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Re: Rogers, Lawrence, Oliver, McCandless, Bennington
Posted by: Sharon Pearce (ID *****3544) Date: October 03, 2011 at 00:34:57
In Reply to: Re: Rogers, Lawrence, Oliver, McCandless, Bennington by sandra ferguson of 2621


Thank you for your reply. I have been working on the Rogers, as have others, for 11 years. My oldest generation is Wm. Rogers, born Dec. 1754 (as deduced by his reports in a number of pension applications and related letters, where he varies his age somewhat but best conclusion is that his birthday was in December and it was 1754, or maybe 1755).

I am aware of the Thomas son of Thomas who had four sons, including Wm., Rowland, Thomas and one other. My understanding is that they were Quakers. My understanding is that Thomas' son, Wm., married Grace Land, but that their last child, according to Quaker records, was born in 1752. Grace died about 1756-57. She could have had my William but for all the records available on her other children, nothing shows for a William born 1754.

There was another family in Annapolis, a Capt. Wm. Rogers, and either he or his wife descended from Rev. Nathaniel Rogers of Boston, MA. This family repeated similar names to mine, but I just could not find enough to make a connection, and besides my Wm. seemed to be closer to the PA line, near the Susquehanna, as were my Benningtons. I have a lawsuit in Harford Co. between my Benningtons and some Rogers there.

There is nothing to lead me to believe William's people were other than farmers. His wife may have been Susan Laurance or Lawrence, and I almost had a lead on a marriage record once but lost it. If she was his only wife, she went by the name of "Dorcas Oliver." A couple of generations previous, in NJ, was a well-known Quaker woman named Dorcas Oliver. Some of her daughters' daughters were either named for her, or took on her name. William and Dorky's son, William Rogers, died in Decatur Co., IN and on his death certificate as to his parents' names, it was indicated (by one of his children likely as his wife predeceased him by four months) that his mother's last name was "Laurance (no first name)," and that she was born in GA.

IN NJ the Quakers married Native Americans; I have found a record of Native Americans intermarrying with the Olivers, not one that fits this family, but in general. The tribes used to travel to the South, including to GA, and back; sometimes history reports they kidnapped hostages from other tribes that ransomed them back again when they came back north a year later. This is general history. I have found an Oliver family, and a Laurance family, residing adjacent to each other in Green Co., PA as far southwest as they could be without being in WVA between 1790 and 1800; they showed on tax lists, but have never been able to further identify them.

Adams Co., OH, where Wm. and Dorky immigrated, became the principal county for the development of Methodism in OH, and this couple and their descendants became Methodists there. So they were not practicing Quakers that I could find in OH, where they arrived 1800-1804. I have found hints of children born before the last four, but who were born in MD after 1790. Some may have married by 1810 in Adams Co., OH, one possibly to a Shepherd. In one case a researcher provided me information on an earlier born daughter to this couple, Elizabeth, b. 1792, MD, who was with them in OH, but who married a James Lammers. She had a daughter named Dorcas. Fine.

Their youngest son, Oliver and his wife, were highly faithful to naming patterns. (My ancestor, Oliver's brother, William and his wife, named their sons after Methodist leaders.) Oliver named his first two sons after his father and father-in-law. Fine. He named his first two daughters after his mother-in-law, and in the other case, "Susan" not Dorcas; I took that to be for his mother. His mother's gravestone simply reads "Rogers" and under it "Dorcas Oliver." There have been rumors she might have been part Native American. They took the "Dorcas Oliver" name very seriously!

There were other Olivers in Adams Co., and highly placed. There has been reported through the Bennington line which also has Olivers in it, that one Oliver woman in OH and IN had a regressive gene for blindness. Wm. and Dorky's youngest daughter had some type of impairment, possibly mental, which impoverished them because of having to attend to her, but she lived to an old age, and stabilized as a seamstress living with relatives and others.

The Rogers from southeast PA and MD tended to repeat common English Christian names so there were many William Rogers around during and after the Revolution. My Wm. is not the one who fought in the Revolution and married a Susannah (Barrett?) who moved to central OH.

Wm. served from 1777 to 1780 in a MD unit of express riders that was part of the NJ 1st Regiment, and his military service and comments he made suggests to me he was at Valley Forge the winter of 1777-8.

I do not know when he married, but it would seem that he was in his late 30s and it may have been about 1790; my hunch is in MD, otherwise why go back there to live for 8 to 10 years more?

His son Oliver's fifth child was a girl, Permilia, and the next girl named "Elizabeth Ellen Rogers." His brother William had a child "Eliza" (not the name of wife, or mother, that I know of, or mother-in-law) but his second daughter was named "Elizabeth Ellen" Rogers, too. I searched that name in PA and MD and did find that name but the woman's dates of birth and death would place her more of a contemporary, i.e., a sister of William, Sr. m. to Dorky, rather than a mother.

This Elizabeth Ellen Rogers married Josiah or Joshua Davis and moved to Belmont Co., OH. I am finding a number of northeast Marylanders in Belmont Co. after the Revolution. I am also descended from the Bennington family, and they trace farther back to the Barnes and West families. I have found families of Barnes and Rogers and Benningtons in Belmont Co., OH, adjacent to Wheeling WVA. In fact, there is a Barnesville, Belmont Co., OH where some of these folk lived. I suspect there is an older Elizabeth Ellen Rogers to the one married to Davis. So I do believe that the name "Elizabeth Ellen Rogers" is critical in this line. William and Dorcas' dau. b. 1792 was named Elizabeth (Mrs. James Lammers) but I do not know her middle name. I think her line migrated on to Iowa.

There were other Rogers in western Adams Co., OH shortly after 1804; if I remember correctly they descended from Rowland Rogers. They were in Washington Co., PA prior to arrival, and I think my Wm. arrived first, simply by dent he was an old Rev. soldier, as many were there, and that is where the government belatedly gave them bounty land amongst untillable limestone hollows on the banks of the Ohio River at a town, no longer extant, called Washington, Adams Co., OH. I think it was too close to the water's edge to survive.

Yes, I am also trying to identify this couple from the spouse's side, but I am looking at two or three names, "Dorcas Oliver," "Susan," and "Laurance or Lawrence" for her.

I would also add that though I may not have all of the children identified born in MD between 1792 and 1799, to William, the name "Grace," does not come up anywhere among descendants that I can find. Beginning with his third son, Oliver's sons were Hiram, Joseph, John and Robert Rogers.

That is pretty much what I have. William Rogers in Adams Co., OH, from MD, appeared to me to be a good and sincere man.

Thank you for any assistance.

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