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George Rodgers

Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Kittery, York, Maine
Immediate Family:

Partner of Mary Magdalene Turner
Father of Mary Richards

Managed by: Patrick James Spain
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About George Rodgers

Stephen Bachelder married (3) widow Mary BEEDLE. She was a much younger woman and he was age 87. After a while, Mary’s eyes began to wander to the younger, more romantic men in Hampton, New Hampshire. Her new love, George Rodgers, fathered a child, obviously not that of the very elderly Reverend BACHELDER. The young man was sentenced to forty strokes and was driven out of town. Mary was given forty one strokes and was ordered to wear the letter “A” of a good size, and contrasting color upon her clothes. One version of the tale is that Reverend BACHELDER refused to give Mary a divorce so that she could marry George, and that he returned to England, leaving her and her baby as burdens upon the town of Hampton, unable to marry a man willing to care for them.(S2). -

On 15 October 1650 at a court at York "George Rodgers & Mrs. Batcheller [were] presented upon vehement suspicion of incontinency for living in one house together & lying in one room" [ MPCR 1:146]. At a court at Piscataqua [i.e., Kittery] on 16 October 1651 the grand jury presented "George Rogers for, & Mary Batcheller the wife of Mr. Steven Bacheller minister for adultery"; George Rogers was to have forty strokes, and Mary Bachiler "for her adultery shall receive 40 strokes save one at the first town meeting held at Kittery six weeks after the delivery & be branded with the letter A" [ MPCR 1:164]. This child born late in 1651 or early in 1652 was apparently the Mary Bachiler who later married William Richards, and even though the Dover Court on 26 March 1673 awarded him administration of the estate of Stephen Bachiler [ NHPP 40:287], she would not have been his daughter. (See MA Arch 9:28 and NHGR 8:14 for more on Bachiler's fourth wife.)


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October 15, 1651
Age 36
Kittery, York, Maine

Court Records - York, Maine, 15 Oct 1651
"We do present George Rogers for, & Mary Batchellor the wife of Mr. Steven Batcheller minister for adultery. It is ordered by ye Court yt George Rogers for his adultery with mis Batcheller shall forthwith have fourty stripes save one upon the bare skine given him: It is ordered yt mis Batcheller for her adultery shall receive 40 stroakes save one at ye First Towne meeting held at Kittery, 6 weekes after her delivery & be branded with the letter A."

November 1651
Age 36
Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire
Age 39
Kittery, York, Maine