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John Rogers

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Rev. John Rogers
Born in Cragline, Cumberland, England
Husband of — married about in England
Died in Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire, England
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John was born in 1610. John Rogers ... He passed away in 1680. [1]

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"There was nothing of his printed except 'A Little Catechism,' and two admirable letters in a small work entitled 'The Virgin Saint' published in 1673


"ROGERS, JOHN (1610–1680), ejected minister, was born on 25 April 1610 at Chacombe, Northamptonshire; his father, John Rogers, reputed to be a grandson of the martyr, John Rogers (1500?–1550) [q. v.], and author of a ‘Discourse to Christian Watchfulness,’ 1620, was vicar of Chacombe from 1587. On 30 Oct. 1629 he matriculated at Wadham College, Oxford, graduated B.A. on 4 Dec. 1632, and M.A. on 27 June 1635. His first cure was the rectory of Middleton Cheney, Northamptonshire. In 1644 he became rector of Leigh, Kent, and in the same year became perpetual curate of Barnard Castle, Durham. All these livings appear to have been sequestrations. After the Restoration, Rogers, having to surrender Barnard Castle, was presented by Lord Wharton to the vicarage of Croglin, Cumberland, whither he removed on 2 March 1661. He had been intimate with the Vanes, whose seat was at Raby Castle, Durham, and visited the younger Sir Henry Vane in 1662, during his imprisonment in the Tower. In consequence of the Uniformity Act (1662) he resigned Croglin.

"Rogers, who had private means, henceforth lived near Barnard Castle, preaching wherever he could find hearers. During the indulgence of 1672 he took out a licence (13 May) as congregational preacher in his own house at Lartington, two miles from Barnard Castle, and another (12 Aug.) for Darlington, Durham. Here and at Stockton-on-Tees he gathered nonconformist congregations. In Teesdale and Weardale (among the lead-miners) he made constant journeys for evangelising purposes. Calamy notes his reputation for discourses at ‘arvals’ (funeral dinners). He made no more than 10l. a year by his preaching. In spite of his nonconformity he lived on good terms with the clergy of the district, and was friendly with Nathaniel Crew [q. v.], bishop of Durham, and other dignitaries. His neighbour, Sir Richard Cradock, would have prosecuted him, but Cradock's granddaughter interceded. He died at Startforth, near Barnard Castle, on 28 Nov. 1680, and was buried at Barnard Castle, John Brokell, the incumbent, preaching his funeral sermon. He married Grace (d. 1673), second daughter of Thomas Butler. Her elder sister, Mary, was wife of Ambrose Barnes [q. v.] His son Timothy (1658–1728) is separately noticed. Other children were Jonathan, John, and Margaret, who all died in infancy; also Jane and Joseph. He published a catechism, and two ‘admirable’ letters in ‘The Virgin Saint’ (1673), a religious biography (Calamy)."

"[Calamy's Account, 1713, pp. 151 sq.; Calamy's Continuation, 1727, i. 226; Walker's Sufferings of the Clergy, 1714, ii. 101; Palmer's Nonconformist's Memorial, 1802, i. 379 sq.; Chester's John Rogers, p. 280; Hutchinson's Hist. of Durham, 1823, iii. 300; Sharp's Life of Ambrose Barnes (Newcastle Typogr. Soc.), 1828; Surtees's Hist. of Durham, 1840, iv. 82; Archæologia Æliana, 1890, xv. 37 sq.; Foster's Alumni Oxon. 1891, iii. 127.]" (Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 49, Rogers, John (1610-1680)by Alexander Gordon,",_John_%281610-1680%29_%28DNB00%29 "Rev. JOHN ROGERS (of Croglin). 1610—1680. He was the eldest son of Rev. John Rogers of Chacombe, and supposed great-grandson of the Martyr. He was bom April 25th, 1610, twenty-three years after his father's appointment to that Vicarage, which would seem to indicate, if the date given by Kennett is correct, that the latter had married late in life, or was very young when he received that living. He was educated at Wadham College, Oxford, and, after taking holy orders, preached for some time at Middleton Cheyney, Northamptonshire, and afterwards at Leigh, in Kent. In 1644, he was sent, by order of Parliament, to be Minister at Barnard Castle, Durham, where he remained until 1660, when he was removed on account of some opposition to the authorities, but seems to have been immediately presented by Lord Wharton to the Rectory of Croglin, in Cumberland, in connection with which he is best known. He held this Rectory, however, only until 1662, when, on Bartholomew Day, in common with the great body of nonconforming clergy, he was ejected under the Act of Uniformity. He appears to have maintained a high character among the superior clergy and gentry, and is said to have continued to be on intimate terms with Dr. Stem, Archbishop of York; Dr. Rainbow, Bishop of Carlisle; Dr. Crew, Bishop of Durham; Dr. Prideaux, Sir Henry Vane, and others of their rank. In private life he was noted for his charities and hospitalities, and is said to have lived entirely on his own resources, the income from his living never exceeding 10l, per annum. He was remarkably zealous and resolute, but of engaging manners and a catholic spirit, so that he retained universal respect, even after his eject-


ment. He continued to preach, in spite of all opposition, and founded a number of congregations in Durham and Yorkshire, but, during the latter part of his life confined his labors chiefly to Startford, in the latter county, being the regular Minister of the congregation there. He died at that place, November 28th, 1680. As an evidence of the estimation in which he was held, it may be said that his funeral sermon was preached by a clergyman of the established Church,

"There was nothing of his printed except "A Little Catechism," and two admirable letters in a small work entitled "The Virgin Saint," published in 1673. It is of him that the very popular story was related, some years ago, respecting his release from threatened imprisonment, through the interposition of a little child, the grand-daughter of the magistrate before whom he and other non-conforming friends were arraigned. The details of this occurrence seem probable enough, but very high authorities have intimated a doubt concerning them, and it is not necessary, therefore, to repeat them. There is, after all, no striking merit in the anecdote, its interest being chiefly concentrated in the singular coincidence that the story was, many years afterwards, related by his son at a dinner table, whereupon the mistress of the house avowed herself to have been the child in question.

"He is believed to have married a daughter of Thomas Butler, of Newcastle. Of his children there is no positive information, except concerning his son Timothy, noticed hereafter. There is some reason to suppose, however, that Rev. John Rogers, formerly Vicar of Sherburne and Fenton—his son, Rev. Thomas Rogers, of Wakefield — and his grandsons, Rev. Charles Rogers, of Sowerby Bridge, and Rev. Samuel Rogers,

of Bulwell, — and also Rev. James Rogers, a famous Wesleyan preacher in the latter part of the last century, whose grandson is Rev. Robert Roe Rogers, of Madeley, Shropshire,—were among his descendants, or those of his father. So far as the survivors of these families can trace their traditions, a claim to a descent from the Martyr is prominent, and they have, for many generations, been accustomed to celebrate the 4th of February as a solenm fast. But the unfortunate failure to preserve genealogical records renders it impossible to determine the connection with certainty.

[Calamy's Account. Nonconformists* Memorial. Wilson's Dissenting Churches. Wood's Athenas Ozonienses. Kennett's Register and Chronicle. Providence Displayed. Spiritual Magazine^ 1784. Christian Reformer, 1816. Monthly Repository, 1810.]"

(Chester, Joseph Lemuel, 1821-1882. "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: Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, pp. 280-281)


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