Husband: James Rogers (1)
Born: 02 Feb 1615 in England
Married: 1639 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT
Died: 16 Feb 1687 in New London, New London, CT
Wife: Elizabeth Rowland (2)
From Wayne Olsen:
From "Thomas Rogers, Pilgrim & Some of His Descendants", Compiled by E.S.Daniel & J.E. Sawtelle for the Thomas Rogers Society, Inc. Gateway Press, Inc. Baltimore, 1980.
"... was born in England or Holland ca. 1615. He came to America from London on the Increase in 1635, settled for a time in Stratford, CT,then moved to Milford, CT and finally to New London before 1660.
He married Elizabeth Rowland in Stratford CT and he died in New London in Feb 1687/8. James was a baker by trade, and his flourishing business enabled him to amass a considerable fortune and acquire a great deal of land. His influence was also felt in civic matters; for a time he served as a representative to the general court.
From "History of Montville, CT," by Henry A. Baker, Press of Case,Lockwood& Brainard Co.,1896, Hartford:
James Rogers the first came to America in the ship "Increase," from London in 1635 at the age of 20 years. He was first known at Stratford, New Haven county, where he married Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Rowland.They afterwards removed to Milford, where his wife united with the Rev. Mr. Prudden's church, in 1645, and he in 1652. Their children were baptized at Milford. Mr. Rogers had dealings in New London in 1656, and, liking it as a place of business, fixed himself permanently as an inhabitant of the plantation there previous to 1660. Here he soon achieved property and influence and was much engaged both in civil and ecclesiastical affairs of the place. He was 6 times elected representative to the general court.
Governor Winthrop had encouraged his settling in New London, and accommodated him with a portion of his own house lot next the mill, which was afterwards leased to him. On this lot Mr. Rogers built a dwelling-house of stone. He was a baker, and carried on the business on a large scale, often furnishing biscuit for seamen and the colonial troops, and between the years 1661 and 1670 had a greater interest in the trade of that post than any other person in the place.
His landed possessions became very extensive, consisting of severa lhundred acres of the Great Neck, a tract of land at Mohegan at the place called Pamechog, now called Massapeag, several house lots in town, and 2400 acres on the east side of the river, which was held in partnership with Col Pynchon of Springfield.
James Rogers, the ancestor of a great throng of descendants, was an upright and circumspect man. At his first settlement in New London, both himself and his wife united with Mr. Bradstreet's church. They however, after a few years, became dissenters in some sort from the established Congregational church and joined the Sabbatarians, and were afterwards called Quakers.
There is no account of any dealings with him and his wife on account of their succession from the church. Of his latter years, little is known. Mr. Rogers was born about 1615, and is supposed to be the son of Rev. John Rogers of Dedham in England, who died in 1636, and his descendants hold to a tradition that he was the grandson of the Rev. John Rogers of London, who was burned at the stake in Smithfield in 1555, during the reign of "bloody" Queen Mary. Recent genealogical researchers have, however, thrown much doubt as to this lineal connection of this stock of Rogers with that of the martyr.
James Rogers died at New London in Feb 1687-8, when the government of Sir Edmund Andros was paramount in New England. His will was therefore proved in Boston. The first settlement of the estate was entirely harmonious. The children, in accordance with his earnest request, made anamicable division of the estate, which was sanctioned by the general court, May 12, 1692.
Bio also contained in History of New London County, CT, by D. Hamilton Hurd, J.w. Lewis & Co, Phila, 1882.
from Wayne Olsen:
Listed in LDS Ancestral File, AFN: GGCX-KC
From "Goff-Davis Ancestral Lines":
Elizabeth gave birth to her first child in Stratford in 1640, the other six children supposedly being born at Miford before 1659 although in 1660 John Winthrop's medical journal reported he had treated three of the children, born in Stratford, for itching. By 1660 the family had moved to New London. There Elizabeth undoubtedly enjoyed the status of being the wife of a prominent man and large landowner until 1676, when she and her husband and elder daughter joined the Sabbatarian Church(Seventh Day Baptists) in nearby Rhode Island, following the step earlier taken by two sons. Eventually all but the eldest son became religious dissenters, one son (john Rogers) founding the sect called the Rogerenes.Then followed fines and periods of imprisonment for the men for profanation of the Sabbath, neglecting worship, etc. Widowed in Feb1687/88, Elizabeth apparently lived in the home of her daughter Bathsheba until she died about 1709.
Born February 2, 1615 in Dedham, Essex, Englandmap
Son of John Rogers and [mother unknown]
Brother of Bridget Rogers, Nathaniel Rogers, Bridget (Rogers) Angier and John Rogers
Husband of Elizabeth (Rowland) Rogers — married about 1639 in Stratford, Connecticutmap
Father of Samuel Rogers, William Rogers, Joseph Rogers, John Rogers, Bathsheba (Rogers) Fox, James Rogers, Johnathan Rogers and Elizabeth (Rogers) Beebe
Died February 16, 1687 in New London, New London, Connecticut
In 1637 James Rogers was one of six men from Saybrook, who, under Capt. John Underhill, took part in the Pequot war. A few years later he is recorded as of Stratford, where he acquired property and married Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Rowland.
He went from Stratford to Milford, where he joined Mr. Prudden's (Congregational) church in 1652. His wife had joined the same church in 1645, and some of their children were baptized there. In the records of the General Court of Milford is the following: Nov. 22, 1645. “Ordered that James Rogers have a home lot adjoining that of Mr. Fowler's.”
He had dealings in New London as early as 1656 ; between that time and 1660 he became an inhabitant of that town, and was made freeman Mar. 14, 1660—61.
Both he and his wife joined the church in New London and became prominent in church affairs. Rate lists for the ministry tax are extant for the years 1664, 1666 and 1667.
He was deputy to the Court of Elections, May, 1661, and May and October, 1662. Corn Commissioner for New London in 1662, and Representative to the General Court seven times between 1662 and 1673, and, with his son Samuel, was on the committee of forti?cations for New London.
Before Mr. Winthrop's removal to Hartford, he leased the town mill to Mr. Rogers, and, as an accommodation in point of residence, transferred to him a building spot from the north end of his (Winthrop's) home lot, next to the mill. Upon this lot Rogers erected a dwelling house and bakery, both of stone.
Miss Caulkins says :
"The mill, being a monopoly, could not fail to become a source of grievance. One mill was manifestly insuf?cient for a growing community, and the lessee could not satisfy the inhabitants. Gov. Winthrop subsequently had a long suit with Mr. Rogers for breach of contract in regard to the mill, but recovered no damages. The town likewise uttered their complaint to the General Court, that they were not “duely served in the grinding of their corn," and were thereby “ much damni?ed ”; upon which the Court ordered that Mr. Rogers, to prevent “disturbance of the peace,” should give “ a daily attendance at the mill.”
After 1662, the sons of the governor, Fitz-John and Wait-Still Winthrop returned to the plantation and became regular inhabitants. Between the latter and Mr. Rogers a long and troublesome litigation was maintained in regard to bounds and trespasses, notices of which are scattered over the records of the County Court for several years.
In 1669 Capt. Wait Winthrop set up a bolting mill on land claimed by Mr. Rogers, who, as an offset, immediately began to erect a building on his own land, but in such a position as wholly to obstruct the only convenient passage to the said bolting mill. This brought matters to a crisis. Richard Lord, of Hartford, and Amos Richardson, of Stonington, were chosen umpires, and the parties interchangably signed an agreement “as a final issue in all disputes, suits at law and controversies, from the beginning of the world to the date thereof.”
There is a place having the appearance of a grave, a little north west from the rock on the beach mentioned in James Rogers’ will, where it is supposed that his wife was buried. It is on the Jonathan pasture of the James Rogers estate, near the pond. (L.T.R.)
James Rogers was one of his son John's early converts and a member of the church of which John was pastor. He and his wife and his daughter, Bathsheba Smith, were baptized in 1676. For this offence they were summoned to appear before a magistrate but were soon released. Throughout the rest of his life he was subjected to ?nes and imprisonment for non-conformity to the rules of the Established Church.
WILL OF JAMES ROGERS
The last will & testament of James Rogers Senior, being in perfect memory & understanding; but under the the (sic) hand of God by sickneffe.
This I leaue with my Wife, & all my Children, Sonnes & Daughters; I being old & knowing yt y' time of my departure is at hand.
What I haue of this world, I leaue Among you, de?ring you not to fall out or contend about it; but lett yr loue one to another appear more; then to the Eftate I leaue with you w is but of this world.
And for yr comfort I signi?e to you, y' I haue A perfect affurance; of an'.interest in Jesus Christ, & An Eternal happy Eftate in ye world to come, and do know & see y' my name is written in ye book of life; & therefore mourn not for mee: as they yt are without hope.
I committ my spirit into y' hand of God almighty, de?ring y‘ my body it may be buried (hopeing for A refurrection) and w is Expended there upon let it be paid out of y' Ef’tate I leaue.
I de?re y' all my debts may be paid out of ye Eftate, I leave. I know of no old Debts unpaid, nor any great matter of Debts that I owe.
My land at mistick I bequeath to my three Eldest sons Samuel Jofeph & John; it being ?rst (by y) Equally divided into three partes. & then let it be divided to ym by lot yt. Each one may know wc his part is: for as ye lot fals so shal Each ones part be. They paying to my daughter Elizabeth twenty pounds.
To my son James I bequeath, Gofhon neck & yt he shal haue A high way to it, over ye pond where I now goe.
To my son Jonathan my Hou?ng: & land so farr as Magunck fence wc life within my ?eld fence; & ye bounds between my son James & son Jonathan yt is to say between Goihon & my ?eld: shal be ye great Rock wc lise between y' pond and ye sea, on ye north side of ye beach. A line being run north & south from ye sd Rock shal be the bounds between them.
To my son Jonathan I bequeath twenty Acres in ye new paster; Joyning to his houfe & running on ye north side of my ?eld fence; & bounded on ye East wth ye lane running between ye head of my son James his home lot &: my son Jonathan his now dwelling houfe.
To my son James & son Jonathan I bequeath al ye rest of my land lying in ye new paster as also al ye rest of my land lying in ya General neck: it being divided by ym into two parts ?rst, & then as ye lot comes forth shal Each one know which his part is, (And my will is yt my son James pay to my daughter Elizabeth twenty pounds within a year after the death of his mother, my wife,) And yt my son Jonathan pay to my daughter Elizabeth ?fty pounds within three years after ye death of my Wife ten of it ye ?rst year: after her death.
To my son Jofeph I bequeath y' land y' I had of Obadiah Bruen Called bruens neck.
To my son, John I leaue ye land y‘ I had of Robert Allyn lying on ye East side of y' River ye goeth to Norwich he paying to his sister my Daughter Bathfhua ye sum of twenty pound: within a year after ye death of my wife, & if he sees caufe not so to do, my Daughter Bathlhua fhall haue ye fd land.
And all ya rest of my E?ate, as cattel houfehold goods Debts & parfonable Eftate I leaue wth my wife to difpofe of as shee sees good: only to pay to my daughter Elizabeth ten pounds if shee sees good wth ye advice of my sonne John: I also giue liberty to my Wife to sell or difpofe of any part of my land or Eftcate here willed if shee sees caufe so to do, without offence to any of my Children: & to haue ye ufe of my hou?ng during her life time to liue in or let out.
Some Cattel was left wth me by my son John, to ufe as my own not giving me power to giue or will ym away but did promife me yt what I sould or killed for ye families ufe he never would demaund pay for, but only thofe yt should be remaining in my hand.
The Chamber where my son John now liues I leaue wth him wth ye Roome under it for him to liue in during his life time: if my wife sees caufe not to order it other wife.
If any difference should arife about my land here willed or Any parte of my Eftate for want of a plain difcovery whether about bounds or other wife, my wil is yt there shall be no lawing amonge my children before Earthly Judges but yt ye Controver?e be ended by lot & so I referr ye Judment to god: & as ye lot comes forth so shal it be: And this I declare to be my last will & teftament as witnefs my hand this Eleventh day of ye ninth month one thoufand six hundred eighty & three.
Sam Beebee. Sn"
James has a memorial at Find A Grave. It has a brief biography and states that he was the son of John and Elizabeth Bostwick Rogers, no source is made for this claim.
abt 1615:probably England
1615-02-02 Stratfordon Avon, Warwickshire, England
1687 New London,Connecticut
1687-02-16 New London,New London,Connecticut
Elizabeth Rowland daughter of Samuel Rowland
Samuel b. prob. 1640; m. (1) Mary Stanton; m. (2) Joanna Williams.
Joseph, b. May 14, 1646; m. Sarah
John, b. Dec. 1, 1648; m. (1) Elizabeth Griswold; m. (2) Mary
Ransford; m. (3) Sarah Cole.
Bathsheba, b. Dec. 30, 1650; m. (1) Richard Smith; m. (2) Samuel Fox.
James, b. Feb. 15, 1652; m. Mary Jordan.
Jonathan, b. Dec. 31, 1655; m. Naomi Burdick. 
Elizabeth, b. April 15, 1658; m. Samuel Beebe.
Rogers, James Swift. James Rogers of New London, CT. and His Descendants (Boston, 1902) Pages 27-38
James Rogers memorial at Find A Grave.
? Rogers p. 27-30 This material is a copy of selected items. James Swift Rogers seems to be the best source for this family. Entered 29 June 2013 Phil Smith
? Rogers p.31,2 copy with very minor changes. There is much more material in the book, including a long inventory.
? James Rogers memorial at Find A Grave.
? 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 Rogers p. 38
Revised: February 19, 2018