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Adam ROLL ancestry: Mörlheim, Pfalz>Grossliebental & Vasilivka, Russia>Alberta
Posted by: Dennis Roll (ID *****6482) Date: September 14, 2003 at 14:44:55
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Details follow. The possible ancestry links are to a Michael or Jakob Roll who emigrated to Grossliebental, Russia in 1803 from Landau or Mörlheim/Pfalz, Germany. Any suggestions for verifying this ancestry is appreciated. I need to establish the ancestry and ancestral origins correctly for Adam Roll Sr. below. Correspondence with other Roll's welcome.

An Adam Roll was born April 21, 1864 at Neusatz to Jacob Roll and Wilelmine Riedlinger (Rohrbach Birth Records, 186x at (Although I have his birthdate as Aug. 9, 1864).

Adam Roll Sr. emigrated to the United States with his wife Louise and six children, leaving Russia on April 4, 1910. His passport was dated March 15, 1910. This was the Julian calendar date, which Russia used until Dec. 31, 1917...and corresponds to our (Gregorian) date of March 28, 1910. They travelled by train to Rotterdam where they embarked April 23 on the Niew Amsterdam I, arriving at New York May 2, 1910. Their last place of residence in Russia was Wilhelmstal (Vasilivka, Russian spelling), a hamlet about 60 mi. NE of Odessa on the Black Sea in what is known as the Beresan District. Wilhelmstal was situated on the estuary of the Salik (meaning wayfarer or traveler) River or creek where it enters the Beresan estuary or tidal flat outletting to the Black Sea. The village was established in 1870. Adam was a farmer and wine merchant, buying his grapes for wine from Bessarabia. He left a brother Jakob, his mother-in-law (Louise, or Wilhelmine? Becker) and likely other relatives in Russia. The St. Petersburg archives (Rohrbach Decade files) shows an Adam Roll born April 21, 1864 in Neusatz to a Jakob Roll and wife Wilhelmine Riedlinger but no definite proof exists at this date (September, 2003), that these were Adam's parents. Adam's emigration passport shows that his second name was "Yakovlev", meaning "son of Jacob".

After leaving Ellis Island, New York they travelled to Eureka, South Dakota where they stayed for a brief time with the Gustav Bitz family before moving on and settling at Irvine, Alberta, Canada... east of Medicine Hat. They filed for a homestead on SE-23-12-2-W4 and built their home of logs and sod, with barn and all other outbuildings attached in one long row, a custom they brought with them from Russia. In 1917, due to failing health they purchased a home in Irvine and semi-retired there until Adam passed away in 1927. A great grandson, still farmed the original homestead as of 1989.

Further details on family at "Irvine-A New Beginning"


Copies of the ship passenger list for Adam and his family are at the US National Archives, Washington, D.C. as follows (record is also online at :

Microfilm publication: T715
Roll Number: 1467
Page: 45
Volume: 3231
Line: 16


Published information on the village of Wilhelmstal:

"Exerpts from the History of Wilhelmstal, Tiliguola-Beresan District Nikolajew Region." Heritage Review 24:1. 1994. GRHS. pp 39-41. (Includes names and a village map). I have a copy.

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