From History of Clinton County, MO (St. Joseph, Mo.: National Historical Co., 1881) Pg 252-3:
R. B. ROGERS
Farmer and cattle feeder, section 14, post office Lathrop, is a native of Knoxville, Claiborne Co., TN, and was born on the 29th day of October, 1832. When ten years of age he, with his parents, moved to Platte Co., MO, in 1842, and remained there till 1848, when he came to Clinton County, settling in section 25. Here he assisted on the farm till about 1868. When sixteen years of age he had begun speculating on his own account, and before becoming of age he done much business in this line, principally in the northern counties of MO. In 1861, he became a member of an independent cavalry company. In 1862, engaged in the cattle trade quite extensively. During the rebellion he was an active politician, being a staunch Republican. He is a good illustration of what economy and perseverance can accomplish; having began in life with small means, and having been prudent in his expenditures, he richly merits the success which has attended his career. He found a wife in the person of miss Nanna Allnut, whom he married in October, 1872. Their family consists of six children: Minnie, Daisy, Maggie, Richard, Ellen and Willard.