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Aurelia Read Rogers (Spencer)

Birthplace: Deep River, Middlesex, Connecticut, USA
Death: Died in Farmington, Davis, Utah, USA
Place of Burial: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA, Plot: G-6-5-2-W
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Orson Spencer and Catherine Cannon Spencer
Wife of Thomas Edward Rogers
Mother of Curtis Wilson Rogers
Sister of Catherine Read Spencer; Ellen Curtis Clawson; Catherine Curtis Young; Howard Orson Spencer; George Boardman Spencer and 2 others
Half sister of Mattie Woodward

Occupation: Married Thomas Edward Rogers at age 17 and they had 10 children. Founder of the Primary, Delagate to the Woman's Suffrage Convention, and Member of the National Council of Women in Washington, D.C.
Managed by: Richard Frank Henry
Last Updated:

About Aurelia Read Rogers

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...Aurelia Read Spencer Rogers (October 4, 1834 – August 19, 1922) was the founder of Primary, the children's organization and official auxiliary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Rogers was also a women's rights activist and suffragette..."


The following information is from Find A


Aurelia was six years old when her parents, Orson and Catherine Curtis Spencer joined the LDS Church in 1841. Aurelia's father had been a prominent Baptist minister in New England. Almost directly after joining the LDS Church the Spencer family moved to Nauvoo, Illinois to join the rest of the Latter-day Saints. Orson's brother, Daniel, was instrumental in Orson's conversion and baptism.

When Aurelia was twelve years old her mother, Catherine, died at Sugar Creek Camp in Iowa shortly after the Latter-day Saints were driven out of Nauvoo. A few months later at Winter Quarters where they had established a temporary home, her father, Orson, was called to serve as the European Mission president. Along with her five brothers and sisters, Aurelia crossed the plains in 1848 in the Brigham Young Company, and settled in Salt Lake City where their Uncle Daniel Spencer built them a cabin. Her father Orson joined the children in September 1849.

At the age of seventeen Aurelia married Thomas Edward Rogers and moved to Farmington, Utah. There she raised ten children and led an active life. Aurelia was the founder of the Primary, and served on the General Board of the Primary Association from 1893 until her death. In 1895, she was a delegate to the Woman's Suffrage Convention in Georgia, and along with several other women represented Utah at the National Council of Women in Washington, D.C.

The Primary Association of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized on August 11, 1878 in Farmington, Utah by Aurelia Spencer Rogers, under the direction of Eliza R. Snow and President Brigham Young. Bishop John Hess of the Farmington Ward also gave his full support to her efforts.

As a mother Aurelia was concerned because the younger children had too much unsupervised time. While the fathers and older sons kept long hours on their farms, and the mothers and older daughters worked hard in the home, the younger boys, in particular, were becoming very unruly and mischievous.

With encouragement from Bishop John Hess of her Farmington, Utah ward, Aurelia Rogers consulted with her friend, Eliza R. Snow, and with permission from church leaders, she organized a Primary Association for her Farmington ward (congregation)on August 11, 1878. Two weeks later, the first meeting was held. At this first gathering boys were specifically taught not to steal fruit from the orchards and girls were taught not to hang on wagons. In addition, they were given lessons on faith, manners, obedience, and other worthy principles. Today the Primary Association is a world-wide organization.

Aurelia Spencer Rogers died at age 87 in Farmington, Davis County, Utah on August 25, 1922.



Orson Spencer (1802 - 1855)


Catherine Cannon Curtis Spencer (1811 - 1846)



Thomas Edward Rogers (1827 - 1896)*



Orson Thomas Rogers (1852 - 1930)*


George Spencer Rogers (1860 - 1942)*


Clarence Albert Rogers (1863 - 1864)*


Lucy Isabella Rogers Avery (1866 - 1943)*


Catherine Mary Rogers (1868 - 1868)*


Joseph Rogers (1869 - 1869)*


Leone Esther Rogers Stewart (1872 - 1947)*


Curtis Wilson Rogers (1874 - 1956)*



Catherine Read Spencer (1831 - 1833)


Ellen Curtis Spencer Clawson (1832 - 1896)


Aurelia Read Spencer Rogers (1834 - 1922)


Catherine Curtis Spencer Young (1836 - 1922)


Howard Orson Spencer (1838 - 1918)


George Boardman Spencer (1840 - 1924)


Lucy Curtis Spencer Grant (1842 - 1867)


Chloe Spencer (1844 - 1845)


William Collins Spencer (1851 - 1853)


Luna Spencer Simmons (1852 - 1930)

Created by: Leena Rogers

Record added: Aug 14, 2007

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Aurelia Read Rogers's Timeline

October 4, 1834
Deep River, Middlesex, Connecticut, USA
January 27, 1846
Age 11
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March 27, 1854
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