William Henry Roll

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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. --Laurence Binyon,"Ode of Remembrance"

I have gathered a posie of other men's flowers, and nothing but the string that binds them is mine own. --Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Documenting your family history is a lifelong pursuit, a task of pleasure and research that is never completely finished.

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

St. Basil of Caesarea, born about 330 A.D., said, "A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love."


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John Eddy Roll
Acquaintance of Abraham Lincoln

Spouse(s): Phoebe D. Roll, Catherine Theobald Schuster
Family tree: John Eddy Roll 1853-1934


When John Eddy Roll and his twin sister Mary Elizabeth were born on September 14, 1853, in Tulare County, California, their father, Alpheus, was 22 and their mother, Mary, was 25. He married Phoebe D. Roll and they had two children together. He then married Catherine Theobald Schuster and they had three children together. He died on December 14, 1934, at the age of 81.

See also: Nunamaker, Erika. "Lincoln's Pursuit of 'Egalitarian Refinement': Evidence from His Mahogany Sofa." Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association. Volume 28, Issue 1, Winter 2007, pp. 30-51.

See also: Abraham Lincoln's contemporaries: John E. Roll, Excerpts from newspapers and other sources, 1932. Repository: Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection.