From _The Opp News_ Historical Edition (October 18, 1973), p. 17C. (fragment of article "How Did Rose Hill Get It's Name?" by Gus Bryan.
"Jessie Bryan settled a few miles north of Rose Hill in Covington County abour 1822. Several other Bryan families settled in this area a few years after. Bryans are said to have constructed the old water mill on Stewart Mill Creek four miles northeast of the old Rose Hill School. This mill is said to be the oldest water mill in this community, constructed about 1830. The rocks, parts of the old wheel, and part of the old house could still be seen around 1950.
"According to the census of 1850, Jessie Bryan and wife were from South Carolina. Living with them at that time were their youngest daughter, Tolathia, and her husband, William K. williams, and four month old child Jesse. The 1860 census shows the elderly Bryan and wife with an overseer by the name of Lemuel Moody, also from South Carolina. Lemuel Moody was killed or died in the Civil War. His brother continued to live in the Rose Hill community and has numerous decendants there. The 1860 census shows Jessie Bryan, then an old man of eighty five to be very wealthy. His real estate was valued at $3,000.00 and he had better than $18,000.00 in personal property. His real estate holdings were said to reach the river. His personal property supposedly included many slaves. It is thought that this Jessie Bryan was the son of Jessie Bryan, and wife, Maurning Tubberville, of Marion District, South Carolina. It is known that they had a son Jessie who went west. The ages of Jessie Bryan, Jr., are agreeable with the son listed in South Carolina. Jessie Bryan of Alabama had several children, and it is only reasonable that Jessie Oliver Bryan was his son.
"They lived in a log cabin on the present Opp-Rose Hill road. The same plantation is now owned by the wife of Harvey Bryan, a grandson. The log cabin was still in the old field in 1950. Jessie Olvier Bryan and his wife are buried in the field of this plantation.
"It is said that while the first Jessie of Alabama was living there was not a settled place between his home, which is known as the old William Williams place, and his son Jessie Olvier's place. Jessie, the first, was carried by his slaves across his field and was buried in what is known as the Old Williams Cemetery. It is now grown up in trees and there is only the barest evidence of graves there."
(Many other surnames are mentioned in this article; there are also descriptions of other pioneer families.)