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I have noted in some postings and some on-line family records that Jacob Rollison is listed as having been born in Pennsylvania. This is not correct and, I believe, is the result of some incorrect information I gave to another genealogist about a decade ago. There is a census record that lists Jacob as having been born in PA. I found this record back in 1986, in the days when research meant spending endless hours sifting through microfilm records in the Pennsylvania Room at the Carnegie Library in Oakland, Pittsburgh. At the time I did not find any records to contradict this and, as stated before, about ten years ago passed the information on to someone who requested it. I was not actively doing research at the time. Since then I again caught the bug and discovered the error. Other records including census and christening records from Dudley from which the family emmigrated clearly show that Jacob was born in December 1845 in Dudley and came to this country with his mother and most of his brothers and sisters between 1851 and 1860. It appears that the father, Benjamin, born abt.1803, had died, probably in 1844. Jacob became a coal miner, went on to marry Mary Ann Smith, served in Company C of the 5th Heavy Artillery Regiment Pennsylvania in the Civil War and had six children, three of whom survived into adulthood.
I've some additional info about one of his siblings that I've not seen listed in anyone else's tree. His older brother John who was christened on 6 September 1835 in Dudley,immigrated with the rest, and married a woman named Sarah, became a coal miner here and died 15 July 1868 in a coal bank accident and is buried in Potter's Field Lot 1 in the Monongahela Cemetery. There is no record of their having had any children.