William Henry Roll

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Joseph Martin Roll
Judge, coal and lumber dealer, and genealogist

Spouse(s): Harriet Hattie M. Price
Family tree: Joseph Martin Roll (1843-1916)


When Joseph Martin Roll was born on August 29, 1843, in Springfield, New Jersey, his father, James, was 26 and his mother, Hannah, was 23. He married Harriet Hattie M. Price about 1815. They had two children during their marriage. He died on August 11, 1916, in Washington, New Jersey, at the age of 72, and was buried in Springfield, New Jersey.

He styled himself "J. Martin Roll." Some secondary sources give him the name "James Martin Roll," but this is an error stemming from Richard Timbrook Wilson's Genealogy of the Roll Family. His name as "Joseph Martin Roll" is confirmed in the 1850 federal census.

J. Martin Roll Pits Himself Against the Harlem Wheelmen

Harlem Wheelmen

J. Martin Roll v. the Harlem Wheelmen
Source: New York Tribune (New York, New York), Monday, October 25, 1897, p. 10.

Mr. Roll a Candidate for Senator


Assemblyman Roll a candidate
New York Tribune (New York, New York), Wednesday, June 28, 1899, p. 11.

Judge Roll Rules Himself Guilty

Police Judge Fines Self $5

New York, Oct 16 - Police Justice J. Martin Roll, of South Orange, N.J., arraigned himself yesterday on a charge of violating a village ordinance, pleaded guilty and fined himself as per the following monologue:

"J. Martin Roll, you are charged by Policeman Aber with allowing one of your employees to tie his horse to a tree in Church street, this village. How do you plead, guilty or not guilty?"

"Guilty," he continued.

"I fine you $5," added the judge to himself, and dipping into his pocket he paid the fine.

Judge Roll is head of the firm of Roll & Stickley, coal and lumber dealers. William Jackson, one of the drivers, had tied the horse to the tree.

Source: Rocky Mountain News. Denver, Colorado, Thursday, October 19, 1911, p. 5.


Until one month before his death, he resided in South Orange, Essex County, New Jersey. He was at one time a member of the Legislature of New Jersey. At the time of his death the following obituary appeared in the Elizabeth Daily Journal (Elizabeth, New Jersey) under the date of August 12, 1916:

J. Martin Roll Springfield, Aug. 12

In failing health for more than a year, former Police Justice J. Martin Roll, who resided in South Orange Village until a month ago, died yesterday at his home in Washington, N. J. Although in bad health, Mr. Roll, who at one time was a member of the Legislature and the Board of Freeholders of Essex County, attended to his business until recently. During the past few weeks his health broke down rapidly and ten days ago he was forced to take to his bed. Death was due to an acute attack of Bright's disease.

Mr Roll was a native of Springfield where he was born August 29th, 1843. His ancestors were among the early Dutch settlers of the Mohawk, and in 1743 they setled in Plainfield. Besides the State and County office he held, Mr. Roll served as a member of the Springfield Township Committee and the Board of Health of this Municipality, being president of the latter several years. In South Orange Village politics he was a strong adherent for the Citizens party. He was a Rebublican.

Source: Genealogy of the Roll Family, p. 150.