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Daughters of the American Revolution
Selected Roll Descendants


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The following pedigrees are only a sample of what can be found in the DAR lineage books.

Mrs. Hannah Maria Smith Gahagan

DAR ID Number: 20632
Born in New Carlisle, Ohio.
Wife of William Henry Harrison Gahagan.
Descendant of Sergt. John Roll, of New Jersey.
Daughter of David Johnson Smith and Sally Corey, his wife.
Granddaughter of Elnathan Corey (1776-1842) and Hannah Jennings, his wife.
Gr.-granddaughter of Thomas Corey (1739-1813) and Jane Roll, his wife. Gr.-gr.-granddaughter of John Roll and Elizabeth, his wife.
John Roll served as sergeant in Capt. Peter Layton's company of Morris county militia. His will was probated, 1782. His son John was a minute man.

Source: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Vol. XXI. page 222.

Mrs. Carrie Bell Cross Allen

DAR ID Number: 28371
Born in Bethel, Ohio.
Wife of Bennett A. Allen.
Descendant of Sergt. John Roll, of New Jersey.
Daughter of Robert Stephen Cross and Mary Jane Keifer, his wife.
Granddaughter of David Cross and Rhoda W. Cory, his wife.
Gr.-granddaughter of Elnathan Cory (1776-1842) and Hannah Jennings, his wife.
Gr.-gr.-granddaughter of Thomas Cory (1739-1813) and Jane Roll, his wife.
Gr.-gr.-gr.-granddaughter of John Roll and Elizabeth, his wife.
John Roll served as sergeant in Capt. Peter Layton's company of Morris county, New Jersey militia. His will was probated 1782.
Also No. 20632.

Source: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Vol. XXIX. page 136.

Mrs. Rhoda Jane Cross Sells

DAR ID Number: 29217
Born in Springfield, Ohio.
Wife of Lewis Sells.
Descendant of Sergt. David Cross and of Sergt. John Roll.
Daughter of Robert Stephen Cross and Mary Jane Keifer, his wife.
Granddaughter of David Cross (1807-84) and Rhoda W. Cory, his wife.
Gr.-granddaughter of Thomas Cross (1771-1827) and Mary Patten, his wife; Elnathan Cory (1776-1842) and Hannah Jennings, his wife.
Gr.-gr.-granddaughter of David Cross and Margaret Moore, his wife; Thomas Cory (1739-1813) and Jane Roll, his wife.
Gr.-gr.-gr.-granddaughter of John Roll and Elizabeth, his wife.
David Cross served as sergeant in the Pennsylvania Line. He was in the battles of the Jerseys and at Valley Forge. He was born in Ireland, came to this country 1767; located in Washington Co., Pa. He removed to Ohio, where in 1801 he died.
John Roll served as sergeant in Capt. Peter Layton's company of Morris county, New Jersey militia. His will was probated 1782. His son John also served in the war.

Source: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Vol. XXX. page 77.

Mrs. Helen Lighty Talley

DAR ID Number: 36700
Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Wife of Orville B. Talley.
Descendant of Sergt. John Roll, of New Jersey.
Daughter of David H. Lighty and Susan Margaret Corey, his wife, m. 1850.
Granddaughter of Elnathan Corey (1812-64) and Susanna Harr (1812-80), his wife, m. 1832.
Gr.-granddaughter of Thomas Corey (1784-1852) and Margaret Saylor (1788-1873), his wife, m. 1806.
Gr.-gr.-granddaughter of Thomas Corey (1739-1813) and Jane Roll, his wife.
Gr.-gr.-gr.-granddaughter of John Roll and Elizabeth, his wife.
John Roll served as sergeant in Capt. Peter Layton's company of Morris county, New Jersey ilitia. His will was probated 1782 at New Providence, N. J.
Also Nos. 20632, 28371, 29217.

Source: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Vol. XXXVIII. page 245.

Mrs. Maude Chyleen Kelly

DAR ID Number: 39033
Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Wife of T. K. Kelly.
Descendant of John Roll, of New Jersey.
Daughter of Charles H. Milverstedt and Jennie Lighty, his wife.
Granddaughter of David H. Lighty and Susan Margaret Cory, his wife, m. 1850. Gr.-granddaughter of Elnathan Corey (1812-64) and Susanna Harr (1812-80), his wife, m. 1832.
Gr.-gr.-granddaughter of Thomas Corey (1784-1815) and Margaret Saylor (1788-1873), his wife, m. 1806.
[p.13] Gr.-gr.-gr.-granddaughter of Thomas Corey (1739-1813) and Jane Roll (b. 1743), his wife.
Gr.-gr.-gr.-gr.-granddaughter of John Roll and Elizabeth, his wife.
John Roll, served as sergeant in Capt. Peter Layton's company of Morris county militia. His will was probated 1782 at New Providence, N. J.
Also Nos. 20632, 22804, 28371, 29217, 36700.

Source: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Vol. XL. page 13.

Mrs. Fannie Victoria Ward

DAR ID Number: 40869
Born in La Fayette, Indiana.
Wife of John W. Ward.
Descendant of Sergt. John Roll, of New Jersey.
Daughter of John Ireland and Victoria Cory, his wife.
Granddaughter of Elnathan Cory, Jr. (1812-64) and Susannah Harr (1812-80), his wife, m. 1832.
Gr.-granddaughter of Thomas Cory (1784-1815) and Margaret Saylor (1788-1873), his wife, m. 1806.
Gr.-gr.-granddaughter of Thomas Cory. (1739-1813) and Jane Roll (b. 1743), his wife.
Gr.-gr.-gr.-granddaughter of John Roll and Elizabeth, his wife.
John Roll served as sergeant in the Eastern battalion, Morris [p.260] county militia under Capt. Peter Layton. His will was probated 1782 at New Providence, New Jersey.
Also Nos. 20632, 22804, 28371, 29217, 36700, 39033.

Source: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Vol. XLI. page 260.

Mrs. Sallie Potter Sneed

DAR ID Number: 45861
Born in Greenville, Ohio.
Wife of John B. Sneed.
Descendant of Sergt. John Roll.
Daughter of Thaddeus K. Potter and Nanine Jane Smith, his wife.
Granddaughter of David Johnson Smith and Sally Cory, his wife.
[p.363] Gr-granddaughter of Elnathan Cory and Hannah Jennings, his wife.
Gr-gr-granddaughter of Thomas Cory (1739-1813) and Jane Roll (b. 1743), his wife.
Gr-gr-gr-granddaughter of John Roll and Elizabetn — his wife.
John Roll served as sergeant in the eastern battalion, Morris County militia, under Capt. Peter Layton. His will was probated 1782, at New Providence, New Jersey.
Also Nos. 20632, 29217, 36700, 40689.

Source: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Vol. XLVI. page 363.

Mrs. Hannah Maria Stafford Smith

DAR ID Number: 48821
Born in New Carlisle, Ohio.
Descendant of Sergt. John Roll, of New Jersey.
Daughter of Samuel Eaton Stafford and Melissa Cory, his wife.
[p.370] Granddaughter of Elnathan Cory and Hannah Jennings, his wife.
Gr-granddaughter of Thomas Cory (1739-1813) and Jane Roll, his wife.
Gr-gr-granddaughter of John Roll and Elizabeth —, his wife.
John Roll served as sergeant in Capt. Peter Layton's company of Morris County, New Jersey militia. His will was probated 1782.
Also Nos. 20632, 28371.

Source: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Vol. XLIX. page 370.

Mrs. Martha M. Stafford Brake

DAR ID Number: 49218
Born in Osborne, Ohio.
Descendant of Sergt. John Roll, of New Jersey.
Daughter of Samuel Eaton Stafford and Melissa Cory, his wife.
Granddaughter of Elnathan Cory and Hannah Jennings, his wife.
Gr-granddaughter of Thomas Cory (1738-1813) and Jane Roll (1743-1828), his wife.
Gr-gr-granddaughter of John Roll and Elizabeth Roll, his wife.
John Roll served as sergeant in Capt. Peter Layton's company of Morris County, New Jersey, militia. His will was probated in 1782.
Also Nos. 20632, 28371.

Source: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Vol. L. page 97.

Miss Myda Lucile Cross

DAR ID Number: 49919
Born in Topeka, Kans.
Descendant of John Roll, of New Jersey.
Daughter of Robert S. Cross and Mary Jane Keifer, his wife.
Granddaughter of David Cross and Rhoda W. Cory, his wife.
Gr-granddaughter of Elnathan Cory and Hannah Jennings, his wife.
Gr-gr-granddaughter of Thomas Cory and Jane Roll, his wife.
Gr-gr-gr-granddaughter of John Roll and Elizabeth Roll, his wife.
John Roll served as sergeant in Capt. Peter Layton's company of Morris County militia. His will was probated 1782. His son John was a minute man.
Also No. 20632.

Source: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Vol. L. page 411.

Mrs. Emma Cook Woodford

DAR ID Number: 56266
Born in Clark County, Ohio.
Wife of John T. Woodford.
Descendant of Sergt. John Roll, of New Jersey.
Daughter of Andrew J. Cook and Ann Elder Stephens, his wife.
Granddaughter of Robert Stephens, M. D., and Rhoda W. Cory, his wife.
Gr-granddaughter of Elnathan Cory and Hannah Jennings, his wife.
Gr-gr-granddaughter of Thomas Cory (1739-1813) and Jane Roll, his wife.
Gr-gr-gr-granddaughter of John Roll and Elizabeth —, his wife.
John Roll served as sergeant in Capt. Peter Layton's company, Morris County, New Jersey militia. His will was probated, 1782.
Also Nos. 20632, 28371, 48821.

Source: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Vol. LVII. page 92.

Mrs. Mary A. Klingaman

DAR ID Number: 60953
Born in Enon, Ohio.
Wife of Frank Klingaman.
Descendant of Sergt. John Roll.
Daughter of Robert S. Cross and Mary Jane Keifer, his wife.
Granddaughter of David Cross and Rhoda W. Cory, his wife.
Gr-granddaughter of Elnathan Cory and Hannah Jennings, his wife.
Gr-gr-granddaughter of Thomas Cory and Jane Roll, his wife.
Gr-gr-gr-granddaughter of John Roll and Elizabeth —, his wife.
John Roll served as sergeant in Capt. Peter Layton's company of Morris County, New Jersey militia. His will was probated 1782. His son John was a minute man.
Also No. 49919.

Source: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Vol. LXI. page 319.

Mrs. Mary E. Gahagan Clyde

DAR ID Number: 65947
Born in Troy, Ohio.
Wife of George M. Clyde.
Descendant of Maj. Robert Culbertson and of Sergt. John Roll.
Daughter of William Henry Harrison Gahagan and Hannah M. Smith, his wife.
Granddaughter of William Hamer Gahagan and Hester Lintzy Culbertson, his wife; David J. Smith and Sally Cory, his wife.
Gr-granddaughter of Robert Culbertson and Mary (Culbertson), his wife; Elnathan Cory and Hannah Jennings, his wife.
Gr-gr-granddaughter of Robert Culbertson (parents of Mary); Thomas Cory and Jane Roll, his wife.
Gr-gr-gr-granddaughter of John Roll and Elizabeth —, his wife.
Robert Culbertson served as major, 1780, of the 6th battalion, and later as sub-lieutenant. He was born in "Culbertson's Row" died, 1820, in Providence, Pa.
Also No. 25498.
John Roll, served as sergeant in Capt. Peter Layton's company of Morris County, New Jersey militia. His will was probated 1782. His son John was a minute man.
Also No. 60953.

Source: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Vol. LXVI. page 327.

Miss Anna Gertrude Munn

DAR ID Number: 77504
Descendant of Sergt. John Roll, of New Jersey.
Daughter of Albert E. Munn (1851-88) and Emma Cook (b. 1859), his wife, m. 1882.
[p.193] Granddaughter of Andrew Jackson Cook and Ann Elder Stephens, his wife.
Gr-granddaughter of Dr. Robert Stephens and Rhoda W. Cory, his wife.
Gr-gr-granddaughter of Elnathan Cory and Hannah Jennings, his wife.
Gr-gr-gr-granddaughter of Thomas Cory (1739-1813) and Jane Roll, his wife.
Gr-gr-gr-gr-granddaughter of John Roll and Elizabeth —, his wife.
John Roll served as sergeant in Capt. Peter Layton's company of Morris County, New Jersey militia. His will was probated, 1782.
Also Nos. 20632, 28371, 48821.

Source: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Vol. LXXVIII. page 193.

Mrs. Anna Mary Roll Wilson

DAR ID Number: 101407
Born in Westfield, N. J.
Wife of Charles LeGrand Wilson.
Descendant of Sergt. John Roll, Isaac Roll, and John Earl, as follows: 1. William Henry Roll (1830-68) m. 1854 Abby Scott Crane (1832-66).
2. Wesley Roll (1801-55) m. 1824 Ann Roll (1802-72).
3. John Roll (1765-1810) m. 1785 Mary Earl (1768-1852).
4. Isaac Roll m. Sarah Cauldwell; John Earl m. Joanna Howard (1735-1880).
5. John Roll m. Elizabeth —.
John Roll served as sergeant in Capt. Peter Layton's company of Morris County, New Jersey militia. He died in Elizabeth Township, N. J., and in 1782 his will was probated.
Isaac Roll served as teamster in the quartermaster's department of New Jersey militia. He was born and died in New Jersey.
John Earl (1723-99) was a member of the Committee of Observation of Newark, N. J. He was born in Secaucus, Hudson County, N. J.; died in Middleville, N. J.

Source: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Vol. CII. page 122.

Mrs. Annie Lucinda Roll Stratemeyer

DAR ID Number: 106043
Born in Ovid, N. Y.
Wife of Maurice H. Stratemeyer.
Descendant of Sergt. John Roll, Isaac Roll, and John Earl, as follows: 1. Jonathan Smith Roll (1828-1904) m. 1852 Lucinda Kidd (1834-1902).
2. Wesley Roll (1801-55) m. 1824 Ann Smith (1802-72).
3. John Roll (1765-1810) m. 1785 Mary Earl (1768-1852).
4. Isaac Roll m. Sarah Cauldwell; John Earl m. Joanna Howard (1735-1800).
5. John Roll m. Elizabeth —.
John Roll served as sergeant in Capt. Peter Layton's company of Morris County, New Jersey militia. He died in Elizabeth Township, New Jersey, where in 1782 his will was probated.
Isaac Roll served as teamster in the quartermaster's department, New Jersey militia. He was born and died in Springfield, Union County, N. J.
John Earl (1723-99) was a member of the Committee of Observation of Newark, N. J., 1774. He was born in Secaucus, Hudson County; died in Middleville, N. J. Also No. 101407.

Source: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Vol. CVII. page 13.