Jane Roland is recognized as one of the pioneer members of St. John Colony. Although Jane Roland did not go with the 14 Families in 1872, some believe that Rev. John Winn, Sr. represented her family. In an interview with the Rev. S. L. Davis in 1977, he stated that she arrived to St. John Colony with seven children.

Jane Roland


The 1900 Census says she was 85 years old, and she was born in 1815 in Alabama. The 1910 Census says she is 101 years old and born in 1809. Find A Grave says she was born in 1806. In addition, Jane Roland’s headstone says she was born in 1809.


Jane Roland’s mother and father are unknown. Jane Roland’s husband might have been Wesley Roland, according to the death record of Ella Hill in the Travis County Courthouse. Ella’s death records stated that her parents were Wesley Roland and Janie Roland. Ella lived in Austin, Texas, but she was buried in St. John Colony Cemetery.


In the 1880 Census, Jane Roland says her father is from Africa. In the 1900 Census, Jane says that both of her parents are from Africa. In the 1880 Census, she was married, but in the 1900 Census, she was a widow. If the data is correct, her husband died between 1880 and 1900.
In the 1900 Census, she had 11 children, and six were still living, but in the 1910 Census, she had 11 children, and 11 children were still living. When Jane Roland died on February 9, 1915, she had six living children: Patsie, Clay, George, Bonner, Ella and Emma. Her oldest daughter, Amanda, passed away sometime between 1880 and 1900. Her other children include John Wesley, Carolina, and Tommie Mary. At the time of her death, she had 78 grandchildren,163 great-grandchildren, and 114 great-great-grandchildren.


Louis Simms