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Richard Rogers

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Chelmsford, Essex, England, (Present UK)
Death: April 21, 1618 (66)
Chelmsford, Essex, England, (Present UK)
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. John Rogers "The Martyr" and Agnes Rogers
Husband of Barbara Rogers; Mary Rogers and Susan Rogers
Father of Daniel Rogers, M.A.; Sarah Stone and Rev. Ezekiel Rogers, founder of Rowley
Half brother of Daniel Rogers (1538-); John Rogers, Proctor of Civil Law; Ambrose Rogers; William Rogers; Bernard Rogers and 10 others

Occupation: Reverand
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Richard Rogers

A leading Preacher of the Puritans, information can be found concerning Rev. Richard ROGERS in reference volumes, such as The Rise of Puritanism, by William Haller (1938). Richard began studies at Christ's College, Cambridge in 1566 and received his M.A. in 1574, returning to Essex to become Preacher at Wethersfield. He published various works in his lieftime, including The Practice Of Christianitie, Or, An Epitomie Of Seven Treatises (1603), and A Garden Of Spirituall Flowers. Yeelding A Sweet Smelling Sauour In The Nostrils Of Each True Hearte (1616). An edition of his Seven Treatises, in modernized English, is in preparation for publication about 2001. Richard married second Susan, widow of Rev. John WARD of Haverhill, Suffolk.

He was born in 1550 or 1551, son or grandson of Richard Rogers, steward to the earls of Warwick. He matriculated as a sizar of Christ's College, Cambridge, in November 1565, and graduated B.A. 1571, M.A. 1574.[1] He was appointed lecturer at Wethersfield, Essex, about 1577.

In 1583 he, with twenty-six others, petitioned the privy council against Archbishop John Whitgift's three articles, and against Bishop Aylmer's proceedings on them at his visitation. Whitgift suspended all the petitioners. After a suspension of eight months Rogers resumed his preaching, and was restored to his ministry through the intervention of Sir Robert Wroth.

Rogers espoused the presbyterian movement under Thomas Cartwright, and signed the Book of Discipline. He is mentioned by Richard Bancroft as one of a classis round Braintree side, together with Culverwell, Gifford, and others.[2] In 1598 and 1603 he was accordingly again in trouble; on the former occasion before the ecclesiastical commission, and on the latter for refusing the oath ex officio. He owed his restoration to the influence of William Knollys, 1st Earl of Banbury. Under the episcopate of Richard Vaughan, bishop of London between 1604 and 1607, he enjoyed considerable freedom; but under Vaughan's successor, Thomas Ravis, he was again in trouble.

Rogers died at Wethersfield on 21 April 1618, and was buried in the churchyard. Rogers was the father of Daniel Rogers and Ezekiel Rogers. He was succeeded at Wethersfield by Stephen Marshall.


GM 2:7:229-35; TAG 36:35 father of Ezekiel Rogers making Nathaniel Ward Step-brother to Ezekiel Rogers.

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Richard Rogers's Timeline

June 29, 1551
Chelmsford, Essex, England, (Present UK)
June 29, 1551
Chelmsford, Essex, England
Age 20
Wethersfield, Essex, , England
Age 25
Hertford, Hertfordshire, England
Age 38
Weathersfield, Essex, England
April 21, 1618
Age 66
Chelmsford, Essex, England, (Present UK)
October 27, 1896
Age 66
October 14, 1898
Age 66