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William Rogers
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Birth: May 22, 1801
Adams County
Ohio, USA
Death: Oct. 5, 1891
Decatur County
Indiana, USA

William M. (middle name unknown) Rogers, Jr. was the son of William Rogers, Sr. and Dorcas Oliver (also may have been known as Susan &/or Lawrence) Rogers about the time the family settled on Revolutionary Bounty land at Washington (now defunct, a settlement at the mouth of Brushy Creek and the Ohio River) in Adams Co., OH, or, possibly he was born in southwest Pennsylvania before his family migrated to Ohio.

His parents were from Maryland. His father, William Rogers, Sr., was a Revolutionary soldier whose pension records strongly suggest he was a Winter Soldier at Valley Forge, PA, with Gen. Washington.

William M. and Nancy Montgomery were married by Rev. Joseph Westbrook, father-in-law of Samuel Montgomery, Jr., Nancy's brother, in Adams Co., OH 17 January 1822.

A New Era Decatur County newspaper obituary for Nancy Rogers indicates the couple moved to Adams Twp., Decatur County, Indiana in October, 1829, which corresponds to the time they entered their parcel.

William Rogers wrote religious verse, possibly also commentary, which was published in newspapers. His penchant was passed on to some of his children. He submitted to and was published in the Cincinnati Enquirer. He and his daughter, Martha, wrote religious and free verse poetry. When the family home was sold in 1892, the neighbors wrote a poem for remaining daughters at home, Ellen and Martha, to see them on their way.

A New Era, Oct. 7, 1891 obituary described William Rogers as "an invalid and great sufferer." He reportedly was paralyzed in his lower limbs several years prior to his death. In a letter to son James dated 28 March 1881, William, a somewhat heavy man then, indicated that his legs were paralyzed though he continued to actively farm.

William would never sell the home place while he was alive. He was pretty much paralyzed and he and Nancy infirm at the end of their lives, but not alone.

William and Nancy Rogers were faithful Methodists from Ohio to Indiana and records indicate they submitted their papers upon arrival in Decatur County. They may have been founding members of Shiloh Methodist Church to which this cemetery appended. Shiloh Methodist Church records show them as class leaders in the earliest years.

A lay Methodist minister indicates that it was the practice for lay Methodists to show up with (or sometimes without) letters from their previous pastors showing them in good standing, and they would be received into membership in their new locations. Not infrequently the lay people would evangelize their neighbors and form little "classes" before the preachers arrived. A lay person could be designated "class leader" rather readily. The ministers, meanwhile, arrived with their license to exhort or preach, or even deacon's or elder's "orders" showing that they had been ordained. Sometimes they would register their orders at the local courthouse (once one was established) so that the couples they joined in marriage would always be able to prove that they had been married by an official minister.

William and Nancy Rogers' children were: John Wesley; Eliza Jane Rogers Drake (1824 - unk., possibly buried Cook Co., IL); Joseph Willis (3 Feb. 1826 (m. Sarah Drake) disappeared suddenly without a trace, date of death unk.); Russel Biglow; James Harvey (18 Aug. 1830 - 3 Nov. or March 1870, MO (Nodaway Co. likely); Samuel Davis (14 March 1834 - 9 June 1903, VA Cem. near Old Soldier's Home, Dayton, OH); Elizabeth Ellen; Martha Esther (John J. Eckert)(17 Dec. 1838 - 3 Dec. 1903, Mt. Moriah Cem., West Adams, Decatur Co., IN); Sarah Emeline Rogers Bennington; and William Worden Rogers.

William Rogers farmed a couple of miles north, northeast of Shiloh, not far from Sandusky, and raised/trained horses into old age. (His father had served in a unit of express riders in the Revolution, and his son, Samuel Davis, served briefly in an Indiana Cavalry unit during the War Between the States.)

William and Nancy had a large family with many descendants, some residing in the area to the present. A couple of his daughters resided at the old homestead with their parents through their lives.

(NOTE: It is not certain that the base of his gravestone is the original.)

The Shiloh Cemetery was recently rehabilitated, and stones may be in better order. 
Family links: 
  William Rogers (1754 - 1838)
  Dorcas Oliver Rogers (1764 - 1832)
  Nancy Montgomery Rogers (1801 - 1891)
  John Wesley Rogers (1823 - 1859)*
  Eliza J. Rogers Drake (1825 - 1891)*
  Joseph Willis Rogers (1826 - ____)*
  Russel Biglow Rogers (1828 - 1849)*
  James Harvey Rogers (1830 - 1897)*
  Samuel Davis Rogers (1834 - 1903)*
  Elizabeth Ellen Rogers (1836 - 1892)*
  Martha Esther Rogers Eckert (1838 - 1903)*
  Sarah Emeline Rogers Bennington (1841 - 1916)*
  William Worden Rogers (1843 - 1855)*
  William Rogers (1801 - 1891)
  Abigail Rodgers (1804 - 1889)*
  Oliver Cromwell Rogers (1806 - ____)*
*Calculated relationship
Shiloh Cemetery
Decatur County
Indiana, USA
Maintained by: Sharon Pearce
Originally Created by: Greg Meyer
Record added: Jul 24, 2010
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William Rogers
Added by: Greg Meyer
William Rogers
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