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Re: Mrs Edna ROGERS, widowed in BC in 1918
Posted by: Pat Simpson (ID *****0757) Date: April 26, 2009 at 11:47:42
In Reply to: Re: Mrs Edna ROGERS, widowed in BC in 1918 by cheryl lenz of 1701


There is no obvious connection. My John Rogers’ father came from England in the late 1860s and settled near Ottawa, Ontario.

Your James Alfred Rogers died January 28, 1921 in RM Siglunes, at age 46. If you have not already, you should get a copy of his death registration ($12 CAN).

Steep Rock is about 130 miles north of Winnipeg. I am not sure what newspaper would have covered this area, but if you could find his obit, it might tell you a bit more about him. The Manitoba Genealogical Society might be able to help…

The 1916 Census of Manitoba finds James Alfred Rogers (43) and his wife Australia (35) and six children: Olly (16), Ethel (11), Joel (9), Willard (7), Eugene (5) and Maglaine (3) living in Selkirk District where James was employed as a labourer in a limestone quarry. Alfred Rogers was listed as Irish origin, and Australia Rogers as French origin (given she was born in Louisiana per 1910 US Census… probably Acadian (French) origins from New Brunswick or Nova Scotia, Canada)

Only little Magaline (age 3) was born in Manitoba; all the others are listed as born in the USA. Their year of immigration was listed as 1913, which means the family should be listed in the 1910 US Census.

The 1910 US Census finds them listed under Alfred Rodgers, living in Ti Township, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma. Alfred is listed as 31 (maybe) and Australia as 32, both of them having been married 16 years, and sadly only 6 of their 9 children still living. Alfred is listed as born in Arkansas and Australia as born in Louisiana. Their daughters Essie (15), Osceola (12), Ollie (9), Ethel (5) and sons Joel (3) and Willard (1) are all listed as born in Oklahoma.

Note: Olly (16) was a son in 1916, and Ollie (9) was a daughter in 1910.

By 1930, Australia Rogers and three of her children were back living in McAlester, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma.

So… where were James Alfred & Australia in 1900 (to confirm his place of birth)? I cannot find them in Oklahoma or elsewhere. I cannot find Australia or any Rogers/Rodgers, born in Louisiana, 1880 +/- 5 years, in Oklahoma.

James Alfred Rogers should be listed in the 1880 US Census. He might be listed under James or Alfred and under Rogers or Rodgers. Records of him in 1910, 1916 and 1921 vary on the year of his birth. There appears to be no Clara Rogers/Rodgers associated with a husband John or Oliver Rogers or a son James or Alfred. It is possible she died, or her husband died and she re-married.

Perhaps an obit for Australia might give you a clue as to where she met and married James Alfred Rogers and then you could look for a marriage registration or a newspaper notice, or check local census for likely candidates. Actually FamilySearch has an IGI record for James Alfred Rogers and Australia Berryman which suggests they were married in Mcalester in 1892. Perhaps you can search there for a marriage registration. It might give a place of birth or a “home” address, thus leading to his parents.

If you can find any of the older children in the 1930 US Census you can check where they thought their father was born. Australia’s obit and the obits of her children might give you clues as to where her other children located and the married names of her daughters.

Best of luck.

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