Birth: Joseph Rogers was baptized on January 23, 1602/3.
Death: He died in January 1677/8 and was buried in the
Old Cove Burial Ground in Eastham.
Ship: Mayflower, 1620
Life in England: Joseph Rogers was born in Watford,
Northamptonshire, northwest of London, the son of Thomas and Alice
(Cosford) Rogers.The family left there sometime after May 1613, the last
recorded baptism of a child.
Life in Holland: The Rogers family was in Leyden by
February 22, 1614, when Thomas bought a house on the Barbarasteeg. He
became a citizen on June 25, 1618, and worked as a camlet-merchant.
(camlet is a mixed fiber fabric, originally made of silk and camel
hair).Thomas sold the house on April 1, 1620. His wife and three of the
children appear in the 1622 poll tax listing, described as poor people,
living in the back part of the house or in the kitchen.
Life in New England: Joseph came over with his father,
Thomas.Thomas died the first winter and Joseph may have lived with
Governor Bradford and family. Joseph was a freeman of Plymouth in 1633.
He operated a ferry on Jones River in 1636, was a constable of Duxbury
in 1640. He moved to Eastham about 1647 and served as both a lieutenant
and selectman there.
Family: He married, assuming she was his only wife, a
woman named Hannah _____ by 1633 and had eight children. She died after
January 2, 1677/8.
Children of Joseph and Hannah Rogers: