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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Richard Timbrook Wilson

Spouse(s): Bertha Broad Berry
Family tree: Richard Timbrook Wilson 1880-1932

Richard T. Wilson

Richard Timbrook Wilson
from his obituary in
The Ridgefield Herald
Vol. 34, No. 17, 28 Dec 1932, p. 1 f.

A Collection of Notes

Richard Timbrook Wilson, first child of Charles Legrand Wilson and Legrand Morehouse, and Marion Culver Hutchinson Wilson, of Elijah and Susan P. Oakley Wilson, and Anna Mary Roll, of William Henry and Abby Scott Crane Roll, B- 3rd March 1880, in Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey, M- 23rd Nov. 1904, in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, Bertha Broad, eighth child of John and Mary Broad Berry. Is the compiler of this genealogy, which was started, November 1909, while he and his wife were living in Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia.

Source: Wilson, Richard Timbook. Genealogy of the Roll Family. Ridgewood, Bergen County, New Jersey 1921. p. 177.

The Wilson home

The Wilson home, 1919

Source: "The Ridgewood Herald Illustrated Supplement," (no pagination). The Ridgewood Herald. Ridgewood, Vol. XXI, No. 9, January 2, 1919. Bergen, New Jersey, USA. Repository: Ridgewood Public Library, 125 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450. Residence of Mr. and Mrs. Richard T. Wilson, Bellaire Road, Ridgewood.

Wilson, Richard T. (1880-1932) was the town historian for Ridgewood, New Jersey, and author. The most useful of his books is Genealogy of the Roll Family: Ancestry and Descendants of John Roll of Elizabethtown Township Essex County, New Jersey, and Allied Families Of Brotherton, Burrows, Cory, Crane, Earl, Norris, Schooley, Smith, Vreeland, Wade, Willson and Woolley.


The writer's feelings, however, have been most ably expressed in the following lines reprinted by the Newark, N.J. News, May 31, 1913, from the Journal of the Illinois Historical Society which printed them in connection with sketches of Revolutionary Soldiers and were quoted without indication of source.


To Our Forefathers' Graves

Beneath the roots of tangled weeds,
Afar in country graveyards lie
The sturdy men whose uncrowned deeds
Have stamped this nation's destiny.

We praise the present stock and man,
But have we ever thought to praise,
The strong, still humble lives that ran
The deep-cut channels of those days?

Beneath these tottering slabs of slate,
Whose tribute moss and molds efface,
Sleeps the calm dust that made us great.
The true substratum of our race.

Source: Wilson, Richard Timbook. Genealogy of the Roll Family. Ridgewood, Bergen County, New Jersey 1921. p.11

Source: The original source for the poem To Our Forefather's Graves is: Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, Vol. 5. Springfield: Illinois State Historical Society, 1912, p. 381.


Richard T. Wilson owned Beechwood Reaty Co., Ridgewood, New Jersey

Mr. Richard T. Wilson was appointed Postmaster to succeed Mr. Stoneall on April 1, 1931. It is interesting to note that by this time the population of Ridgewood was 12,250 and the annual receipts of the Post Office amounted to $90,100. a year. Upon the recommendations of the Chamber of Commerce an additional substation was established for the convenience of the residents on the East side in Irving's Drug Store at the corner of North Maple Avenue and East Ridgewood Avenue. Mr. Wilson's term was brought to a close by his untimely death on December 28, 1932 and then Assistant Postmaster Emil R. Peterson was officially assigned to take charge of the Post Office pending the appointment of an Acting Postmaster. On January 13, 1933 Mr. Albert D. Brooks was appointed Acting Postmaster and he remained in office until August 11, 1933.

Source: Perry, Harold D. A Postal History of Bergen County. Hackensack, N.J: Hackensack Philatelic Society, 1940, p.33.


Wilson, Richard T., Ed. Ridgewood, Bergen County, New Jersey, Past and Present. Ridgewood, N.J: Citizens Semi-Centennial Association, 1916.