Sara, you may find this of interest.The Roanes are not in my family but were early, important members of my church. Trinity Episcopal Church, Pine Bluff, AR.
Julia Embree Roane (1807-1870) was the daughter of Moses and Sarah Embree.She married Samuel C. Roane February 17, 1825 in Little Rock.They were devoted early parishioners who contributed heavily in funds and time to the building of the church. They had a house in town and a plantation home north of the river.She and her husband built the historic home at 811 Barraque Street as a wedding gift to her daughter Juliet Roane Bell and her husband Marcus Bell.She is buried in Bellwood Cemetery.At one time an impressive brick mausoleum was built over her grave.In the early 1930’s the brick began to crumble.On a visit to the cemetery, Jimmy McGaughy found the site had been completely cleared.He had a bronze tablet made to be placed over the apparent site which read:
JULIA EMBREE ROANE The historians list Julia Roane and her mother, Sarah Embree as two of the most prominent women in Arkansas History.Her husband Judge Samuel C. Roane is buried in Mt. Holly Cemetery Little Rock.
After her husband’s death in 1852 she managed his estate with equal efficiency.She was active in civic and political affairs.She shipped her bales of cotton to New Orleanson the ship Quapaw, and imported many supplies using the same company.When the owners of this ship acquired another steamboat in 1859 they named it the Julia Roane in her honor.She served the company, and from 1861 to 1863 the Confederacy.When Federal troops marched into Little Rock September 10, 1863, the steamboat was burned by her owners to keep her from falling into Yankee hands.