Is Gasper Roland's purported father really my ancestor?

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I don't know if this is REALLY a brick wall, or something akin to it.  I've traced my ancestry to Gasper Roland (1721-1809) and the records are quite clear that he emigrated from Pfalz, Germany, as a persecuted Pietist and arrived in Philadelphia on the Ship Friendship on 12 Oct 1741.  All the ancestry tree "hints" in ancestry.com tell me that his father was John Rowland (1699-1739) who was born and died in England.  John Rowland in 1720 married Esther Falla, who was born in Belgium.  Gasper presumably was very "German," e.g., in his language as well as his religion.  If he is my ancestor, so apparently are Anthyrius I and Emperor Valentinian III.  I remain uncomfortable making the claim unless there is confirming evidence that John Rowland was indeed his father.  Can anyone help me?

in Genealogy Help by Tom Roland G2G Rookie (130 points)
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As a general suggestion: I wouldn't worry overly about being related to a member of royalty - many of us are.
by Sheila Smail G2G6 Mach 2 (21.6k points)

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