Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

George Rogers

Male Abt 1731 - 1792  (~ 61 years)


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  • Name George Rogers 
    Born Abt 1731  Hamilton Parish, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Aug 1792  Fauquier County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I38640  Tree1
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2022 

    Family Elizabeth Minter,   b. Aft 1735, Hamilton Parish, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Between 1751 and 1757  Fauquier County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Rogers,   b. Abt 1751, Hamilton Parish, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     2. George Rogers,   b. Bef 1758, Hamilton Parish, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1792, Fauquier County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 36 years)  [natural]
     3. Edward Rogers,   b. 25 Aug 1763, Fauquier County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jul 1813, Bullitt County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2022 
    Family ID F24395  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

    • === Contributed by Douglas Moore

      ***Will of George Rogers, written 4 May 1792, proved 24 Sep 1792. (Fauquier Co., VA Will Bk.2, p.244).
      In the name of God amen, I George Rogers of the County of Fauquier do make this my last will and Testament being at this time weak in body but perfectly in my senses.
      -Item it is my will and desire after all my just debts being paid I do lend to my beloved wife Betty Rogers all my Estate real and personal during her natural life, except a Negro boy named Charles which I have already given to my son George Rogers.
      -Item my will and desire is that the Land I now live on be equally divided between my son George and my son Edward Rogers to them and their heirs forever.
      -Item it is my will and desire that all the rest of my Estate not before given be divided into five equal parts:
      -Item I give and bequeath to my son George Rogers one fifth part.
      -Item I give and bequeath to my son Edward Rogers one fifth part.
      -Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Betty Newby one fifth part during her natural life and after her decease my will and desire is that her proportion of Negroes be sold and equally divided among all my other Children.
      -Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary Sanders one fifth part.
      -Item I give and bequeath to my trusty Friends Ambrose Barnett, George Rogers and Edward Rogers one fifth part in trust for the support of my Daughter Sally Matthews and her Children during her natural life and after decease it is my will and desire that the aforesaid fifth part shall be equally divided by the said Barnett, George and Edward Rogers among the Children of my said Daughter Sally Matthews to them and their heirs forever. I do hereby constitute my sons George and Edward Rogers Executors of this my last Will and Testament . . . .
      Witnesses: Samuel Steele, Henry Steele, Robert Gibson

      On 10 Jan 1793 Samuel Steele, Thos Ransdell and James Hathaway made an inventory and appraised the estate of George Rogers Senr. Among his property were the following 12 slaves: Duke, a man, valued at 60 pounds, Prince, a man, valued at 60 pounds, Charles, a man, valued at 60 pounds, Adam, a man, valued at 60 pounds, Lett, a woman, valued at 40 pounds, Cate, a woman, valued at 50 pounds, Cate, a woman, valued at 15 pounds, Dick, a boy, valued at 20 pounds, James, a boy, valued at 20 pounds, York, a boy, valued at 15 pounds (see notes for son Edward Rogers), Sawny, a boy, valued at 15 pounds, Eve, a girl, valued at 10 pounds. (Fauquier Co., VA Will Bk.2, pp.256-257).

      === Contributed by Douglas Moore

      The birth year of 1737 for George Rogers is not correct. I'm sure it is an estimate made by someone who has not taken a serious look at the records of George. George Rogers and Elizabeth Minter's oldest daughter was Elizabeth. She also went by Betty like her mother. I estimate her year of birth as 1751. It could have been a little earlier or perhaps a year or two later. This birth year is based on the year of birth of her oldest daughter Sinah Newby. Sinah married Robert Gibson. My 4th gr. grandmother Elizabeth (Hathaway) Rogers, the widow of Edward Rogers, applied for a pension for his service in the Rev. War. Included in the pension file is a deposition dated 1 Sep 1849 made by Sinah Gibson in which she stated she was 78 years of age. This would put her year of birth at 1770-1771. I based her mother's year of birth from this.

      George Rogers and Elizabeth Minter's oldest son, George Jr., was probably born no later than 1756. He was already 21 in January 1778. I estimate that George Rogers and Elizabeth Minter were married about 1747-1750.

      Here are my notes for George Rogers:
      George Rogers and his brother Joseph were the two youngest children of William Rogers and Elizabeth Dale. On 11 August 1714 "Elizth Banks coming into Court and informing the sd Court that her dec'd Brother Mr Wm. Rogers dyed and left two small children which she is doubtful will not have a suitable Education." The Court ordered that Lazarus Conway & William Rogers "show cause if any they have, why the sd Elizth Banks should not have the Education of one of ye sd children, viz , Joseph & George Rogers." (Lancaster Co., VA Order Bk.1713-1721, p.62). Note: In colonial Virginia orphaned children aged 14 years or above were allowed to choose their own guardians. This record shows that both Joseph and George were under age 14 so both were born after 1700.

      Most researchers list Joseph as the youngest child of William and Elizabeth (Dale) Rogers and George as the second youngest. However, it appears that this order of birth is based solely on assumption and no evidence is given in its support. When siblings are named in records (e.g. wills) they are often listed in chronological order. The above court document is the only contemporary record I have seen that lists both Joseph and his brother George together and because George is listed last I think it is reasonable to assume that he was the youngest child.

      The following records show that George Rogers, the son of William and Elizabeth (Dale) Rogers, left Lancaster Co., Virginia after obtaining a grant for 227 acres in 1740 in Prince William Co., (later Fauquier Co.) Virginia, and also, that he lived there and had a wife named Elizabeth, who was called "Betty," when he sold the 227 acres in 1768. George Rogers signed the deed with his signature and Elizabeth signed with a B, ("Betty 'her B mark' Rogers"), to relinquish her dower rights. (Fauquier Co., VA Deed Bk.3, p.155). Although I have no single document that proves George Rogers, who married Elizabeth "Betty" Minter, was the son of William Rogers and Elizabeth Dale, existing records (some listed below) provide compelling evidence that he was. As discussed below, it is apparent that our George Rogers was not a member of any of the other Rogers families living in Prince Willliam/Fauquier Co., VA during that time period.

      11 Aug 1714, George Rogers "small child" of William, deceased. (Lancaster Co., VA
      Order Bk.1713-21, p.62). He would have been under 14 years old.

      14 Jun 1728, George Rogers Exor. of his brother William's will. (Lancaster Co., VA
      Will Bk.12, p.54). He must have been at least 21 so must have been born no later than 1707.

      10 Mar 1737, Richard Rogers, orphan of Wm. Rogers dec'd, with consent of George Rogers
      Exr. of the will of Wm. Rogers, is bound by the Court to William Roach.
      (Lancaster Co., VA Order Bk.8, p.190).

      09 Jun 1738, George Rogers appointed guardian of Richard Rogers, orphan of William.
      (Lancaster Co., VA Order Bk.8, p.205).

      27 Oct 1739, George Rogers, late from Lancaster Co., warrant for 227 acres in
      Prince William Co., VA. Recorded 15 Apr 1740. (Abstracts of Virginia's Northern
      Neck Warrants and Surveys, . . . Prince William, Fauquier . . . Counties, by P. S. Joyner, p.126).

      10 Oct 1740, George Rogers guardian of Richard, orphan of his brother William. (Lancaster Co., VA Order Bk.8, p.294).

      18 Nov 1740, George Rogers, grant for 227 acres in Prince William Co., VA.
      (Northern Neck Grants Bk.E, pp.196-197. Library of VA online catalog).

      10 Sep 1741, John Rogers, brother of George, is appointed guardian of Richard,
      orphan of their brother William. (Lancaster Co., VA Order Bk.8, p.305).

      1741, George Rogers, on poll list for election of Burgesses, Prince William Co., VA. (Prince Wm. Co., VA Deed Bk.E, p.524).

      1747-1750, George Rogers and Elizabeth "Betty" Minter are married about this time.

      1751-1755, George Rogers taxed in Prince William Co., VA.
      (http://eservice.pwcgov.org/library/digitalLibrary/PDF/PWC%20People.pdf).

      02 July 1756, George Rogers vs. Benjamin Hamrick. Plaintiff to recover 337
      lbs. of tobacco, 3 shillings and costs. (Prince William Co., VA Court Order Book 1755-1757, p.146).

      1758, George Rogers listed in Rent Roll for Prince William Co., VA.
      (http://eservice.pwcgov.org/library/digitalLibrary/PDF/PWC%20People.pdf).

      1760, George Rogers listed in Rent Roll for Prince William Co., VA.
      (http://eservice.pwcgov.org/library/digitalLibrary/PDF/PWC%20People.pdf).

      26 Mar 1768, George Rogers and wife Elizabeth "Betty" sell 227 acres granted to
      said Geo. Rogers in 1740. (Fauquier Co., VA Deed Bk.3, p.155).

      1770, George Rogers listed in Rent Roll for Fauquier Co., VA.
      (Virginia Census, 1607-1890, www.ancestry.com).

      23 May 1771, George Rogers purchases 131 acres, part of Kettle Run Tract.*
      (Fauquier Co., VA Deed Bk.4, p.331).

      1777, George Rogers listed in Rent Roll for Fauquier Co., VA.
      (Virginia Census, 1607-1890, www.ancestry.com).

      1782**-1792, George Rogers taxed in Fauquier Co., VA.
      (http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/VirginiaTaxListCensuses/Fauquier/1790Person alA/19.jpg)
      (Fauquier Co., VA Pers. Prop. Tax lists 1782-1796. F. H. L. Microfilm no.2024530).

      24 Sep 1792, Will of George Rogers proved in Court; written 4 May 1792.***
      (Fauquier Co., VA Will Bk.2, p.244).

      *Note: The Kettle Run Tract was part of the estate of Charles Carter, Esq., dec'd., and was being sold by the executors of his estate to pay his debts. Among those purchasing portions of the Kettle Run Tract on May 23 was George Heale of Lancaster Co., VA. He purchased 1,500 acres. (D Bk.4, p.348). George Heale was the son of George Rogers' cousin William Heale, and grandson of George Heale and his wife Ellen Rogers. He moved to Fauquier County and lived there until his death in 1806.

      The records listed above suggest that George Rogers, who married Elizabeth Minter, was likely the son of William Rogers and Elizabeth Dale. Another point to consider when establishing family relationships are given names used in the family. Among the eight known children of William and Elizabeth (Dale) Rogers were sons Edward and George. Edward was apparently named after his grandfather Maj. Edward Dale. Edward Rogers and his first wife (name unknown) had seven children including sons George b.1740 and Edward b.1748. William and Elizabeth's son George Rogers was probably named after George Heale who had married his aunt, Ellen Rogers. George Rogers Sr. and Elizabeth Minter had sons George and Edward. These two names were used regularly in succeeding generations.

      If George Rogers Sr. was the son of William Rogers and Elizabeth Dale it seems that stories about the connection to English nobility and royalty through the Dale/Skipwith line would have been passed down in the family. Some genealogical notes made by Meta Alice (Applegate) Fritts (b.1864), 2nd great granddaughter of George Rogers and Elizabeth Minter, suggest that they were. (Although the details of the connection seem to have been forgotten): "My great grandfather and grandmother Rogers were from England. His father was the son of an Earl."
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      **1782 Fauquier Co., VA Personal Property Tax List:
      Person's Names and White Tithes White Tithes Negro # Negroes # Horses Cattle
      all Names of Negroes Above 21 Under 21 Tithes
      Rogers, George 2 1 Kate 7 6 11
      George Rogers Junr Lett
      Edward Rogers Kate
      Negroes: Kate, Lett, Kate, 3
      Prince, Duke, Adam,
      Charles (see will below, and notes for Edward Rogers for possible fate of this Charles)
      (The Tax Man Cometh, Land & Property in Colonial Fauquier County, Virginia, Tax Lists from the Fauquier County Court Clerk's Loose Papers, 1759-1782, Joan W. Peters, p.57).

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