William Rogers
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William Rogers (abt. 1540 - 1585)

William Rogers
Born about in Watford, Northamptonshire, Englandmap [uncertain]
Husband of — married about 1569 (to 4 Aug 1585) [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 45 in Watford, Northamptonshire, Englandmap
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William Rogers was born in Northamptonshire, England.

William Rogers was born about 1540 and was a farmer "husbandman" near Watford. He married Eleanor and they had several children. Margaret Rogers, baptized in 1570, buried at Watford August 27, 1572 may be a daughter, but her parents are not named, and she was not named in her father's will. Thomas was born about 1571; Elizabeth was baptized January 7, 1575/76, is mentioned in her father's will and may be the the Elizabeth Rogers buried at Watford August 27, 1572; William was baptized April 20, 1581 and mentioned in his father's will; and John was baptized May 1586 and buried at Watford May 20, 1656.[1]

He was buried at Watford on 4 [14?] August 1585.[2][1]


"In Dei Nomine Amen the XIIIth day of August Anno dom 1585 I willm Rogers of Watford in the county of Northton husbandman sicke in body but of whole and pfecte memory do make and ordeyne this my last will and testament in maner and form following first I bequeathe my soule into the hands of Almighty god my maker and to Jesus Christ my redeemer and to the holy ghost my sanctyfyer and my body to be buryed in the churchyard of Watford aforesaid
Item I give and bequeath unto Thomas Rogers my eldest sonne one messuage with a little peece of ground joining to the same on the backside commonly called the cote and one quarter of land being in the neyther end field of Watford with all the appurtenances there unto belonging to enter upon the same messuage and quarter of land with appurtenances at twenty one years of his age and not before in the meantime my wife to have the occupation of it
Item I give unto the same Thomas Rogers one gray colte and my beest kine to chuse the same at holy roodes of day commonly called thenvention of the holly crosse [20] nex ensuing the date hereof
Item I give and bequeath unto the same Elizabeth Rogers my daughter one cowe and one lambe to be delivered unto hir at thenvention of the holy crosse next come twelve moneth which shalbe in the yeare of our lord god 1587
Item I give and bequeath unto Willm Rogers my sonne ten pounds of lawful Englishe money to be payed unto him at eighteen years of his age
Item I give unto the foresaid Willm Rogers my sonne the lease of one messuage or tenement wheron I now dwell and one halfe yard land unto the same belonging with all those pastures medowes feeding commons with all the appurtenances unto the same belonging lying in th towne or of field or fields of Watford aforesaid to enter upon the foresaid messuage half yard land with the appurtenances etc after the decease of Ellenor Rogers my wife at the endy of hir naturrall lyfe in the meantime the foresaid Ellenor to have and enioy the messuage halfe yard land with the appurtenances in as ample and large maner as is before specyfyed
Item I give unto the sayd Willm Rogers my sonne three hyves commonly called his owne Provided always that yf it happen any of my foresaid children to decease before terme or tyme specyfyed or abouve specyfyed for payment or delivery of all and every of the foresaid porsions or legacyes that then they survivors or longer liver or livers to have the legacyes of the deceased equally devided ajongest and yf it happen all save one to decease then he or she to have and enioy all the whole legacyes of the deceased And yf it happa my children aforeayd to decease before the termes aforesaid then the legacyes to remayne with myne executrix
Item I give and bequeath to Elizabeth Cole my sister xii [1] and to either of hir children iiii [1] a peece
Item I give unto Willm Garle the sonne of Alexander Garle iiii [1] All the rest of my goods chattels moveable and unmoveable (illegible) unbequeathed my debts discharged I give unto Ellinor Rogers my wfye who I make my whole and sole executrix to fulfill this my last will and testament And I desire Robt Butler and Edward Rogers my brother to my overseers made in the psence of Robt Butler Robt Maddocke of Watford with others (proved 9 May 1586) [21] Inventory x1ij [li] xix[s] ij[d][1][3]


  • (possibly) Margaret Rogers, bapt. 1570, no parents named, bur. Watford 27 Aug. 1572; not named in father's will.
  • Thomas Rogers, b. c. 1571; removed to Plymouth Colony, 1620 on the Mayflower; d. Plymouth in the winter of 1620/1.[1]
  • Elizabeth Rogers, bapt. 7 Jan. 1575/76, mentioned in her father’s 1585 will; perhaps the Elizabeth Rogers bur. at Watford 16 Aug. 1609.
  • William Rogers, bapt. 20 April 1581, was mentioned in his father’s will. There were two William Rogers living concurrently at Watford making any further record unclear.
  • John Rogers, bapt. May 1586 after his father's death; bur. Watford 20 May 1656. There was a John Rogers having children at Watford as early as Jan. 1602/3, who is probably not this man.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Stott,Clifford L. "English Ancestry of the Pilgrim Thomas Rogers and His Wife Alice (Cosford) Rogers", Genealogist, The 10 no.2 (1989): 138-149.
  2. Findmypast burial record Transcript of William's Record: William Rogers; burial: 04 Aug 1585 Watford, St Peter & St Paul; Denomination: Anglican; Archive: Northamptonshire Archives, reference 343p/1; Record set: Northamptonshire Parish Burials
  3. Findmypast Probate file Transcript of William's Record: William Rogers, husbandman; Year; 1586; Place: Watford, England; Series: 1st; Type: Will; Book or box: V; Folio or page: 214; microform: 15; Reference: Archdeaconry Court of Northampton: Wills, Administrations and Inventories and accounts; Number: 448; Record set: Northamptonshire and Rutland Probate Index, Wills & Probate.

See also:

  • Ann Reeves and Alice W.A. Westgate Mayflower Families Through 5 Generations, Thomas Rogers, Vol. 19 (Plymouth, MA: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2000 [3rd printing])

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William could not have been buried 4 Aug 1585 when his will was written 13 Aug 1585
posted by Katherine Cappon
I'll make a change to the profile, the article has been misquoted.
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Actually a change to the original quote was made. I've reinstated the original quote.
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
There is an anomaly in the records, not unusual in this time frame. His will was written on the the 13th, and his burial was recorded, apparently, as the 4th, with an assumption that it should have been the 14th.
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Was William ever married to Agnes Rose?

Name: William Rogers Gender: Male Marriage Date: 3 Feb 1565 Marriage Place: Great Gaddesden, Hertford, England Spouse: Agnes Rose FHL Film Number: 993731

posted by Martha Garrett

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