John Rogers

John Rogers

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Rev John "The Martyr" Rogers
Born in Deritend, Warwickshire, England
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Died in Smithfield, London, England
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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, [ Transactions, vol. 21 (1895).


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]


  1. John Rogers memorial at Find A Grave
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  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, Chalmers' General Biographical Dictionary, Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: 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'


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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.

Marian Martyrs Monument
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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


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?

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