Portrait and Biographical Record
Winnebago & Boone County, IL | pg. 1102-03
“HORACE J. ROLASON, who is classed among the well-to-do agriculturist of Winnebago County, has been a resident here since December, 1855. A native of New Jersey, he was born April 27, 1827, in Sussex County, and is a son of William and Eveline (Corcellius) Rolason. The Rolason family in the United States are descended from Charles Rolason, who came to America from Liverpool, England, many yeras ago. That gentleman made his home in Boston, where he married and reared a family of two sons and one daughter, Isaiah, Henry and Mary.
Isaiah Rolason, the grandfather of our subject was a farmer and a patriot in the Revolutionary War. He reared a family of eight children who born the respective names of John, Peter, William, James, Mary, Katie, Anna and Sarah, the two latter twins, and died at an advanced age in Sussex County. Of those children, William, the father of our subject, was born December 31, 1788, and on reaching mature years chose the occupation of a farmer. He served six months in the War of 1812, being stationed at Hoboken, N. J. The elder Mr. Rolason resided in his natvie State until his decease, which occurred June 2, 1836. His wife survived him many years, passing away in 1861. They were both members of the Congregational Church, in which denomination the father was an Elder.
The original of this sketch was one in a family of four children, his brother and sisters being Asa, who died in Mansfield, PA; Maria, who married Benjamin Crain, resides in Sussex County, N. J.; and Martha, Mrs. Henry Cole, who passed away in the above-named State and county. Horace J. was given an education in the common schools and was reared to the occupation of a farmer, which business he has followed successfully his entire life. January 1, 1853 he was married to Mary Jane, daughter of John and Phoebe Van Sickle. She was born in Sussex County, N. J., October 24, 1835, and has become the mother of five children; Ella, born april 5, 1854, married David Place and makes her home in Durand where she has a family of two children, Jesse E. and Vida; Ida was born March 14, 1856; Lillie, born Oct. 12 1858, married Eugene Hout and is the mother of a son, Ralph E.; John V. was born Augst 24, 1861 and Horace B., September 12, 1865.
Mr. Rolason made several trips to the West before locating here and in 1850 purchased land in Richland County, Wis., which he sold in the spring of 1856 and then removed to Illinois, passing the winter in Pecatonica. In the spring, he bought one hundred and twenty acres ofland, which he imporved and reside upon until May, 1881, at which time he came to Durand. His first possessions in this county included one hundred and forty-three acres adjoining the village, to which he has since added until he is now the proprietor of an estate including two hundred and sevnty-two broad acres. He is engaged in mixed husbandry and by a properrotation of crops reaps a handsome income fromt he soil.
In political affairs, our subject votes with the Republican party, although he is in full sympathy with the temperance movement. He has held many of the local offices and socially is a member of Durand Lodge No. 302, A. F. and A. M. He is connected by membership with the Presbyterian Church, in which body he is an active worker.
Mr. Rolason, in company with his sons, is interested in breeding Poland-China hogs, Jersey and Durham cattle and road and draft horses in which they are meeting with more than ordinary success. “