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John Roylance

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Alsager, Cheshire, England
Death: September 23, 1887 (79)
Springfield, Utah, Utah Territory
Place of Burial: Springville, Utah, Utah, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of George Roylance and Elizabeth Rycroft
Husband of Mary Ann Oakes
Father of Henry Roylance, Sr.; William Roylance; Elizabeth Bromley and Ann Roylance
Brother of William J Roylance

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About John "Rollins" Roylance

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel 1847–1868 Warren Foote Company (1850) Age at departure: 43

Company "D" of the Mormon Battalion

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Birth: Nov. 20, 1807 Alsager, England

Death: Sep. 23, 1887 Springville Utah County Utah, USA

Son of George Roylance & Elizabeth Rycroft

Married Mary Ann Oakes, 1830, Lower Peover, Cheshire, England

Treasures of Pioneer History, Vol.4, p.515 John Roylance was born November 20, 1807 in Cheshire, England, the eldest child of George Roylance and Elizabeth Rycroft. In 1830, he married Mary Ann Oakes. Together they heard the message of the Latter-day Saint Gospel and were baptized members of the Church. At this time they were the parents of five children. The family immigrated to America and settled in Nauvoo, Illinois where they lived until the exodus west began. While at Nauvoo two more children were born.

When they arrived at Council Bluffs, John enlisted in Company "D" of the Mormon Battalion. He endured all the hardships incident to that trek and arrived at San Diego in January, 1847. He was at Sutter's mill when gold was discovered. After his release from duty, he, with a companion, purchased riding horses, a small burro to carry their outfit, and set out to join their families whom they expected to find in Salt Lake. When they reached the Valley they learned their families had not left Mt. Pisgah. John saved the money he had earned in California and put it in a belt around his waist for safe keeping. His companion thought it would be safer if carried in the pack on the burro. John was determined to keep his money on his person. The burro became frightened and ran away. John reached his wife and children safely.

In the spring of 1850, the Roylance family started for Utah. They arrived in Salt Lake City September 17, 1850. They were sent to help settle Springville, arriving there on the evening of September 19, 1850, the day after the first settlers came to that community. Here he spent his days in farming, stock raising, civic and church duties untii his death September 23, 1887 at the age of eighty years.

  • Mormon Battalion members

Family links:

  • Mary Ann Oakes Roylance (1810 - 1892)*
  • Henry Roylance (1831 - 1918)*
  • Elizabeth Roylance Bromley (1842 - 1897)*
  • Sarah Jane Roylance Houtz (1852 - 1916)*
  • Olive Roylance Daley (1854 - 1899)*

Burial: Springville City Cemetery Springville Utah County Utah, USA Plot: Blk. 58 Lot 1 Pos. 2

Maintained by: Schott Family Originally Created by: Utah State Historical So... Record added: Feb 02, 2000 Find A Grave Memorial# 84498

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John "Rollins" Roylance's Timeline

November 20, 1807
Alsager, Cheshire, England
May 21, 1831
Age 23
Lower Peover, Cheshire, England
July 7, 1833
Age 25
Lower Peover, Chesire, England
April 1, 1840
Age 32
Chester, City of Chester and West Cheshire, UK
August 26, 1842
Age 34
Montrose, Lee, Iowa, USA
September 23, 1887
Age 79
Springfield, Utah, Utah Territory
Springville, Utah, Utah, USA