I have not been able to properly identify my Great Grandfather WILLIAM "BILL" ROGERS. We have very few facts and a lot of rumors. Below is listed what we know and a list of rumors passed down over the years:
1. On 29 August 1884 Wm ROGERS married M. L. Griffin (Mary Lucinda "Mollie" Roark Griffin) in Tyler, Smith County, Texas (have copy of marriage license).
2. On 9 June 1885 WILLIAM & MOLLIE had a son, MANCE MAIN ROGERS. On Mance Main's Application for Social Security Number he states that he was born in Jacksonville, Cherokee County, Texas. MOLLIE's mother, Martha Jane "Mattie" Mitchell Roark was at that time married to a James V. Boyce and they lived in Jacksonville - it is thought that WILLIAM & MOLLIE were living with them at the time of MANCE MAIN's birth.
3. In August 1885, WILLIAM, MOLLIE & MANCE MAIN were living in Lampasas Springs (now Lampasas), Texas. Shortly after that MOLLIE took MANCE MAIN, left WILLIAM and returned to Jacksonville to live with her mother. No one knows for sure what happened to WILLIAM ROGERS after that.
4. On MANCE MAIN ROGERS Application for Social Security Number he states that his father's name was JOHN. It is possible that our WILLIAM ROGERS full name is JOHN WILLIAM ROGERS or WILLIAM JOHN ROGERS.
5. MOLLIE ROGERS listed herself as a widow when she married ISAAC HAYES THOMPSON on 16 Jan 1894.
RUMORS PASSED DOWN:
1. That WILLIAM ROGERS had a sister named SARAH (or SALLIE) that married a KUYKENDALL and lived in a stone house in San Saba, Texas (this is close to Lampasas Springs). We have found a SARAH (SALLIE) ELIZABETH ROGERS that married a WILLIAM HULL KUYKENDALL in Salado, Bell County, Texas (south of Lampasas Springs), however, we are unable to connect this SARAH & our WILLIAM.
2. That WILLIAM ROGERS also had another sister named ELLA, who owned or ran a clothing store in Lampasas Springs, Texas.
3. That WILLIAM ROGERS was killed by lightening when his son was only a year old (1886).
4. Between 1910 and 1930, MOLLIE visited her son MANCE MAIN ROGERS and his family several times in Bath Community (sometimes called Possum Walk), Walker County, Texas and later in Conroe, Montgomery County, Texas. Many of her grand children remember asking her where Grandpa ROGERS was, and she always told them, "The last time I saw him, her was being chased by a posse."
If there is anyone who has any information, please contact me.
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