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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Surname: Rogers

My grandpa, Rosmer Pettis Kerr, was a descendant of the Pilgrim Thomas Rogers. Our Rogers line is as follows:
  • Thomas Rogers, born in the mid- to late 1500s, arrived at Plymouth on the Mayflower in 1620 with his son Joseph. His wife and other children remained in Leiden, Holland, at that time, but at least one of the children came over later. Thomas died "in the first sickness" as did many other Pilgrims during their first winter in America. Thomas Rogers is my tenth great-grandfather.
  • Lt. Joseph Rogers, the son who came with Thomas on the Mayflower, was seventeen when his father died, according to Nathaniel Philbrick in Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community and War. William Bradford became a substitute parent for Joseph. By 1633 Joseph had married a woman named Hannah. They had eight children. Lt. Joseph Rogers is my ninth great-grandfather.
  • Elizabeth Rogers, born to Joseph and Hannah on 29 September 1639 in Duxbury, Massachusetts, married Jonathan Higgins, son of Richard Higgins and Lydia Chandler, on 9 January 1660 in Eastham. Elizabeth Rogers Higgins is my eighth great-grandmother.
At The Plymouth Colony Archive Project, you'll find three items pertaining to Lt. Joseph Rogers:
See also:
  • Sherman, Robert M., F.A.S.G., editor. Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, V. 2. Plymouth, Massachusetts: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1978.
  • Rogers Surname Origin


PalmsRV said...

It's always nice to have a Mayflower line along with those obscure rascals that take up so much of our time!


Martin said...

The English origins of Thomas Rogers was published in The Genealogist 9:138-149. All of his children eventually come over according to William Bradford's Increasings: "Thomas Rogers dyed in the first sickness, but his sone Joseph is still living, and is maried, and that 6 children. The rest of Thomas Rogers came over and are maried and have many children."

Martin said...

Also Vol. 2 was superseded by Vol. 19 of the five generation project (2000).

T.K. said...

Cathy, I actually have a few Mayflower lines, and you're right on the money with your comment!

Martin, thank you so much for mentioning the article in The Genealogist. I kept thinking there was something I was leaving out, and when you mentioned this, I thought right away, that sounds familiar, that's it. Then I went looking for the article, shuffled heaps of papers and notebooks before I realized I haven't actually seen the article yet! But a few days ago, I wrote it down on the first page of my new (and more organized!) research notebook so I can look it up next time I go to Detroit Public Library. Sheesh, I hope I can find the notebook when I'm ready to go to the library!

T.K. said...

Oh, thanks for the further info, Martin, I'll have a look at that at my local library!

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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