ROAN, John
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ROAN, Rev. John, was born April 30, 1717 (O. S.), in Grenshaw, Ireland , died October 3, 1775. in Derry township, Lancaster, now Dauphin county, Pa. He received a good education, and emigrated to Pennsylvania about 1740. He entered the "Log College," and taught school on the Neshaminy and in Chester county while pursuing his theological studies. He was licensed by the "New Side" Presbytery of New Castle, and, in the winter of 1744, sent to Hanover, Va. The following year (1745), he was settled over the united congregations of Derry, Paxtang and Conewago, the latter having one-fifth of his time. The minutes of the Synod placed Roan in Donegal Presbytery, and "points of difficulty," says Webster, "continually arose." Toward the latter days of his ministry Mr. Roan missionated [sic] frequently on the south branch of the Potomac. He lies interred in Derry church graveyard. On his tombstone is this inscription:

"Beneath this stone are deposited the Remains of an able, faithful courageous & successful minister of Jesus Christ The Revd John Roan Pastor of Paxton, Derry & Mount Joy Congregations from the year 1745 till Oct. 3, 1775 when he exchanged a Militant for a triumphant Life in the 59 year of his Age."

The Rev. John Roan married, August 21, 1750, Mrs. Anne (Cochran) Leckey, born March 25, 1724; died April 22, 1788, in Chester county, Pa.; daughter of James Cochran and Anne Rowan.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Becky Tuszynski for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project -

Date of Transcription: 25 February 2001

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