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 Agnes “Aggie” <I>Black</I> Rogers

Agnes “Aggie” Black Rogers

Bradys Bend, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 1 Jul 1955 (aged 77)
Lima, Allen County, Ohio, USA
Burial Lima, Allen County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 43885504 · View Source
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Aggie was the oldest of seven children. She was born in Pennsylvania but her father Joseph worked in the oil fields and needed to follow his work opportunities. Joseph moved his family where new fields were discovered in different regions of the country. Ohio oils were discovered in the early 1890's, so when Aggie was about 14, Joseph moved his family to Ohio. This likely played a role in her education, as Agnes had an eighth grade education, apparently not returning to school after the moves first to Hancock County, and then on to Allen County. Although Joseph continued to travel for work, he did purchase a house in Lima, and this was where the family called home. Aggie stayed in the home overseeing her younger siblings much of the time.

When she was 25, on June 18, 1903 Agnes married Ellis Rogers in St. Rose Catholic Church in Lima, Ohio. Aggie's father was Catholic and raised his children Catholic. Her mother Virginia had converted to Catholicism and her husband Ellis was not Catholic. It was five years later when Aggie was 30 that their first child Virginia was born. Five years later Grace was born and when Aggie was 41 their youngest daughter Maude was born. Agnes had been a dressmaker before she married Ellis and after marriage she was a homemaker and mother. She enjoyed sewing and was an excellent seamstress who made many of the clothes for her family. In later years she suffered from arthritis and found it difficult to hold a needle.

Ellis loved to listen to music and Aggie and Ellis gave their daughters the opportunity to take piano lessons. Both Virginia and Grace played beautifully and although I never heard her play, I believe Maude also could play the piano.

When she was 31, Agnes' younger brother William died unexpectedly of multiple organ failure. Her oldest daughter Virginia was only one year old at the time.

Although she was 59 when her daughter Grace had her first grandchild, she remarked she was too young to be a grandmother. Perhaps that concept played a role in what could be perceived as a delay in the procreation of her family. As noted above, she herself was 30 when she had her first child and her mother Virginia was 52 at that time. Aggie had two younger sisters that had children before Aggie so her mother had become a grandmother for the first time at age 50. Apparently Agnes saw herself as very youthful and she did indeed look much younger than she was.

Aggie was 62 when her youngest brother Bob died in an accident in the oil fields in 1940. Her husband Ellis had recently been diagnosed with colon cancer and had surgery this same year. Their oldest daughter Virginia came back home to help her mother with the care of her father. Ellis died a year later. In 1948 Agnes traveled with her sister Edna and brother Joe to Oklahoma to pay their respects to the family when their sister Jennie died.

Her daughter Virginia remained in the home after Ellis' death and provided her support until her death. She was a member of Saint John's Catholic Church and its Altar and Rosary Society.

Aggie might have been 5 foot tall and was always a petite lady. From what I can remember, she wore her brunette hair in braids that she wrapped around her head. She had very little white hair when she died at 77. Whether this was a Black gene or a Patterson gene I do not know, but her daughter Grace had very little white hair until she was well into her eighties. Aggie was a very quiet and dignified lady.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Agnes “Aggie” Black Rogers (5 Jun 1878–1 Jul 1955), Find A Grave Memorial no. 43885504, citing Gethsemani Cemetery, Lima, Allen County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Susan Roach (contributor 47796231) .