The Father of Rolesville, NC
Local legends claim that William H. Roles arrived in the area of present-day Rolesville, NC with cash for a 100 acre land purchase in his saddlebags.
Our Past, History of Greater Rolesville Area (Broadfoot Bookmark by Eloise Averette Freeman, February 1976) speculates that Roles was born in Wake County, NC, the son of James S. Roles. But little of Roles' life before his arrival and after his departure is actually documented.
While he was in Rolesville, on the other hand, William H Roles left his mark. His original 100 acres grew to 681 by 1834, and he joined other locals in drawing up a map of his land for the propsed town of Rolesville. The town's first incorporation was approved by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1837.
Located in northeast Wake County about 12 miles north of North Carolina's capital, Rolesville is a growing small town, as are most of Raleigh's neighbors.
Roles' other claims to fame include his service as Justice of the Peace beginning in February 1819; operation of Roles' store, the first local postal stop which became the Rollesville postal stop February 19, 1835; contributions to the founding of Hartsfield Meeting House; treasurer of Rogers Crossroads Baptist Church; charter member of Rolesville Baptist Church; Trustee of Wake Forest Institute (later Wake Forest College in Wake Forest, now Wake Forest University in Winston Salem); and Trustee for Rolesville Academy founded in 1832.
An advertisement in the Raleigh Star stated that Roles was leaving North Carolina for Mississippi January 2, 1839, and that John Terrell would manage his property and business affairs.
Roles purchased property in Holly Springs (Marshall County) Mississippi and from there he and his wife Lucy Fort Roles requested letters of dismissal from Rolesville Baptist Church in May 1841.
Lucy remarried by 1848, which suggests that William Roles died within a few years of his arrival in Mississippi.
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