George A. Rogers Page 977 Peoria Co. Portrait and Biographical Album 1890
George A. Rogers was born in Mamaroneck, Westchester Co., N.Y., Oct. 8, 1831. His father Jon S. Rogers, was also a native of that county and was there married to Mary Ann Sutton, who was a native of Manchester England. In 1843, they started from their home in New York to take up their residence in Peoria County, this State, and while en route, on the Mississippi River, the father was drowned but the circumstances are not known. The mother was thus left with eight children, and they sadly proceeded on their journey to Peoria County, and on their arrival settled in Jubilee Township, where the children were reared. The good mother continued to live there until about a year prior to her death, which occurred at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Margaret Davis, in Radnor Township, March 12, 1879, when she was seventy-six years old. She retained much of her physical vigor till the last, but lost her eyesight about a year before she died. She was the mother of seven sons and one daughter, our subject being the third of the family. He was a lad of about twelve years when they came to Peoria County, where they arrived in July of that year. he remained with his mother in Jubilee Township until he was twenty-one years old, and soon after married and settled in Radnor Township, of which he has since been a resident. He owns here a good farm of one hundred and twenty acres of fine land, and has placed upon it many substantial improvements.
Our subject is a veteran of the late war. He enlisted in the month of March 1865, in Company H., Fourteenth Illinois Infantry, and served until the month of Sept. He was then mustered out of the army at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., and returning home, quietly resumed his occupation as a farmer. He is one of the prominent citizens of the township. He has represented Radnor as a member of the county Board of Supervisors, holding that office one year, and he has been Justice of the Peace for fourteen years. He formerly took an active part in politics, and was one of the leading Republicans in this section.
Mr. Rogers was wedded, Jan. 1, 1857, to Maria C. Wakefield, the ceremony that made them one being performed at the residence of the late John L. Wakefield, in Radnor township. Mrs. Rogers is a daughter of the said John L. Wakefield, and a history of her parents appears in the sketch of William Wakefield, on another page of the Biographical Album. She was born in Radnor Township June 15, 1839. She is a conscientious Christian and a member in high standing of the Methodist Episcopal church. The pleasant wedded life of Mr. and Mrs. Rogers has been blessed to them by the birth of five children, who are named: Adolphus J., May J., Grant S., Olive B. and Gretta I., Adolphus S. married Miss Emma Newkirk; May is the wife of Madison Harrison; Grant S. married Miss Louisa Sheh.
Submitted by Londie Benson.