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Richard Dexter Genealogy, 1642-1904

Being a history of the descendants of Richard Dexter of Malden, Massachusetts, from the notes of John Haven Dexter and original researches. Richard Dexter, who was admitted an inhabitant of Boston (New England), Feb. 28, 1642, came from within ten miles of the town of Slane, Co. Meath, Ireland, and belonged to a branch of that family of Dexter who were descendants of Richard de Excester, the Lord Justice of Ireland. He, with his wife Bridget, and three or more children, fled to England from the great Irish Massacre of the Protestants which commenced Oct. 27, 1641. When Richard Dexter and family left England and by what vessel, we are unable to state, but he could not have remained there long, as we know he was living at Boston prior to Feb. 28, 1642.

Muster Roll of Captain Joseph Anthony’s Company of Infantry

Muster Roll of Captain Joseph Anthony’s Company of Infantry in the Detachment of drafted Militia of Maine, called into actual service by the State, for the protection of its Northeastern Frontier, from the twenty-fifth day of February, 1839, the time of its rendezvous at Augusta, Maine, to the nineteenth day of April, 1839, when mustered. Captain Joseph Anthony Sergeants Horace S. Cooley Simon Pratt. Epaphrus R. Bryant. S. S. Webster. William H. Clark. Thomas Field. Corporals Charles Hamlin. Henry L. Carter. Micah Safford. E. E. Dennis. Ensign Charles Simmons. Musicians Harrison Stone. James Trask. Privates Blake, Dudley. Bodwell, David. Briggs, John. Cogan, William E. D. Fletcher, Joseph H. Gazlin, Benjamin. Gilley, Isaac F. Godfrey, Adam. Greene, Sumner. Guild, Samuel. Haskell, Greenleaf. Heath, John. Herrin, Samuel. Knowles, Harrison. Lamson, John. Lyon, David. Lyon, Ezra. Morgan, Theophilus. Packard, Sidney. Partridge, John. Place, William. Pray, Edmund, Jr. Robey, John, Jr. Rollins, Joseph. Saben, John. Savage, Daniel, 2d. Trask, Samuel. Wells, Lewis. Wiggins, Ephraim. Wilson, Jesse. Wright, John. Young,...

Slave Narrative of Parthena Rollins

Interviewer: Anna Pritchett Person Interviewed: Parthena Rollins Location: Indiana Place of Birth: Scott County, Kentucky Date of Birth: 1853 Place of Residence: 848 Camp Street (Rear) Federal writers’ Project of the W.P.A. District #6 Marion County Anna Pritchett 1200 Kentucky Avenue FOLKLORE MRS. PARTHENA ROLLINS 848 Camp Street (Rear) Mrs. Parthena Rollins was born in Scott County, Kentucky, in 1853, a slave of Ed Duvalle, who was always very kind to all of his slaves, never whipping any of the adults, but often whipped the children to correct them, never beating them. They all had to work, but never overwork, and always had plenty to eat. She remembers so many slaves, who were not as fortunate as they were. Once when the “nigger traders” came through, there was a girl, the mother of a young baby; the traders wanted the girl, but would not buy her because she had the child. Her owner took her away, took the baby from her, and beat it to death right before the mother’s eyes, then brought the girl back to the sale without the baby, and she was bought immediately. Her new master was so pleased to get such a strong girl who could work so well and so fast. The thoughts of the cruel way of putting her baby to death preyed on her mind to such an extent, she developed epilepsy. This angered her new master, and he sent her back to her old master, and forced him to refund the money he had paid for her. Another slave had displeased his master for some reason, he was taken to...

Biography of James Sidney Rollins

James Sidney Rollins, lawyer and statesman, distinguished for extraordinary public services, was born April 19, 1812, at Richmond, Kentucky, and died at Columbia, Missouri, January 9, 1888, in the seventy-sixth year of his age. His parents were Anthony Wayne and Sallie Harris (Rodes) Rollins. The father was a native of Pennsylvania, a graduate of Jefferson College in that state and an eminent physician. He was a son of Henry Rollins, who was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, emigrated to America during the Revolutionary war, enlisted in the Continental army and fought in the battle of Brandywine. The mother, a lady of refinement and beautiful character, was a native of Madison county, Kentucky. James Sidney Rollins was educated in Washington College of Pennsylvania and in the University of Indiana at Bloomington, being graduated from the latter institution in 1830 with the highest honors and as valedictorian of his class. His parents having removed to Boone county, Missouri, he followed them after his graduation, taking charge of the large farm upon which they had located. During the same time he read law under the instruction of Judge Abiel Leonard of Fayette. During the Black Hawk war, in 1832, he acted as aide-de-camp on the staff of Major General Richard Gentry and was actively engaged for six months on the Des Moines river, deriving from this service the title of major. He then entered the law department of Transylvania University at Lexington, Kentucky, from which he was graduated in 1834. Among his classmates were Lewis V. Bogy and John C. Miller, both of Missouri, who subsequently served in congress, the former as...

Slave Narrative of Katie Arbery

Interviewer: Mrs. Bernice Bowden Person Interviewed: Katie Arbery Location: 815 W. Thirteenth, Pine Bluff, Arkansas Age: 80 “I am eighty years old. My name ‘fore I was a Arbery was Baxter. My mother was a Baxter. Born in Union County. “My mother’s first people was Baxter and my grandmother was a Baxter and they just went by that name; she never did change her name. “The boss man—that was what they called our master—his name was Paul McCall. He was married twice. His oldest son was Jim McCall. He was in the War. Yes ma’am, the Civil War. “Paul McCall raised me up with his chillun and I never did call him master, just called him pappy, and Jim McCall, I called him brother Jim. Just raised us all up there in the yard. My grandmother was the cook. “There wasn’t no fightin’ in Union County but I ‘member when the Yankees was goin’ through and singin’ ‘The Union forever, hurrah, boys, hurrah We’ll rally ’round the flag, boys, Shouting the battle cry of freedom.’ (She sang this—ed.) And I ‘member this one good: ‘Old buckwheat cakes and good strong butter To make your lips go flip, flip, flutter. Look away, look away, look away, Dixie land.’ “Pappy used to play that on his fiddle and have us chillun tryin’ to dance. Used to call us chillun and say, ‘You little devils, come up here and dance’ and have us marchin’. “My cousin used to be a quill blower. Brother Jim would cut fishin’ canes and plat ’em together—they called ’em a pack—five in a row, just like my...

Biography of Elisha H. Rollins

Elisha H. Rollins, partner of Mr. Ireland in the proprietorship of the Ireland & Rollins Planing Mills Company, and one of the progressive and energetic business men of Fort Scott, was born March 15, 1859, on Prince Edward Island, a son of John and Mary (Harker) Rollins, natives of that place, who passed their entire lives there in agricultural pursuits. The father died in 1909, at the age of seventy-five years, while the mother passed away many years before, being forty-seven years old at the time of her demise. The fourth in a family of nine children, Elisha H. Rollins received a public school education, and in his youth learned the trade of carpenter, which he followed at his native place until 1876. In that year he came to Kansas City, Missouri, where he followed his trade for three years, and then came to Fort Scott and continued at his trade as a journeyman until he joined Mr. Ireland in the planing mill business. Like his partner, Mr. Rollins is a man of foresight and good judgment, a thorough business man, and a citizen of high character and standing. He is a republican in politics, a Presbyterian in his religious faith, and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Fraternal Union. On August 30, 1886, at Fort Scott, Mr. Rollins was married to Miss Jennie Margrave, daughter of Hon. William and Sarah (Hefton) Margrave. They have one son: William M., born October 22, 1888, a graduate of the Fort Scott High School and the Kansas State Normal School, of Pittsburg, who had taught three years...

Rollins, Halbert Wesley – Obituary

Funeral services for Halbert Wesley Rollins, 68, Summerville, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Gordon Milldrum will officiate and interment will be in Summerville cemetery. Rollins was a storekeeper and had lived in Union County his entire life. He was born October 18, 1900, in Imbler, the son of William R. and Cora Cornell Rollins. On June 9, 1928, he was married to Ruth Littreal in La Grande. Rollins was a member of B.P.O.E. No. 433, La Grande. Survivors include his wife Ruth, Summerville; one daughter Mary Adele Paroz, La Grande; one son Worth Rollins, Imbler; one sister Mrs. Chas. Gibbons, Tacoma, Wash.; seven grandchildren; one step-grandchild and other relatives. Observer La Grande, Oregon Tuesday, July 22, 1969 Page...

Rollins, Ruth Ada (Littreal) – Obituary

Ruth A. Rollins, 88, Summerville, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 1991, at the Mountain Vista Care Center in La Grande. A service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Summerville Cemetery with Pastor Chuck Beickel of the Summerville Baptist Church officiating. Friends may call Friday evening or Saturday morning at Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel. Mrs. Rollins was born Dec. 28, 1902, in Summerville to Ishmel and Mary (Childers) Littreal. She attended schools in Summerville and Imbler, graduating with the Imbler High School class of 1920. In June 1927 she married Halbert Rollins. He died July 30, 1969. Mrs. Rollins worked as the postmaster in Imbler before transferring to the Summerville Post Office. She later worked as a rural mail carrier in the Summerville area until her retirement in 1968 after 35 years of service. She was a member of the Summerville Baptist Church. She also belonged to the Jewell Rebekah Lodge in Summerville and the La Grande Elks Lodge Widows. She enjoyed sewing and crocheting. Survivors include her son, Worth of Imbler; daughter Mary Adele Paroz of La Grande; a sister Ardra Behrens of Summerville; seven grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other relatives. Two brothers and three sisters died earlier. Friends who wish may make contributions in memory of Mrs. Rollins to the Oregon Cancer Society in care of Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850. The Observer La Grande, Oregon Friday, December 27, 1991 Page...

Rollins, Archie Charles – Obituary

Former Resident Dies In California The following is from a Rosemead, Calif., paper last week. Archie Charles Rollins, 63 years of age, passed away Sunday afternoon at his home on Brookline avenue, Rosemead, California. He had been in poor health for more than a year, so that the end was not unexpected. The deceased was born at Jefferson, Green County, Iowa, September 27, 1864, coming to California with his family in 1905. They have also lived in Oregon a portion of the time since then but moved to Rosemead in 1923 taking up their residence on Earl street. A year and a half ago they purchased the property where the family now resides. He had been engaged in the real estate business in Rosemead for the past four years and had made many friends. He was a member of the Alhabra chapter of the Woodman lodge. The survivors are his widow, Margaret E. Rollins, two daughters, Mrs. Sadie HIckey of Pasadena and Mrs. Dorothy Rosenberger of San Antonio, Texas, and a son, Cyrus, of Home, Oregon. There are also six grandchildren. The son arrived Wednesday from Oregon and the daughter from Texas is expected to arrive later. The deceased leaves two brothers and two sisters now living in Kansas. The body was taken to the Schanel undertaking parlors in El Monte from whose parlors the funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Mr. Rollins was one time a resident of North Powder and has many acquaintances here. Oregon Trail Weekly North Powder News Saturday, August 20,...

Rollins, Ara – Obituary

Formerly of Union and Cove 1906-2001 Ara Lee Rollins, 94, of High Point, N.C., and formerly of Union and Cove, died May 9 at her home. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the Cove Cemetery with the Rev. Mark Schlessman of the First Christian Church officiating. Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. Mrs. Rollins was born Sept. 12, 1906, to Jacob Lanier and Alice Doyle Lanius in Gatesville, Texas. She graduated from Union High School in 1926, and on Nov. 14, 1927, she married Oscar G. Rollins in Union. They both worked for the U.S. Forest Service in the Umatilla District and then moved to Cove, where they lived on Antles Lane for over 50 years. She was active in 4-H, PTA, Eastern Star and the Cove Sportsman’s Club. She moved to North Carolina five years ago to be near family. Survivors include her daughter, Lois Jane Rauch of High Point, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to the GRH Home Care Services in care of Daniels Chapel. La Grande Observer, June 2001 Contributed by Hilary...
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