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Thursday, April 17, 2008

I have a fam’ly tree, with branches by the dozens!!

My brother, Scott, has spent a significant amount of time recently working on our Rogers Family Tree on Geni.

There are currently 355 people listed - both alive and deceased. These names span 1,068 years - beginning in 940 with the birth of Fredistina De Hauteville (my 28th great-grandmother!), and ending with the birth of my niece, Madelyn, just a few days ago. He's found all kinds of photos and stories of our ancestors online, and has posted them on each person's profile.

The following bio was posted by Scott of my 4th great-grandfather, David White Rogers:

David White Rogers was born on October 4, 1787, in Morristown, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, to Samuel Rogers and Hannah Sinclair. Alone as a youth, Rogers began trapping along the northeastern rivers between Canada and the United Stated. After trapping beaver, mink, and other animals, Rogers prepared the skins and sold the furs in Montreal. It was in Montreal the Rogers met Martha Collins and married her on December 5, 1811. While living in Canada, David and Martha had four children.

Susanna, the oldest child, often accompanied her father as he set traps and collected the animals. She felt it was cruel to kill the animals and pleaded with her father to give up the fur business. He agreed the killing was difficult, but he felt the high profits made up for the distasteful task.

Years later, however, Rogers gave up trapping for homesteading. He cleared some virgin land on the shores of Lake Champlain, an area that became known as Rogers's Rock. Then, in the early 1820s, Rogers decided to become a carpenter, eventually moving his family to Dunkirk, New York, where four more children were added to the family. After a few years, Rogers temporarily left his family to establish a carpentry business in New York City. The business soon prospered, and a year later, he sent for his family.

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Authored by Naida R. Williamson , published in BYU Studies
All this work that Scott has done, in making it so readily accessible for the family - it's really something else!!

(Click and drag within the box below to view more of the Rogers Family Tree.)

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