Monday, June 04, 2018


My 9x great grandfather Joseph Rogers was in his early teens when he sailed on the Mayflower with his father Thomas in 1620,and was left alone shortly afterwards. He survived and became a prominent citizen in several towns in the Plymouth Colony, as William Richard Cutter shows us:

(II) Lieutenant Joseph Rogers, son of John Rogers (1), was also a Pilgrim. He was born in England or Holland and came with his father in the "Mayflower" to Plymouth; was married and had six children in 1650. He had lands assigned to him in 1623 and was freeman in 1633. He removed to Duxbury. He was given permission by Plymouth colony to keep a ferry over Jones river near his house, March 2, 1635-36. He and his brother John had a grant of land April6. 1640. He finally removed to Eastham, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. He was appointed lieutenant of the military company at Nawsett in 1647. His will dated January 2, 1677-78, was proved March 5 of that year. He bequeathed to sons Thomas, John and James, to daughters Elizabeth Higgins and Hannah Rogers and to his wife. He gave to Beriah Higgins a, share with his children because Beriah had lived with him a great while, etc. Children: 1. Sarah, born August 6, i633. died young. 2. Joseph, July 19, 1635, died 1660. 3. Thomas, March 29, 1637. 4. Elizabeth, September 29, 1639. 5. John, April 3, 1642. 6. Mary, September 22, 1644.7. James, October 18, 1648, mentioned below.8. Hannah, August 8, 1652.

 Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, Volume 2  Lewis historical Publishing Company  N.Y., N.Y., 1908

All that is known about Joseph's wife is that her first name was Hannah. I haven't as yet been able to
find a copy of his will online.

I did find an sad story about his eldest son, Joseph Rogers Jr. which I'll share in the next post

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