John Roach

John Willis Roach (1869 - bef. 1934)

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John Willis Roach
Born in Tate, Mississippi, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married 26 Dec 1897 in Ellis Co., Texas, USAmap
[children unknown]
Died before in Bardwell, Ellis, Texas, United Statesmap
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John Willis Roach and his twin brother Wilson Richie Roach were born on July 1, 1869, in Tate, Mississippi.[1] John Willis was the son of John Roach and Sydney Jernigan. They were the 3rd and 4th children of 7 children. In 1870 they were just 8 months old, living in DeSoto, Arcabutta Post Office, Mississippi, with their Parents John-27 and Catherine Roach-25, and siblings, Leady-4 (Leona), and Thomas-2.[2]

He married Ida Gray (Wheatley) Roach on December 26, 1897, in Ennis, Ellis, Texas.[3] They had five children.

  1. Arley Burnard Roach (1898-1954)[4]
  2. James 'Elbert' Roach (1901-1967)[5]
  3. Ruth Roach (1904-1981)
  4. Sybil Irene Roach (1905-1976)
  5. Ella 'Morine' Roach (1908-1913)

They living in Justice, Ellis, Texas, where He was a farmer. In 1900, They had been married 3 yrs and Arlie was a baby age 1.[6] By 1910 the children consisted of Arlie-11, Elbert-8, Ruth-6, Syble-4 and Morine-1.[7]

He died on February 26, 1934, in Bardwell, Ellis, Texas,[8] at the age of 64, and was buried there in the Elm Branch Cemetery.[1]

John Willis Roach, Death Certificate: death: Feb 26, 1934 in Ellis, Texas Parents JR. Roach and Sidney jernigan. Birth given as July 18, 1869. ; Cause of Death: Angina Pectoris/Heart attach. Dead on arrival. Farmer, Age 64[9]
His twin brother also died of a heart attach. at age 57.[10]


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 19 December 2019), memorial page for John Willis Roach (1 Jul 1869–26 Feb 1934), Find A Grave: Memorial #37255665, citing Elm Branch Cemetery, Bardwell, Ellis County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by C. C (contributor 47011237)
  2. "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Willis 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, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 10 December 2017), Willis Roach and Ida Wheatley, 26 Dec 1897; citing Marriage, citing Ellis, Texas, United States, Texas State Library, Archives Division, and various Texas county clerks; FHL microfilm 1,034,620..
  4. "Texas Deaths, 1890-1976," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 March 2018), John Willis Roach in entry for Arlie Burnard Roach, 14 Nov 1954; citing certificate number 54347, State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,114,283.
  5. "Texas Deaths, 1890-1976," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 March 2018), John Willis Roach in entry for James Elbert Roach, 16 May 1967; citing certificate number 30181, State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,138,608.
  6. 1900 United States Federal Census; 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 3, Ellis, Texas; Page: 39; Dwelling 677; Family 696; Line 77-79 (77); June 30, 1900; Enumeration District: 0022; FHL microfilm: 1241630; Ancestry's 1900 Census Image
  7. 1910 United States Federal Census; 1910; Census Place: Justice Precinct 3, Ellis, Texas; Roll: T624_1550; Page: 10A; Dwelling 178; Family 179; Line 33-40 (33); 1910; Enumeration District: 0129; FHL microfilm: 1375563; Ancestry's 1910 Census Image
  8. "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.
  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.
  10. "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.


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