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Re: Ephraim Rodgers 1782-1870
Posted by: Matthew B. Arnold (ID *****8013) Date: March 07, 2012 at 08:22:26
In Reply to: Re: Ephraim Rodgers 1782-1870 by Nathalie Rodgers of 906

I know this post is very old, but worth discussing. I am a descendant of Ephraim Rogers through his son John Rogers and wife Elizabeth Heath. My grandmother and Great-Aunt have researched this family line for many decades. They wrote a book called "Emmett McAlpin Rogers His Forefathers and Progeny, History and Genealogy, Rogers, Crossley/Crossland, Leek/Leak and Drake." This book has alot of primary research for Ephraim's parents and more particularly his GRandparents. But that research needs more work. Also it discusses many of Ephraim's descendants.

I can state right now that James Monroe Rogers is not a son of Perry Sanford Rogers. Perry did have a son James Franklin Rogers who was a well respected Lawyer who spent most of his career in Covington, Newton Co., Georgia. This information is further backed by a book called "A standard history of Georgia and Georgians", Volume 6, pages 2889, 2890

Published in 1917 by Lucian Lamar Knight
“James Franklin Rogers. To depict the career of one who has attained eminence in a high calling is a privilege, and the perusal of such a record an inspiration. The subject of this memoir, widely recognized as the leading attorney of Covington and the Stone Mountain Circuit, and often affectionately alluded to by his confreres as the Nestor of the Newton County bar, was born in Walton County, Georgia, December 12, 1856, the son of Perry S. and Mary (Ivy) Rogers. The paternal grandfather was Ephraim Rogers, a native of Delaware and member of a highly respectable and honored family. Ephraim Rogers, like most of the members of his family, was a man of culture and refinement. A farmer by occupation, he was in antebellum days, like most of those belonging to the higher classes in the South, a slaveholder, who, however, always treated his colored dependents with kindness and Christian charity. In addition to his agricultural labors, he was an ordained preacher in the Methodist denomination, following his sacred calling in Walton and Morgan counties. He married a Miss Foster of Putnam County, Georgia, who died in the early '60s. He survived her some years, his death taking place early in the next decade, when he was eighty-seven years old.
“Perry S. Rogers, son of Ephraim and father of our subject, was the youngest member of a large family. He became a successful farmer and planter in Walton County, owning and operating a plantation of 3,000 acres. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and took an especially active part in its work during his later years. He was first married to Mary Ivy, who, like himself, was a native of Walton County, Georgia. Of this union there were two children: William A., a railroad man, now residing in Birmingham, Alabama, and James Franklin, whose name appears at the head of this review. The mother of these children died in 1862 and Mr. Rogers subsequently married her sister Margaret, who bore him six children, as follows: Seaborn E., a pastor in the Baptist Church and farmer of Walton County, Georgia; Thomas, also a farmer of Walton County; Ella, wife of Augustus Studdard, of Monroe, Georgia; Lela, wife of Charles Cocroft, of Bostwick, Morgan County, Georgia; Pauline, wife of John Mayo, a farmer of Walton County, Georgia, and Boykin, a farmer and trader, who resides on the old home place with his mother. Perry S. Rogers, the father, died in 1900 at the age of sixty-six years, his loss being deeply regretted by all who knew him.
“James Franklin Rogers, after acquiring his elementary education in the Walton County schools, in the fall of 1875 entered the University of Georgia, where he was a student until 1876. He then went to Emery College, where he continued his studies, being there graduated Bachelor of Arts in the class of 1878. He then applied himself assiduously to the study of law under the mentorship of Gov. Henry D. McDaniel of Monroe and made such rapid progress that he was admitted to the bar by Hon. Alexander S. Erwin, judge of the Superior Court, in 1879. Beginning the practice of his profession at Social Circle, Walton County, he remained there five years, during which time he gained much valuable experience and gave evidence of marked ability. In 1885 he came to Covington, where he has since remained in active practice. The thirty years that he has spent in this community have been years of hard work but notable achievement, leading to his present distinguished position as the most prominent advocate in the county. He has been honored at different times by election or appointment to important offices. At one time he served as city attorney, and for twelve years he was solicitor for the county court, practicing in the city courts. He is attorney for the Central Railroad of Georgia and also for the Covington Mills, both responsible positions, which no man of inferior capacity could fill. His comprehensive understanding of the principles of jurisprudence and his masterly presentation of a cause before the courts have long marked him out as a leader in his arduous and difficult profession, success in which is not to be gained without superior merit. Mr. Rogers' fraternal affiliations include membership in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias and the Masonic Order, in which last mentioned he has advanced as far as the chapter. In religion he is a Methodist.
“Mr. Rogers was married April 10, 1879, to Miss Lessie Ray, a native of Walton County, Georgia, and daughter of James A. and Julius Woods Ray. She died in 1887, leaving one child, Emery Ray Rogers, who was born in Walton County, Georgia, and is now general manager for the Nunally Company of Atlanta, Georgia, and resides in New York City. Some time after his first wife's death, James Franklin Rogers contracted a second marriage with Mrs. Belle Knox (Wadsworth). She is a lady of culture and refinement, a leading member of the Presbyterian Church and prominent in club and society work. As a relaxation from the regular duties of his profession, Mr. Rogers takes a keen interest in horticulture, the floral display in his tastefully laid-out gardens eliciting the admiration of every visitor to his hospitable mansion. He is also fond of automobile excursions and spends much of his leisure time in driving. A life thus devoted to the faithful performance of high duties, the cultivation of home ties and. the enjoyment of refined and innocent diversions may be regarded as ideal by every lover of all that is best in human nature.”

This biographical sketch of James Franklin Rogers and his family is a very helpful resource for descendants of Ephraim Rogers. This sketch of course focuses on the descendants of Perry Sanford Rogers. One of the things this sketch does is settle the matter of the son James. There are many people out there that have incorrectly asserted that James Monroe Rogers is a son of Perry Sanford Rogers. This text sets the matter straight. I have fleshed out some of the genealogical details of this text. I have used census records and vital record indexes that apply in Georgia and Alabama to obtain some of this information. I think the key foundational resource that collaborates with this text is the 1880 Census in Blasingames, Walton, Georgia on page 11. ( James Franklin Rogers married in 1879 so is not here with the family.) The census taker only used initials for the census. Here is a transcription from that census and the interpretation.

P. S. Rogers b.1833        Perry Sanford Rogers
M. Rogers b.1847               Margaret A Ivey
W. Rogers b.1861              William A Rogers
S. Rogers b. 1865              Seaborn E Rogers
E. Rogers b.1868              Elizabeth J “Ella” Rogers
L. Rogers b.1871              Mary Leila Rogers       
T. Rogers b. 1875              Thomas P Rogers
M. Rogers b. 1879               Maggie Pauline Rogers

Perry Sanford Rogers
       Spouse Mary F. Ivey
              Son: James Franklin Rogers
                     1st Wife: E. Celestia “Lessie” Ray
                     2nd Wife: Mary Belle Wadsworth
Son: William A Rogers
       Wife: Josie A Ray       
              No children
Spouse Margaret A Ivey
Son: Seaborn E Rogers
       Wife: Minnie C Cocroft
Daughter: Elizabeth J “Ella” Rogers
       Husband: Augustus Studdard
Daughter: Mary Leila Rogers
       Husband: Charles Henry Cocroft       
Son: Thomas P Rogers
       Wife: Roberta “Berta” Cocroft
Daughter: Maggie Pauline Rogers
       Husband: John W Mayo
Son: Boykin S Rogers
       Wife: Eva (unknown)

Important notes:
Lessie Ray and Josie A Ray are sisters. Their parents are James A Ray and Julia Woods.
All of the Cocroft spouses are brothers and sisters. Their parents are William Henry Cocroft and Sarah Ann Gibbs.

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