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About George Rogers

Old Buncombe County Heritage Vol II article 498

George Rogers, [perhaps the] son of John Rogers, [SIC: not the John Rogers who married Mary BIrd] was born in Virginia about 1740. He married Elizabeth Losson/Lawson in 1760 and they migrated to Buncombe County where he died about 1800. His widow, who was born in 1738, later moved to Kentucky where she died in the year 1841 age 103. George and his sons owned land on the Little Ivy River, on both sides of Caney River and on Mine Fork of Jack's Creek at the beginning of the 1800s. Most of the family had moved on to Clay County, Kentucky before 1820.

The children of George Rogers and Elizabeth Lawson were:

  • 1. Bartlett b. 1771 at N.C ., m. Elizabeth Robertson, dau. of Julius Robertson of Buncombe County. They died in Illinois.
  • 2. William b. 1765, d. ca. 1825, m. Nancy Holcomb.
  • 3. George Washington b. ca. 1790, m. Caty Wild, dau. of Felix Wild.
  • 4. Nathaniel, went west and was never heard from again.
  • 5. Elizabeth d. 1846, m. Jacob Oxford.
  • 6. Edith m. Abel Oxford.
  • 7. Rosanna m. John Wild, son of Felix Wild. 8
  • 8. Mollie m. Jonathan Hunt.
  • 9. Eleanor m. James Elkins.
  • 10. Christina m. Philip Wilson.


  1. Abbrev: Heritage of Old Buncombe County, North Carolina Vol II. Doris Cline Ward, editor, Heritage of Old Buncombe County, North Ca rolina Vol II (Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society, 1987. Page: article 498


  1. Joy Benemann, Descendants of George Rogers (Attachment to email to Ralph D. Clark from Joy Benemann,, 10 Mar 1998, Re: George Rogers), (hereafter cited as Benemann, 3/10/98, Descendants of George Rogers).


The is some confusion about this George Rogers, born about 1738, possible in Lunenbeurg County, VA, son of William Rogers, & married to Elizabeth Losson/Lawson. He appears to often be conflated with another George Rogers, b. abt. 1720-21, mentioned as being born in King and Queen County, son of John & Mary Rogers. This earlier George married first a Miss Lee, and then Frances Pollard as his second wife. I think he was the one "involved in the Virginia Navy during the Revolutionary war," & the one mentioned below in connection with Ann Rogers Clark, not the 1738 George. It is understandable that they get confused with one another; so many Georges, Johns, & Williams. It is said that there were so many folks with the Rogers name in Colonial Virginia, "You couldn't swing a cat without hitting a Rogers."

George Rogers' father John was Anne Rogers' brother, the mother of William Lewis of Lewis & Clark

George Rogers was born about 1736 in Kings and Queens County Virginina. He married Elizabeth Lawson about 1760 in Charlottesville, Albermarle, Virginia. She was born about 1738 in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Elizabeth died about 1841 in Clay County Kentucky at the age of 103.

George was involved in the Virginia Navy during the Revolutionary war. George was commisioned as a Second Lieutenant on the Brig "Liberty" on July 30, 1776 and was promoted to First Lieutenant on August 3, 1776. On February 22, 1777 he was made Mate on the brigantine "Greyhound", and later was promoted to Captain and made Master of a vessel belonging to the State of Virginia. Other records show he captured by the British on February 13, 1778 and held prisoner of war on the British ships "St. Albans" and "Felicity". The latter ship being commanded by a Captain Breen.

George and his family settled in Buncombe County, North Carolina around the Bald Mountain area. There are records showing William "George's son" buying a two tracts of land of 100 acres each for $333.33 on Bald Branch of Bald Mountain Fork in Buncombe Co, on January 22, 1791. George and Elizabeth had nine known children William, Bartlett, Nathaniel, George, Mollie, Elizabeth, Leanor, Rosa, and Christenor. George died in Buncombe County, North Carolina about 1802. Family Data Collection - Individual Records Family Data Collection - Individual Records


George Rogers


John Rogers, Mary Byrd

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Source Citation: Birth year: 1736; ; Birth state: VA.

Source Information:

Edmund West, comp.. Family Data Collection - Individual Records [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000.

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George Rogers's Timeline

Age 27
Virginia Colony
Age 33
Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States
Age 35
Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States
Age 37
Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States
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Morris, Lee County, Virginia, United States
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Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States
December 25, 1792
Age 54
Buncombe, North Carolina, USA