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William Henry Roll
Source: David Hedges Roll, Sr. family bible, in the possession of William Henry Roll, Blythe, California, 1998. | [under PARENTS' NAMES] PARENTS' NAMES Husband, William Henry Roll Born, May 27, 1885, Died Apr. 28, 1941 | Wife, Margaret Dickens Roll Born, Oct. 1, 1883; Died May 12, 1940 | Married at Newark, N. J. Thomas O. Coultas Minister of the Gospel | CHILDREN'S NAMES William Enos Roll Born Mar. 10, 1909 [d] 4-27-1976 Baptised June 14, 1914 at 2nd Pres. Church, Newark, N. J. Dr. [Pleasant] Hunter | David Hedges Roll Born: June 3, 1913 Baptised June 14, 1914 at 2nd Pres Church, Newark, N. J. Dr. [Pleasant] Hunter
Source: Note paper in David Hedges Roll, Sr. family bible, in the possession of William Henry Roll, Blythe, California, 1998. | Margaret Roll 1883-1940 William H. Roll 1885-1941 | Prospect Hill Cemetery Grave #9 Row E Section P. S. 5 | opposite public school on Prospect Street | Visit Oct. 20, 1971 by Dave and Catherine Roll | [David Hedges Roll, son, and wife Catherine Lennon Roll. Attached to the paper are two maple (?) leaves with fall colors.]
Source: Printed document. "Special Orders, No. 235. State of New Jersey, Office of the Adjutant General, Trenton, July 17, 1917." 4 pp. [From the document in possession of William Henry Roll, Blythe, CA. 1999.] | In persuance of authority contained in telegram from Militia Bureau, June 12, 1917, the following named enlisted men, having dependent relatives, are discharged from the National Guard Reserve, effective this date: .... Private William H. Roll [Mr. Roll's name appears on the first of four pages of names.] .... By order of the Governor, Charles W. Barber, The adjutant General.
Source: Note by David H. Roll, Sr. [From the undated document in possession of William Henry Roll, Blythe, CA.] | William H. Roll was a Private in Company E, First Regiment, Infantry, New Jersey National Guard. He was called into federal service during the Mexican Border Incident in 1915-1916. He was honorable discharged August 31, 1917, due to dependent relatives.
Source: Document. [From the document in possession of William Henry Roll, Blythe, CA.] | National Guard of New Jersey To all whom it may concern: | Know ye that William H. Roll a Private, Company E, 1st Regiment, Infantry, National Guard, who was furloughed to the National Guard Reserve on the twenty-eighth day of September, one thousand nine hundred and sixteen for a period of three years, is hereby Honorably Discharged from the National Guard of the State of New Jersey, by reason of S. O. No. 135, A. G. O., dated July 17, 1917, dependent relatives, and is entitled to exemption from all military duty. | Given under my hand at Trenton, this thirty-first day of August, one thousand nine hundred and seventeen. | By order of the Governor. Fredrick Grekyson Acting The Adjutant General. | [Reverse of document] Military Record Serving in first enlistment at date of discharge. Previous service: enalisted as Private, September 29, 1913. Source: Document [From the document in possession of William Henry Roll, Blythe, CA.] | State of New Jersey Office of the Adjutant General Trenton, February 15, 1934. | It is certified, That the records of this office show that William H. Roll enlisted as a Private, Company E, ist Regiment, Infantry, New Jersey National Guard, September 29, 1913; transferred to the National Guard Reserve, September 28, 1916; honorably discharged July 17, 1917, account of dependent relatives. | William A. Higgins The Adjutant General.
The following obituary appeared in the April 29, 1941 edition of the Elizabeth Daily Journal newspaper: | WILLIAM H. ROLL | VERONA, April 29. - William H. Roll, 56 years old, of 182 Grove avenue, a native of Elizabeth, real estate broker here for twenty-four years, died yesterday at his home after a month's illness. He was the husband of the late Margaret Dickens Roll. He came to this town in 1917. Mr. Roll was a member of the Verona Presbyterian Church and Oriental Lodge, F. & A. M., of Newark. | Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Sarah Shipman Roll, of Newark; two sons, William E. and David H. Roll, both of Verona, and two brothers, Howard Roll, of Goshen, Ind., and Joseph Roll of Three Rivers, Mich.
Source: Newark Evening News, Tuesday, April 29, 1941. | William H. Roll | William H. Roll, 56, Verona real estate broker, died yesterday at his home, 182 Grove avenue, Verona, after a month's illness. | Born in Elizabeth, he had lived in Verona 24 years. He was a member of Oriental Lodge, F. & A. M., Newark. | Mr. Roll leaves two sons, William E. and David H. Roll, and his mother, Mrs. Sarah Shipman, all of Verona. Funeral services will be tomorrow at his home with the Rev. Charles G. Richards, pastor of Verona Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery.
Source: Undated newspaper clipping. | William H. Roll | William Henry Roll, 55, Verona real estate broker, died yesterday at his home, 182 Grove Avenue, of a heart ailment after an illness of one month. Born in Elizabeth, he had lived in Newark before coming to Verona twenty-four years ago. | Mr. Roll was a member of the Oriental Lodge of Masons, Newark, and Verona Presbyterian Church. His wife, Mrs. Margaret Dickens, Roll died on Mothers' Day last year. He leaves his mother, Mrs. Sarah Shipman Roll of Newark, and two sons, William E. Roll and David H. Roll, both of Verona.
Source: Undated newspaper clipping. | ROLL--At Verona, N. J., on Monday, April 28, 1941. William H., husband of the late Margaret Dickens Roll, and father of William E. and David H. Roll and son of Sarah Shipman Roll. Service will be held at his home, 182 Grove avenue, Verona, Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock.
In Jan., 1916, a group of Americans were shot by bandits in Chihuahua, and on Mar. 9, 1916, some of Mexican military leader "El Tigre del Norte" Francisco "Pancho" Villa's men raided the town of Columbus, New Mexico, killing some American citizens. It is not certain that Villa participated in these assaults, but he was universally held responsible. President Wilson ordered a punitive expedition under Gen. John J. "Black Jack" Pershing to capture Villa dead or alive. The expedition pursued Villa through Chihuahua for 11 months, March 1916 to February 1917. Advanced elements of the expedition penetrated as far as Parral, some 400 miles south of the border, but failed in its objective. The American soldiers came back with a thick coating of adobe dust, and hence were called "los adobes," or, as the Americans pronounced it, "the doughboys."
"Villa is everywhere but Villa is nowhere" was the telegraphed message sent to Washington D. C. by General John J. Pershing after failing to capture the elusive and brilliant military strategist of the Mexican Revolution. Pershing and his Punitive Expedition, that included a young lieutenant by the name of George S. Patton, who was getting experience in motorized warfare by using one-and-a-half ton Dodge trucks for supply, had gone deep into Mexico in search of General Francisco Villa after Villa and about 485 of his "Dorados del Norte" had successfully crossed the United States border and raided the small town of Columbus, New Mexico, on March 9, 1916 to collect a debt owed him by two unscrupulous brothers, Sam and Louis Ravel. The scammers had failed to deliver arms, ammunition and supplies they had been paid for with gold bars. The United States Army Punitive Expedition consisting of 10,000 troops went as far south as Parral, Chihuahua but gave up catching General Villa after an 11 month search. General Villa, "El Tigere del Norte", proved too evasive for John "Black Jack" Pershing. General Francisco Villa knew every rock, every stream, every cave, and every cactus of the immense sierra of Chihuahua.
Source: Yockelson, Mitchell. "The United States Armed Forces and the Mexican Punitive Expedition, Parts 1 and 2. Prologue Magazine, Fall 1997, Vol. 29, Nos. 3 and 4. http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/1997/fall/mexican-punitive-expedition-1.html and http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/1997/winter/mexican-punitive-expedition-2.html A complete article is at the National Archives and Records Administration web site. | None of the National Guard troops would cross the border into Mexico but were used instead as a show of force. Nonetheless, activities on the border were far from dull. The troops had to be on constant alert as border raids were still an occasional nuisance. | Individuals not eligible for the Mexican Service Badge were authorized by Congress on July 9, 1918, to receive the Mexican Border Service Medal. Its purpose was to recognize the National Guardsmen and regular army troops mobilized to patrol the Mexican border between 1916 and 1917.