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John Rogers (1610 - 1680)

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Rev. John Rogers
Born in Chacombe, Northamptonshire, Englandmap
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Died in Startforth, Yorkshire, Englandmap
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NOTE: The baptismal record for the John Rogers baptized on 29 April 1610 at Chacombe shows his parents as John Rogers and his wife Priscilla (indexed as Druscilla).[1] This brings into question the marriage of John and Bridget.Watt-266 18:50, 13 January 2016 (EST)

Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714 has the following information about John:[2]

"s. John, of Chacombe, Northants, sacerd. Wadham Coll., matric. 30 Oct., 1629, aged 18; B.A. 4 Dec., 1632, M.A. 27 June, 1635; minister at Middleton Cheney, Northants, rector of Leigh, Kent, 1644, by the Westminster assembly, and of Barnard Castle, co. Durham, 1644, by the order of parliament, until ejected; vicar of Croglin, Cumberland, 1660, until ejected in 1662 for nonconformity; died at Startford, Yorks, 28 Nov., 1680; buried at Barnard Castle. See Add. MS. 15,669, p. 6; Calamy, i. 379; Gardiner, 102; & Foster's Index Eccl."

The Dictionary of National Biography[3] states that John was an ejected minister, born on 25 April 1610 at Chacombe, Northamptonshire, the son of John Rogers. His wife was Grace Butler, daughter of Thomas Butler. They had at least 6 children: Timothy, b. 1658, d. 1728; Jonathan, John and Margaret who died in infancy; Jane; Joseph. He died at Startforth, Yorkshire, near Barnard Castle, on 28 Nov 1690.

Based on the information from Dictionary of National Biography, only three of John's children survived to adulthood: Timothy, Jane and Joseph.


"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.


From Joseph Lemuel Chester's biographical sketch:[4]

"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. He was remarkably zealous and resolute, but of engaging manners and a catholic spirit, so that he retained universal respect, even after his ejection.
"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). 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. 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 is believed to have married a daughter ( Grace) 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 solemn 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.]"

"[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,"


  1. John Rogers Baptism, Chacombe, Northamptonshire; Northamptonshire, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1532-1812 [ database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: Northamptonshire Anglican Parish Registers and Bishop’s Transcripts. Textual records. Northamptonshire Record Office, Northampton, England. Register Type: Parish Registers; Date Range : 1566-1742; Reference Numbers: 62p/1 (Image of register)
  2. Joseph Foster. Alumni oxonienses. Vol. III, Early Series. Oxford and London: Parker and co., 1891. [1] Page 1274
  3. Dictionary of national biography. Vol. 49. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1897. Internet Archive Page 132
  4. 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, 1861. Internet Archive pp. 280-281
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