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Nanafalia, Alabama (from Jonah Rogers to John Jr.)
Mr. John Rogers

Dear Brother, yours of the 13th May came to hand in due time, but I could not see how to write and my sons are all gone to war but one and lives four miles from me and by some mishap your letter was mislaid and did not come into his hands for some time and then his wife was lying very ill of which she died, and there has been so much sickness since that it was not attended to till now. I am now quite sick with fever but the doctor thinks the disease is broker. The rest of my family is well and I hope this will find you and your family in blessing of health. There is not much complaint among my children and my grandchildren in the army was very sick when heard from and one of my sons in the hospital with _________ pains and youralsy of the head. There is and has been a great deal of sickness through the county here and a large proportion of deaths in consequence of drought. Crops have been very light though I hope there is enough made to supply the demand.

Religion generally is at low ebb. There is but one church that I know of that manifestly match of the spirit of Christ since the war ______ times are very bad here. Money and provisions very scarce. Everything like provisions or clothing very high and to say the climax ______ are very high _______ then or additional war.

One of my sons and one of my grandsons have been at Richmond, Williamsburg, and other places in Virginia have passed through several battles and skirmishes without neither of my sons or grandsons have been killed or wounded. It that I have heard from and I hope that yours have been preserved. Also, I would like very much to see you but the probabilities are that we will never meet in this world but I hope we will meet in a better world than this where the wicked cease from troubling and the weary are at rest. In the neighborhood where John my oldest lives, his wife and the other ladies all with families of children died in a few days of each other, one of the billious fever, and the other three of oysepelas of the head. All thrice blinds for several days.

State of South Carolina
District of Marion

On this 25th day of November, one thousand eight hundred and fifty one, personally appeared in open court, before the undersigned, Judge of the Court of Ordinary, now sitting, Silas Rogers, a resident of said District, aged Sixty Four years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on this oath make the following Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passe don the 7th June 1832 for himself, John Rogers and Jonah Rogers, only surviving children of John Rogers, late a captain in South Carolina, in the war of the Revolution. He was in actual service as a commissioned officer for more than three years. His commander in chief was General Francis Marion. Served some time with Major Mullver. He was at the siege of Savannah when Pulaski fell and was also at the battle of the Eutaw Springs. He served some time at Beaufort at Huovilles point in the neighborhood of Camden. Was in several skirmishes with the British at and near Georgetown, where on one particular occasion, Gen. Marion received notice from a friend of the importance of being at on certain point within a given home, to do this the troops (Capt. John Rogers among them) started immediately after supper and by next evening they arrived at the fort and stationed themselves in a swamp, just in time for the advance guard of the British came in sight with a caravan. Marion's order was not to fire, until the main body of the British should come up, that the Americans might all have an object at which to fire, as Marion's men had but three rounds of ammunition and were commanded to reserve one. But the corporals the men induced them to fire on the advance and killed all those who had charge of the cannon which remained there until the main body of the British came up and took it off. He was at the battle at Quimby Bridge where Marion commanded in person. He continued in service until the end of the war and was honorably discharged by General Marion and Dead on the 9th day of August, 1840, leaving no widow, but these surviving children, this affiant, (who has to kin out letters of administration of the goods and chattels, rights and credits of the said Capt. John Rogers) John Rogers and Jonah Rogers. The above heard from my father and others. Silas Rogers

Sworn to and subscribed before me the day and year above written. Edward B. Wheeler, Judge of the Court of Ordinary.

(Note: Found in the Revoluntionary War Pensions & Boundary Land Grants Micro Copy #M804 Roll #2075. Pay Indents are recorded in the Audited Accounts)

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