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Lieut. Joseph Rogers

Male about 1602 - 1678  (~ 76 years)


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  • Name Joseph Rogers 
    Prefix Lieut. 
    Born about 1602  Watford, Daventry, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 23 January 1602/3  Watford, Daventry, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died January 1677/8  Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • Joseph’s children are listed in the Plymouth Colony records between the “1651 Sandwidge Regester of beirths of children” and the “1652 Plymouth Regester of the beirths of theire children” under the heading “These bee the names of Leiftenant Josephth Rogers his children as followeth”.

      “Lieut. Joseph Rogers went to Eastham soon after the settlement opened, paid his proportion of the purchase money, and at one took a leading part in the affairs of the new township. He came over in the Mayflower, with his father, Thomas Rogers, and appears to have been the only member of his father’s family that ventured in that famous vesssel. AT the time, it appears, he was a lad. He doubtless was the eldest of his father’s children, and, perhaps, came to have care of his father, who , it is inferred from what Bradford has stated, was a widower. His father did not survive the first winter; he took the distemper which carried off so many of that noble band, died, and was buried, as is supposed, with the other victims on Cole’s Hill. some years afterwards the remaining portion of his family found their way to this country, where they married and settled. With whom Lieut. Joseph lived during that terrible winter and spring, after burying his father, does not appear. It certainly must have been a dreary winter to him as well as to the other survivors. The bill of mortality as given by Prince, the chronologists, as gathered from Bradford’s papers, shows that the little band of worthies was incapable of doing much more than to attend to the sick and to bury the dead, for the first four months. The number of deaths occurring in December was six; January, eight; February, seventeen, and in March thirteen. Elder Brewster and Captain Standish were among the very few that escaped the sickness. They have been highly spoken of by the Pilgrim historian for their great services during the sickness.
      “In the allotment of land in 1693 to those who came over in the Mayflower, Joseph Rogers had two acres allotted him; and in the division of the cattle in 1627, he had his portion in the eleventh lot, which fell to Gov. Bradford’s company, of which he was one. From the facrt of his being in this company, it is thought that he was a member of the governor’s household. He was a resident of Plymouth in 1633, a tax payer and married man. His rates this year were nine shillings. In 1636, he was located near Jones’ River in that part afterwards Duxbury, and was allowed to establish a ferry near his house, and to take one penny form each person who took passage. In 1637, Duxbury became a township, and in 1639, with John Washburne, he was surveyor of highways for that town. In 164 he was again surveyor. While a resident of Ducbury he had large tracts of land granted him. In 1638, he had sixty acres of land granted him, and in 1640, he and his ‘brother John Rogers’ had eeach a tract of land of forty acres granted them at North River, what is now Marshfield. In 1645, he was one of the six appointed by the court to lay out land at Duxbury, at a place called Saughtuckett.
      “In 1647, at the June session of the Old Colony court, he was proposed as a suitable person for a lieutenant at Nausett to ‘exercise the men’ in arms, and was appointed. He held this position till 1661, when his lieutenancy was revoked, and he was released from futher duty as milita officer. He was, however, reappointed lieutenant of the Eastham Company in 1664, succeeding Lieut. Wm. Merrick or Myrick. In February, 1652, with other persons from various parts of the Colony, he was appointed to lay out the way from Sandwich to near Eel River in Plymouth. IN 1658, he was one of the Council of War, and that year had liberty to purchase tracts of meadow at Pottonumecot, near the mouth of the river.
      “In 1661, with Giles Hopkins, who was a passenger with him in the Mayflower, and Josiah Cooke, he had liberty to look out for land between Bridgewater and the Bay line. In 1663, he was on the jury from Eastham, and in 1665, with Lieut. John Freeman, was appointed to view certain land petitioned for by Richard Higgins, and to purchase the same if he thought proper. The same year he was made a grantee of land at Manomoyick, now Chatham, which had been illegally purchased by the first settler of that place, Wm. Nickerson; and also liberty with the other grantees to purchase the unpurchased land there. In 1670, he was allowed to purchase more meadow at Pottonumecot near his former purchase. In 1672, he disposed of a large tract in what is now Brewster, which came to him at the division of the ‘Purchasers or Old Comers reserve,’ he having been one of that favored number. Lieut. Rogers died the latter part of the winter 1677, and undoubtedly was buried in the old yard at Eastham, which is ‘A lonesome acre thinly grown/ With grass and wandering vine.’
      “The will of Lieut. Joseph Rogers was witnessed by John Bangs and Wm. Twinning, and was presented at Plymouth court March 5, 1677-8. He mentions sons Thomas, Joshua and James; daughters Elizabeth Higgins and Hannah Roers, and grandson Beniah Higgins, who resided with him. Thomas was the executor, but died before teh final settlement of his father’s estate. To James was given the homestead. To Beniah he gave one-third of his purchased and unpurchased land at Pamet, now Truro, provided he continued to live with him until his death. Leiut. Rogers gave the church at Eastham ten shillngs.
      “The spot where he resided has not been indicated to teh writer; but the records point to that part of Orleans called Barley Neck, as the place where this pioneer and passenger in the Mayflower located upon his removal to Nausett plantation. It is probable he was the first who settled in that vicinity. Tradition has it that in early times a house in that locality was palisaded, to protect the occupants (as well as those who sought it in time of danger) from the hostile Indians then lurking around to get recruits for King Philip’s army. It is probable that this ouse was Lieut. ROgers’s, as he had been long active in military matters in the town.” [2, 3]
    Person ID I10745  Schirado
    Last Modified 8 February 2002 

    Father Thomas Rogers,   b. about 1572, Watford, Daventry, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1620/1, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years) 
    Mother Alice Cosford 
    Married 24 October 1597  Watford, Daventry, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F7653  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Hannah,   d. after January 1677/8 
    Married about 1632  [1
    Children 
     1. Sarah Rogers,   b. 6 August 1633, prob. Duxbury, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 August 1633  (Age 0 years)
     2. Joseph Rogers,   b. 19 July 1635, prob. Duxbury, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec, or January 1660/1, Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)
    +3. Thomas Rogers,   b. 29 March 1638, Duxbury, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1677/8, prob. Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
    +4. Elizabeth Rogers,   b. 29 September 1639, prob. Duxbury, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. between 2 January 1677/8 and 4 July 1679, Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
    +5. John Rogers,   b. 3 April 1642, prob. Duxbury, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1713/4, Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    +6. Mary Rogers,   b. 22 September 1644, prob. Duxbury, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. after 19 April 1718, Barnstable, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 74 years)
     7. James Rogers,   b. 18 October 1648,   d. 13 April 1678, Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)
    +8. Hannah Rogers,   b. 8 August 1652, prob. Eastham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F7620  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S70] Susan E. Roser, (Genealogical Publ, Baltimore, 2nd ed. 1995).

    2. [S14] Plymouth Colony vital records, Transcribed by George Ernest Bowman.

    3. [S94] Early Settlers of Eastham, Josiah Paine.

    4. [S11] Robert Charles Anderson, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995).


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