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Nathaniel Rogers

Also Known As: "Robers"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Haverhill, Suffolk, England
Death: Died in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Place of Burial: Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. John Rogers, of Dedham, Essex and Bridget Rogers
Husband of Margaret Rogers
Father of Margaret Hubbard; Mary Healy; Nathanial Rogers; Rev. John Rogers, President of Harvard College; Samuel Rogers and 2 others
Brother of Elizabeth Wheelock; Bridget Angier; Rev. John Rogers, of Croglin and Samuel Rogers

Occupation: Reverend
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About Rev. Nathaniel Rogers

Nathaniel Rogers (minister)

Nathaniel Rogers (1598–1655) was an English clergyman and early New England pastor. According to the Dictionary of National Biography article on Rogers (published 1897), his descendants in America were at that time more numerous than those of any other early English emigrant family.

He was the second son of John Rogers, by his first wife, and was born at Haverhill, Suffolk, in 1598. He was educated at Dedham grammar school and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, which he entered as a sizar on 9 May 1614, graduating B.A. in 1617 and M.A. in 1621.[1] For two years he was domestic chaplain to some person of rank, and then went as curate to John Barkham at Bocking, Essex. There Rogers, whose chief friends were Thomas Hooker, then lecturer at Chelmsford, and other Essex puritans, adopted decidedly puritan views. His rector finally dismissed him for performing the burial office over an eminent person without a surplice. Giles Firmin calls Rogers "a man so able and judicious in soul-work that I would have trusted my own soul with him", and describes his preaching in his father's pulpit at Dedham.

On leaving Bocking he was for five years rector of Assington, Suffolk. On 1 June 1636 he sailed with his wife and family for New England, where they arrived in November. Rogers was ordained pastor of Ipswich, Massachusetts, on 20 February 1638, when he succeeded Nathaniel Ward as co-pastor with John Norton. On 6 September he took the oath of freedom at Ipswich, and was soon appointed a member of the synod, and one of a body deputed to reconcile a difference between the legalists and the antinomians. He died at Ipswich on 3 July 1655, aged 57.

Rogers published nothing but a letter in Latin to the House of Commons, dated 17 December 1643, urging church reform; it was printed in July 1644. It contained a few lines of censure on the aspersions of the king in a number of Mercurius Britannicus, to which the newspaper replied abusively on 12 August 1644. He also left in manuscript a treatise in Latin in favour of congregational church government, a portion of which is printed by Cotton Mather in his Magnalia Christi Americana.

By his wife Margaret (d. 23 January 1656), daughter of Robert Crane of Coggeshall, Essex, whom he married in 1626, Rogers had issue:

  • Mary, baptised at Coggeshall on 8 February 1628, married to William Hubbard;
  • John baptised at Coggeshall, Essex, on 23 January 1630, who became President of Harvard ;
  • and four sons (Nathaniel, Samuel, Timothy, and Ezekiel) born in Ipswich, Massachusetts. The youngest was left heir by his uncle Ezekiel Rogers.

From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathaniel_Rogers_(minister)

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  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 49
  • Rogers, Nathaniel by Charlotte Fell Smith Rogers, Nehemiah→
  • ROGERS, NATHANIEL (1598–1655), divine, second son of the puritan John Rogers (1572?–1636) [q. v.], by his first wife, was born at Haverhill, Essex, in 1598. He was educated at Dedham grammar school and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, which he entered as a sizar on 9 May 1614, graduating B.A. in 1617 and M.A. in 1621. For two years he was domestic chaplain to some person of rank, and then went as curate to Dr. John Barkham at Bocking, Essex. There Rogers, whose chief friends were Thomas Hooker [q. v.], the lecturer of Chelmsford, and other Essex puritans, adopted decidedly puritan views. His rector finally dismissed him for performing the burial office over 'an eminent person' without a surplice. Giles Firmin [q. v.], who calls Rogers 'a man so able and judicious in soul-work that I would have trusted my own soul with him,' describes his preaching in his 'reverend old father's' pulpit at Dedham against his father’s interpretation of faith, while the latter, 'who dearly loved him,' stood by.
  • On leaving Bocking he was for five years rector of Assington, Suffolk. On 1 June 1636 he sailed with his wife and family for New England, where they arrived in November. Rogers was ordained pastor of Ipswich, Massachusetts, on 20 Feb. 1638, when he succeeded Nathaniel Ward as co-pastor with John Norton (1606–1663) [q. v.] On 6 Sept. he took the oath of freedom at Ipswich, and was soon appointed a member of the synod, and one of a body deputed to reconcile a difference between the legalists and the antinomians. He died at Ipswich on 3 July 1655, aged 57.
  • By his wife Margaret (d. 23 Jan. 1656), daughter of Robert Crane of Coggeshall, Essex, whom he married in 1626, Rogers had issue Mary, baptized at Coggeshall on 8 Feb. 1628, married to William Hubbard [q. v.]; John (see below); and four sons (Nathaniel, Samuel, Timothy, and Ezekiel) born in Ipswich, Massachusetts. The youngest was left heir by his uncle Ezekiel Rogers [q .v.] Rogers's descendants in America at the present time are more numerous than those of any other early emigrant family. Among them was the genealogist, Colonel Joseph Lemuel Chester [q. v.]
  • Rogers published nothing but a letter in Latin to the House of Commons, dated 17 Dec. 1643, urging church reform; it was printed at Oxford in 1644. It contained a few lines of censure on the aspersions of the king in a number of 'Mercurius Britannicus,' to which that newspaper replied abusively on 12 Aug. 1644. He also left in manuscript a treatise in Latin in favour of congregational church government, a portion of which is printed by Mather in the 'Magnalia.'
  • John Rogers (1630–1684), the eldest son, baptised at Coggeshall, Essex, on 23 Jan. 1630, emigrated with his father to New England in 1636. He graduated at Harvard University in 1649 in theology and medicine, and commenced to practice the latter at Ipswich. But he afterwards became assistant to his father in the church of the same place, and abandoned medicine. He was chosen president of Harvard in April 1682, to succeed Urian Oaks [q. v.], was inaugurated in 1683, but died on 2 July 1684, aged 53, and was succeeded by Increase Mather [q. v.]. By his wife Elizabeth, daughter of General Denison, he left a numerous family in America, three sons being ministers, the youngest, John Rogers of Ipswich, himself leaving three sons, all ministers.
  • [Sprague's Annals of the American Pulpit, i. 87; Chester's John Rogers, 1861, p. 246; preface to Firmin's Real Christian; Davids's Hist. of Evangel. Nonconform. in Essex, p. 148; Mather's Magnalia, ed. 1853, i. 414–23; Neal's Hist. of Puritans, ii. 252; McClintock and Strong's Encycl. of Bibl. and Eccles. Lit. ix. 64; Felt's Hist. of Ipswich, Mass. p. 219; Beaumont's Hist. of Coggeshall, p. 217; Dale's Annals of Coggeshall, p. 155; Essex. Archaeol. Trans. iv. 193; Mercurius Britannicus, August 1644; Winthrop's Hist. of New England, 1853, i. 244; Gage's Hist. of Rowley, Mass. p. 15; Mass. Hist. Collections, iv. 2, 3, v. 240, 274, vi. 554; Harl. MS. 6071, ff. 467, 482; Registers of Emmanuel College, per the master. For the son see McClintock and Strong's Encycl. of Bibl. and Eccles. Lit. ix. 63; Sprague's Annals of Amer. Pulpit, i. 147; Savage's Geneal. Dict. of First Settlers, iii. 564, where the question of Rogers of Dedham's descent from John Rogers the martyr is discussed; Harl. MS. 6071, f. 482; Allen's American Biogr. Dict.]
  • From: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Rogers,_Nathaniel_(DNB00)

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  • Rev Nathaniel Rogers
  • Birth: 1598 Haverhill, Suffolk, England
  • Death: Jul. 3, 1655 Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Nathaniel was the second son of Rev. John Rogers by his first wife Bridget Ray.
  • He was educated at Dedham grammar school and Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He preached his first sermon at Sproughton in 1619. He was given charge of a large congregation at Boking County, Essex under Dr. John Barkham, but refusing to wear the surplice, he was advised by Dr. Barkham to seek some other place. He preached for five years at Assington County, but perceived the storm of persecution was approaching. He resigned his place and resolved to move to America.
  • His marriage to Margaret Crane was on Jan. 23, 1626 in Coggeshall, Essex, England. On June 1, 1636, he sailed with his wife and family for New England, where, after a passage of 168 days, arrived in Boston on Nov. 17, 1636.
  • He was invited by some emigrants in his father's parish to settle with them in Dedham, New England, but as all could not be accommodated there, he accompanied the rest to Ipswich. There he took the place of Rev. Nathaniel Ward (a stepson of his grand uncle Richard Rogers of Weathersfield, England) whose ill health obliged him to give up his pastoral charge,... "In whose stead the church called to office this holy man of God whose labors in this western world have been very great, a very sweet heavenly minded man."
  • He was ordained in Ipswich Feb. 20, 1638.
  • Cotton Mather called him one of the greatest men that ever set foot on American land. Though usually cheerful, he had some seasons of great despondency. But during his last sickness, he was full of pleasant conversation and one of his last acts was to bless the three children of his only daughter, Margaret, the wife of Rev. William Hubbard who had been particularly dutiful to him.
  • He expired in the afternoon of July 3, 1655, aged 57 years. His last words were, "My times are in thy hands".
  • Nathaniel Rogers had six children with Margaret Crane, the last two being born in Ipswich:
    • 1. Margaret, baptised at Coggeshall on Feb. 8, 1628; d. about 1690 in Ipswich; m. Rev William Hubbard in 1646. They had three children. After Margaret's death, Rev Hubbard remarried on Mar. 15, 1694 to Mary Giddings (widow of Samuel Pearce).
    • 2. John, baptized at Coggeshall, Essex, on Jan. 23, 1630, who became President of Harvard. He married Elizabeth Denison, daughter of Gen. Daniel Denison and Patience Dudley.
    • 3. Nathaniel, (1632-1680)
    • 4. Samuel, (1634-1693), m1. Judith Appleton; m2. Sarah Wade, They had eight children.
    • 5. Timothy (1638-1638)
    • 6. Ezekiel (1638-1674) born in Ipswich, Massachusetts; m. Margaret Hubbard, widow of Thomas Scott, daughter of William Hubbard and Judith Knapp, (and brother of Rev William Hubbard). This youngest son of Nathaniel was left heir by his great granduncle and namesake Rev. Ezekiel Rogers, pastor at Rowley.
  • Nathaniel's father was Rev. John Rogers ("Roaring John") who was born in Moulsham, England in 1571; died in Dedham, England on Oct. 18, 1636. Nathaniel's mother was Rev. John Roger's first wife, Bridget Ray who was from Stradishall, Suffolk, England.
  • Nathaniel's wife, Margaret, was the daughter of Robert Crane (1574-1658) of Coggeshall, Essex, England. Margaret (Crane) Rogers died on Jan. 23, 1675, 20 years after her husband had passed away. She lived to be 75 years old.
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • John Rogers (1571 - 1636)
  • Children:
    • Margaret Rogers Hubbard (1628 - 1690)*
    • John Rogers (1630 - 1684)*
  • Burial: Highland Cemetery, Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Plot: Grave marker not located
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 36289553
  • From: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=36289553

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  • CRANE, Margaret
  • d. 23 JAN 1655/6 Massachusetts
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 23 JAN 1624/5 England
  • Spouse: ROGERS, Nathaniel
  • b. 1598 Haverhill, Suffolk, England
  • d. 3 JUL 1655 Ipswich, Essex, Mass.
  • Parents:
  • Father: ROGERS, John
  • Mother: RAY, Bridget
  • Children:
    • ROGERS, Mary
    • ROGERS, Ezekiel
  • From: http://www.genealogyofnewengland.com/f_1fe.htm#28

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will of Nathaniel Rogers, 1655

The will of the Rev. Nathaniel Rogers, Pastor of the Church at Ipswich, taken from his own mouth, July 3, Anno Domini 1655, was proved in court at Ipswich, 25-7-1655. He reckons his estate in Old and New England at about twelve hundred pounds, four hundred pounds of which 'is expected from my father Mr. Robert Crane in England.' He makes the portion of John, though his eldest son, equal only with the others, viz. Nathaniel, Samuel and Timothy, and gives to each one hundred pounds out of his estate in Old England and one hundred pounds out of his estate in New England. «b»«i»To his son Ezekiel he gives twenty pounds, which he may take in books if he pleases«/b»«/i». To his daughter he has already given two hundred pounds. To his three grandchildren, John, Nathaniel and Margaret Hubbard, he gives forty shillings each. To his cousin, John Rogers, five pounds, in the hands of Ensign Howlett. To Elizabeth, Nathaniel, John and Mary, children of his cousin John Harris, of Rowley, he gives twenty shillings each. To Harvard College, five pounds. The remainder he leaves to his wife Margaret, whom he appoints executrix."

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  • The descendants of William and Elizabeth Tuttle, who came from old to New England in 1635, and settled in New Haven in 1639, with numerous biographical notes and sketches : also, some account of the descendants of John Tuttle, of Ipswich; and Henry Tuthill, of Hingham, Mass. (1883)
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/descendantsofwil01tutt#page/n93/mode/2up
  • Simon Tuttle & Sarah Cogswell
  • Simon Tuttle, b. Sept. 17, 1657; m. June 16, 1696, Mary, dau. of Samuel Rogers, b. Sept. 10, 1672, She was gr. dau. of Rev. NATHANIEL ROGERS, the first pastor of the chh. at Ipswich. 1639; author of "The Simple Cobler of Agawam." a politico-religious satire. His son John Rogers, b. Coggeshall, England., 1631; Harv. Col. 1649; was Pres. of Harv. 1682, till d. July 2, 1684. Blake's Biog. Dict. says that "Rev. NATHANIEL ROGERS was educated at Cambridge, Eng., and was a gr. son of John Rogers, the Martyr: His wife was a dau. of Robert CRANE of Great Cogshall, Eng. Simon Tuttle rem. to Littleton, Mass., 1720, where his desc. are very numerous and the name continued.

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  • Genealogical Gleanings in England, Volume 1 By Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters
  • https://books.google.com/books?id=D0pmAAAAMAAJ
  • https://archive.org/details/genealogicalglea01byuwate
  • https://archive.org/stream/genealogicalglea01byuwate#page/227/mode/1up
  • EZEKIEL ROGERS "Borne at Wetherfield in Essex in old England Now of Rowley in Essex in new England" 17 April 1660, sworn to 26 March 1661 Renders praise to God for three special blessings : "ffirst for my Nurture and Education under such a father Mr Richard Rogers, in Catechisme and knowledge of the holy scriptures the want whereof I see to be the main cause of the Errors of the times. Secondly that (whereas till I was aboue twenty yeares of age I made but ill use of my knowledge but liued in a formal profession of Relligion) the lord pleased by occation of a sore sicknes which was like to be death to make me to see the worth and Neede of Christ and to take such houlde of him as that I coolde never let him goe to this houre whereby I am now encouraged to bequeath and committe my soulle into his hands who hath Redeemed it, and my Body to the Earth since he will giue me with these very eyes to see my Redeemer. Thirdly for my Calling even to be a minester of the Gospell the most glorious Calling in the worlde which the lord brought into noth without difficulty for my . . . . ing in the time of the hottest Persicution of that Bloody Hirarchy and being inlightened concerning the euell and snare of Subscrip...n and Cerimonies I was advised to give over the thought of the minestry and to betake my selfe to the study and practise of Phis..ke But the lord mercyfully prevented that ; for though it be a good and Nessecary Calling, I haue observed that the most through these o..e Coruption haue made it to them selues the very Temptation to couetousnes or lust or both, I therefore chose rather to lye hide abo.. a dozen yeares in an honerable famelly exerciseing my selfe in minesteriall dutyes for a bout a dozen yeares after my leaving the uneversity. Then the lord Gaue me a Call to a Publique charge att Rowley in Yorke shire whereby The Gentlenesse of —oby Mathewe I was fauoured both for subscription and Cerimonies and injoyed my liberty in the minestry about seaventeene ..ars in Comforthable sort Till for refuseing to reade that accursed Booke that allowed sports on God's holy Sabbath or lords day I was suspended and by it and other sad signes of the times driven with many of my hearers into New ...land where I haue liued in my Pastorall Office about —— years with much Rest and Comforth beleeueiug the way .. the Churches here to be according to the present light that God hath giuen the purest in the wholle world.
  • Now Age and Infir...es calling upon me to looke daly for my change I profese my selfe to haue liued and to dye an unfeigned Hater of all the Base Opinnions of the Anabaptists and Autinomians and all other Phrenticke dotages of the times that springe from them which God will ere longe cause to be as doung on the earth. I doe also protest against all the evell ffashions and guises of this age both in Apparr.. and that Generall Disguisement of longe Ruffianlike haire A Custome most generally taken up at that time when the Graue and modest weareing of haire was a part of the Reproch of Christ: as appeared by the tearme of Roundheads and was carryed on with a high hand not with standing the knowne offence of soe many Godly persons, and without publique expression of these reasons for any such libertie taken."
  • Then follows his disposal of his estate : to wife Mary the dwelling house &c. during her natural life ; to nephew Mr Samuel Stone of Connecticut thirty pounds; to "my cousen his son John ten pounds;" to dear brother and fellow officer Mr Phillips five pounds and Aquinas his Sum. in folio ; to my sometimes servant Elizabeth Tenney ells Parratt ten pounds ; to loving neice Mrs Mary Matosius of Malden in Essex in old England ten pounds ; to loving niece Mrs Elizabeth C..ton wife of the Preacher of Roterdam in
  • https://archive.org/stream/genealogicalglea01byuwate#page/228/mode/1up
  • Holland ten pounds ; to the wife of cousin Rogers of Billerica five pounds ; sundry gifts to servants ; all his Latin books to Harvard College and some English books, as appears in the Catalogue.
  • The rest of the estate in lands not given to wife during her natural life, he gives to the Church and town of Rowley upon condition that they pay or cause to be paid &c. unto Ezekiel Rogers the son of Mr Nathaniel Rogers late pastor of the Church of Ipswich deceased the sum of eight score pounds.
  • The real estate given to wife, for term of her life, after her decease to go to the church and town of Rowley to enable them the better to maintain two teaching elders in the church for ever, on condition that they settle an elder within four years and so from time to time when changes occur by death or removal any other way. On failure of this condition the said houses and lands to be to the use of Harvard College. Wife Mary to be sole executrix.*
  • The amount of his estate as rendered in the Inventory was over 1535£, of which 400£ was in lands that were Thomas Barker's (his wife's former husband).
  • This will is on file among the probate papers of Essex County ; but I do not find any copy of it in the Registry or any record of probate or administration granted. In the March term of the Ipswich Court, 1665, Ezekiel Rogers, the son of Mr. Nathaniel Rogers of Ipswich, deceased, brought suit against Mrs. Mary Rogers, the executrix of the above will, for not performing a promise and engagement made to the said Nathaniel in the behalf of his son, wherein the said Mr. Ezekiel Rogers, of Rowley, had obliged himself to provide for Ezekiel the son of Nathaniel, and to make his portion as good as the rest of the sons of the said Nathaniel. The plaintiff in his declaration says that his father for that reason gave him no portion in his estate, except a small pledge of his love, and discharged himself from any care concerning him, and, indeed, looked upon him as the elder brother, though but his fourth son.
  • This case is valuable and important, since it furnishes evidence that the wife of the Rev. William Hubbard was Mary,† and not Margaret, as all our New England authorities have had it, and thus confirms Candler's statement, made in his account of the Knapp family. I fail to find the least bit of evidence, either that Nathaniel Rogers had a daughter Margaret or that William Hubbard had a
    • * Rev. Ezekiel Rogers's will is printed in full in the REGISTER, vol. v. pp. 125-8. — ED.
    • † Candler in his Knapp pedigree gives the name of the husband of Mary Rogers as "Wm. Hobert," and in his Rogers pedigree as "Wm. Heley " (vide REGISTER, xvii. 47). Mr. Waters makes it evident that the surname in the Knapp pedigree (Hobert, i. e. Hubbard) is correct.
    • William Hubart or Hubbard of the County of Essex, England, who afterwards settled at Ipswich, Mass., married Judith, daughter of John and Martha (Blosse) Knapp, of Ipswich, England (see The Visitation of Suffolk, ed. by Metcalf, 1882, p. 149 ; Reg. xvii. 47). He was father of Rev. William Hubbard, who married Mary Rogers.
    • The first book in which I find the christian name of the wife of Rev. William Hubbard given is John Fanner's Genealogical Register, published in 1829, where on page 152 she is called "Margaret daughter of Rev. Nathaniel Rogers." Subsequent writers have repeated Farmer's error. — EDITOR.
  • https://archive.org/stream/genealogicalglea01byuwate#page/229/mode/1up
  • wife bearing that name. This Mary Hubbard seems to be living as late as 26 March, 1685, when she joins her husband in a conveyance of certain land in Ipswich. The following are some of the depositions filed in this case.
    • The testimony of Mart Hubbert.
  • I can affirme that aft'r Father Rogers's death my Brother Ezekiell Rogers was very desirous to have lived w'th his Cousen Mr Ezekiell Rogers of Rowley & he rendred this as ye reason, w'n sundry complaints were made to his mother against him, that he knew he could please him, if he lived with him, w'ch he knew he should never doe, unlesse he lived there, in reg'd that sundry informations would be carried to his Cousen ag'st him, w'ch he should be able no otherwise to prevent. And farth'r I know that our friends did endeavour to insinuate so much into my Couzen, but were discouraged therefrom by a report they heard from presseing it over farr, w'ch' report was, that one nere to my Cozen should say, nameing of him by some opprobrious terme, that he should not come there. Also when my Brother lived with him before, he wore his haire longer, by my Cosins sufferance, contrarie to my Fathers desire, then the rest of his Brethren ; Farther my Bro : rendred this as the reason why he was not willing to live constantly at the Colledge, because he had not convenient maintenance allowed, my Cosin not allowing above five pound a year at ye most. To the truth of w't is above written I can attest upon oath if called thereunto.
  • March 31. 1665. MARY HUBBERT.
    • The Deposition of Mrs Margaret Rogers aged about 55 yeares.
  • This Deponent sayth that soon after her husbands death, goeing to visit her cousin Mr Ez. Rogers of Rowly, he told her that he would doe for her son Ezekiel according as here followeth viz. That he would give him his house where he then lived w'th severall parcells of land, w'ch he then mentioned, & shewed ye place of them, altho she had now forgotten the particulars: She thinks also he promised her then to allow 10£ a year towards his education, yet (being long since she cannot speak so punctially thereunto). Further at another time since this Deponent went to the sayd Mr Ez. Rogers to speake w'th him about her son Ezekiels hayre, y't was complayned of, to be too long: but when Mr Ez. Rogers would have had her son bound to let his hayre be no longer then to ye lower tip of his eares, she told him she would never yeild to such a snare for her child, tho he never had peny of him while he lived. Also this Deponent sayd y't James Baily told her that Mr Ez. Rogers had appoynted him to pay fourty pound to her upon the account of her son Ezekiel, but she never knew but of ten pound thereof paid : Also that she would have been glad if her son Ezekiel might have lived w'th her Cousin Mr Ez. Rogers at Rowly, and was troubled that there was no way appearing to have it so, altho her son Ezekiel alwayes about those times seemed very desirous so to doe. The Deponent also saith that Mr Ez. Rogers told her he had appointed James Baily to pay her fourty pound in four years towards the education of her son Ezekiel, And further saith not
  • March 3065. Sworne before me DANIEL DENISON.
  • .... etc.

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Rev. Nathaniel Rogers (abt1598–1655) of Ipswich

from: http://rjohara.net/gen/rogers/

The Reverend Nathaniel Rogers was the second son of Rev. “Roaring John” Rogers of Dedham, Essex, and he immigrated to New England in 1636, becoming one of the first ministers of Ipswich, Massachusetts. Cotton Mather included a comprehensive account of Nathaniel Rogers’ life in his Magnalia Christi Americana (London, 1702), and Mather’s account is one of the principal sources for the sketch of Rogers’ life in the Dictionary of National Biography. Nathaniel was a graduate (B.A. 1617) of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, the Puritan foundation that contributed more ministers to New England than any other college. Apart from my parents, Nathaniel Rogers and his father John are the only college graduates I have found among my all ancestors. Nathaniel’s first son John (1630–1684), who came to New England as a child, graduated from Harvard College in 1649 and served as president of Harvard from 1682–1684.

The English ancestry of Nathaniel Rogers was investigated by Henry Waters in the nineteenth century in his series of “genealogical gleanings” published in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. There may be more recent work of which I am not aware, but these two papers are comprehensive and transcribe many original documents:

◦Waters, Henry F. 1887.

Genealogical gleanings in England [on the family of John Rogers of Dedham, Essex]. New England Historical and Genealogical Register, April 1887, pp. 158–188.

◦Waters, Henry F. 1896.

Genealogical gleanings in England. New England Historical and Genealogical Register, April 1896, pp. 254–257. [These pages confirm and supplement the material in the 1887 paper.]

The claim that Nathaniel Rogers was descended from the Puritan “proto-martyr” John Rogers, burned at the stake in 1555 during the reign of “Bloody” Queen Mary of England, has been repeatedly disproven, even though it still appears on many genealogical websites.

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Rev. Nathaniel Rogers's Timeline

1598
1598
Haverhill, Suffolk, England
1628
February 8, 1628
Age 30
Coggeshall, Essex, England
1631
January 23, 1631
Age 33
Coggeshall, Essex, England
January 1631
Age 33
1631
Age 33
Massachusetts Bay Colony
1634
January 16, 1634
Age 36
Assington, Suffolk, England
1636
November 17, 1636
Age 38
Boston, Massachuttes
1636
Age 38
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts
1636
Age 38
came from England to Ipswich, MA