William Henry Roll

Welcome to the new and improved Roll Family Windmill website! We have upgraded our authoring tools to design and create content and present it to you with style. We will be better able to maintain content and share information about the genealogy of the Roll and allied families.

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."


This website was created the old-fashioned way; it has been hand coded.

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William Henry Roll
Jacumba, San Diego County, California

Blythe, California

Dear Visitor,

A good portion of the Netherlands, the birthplace of Jan Mangels Rol, the progenitor of the Roll family in America, is below sea level. Because the fresh water in most places was shallow and the land beneath rich, dikes and windmills were built to pump out the water.

Our windmill logo is a sample from the well-illustrated book about all kinds of Dutch windmills: The Dutch Windmill, by Frederick Stokhuyzen. We chose the windmolen as the logo for The Roll Family Windmill: Genealogy of the Roll and Allied Families because it was most often a poldermolen, pumping water to uncover rich fields for farming. Similarly, rich genealogical sources are being revealed for research. A surprising collection of ancestors have been discovered.

Please remember, though, that everything here is the product of an amateur genealogist: the worst kind. Genealogy, like history, is an art and not a science. Some genealogies are better than others; almost all contain fairy tales. You must not believe anything you read in such works unless you are able to prove the information yourself. Although I believe there are unchangeable systems of truth, genealogy is just not one of them.

I hope you enjoy your visit to the Windmill as much as I have enjoyed the many thousands of hours constructing it.

William Henry Roll