September 15, 2022

More Early Family Genealogy Sources

In my last blog post, I discussed how amazing it is when you have old family genealogies available to you to use in building your family tree.  The genealogies can be original documents or published material.  Another prized source of family information can be old letters, photos and other miscellaneous documents that have been kept in the family.

One interesting and unusual item that has been retained in our family is a Bill of Sale for an ownership interest in the clipper ship, John Clark of Baltimore dated September 23, 1857.  I first mentioned this document in my blog, The Tale of Captain Hale, posted May 29, 2021.   The Bill of Sale of a Vessel is a very large document measuring 17” X 21 ½” in size.  It was a printed form that was prepared in Baltimore using the legal terms of a bill of sale and providing blanks to fill in the specifics of the sale of a vessel.  It begins…

“Know all Men by these Presents that I, Philip M Hale of the City of Baltimore, State of Maryland owner of one-eighth of the Ship or vessel called the “John Clark” of Baltimore as per Register – as well as further owner of an Interest in one eighth of said Ship by agreement made with Mssrs Cooper & Butler the reputed owners of one fourth as per Register for and in consideration of the sum of Fourteen Thousand dollars current money of the United States to me in hand paid at the time of perfection of these presents by Mary Dickinson of the City of Baltimore, aforesaid the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, have granted, bargained, sold, assigned, transferred and set over, and by these presents do the said one eighth of said Ship “John Clark” owned by me as per Register as well also any further Interest which I at present or hereafter may have in and to the said Ship together with a like proportion of her Masts, Yards, Sails, Riggin, Anchors, Cables, Boats, Tackle, Apparel and Appertenances, as she now is and more particularly described in a Certificate of Registry granted her at the Port of Baltimore…”

Look at that signature!  There are not any letters or other information that have been passed down telling us why Philip M Hale transferred or sold his interest in the ship John Clark to Mary Dickinson who was his mother-in-law.  Most probably, Philip needed money or possibly he was using his interest in the ship to repay a loan from her.

In 1856, Philip M Hale became the Captain and a partial owner of the new ship John Clark of Baltimore on her maiden voyage.  The ship sailed to Liverpool on that first voyage.  Unfortunately after leaving Liverpool, on the return voyage to Baltimore, the ship sailed into a hurricane and lost the main topsail and the foretop mast. The damage to the ship undoubtedly created an economic expense for the owners, either reducing or eliminating their profit on the voyage.

Only a year later in 1857, Philip transferred or sold his ownership share in the John Clark to his mother-in-law.  And I believe that 1858 was Capt Hale's final year with the John Clark.  By then it appears that there were problems with Philip’s career and marriage as well as drinking and financial problems; also the advent of the Civil War was on the horizon. 

 

Another collection of original documents that have been retained in our family is a group of letters that David Bill Dickinson (my 3rd great grandfather) had saved.  He wrote regarding his memories of his father and family with the goal of trying to obtain a Revolutionary War widow’s pension for his mother referencing his father’s service and the fact that his father, Nathaniel Dickinson, was captured and imprisoned by the British.  The pension request was eventually declined.  David worked on the claim between 1835-1842 which was after his mother had already died.  Unfortunately, I don't actually know what year she died.  The petition asked for compensation for the years that David financially took care of his mother and sisters’ expenses without benefit of a Revolutionary pension for his father.  David's efforts ended when he submitted a Petition to Congress in 1842, but it was also declined.

The letters that David B Dickinson retained were handwritten copies that he had made of letters that he sent and received from a lawyer that was assisting him, his letters to and from Jonathan Brooks, Jr (his uncle), and other letters from individuals that had known his father and could verify his Revolutionary service.  I expect that David kept the file for his reference. Below from that grouping is a summary of Nathaniel's service that was written by Jonathan Brooks, Jr.




Finally, realize that its not necessary to have original documents that have been passed down in your family.  Alternatively, you can gather copies of original documents in your quest for information.  The most common copies of documents that you should work to find are birth and death certificates, marriage documents, obituaries and newspaper articles.  Just don’t forget that you will need to record or document your source, i.e. where you got them, for your files.

I look for ALL of the documentation that I can find because I don’t want to end up only with names and birth, marriage and death dates on my family tree.  I want to learn as much as possible about my ancestors that will enable me to envision the stories of their lives to include the good and the bad, and the happy and the sad.

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Key Individuals:

     Philip Moore Hale  (1807 – 1870)

     David Bill Dickinson  (1798 – 1846)

 – Jane Scribner McCrary

August 30, 2022

Early Family Genealogy Sources

One of the most prized sources of family genealogical information is written material that has been passed down through the family.  These types of sources often include family notes or letters.  While this type of information is usually assumed to be accurate, you must always remember that it is only as good as the knowledge, memory or resource of the author who recorded it years, or even a century earlier.

We are lucky in that we have at least three of these types of informational sources that are specific to our family and give information on earlier generations on our family tree.  They include handwritten pages in the family bible known as the Hale Bible; notes that were recorded in a journal by Deacon David W Scribner probably in the late 1800’s; and a family genealogy document about the Hall family that was prepared specifically for Virginia Augusta Hale Scribner by Harry M Chapman in 1897.


P M Hale Bible – The bible known in our family as the Hale Bible was published in New York in 1846.  It is very large and heavy and is inscribed inside with the text, “a sacred token from Philip M Hale to Mary Ann B Hale”.   Philip and Mary were married in 1835 however the bible would have been purchased sometime between 1846 and 1860.  It has now been passed down in our family for four generations.

 



As in many large bibles, the Hale Bible has pages for recording births, marriages and deaths, and information has been added on many of those pages.

 

Because I have an original document signed by Philip M Hale, I can see that the marriage information in the bible for Philip M Hale and Mary Ann B Dickinson was actually written by Philip M Hale.  The Hale family bible also includes a few cherished items that were kept in the bible such as the 1876 marriage certificate for David A Scribner & Virginia A Hale.


Also included in the bible are a couple of obituary news clippings and a photo.  There is a newspaper obituary for Mary A B Dickinson Hale (the wife of P M Hale) who died in 1880; the obituary for one of her sons, David D Hale, who died in 1894; and a photo that is noted on the back as “Sis Mary”.  I believe the photo is of Mary Rogers Summerville Hale who died in 1866 at the age of 29 years, and that it was labeled as “Sis Mary” by Virginia Augusta Hale Scribner.


One of the types of genealogical documents mentioned above is handwritten recordings of family records.  There is a sheet that is tucked into the Hale Bible that is a page of notes about the Rogers family.  The mother of the original owner of the bible, Mary A B Dickinson Hale, was a Rogers.  Mary’s grandparents were Capt John Rogers and Hannah Smith, and the topic of my previous blog post.  They were married in 1782.



Journal written by Deacon David W Scribner – An accounting that was included in a personal journal written by Deacon David W Scribner was seven pages of detailed information beginning with a page titled “Family Record of My Great Grandfather’s Children”.  David W Scribner lived until 1890 and died at 94 years of age, so we know that he wrote down this family information in his journal in the 1800’s.  David’s great grandfather was Edward Scribner (1696-1756), and David began his record with the list of that Edward’s children.  




The compiled John Hall & Mary Parker of Maryland genealogy – One early genealogy document specific to our family is a family tree that was prepared for Virginia A Hale Scribner in 1897.  It tracked her Hale family back to early colonial years and the arrival of John Hall (1624 – 1660) in America. 

John Hall arrived from England in 1640, and during his life he became a substantial land owner in the Chesapeake Bay area [see the January 15, 2021 blog, Legacy of Enslavement].   His son, also named John Hall (1658 – 1737) held the important offices of High Sheriff of Baltimore County in 1692, and the governmental offices of a Deputy Commissioner.  He was also a delegate to the General Assembly of Maryland from Baltimore County.

The genealogy, titled the “Descendants of John Hall and Mary Parker of Maryland” written by Harry M Chapman, takes Virginia’s ancestry back to both of those early ancestors. 

There was a great deal of interest in the early 1900’s in heraldry groups.  Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants are examples of such groups.  Virginia was a long-time member of a group called the Kin of Colonials, and she was also a member of the Society of Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century.  To join such groups Virginia needed to provide something that traced her line back to colonial times. 

Harry M Chapman prepared the Hall family genealogy for Virginia with the purpose of documenting her line for membership in lineage societies.  The document is comprised of fifteen legal-sized handwritten pages covering eight generations beginning with John Hall & Mary Parker and ending with Virginia Augusta Hale Scribner.

 


Harry Melville Chapman, the author of the genealogy, was also a distant cousin to Virginia.  Both Virginia and Harry were great grandchildren of Aquila Hall & Ann Tolley Hall.  Harry may have already gathered much of the information on the Hall family for his own interests and membership in lineage societies, as I have found that he was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. 


Please remember when working with most documents, you should always double check with other sources, if available, as not everything written down is necessarily correct.  I have worked with Chapman’s Hall genealogy document quite a bit in doing my own research over the years, and I have discovered a few errors.  I found one entry that gave a man’s marriage date that was only twelve years after his birth date, thus the marriage date or birth date, or both, are incorrect.  I also discovered that Mr. Chapman had incorrectly noted Virginia’s 2nd & 3rd great grandparents.  The correct lineage is actually only slightly different and through siblings in the same Hall family line, thus the corrected path still goes back to John Hall and Mary Parker, just not exactly on the route as noted in Chapman’s family tree.

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Key Individuals:

     Philip Moore Hale  (1807 – 1870)

     Mary Ann Brown Dickinson Hale  (1816 – 1880)

 

     Captain John Rogers  (1760 – 1796)

     Hannah Smith Rogers  (1760 – 1845)

 

     Deacon David Scribner  (1795 – 1890)

     Islethera Howland Scribner  (1802 – 1843) 

 

     Capt David Alba Scribner  (1840 – 1911)

     Virginia Augusta Hale Scribner  (1848 – 1940)

 

Notes:

1)  It is possible that you can find records owned by others that intersect your family line and take you to earlier generations.  I found a DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) document that indicated that DAR had at one time reviewed and accepted the family bible records for Aquila Hall and Ann Tolley Hall, my 4th great grandparents.  In 2010, I wrote to the DAR office in Washington D.C. and requested a copy of that document.  In response, the DAR sent me copy from their files of a 1939 typed transcription of entries that were said to have been written in a bible that had originally belonged to Aquila and Ann Hall.  Aquila and Ann were both born in the mid-1700’s in Baltimore County.  The bible that the 1939 DAR transcription was taken from was at that time owned by Harry Melville Chapman who died in 1946.  I wonder who holds that Hall family bible today? 

2)  Other sources that have proven helpful are published genealogies.  I have been able to find links for individuals in our family tree in the following genealogy books:  The Book of Snedekers, A Simple Outline of the Descendants of Focke Jansz of the Netherlands, The Wentworth Genealogy, The Morrisettes of North Carolina, James Rogers of New London CT, A Genealogy of the Ricker Family and the Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England.  You simply need to determine where our tree links into the surname genealogy, usually by marriage. 

And last, there are printed materials that are not specifically genealogies that can also be useful in digging out family information.  One that comes to mind is the The Diary Joshua Hempstead of New London, Connecticut 1711 – 1758.  If you enjoy writing, you might want to consider starting your own personal diary or journal, and possibly decades or centuries from now it will be prized by one of your descendants as a tale of your time in history!

3)  Be aware that simply because something was printed in a book or even handwritten in a bible, journal or on a piece of paper, that doesn’t necessarily make it true and accurate.  A historian or researcher will always want to find verification documentation whenever possible.

 – Jane Scribner McCrary

August 15, 2022

Captain Rogers – Lost at Sea

To date, I have brought you the stories of at least four mariners among our direct ancestors to include Capt Nathaniel Dickinson, his son Capt David Bill Dickinson, Capt Philip Moore Hale, and his son-in-law, Capt David Alba Scribner.  However, there is mention of a fifth mariner in an early family bible.  A handwritten page in the P M Hale family bible, which has been passed down for several generations in our family, notes: “Capt. John Rogers sailed from New London August 28th 1796 for Barbadoes which was the last ever heard from him.” 

Another source, a book titled James Rogers of New London, Connecticut, and his Descendants - 1902, records that Captain John Rogers “was a master mariner and owned a vessel running to the East Indies.  He was drowned in sight of New York harbor.” 

A memorial gravestone for our Captain John Rogers in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in New London, Connecticut cites that he was “Lost at Sea, Aug 28, 1796.”


Captain John Rogers (1760-1796) was born in New London, Connecticut on January 4, 1760 to John Rogers “the cooper” & Martha Colver Rogers.  As a cooper, John’s father was in business to make or repair wooden casks, kegs or tubs in the New London area.  The Rogers family line descends from James Rogers who is believed to have arrived in 1635 from England aboard the ship Increase [see the blog post James Rogers, a very early immigrant recently posted on July 15, 2022].  The Rogers family lived in the New London area for many generations and was well known and respected.

Our young John Rogers (1760 – 1796) was a mariner, however he enlisted and served with the Continental troops from 1777 to 1779 where he is listed as both a “private” and a “seaman” in available records [see the blog post, Ancestors Who Fought in the Revolution, part 2 posted on April 10, 2022].  After John’s involvement in the Revolution as a young man, he settled down in 1782 and married Hannah Smith of New London.  Hannah was the daughter of James Smith & Abigail Hempstead Smith, both also of New London.

When Captain John Rogers died, his 35 year-old widow, Hannah Smith Rogers, was left pregnant with 6 young children.  Dates for the birth and death of John & Hannah’s children are also noted in the family bible.

Hannah remained in New London, never remarried, and lived to 85 years of age.  After John’s death, she raised their seven children on her own and probably with the help of her extended families.  Two of John and Hannah’s children married into the Mallory family.  Their youngest child, Eliza Rogers, who was born after the death of Captain John Rogers, married Charles Mallory (1796 – 1882) in 1818.  Charles Mallory became an important leader in the shipping and ship building industry in nearby Mystic, Connecticut.  Eliza Rogers Mallory was close to her older sister, Mary (our ancestor), who married Capt David Bill Dickinson in 1812.

The location of New London with a good harbor on the New England coast naturally provided opportunities for a life as a mariner, including ship owners and investors. It also provided opportunities for many of the supporting businesses needed to build and supply those industries.  It is not surprising that we have several seamen and sea captains in our family history that are rooted in this small New England community.

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Key Individuals:

    

     John Rogers “the cooper” (1716 – 1779)

     Martha Colver Rogers  (1717 – 1716)    

              Captain John Rogers  (1760 – 1796)

              Hannah Smith Rogers  (1760 – 1845)

 

Notes:

In addition to the surnames of Rogers, Smith and Colver, other family names on our tree that have deep roots in the New London area of Connecticut include  Dickinson, Bills, Hempstead, Rowland, Bailey, Chapman, Brooks, Wheeler, Wyatt and others.

- Jane Scribner McCrary

July 31, 2022

The Rogerenes

In my last blog post, James Rogers, a very early immigrant, I shared information about the first Rogers in our line that came to America in the colonial era.  James Rogers was believed to descend from a long line Protestant preachers including John “The Martyr” Rogers who was burned at the stake in England for his anti-Catholic sermons in 1554.

In colonial times, we find that many early immigrants were prompted to leave England or their homeland because of both political and religious differences.  In the New London area (now part of Connecticut), the majority of early residents were members of the Congregational Church, a Protestant group. Others associated with Seventh Day Baptists or Quaker communities.

While we are direct descendants of James Rogers (1615-1687), I would like to digress slightly and tell you about John Rogers, the third son of James Rogers who was a brother to three of our direct ancestors.  And even though he isn’t our direct line, the story about him is interesting in that he was the founder of a religious sect called The Rogerenes.

John Rogers (1648 – 1721) was raised in a family that belonged first to the Congregational Church in New London and later joined local the Seventh Day Baptist church.  As a young adult, John was attracted to the Baptist faith and began to oppose the Congregational Church, and eventually also the Seventh Day Baptists.  As a young man, when his religious beliefs began to change he embarked on a career as a minister.  He began to oppose some of the teachings of the Congregational Church, and supported several of the beliefs of both the Baptist and also the Quaker theologies.  John founded the new religious group known as The Rogerenes in 1674. 


The Rogerenes maintained that they did not have to pay taxes to support the Congregational Church or any church.  They didn’t violate civil laws, but loudly proclaimed and displayed their unwillingness to abide by ecclesiastical laws that they believed were not in keeping with the Rogerene faith. 

Several years after John Rogers founded his Rogerene sect, his wife, Elizabeth Griswold Rogers petitioned for a divorce.  She described his unusual behavior, conduct and beliefs as her reason to divorce him.  Her divorce was granted.

Rogerenes were not Congregationalists, Quakers or Seventh Day Baptists, though they shared some of the same beliefs.  The Rogerenes were advocates of peaceful non-resistance as were the Quakers.  They also believed in healing by prayer known as faith healing without the attentions of a physician and were against any medicines or formal medical treatment.  They believed healing would be achieved only by prayer and the laying on of hands.  They prayed specifically in silent worship (opposed to oral prayer like the Quakers); they believed in adult baptism by immersion; and they believed in celebrating communion in the evening like the Baptists.  And while the Rogerenes believed in Sunday worship, unlike the Congregationalists, they didn’t believe that anyone had to abstain from work on the Sabbath for the whole day.

Rogerenes opposed slavery and were active in the abolitionist cause and the Underground Railroad.  They advocated for the rights of women, a peaceful co-existence with the Native Americans, and were opposed to war and the military. 

The Rogerenes, though Christian, were very anti-clerical and were vocal religious dissenters, often showing up at Congregational Church events where they created disruptions and were known to go out of their way to provoke conflict and garner attention.  Not surprisingly, the Rogerenes were often persecuted for their beliefs and their disruptive behavior. 

Members of the Rogerenes were known to march through New London on Sunday proclaiming that they were working on the Sabbath and would attend functions at churches of other denominations to disrupt and argue with those of differing beliefs.  As a result, Rogerenes were also frequently hauled before the courts where they were fined or imprisoned, tarred or whipped either for their behavior or for their refusal to pay taxes which at the time supported the Congregational Church. 

In the early 1700’s the former leader of the Congregationalist Church in New London, Gurdon Saltonstall, became the Governor and actions against The Rogerenes escalated.  As a result, John Rogers and his followers spent more time in prison.  John Rogers cumulatively spent about 15 years of his life incarcerated.

In 1721, John Rogers traveled to Boston to minister to the sick during an outbreak of smallpox.  He believed that his faith would protect him from contracting the infection.  John later returned home to New London, only to become sick with smallpox himself and die along with a couple of members of his family who likely contracted the disease from him.

The Rogerenes remained active long after the death of John Rogers “the Founder” for over 200 years and well into the 1800’s.  Eventually one branch of the sect resettled in New Jersey and others integrated into nearby Quaker communities. 

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Key Individuals:

James Rogers  (1615 – 1687), 8th or 9th great grandfather

Elizabeth Rowland Rogers  (abt 1620 – 1709), 8th or 9th great grandmother

1)  Samuel Rogers  (1640 – 1713)

2)  Joseph Rogers  (1646 – 1697), 7th great grandfather

3)  John Rogers  (1648 – 1721) – founder of the Rogerenes

4)  Bathsheba Rogers  (1650 – 1711), 8th great grandmother

5)  James Rogers  (1652 – 1714)

6)  Jonathan Rogers  (1655 – 1697), 8th great grandfather

7)  Elizabeth Rogers  (1658 – 1716) 

For an explanation of the notations of 7th, 8th and 9th great grandparents, please see the Notes section of my previous blog post titled James Rogers, a very early immigrant.


Notes:

Bathsheba Rogers (1650 – 1711), one of my 8th great grandmothers became an early convert to The Rogerenes.  She was known to be a particularly zealous Rogerene and according to one account “she suffered long and cruel imprisonments” as a result of her work with the Rogerenes, as she was very devoted to her brother John’s religious movement.  Bathsheba married Richard Smith (1640 – 1682) in 1670, and her great grandson, James Smith Jr (1832 – 1798) was featured in my April 10, 2022 blogpost Ancestors Who Fought in the Revolution – part 2. 

- Jane Scribner McCrary

July 15, 2022

James Rogers, a very early immigrant

One of my earliest ancestors to arrive in the New World was James Rogers, my 8th or 9th great grandfather depending on the line that you follow.  Manuscripts that are preserved in the Public Record Office in England contain a document noted as a “licens to go beyond the seas” that is dated April 15, 1635 and reads “to be transported to New England imbarqued in the Increase [ship], James Roger, 20 years.”

James Rogers was born in England around 1615.  Within 2 years after his 1635 arrival in New England, James was noted as living near Saybrook (now in Connecticut).  He was a participant in the Pequot war – which was a brief conflict between the Pequot people on one side, and the Narragansett and Mohegan peoples who were allied with the colonists on the other side.   

By 1640, John is recorded as a property owner in Stratford, where he met and married Elizabeth Rowland.   The couple moved to Milford where James Rogers purchased a home lot and also obtained a warehouse. In Milford, James began baking and selling bread and biscuit products.  His business grew considerably and before long he was furnishing biscuit for seamen sailing to Virginia and Barbados, and for Colonial troops.  James had a great deal of business in nearby New London, probably because of the increasing port activity, and sometime between 1656 and 1660 he moved his business and family to New London.  New London by then had over a hundred families on the tax roll.  James was generous with his good fortune and often provided free biscuits for seamen and colonial troops.

In New London, James leased the town mill, built a home and a bakery next to the mill, and was quite successful.  James and his wife became involved in community affairs, the local Congregationalist church and in his later years in the Seventh Day Baptist church.  James Rogers served as deputy to the Court of Elections, and as the Corn Commissioner for New London.  He eventually handed his bakery business over to his eldest son, Samuel, though James stayed active locally serving as the Representative to the General Court seven times between 1662 and 1673.  

As you might expect from his success, James Rogers became a wealthy tradesman and major landowner during his lifetime.  James & Elizabeth had 8 children that lived to adulthood, and we have direct lines of descent through at least 3 of their children!  James Rogers died in 1687 in New London, and Elizabeth lived until around 1709.

 


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Key Individuals:

James Rogers  (1615 – 1687) 8th or 9th great grandfather, married

Elizabeth Rowland Rogers  (abt 1620 – 1709) 8th or 9th great grandmother, and had the following children:

1)  Samuel Rogers  (1640 – 1713)

2)  Joseph Rogers  (1646 – 1697) 

3)  John Rogers  (1648 – 1721) – founder of the *Rogerenes

4)  Bathsheba Rogers  (1650 – 1711) 

5)  James Rogers  (1652 – 1714)

6)  Jonathan Rogers  (1655 – 1697) 

7)  Elizabeth Rogers  (1658 – 1716)

    

Notes:

1)  English Protestant religion played a significant role in the history of this Rogers family.  James Rogers, the immigrant, claimed that he was the grandson of the clergyman known as John “The Martyr” Rogers (1507-1555) in England.  John “The Martyr” was a well-known Protestant preacher at the time that Queen Mary I (also known as Mary Tudor or Bloody Mary), a Roman Catholic, who came to the throne in England in 1553.  Rogers delivered sermons warning against papist preachings.  It wasn’t long before Rogers and other Protestant preachers in England were brought before the Privy Council and accused of heresy.  He was among a group that was imprisoned for over a year at Newgate as heretics and sentenced to be burned to death at the stake at Smithfield.  Before his sentence was carried out John Rogers was offered a pardon if he were to recant, but he refused.  He was burned at the stake on February 4, 1555 and was thereafter referred to as John The Martyr.

It is recorded in several places that when James Rogers came to New England, he brought with him a bible that was reported to have belonged to his grandfather, John “The Martyr” Rogers.

2) My next blog post will tell you about the *Rogerenes, a religious group that was established by John Rogers, the 3rd son of our James Rogers of New London. 

3)  If you are working on our family tree, it will be very easy to get confused with all of the John Rogers that you will find who lived in and around New London, Connecticut.  Our line actually goes directly back to James Rogers (1615-1687) at least three different ways – through James & Elizabeth’s 2nd child, Joseph, and through their 4th child Bathsheba, and again through their 7th child, Jonathan.

 

1st path:  James Rogers (1615-1687) m. Elizabeth Rowland (abt 1620-1709)

                     Joseph Rogers (1646-1697) m. Sarah Haughton (1652-1728)

                        John Rogers (1675-1739), Deborah Dayton (1675-1739)

                             John Rogers (1716-1779) m. Martha Colver (1717-1760)

                                  **John Rogers (1760-1796) m. Hannah Smith (1761-1845)

                                        Mary B Rogers (1790-1875) m. David Bill Dickinson (1787-1846)


2nd path:  James Rogers (1615-1687), m. Elizabeth Rowland (abt 1620-1709)

                       Bathsheba Rogers (1650-1711) m. Richard Smith (1640-1682)

                           James Smith (1674-1750) m. Elizabeth Rogers (1681-1760)

                              James Smith “the Barber” (1703-1758) m. Susannah ?

                                 **James Smith (1732-1798) m. Abigail Hempstead (1738-1814)

                                      Hannah Smith (1761-1845) m. **John Rogers (1760-1796)     

                                            Mary B Rogers (1790-1875) m. David Bill Dickinson (1787-1846)


3rd path:  James Rogers (1615-1687), m. Elizabeth Rowland (abt 1620-1709)

          Jonathan Rogers (1655-1697) m. Naomi Burdick (dates unknown)

             Elizabeth Rogers (1681-1760) m. James Smith (1674-1750)

                 James Smith “the Barber” (1703-1758) m. Susannah ?

                       **James Smith (1732-1798) m. Abigail Hempstead (1738-1814)

                                      Hannah Smith (1761-1845) m. **John Rogers (1760-1796)     

                               Mary B Rogers (1790-1875) m. David Bill Dickinson (1787-1846)        

**To learn for more about John Rogers (1760-1796) or James Smith (1732-1798), both noted above, see my earlier blog post titled Ancestors Who Fought in the Revolution – part 2, published earlier this year on April 10, 2022.


Note above that both James Smith & Elizabeth Rogers (who married) were grandchildren of James Rogers (1615-1687) & Elizabeth Rowland (abt 1620-1709) making them first cousins. 

And to add to the confusion, if you track my lineage through James & Elizabeth Rogers’ son Joseph, they will be my 8th great grandparents.  However, if you follow the line through either of his siblings, Bathsheba or Jonathan, then James & Elizabeth will be my 9th great grandparents.  

If you are in my family line that comes down through Mary B Rogers Dickinson (1790-1875), the wife of David Bill Dickinson, then all three ways lead to us.   I have to tell you that entering all of this in my ancestry program was a true challenge!

- Jane Scribner McCrary

More Early Family Genealogy Sources

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