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John Richard Roach (1845 - 1900)

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John Richard Roach
Born in Winston-Salem, Forsyth, North Carolinamap
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Husband of — married in Marshall,Mississippimap
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Died in Bardwell, Ellis, TXmap
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John Roach was the son of Richard Roach and wife, Delila Raeburn. When John Richard Roach was born on October 16, 1845,[1] in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, his father, Richard, was 24 and his mother, Delila, was 28.
On the 1850 US Census Richard was age 5, living with his father Richard age 30, Mother, Delila Roach age 32, in Carroll, Tennessee. Other household members were; Mary E Roach-9-; Sarah F Roach-7-daughter; William C Roach-3-son.[2] He is age 14, Birth Year-abt 1846; Birth Place-North Carolina; on the 1860 US Census. His Mother is widowed, Delia Roache-head of household; living i in Marshall, Mississippi; Post Office-Byhalia;[3]
He married Sydney Catherine (Jernigan) Roach on August 31, 1865, in Marshall, Mississippi.[4] They had eight children in 17 years.
He ran a general store and was postmaster. He was appointed postmaster in Bardwell, Ellis, Texas on 10 Apr 1894.[5] He also was a Farmer.
He died on April 19, 1900, in Bardwell, Texas, at the age of 54, and was buried there.[6]

Early Life

1882 —-“John Richard Roach and wife Sidney Katherine sold their holdings in Mississippi and with their 7 children [Lettie (Martha Leona), Thomas, twins Wilson (Ritchie) and Willis, Alice, Kate, and (Richard) Oscar] came by train to Ennis. They brought their money, $1,000 in a gunny sack, to buy land. The price of land at that time was $4 or $5 per acre, which they thought was too high. They lived for one year east of Ennis near a nursery, then moved and helped to establish Bardwell. [J.R] owned and operated the first general store and post office. When the post office, which was in the store, was established it called for an official name. The name Roachville, in honor of John Richard Roach, postmaster, was suggested, but he was a modest man and suggested that it be called Bardwell for Mr. W. Bardwell who owned and operated the community cotton gin, but never lived in Bardwell. The Family were members of the church of Christ located near the store in the corner of the Roach pasture. The home they occupied was located a short distance away north of the store. Part of the present house [torn down in 1987 by present owners Gary and Sharan Farmer] on the W.R Roach Estate [was] the original home occupied by the John Richard Roach Family.” (handwritten memoirs written by Mary (Roach) Lewis. Mary Alice (Roach) Lewis was the granddaughter of John Richard Roach, daughter of Wilson Ritchie Roach.)


Martha Leona “Letie: 1866-1950
William Thomas 1867-1939
Wilson Richie 1869-1928
John willis 1869-1934 (Twin)
M Alice 1872-1882
Frances Catherine “Kate: 1878-1960
Richard Oscar 1880-1950
Hardy Leon 1883-1951


  1. Web: Texas, Find A Grave Index, 1761-2012
  2. 1850 United States Federal Census; data base on line; Census Place: District 5, Carroll, Tennessee; Roll: M432_873; Page: 51A; Dwelling 676; Family 676; Line 40- 3 of next page; October 12, 1850; Image: 106
  3. 1860 United States Federal Census; Census Place: Township 2 Range 5, Marshall, Mississippi; Roll: M653_587; Page: 96; Dwelling 238; Family 236; Line 15-19; August 29, 1860; Image: 100; Family History Library Film: 803587
  4. Mississippi Marriages, 1826-1900;
  5. U.S., Appointments of U. S. Postmasters, 1832-1971; Appointment Date: 10 Apr 1894; Volume #71A; Volume Year Range1890-1904
  6. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current.

  • 1880 United States Federal Census; Census Place: Thyatira and Tyro, Tate, Mississippi; Roll: 665; Family History Film: 1254665; Page: 350C; Enumeration District: 188; Image: 0703.

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On 26 Jan 2018 at 20:37 GMT Helen (Thornton) Holt wrote:

He was appointed U.S. Postmaster July 26, 1894.

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