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Martha Matthews Rodgers
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Birth: Jan. 8, 1808
Indiana County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jan. 1, 1897
Indiana County
Pennsylvania, USA

Daughter of Archibald Matthews and Elizabeth Findley. Widow of Isaac Rodgers.

Perhaps the oldest resident of East Wheatfield township now living is Mrs. Martha Rodgers, who is now in her eighty-ninth year. A PROGRESS representative had the pleasure of meeting the old lady one day recently. Mrs. Rodgers, although weak with the infirmaties of old age, has a wonderful memory at times, and she was in good spirits the afternoon the newspaper called. Mrs. Rodgers was a daughter of Mrs. Archie Matthews, who died several years ago at the age of ninety-seven. She is a grandchild of George Findley, who built the first mill. A story which has been often recited around the firesides and which has been handed down from one generation to another, tell of the thrilling adventure of George Findley, the pioneer, with the Indians. Mrs. Rodgers told the story that afternoon, and said that often during the long winter evenings when she was a girl, her mother would amuse her by repeating the story told by her mother, Mrs. George Findley. The story, as told by the old lady, tells of how the settlers were driven from their homes by the Indians, who chased them to Palmer’s fort in the Ligonier Valley. Several days afterwards, George Findely, accompanied by a boy, returned to their home to look after the stock. Several Indians, who were still in the neighborhood, surprised them. The boy was killed and Mr. Findley was shot in the arm, but made his escape. While being chased by the redskins he looked over his shoulder and saw the Indiana scalp the boy. He returned to the fort and told his adventure. Several days afterward a party left the fort and returned to the settlement. They found the boy under a large oak tree where he had been left by the Indians. The body was buried under an apple tree, and the grave was marked up til within recent years. The old deed of the farm is marked, “Findley’s Escape,” and is known by this title today on account of the narrow escape of the pioneer.
The Indiana Progress
Indiana, Pennsylvania
4 December 1895 
 
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 Parents:
  Archibald Matthews (1784 - 1851)
  Elizabeth Findley Matthews (1784 - 1881)
 
 Spouse:
  Isaac Rodgers (1804 - 1878)*
 
 Children:
  Archibald Matthews Rodgers (1834 - 1903)*
  Margaret J. Rodgers Falloon (1836 - 1911)*
  Elizabeth Rodgers (1838 - 1915)*
  James J. Rogers (1842 - 1912)*
  John H. Rogers (1845 - 1905)*
  William M. Rodgers (1847 - 1922)*
  Isaac S. Rodgers (1851 - 1894)*
 
 Siblings:
  Martha Matthews Rodgers (1808 - 1897)
  Isabella Matthews Lapsley (1811 - 1908)*
  Eliza Matthews Kennedy (1813 - 1895)*
  George Findley Matthews (1815 - 1893)*
  Sarah Matthews Noble (1819 - 1845)*
  Archibald Matthews (1822 - 1824)*
  Archibald Matthews (1828 - 1922)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Nineveh Cemetery
Indiana County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: Kathryn Doyle
Record added: May 09, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52174425
Martha <i>Matthews</i> Rodgers
Added by: Brian J. Ensley
 
Martha <i>Matthews</i> Rodgers
Added by: Kathryn Doyle
 
Martha <i>Matthews</i> Rodgers
Added by: Brian J. Ensley
 
 
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