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Henry Clay Rogers

Birthplace: New York, New York County, New York, United States
Death: Died in Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, United States
Place of Burial: Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of David White Rogers and Martha Rogers
Brother of Susanna Mehitable Rogers; Edward William Rogers; Charles Addison Rogers; Amelia Ann Telle; Glezen Rogers and 7 others
Half brother of Martha Ellen Hickman and John David Bennett Rogers

Managed by: Eldon Clark (C)
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About Henry Clay Rogers

A member of the original company of pioneers who settled Mesa in 1877, he was a member of the legislature of the Territory of Arizona.

-City of Mesa Cemetery walking tour

Married Emma Higbee 19 Oct 1856 in Provo, Utah.

As Henry C. Rogers gazed across the river bottom at the crossing, to his surprise and joy, he beheld the scene of his vision, [seen] while receiving instructions from Brigham Young at Provo City, Utah before their start. There across the expanse of sand and river bottom, he beheld the same large cottonwood tree and under its shade, the man with the broad-brimmed hat sitting astride his horse gazing toward the west. "This is the place," declared Rogers, and [after] crossing Salt River, they pitched their camp beneath the shade of these trees. The day was the 6th day of March 1877.

from "Encyclopedic History of the Church" By Andrew Jensen -Mesa

He settled what was known as Lehi, Arizona but it was incorporated into Mesa later. By Kurt Rogers

    "Among all his civil and church responsibilities, he was elected as a member of the legislature of the territory of Arizona.  At his funeral, people came from all over the country.  He was known as Uncle Henry by his friends.  There were many wagon loads of Indians also in attendance to his funeral.  One old Indian nearly 100 years old came horseback more than 25 miles but was too late for the funeral.  He came to the home and seeing his enlarged picture on the wall, talked to the picture in his own language and cried like he was heartbroken."


A few days after his death, Incarnicion Valenzuella and Bishop Tiffany of the Papagoe Ward came to see the folks.  Valenzuella said that while on the last Indian trip, Henry Clay Rogers took sick and died.  He felt that he could not bring him home dead to his folks.  He prayed with all the power he had for the Lord to give him life to return home.  After about one and a half hours, life came back to him and they came on home.  He was surprised that he had not gone sooner.

from "Willis Rogers and Elizabeth (Bessie) Ritchie Rogers with Ancestors and Descendents 1981" Leo Rogers

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Henry Clay Rogers's Timeline

October 19, 1833
New York, New York County, New York, United States
March 7, 1902
Age 68
Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, United States
Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, United States