Thomas Roland m Cassie Nichols 28 June 1887

Thomas Roland was born about 1820 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, son of Joseph Roland of Germany, and Olivia Clark of Granville, NS.  The name is also seen as Rhuland and Rholand.  Joseph moved the family to Annapolis County, and he died there about 1841. 

Thomas married Ann Elliot 18 March 1845 in Wilmot, NS.  They had one son, Albert, born in 1845 in Wilmot.  Ann died sometime in or before 1854.  On 12 December 1854, in Wilmot, Thomas married Catherine Jones, widow of John Ditmars Vroom, who had died in 1847.  She had two daughters, 14-year-old Abigail, and 8-year-old Henrietta.  While in Wilmot, Thomas worked as a hatter. 

In 1858, Thomas moved the family to Factorydale by Morristown and purchased a farm.   I have been unable to find the family in the 1861 census.              

In 1871, the family lived in the Morristown area.   The household included Thomas and Catherine, his mother Olivia, and 20-year-old Adelia Roland.  I don’t know who Adelia is, but if she is Thomas’ daughter, her mother would have been Ann, as he didn’t marry Catherine until four years after Adelia was born.  The census did not list family relationships.  The Nova Scotia Directory lists Thomas in 1871 as a farmer.  His property was below the Morristown Baptist Church cemetery (the old side). Thomas’ mother died in 1875, and is in the old Morristown Cemetery.  

In 1881, the family was in Morristown.  The household now included Thomas and Catherine, plus Catherine’s widowed daughter Henrietta Hodges, and grandchildren Etha and Frank Hodges, who had returned to Nova Scotia from Massachusetts.  Catherine died 2 December 1882 in Morristown, and is buried at the old Baptist cemetery.  They had been married 28 years and been the step-parents for each other’s children.

On 15 May, 1883, Thomas married Mary Jane Foster, widow of Frederick Benedict.  Mary Jane died 16 May 1886. 

On 28 June 1887, Thomas married Cassie Nichols in Auburn NS.  She is listed as a widow,  the daughter of Gilbert and Mary. The record doesn’t list their last names, so I don’t know if Nichols is her maiden name or her married name. 

In the 1891 census, Thomas and Cassie were living in Millville (Morristown area).  He is listed as a farmer.    

Thomas died 29 December 1895 in Morristown, and is buried in the old Baptist cemetery, next to his mother and wife Catherine. 

Cassie Roland traveled to Boston arriving 3 May 1900.  She travelled on the ship “Prince Arthur” from Yarmouth.  She was counted in the 1901 census living with George and Martha spinney in Kingston NS, occupation domestic, retired.  I was not able to find her in the 1911 census.

Cassie died 2 December 1912 in Waterville, and is buried at Greenwood.  The death record doesn’t list parents, but cause of death was apoplexy.


  1. December 18, 2011 at 11:12

    I believe Cassie may be Catherine Gates who married William Nichols on 16 Jun 1860. Her parents were Gilbert Gates and Mary Ward.

    • sooze471 said,

      December 18, 2011 at 19:43

      Thanks for the clarification on her maiden name. I did find William Nichols in the 1871 census, with wife Catherine, born in 1835. No children were listed with them. They would have been together in the 1861 census, but that only lists the heads of households. On-line trees indicate that she is his second wife, but didn’t name her parents. And trees with Gilbert and Mary don’t list a spouse for their daughter Catherine. Apparently there were previous connections between the Roland and Gates family. I looked for death records for Gilbert and Mary Gates, and found a Mary Gates, age 39, who died in 1867, daughter of Joseph and Olivia Roland, so sister of Thomas Roland. The record didn’t name Mary’s husband, but the informant was Emerson Gates. On-line family trees list Gilbert’s wife Mary as dying in 1889, although I have not found an original source for that.

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