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Pvt John “Rollins” Roylance

Pvt John “Rollins” Roylance

Birth
Alsager, Cheshire East Unitary Authority, Cheshire, England
Death 23 Sep 1887 (aged 79)
Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Burial Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Plot Blk. 58 Lot 1 Pos. 2
Memorial ID 84498 · View Source
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Son of George Roylance & Elizabeth Rycroft

Married Mary Ann Oakes, 1830, Lower Peover, Cheshire, England


Treasures of Pioneer History, Vol.4, p.515
John Roylance was born November 20, 1807 in Cheshire, England, the eldest child of George Roylance and Elizabeth Rycroft. In 1830, he married Mary Ann Oakes. Together they heard the message of the Latter-day Saint Gospel and were baptized members of the Church. At this time they were the parents of five children. The family immigrated to America and settled in Nauvoo, Illinois where they lived until the exodus west began. While at Nauvoo two more children were born.

When they arrived at Council Bluffs, John enlisted in Company "D" of the Mormon Battalion. He endured all the hardships incident to that trek and arrived at San Diego in January, 1847. He was at Sutter's mill when gold was discovered. After his release from duty, he, with a companion, purchased riding horses, a small burro to carry their outfit, and set out to join their families whom they expected to find in Salt Lake. When they reached the Valley they learned their families had not left Mt. Pisgah. John saved the money he had earned in California and put it in a belt around his waist for safe keeping. His companion thought it would be safer if carried in the pack on the burro. John was determined to keep his money on his person. The burro became frightened and ran away. John reached his wife and children safely.

In the spring of 1850, the Roylance family started for Utah. They arrived in Salt Lake City September 17, 1850. They were sent to help settle Springville, arriving there on the evening of September 19, 1850, the day after the first settlers came to that community. Here he spent his days in farming, stock raising, civic and church duties untii his death September 23, 1887 at the age of eighty years.

* Mormon Battalion members

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John Roylance was born November 20, 1807 in Lower Peover, Cheshire, England. He was the oldest or 6 brothers and 1 sister. As a youth, John loved God and was a regular attendant at church. He was a member of the church of England. There were many of its teachings he did not understand or agree with. It seemed his bible taught one thing and is church taught another. His father was also a devout and god-fearing man and taught his family to be the same, to be honest and honorable. He attended a church of Great Peover about 3 miles from his home. It was here that he met Mary Ann Oakes. She was a beautiful, golden-haired girl. They learned to love each other and were married at the church at Great Peover, Cheshire, England in 1830.
John was a medium size man. He had black hair and dark hazel eyes and walked very brisk. He was a splendid farmer and vegetable grower. His garden always stood out among his neighbors’ garden s with every kind of vegetable imaginable – free from weeds and standing beautiful and clear in its rows. He also was a dairy farmer. He raised a number of dairy cattle and Mary Ann took care of the milk and dairy products. She was noted for her delicious butter and cheese. There was always a period in the early spring time when the cows came in fresh that she used the greater part of the milk for cheese-making. The cellar underneath the old log cabin was white washed every year ad cleaned and there were always scoured and bright. Her milk buckets were brass buckets and never used for anything else. Her cream containers were large jars and she took pride in the cleanliness of all the articles that she used in her dairy products.
Mary Ann was also very religious and when they heard the message of the restored gospel brought to them by some Moron Elders they were convinced of its truthfulness and were baptized members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1840 by elder Hyrum Clark. At the time they were parents of 5 children, four living. Henry, Ann, George, Thomas and William.
Mary Ann was born 22 Jun 1810 in Congleton, Cheshire, New York. She was a short, rather plump lady with golden hair. Her hair was her glory. Her hair was beautiful and curly. No one ever saw her with her hair out of place. The first thing that she did every morning was to wash her face and comb her hair before appearing in her spotless kitchen to prepare breakfast for her family. She was a very tidy person.
They immigrated to America with the first organized company of Saints from Liverpool on the ship, Sheffield, which sailed February 17, 1841 with 235 Saints a bored. When the boat arrived in New Orleans March 31, 1841 they went up the Mississippi River to Montrose, Iowa. Here a daughter Elizabeth was born. They later settled in Nauvoo where they lived until the exodus west began. While in Nauvoo a son, Alma, was born.
The family moved West as far as Council Bluffs with the westward movement. It was here that Captain Allen arrived and asked President Young for a battalion of 500 men to go to Mexico with the US Army. John Roylance enlisted as a private in the Mormon Battalion and served in Company D under Captain Nelson Gillians.
The Battalion arrived in San Diego, California January 29, 1847 and erected a fort on a hill near Las Angeles. They found peace and been declared. During the remained of their enlistment they were all allowed to work for different people. John was working at Sutter’s Mill Race when gold was discovered. Many of the soldiers, when they received their discharge, began prospecting for gold and there were some few who reenlisted. But John Roylance was anxious to return to his family and immediately made preparations to do so.
He, with his companion, purchased riding horses and a small burro to carry their outfit, and set out to Join their families whom they expected to find in Salt Lake City, they had been promised that their families would be brought to the valley while they were serving their country. But through some misunderstanding they had not left My Pisgah. They learned of this from some men who had been sent out to tell them when they were near the present site of St Georg, Utah.
They traveled north as far as Provo Canyon, then east through the canyon over the Rocky Mountains and across the Plains to St. Louis, Missouri and from there to Mt Pisgah and Council Bluffs. He reached his family in November 1847. They were located at Mt Pisgah. He found them all well but much in need of food and clothing. He moved them to Kanesville, Iowa where he was able to secure employment and earn enough money to purchase an outfit to come to Utah. It was during this time an eighth child was born. Her name, Mary Frances.
In the Spring of 1850 they started for Utah in the 7th company of Saints led by Jonathan Foote. They arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah, September 17, 1850 and were assigned to settle in Springville, Utah. This is where they finished out their lives. John and Mary Ann are both buried in Springville.

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  • Maintained by: Schott Family
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 84498
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt John “Rollins” Roylance (20 Nov 1807–23 Sep 1887), Find A Grave Memorial no. 84498, citing Historic Springville Cemetery, Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Schott Family (contributor 46932087) .