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Benjamin ROGERS,  

Born: 1715 in England
Died: 1805 in Blount Co, TN
Age: About 90 years
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Children with Martha UNK
Capt. John ROGERS Born: 1 JUN 1757
Wythe Co, VA
Died: 5 JAN 1822
Speedwell, Claiborne, TN
Reuben ROGERS Born: 1780
Blount Co, TN
Died: 17 APR 1867
Washington Co, TN
Notes: He was born in England, died in Blount Co, TN. According to notes in old family Bibles, Benjamin Rogers and his brother, William Rogers, emigrated from England in the early 1700s, according to one source and 1730, according to another (see Rogers family tree books).

Traditionally, the brothers were great-great grandsons of John Rogers 1500-1555, the first Protestant to be martyred during the reign of Mary I (Bloody Mary). He was burned at the stake February 4, 1555, in Smithfield, England, because his religious lecturing and preaching was anti-Catholic. The martyred John Rogers had edited the English translation of the Bible published in 1537, called the Thomas Mathew Bible. This was a pseudonym; the translation was by the combined efforts of several men. The work John Rogers did on that Bible helped form the basis for subsequent versions, making it possible for Bibles to be available to the common person in many languages.

During research for the Rogers genealogy, found the following information:

Rogers, Benjamin was sentenced in October 1733 to be transported to America. He embarked on Transport Ship Ceasar to Virginia in January 1734, William Loney, Captain. "English Convicts in Colonial Orleans, 1974, pp xvii; 229; appen.

Name: Benjamin Rogers
Year: 1734
Place: Virginia
Source Publication Code: 1220.12
Primary Immigrant: Rogers, Benjamin
Annotation: Date and port of arrival, or date of sentencing or reprieve for transport and port of arrival. Name of ship, crime convicted of, and other information may also be provided. The first part of this book was indexed as source number 1220.11 in PILI 1999 Part
Source Bibliography: COLDHAM, PETER WILSON. The Complete Book of Emigrants in Bondage, 1614-1775. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1988. pp. 462-920.
Page: 685

Name: Benjamin Rogers
Year: 1734
Place: Virginia
Source Publication Code: 1222
Primary Immigrant: Rogers, Benjamin
Annotation: The county of Middlesex encloses the city of London, so these were largely London departures, transportation bonds, etc. The final eight pages list transport ships to American colonies, 1716-1775, bearing Middlesex convicts only. There is an excellent int

Source Bibliography: COLDHAM, PETER WILSON, compiler and editor English Convicts in Colonial America. Volume 1: Middlesex 1617-1775. New Orleans: Polyanthos, 1974. 309p.

Source Publication Code: 1217.2
Primary Immigrant: Rogers, Benjamin
Source Bibliography: COLDHAM, PETER WILSON. Bonded Passengers to America. 9 vols. in 3. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1983. Vol. 2. Middlesex, 1617-1775. 334p.
Page: 229
Source Citation: Place: Virginia; Year: 1734; Page Number: 685. and Page Number: 229

Source Publication Code: 1229.10
Annotation: Date and port of arrival or date of conviction for transport and port of arrival. Date and place of felon runaways are also provided. Name of ship and other genealogical and historical information may also be provided.
Page: 59

Source Information:
Gale Research. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc, 2010.
Original data: Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2010.

Updated annually, this database is an index to passengers who arrived in United States and Canadian ports from the 1500s through the 1900s. It contains listings of approximately 4,838,000 individuals and references thousands of different records compiled from everything from original passenger lists to personal diaries. For each individual listed, you may find the following information: name, age, year and place of arrival, and the source of the record.

William Rogers settled in Pennsylvania; Benjamin Rogers settled first in Charleston, SC, but soon migrated to Virginia, NC and TN. A list of enumeration of free taxable inhabitants 1805, Blount Co, TN, shows no. 158: Benjamin Rogers. Several other Rogers` are also listed on that enumeration. Perhaps some were Benjamin`s children and grandchildren.

Benjamin Rogers served in the American Revolutionary War, from Montgomery Co, VA, under Guilford C.H.

As written in the Rogers family tree books in possession of Cynthia L. Todd.

"The People`s History of Claiborne County Tennessee 1801-1988" by Claiborne County Historical Society:

William and Benjamin Rogers, brothers born in England of Norman descent, came to America in the 1730`s. Researchers claim they were the descendants of John Rogers, editor of the Matthew`s Bible, who was burned at the state in Smithfield, england, 1555, because of his religious views.

Landing in Virginia, William went to Pennsylvania and Benjamin settled in Wythe County, Virginia. He married there and his son, John, my great-great grandfather, was born. Benjamin later moved to Blount County, Tennessee and died there in 1802.

While in Wythe County, Virginia, John married a Briton. They had eight children. He later moved to Washington County, Tennessee, married a second time to a Kelly. Name of his third wife is unknown. In all, he was the father of 25 children.

John Rogers, a Revolutionary War soldier, came to Powell Valley, Claiborne County, Tennessee in 1799 and settled on a large farm. (Presently located on Highway 63 about two miles west of the Speedwell Post Office.) He died January 5, 1822, and was buried on his farm. (monument still standing)

Of John Rogers` 25 children, two by his first wife: David, a major in the War of 1812 and William, a doctor, inherited the Speedwell farm. (The farm, divided, is still owned and farmed by seven generations of descendants of the two brothers.)

Major David (1779-1871) married Elizabeth (Polly) Lewis (1781-1880), daughter of Solomon Lewis (1750-1843), a Revolutionary War soldier, and Catherine Moon Lewis (1759-1845). William (1777-1853) married Catherine Lewis (1781-1853), Polly`s twin sister.

Major David, my great grandfather, and Polly were the parents of 13 children. Henderson (1820-1892), my grandfather, and Anna Cawood (1826-1894) were married by David`s brother, Jesse, who was a magistrate, in the presence of the bride`s parents: Stephen Cawood (1800-1871) and Winnie Beeler Cawood (1799-?).


Stephen Rogers, my father, was postmaster of Wilson Gap Post Office (1895-1903), which is now Speedwell. The mail was carried in saddle bags on horseback. Mail was carried on foot and by boat across Powell River to and from Maynardville in Union County once a week. The post office was in the David C Rogers` house (still standing) on the Major David Rogers` farm.

My father was a teacher, supervisor of road construction in Claiborne and Campbell County, and an outstanding farmer, especially noted for his herd of registered Angus cattle. He was a prominent citizen of Speedwell who showed deep respectes for traditions of the past, concerned for the present and progress in the future.

Members of the Rogers family were ministers, teachers, soldiers, farmers, doctors, judges, congressmen, and lawyers.

The Rogers` coat of arms earliest crest was a fleur-de-lis and this motto: "Nos Notraque Deo" meaning "Ourselves and our possessions to God."

The name Rogers means" One Whose Word is Reliable." (submitted by Edith Rogers Carr)

"Old Speedwell Families" by Lawrence Edwards and Joy Edwards Davis:

The Rogers family of Speedwell started with John Rogers, a Revolutionary War soldier, who married three times an had twenty-five children. John Rogers came into Powell Valley, to the neighborhood now called Speedwell, from Washington county, Tennessee, to which place he had earlier come from Wythe County, Virginia. It is thought that he fought at the battle of King`s Mountain. He settled at the spot where Johnny Ausmus lived, in the yellow brick house about a mile west of the Speedwell post office. The old Rogers homestead was the home of Major David, son of John, who built the east portion about 1799, possibly somewhat earlier.

Of John Rogers` twenty-five children, only two (Major David and William) whose offspring are still to be found at Speedwell, are considered in this genealogy.

William and David came as young men with their father when he moved to Speedwell, for David was born in 1779, and William must have been about the same age.

David Rogers, called Major David because he was a major in the war of 1812 and as tradition has it fought with Jackson at the battle of New Orleans, was the grandfather of Stephen Henderson Rogers. Dr. Frank T Rogers, famous radiologist of Knoxville, is a great-grandson of Major David, and another great grandson is Judge Jesse L Rogers of LaFollette. Judge Rogers is also descended from William Rogers, on his father`s side. Another famous descendant of William Rogers was Congressman J Will Taylor, whom Tennessee`s Republican Second District sent again and again to Congress.

The list of famous lawyers and doctors among the progeny of David and William would be long.

Stephen H Rogers was especially helpful in gathering information for the Rogers family. "During the nine decades of his life, this prominent citizen of Speedwell showed a deep respect for the traditions of the past, concern for matters of the present, and a confidence in the future."

Benjamin ROGERS
1715 - 1805


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