SGT William Henry Rollison


SGT William Henry Rollison

Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia, USA
Death 23 Dec 1900 (aged 64)
Poolesville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Burial Beallsville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Plot Central Avenue South, Lot 3 Upper, Site 6
Memorial ID 67318924 View Source

- William Rollison [1812-1883]
- Henrietta D. (Solomon) Rollison [1805-?]

Married Harriet E. (Clarkson) Rollison

- Charles Edward Rollison [1874-1936]
- John Carter Rollison [1878-1930]
- William Henry Rollison [1879-1939]
- Thomas Henry Rollison [1884-1961]
- George Cleveland Rollison [1887-1941]

Ferryman on the Gen. Jubal A. Early (White's Ferry)

Military Service - Civil War - UNION
• Enlisted as a Private on 1 August 1862.
• Enlisted in Company E, 1st PHB Infantry Regiment Maryland on 1 Aug 1862.
• Transferred out of Company E, 1st PHB Infantry Regiment Maryland on 8 Apr 1865.
• Transferred into Company E, 13th Infantry Regiment Maryland on 8 Apr 1865.
• Mustered Out Company E, 13th Infantry Regiment Maryland on 29 May 1865.
• Ranked as 4th Sargeant

William Rollison Dies From Being Run Over By A Wagon.
(Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun)

Rockville, MD., Dec. 28. -- Mr. William Rollison, ferryman at White's Ferry, Montgomery County, died on Sunday last as the result of injuries received the preceding day. While ferrying a wagon loaded with coal across the river one of the horses attached to the wagon became fractious. Mr. Rollison went to the assistance of the teamster and was knocked down by the frightened animal, and one of the wheels of the heavy wagon passed over his body. A second later the horses began backing and the wheel passed over him a second time. He was injured internally. A widow and several children survive him. He was 45 years of age.

Notes from his Descendant, R. E. Rollison
Posted 10 Mar 2013 by rerollison

William Henry Rollison was born in Loudoun County, Virginia in on June 6, 1836. Historical records indicate his family lived on a farm in an area known as "Stumptown", near Luckets, VA. William was the oldest of three children. William's mother Henrietta Solomon passed sometime before 1850.

Information gathered from the American Civil War Research database reveals that William and his brother-in-law George Clarkson joined the Union Army during the American Civil War. They served with the 1st Potomac Home Brigade, 13th Maryland Infantry, Company E, enlisting at Edwards Ferry, VA on August 1, 1862. William attained the rank of sergeant and was discharged at Baltimore, MD May 29, 1865. His Army service records consists of payroll vouchers and an entry indicating the entire company was taken prisoner at Harpers Ferry, VA in September 1862. The Confederate Army was unable to house POW's and a "prisoner" exchange was completed that day. Census records indicate William could neither read nor write.

After the war William was employed as a ferryman on the Potomac River from about 1870 until his death in 1900. A newspaper article indicates his son, Charles, also worked the ferry from 1890 until sometime in the early 1900's. They probably worked together for a while. The ferry system now known as White's Ferry is still in operation and is the only remaining ferry on the Potomac. The ferry boat is named "General Jubal A. Early" for the noted Civil War soldier.

Monocacy Chapel cemetery records indicate William purchased at least [6] plots: one [each] for himself and his wife Harriet; one [each] for Charles and his wife Laura; and the third for his [son], John Carter Rollison [and one for his great-granddaughter Audrey Marie].

William Henry Rollison died December 23, 1900 after being run over twice by a wagon that was being ferried across the river.

William Rollison and the C & O Canal
Posted 27 Mar 2012 by rerollison

In the 1860 census William is listed as a "lockkeepper". I did not have a clue what that meant until March 2012 when I was contacted by a fellow member. This person, who was interning with the National Park Service at the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, wanted more information on William to display in Lockhouse #25 which I gladly supplied. Follow this link for more info:

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