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Daniel & Betsey ROGERS (RODGERS), early settlers of Shelburne, NH (Later Gorham)

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If anyone has any information about this Daniel Rodgers, and his wife Betsey, I would be very grateful. I'd like to know their parentage, as I have absolutely no information about them prior to 1823, other than the estimated years of their births (1798 and 1799, respectively), based on census information. Daniel and Betsey were early settlers of Gorham, listed in town in the 1830-1850 census records. The couple married on 17 Nov 1823 by the Rev. Daniel Elkins (no record of the place they married - only that bride and groom were "of Adams",later named Jackson, NH). Evidently Daniel and Betsey moved from Jackson to Gorham, and the family is listed in the 1830-1850 census records. Daniel died in Gorham on 20 Sep 1858, and is buried in the Adams Cemetery in that town. Betsy shows up in the 1860 census living with daughter Lydia and son Thomas, and in 1870 living with daughter Lydia and son-in-law George Webb. I am pretty sure about the dates of these facts, having found Betsey's Civil War Mother's Pension records in the National Archives. Betsey seems to have outlived all or most of her children. Her pension was awarded (in 1863) due to the fact that her son Daniel A. Rogers (who served honorably as a private in Company E of the 2nd New Hampshire Volunteers, Union forces, of course), was unmarried when he died of dysentery on 9 Oct. 1862. He may have served under his brother-in-law George Webb, also of the same Company. After the deaths of all but one of her children (by the 1870 census)I lose track of Betsey...she is not buried in the cemetery with her other family members (at least not under the name Rogers).

Her eldest son, Silas H. Rogers (my direct ancestor), served in the Civil War also; he was born around 1829, moved to Methuen MA (worked as a "field driver"), and served in the 17th Mass Volunteers (Companies F, and later A). He survived the war but died in a home for the destitute disabled in May 1878, in Stewartstown, NH. Silas' wife, Dolly Jane (Langley) Rogers, survived him, dying in 1902 in Haverhill, MA.

This is not the same Daniel Rogers that received a land grant dating from 1770 (recorded 1771) in the town of Shelburne (now called Gorham) NH , making him one of the town's founders. That Daniel would have been a much more eminent figure (called "Esquire" in many documents). Although it is possibly that my Daniel may have been related in some way, I think it is unlikely; my Daniel was a farmer all of this life, as far as I can tell. For you researchers out there, other grantees of land in this town are the eminent Mark Hunking Wentworth, as well as Daniel Pierce, John Rindge, Isaac Rindge, and Jotham Rindge. A Daniel Rodger/Rogers and his family are recorded as residents there in the first US census, dated 1790, but my family seems to be about a generation later. Any history on this couple; their residences, emigration, ancestry, etc, would be greatly appreciated.

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on 2010-05-22 12:40:31

YankeeRoots has been a Family Tree Circles member since May 2010. is researching the following names: MORDANTT, LIBBY, MORDAUNT and 25 other(s).

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by gclodgo on 2012-01-01 13:41:59

I see the name Wentworth there in your line so perhaps you are researching the same Rogers as me. Moultonborough NH and Bethel VT areas. Several Daniel's, one born in 1811 whose father Daniel was born in 1780 and married a Norris, and I think his father was a Daniel Rogers who married Patty R....which I think may be Martha Reed...maybe Martha Tucker Reed...as Patty is a nickname for Martha. To make my search more complicated, the youngest Daniel (1811) married a Plausipine Rogers whose mother was Anna Wentworth...whose first husband was John Rogers, who died young, and then Anna married John's brother's son, Samuel...who was born about 1804. I suspect that John was possibly a brother to the 1780 Daniel but can't find any proof of that yet...I think Patty R. would have to have died in the 1780's and the elder Daniel have married again as I find no John with Patty R. and Daniel. Or maybe John's brother is not Daniel. I am caught up with these Rogers and the one directly linked to my husbands line is David A. Rogers who was born about 1818. I think he married Lucy E., but there seems to possibly be another Lucy Rogers. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Ossipee NH and Stockbridge VT are also places for this Rogers line, and possibly Massachusetts...but perhaps everything goes back to Massachusetts

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