I am looking for the descendents of Lee Rodgers and Oscar Keith Hawkins. Lee was the sister of my grandfather Lester S. Rodgers.
Of course want to meet these relatives, but I am also hoping they might know anything at all about Lee Rodgers Hawkins' father, Dr. John Fleming Rodgers, my great grandfather. I am trying to find out who his parents and line of Rodgers were. Below is an excerpt from my Rodgers file pertaining to him and his kids:
I. DR. JOHN FLEMING RODGERS, B. 6/12/1830 in Bourbon Co., Ky.--D. 10/14/1902 at his home in Clifton, Ky. and buried in Versailles Cemetery (Section B3, Lot # 418, Grave # 10) in Versailles, Ky. after a Stroke left him paralyized for the last two years of his life. Served in the Civil War as an Asst-Surgeon (rank of Major), 11th Ky. U.S. Cavalry. Buried in the Versailles Cemetery (Kentucky). He lived in Clifton the last 28 years of his life. The 1860 census has him in Lawrenceburg, Anderson Co., Ky. He must have moved around some during his life. Dr. Rodgers served in the Civil War as an Asst-Surgeon (rank of Major), 11th Ky. (U.S.) Cavalry. Dr. John F. Rodgers, Asst. Surgeon. Enrolled in 11th Ky Cav. 9/18/1862, Mustered in 6/22/1863 for 3 years at Louisville, KY.. Listed on roll of Field Officers and Staff. Remarks say: Discharged to date from appointment. I have seen his record, and if I remember correctly he was discharged in 1863 for refusinig to join the Union Army. B this, I think it either meant he did not want to re-enlist or refused to leave the State of Kentucky and make war on his fellow Southerners. Some information about the 11th Ky Cav: The 11th Ky Cav. skirmished with the enemy at Greasy Creek on the Cumberland River in Ky. Was in on the chase of Rebel Raider John Hunt Morgan and was instrumental in his capture in Ohio. Company "E" fought Morgan at Hartsville, Tenn. and was capured there. The Regiment was with General Burnside in the East Tennessee Campaign. They had a big battles and skirmishes at Philadelphia, Tenn., Maryville, Tenn., Siege of Knoxville, Tenn., Beans Station, Tenn., Dandridge, Tenn., Fairgarden, Tenn.. They went with General Burbridge on a raid to Saltville, Va.. They rode with General Stoneman during Sherman's move on Atlanta, Ga.,
having battles & skirmishes at Dalton, Cassville, New Hope Church, Acworth, Big Shanty, Powder Springs, Moore's Bridge, Campbelltown, Macon, Sunshine Church, all in Georgia. They rode again in the winter of 1864 to Saltville and Marion, Va. with General Stoneman. Having battles at both places. In the spring of 1865 they went with Stoneman on his raid into North Carolina, and from there the 11th went on into South Carolina and back into Georgia, hunting for Jeff Davis. They were mustered out of service in Louisville, Ky. In between the above campaigns, the 11th was used to scout and chase down guerillas in Kentucky. See Obituary below:
POSSIBLE FORMER OR FIRST WIFE OF DR. JOHN F. RODGERS (See note immediatley below):
MARGARET E. PATTIE, B. 11/14/1837.
1. Mary Jane
2. Allie Vaughn
3. Fannie Thomas. (I don't know if Vaughn and Thomas were Allie's and Fannies middle names or who they married, although the person who provided this info on Marg. E. Pattie said she thought they were middlenames instead of married names).
NOTE: A Susan Cieply I met on the internet at a genealogy discussion form said that a Dr. John F. Rodgers from Frankfurt, Ky. married Margaret E. Pattie, born
11/14/1837, on 12/22/1853. This Dr. Rodgers and Margert Pattie had Mary Jane, Allie Vaughn, Fannie Thomas, and perahps other children. The mother and children, or at least the three girls mentioned, moved to Texas. One them's obituary has them there in the 1920s. Although no sons were mentioned, John W. Rodgers, Sr. said that his dad said that he had five haf-siblings he had never met, three of whom were boys. There is no proof yet that this is our Dr. Rodgers, but the fact that they both have the same name, both are doctors, both are from Ky., and same area and even the same County in Ky. if I am not mistaken, both are basically same age and both lived in same era, is some pretty convincing facts. I am of the opinion that this Dr. John F.
Rodgers she said was from Frankfurt, Ky. and our Dr. John Fleming Rodgers are one and the same. It is just my opinion. I have no proof of it.
SARAH ISABEL WILLIAMS, B. in Kentucky--Died: Death date is not for certain. According to the Ky Death Records on KyGenWeb there was a Belle Glass (Belle Rodgers remarried a Glass after Dr. Rodgers died) who died at age 69 in Anderson on 7/20/1932. This puts that Belle as being born in 1863, which would make her 17 yrs old in 1880, the same age as the "Sallie Belle Rodgers" on the 1880 census then living with Dr. Rodgers. Probably the same person. Sarah Isabel Williams was the 2nd wife of Dr. Rodgers, known as "Belle". The family all called her "Ma
Belle". She remarried a Mr. R. M. (Robert I think) Glass after Dr. Rodgers died. Lester her son corresponded with someone named Julius Glass, some kin to Belle Glass I am sure. Perhaps her new husband or a brother or something. She is possibly the "Sallie Belle Rodgers" listed with the Dr. on the 1880 Woodford Co., Ky. Census. If so, then she was born around 1863. The first wife and their several children unknown for sure.
1. Lena "Lee" Rodgers, b. (?)-- (Deathdate is unsure, but some info on the KyGenWeb said she died 7/20/1951 in Franklin/Anderson, Ky.) -m-Mr. Oscar Keith Hawkins, b. (?)--(Death info came from same source as his wife Lee's) D.
3/13/1959 in Franklin/Anderson, Ky. Postcards dated around 1932 to and from Lena and her brother Lester were postmarked to Mrs. O. K. Hawkins, Lawrenceburg, Ky.. Lester called her "Lea". Issue: (A) Oscar Fleming Hawkins-m-Connie Brandon, (B) Ruby Hawkins-m-Mallie M. Honaker. One source says that "Lea" and Oscar lived in Pikesville, Ky. possibly around 1929.
2. Emma Rodgers -m-Thomas O. Blackerby, Sr.; issue: (A) Thomas O. Blackerby, Jr. -m-(?); issue: (A1) Thomas Blackerby III. (B) Dorathy Blackerby, b. 1912 in Bloomfield, Ky., Died March/April, 2003 in Montgomery, Alabama. Some old post cards have Emma and Thomas in 1912 and as late as 1917 in Taylorville, Ky.. they evidently movd around a lot such as Dorathy being born in Bloomfield, Ky. in 1912. But eventually moved to Montgomery, Alabama, living there for the remainder of their lives. Their descendants still live there now. I have only spoken to one or two on the phone.
3. *Lester Samuel Rodgers, b. 9/30/1887 in Decatur Co., Indiana--d. 1954 in Montgomery Ala., V.A. Hospital. Buried in Prattville-m-Maude Janet White, b. 10/12/1892--d. 6/25/1985(see
Any help or info would be greatly appreciated.
David Middleton Edelen II
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