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  • Pilgrim Village Families Sketch: Thomas Rogers

    Robert Charles Anderson

    Birth: Thomas Rogers was born by about 1572, based on his date of marriage.

    Death: He died in Plymouth in the first winter, 1620/1.

    Ship: Mayflower, 1620

    Life in England: Thomas Rogers was born in Watford, Northamptonshire, northwest of London, son of William and Eleanor Rogers. He married there in 1597 and left sometime after May 1613, the last recorded baptism of one of his childlren.

    Life in Holland: The Rogers family was in Leiden 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 He became a citizen on June 25, 1618, and worked as a camlet-merchant (camlet is a mixed fiber fabric, originally made of silk and camel hair).Thomas sold the house on April 1, 1620.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 appeared in the 1622 poll tax, described as poor people, living in the kitchen or back part of the house.

    Life in New England: Thomas came over with his son Joseph. He died the first winter and Joseph may have lived with Governor Bradford and family. Goveror Bradford said of Thomas Rogers, “The rest of Thomas Rogers’ [children] came over and are married and have many children.” Since the only child known to have immigrated is John, and he had only four children, it would seem that his daughters followed later and have not yet been identified.

    Family: Thomas Rogers married Alice Cosford on October 24, 1597, in Watford, Northamptonshire. She apparently died in Leiden sometime after the 1622 poll tax listing.

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