1800 census for Cabarrus Co., NC
page 688 (same page as Hannah Voiles)
ages males 10100
1820 census for Washington Co., IN
1830 census for Washington Co., IN
Rollen Voils page 298
From "The Voyles Association of Washington Co., IN" Letter dated June 1, 1934 Salem, Indiana written by Cora Voyles Burks-
I corresponded with C.V. Voils, an attorney, Mooresville, NC who mailed me a clipping taken from a Salem paper dated 1876, and sent to his father by "Old Dave", David Voyles, of Washington Co., IN. My father, Wilford Voyles, remembers "Old Dave", who lived beyond ninety, and who was a son of Revoluntionary soldier William Voils. He and C.V. Voils grandfather had always corresponded, considering themselves as cousins. C.V. Voils thought that William, after he fell out with his father, came to NC and wrote to an uncle David, in Wales, inducing him to come over to NC. The C.V. Voils family descended from this "Uncle David".
C.V. Voils thought William's father was named JOSEPH.
"Old Dave's" daughter at the age of ninety, Barbara Voyles Johnson, told me in 1906 that her father had related to them many stories of the hard struggle on the North Carolina frontier and how they were in constant danger from the Indians.
Rolin, David and Rachel went to Indiana in one group. They drove in a constoga (a remnant of which is said to be in Palmyra, Indiana, in 1834. It took about 2 months to make the trip. I have seen the old flint they used to make a fire, enroute. David's descendents had the wagon, or part of it in 1906. Barbara Voyles Johnson had just learned to walk when they started but had forgotten how by the time they arrived. They had to cut down trees and tie them to the back of the wagon when they crossed the Cumberland Gap, to keep them from pitching down the mountains. Great piles of trees laid at the bottom, so many had come before. Rolin's crippled daughter was swung in a hammock from the top of the wagon. Rolin and Rachel stopped a year in Mercer Co., KY. Old Dave came on to Indiana. He crossed the Ohio on a raft. He came to Washington Co. where he stayed overnight with his father's old Revolutionary messmate-Townsend. He endured much hardship getting out logs and building a house in a snowstorm, as winter had set in. I have seen the old spring where he built his house and the old Townsend house. They had had a falling out in Kentucky. That is why Dave came alone. The trouble seems to have been over the women cooking. The next year Rolin and Rachel came to Indiana and the trouble was patched up.
The Voyles were hard-shelled Baptists and very religious. Rolin took a claim near Dave. He had already been married twice, in the Carolinas. He and 3 children by the first marriage were together. The second wife made the trip with him to IN. She probably had one child. Aunt Cindy Voils had a page out of the old Voils Bible containing this record and it was in Rolin's writing;
"by Rolin Voils.
Married Elizabeth Lingle"
The dates were burned with my other data but can probably be obtained from Aunt Cindy's descendents. Aunt Cindy thought the page was from the old William Voils' Bible brought from Carolina.
I wish to state at this point, that in a hurried trip to the museum in the basement of the Salem, Indiana couthouse, I saw a school book of Rolin's. It had a cloth cover said to have been woven by Hannah Bundy. We also saw the Voils land grant. A good photograph of "Old Dave" belonging to me is in the possession of Nevin Sims, East Orange, NJ. Laura Nunemacher of New Albany also has one of his wife. Foundation stones of Rolin's home are now in a road. An old tree is nearby. Climb a fence and down a hill to a ravine. Here are the graves of Rolin and his wife and Polly Gresham. Old homemade sandstone headstones are there with handmade inscriptions and decoration, a heart for his wife. These crude headstones were carved out by our grandfather, Moses Voyles. ( Sarah Voyles Ellis.)
Rolins' home was now Lindsey Voils' place. He was a faithful hard shell Baptist. He went to church one Sunday 20 miles south and the next Sunday to a church 20 miles north. He was also very hospitable and considered well to do. He often had as many as 30 or 40 guests overnight, his home being the halfway place between the churches. Whole families in wagons and on horseback would stop with him going and coming to church and spend the night each way. My grandfather, William (Uncle Billy to my generation) had to go and sit long hours and care for the horses. This and always having to go and sit long hours listening to sermons he did not understand, turned him against church and when grown, never went. Uncle Bill made persimmon beer and once at a threshing when many were there helping to flail the wheat the men said "Drink all you want boys. Uncle Roll is rich." William took some more and it made him dizzy and was a lesson to him. He was only a lad. In 1833, on August 11, Rolin loaded his wagon with wheat ready to drive the 35 miles to Louisville. Many neighbors had assembled there with loads to go in the crowd. The next day Uncle Roll was dead in bed. He was subject to nightmares and his death was always attributed to that. He and his second wife, Elizabeth Lingle, are buried on the Lindsey D. Voyles farm, near Big Spring, Washington Co., south of Salem, His widow lived with her son William (now the home of Arthur Voyles-the old house still stands) and his son Wilford remembered his grandmother. She was Swiss and spoke German and had a German Bible.
Aoubt 1835 the Indiana VOILS changed the spelling of the names from VOILS to VOYLES. In my grandfather's copy books that were burned they spelled his name VOILS. His copy books were mostly old hymns, written over and over. The school book in Salem museum dating back to Hannah Bundy is a mixture of hymns and the three R's. When they came from Carolina they brought appleseed with them. There is still a sweet apple tree on my father's place, 1925, raised from the seed brought from Carolina in 1813 and is still bearing fruit.
A copy of the clipping sent to C.V. Voils of NC in 1876 by Old Dave, of Salem, and written by David for a series of articles called "Pioneer Pickings" is in the possession of David William Voyles, 6039 Cates Avenue, St. Louis. His daughter, Miss Maud, told me they would probably give them to the Indiana University.
To Rolin were born the following children:
To his first wife, Mary
1. Joseph Voyles, who lived in Washington Co. until he was quite old.
He died at Palmyra in 1873. He was an exceedingly waggish man. (A family characteristic). Once he road a horse on to Salem and went galloping home, passing my grandfather's place. Grandfather called "stop and talk-What's your hurry?" I have a new bonnet for my "darther" and must get home before the style changes. He was the grandfather of Otto Voyles of New Albany, a distinguished member of the Voyles clan.
2. Eddison Voyles who lived and died in Washington Co. He died of cholera in the epidemic of 1854. My grandfather (William) made boxes and with other men buried Eddison, his wife and 2 children. People were so frightened that no one would go to them until word came to William. He went. Said he was not afraid. Part of the family was dead and decomposition had set in. Those alive died before night.
3. Amanda-the crippled daughter who died soon after coming to Indiana.
To his second wife, Elizabeth-
1. Polly, wife of Jacob Gresham 1811-1858. Is buried in the ravine with her parents.
2. Moses, May 14, 1814. This is the year Rolin came to Indiana. Moses was the father of 10.
3. William Voyles, Jan. 1, 1916.
4. Eliza, wife of Isaac Frantz.
5. John, died at 20, milk fever, epidemic.
6. Wallace, died of milk fever, epidemic.
7. Temperance, married Isaac Wright. Lived in Illinois.
8. Sally, married Luther Pitman.
There is a tradition, or fact, that the Voils came over there with the French Huguenots. It is a tradition that the family has no drunkards or old maids.
In the 1850's Dr. David W. Voyles apprehending an outbreak of cholera read a paper before the Washington Co. Medical Society in which he suspected the germ theory, BEFORE Pasteur.