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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Wesley Roll
Spouse of a Disowned Quaker

Spouse(s): Anna Brotherton Smith
Family tree: Wesley Roll 1801-1855

Wesley Roll's farm

Wesley Roll's farm is marked "V. Roll" in the lower left of the 1850 map.

Quaker meeting house

The Quaker meeting house, 1788

The Plainfield Meeting House

Planifield, located in northeastern New Jersey in Union County, was founded by Quakers in 1684. The city is south of the Watchung Mountains. Both Wesley Roll, 1801-1855, and his wife Anne Smith Roll, 1802-1872, are buried at the Friends Burial Ground, Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey. Wesley (spelled Vesley Roll on the cemetery map) is buried in Plot #283 located in Row I. Anne (spelled Anna on the grave stone) is buried in Plot #284 in Row I.

Wesley's and Anne's gravestones

Wesley Roll's gravestone is in the foreground
Anne Smith Roll's behind.
There is nothing legible on Wesley's stone.

The top of Anne Smith Roll's gravestone

The top of Anne Smith Roll's gravestone

The photographs and search were by Alan Taplow and David Casterline of the Quaker Meeting, Plainfield, New Jersey. The information and photographs are reproduced here with their permission.

Alan Taplow has a listing of those buried in the cemetery at the Friends Meeting House in Plainfield, New Jersey at Plainfield Burial Ground

For more information about the Quaker Meeting House in Plainfield, New Jersey, see The Plainfield, New Jersey Meeting House