Joseph C. Rogers


JOSEPH C. ROGERS, a prominent farmer of Island Creek township, was born in that township, October 4, 1832, the son of John and Elizabeth (Cable) Rogers. His father was the son of David B. Rogers, a native of New Jersey, but the son of English parents. When about twenty years of age David removed to Fayette county, Penn., where he remained until 1811, and then came to Jefferson county, Ohio and settled on Wills creek, where he made his home until his death in 1847. Previous to leaving Ohio for Pennsylvania, he was married to a Miss Jennings, who died in 1811, and her five children are also deceased. John Rogers, their son, was born in 1797 and after coming to Ohio with his parents worked at milling for some time, but subsequently engaged in farming. He died September 10, 1854. By his marriage to Elizabeth Cable he had eight children, of whom one is deceased. The latter was wounded at the battle of Jonesboro, and died from the effects of the same. The wife of John Rogers died September 11, 1875. Joseph C. Rogers received a good education in his youth at Wellsville and Hopedale colleges, and then began teaching which profession he followed until 1875. He then engaged in farming, which is his present occupation. In 1866 he was married to Emma McNeely, who lived but one month afterward, dying July 25, 1866. In August, 1870 he was united to Jennie M., daughter of Robert Gray, of Wellsville, and they have five children: Frank, Emma M., Charles R., John R., and Lillie E. Mr. Rogers was one of the ablest pioneer teachers of the county and some of the notable business men of the county received their first instruction from him. During the war of the rebellion he served three years, enlisting August 12, 1862, as sergeant in Company G, Fifty-second Ohio volunteers and participating in the battles of Stone River, Perryville, Chickamauga, the siege of Atlanta, and was with Sherman in the march to the sea. In politics, he is an influential republican and has served six years as a member of the county central committee. He has served as township trustee several years, and is now chairman of the township board of education. In church matters he is an active member of the United Presbyterian church of Knoxville and superintendent of its Sunday-school.

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