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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

Table of Contents

The Roll Family Theme Song

Crown of Thorns Hermitage

Priming the Genealogical Well

The Genealogical Data


The Roll Family Database

Genealogy of the New Jersey Rolls

The Families

The Origin of the Roll Family

The Origin of the Name Mangel Rol
The Earliest Roll Ancestor

The Gaston Family

The Lennon Family

I Did Not Die

The Ships

Bought and Sold for English Gold
The Caledonia and the Darien Disaster

The Places

§1. The Fatherlands

America! America! God shed his grace on thee...
Our Homeland

Lady Liberty
I lift my lamp beside the golden door

God Save the King
A Dual Anthem

Het Wilhelmus
The Dutch National Anthem

§2. Places in General

Where on Earth
Historic or current place names?

New Jersey Counties

§3. The Roll Ancestors in North America

The Hometown of the William Henry Roll Family
Blythe, California

Jacob Adriaensen Van Woggelum's Albany Lot, 1652

The New Netherland Frontier
The Original Canastagione Deed, 1682
The Clifton Park Patent Map, 1682
The Location of Canastagione in 1749
Maps Showing the Location of Canastagione in 1866

Willow Brook, 1740
The Three Soldiers Lots

The Anthony and Abigail Swaim House, 1744

§4. Roll Ancestors in Europe

The Town of Wognum
North Holland, the Netherlands

The Wognumse Buurt
Alkmaar, North Holland, the Netherlands

The Spiringbuurt
Alkmaar, North Holland, the Netherlands

§5. Unconnected Families in Europe

Unconnected Roll Families in the Netherlands

Unconnected Roll Families in Other Parts of Europe
in the 16th, 17th, and 18th Centuries

The Churches

§1. The Reformed Dutch Church

History of the Early Reformed Dutch Church
New Amsterdam, New Netherland
(external link)

Church Order of the Dutch Reformed Church
The book of discipline

Liturgy of the Reformed Dutch Church

The Port Richmond Reformed Dutch Church

§2. The Presbyterian Church

The First Presbyterian Church
Springfield, Union, New Jersey

The Records

§1. Roll Family Records

A Letter From Genealogist R. J. Franz

The Jonathan Smith Roll Family Bible

Variant Surname Spellings
There were no fixed spellings for surnames in times past. A chart shows some variants with secondary source references.

§2. General Records
Containing References to the Roll Family

New Jersey

Reformed Dutch Church Records Online

Genealogies of the First Settlers of Passaic Valley
John Littell, 1851

Year Book of the Holland Society of New York, 1915
Burials in the Village of Bergen in New Jersey

New York

Year Book of the Holland Society of New York, 1916
Domine Selyns' Records

Domine Selyns' Streets
An Analysis

Eglise Françoise à la Nouvelle York
Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1688 to 1804

The Staten Island Census

Census of Slaves
North Division, Staten Island, 1755

§3. Records at Other Sites

Free Online Records
New Jersey and New York

§4. Help Interpreting the Records

Interpreting Roman Numerals

Double Dating
1695/96 or 1696 N. S.
From the Julian to the Gregorian Calendar

Help for Interpretation of Records in French


Jan Janszoon Van Haarlem, aka Murad Reis
The Pirate King of the Barbary Coast

Adriaen Joosten and Anneken Pieters
The Van Woggelum Ancestors
c.1591-c.1651 and c.1591-1699

Johan Maurits of Nassau-Siegen
The Governor-General of Recife, Pernambuco, New Holland
a very distant relative

Jan Mangels and Tryntje Van Woggelum
The First American Roll Ancestors

Jacob and Pieter Adriaensen Van Woggelum
The Soogemackelyck Brothers
c.1616-c.1659 and c.1620-c.1681

Domine Henricus Selyns
The Poet's Christmas Verse
Selyns added one verse to a popular anthem.
This article needs to be corrected!

Joshua Mersereau, Sr.
The Huguenot Refugee

Balthasar Strickhäuser and Catharina Kröbel
The Cooper and the Frozen Rhine
1664-c.1724 and ?

Mangle Janse Roll
The Mariners of Turtle Bay

John and Joshua Mersereau
The Transportation Entrepreneurs
1732-1820 and 1728-1804

John Mercereau
The Rebel Spy

John Kidd
The Tragedy at the Blazing Star

Baltus Roll
The Murder On A Mountain Top

Edward Roll
The Sliding Grave

Wesley and Anne Smith Roll
The Quakers
1801-1855 and 1802-1872

Elizabeth Roll Thompson
The Medicine Woman

Philip John Lennon
The Professor of Dead Languages

The Lincoln Dog Fido
The Tragic Tale

Joseph Hedges Roll and Anna Louise Larson
The Horse Soldier and His Swedish Bride

Maurice Stratemeyer and Annie Roll
The Tobacconist and Musician
1854-1920 and 1860-1957

William Henry Roll
The Trolley Accident

Charlotte Rebecca Woglom
The Van Woggelum Family Genealogist

Louis Kraus and Elsie Dickens
The Amusement Park Owners
Bertrand Island Amusement Park, Mt. Arlington, NJ
c. 1890- and 1892-

Gilbert Totten Woglom
The Kite Inventor

Donald Evans
The Amsterdam Artist

David Hedges Roll, Sr.
The Civilian Conservation Corpsman

History and Literature

§1. Maps and Views in general

Manhattan in 1639

Markveldt And't Water in 1652
J. H. Innes

New Amsterdam in 1685
Nicolaes Visscher

The Dutch Boroughs of Brooklyn

§2. History

Year Book of the Holland Society of New York, 1917
The Story of New Amsterdam

The Old Fort in New York
Appleton's Journal

The New Amsterdam Windmills

Old New York
C. H. Jones reviews Martha J. Lamb's book

Patatine Germans to New York in 1710
Peter Ashby

Notes About the Dutch Companies

The Charter of the Dutch West India Company

§3. Literature

The Vale of Tawasentha
Jan Mangels, the Roll ancestor walked the Vale of Tawasentha many times by the alders in the spring, the summer, the autumn, and the winter.

Peter Stuyvesant's New Year's Call
Edmund Clarence Stedman

Genealogical Resources

Serendipitous Possibilities
Important discoveries in unexpected places


Free Digital Texts Online
Many Books Useful to the Genealogist

Roll Family Resources
on the Internet

A Description of RootsWeb Resources

A Description of FamilySearch Resources

Genealogical and Historical Societies

Libraries with Genealogical Resources


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