John  Rogers

John Rogers

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Rev John "The Martyr" Rogers
Born in Deritend, Warwickshire, Englandmap
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Died in Smithfield, London, Englandmap
2 August 2015
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Categories: Preachers | Marian Martyrs' Monument, Smithfield, Greater London.


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Biography

The Rev. John Rogers was a Roman Catholic Priest who abandoned the Roman Catholic faith, to promote Protestantism. He published the first English Bible under the pseudonym Thomas Matthews. After taking charge of a Protestant congregation in Wittenberg for some years, Rogers returned to England in 1548. In 1550, he became Rector of St. Margaret Moyses and, in the following year he was made Vicar of St. Sepulchre in London. In 1551 he was made a prebendary. In April, 1552, his family were naturalized under a special act of Parliament. He continued his church work until the accession of Queen Mary to the throne, when on Sunday after her triumphal entry into London 16 July, 1553, he preached a sermon at St. Paul's Cross commending the "true doctrine taught in King Edward's days,," and warning his listeners against "pestilent Popery," he was summoned before the council and put under house arrest. He never preached again. In January 1554 Bonner, the new bishop of London, sent him to Newgate Prison where he remained for about a year. On 22 January 1555 Rogers and other Protestant preachers were brought before the Privy Council and examined. Cardinal Pole, on 28 January 1555, ordered a commission to proceed against persons liable to prosecution under the statutes against heresy, and six days later through sanction of the Council, Rogers was condemned and sentenced as an excommunicated heretic, to be burned to death at the stake at Smithfield. This sentence was carried out the morning of Monday 4 February 1555. He was not even allowed to spend any time with his wife and children before he died, although they were forced to watch him being burned at the stake. He had been offered a pardon if he would renounce Protestantism, but with holy scorn he utterly refused it. He was the first Protestant martyr of Mary's reign.[citation needed]

He has a memorial at Marian Martyrs' Monument, London[1].

Additional Material

  • Robert K. Dent, "John Rogers of Deritend, Scholar and Martyr," in

Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society, [https://books.google.com/books?id=D1c-AQAAIAAJ&pg=RA3-PA4&lpg=RA3-PA4&dq=warwick+visitation+1563+john+rogers&source=bl&ots=hHEJ8K-aHP&sig=szGS_y1I5zrgshtguO_xgB187i0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=3NxYVdiaK8TpsAXD04G4Bg&ved=0CDIQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=warwick%20visitation%201563%20john%20rogers&f=false Transactions, vol. 21 (1895).


Children

The following needs to be confirmed with strong sources:

  1. Susanna Or Susan Rogers[2]born 1532[3]
  2. John born 1538[4][5]
  3. Daniel Rogers[6] born 1540[7][8]
  4. Ambrose born 1540[9]
  5. William born 1543[10][11]
  6. Barnaby Rogers[12]born 1543[13][14]
  7. Elizabeth born 1553[15]
"The names of only these two children of John Rogers the Proto-Martyr are now known.
I. DANIEL (was the name according to Foxe)
II. Rev. Richard Rogers, educated at Cambridge, and afterward for many years the minister at Wethersfield, Essex... In the year 1603, with six other ministers, he again felt the weight of the Archbishop's outstretched arm; and for refusing to take the oath ex officio, they were all suspended... [16]

Sources

  1. John Rogers memorial at Find A Grave
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  12. Source: #S107MilF
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  14. Source: #S-Bishop
  15. Source: #S-Bishop
  16. "Memoir of Rev. Nathaniel Rogers' Family," in NEHGR, 5(1851):116
  • S486William Richard Cutter, A. M., Genealogy - Boston and Eastern Massachusetts (Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1908)
  • Joseph Lemuel Chester, John Rogers: the compiler of the first authorised English Bible; the pioneer of the English reformation; and its first martyr. Embracing a genealogical account of his family, biographical sketches of some of his principal descendants, his own writings, etc. etc, London: 1861.
  • S78CH Ancestry.com, Chalmers' General Biographical Dictionary, Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors. Original data - Chalmers, Alexander, The General Biographical Dictionary. London: J. Nichols and Son, 1812-1 Repository: #R1 NOTE - REQUIRES WORLD MEMBERSHIP Note: Chalmers'

Acknowledgements



Biography

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Death

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Date: 4 FEB 1554/55
Place: Newgate Prison, Smithfield. London England
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Note: Age: 47-48

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Note

Note: Educated Cambridge, Class of 1525
Martyred, burned at the stake during Queen Mary's Reign
Wrote under the pseudonym of Thomas Matthews and wrote the first English Protestant translation of the Bible, Matthews Bible, for which he was burned at the stake in Smithfield, England in 1555, with his eleven children watching. Took Roman Catholic Orders 1526 after leaving Cambridge - before becoming involved in the Protestant Reformation.
In the genealogical part of the address the point of departure for the family was John Rogers the martyr who was burned at the stake, in the reign of Queen Mary, Feb. 4, 1555.-Three hundred and nine years have elapsed since then, but the memory of that epoch is yet fragrant in the history of freedom and truth. The martyr, was born in Lancashire, England, and was educated in Cambridge where he attained great Proficiency in Classical and Hebrew literature. He soon became widely known as a thorough biblical student and a powerful preacher of the Gospel. He was an ardent friend of the devoted scholar and martyr, William Tyndale, and it is affirmed that in connection with him and Miles Coverdale, he entered upon a critical examination of the Scriptures, and assisted in translating them into the English language.
This led to the printing, publishing and introduction into England of the folio Bible in 1537. The Bible was the first complete edition of the old and new Testaments in English, and it was afterwards revised and
published by John Rogers alone, under the assumed name of Thomas Mathews.
His knowledge of language, theology, society and men, eminently fitted him for this work. He had traveled much, and had gathered an abundance of information for his task. On leaving Cambridge he went to Antwerp, and from Antwerp to Wittenburg, at which place his mastery of the Dutch language enabled him to officiate as a Pastor. In the reign of Edward 6th, he was called home by Bishop Ridley and made Divinity lecturer at St. Paul's, and the duties of this office he discharged with zeal and efficiency. But on the accession of Queen Mary to the throne, he became obnoxious to the government through his eloquence in behalf of Protestantism-was confined for six months in his own house-then during a long period in Newgate-passing through three examinations in which he defended himself manfully, but was finally condemned and burned at the stake in Smithfield. Soon after his death, one of his friends found a
dark, dirty looking scroll, rolled up in a corner of his prison cell. That scroll contained a memorandum of his experiences in prison, of his attempts to obtain a visit from his wife, of his conversations with his
jailer, and of the calm, beautiful Christian hope and fortitude that sustained him under every hardship and trial
the Reverend John Rogers (1505-1555), was one of the early Protestant rebels in England. Rogers abandoned the Roman Catholic priesthood and was one of the conspirators working on a secret English translation of the Bible. Rogers was arrested by the government of Queen Mary and tried for heresy. He was burned at the stake for his crime.

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Sources

  1. John Rogers memorial at Find A Grave
  2. Source: #S107MilF
  3. Source: #S-Howe
  4. Source: #S-Howe
  5. Source: #S-Bishop
  6. Source: #S107MilF
  7. Source: #S-Howe
  8. Source: #S-Bishop
  9. Source: #S-Howe
  10. Source: #S-Howe
  11. Source: #S-Bishop
  12. Source: #S107MilF
  13. Source: #S-Howe
  14. Source: #S-Bishop
  15. Source: #S-Bishop
  16. "Memoir of Rev. Nathaniel Rogers' Family," in NEHGR, 5(1851):116

Acknowledgments

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John Rogers Martyr Monument, Birmingham Civic Society.
John Rogers Martyr Monument, Birmingham Civic Society.


Rev. John Rogers, Martyr (1500-1555)
Rev. John Rogers, Martyr (1500-1555)


John Rogers burned at the stake-Smithfield, London-February 4, 1555.
John Rogers burned at the stake-Smithfield, London-February 4, 1555.


Rev. John Rogers, the martyr, burned.
Rev. John Rogers, the martyr, burned.


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Collaboration

On August 2, 2015 at 19:09GMT Peggy Shackelford wrote:

Rogers-8443 and Rogers-321 appear to represent the same person because: Please merge these two to remove 8443

On May 17, 2015 at 18:29GMT John Schmeeckle wrote:

On May 14, 2015 at 21:07GMT John Schmeeckle wrote:

On November 23, 2014 at 04:25GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

Careful folks; don't get too excited; there is much that has been disproved about his descendants.

On October 21, 2014 at 07:39GMT Renee Malloy wrote:

Rev. John Rogers ESQ, is the First martyr of Queen Mary's reign and my 11th Great Grandpa. My children and I are also lawyers, so it runs in our family! Cambridge University Alumni.

On September 21, 2014 at 13:45GMT Deborah Groda wrote:

Amazing that my family iis part

of this MAN OF GOD BLOOD LINE

On July 22, 2013 at 12:05GMT Philip Smith wrote:

I cleaned up the mass of merged profiles, now it is time to determine the correct children - is there a solid source?

Thank you



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