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John Rogers (abt. 1640 - 1732)

John Rogers
Born about in Duxbury, Plymouth Colonymap [uncertain]
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Husband of — married Nov 1666 (to after 4 May 1677) in Duxbury, Plymouth Colonymap
Husband of — married 21 Oct 1679 (to 11 Sep 1691) in Hingham, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Husband of — married after 22 Mar 1693 (to 28 Jun 1732) in Province of Massachusetts Baymap [uncertain]
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Died at about age 92 in Barrington, Bristol, Rhode Islandmap
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John Rogers was born about 1640, probably in Duxbury, Plymouth Colony, the son of John and Anna (Churchman) Rogers.[1]

John married three times. He married first to Elizabeth Pabodie (Peabody), the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Alden) Pabodie,[2] who he married in November 1666.[3][4] Elizabeth was the granddaughter of Mayflower passenger John Alden. She was born in Duxbury in 1647 and was mentioned in her father's 1707 will, when he left a bequest to the heir of dau. Elizabeth, but her surname was not given. Elizabeth died between 04 May 1677 (birth of her last child) and October 1679 (when her husband remarried).[1]

John married, as his second wife, Hannah (Hobart) Browne, the daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Ibrook) Hobart of Hingham, on 21 October 1679.[5] She was born Hingham in 1638, and died in Bristol, Rhode Island, in 1691.[1] Hannah was the widow of John Browne of Salem, married in 1658, by whom she had four children. John Browne died in 1677.[6] She was named in her father's will in 1678 as Hannah Brown of Salem, widow of John Browne deceased.[6] John and Hannah Rogers had no children.

John married, third, to Marah (Cobham) Browning of Boston, the daughter of Josiah and Mary (Haffield) Cobham, and the widow of Joseph Browning or Bruning of Boston. John Rogers of New Bristol and Marah Broning of Boston, widow, made a prenuptial agreement 22 March 1692/3 in which John gave Marah free use of £800 and she would make no further claims on his estate. The agreement was acknowledged in Boston on 7 August 1699, and recorded 12 November 1702. In 1732, Marah assigned the £800 to her "well beloved Kinsman John Peirce of Rehoboth, yeoman."[7][8] John and Marah had no children together.

John Rogers was named as executor in his father's will in 1691.[9]

John was a merchant-shopkeeper and farmer, and lived in Duxbury, Bristol, Boston, Taunton, Swansea and Barrington, at the time all located in Massachusetts.[7] He was a representative for Bristol in the House of Representatives in 1695, 1714, 1717 and 1718, and had one committee in the 1717-18 legislatures; a selectman in 1691, 1692; Justice of the Peace circa 1692.[10] Probate records indicate that he became blind.[7]

He died June 18, 1732 at Barrington, Rhode Island. In 1732, after John's death there were petitions filed claiming that Marah, widow of John Rogers and John Pierce of Rehoboth were "Guilty of Concealing Imbezelling & Conveying away" some of the estate of John Rogers.[1][7]

Marah died before 8 December 1739 "late of Rehoboth" when a petition for appointment of an administrator for her estate was made.[7]

Children born Duxbury, all by first wife Elizabeth:[11]

  1. Hannah, b. 16 Nov 1668
  2. John, b. 22 Sep 1670
  3. Elizabeth, b. 16 Apr 1673
  4. Ruth, b. 18 Apr 1675
  5. Sarah, b. 04 May 1677


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Ann Reeves and Alice W.A. Westgate, Mayflower Families Through 5 Generations, Thomas Rogers, Vol. 19 (Plymouth, MA: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2000 [1st printing]), pp. 8, 15-16.
  2. NEHGS, compiler, Vital Records of Duxbury Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA:NEHGS, 1911), p. 114.
  3. "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch : 20 May 2014), Plymouth > Duxbury > Town records 1645-1749 > image 2 of 96; town clerk offices, Massachusetts.
    "General Records Dates Included 1645-1749, Town of Duxbury", p. 2.
    John Rogers & Elizabeth pabodie was married November 1666
  4. NEHGS, VRs of Duxbury, p. 296.
  5. History of the Town of Hingham, Massachusetts, (Hingham, MA: 1893) 3 Vols., Vol. 2:335.
  6. 6.0 6.1 George Ernest Bowman, "Hobart-Bradford-Rogers-Turner" Mayflower Descendant Vol. 19:187-192.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Bowman, "The Estates of John3 Rogers and his Second and Third Wives" MD Vol. 20:1-11.
  8. Great Migration 1634-1635, C-F. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume II, C-F, by Robert Charles Anderson, George F. Sanborn, Jr., and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001. Link by $ubscription.
  9. Bowman, "The Will of John2 Rogers" MD, Vol. 5(1903):205.
  10. Massachusetts: Legislators of the General Court, 1691-1780 (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002), (Orig. Pub. by Northeastern University Press , Boston, MA. John A. Schutz, Legislators of the Massachusetts General Court 1691–1780 A Biographical Dictionary, 1997.), p. 1347 citing Elizabeth S. Daniel and Jeanne E. Sawtelle, Thomas Rogers, Pilgrim . . . (Baltimore, 1980). (Link by $ubscription)
  11. NEHGS, VRs of Duxbury, p. 136.

See also:

  • Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume Nineteen: Thomas Rogers, Edition: Ann T. Reeves, Volume: 19, by Alice W.A. Westgate (General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2000) pp. 8, 14-15.
  • New England Marriages Prior to 1700, by Clarence Almon Torrey (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston: 2011), Vol. II, pp. 1292, 1294.
  • William Richard Cutter, A. M., Genealogy - Boston and Eastern Massachusetts (Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1908).
  • Samuel Deane, History of Scituate Massachusetts from Its First Settlement to 1831 (Clearfield).
  • Mayflower Families 1500s - 1800s CD #171, Genealogical Publishing Company (Broderbund).
  • Alden Kindred website
  • Saunders, Dorothy. Bristol, Rhode Island's Early Settlers (Heritage Books, Westminster, MA, 2010) p. 119, #66.
  • Munro, Wilfred. The History of Bristol, R.I. (J.A. & R.A. Reid, Providence, 1881) p.79.
  • Find A Grave, database and images (accessed 25 October 2019), memorial page for John Rogers, II (1640–28 Jun 1732), Find A Grave: Memorial #19351010, citing Princes Hill Burial Ground, Barrington, Bristol County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by James Charles Rogers III (contributor 46852234). (Includes gravestone photo.)

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Clearly a poltergeist problem here. Or John, Sr., is trying to send me some message??
posted by Christopher Childs
I tried this scenario with my Macbook. Nothing happened. No being carried into the twilight zone or a place I didn't expect to go.
posted by Anne B
This profile continues to do spooky stuff when brought up on my Macbook (well, it's the right season, I guess). This time, as I moved back and forth between John, Jr., and his father's profile, it slipped into edit mode without my prompting; _and_ inserted in the comment box a duplicate of my earlier post about the Alden Kindred link. Am I the only person who has these tech problems with this page??? Does _not_ happen with any other profile.
posted by Christopher Childs
Repaired the Alden Kindred link, thanks for that, Christopher.
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
The Alden Kindred link shown in Sources -- -- leads to a blank page. Was the intent simply to link to ? Or is there some specific, linkable page from which data was harvested? Also: adding FAG page, with its image of his gravestone, as a "See also" source.
posted by Christopher Childs
Looks good
posted by Anne B
Rogers-25143 and Rogers-19 appear to represent the same person because: Same Wife same parents
posted by Anne B
Thanks, Peggy, for proposing the merge. I'm working on the profiles of other John Rogerses, but this duplication caught my eye... leading to a genuinely bizarre WikiTree experience. Still don't know if it was a glitch in WT's software, or just a hiccup by my laptop.
posted by Christopher Childs
I was curious why the proposed merge of last Nov. 1 with Rogers-8431 had been rejected; the two profiles are plainly for the same individual, the only difference being that 8431 shows the old-style birth year. (It's a gedcom import, effectively unsourced, and really needs the merge for credibility.) However: when I moved back and forth between the profiles, there was some bizarre software glitch that led me -- twice -- to two different profiles, each designated Rogers-19. This only resolved itself when I hit the edit button on one of the two profiles, which suddenly morphed into Rogers-861. All I can say is that this profile (let's call it the "real" Rogers-19) has, or had, some kind of doppelganger... if it's been dispelled, then this profile really should absorb Rogers-8431. Whew.
posted by Christopher Childs
Well, this qualifies as the strangest little adventure since I came to WikiTree. Hitting the edit button on the "phantom" Rogers-19 took me into an entirely different profile. And the URL now _seems_ to lead only to the "correct" John Rogers -- duplicating this one. I leave it to the PMs to sort this one out. Wow.
posted by Christopher Childs