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Wilson Richie Roach (1869 - 1928)

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Wilson Richie Roach
Born in Mississippi, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married 7 Jul 1901 in Ellis, Texas, USAmap
Died in Bardwell, Ellis County, Texasmap
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Wilson Richie Roach and his twin brother John Willis were born on July 1, 1869,[1]in Marshall, Mississippi. He was the son of John Roach and Sydney Jernigan. They were the 3rd and 4th children of 7 children. The boys were just 8 months old in 1870, living in DeSoto, Arcabutta Post Office, Mississippi, with their Parents John-27 and Catherine Roach-25, and siblings, Leady-4 (Leona), and Thomas-2, on that years Census.[2]
He married Ella P. Howard on July 7, 1901.[3][4] They had six chidren.
  1. Mary A Roach (1902-1985)
  2. Bernice L Roach (1904-1986)
  3. Wilson 'Reuben' Roach (1905-1990)
  4. Gertrude Elizabeth Roach (1907-1999)
  5. John 'Robert' Roach (1910-1928)carbolic acid poison. Age 17. [5]
  6. Virginia Kathleen Roach (1913-2002)
He was a Farmer. They lived in Justice, Ellis Co., Texas. On the 1810 Census he was farming, and the household consisted of Ella, and children Mary A-7, Bernice L-6, Wilson R-4, and Ida G-2.[6] They were on the Farm in 1920, in justice, Ellis Co., Texas also, Where he was age 50, and Ella was age 39, the children were listed as Mary A-17; Bernice-15; Reuben W-14, Gertrude J-12, John R-9, anv Virginia-6.[7]
He died on November 25, 1928[1], in Bardwell, Texas, at the age of 57, and was buried there In the Elm Branch Cemetery.
Cause of Death: "Texas Death Certificates': Accute Cerebral Hemmorage. [8]

His twin Brother John Willis Roach also died of Heart problems: John's cause of death was Angina Pectoris. Dead on arrival at age 64. "Texas Death Certificate".[9]

Early life

1882 —-“John Richard Roach and wife Sidney Katherine sold their holdings in Mississippi and with their 7 children, Lettie Martha Leona (Roach) Parks Thomas, William Thomas Roach, twins Wilson Ritchie Roach and John Willis Roach, M Alice (Roach) Unknown, Kate,Frances Catherine (Roach) Bedichek and Oscar, Richard Oscar Roach; 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 (granddaughter of John Richard, daughter of Wilson Ritchie Roach ).


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 20 December 2019), memorial page for Wilson R. Roach (1 Jul 1869–25 Nov 1928), Find A Grave: Memorial #80698290, citing Elm Branch Cemetery, Bardwell, Ellis County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Carole Fudge/Ragain (contributor 47229229) .
  2. "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Wilson Roach in household of John Roach, Mississippi, United States; citing p. 35, family 136, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 552,227.; Ancestry’s 1870 Census Image
  3. "Texas Marriages, 1837-1973," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 February 2018), W. R. Roach and Ella Howard, 07 Jul 1901; citing Waxahachie, Ellis, Texas, , reference 390; FHL microfilm 1,034,621.
  4. "Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 10 December 2017), W R Roach and Ella Howard, 07 Jul 1901; citing Marriage, citing Ellis, Texas, United States, Texas State Library, Archives Division, and various Texas county clerks; FHL microfilm 1,034,621.
  5. "Texas Deaths, 1890-1976," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 March 2018), W R Roach in entry for Robert Roach, 14 Sep 1928; citing certificate number 39028, State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,114,623.
  6. 1910 United States Federal Census; 1910; Census Place: Justice Precinct 3, Ellis, Texas; Roll: T624_1550; Page: 10B; Dwelling 181; Family 182; Line 55-60 (55); April 23 & 25, 1910; Enumeration District: 0129; FHL microfilm: 1375563; Ancestry's 1910 Census Image
  7. 1920 United States Federal Census; Census Place: justice Precinct 3, Ellis, Texas; roll: T625_1800; Page 8B; Dwelling 156; Family 147; Line 85-92; January 9, 1920; Enumeration District: 128; Ancestry's 1920 Census Image
  8. "Texas Deaths, 1890-1976," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 March 2018), Catherin Jernigan in entry for Wilson R Roach, 25 Nov 1928; citing certificate number 47547, State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,114,661.
  9. "Texas Deaths, 1890-1976," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 March 2018), J W Roach, 26 Feb 1934; citing certificate number 6943, State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,115,986.

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