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Charles Rogers

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Londonderry, County Londonderry, UK
Death: Died in A, WV, USA
Place of Burial: Braxton, West Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Hannah Rogers
Father of John Rogers; John Rogers; Margaret Rogers; Noah Rogers; Elijah Rogers and 2 others

Occupation: Businessman and property owner in Londonderry. Peddler and farmer in U.S.
Managed by: Rachel Mary Johnson
Last Updated:

About Charles Rogers

Charles was born in Londonderry, Ireland, in 1774 and according to one source, came to America as a stowaway in a hogshead on a freighter, landing on the coast of Virginia about 1796. Some family records indicate that Charles had two sisters, Margaret who married a Mr. Moore and Ellen who married a Mr. Freel. There is no evidence that either sister came to America. But another source states that Charles had three brothers that came to America with him with one of them settling in Gassaway, Braxton County, West Virginia. The names of their parents are unknown at this time. But according to family history, the family had a linen factory in Londonderry, but Charles, a Protestant, left Ireland to escape Catholic persecution. Records show Charles living in Ruddle, Randolph County, Virginia, in 1796 and in the same year he was married to Hannah Skidmore in Pendleton County, Virginia (now W.Va.) by a minister named Morton. Hannah was the daughter of John and Mary Magdalene Hinkle Skidmore, this union providing one of the several links between the Rogers, Skidmore and Friend families. Hannah was born in Augusta County, Va., in 1776 and her father John was a Revolutionary War Captain. Charles apparently was a colorful character: Clayburn Pierson, a contemporary of Charles in his younger days (Pierson's), writes of him and calls him "Uncle Charlie," a God-fearing man and tells that he spoke with a heavy brogue. Charles reportedly was a wandering peddler when he married Hannah. Charles and Hannah settled on a farm for fourteen years in the Shenandoah Valley and had five children there: John born in 1796, Margaret born in 1799, Levi born in 1803, Noah born in 1806 and Elijah born in 1809. James A. was born in 1820 after the family had moved to Braxton County, Va., (Now W.Va.). Charles, while living in the Shenandoah Valley apparently was jailed after posting bond for a scoundrel who left town, and was helped from the jail by Hannah; they left for the mouth of Otter in Braxton County on horseback, leaving word that they could be found there. In 1831, Charles and Hannah migrated to what is now Wallback in Clay County, West Virginia. At the time, the Wallback area was a complete wilderness. Charles built a pioneer house from Buckeye trees and he and Hannah spent the rest of their lives there farming, planting apple orchards and raising mulberries. Both are buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery located at Wallback. Hannah died in 1847 and Charles died in 1849. -- from The Rogers Family of Clay County by Arthur R. Friend

    Charles Rogers was born in Londonderry Ireland in 1774 and came 

to America on a freighter, landing on the coast of Virginia about

1794. Family records indicate he had two sisters, Margarett who

married a Mr. Moore and Ellen who married a Mr. Freel. Neither came

to America.

    Charles was married to Hannah Skidmore in Pendleton County VA 

(WV) in 1796 by a minister named Morton. Hannah, a daughter of

Revolutionary War Militia Captain John and Mary Magdalena (Hinkle) Skidmore,

was born in Augusta County VA in 1776. Hannah died 1n 1845 at

Wallback, VA, (WV), and Charles died there in 1849. They are buried

in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Wallback WV.

From Don Norman's Family Files.

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Charles Rogers's Timeline

Londonderry, County Londonderry, UK
December 10, 1797
Age 23
Pendleton, Virginia (WV), United States
December 10, 1797
Age 23
Ruddle, WV, USA
Age 25
Ruddle, WV, USA
January 5, 1803
Age 29
Bath County,VA
Age 32
Baltimore, MD, USA
Age 35
Bath, VA, USA
Age 40
Nicholas, WV, USA
Age 75