The Widener & Flanagin Genealogy Page
Home Alphabetical Family Tree Search Map Chronology of Events Contact Us

See Rev. Pleasant Marshall ROGERS in the Family Tree
Find Another Individual
Rev. Pleasant Marshall ROGERS,  

Born: 9 SEP 1809 in Speedwell, Claiborne, TN
Occupation: Farmer, Minister, State Representative
Died: 20 FEB 1874 in Pawnee City, Pawnee, NE
Age: 64 years
   Born    Married    Died
Children with Sarah Ann BEELER
Harvey R ROGERS Born: 1832
Anderson Co, TN
Marquis De LaFayette ROGERS Born: 29 JAN 1833
Lone Mountain, Anderson Co, TN
Died: 24 JUN 1906
Buenna, King Co, WA
Marshall ROGERS Born: 1835
Anderson Co, TN
Lewis Marshall ROGERS Born: 11 APR 1837
Anderson Co, TN
Died: 3 DEC 1881
Sarah Jane ROGERS Born: 10 SEP 1839
Anderson Co, TN
Died: 20 APR 1901
Pawnee City, Pawnee, NE
Mary Emily ROGERS Born: ABT 1840
Anderson Co, TN
Pleasant David ROGERS Born: 1844
Anderson Co, TN
Anna Powell ROGERS Born: 13 JUN 1848
Claiborne Co, TN
Notes: 1840 Census: Anderson Co, TN,
1850 Census: Anderson Co, TN, farming, property worth $2,000.
1854: Living Fremont Co, IA. Left in fall of 1854.
1856: To Nebraska Territory February 1856.
1860 Census: Pleasant Valley, Pawnee Co, NE, farmer, real estate worth $1,200, personal property $600.
1870 Census: Pawnee City, Pawnee Co, NE, farmer, real estate worth $16,000, personal property $3,358.

Civil War: A Pleasant M Rogers was in Co I, 2 Tenn. Inf., inducted as a Cpl, discharged as a Private. This P.M. wasn`t living in TN at the time of the war.

What hardships these early settlers had to endure in their battle with nature is best told by an extract from the Centennial History, prepared by Judge J. L. Edwards, from which many of the facts connected with the early history of the county are taken:

"The settlers during these first years of settlement were compelled to go to Missouri for a great portion of their provisions. The reader, on reflection, can readily realize that for the first few years little or nothing but sod corn could be produced, and that for meat, flour, groceries. etc., they necessarily must depend upon some other locality. This, too, was especially hard when these trips had to be made in the winter. And it was not always that these winter trips could be avoided. On one occasion, Messrs. Rezin Ball, G. L. Pangburn, Abner A. and Eben Jordan were compelled to make a trip to Missouri in the winter, leaving their families, those who had any, to shift for themselves. And on their return, more than one of their number came near freezing before they reached home. This is only an example of what they all had to endure. Many times the outlook for the future was indeed disheartening. Indians frequently passing through the county; scarcity of provisions and clothes; poor protection against the inclemency of the weather; new farms to be made, and a support to be had in the meantime; the distance from one neighbor to another contributing to the feeling of isolation and loneliness -- and all together would he a terrible strain upon the courage and self-reliance of any ordinary man. The hardest winter, perhaps, ever known in Nebraska, came right in the midst of those, hardest of times, as if to strain to the utmost the spirit of endurance of these truly courageous men. The winter of 1856-57 is one, that will readily be recalled by those who passed through it in Pawnee County. Its terrific nature will be suggested by the following incident: `It began to rain about December 1, 1856, coming from the southeast, but soon changed to the northwest, and then set in the heaviest snow-storm,` says Mr. Nicholas Steinauer, `ever seen in Nebraska.` In this storm, about twenty head of Joseph Muchmore`s cattle were lost -- driven before it from above Steinauer`s, the Robert Harrah farm, clear to the head of Ball`s Branch, about ten miles. They were driven down within the banks of this stream and so walled in by the snow that it was impossible for them to get out, and so hidden away that they were not found for about two months -- in February of 1857. When found, most of them had been killed by the wolves. Some two or three had succeeded in browsing enough to barely keep them alive. The snow-drifts were simply terrible, rendering the country almost impassable."

1857-58 he represented the Territory in the Legislature.

From: Portrait and Biographical Album, Johnson and Pawnee Counties, Nebraska, Chicago, Chapman Brothers, 1889, p432, 433.

The parents of Mrs. Edgerton (Mary ROGERS) removed from their native State to Fremont County, Iowa. in the fall of 1854, and thence, in February, 1856, to Nebraska Territory. The journey being made during the winter season, they crossed the Missouri on the ice, and on the 1st of April removed to the tract of land which now comprises the farm of Robert T. Scott. The father had united with the Methodist Church when twenty-one years old, and from that time until his death remained an earnest worker in the cause which he espoused in his youth. He began they being on the road ten weeks. They arrived at their destination in November, and spent the winter following after the manner of most pioneer`s in that lonely region, enduring many hardships and difficulties. The journey thence to Nebraska was made in a similar manner. Upon their arrival in this county their nearest neighbors were four miles away, and Indians were still to be seen at intervals roaming over the country.
Among other distinguishing traits in the character of Rev. Rogers was his strong advocacy of temperance principles, of which he made a practical application in his daily life. He refused to sell his corn to shippers when it was likely that his neighbors might need it for provision. He would often sell to the poor, and allow them to pay for it whenever they could. His life from beginning to end was the exponent of a practical Christianity, which consisted in not letting his right hand know what his left was doing.

Rev. Pleasant Marshall ROGERS
9 SEP 1809 - 20 FEB 1874
Major David Franklin ROGERS
3 OCT 1779 - 14 SEP 1871
Mary Elizabeth LEWIS
1 JAN 1781 - 13 FEB 1880

Capt. John ROGERS
1 JUN 1757 - 5 JAN 1822
Elizabeth Ann BRITTON
1756 - 1792
Solomon LEWIS
1750 - 6 MAR 1843
Catherine Moon MOORE
1759 - 25 AUG 1845

Benjamin ROGERS
1715 - 1805
Martha UNK

11 APR 1720 - 10 JUN 1802
Priscilla BROOKS
16 OCT 1725 - 1802


  Home |  Alphabetical List |  Family Tree |  Search |  Chronology |  Admin |  Contact Us
 Copyright © Dianna Lafferty. All rights reserved.