m. 27 NOV 1907
Facts and Events
How David met Catherine Lennon
Source: Personal interviews with David Hedges Roll, Sr. by his son William Henry Roll.
David said on several occasions that he found his million dollar baby at a 5 and 10 cent store on account of the fact that he met his future wife Catherine Lennon at McCrorey's 5 and 10 Cent Store. There was a popular song at the time titled "I Found My Million Dollar Baby at a 5 and 10 Cent Store."
David met Catherine for the first time at J.G. McCrory's five and dime store, where she was a clerk.
Source: Family tradition. | A branch of the family descended from the kings of France [probably Jean Gaston, who, it was suggested, was the son of Philip IV of France. --There is no proof of any of this. | One of the ancestors with the surname Roll was a Hessian soldier serving with the British in the Revolution [probably John Roll, husband of Elizabeth Strickhouser. John was not German, but Elizabeth was born in Germany. [John Littell in his "Family Records or Genealogies of the First Settlers of Passaic Valley and Vicinity Above Chatham" claimed that John Roll was a German.] --This claim contains a small grain of truth, but also a big error.
Two family bibles
Source: The David Hedges Roll, Sr., family bible (presented in 1925 by Pierce A. Chamberlain, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Verona, N. J.) | [Pierce A. Chamberlain and his family are listed in the 1920 federal census, Essex Co., NJ, Verona Boro, Newark, ED#317, sheet 7A (image 13 of 23), lines 31-36]
Source: William Henry Roll, son of David Hedges Roll, Sr. | There are two family bibles for the David and Catherine (Lennon) Roll family. David was Presbyterian, and Catherine and the children were Roman Catholic. | 1- The David Hedges Roll, Sr., family bible (Presbyterian) 2- The David Hedges Roll, Sr., and Catherine (Lennon) Roll family bible (Roman Catholic) | The information in the two bibles overlaps.
Source: David Hedges Roll, Sr. family bible, in the possession of William Henry Roll, Blythe, California, 1998. | [presentation page, first page] 1925 Presented to David H. Roll by The First Presbyterian Church Verona, N. J. Pierce A. Chamberlain Pastor Psalm 119: 105 | [after New Testament title page] Family Register | Married Catherine Lennon 6-22-'41 Ch. of Our Lady of Mercy, Whippany, New Jersey | [infirmation about the three living sons are listed here] | DEATHS Eliza Dickens: Feb. 13, 1919 Brownie: Jul 31, 1929 6:00 P.M. [The pet dog of David Hedges Roll, Sr., run over by car on street in front of his home.] Henry Roll: George Dickens: Harry Dickens: March 11, 1922 Margaret Dickens Roll 1940 William Henry Roll 1941 Sarah Shipman Roll Howard Roll Ruth Anderson Roll (at 78) 4-'72 Joseph Roll William Enos Roll April 27, 1976 Ruth Dickens Emerson Nov. 24, 1896; Apr. 15, 1982 My beloved wife Catherine Dec. 20, 1988
Source: Marriage Certificate. [From the document in possession of William Henry Roll, Blythe, CA.] | David Hedges Roll married Catherine Lennon June 22, 1941 at the rectory of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, Whippany, New Jersey. Witnesses Mrs. Harold Downs and William Enos Roll.
Source: William Henry Roll, Blythe, California. | Because David Hedges Roll was a non-Catholic, the marriage was performed in the church rectory. Papers had to be signed that the children of David and Catherine would be raised as Roman Catholics.
Source: Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni. <http://www.cccalumni.org/index.html> | Project Company Date Railroad Post Office S-52 1276 11/09/33 Hackettstown Hackettstown Note: The "S" in the project number S-52 stands for "State Forest."
Civilian Conservation Corps
Source: Letter. [From the document in possession of William Henry Roll, Blythe, CA.] | Company 1276 Camp #27, Hackettstown, New Jersey | September 29, 1934 | To Whom It May Concern: | David Roll has worked as a carpenter, painter, and all-around mechanic at this camp for the past five months. During this time I have found him capable and conscientious. He always obeyed orders cheerfully and without question | He left this camp coluntarily at the expiration of his entrollment. |
1st Lt., Inf. Construction Officer
Source: Document. [From the document in possession of William Henry Roll, Blythe, CA.] | Certificate of Discharge from Civilian Conservation Corps | To All Whom It May Concern: This is to certify that David H. Roll, CCC2-73788, a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps, who was entrolled November 10, 1933, at Camp Dix, N. J., is hereby discharged therefrom, by reason of Expiration of Enrollment. Said David H. Roll, CCC2-73788 was born in Newark, in the State of New Jersey. When enrolled he was Twentyone years of age and by occupation a None. He had Blue eyes, Brown Hair, Fair complexion, and was Five feet 10-1/2 inches in height. His color was white. Given under my hand at Hackettstown, N. J., this thirtieth day of September, one thousand nine hundred and thirty-four. | /ss/ K. D. Sabin, Capt. Inf-Res., Commanding
Source: Roll, David H., Sr. "Personal History of David H. Roll." Document, 1958. [From the document in possession of William Henry Roll, Blythe, CA.] | Statistics: Born June 3, 1913, at Newark, New Jersey Height: 6 feet Weight: 260 pounds Married, 3 children | Education: Completed four (4) years' course in Industrial Arts at the Verona, New Jersey, High School. Majored in mathematics and mechanical drawing. Graduated in 1932. After graduation returned to this school for one post-graduate year in mechanical drawing and methematics. | Experience: 1951 to Present [August 1, 1958] Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation, since 1954 - Convair Division of General Dynamics Corporation. First employed as a design draftsman and assigned to the Electronics Laboratories. Was shortly promoted to Design Engineer. While in the Electronics Engineering Laboratories, designed cabinets, ground stationed and airborne packages, including printed circuits, potting, microwave components, and some servo-mechanisms. With the formation of the new Astronautics Division of Convair in 1956, was transferred to this new Division and promoted to the position of Senior Design Engineer. At Astronautics, was in charge of the design of an airborne transponder which included design and development of subminiature packaging of electronic equipment subject to rigid shock and vibration specifications. More recently, have been doing extensive work on intricate microwave transmission lines. | page 2 | 1950-1951 Allan Engineering Company Lock Street Newark, New Jersey This Company does contract drafting, therefore was assigned to work at the Military Electronics Department of Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc., at Whippany, New Jersey, as a layout draftsman. At the Laboratories did layout work in the design of shipboard and ground based electronic equipment. This Included design of cabinetry and packaging of components into chassis. In 1951 moved to California with family. | 1948-1950 Tolan Machinery Company Port Street Port Newark, New Jersey In 1948 Mr. Landgraber, formerly with Hensen Machinery Company, left Jensen to form his own company and offered Mr. Roll the position of chief draftsman. This concern manufactured the same line of products as Jensen, with the addition of large stainless steel storage tanks for milk, ice cream mix, liquid sugar, flavors, etc.; also production machines for dipping, coating, and bagging ice cream confections. Left this position for a trip to California with family. | 1942-1948 Jensen Machinery Company Locust Avenue Bloomfield, New Jersey Held positions of draftsman, designer and estimator with company. Jensen Machinery Company was one of the largest manufacturers of stainless steel food processing equipment. Started as draftsman but in a short time became chief draftsman, with several other draftsmen under direct supervision. Designed and detailed such products as pasteurizers, fan type milk and wort coolers, yeast dissolvers, autoclaves, pressure and vacuum tanks to code, heat exchangers, coils and all types of agitators and mixers. In conjunction with these items, made plant layouts for customers with all necessary pump and piping details. This piping was of the the 3A sanitary type for food products, as well as standard piping for steam, city water, ammonia, etc. During World War II Jansen Machinery Company fabricated engine mounts for Chance-Vought Aircraft and Curtis-Wright. Mr. Roll designed and detailed welding and drilling jigs for the fabrication of these engine mounts. Left this postion to accept postion with Tolan Machinery Company. | Societies: Associate Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers... | August 1, 1958.
David was employed about 1940 at Essex County Hospital for the Insane (Overbrook).