FL. The following obituary was
published in the Palm Beach Post.
Alice Rose Hart Earlston
was born 27 December 1920 in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania and passed away January 31, 2013 in Jupiter Florida. She
was the youngest of 8 children of Cornelius Hart and Alice Tinneny and
the sole survivor of her family. Alice was predeceased by her brothers
Cornelius, John, Frank, Sisters Alice, Margaret and Isabel. She was
married to retired Navy Captain Robert Earlston and resided in Jupiter
Farms Florida moving there from Patuxent River Naval Air Station in
Great Mills, Maryland.
addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughters Alice Palmer
of Yuma, Arizona and Mary Ellen & Anthony Sariti of Bethesda, Maryland
and a son James & Teri Kennedy of San Clemente, Ca. She was predeceased
by her daughter Constance Mangan , She is survived by step-son Jere &
Linda Earlston of San Diego, Ca. and a step daughter Dixie & Larry
Benoit of Lafayette, La. Surviving Grand children James Koch, Kevin
Koch, John Lynch, George Brownridge, Constance Lutz, William Waite,
Marcus Waite, Whitney Braden, Lonnie Benoit, Jamie Benoit, Robin
Calafata, Sam Earlston, Amy Sariti, Andrew Sariti, and Jeanette Kennedy
Gordon, and many great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren.
a long time parishioner at Saint Peter Catholic Church in Jupiter and
participated in many support roles. She was an employee of Club
Demonstrations Company at the Costco store on North Lake Blvd were she
participated as a food demonstrator for 18 years, She was a resident of
Pennsauken, N.J. were she was the owner and operator of the Park Beauty
Salon for 17 years. She was a teaching beautician and taught the art of
beauty and make up in the Haddonfield School District. In 1971 she
married Navy Lieutenant Bob Earlston, a union that lasted forever…”
Following Alice’s death Bob remained in their home. He passed away June
17, 2014. Following a Mass of Christian Burial on June 21 at St. Peter
Catholic Church Bob was interred with Alice. The interment services was
with full military honors and both United States Navy and Knights of
Columbus honor guards at the Royal Palm Memorial Gardens, West Palm
Beach, FL. The following obituary was published in the Palm Beach Post.
U.S. Navy Retired, passed away Wednesday, June 17th 2014 in Palm Beach
Gardens, FL. Robert was born August
27th, 1928 in Danville, PA. Captain Earlston
enlisted in U.S. Navy in 1946 and retired as a Captain in 1989. He was
the first naval officer to reach rank of captain as a limited duty
officer. He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church where he was a
head usher. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus 4th degree where
he served 2 terms as Grand Knight of Council 6569 St. Jude Parish in
Tequesta. He served as faithful Navigator of the Fourth Degree Assembly,
Father Andrew Doherty Assembly #0155.
He was predeceased in death by his wife Alice
Earlston for 42 years before her
passing in 2013 she was the love of his life; parents Wayne & Susie
Earlston; brothers, Wayne, Jr., Ray, Henry, Bruce and Donald; sisters,
Lenna Kassak and Lillian Earlston.
Survived by daughter, Dixie (Larry) Benoit, Lafayette, LA; son, Jere
(Linda) Earlston, San Diego, CA;
stepson, James (Teri) Kennedy of San Clemente, CA; 2 stepdaughters,
Alice Palmer, Yuma, AZ and Mary Ellen (Anthony) Sariti, Bethesda, MD;
brother, Bill Earlston, Danville, PA;
15 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren and 3 great-great
mentioned earlier, Alice always loved dolls. She collected beautiful
Victorian dolls and displayed them in her Florida home at Christmas
every year. Each woman in Alice’s immediate family received a doll from
this collection as a memento of Alice for Christmas 2013 from her
Alice’s doll given to her daughter Mary Ellen by Bob Earlston Christmas
2013. Courtesy of Mary Ellen Kennedy Sariti.
died at the age of 92 still the “Doll” she was so aptly named nearly 92
years before back in Manayunk by her brother Frank.
Alice was the granddaughter of
of Goladuff, Newtownbutler, County Fermanagh,
Northern Ireland; Greenock, Scotland and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The descendants of Alice Hart include but may not be limited to Kennedy,
Sariti, Lutz, Mangan and Lynch, Koch, Gordon, Brownridge.