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John Rogers

Birthplace: Moulsham, Essex, England
Death: Died in Weymouth, Suffolk County (Present Norfolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Rogers, of Stratford and Elizabeth Rogers
Husband of Judith Rogers
Father of Mary Stearns / Rane; John Rogers, Jr; Mary Rogers; Hannah Bailey; Lydia White and 1 other
Half brother of William Rogers, of Long Island

Occupation: Reverend; deacon, and town officer
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About John Rogers

Birth: unknown Death: Feb. 11, 1661 Weymouth Norfolk County Massachusetts, USA

He was a Linen Weaver of Weymouth,MA. His origins are not known to me at this time.

Children: John Rogers Jr, Mary Rogers Rane(s), Lydia Rogers White, Hannah Rogers Pratt Bailey, and Sarah Rogers.

Family links:

 Judith French? Rogers

 John Rogers (1638 - 1710)*
 Lydia Rogers White (1642 - ____)*
 Hannah Rogers Bailey (1644 - 1724)*
  • Calculated relationship

Burial: Unknown

Not related to the Mayflower ROGERS Family

Alternate info: Stratford Upon Avon, Warwick, England died 11 Feb 1661 in Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts

Deacon John Rodgers immigranted to Boston before 1639. In 1639 hewas residing in Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts and in 1644 was residing in Scituate, Plymouth, Masssachusetts. He executed a will on 8 Feb 1661 in Weymouth and it was proven 30 Apr 1662, also in Weymouth.

Disputed Parentage

Current theories:

   Supposedly parish records for Moulsham, Essex, England show a John Rogers being son of John Rogers. Moulsham is part of Chelmsford now[1]
   Possibly son of Thomas Rogers and Elizabeth/Elsgen Makin; this Thomas was not the Mayflower passenger.[2]
   He was NOT the son of the Mayflower Thomas Rogers. See this topic for a discussion of the distinction of John Rogers of Weymouth from two other contemporary John Rogers, including their respective wives.

Life in New England

   1643: Proprietor in Weymouth
   Deacon, town officer
   Linen weaver

Who was the wife of Deacon John Rogers?

John Rogers was married to a Judith. But agreement about which one-- King, French or some other surname-- has not been reached. See Judith King or Judith French for more info.


His will (transcribed below) mentions wife Judith, who is also identified as mother of his son John Rogers. Additional children are mentioned; those mentioned by name include: daughter Mary Rane; son-in-law John Rane; daughter Liddia Whitte; son-in-law Joseph White; daughter Hannah Pratt; son-in-law Samuel Pratt; daughter Sarah unmarried.

Will of Deacon John Rogers

.--8: 12: 1660 (8 February 1661)[3] Unto his beloued wife, Judith Rogers, his new end of his dwelling house, with one third part of ye Barne, and halfe his orchard and produce thereof,and halfe his pasture, adioyning to ye orchard, to be hers dureing her life.

His will is, that his sonne, John Rogers, shall pay vnto his mother, Judith, 20 bushells of Corne, yearly, one third in wheate, one third peases,one third in Indian Corne. If his sonne, John, refuse or fayle in paymt of ye said Corne, then his mother shall haue halfe ye land to improue aslong as she liues, viz. ye broke vpland.

Hee bequeaths vnto his wife, his feather bed, and all ye furniture thereunto belonging, with halfe of all his household goods, giueing hir power tobestow it on whom shee please; provided it be given to Deacon Rogers Children. Giues his wife, one Cow, and ye use of ye other Cow ye yeare Insueing, except his sonne, John, marry, then one Cow to be his. Hee giues one heifer to his wife, and halfe his swine and halfe his Goates and halfe his sheep. It is his will that his sonne, John Rogers, shall keep one Cow for his mother, and six Goates at winter, only, as long as shee liues. If John Rogers fayle in refuseing, then it is his will, that his wife, Judeth, shall have that part of his meadow adjoyning deacon Whitmans meadow, dureing her life.

Hee Bequathes vnto his dau. Mary Rane, his great lott which is 12 Acres, Bounded by Deacon Philips great lot, and further, giues her 40s.; vnto hisdau., Liddia Whitte, six Acres of land lying on ye east necke, or 5 pounds., which he leaues to his executors discretion, either to giue her ye landor ye fiue pound, soe it be donne in one yeares time after his decease.

He giues unto his dau. Hannah Pratt, 5 pounds, to be payd two yeeres after his decease. He giues his dau. Sarah, 15 pounds.; ten pounds to be payde A moneth after her marriage, ye other 5 pounds, two yeares after marriage. In case sheemarry not, shee is to haue 15 pounds; ten pounds at 18 yeares of age, and fiue pounds at 25 yeeres old.

Vnto his sonne, John Rogers, the Remaynder of all his estate, as houseing, Cattle, lands, &c. [said John paying his sisters out of that part of theestate given to him.]

If his sonne, John, dy without wife or Childe, then his sonne in law, Joseph White, shall haue ye land Adjoyneing Thomas Dons house, provoided Joseph White pay out of it to his sonne in law, John Rane, 10 pounds.

It is his will that his dau. Sarah haue ye Remaynder of his land, houseing, and orchard, in Case his sonne John dye as aboue expressed, viz. thatwhich belong to his sonne John. And Sarah, shall pay to John Rane, 5 pounds; and to Samuell Pratt, 8 pounds; and to Joseph White, 4 pounds. Further his will is, that William Richard, his Apprentice, shall serue ye Remaynder of his Apprentiship with his sonne, John, and that his sonneshall cause ye said William Richard shalbe taught his trade according to Indenture.

It is his will that his wife, Judeth, and his sonne, John Rogers, shall be joynt Executors of this his last will; alsoe, that Thomas White & John Holebrooke be overseers, and alsoe Thomas Dier.

Signed in ye prsence of John Rogers William Charde, Thomas Dyar, who deposed 30 April 1661.

Inventory of the estate taken 20: 12: 1660 (20 Feb 1661; needs checking; should be after deposition, above), by John Holbrooke. Amt. 275 pounds. Mentions "one servant boy that is apprentice," 10 pounds. Judith Rogers and John Rogers deposed, before Court, that this paper Containes a true Inventory of ye estate of the late John Roggers, of Weimouth, to the best of his knowledge.


   Banks, Topographical Dictionary, p. 42, 49.
   William B. Trask, "Abstract of the Earliest Wills on Record in the County of Suffolk, MA," NEHGS Register (July 1856)
   Charles H. Pope, The Pioneers of Massachusetts, 1900
   Josiah H. Drummond, The John Rogers Families in Plymouth & Vicinity; Portland, ME: Unknown (1895)
   John Cox Underwood, Lineage of the Rogers Family, NY: Press of W. E. Rudge (1911)
   Josiah H. Drummond, John Rogers of Marshfield & Some of his Descendants. West Hanover, MA: R.B. Ellis (1898)
   James Savage, Gen. Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England
   George Chamberlain, History of Weymouth
   Dean Crawford Smith, The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempen? [check]
   Suffolk Probate Records, #264
   Descendants of Thomas White of Weymouth, MA
   Vital Records of Massachusetts to 1850; NEGHS (online database)
   Ramsburgh, Edith Roberts. Genealogical Department, "Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine" (The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, March 1923) Vol. 57, No. 3, Whole No. 367, Page 172: #10672


  Banks' Topographical Dictionary, p. 42, 49
  Clifford L Stott, "The English Ancestry of Pilgrim Thomas Rogers and his Wife Alice (Cosford) Rogers," The Genealogist, 10: 2
  "Abstracts of Early Wills," in NEHGS Register 10(1856):265-266
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John Rogers's Timeline

Moulsham, Essex, England
Age 16
Scituate, Plymouth, MA
July 23, 1640
Age 26
Weymouth, Suffolk County (Present Norfolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 26
Weymouth, MA, USA
Age 26
Weymouth, Norfolk, MA
March 27, 1642
Age 28
Weymouth, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 30
Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts
February 1, 1660
Age 46
Weymouth, Suffolk County (Present Norfolk County), Massachusetts Bay Colony