Rogers Family Genealogy

David Rogers

David Rogers 1770-1850 was born in 1770 most likely in Morristown New Jersey. David married a woman named Jemima in the early 1790’s most likely in Morristown, Morris County New Jersey. Jemima’s last name may have been Jennings. Their first child was born on October 9, 1794, 1 Martha Rogers. (1794-1865) in Morristown. Around 1795 the young family moved west. While living in Pennsylvania, most likely Fayette County, they had a son, 2 John Rogers  (1797-1854) and a daughter, 3 Jemima Rogers, (1801-18--).  By 1802 the family had gone as far west as they planned to, settling down in Island Creek Township, Jefferson County Ohio. Here they would have two more daughters, 4 Rachel Rogers (1807-185-)and 5 Jane Lucinda Rogers (1811-1853). Jemima passed away on August 11, 1811, just a few days after the birth of Jane. She died most likely from childbirth complications. She was buried in Two Ridge Presbyterian Cemetery, which was founded in 1802. David would eventually be buried next to Jemima.

Original Stone for Jemima Rogers, unearthed during renovations in 2010.

David did marry again, on May 21, 1818 he married Jane Palmer. Little is known of Jane. I am unsure how old she was when they married when she passed away and where she may be buried. In December of 1842 David married a third time. At the age of 72 he married Martha Auld (1772-1850).

The family would largely remain in Jefferson County, avoiding the push west that called so many other settlers at the time. The descendants of David and Jemima would marry with other prominent families of Jefferson County, achieve political success, serve and die in America’s wars, become teachers, farmers and independent business owners. They would suffer through the deaths of many children; a few unsolved mysteries and over time grow distant from one another, even those living in the same county.

So let us start our journey with David. We know he was a religious man, and he was prominent. His tombstone is one of prestige, a solid granite tabletop stone that is six feet long and 4 feet wide.

Sitting at the precipice of the hill in the cemetery, it commands respect. It is so out of place it took me three trips to the cemetery to find it. We believe David was born in Morristown New Jersey, the son of John Rogers and Hannah Mack. The History of the First Presbyterian Church in Morristown notes  on page 208 that John and Hannah had seven children, Eunice, Elizabeth, Phebe, James, Hannah, David and Jabish. David was born on October 25, 1770 and was baptized on December 9, 1770. David’s father died in 1811, and his mother Hannah died in 1788 when he was just 18 years old.

The Jefferson County 1850 Census Mortality Schedule notes that David was born in New Jersey.  His only son was named John, so this appears to be a strong possibility.

Sometime in late 1801 or early 1802 the family moved from Pennsylvania to Jefferson County. In 1802 David appears for the first time on the tax roles. David bought property in 1813 in Range 2, Township 7, Section 8 in Jefferson County, and bought additional property in 1839 which comprised of the southwest quarter of Section Eight, Township Seven and Range Two in Jefferson County. David worked as a farmer, and was quite profitable as a businessman. He lived a full and pious life, dying on February 6, 1850 of Cholera. Cholera is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Vibrio Cholerae. This bacteria infects the intestinal system of the body and causes severe vomiting, explosive diarrhea and severe dehydration. It was often fatal within 12 to 24 hours after onset.

David was buried alongside his first wife Jemima, and all of his children were probably at the funeral. His property was sold off on July 28, 1852 at auction. Mr. William Waggoner bought the ¼ section for $2,979.25. The will was set up to allow the heirs to receive an annual allotment so long as funds remained. Each year the children would travel to the Jefferson County Courthouse to sign for their allotment.

His last wife Martha Auld passed away on October 23, 1850, also of Cholera. She then lived in Steubenville between fourth and fifth street and is most likely buried in Union Cemetery.

David’s Will (from probate records in Jefferson County Courthouse)

David Rogers Will 

In the name of the benevolent Father of all Amen. I David Rogers of Island Creek Township, Jefferson County and state of Ohio bring of sound mind and memory and in the enjoyment of comfortable health Blessed by God for the same But Believing that it is appointed for all men once to die in view of the uncertainty of this life do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form as follows to with principal and first of all I command my Immortal Soul into the hands of God who gain it and my Body to the Earth to be buried in a decent and Christian like manner at the discretion of my executor hereinafter named and as it inspects such worldly estate when with it has pleased the Lord to Bless me in this life. I give and dispose of the same in the following manner to with first it is my will and I do order that all my just debts and funeral expenses be duly paid and satisfied as soon as conveniently can be after my decease. Item the second: I give and bequeath to my Beloved wife Martha Rogers in lieu of her dowry a full and equal share with my four daughters. I will and bequeath son John Rogers fifty dollars to be deducted out of a note I hold on him: In addition to what he has already received it is my will and I do hereby order that as soon as may be requisite and convenient after my decease that all my property real and personal be sold by my executor herein after to be named and the proceeds thereof after discharging the legacy to my son John Rogers and paying any legal demand against my estate to be equally divided between my beloved wife Martha Rogers and my four daughters Martha Carnahan, Jemima Meyers, Rachel Brisben and Loucinda McCarrell to be theirs, their heirs and assigned forever. It is my will and I do further appropriate the sum of fifty two dollars now in the hands of my son in law Matthew Myers to applied in procuring of neccassaries for my funeral & discharging the expense thereof. And lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint Adam Stewart Executor of this my last will and hereby authorize and empowering him to compromise adjust release and discharge in such manner as he may deem proper the debts and claims due me and to dispose of all my Estate real and personal and execute deeds for the same to purchasers according to law in the promises I do hereby invoke all former wills by me made and acknowledge this my last will and testament. In testimony whenof I have hereto set my hand and seal this 3rd day of June in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred… …testament. the same is admitted to probate and together with the forgoing evidence ordered to be recorded. And thereupon came Adam Stewart the executor named in said will and took upon himself the execution of said last will and testament. Bond ordered to be given in the sum of Eight Thousand dollars ($8000) with David Anderson and John McGregor as Securities. George Alban and Blenny Grim and John Hartford were appointed appraisers of the personal property of said estate. Ordered that letters testamentary issue accordingly.

Not only were the lives of the settlers in danger from attacks from the wild beasts of the forest, but they were in greater danger from the destroying hand of the red men. On every hand the hardy adventurer met hardships and peril. After selecting a spot in the wilderness where he would locate, the settler had to build his log hut and make a little clearing for the planting of corn and potatoes.  The men and women of that day were of a stamp unknown to the present. They possessed the qualities necessary and essential to redeem the wilderness. The log hut or cabin was of the most primitive nature, built out of rough hewn logs, without the use of nails and with no windows.  The crevices between the logs were filled up with mortar of a crude kind.  The furniture of the interior was in keeping, pegs for hanging clothing on the wall, logs for benches and three legged stools for chairs. The food consisted mainly of hog and hominy.  Corn and potatoes [grown] after the clearing had been made were often on the table.  The forest supplied the settler with game in abundance, but in the earlier stages of pioneer life these meats had to be eaten fresh, as the scarcity of salt and the high price of the same, rendered it impossible to cure any considerable amount of meat.  Johnny cake and pone answered for bread.  In fact, plain and simple diet was the order of the day and to this and their rugged outdoor life was the reason for their great strength and longevity. The agricultural implements of the early settlers were few and of the crudest kind, the hoe, shovel and shovel-plough often comprising the whole list.  Clothing in those days consisted of the linsey woolsey, petticoat and bed gown for women, and the men to a great degree followed the fashion-plate of the Indian (buckskin clothing and moccasins).

             Taken from JA Caldwell, History of Jefferson County Ohio. 1880.

Grave of David and Jemima Rogers

Children of David Rogers and Jemima Jennings

Martha Matilda Rogers 1794 - 1865 (David Rogers) was born in 1794 in Morristown, Morris County New Jersey.  We find on page 183 of the Early Marriages of Jefferson County Logbook that Matilda Rodgers married Pennsylvania born William Kernahan (1785-1852) on November 21, 1811. Through the years the last name would receive many spellings including (Carnahan, Karnaghan, Kenehan) among others. William was the son of Robert and Margaret Karnaghan. Robert and Margaret are buried in Two Ridge Cemetery next to Martha’s parents David and Jemima.

On page 161 of the History of Ashland County by George William Hill we read:    

William Karnahan emigrated from Jefferson County, Ohio April 16, 1815, with his family consisting of his wife, his son Robert M., and daughter Eliza A. Mr. Karnahan died upon the place he originally selected for his home, being the southeast quarter of section 23, Vermillion Township, on the 24th of September, 1852, aged sixty-three years.

The county at this date was very sparsely settled—his nearest neighbor being Mr. Emerine, located one and a half miles distant. About this distance from where he erected his cabin, on the farm now owned by Mr. Stoufer, a den of rattlesnakes was discovered, near the entrance to which as many as twenty-five were killed in a single day. At another den, on or near the farm now owned by Robert Cowan, as many as seventy-five of these reptiles were killed in a single day. On one occasion the family were assailed by a panther, who approached the house on an evening within a few rods, and only disappeared after the family had secured the doors and windows of their cabin, and kindled a brilliant fire.

Robert Madison Carnahan 1812-1883,  Elizabeth A. Carnahan 1816-1880 were born in Jefferson County, Ohio. David Rogers Carnahan 1817-1877 Jemima Jane Carnahan 1819-1900 Maria Lucinda Carnahan 1827-1899, Mary M. Carnahan 1830-1880 Margaret Carnahan 1832-1842, all were born in Ashland County, Ohio. William was a farmer by trade. He also served as Vermillion Township Trustee in 1834 and 1835. Historical records show in the early Presidential elections, Vermillion Township voted as follows:

1824: John Q. Adams 10; Henry Clay 3 Andrew Jackson 14

1828: Andrew Jackson/John Calhoun 39; John Q. Adams/ Richard Rush 10.

Indeed Ohio was the western frontier of America, the War of 1812 was still being fought and the peace between the Shawnee, Miami, Potawatomie and various other tribes and the settlers was not stable. The land was wild and untamed, and settlers had to manage encounters with wildlife as part of their daily routine.

William passed away in 1852. Martha stayed on in Vermillion Township and managed the farm. In the 1860 census Jemima was living with her. She was then 40 years old and had not been married, I suspect Jemima never did get married. Martha passed away on May 11, 1865. I am not yet sure where she and William are buried, they may have had a family cemetery on the farm.

(References: 1850 Line 282, 1860 Line 911Census, Vermillion Twp, Two Ridge Cem Records, Pg 183 Early Marriages of Jefferson County, History of Ashland County, George William Hill Pg 161.Will of David Rogers, Probate of Will of David Rogers)

2         John Rogers 1797-1854 (David Rogers) was born in Pennsylvania on November 9, 1797. Most likely he was born in Fayette County. He moved with the family around 1802 to Island Creek Township in Jefferson County Ohio territory. He married Elizabeth Cable on August 3rd, 1820 in Jefferson County. Reverend George Buchanon performed the ceremony. Elizabeth was the daughter of Jacob Cable and Mary Walker and was born on January 16, 1799 in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. 

                           John Rogers                                                     Elizabeth Cable Rogers

They bought a farm and raised crops, and children. In 1820 Jacob Cable Rogers 1820-18??  was born followed by David Rogers 1823-1898, John Rogers 1824-18??, Martha Jane Rogers 1825-1900, Joseph Cable Rogers 1828-1905, Rosanna Rogers 1830 – 19??, and Josiah Rogers 1832-1906. In 1834 John and Elizabeth sold land to John’s father David in Section fifteen, township seven and range two. The property was about 59 ½ acres and sold for $800. This property is where David lived when he passed away in 1850. I am unsure when John purchased this property.  Elizabeth Rogers 1838-1896, Cyrus Rogers 1843-1863, Martha Rogers 1854-, were the last three children, Martha being born when David was 57 and Elizabeth was 55. The farm in Island Creek was valued at $3,000 in the 1850 Island Creek Census. In April of 1854 John and Elizabeth paid $600 to Thomas Garlinger for lot number seven of Shelley’s Addition in the town of Richmond. John would pass away just five months later on September 10, 1854. Elizabeth moved into town and lived the rest of her days. In 1860 Cyrus and Martha were still at home. In 1870 Joseph had come home from the Civil War and was working as a school teacher, and Martha was now 16, still lived with her mother. Next door lived Robert Dunbar and his wife Martha Jane Rogers Dunbar along with their six children, the last of which was named in honor of Martha’s brother Cyrus who had died from injuries received in the battle of Chickamauga in the Civil War. Elizabeth passed away 21 years after John, nearly to the day, on September 11, 1875. She was 76. She is buried Center Chapel Cemetery in Jefferson County, Ohio next to John.

(References: 1850 Line 2306, 1860 Line 917, 1870 Line 78 Island Creek Twp, Jefferson County Ohio Census, Pg 183 Early Marriages of Jefferson County, Will of David Rogers, Probate of Will of David Rogers, Jefferson County Deed Book P,John Rogers to David Rogers, John Rogers Probate of Will, Jefferson County Deed Book E-2 pg 277, Thomas Garlinger to John Rogers.)

3         Jemima Rogers 1801-1873 (David Rogers) Jemima, named after her mother, was born on January 12, 1801 in Pennsylvania. She married Matthew Myers on April 25, 1825 in Jefferson County Ohio. They lived in the town of Jacksonville, a small community on the outskirts of Steubenville that has long ago disappeared. Matthew was the son of Matthew Myers and Eva Figley. He was born December 27, 1798. Matthew and Jemima had two children David Rogers Myers who lived from October 16, 1825 until June 4, 1826 and Margaret A. Myers born September 1, 1841 and died November 27, 1841. I have found no evidence of any other children.  This must have been a terribly tragic experience for both Matthew and Jemima. Matthew worked as a Cooper in 1850. In 1860 they lived with Elizabeth Buchanan and her children Anna and William. After Matthew died on September 22, 1866 Jemima moved in with George W. Alban and his mother Nancy. Jemima passed away on June 22, 1873. She is buried in Union Cemetery beside Matthew and their two children. 


(References: 1850 Line 1072, 1860 Line 1494, 1870 Line 282 Steubenville, Jefferson County Ohio Census, Pg 183 Early Marriages of Jefferson County, Will of David Rogers, Probate of Will of David Rogers.)

4         Rachel Rogers 1807 – 185-(David Rogers) Rachel was the first of the five children to be born in Ohio, coming into life in 1807. She married Richard Brisben (also spelled Brisben, Brisban and Brisbane) on 17 March 1825 when she was just 18. He was 19 or 20 at the time, having been born in 1805 in Ohio. The family lived next to Rachels sister Lucinda and her husband Joseph McCarrell in Richmond, Ohio the 1840 census. We find Richard working as a clerk in the 1850 Steubenville Township, Jefferson County Ohio census. Richard and Rachel had four children, David Brisben 1831-    , Martha Brisben 1839-   Margaret Brisben 1840-, Roseanna Brisben 1846- 1878   . All four children were born in Jefferson County Ohio. Rachel and Richard signed for their annual payment from the estate of David Rogers, August 30, 1852 $250; July 25, 1853 $140; July 31, 1854 $145 and April 1855 $154.67. I believe that Rachel passed away between 1855 and 1860, either in Jefferson County, Ohio or in Keithsburg, Mercer County, Illinois where we find Richard working as a Constable and Margaret and Roseanna living with him. I do not know where they are buried. 

(References: 1840 Richmond, Jefferson County Ohio census, page 405, 1850 Line 1072, 1860 Line 1494, 1870 Line 282 Steubenville,Jefferson County Ohio Census, Pg 183 Early Marriages of Jefferson County, Will of David Rogers, Probate of Will of David Rogers.)

5         Lucinda Jane Rogers 1811-1853 (David Rogers) Jane was the fifth and final child for David and Jemima. Though Jemima was but thirty-four, she it appears that she had major complications in delivery and died as a result of childbirth on August 11, 1811. Jane grew up and married Joseph McCarrell on January 20, 1831. Joseph was born in 1808, the son of William McCarrell. His family is noted as being one of the first five to settle in the town of Richmond Village in Jefferson County Ohio. He worked as a potter. They had four children, Blashford McCarrell 1832-1832, Ellisanna J. McCarrell 1834-    , Emily E. McCarrell 1840-1918    , Rachel McCarrell 1843-Aft 1920 and John B. McCarrell 1844- . They lived in the little town of Richmond. Joseph, along with Robert Grey were elected as the first two street commissioners on May 23, 1835. They were both alive in Jefferson County when David Rogers died in 1850. In August of 1852 Jane signed for her annual allotment from her father’s will, a $250 payment. Lucinda passed away in the first half of 1853. In July 1853 and again on August 8, 1854, the receipt is signed by her widowed husband Joseph. The receipt notes it is in accordance with her verbal will. I am not sure what she died of. She is buried in Richmond Presbyterian Cemetery next to Joseph. By 1860 Joseph had remarried another woman named Jane. He continued to work as a potter until he passed away in 1879 at age 71.

(References: 1840 Richmond, Jefferson County Ohio census, page 405, 1850 Salem Twp Jefferson County Ohio census, family # 1852, 1860 Salem Twp Line 967, 1870 Richmond, Jefferson County Ohio Line 4, Pg 183 Early Marriages of Jefferson County, Will of David Rogers, Probate of Will of David Rogers, Tombstone inscriptions & family records of Jefferson County, Ohio, History of Jefferson County, DOYLE, page 517.)

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