Rev Nathaniel Rogers

Rev Nathaniel Rogers

Haverhill, St Edmundsbury Borough, Suffolk, England
Death 3 Jul 1655 (aged 56–57)
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
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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, and “conversion” to nonconformity after conversation with the Rev. Thomas Hooker, he was advised by Dr. Barkham to seek some other place. He preached for five years at Assington County, where his sponsor was a friend of John Winthrop. As Bishop Laud’s crackdowns on nonconformity spread beyond the bounds of London, Nathaniel 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. Margaret was the daughter of a wealthy grocer whose brother, Robert Crane, became an investor in the Massachusetts Bay Company. On June 1, 1636, Nathaniel 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 expected to be left heir by his great granduncle and namesake Rev. Ezekiel Rogers, pastor at Rowley, but he was declined "because he would not consent to have his hair cut short".

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.

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