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Were John Rodgers (1775-1846) and Margaret Graham(1781-1850) the parents of Elizabeth Rodgers (1795-1855)

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In examining my father's ( Pete Parker) DNA matches I have found matches to descendants of four of John and Margaret Graham Rodger's children. I created this probability chart. It does show that it is a possibility that Elizabeth was their daughter though this does not serve as absolute proof.


In doing this research I have also found that people may have been confusing two different John Rodgers who lived in Sumter and Williamsburg counties. One being John Rodgers who was the Revolutionary War veteran Shadrach Rodgers' son. The other being John Rodgers who may be related to Shadrach Rodgers but could not be his son. The John Rodgers who was Shadrach's son appeared before a court with an affidavit concerning his father's Revolutionary was pension in 1854 at which he presented as proof of his birth date (12 Feb 1784) a family bible. The other John Rodgers was no longer living at this time as he passed away in 1846 (per his will being recorded in this year). His birth date is also recorded as 1775 from marriage records. The will mentions by name six of his children : Litha Sauls, WIlliam Rodgers, Shadrach Resto Rodgers, Susannah Rodgers , John F. Rodgers and Martha Jane Rodgers. It also mentions his wife Margaret.

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According to your own research The Elizabeth you are referring too and the Elizabeth "Rogers" Driggers would be completely different people according to their Birth Periods
Why? What are you referring to?
posted by Kathleen Parker
from what i read it seems that you are trying to match John Rodgers as Elizabeth Driggers father but as his will states there was no Elizabeth Mentioned as his children, Shadrach's Daughter Elizabeth was Born and passed before Elizabeth "Rogers" Driggers was born so Im just confused as to where these would Match as her parents
posted by Jim (Barnes jr.) Barnes Jr
edited by Jim (Barnes jr.) Barnes Jr
Yes, she was not mentioned in John’s will. However, I also noticed that he only mentioned one married daughter in his will and that seems to be because she was already living on property that belonged to him. The only other daughters mentioned were unmarried. Shadrach has been wrongly listed as the father of the John Rodgers who was born in 1775 in many people’s trees which originally confused me. There are some I have spoken to that believe this John Rodgers was actually Shadrach’s brother but there is more research that needs to be done. Right now the DNA evidence is definitely suggesting that John may have been her father but I’m not coming to any conclusions yet. One thing I want to look at is DNA matches of other people descended from Elizabeth to see if they also have matches from people descended from this John Rodgers and also find more documentation regarding him.
posted by Kathleen Parker
so If all of his children were mentioned in his will then where is an Elizabeth mentioned? not in his will or census reports nor birth records that I've seen, as you and Barry have been so pro resources and has many times told me to supply resources which I have, all this seems to be is just a wish. Sorry but I do not see the connection you are trying to make, you can not make someone up out of thin air, I'm fairly certain especially back in those days that if John would have had a daughter named Elizabeth then she would have also been mentioned in a will with the other children and wife But I will leave you too it and wish you all the luck with all that

I am not sure why you are getting angry about this. Research is a process. It takes time and may take many twists and turns before you get to the truth.

I am not coming up with this name out of thin air. I am using DNA evidence and posing a hypothesis based on that evidence. I don’t know why my dad would have matched with four of his children’s descendants if there wasn’t a probable connection. A few of his matches come from a daughter who was also not mentioned in his will. It is not a hard and fast rule that all children are all mentioned in a will....especially when it comes to married daughters who already have property with their husbands or children.

Please understand that I am not saying I have proved anything yet....just that I’m seeing a possible link and I am going to keep researching. It may eventually May be proved wrong or maybe correct. That is the process.

posted by Kathleen Parker
edited by Kathleen Parker
I'm not quite sure why you would think i'm angry, I'm not in any way just giving my opinion and comments on the information that you provided, isn't that what the comments section is for? No worries i will just keep my opinions to myself good luck with your research
Sorry if I misjudged the tone. I do want your opinions and comments.
posted by Kathleen Parker