Richard Rogers1

#13141, (circa 1550 - April 1618)
Relationship10th great-grandfather of William David Lewis
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Richard Rogers after Unknown artist, line engraving, 1650
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Children 1.Daniel Rogers5 (1573 - 1652)
 2.____ Rogers+1 (s 1577 - )
 3.Ezekiel Rogers6 (c 1590 - 1660/61)
"He matriculated as a sizar of Christ's College, Cambridge, in November 1565, and graduated B.A. 1570-1, M.A. 1574. He was appointed lecturer at Wethersfield, Essex, about 1577. In 1583 he, with twenty-six others, petitioned the privy council against Whltgift's three articles, and against Bishop Aylmer's proceedings on them at his visitation ('Second part of a Register,' manuscript at Dr. Williams's Library, p. 330 ; BROOK, Puritans, ii. 275 ; DAVID, Nonconformity in Essex, p. 78). Whitgift suspended all the petitioners. After a suspension of eight months Rogers resumed his preaching, and was restored to his ministry through the intervention of Sir Robert Wroth. Rogers espoused the presbyterian movement under Cartwright, and signed the Book of Discipline (NEAL, Puritans, i. 387). He is mentioned by Bancroft as one of a classis about the Braintree side, together with Culverwell, Giffbrd, and others (BANCROFT, Dangerous Positions, p. 84). In 1598 and 1603 he was accordingly again in trouble; on the former occasion before the ecclesiastical commission, and on the latter for refusing the oath ex offitio (Baker MSS. xi. 344; BROOK, Puritans, ii. 232). He owed his restoration to the influence of William, lord Knollys, and acknowledged his protection in several passages of his diary (quoted in DAVID, u.s.) Under the episcopate of Richard Vaughan [q. v.], bishop of London between 1604 and 1607, he enjoyed much liberty; but under Vaughan's successor, Thomas Ravis [q. v.], he was again persecuted. Rogers died at Wethersfield on 21 April 1618, and was buried on the right side of the path in Wethersfield churchyard leading to the nave of the church (see his epitaph in Congregational Mag. new ser. April 1826). Rogers was the father of Daniel (1573-1652) and Ezekiel Rogers, both of whom are separately noticed, and the immediate predecessor at Wethersfield of Stephen Marshall [q. v.]
"Rogers wrote: 1. ' Seaven treatises containing such directions as is gathered out of the Holie Scriptures,' 1603 ; 2nd edit. London, 1605, dedicated to King James; 4th edit. 1627, 8vo, 2 parts ; 5th edit. 1630, 4to. An abbreviated version, called ' The Practice of Christianity,' is dated 1618, and was often reissued. 2. ' A garden of spirituall flowers, planted by R[ichard] R[ogers], W[ill] P[erkins], R[ichard] Greenham], M. M., and G[eorge] W[ebbe], London, 1612 8vo, 1622 16mo, 1632 12mo, 1643 12mo (2 parts), 1687 12mo(2parts). 3. 'Certaine Sermons, directly tending to these three ends, First, to bring any bad person (that hath not committed the same that is unpardonable) to true conversion ; secondly, to establish and settle all such as are converted in faith and repentance ; thirdly, to leade them forward (that are so settled) in the Christian life . . . whereunto are annexed divers . . . sermons of Samuel Wright, B.D.,' London, 1612, 8vo. 4. 'A Commentary upon the whole book of Judges, preached first and delivered in sundrie lectures,' London, 1615, dedicated to Sir Edward Coke. 5. ' Samuel's encounter with Saul, 1 Sam. chap. xv. . . . preached and penned by that worthy servant of God, Mr. Richard Rogers,' London. 1620."2 
Birth*circa 1550He was born circa 1550 at EnglandG.1 
Marriage*say 1571He married ____ _____ say 1571 at EnglandG.3 
Death*April 1618He died in April 1618 at EnglandG.1 
16 April 1618He left a will on 16 April 1618 at Wethersfield, Essex, EnglandG.4 
ChartsAncestors of William D. Lewis


  1. [S1260] George E. McCracken, "A Hartford Miscellany: Howard, Stone, Adsit–Edgett", The American Genealogist 36 (1960): 33-35, using especially the will of Ezekiel Rogers to determine that his sister (though her given name is not known) was the wife of John Stone and mother of Samuel Stone and his siblings.
  2. [S1262] Sidney Lee, editor, Dictionary of American Biography (First Series) (London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1885–1900), XLIX:138. Hereinafter cited as Dictionary of American Biography.
  3. [S1261] Truman Lewis Stone, Book II of The Family of John Stone (Buffalo, N. Y.: Charles Wells Moulton, 1898), pp. 35-36.
  4. [S1263] Henry F. Waters, Genealogical Gleanings in England (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, unknown publish date), pp. 211-212, originally published in NEHGR 41:163 (Apr 1887).
    The inscription on the tombstone of Richard Rogers of Wethersfield (see Col. Chester's Life of John Rogers, pp. 239, 240) shows that he died 21 April, 1618, in the sixty-eighth year of his age, and was born therefore about A.D. 1551. The following is a very concise abstract of his will, which was published in full in the October number of the Register for 1863 (vol. xvii. p. 326).
    Richard Rogers of Wethersfied, Essex, preacher, 16 April 1618, proved 30 April 1618. He mentions John Clarke, a neighbor at the brook, Samuell Waight, a son in law, Walter Wiltsheir and Jeremy Boozy. To wife Susan all such goods and household stuff as were hers before I married her. I give to my son Danyell my best cloak &c. I give to my son Ezekiell all my Latin and Hebrew and Greek books, but if his brother have not St Austin's Works, I give them him; other books written by myself and all my written lectures and papers I give to sons Danyell and Ezekiell "and to my Cosen Rogers of Dedham" &c. Twenty pounds, out of remainder of my annuities, to wife, and whatsoever shall remain I give it among all my six children. Of the ninescore pounds and twenty marks which Allen Montjoy gent owes me I give the said ninescore pounds to sons Daniell and Ezekiell and the twenty marks to my daughter Hasselder's children which she had by her husband now living. Daughter Hasseler again mentioned. To my wife's children forty shillings apiece. To my sister Mary Duckfield's three daughters and her son John forty shillings apiece. To my kinswoman Mary Smallwood twenty shillings &c. To Cousin Daniel Duckfield twenty shillings. My meadow in Wethersfield lying between the Lords meadow and John Clarke's. Goodman Parker's daughter, the widow Barnard.
    My executors to be Cousin Mr John Wright esq. of Romford, in Essex, Susan, my wife, and Francis Longe, my son in law. My brother Cooke and my son Makin to be overseers.
    Wit: John Clarke Samuell Wayte.
    B. Hamer 311, Consistory Court of London.
    . Hereinafter cited as Genealogical Gleanings in England.
  5. [S1262] Sidney Lee, Dictionary of American Biography, p. 138.
  6. [S794] The Essex Institute, compiler, Vital Records of Rowley Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849, two volumes (Salem, Mass.: The Essex Institute, 1928), I:515; "ROGERS (Rogres), Ezekiel, Rev., first minister of Rowley [b. 1590 at Wethersfield, Eng., a minister in Rowley, Yorkshire, d. Rowley, Mass. G. R. 1], Jan. 23, 1660."