Born in a small town located on the picturesque Oregon coast. A descendant of more than 30 early 17th century English colonial paternal and maternal New England families.
Entered the US Navy in 1955 and remained with that service in uniform and in Navy federal (civil) service for over 46 years, retiring in 2001. Twenty year Navy military career spent mostly somewhere in Asia on numerous ships and ashore in Japan, Korea and Vietnam. Throughout my Navy career was involved in the support of Naval ships, submarines and aircraft. Married a lady in Japan in 1958 and this year marks our 60th. Had service with three military organizations in the Vietnam combat zone between 1967-1973, including a year as an advisor to the VN Navy, receiving the US Navy Commendation Medal with Combat Device for that service. Retired as a Chief Petty Officer in Hawaii in 1975. Then began a 26 year Navy civil service career there working at Navy ship and submarine facilities in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and later in Washington state, Japan, and in the Los Angeles area, from where I retired in 2001 as a Navy senior Logistics Engineer. Now residing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest in a small city located between Seattle Washington and the British Columbia border. Lived in Hawaii for many years and still enjoy returning there on vacation whenever possible.
After retirement in 2001 began spending much of the time researching paternal and maternal ancestry which was quite extensive in English colonial families. Started working in a site in Ancestry-Rootsweb and by 2008 had entered over 50,000 names from my own ancestry including those associated family members and associated families. http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:1833111&id=I86443044
About 30 of key colonial ancestral families were in America by 1650. Among interesting findings during a 7 year (2001-8) research period was that my parent's ancestries both go back to the earliest days of America - my father's immigrant ancestor arrived in 1635 and that my mother had three Mayflower ancestors - Isaac Allerton through his daughter Mary, Richard More through his daughter Susannah, and William White through his son Resolved. Another finding was that Richard More was a "gateway ancestor" - 17th century English immigrant with noble ancestry, as was another early 17th century immigrant ancestor, Rev. William Skepper.
Per Richardson, More and Skepper together have well-documented and extensive noble ancestry numbering in the thousands, with royalty and nobility from ancient Britain and Ireland, and all over Europe, including all English kings from William I to Edward III. Spent many years researching the ancestry of More and Skepper, relying primarily on Richardson's works which are cited in this profile, creating files numbering over 1500 pages. (More and Skepper have so much noble ancestry that I could only document the most illustrious.) Examples are: More and Skepper ancestral lines for the ancient nobility of Britain and Ireland: More - 37 primary lines, Skepper - 16 primary lines; Norman ancestors at Hastings 1066: More - 24 lines, Skepper - 32 lines (10 lines similar between them); Magna Carta Surety Barons 1215: More - 4 lines, Skepper - 13 lines (2 lines similar between them); Counselors to King John at Magna Carta in 1215 as noted in the Magna Carta Preamble: More - 3 lines, Skepper - 5 lines.
My grandfather Lewis A. Rogers had researched his Rogers ancestry (ancestor James Rogers came to America in 1635) before 1910 which was the year he joined the Sons of the American Revolution, of which I am still a member, having twelve paternal/maternal ancestors who fought in the American Revolution, per SAR and DAR records. This in addition to having three ancestors who had colonial war service as provincial militia members in the French and Indian Wars of the 1750-60s per the General Society of Colonial Wars.
And while doing Mayflower ancestor research in Wikipedia it was found that many Wikipedia articles for Mayflower passengers were not well written or not written at all in the case of ancestors Richard More, William White, his son Resolved, his father-in-law the historic William Vassall and Mary Allerton's husband the historic Thomas Cushman Sr. As part of this review, research was also initiated into the historic French/English Vassall family in the ancestry of Resolved White's wife Judith. After that, began a two year review (2012-14) of all Wikipedia articles (or for those needing articles) for all Mayflower passengers and persons of note in early Plymouth Colony. This also included articles on the first four ships out to Plymouth from England in 1620-23 - Mayflower (including a separate article for its historic Captain, Christopher Jones), Fortune, Anne and Little James and their passenger lists. In the end, new or updated information was provided for about 70 Wikipedia articles. This project took most of my time and required suspension of all of my Wikitree projects from about 2013 until coming back to it in early 2015.
At present am entering into WikiTree, Mayflower and other early colonial ancestral genealogy as well as Magna Carta, Anglo-Norman and other significant ancient noble British and European ancestral lines.
Am an active member of the Washington state Mayflower Society. Mayflower- related genealogy work was recognized by Certificates of Appreciation received from the Washington Society on March 30, 2014 and also on July 19, 2015.
First-hand information. Entered by Alton Rogers at registration.
Resources from Ancestry.com files
Ancestry.com link of over 50,000 entries (2001-2008) to extensive documentation on many of my ancestral families, much of the significant lineage of which has been transferred to WikiTree:
Ancestry.com link of almost 800 entries (2001-2008) in the ancestry of my step-father John M. Pippett and his English ancestral Pippett/Pippitt family. Much of the significant lineage, including that of his Espe, Wallace, Sims and Boone (family of the historic Daniel Boone) ancestors, has been transferred to WikiTree:
Robert Charles Anderson; The Great Migration Begins, Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, pub. 1995, three volumes
The American Genealogist resources
The Skepper Family. The American Genealogist Whole Number 78, Vol. XX, No. 2, October 1943
The ancestry of Joan Legard, grandmother of the Rev. William Skepper/Skipper of Boston, Massachusetts. The American Genealogist Whole Number 275, Vol. 69, No. 3, July 1994
Notes on the Hollingsworth, Hunter, More and Woodbury Families of Salem, Mass. The American Genealogist Vol. 40, No. 2, April 1964
The English Origin of the Hunter and Hollingsworth families of Salem, Massachusetts - in-laws of Richard More of the Mayflower. The American Genealogist Whole No. 312, Vol. 78, No. 4, October 2003 (pub. March 2004)
The English origin and kinship of Mayflower passenger William White and Dorothy (May) Bradford of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. The American Genealogist Whole No. 354, Vol. 89, No. 2 April 2017.
Ancient ancestral genealogical resources
Douglas Richardson; Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, pub. 2004, one volume 945 pages
Douglas Richardson; Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, pub. 2005, one volume 1098 pages
Douglas Richardson; Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 2nd ed. pub. 2011, four volumes
Douglas Richardson; Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, pub. 2013, five volumes
Frederick Lewis Weis; Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America before 1700, 8th edition, pub. 2008
Frederick Lewis Weis; The Magna Charta Sureties, 1215, 5th edition, pub. 1999
19th/early 20th century ancestral genealogical resources
George Woolworth Colton; 1644-1911, A Genealogical Record of the Descendants of Quartermaster George Colton. Pub. 1912. Reprint 2015.
Ellery Bicknell Crane; Genealogy of the Crane Family. Volume II. Descendants of Benjamin Crane, of Wethersfield, Conn. Pub. 1900. Reprint 2015.
Joseph Thompson Dodge, PhD.; Genealogy of the Dodge Family of Essex County Mass. 1629-1894 (1898), pub. 1894 - update 1898. Reprint Dodge Family Association.
Lucius H. Hallock; A Hallock Genealogy, 1866/1906/1926. CD 2002.
Ira B. Peck; A Genealogical History of the Descendants of Joseph Peck who emigrated with his family to this country in 1638. Pub. 1868. Reprint 2008.
Andrew Henshaw Ward; Genealogical History of The Rice Family: Descendants of Deacon Edmund Rice. Pub. 1858. Reprint 1990.
Over 40-year member of the Sons of the American Revolution. In my paternal/maternal ancestry going back to my grandfather Lewis A. Rogers' 1910 SAR membership. Eleven surnames, twelve ancestors, fought in the War for Independence, as verified by SAR and DAR records - Campbell, Colton, Crane, Elsworth (later Ellsworth), Gray, Hargrave, Ketcham, Peck, Rogers, Scales & Skelton.
The 8th edition (2008) of 'Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700', a prologue to Richardson's Magna Carta Ancestry and Royal Ancestry, provides that more than twenty prominent Norman lords served at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Many of the Normans (i.e. Hastings hero Robert de Beaumont), as well as King Harold of England who was killed at Hastings, are ancestors of my 'gateway ancestors' Mayflower passenger Richard More and Rev. William Skepper.
William I 'The Conqueror' King of England. Per the works of D. Richardson, F.L Weis and others, my 'gateway ancestors' Richard More and Rev. William Skepper, descend from all 11th-14th century kings of England, from William I to Edward III. Have completed research on about 5 ancestral lines to William I for More and about 4 ancestral lines for Skepper.
United Kingdom - Cymru Welsh Royals and Aristocrats 742-1535 Project. Per Richardson and others, my gateway ancestors had extensive ancestry from ancient Cymru (Wales) nobility as well as of Anglo-Norman lords of Medieval Wales. This applies to the historically famous Earl of Pembroke in Wales, Sir William Marshal, advisor to King John at Magna Carta and mentor to his young son Henry, later King Henry III. All of Marshal's five daughters, Matilda, Eva, Joan, Isabella and Sibyl, are my ancestors.
Many years of research into the ancestral noble genealogy of ancient Britain, with many more years study of the ancient history and geography of Britain and Europe. Extensive noble and royal ancestry, traced back as far as post-Roman Britain. This has been noted for my 'gateway ancestors' Mayflower passenger Richard More and Rev. William Skepper by D. Richardson in his Royal Ancestry and Magna Carta Ancestry, in F. L. Weis' Ancestral Roots, etc., as well as others such as the Mayflower Society.
Per Richardson and others, my 'gateway ancestors' had extensive ancestry from the nobility of ancient Ireland as well as of Anglo-Norman lords who took power there in the Medieval era. The most prominent Anglo-Norman ancestor of that era being Sir William Marshal, who, in the right of his wife, was King of Leinster in Ireland, also serving as advisor to King John at Magna Carta, and being mentor to John's young son Henry who became King Henry III. In-depth study of history of ancient Ireland.
Am recognized by the Mayflower Society as a descendant of Mayflower passenger Isaac Allerton through his daughter Mary and her historic husband Thomas Cushman, Sr. Wrote the original Wikipedia article for Thomas Cushman. Recently completed a review of the Mayflower Families 'silver book' for Allerton (Vol. 17) which compared its data against that of WikiTree. This work provided numerous adds and changes to WikiTree which resulted in hundreds of new Mayflower descendants being added.
Ancestor John Vassall (d.1625) is listed by the Jamestowne Society as a qualifying ancestor in that organization. He was the historic grandfather of Judith Vassall, wife of Mayflower passenger Resolved White. His name appears in its Second Charter of May 23, 1609 of The Virginia Company of London, in which he was a share holder, as "John Vassall, gentleman." More about him in my Wikipedia article on his historic son, William Vassall and in my Vassall ancestry titled Our Vassall Ancestry.
Many years research into ancient British noble genealogy with many more years in the study of ancient British history and geography as well as that of western Europe. My 'gateway ancestors' Mayflower passenger Richard More and Rev. William Skepper have been identified by Richardson in his Magna Carta Ancestry as descendants of seventeen Magna Carta Surety Barons. That, as well as being descendants of eight Preamble Counselors to King John at Magna Carta including King John himself.
Am a member of the Mayflower Society and recognized by them as a descendant of three Mayflower ancestors - Isaac Allerton, Richard More and William White. Wrote the original Wikipedia articles for More and White as well as articles for key More family members and others in England involved in the kidnapping and smuggling onto the Mayflower of five year old Richard More and his three siblings. Also rewrote the Wikipedia article for Isaac Allerton.
See Tag "1776." Also French and Indian Wars 1754-1763. Have documented Colton and Elsworth (later Ellsworth) father and son ancestors who had Colonial War Service as provincial militia members in this conflict. And as a Vietnam veteran and Navy retiree, am always interested in military subjects, colonial or modern.
Puritan Great Migration Project. Ancestor James Rogers, single, age 20, sailed in 1635 from London to Massachusetts Bay Colony on the ship 'Increase' during the Great Migration. Some other ancestral families who came during the Great Migration were: Allen, Backus, Burt, Crane, Dodge, Fairfield, Gray, Harmon, Hitchcock, Howes, Ketcham, Montague, Paddock, Pease, Peck, Rice, Scales, Skelton, Skepper, Vassall, Warner and Wheeler.
Rev. William Skepper was an English immigrant from Lincolnshire who arrived in the Great Migration of the 1630s and is a 'gateway ancestor' per Richardson. In a 1739 Knowlton/Dodge marriage, his Dodge line connects with Susannah Knowlton who was a descendant of Mayflower Passenger Richard More, making both More and Rev. Skepper my ancestors. Rev. Skepper, as a 'gateway ancestor', has extensive, well-documented ancient noble and royal ancestry, incl. one line from 4th century post-Roman Britain.
Am recognized by the Mayflower Society as a descendant of Mayflower passenger Richard More. More is classed as a 'gateway ancestor' with extensive, well-documented ancient noble and royal ancestry - 37 primary lines. Wrote his original Wikipedia article. Reviewed the Mayflower Families 'silver book' for him that he shares with James Chilton (Vol. 15) where all data was compared against that of WikiTree resulting in numerous adds/changes being made to WikiTree of both More and Chilton data.
Per Richardson and others, from my 'gateway ancestors' I have ancient Scottish noble ancestry primarily from the Medieval era and much earlier days. Some ancestral clans are Brus (Bruce), Campbell, Dunbar, Galloway, Hunter, MacAlpine, and Moubray (Mowbray). In-depth study of history of ancient Scotland.
A long time Anglophile with strong British roots who has studied both the ancient and modern history of the U.K. (or Britain) for many years. Also have extensive noble ancestry from Britain and elsewhere in Europe from my gateway ancestors Richard More, Mayflower passenger of Shropshire, and Rev. William Skepper of Lincolnshire. They are detailed in many of the books of Douglas Richardson as well as others.
Although I do have badges for other specialized areas of U.S. history, American history in general has always fascinated me since I was a child. This interest has helped me in cataloging and posting to WikiTree over 30 ancestral families who came to America between 1620-1650. I am presently posting to WikiTree the contents of some published 19th century family genealogies which are full of American history.
Descendant of this historic French-English family which achieved merit from Queen Elizabeth I by providing ships to fight during the war with the Spanish Armada in 1588. The Vassall arms appear on the National Armada Memorial in Plymouth England. See the tag 'Jamestown' for their 1609 connection to this historic event. A descendant was Judith Vassall, a daughter of the historic William Vassall and the wife of my ancestor Mayflower passenger Resolved White.
Am recognized by the Mayflower Society as a descendant of Mayflower passenger William White through his son Resolved and his wife Judith, a daughter of the historic William Vassall. Wrote the original Wikipedia articles for White, son Resolved and William Vassall. At present am working through the Mayflower Families 'silver book' for the White family (Vol. 13) to compare its data against that of WikiTree, and believe many adds and corrections will result.
Alton Rogers's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Alton or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Alton:
Your Wiki page is fascinating. I also am the great grand daughter of Deacon Edmund Rice, William White (son Resolved White), and John Vassall. I am a direct descendant of the Magna Carta Surety Barons. It appears that we have some common ancestry. It's clear that you are the expert to refer to withquestions
Hi Alton. Regarding the merge of Ford-8254 and Ford-4058 that you proposed:
Ford-8254's parents are William Ford-4059 and Martha Unknown -168516 (Brown) (married 9 Nov 1616 to 1621)
Ford-4058's parents are William Ford-737 and Martha Unknown -168516 (Brown) (married 9 Nov 1616 to 1621)
He is also shown married to Martha (Weighte) Ford Weighte-6 on the same day.
I think we need to resolve his father - either Ford-4059 or Ford-737 or perhaps merge them as well. We also need to resolve Weighte-6 and Unknown -168516 as they are both married to Ford-737 on the same day. Merge them as well?
We have a MCRA of record in Stephen Crane and/or Mary Chapman. However, our genetic kits do not appear to match with the degree of similarity that might be expected of our degree of relation.
Based on autosomal & X-chromosome comparisons, I would expect that we are not close genetic relatives.
This indicates a possible error in one or both of our genealogies, or an error in my analysis of the comparison of our kits. It is possible that a non-parental event exists between either one of us and our MRCA of record.