William Henry Roll

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Not to know one's ancestors, is to be a tree without roots, a stream without a source. --Kung-fut-se

The wind whispers through the trees, recalling words and dreams and memories of those who left us long ago. --Unknown

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Maps Showing the Location of Canastagione in 1866
Later Part of Clifton Park Township

In the 17th century, Roll family progenitor Jan Mangelsen (Roll) owned a good portion of New York real estate in what is now Saratoga County, New York. His patent was called Canastagione or "The Corn Field," in the language of the Mohawk, and was located on the north side of the Mohawk River near its confluence with the Hudson River.

Jan and his family fled after the 1690 massacre to Staten Island in Richmond County and New York County. Later attempts to reclaim the large tract shortly after Jan's death failed. Evidently occupation of land was a major part of claiming title to land at that time.


Canistagajoni, 1866

Canistagajoni, 1866
Note the variant spelling.

A comprehensive collection of maps of the townships of Saratoga County, New York, from the 1866 Beers Atlas is at the Pane-Joyce Genealogy Look for item number "6. Beer's Atlas of Saratoga County, New York, 1866."

An index of the property owners listed on the 1866 Beers Atlas maps of the townships of Saratoga County has been published at the Saratoga NYGenWeb Project