Ancestral Family Topic 882

 882   Robert Rogers (c.1685-1740)
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Robert Rogers, in his own words
If he could speak to us today, Robert Rogers might describe his life as follows.

I was born in England about 1685, a son of Charles and Jane Rogers, and educated as an attorney. My sister married Isham Randolph in London and they came to Virginia, so by 1708 I was practicing law in Henrico County. 
Susanna and I were living in St. Peter’s Parish, New Kent County, in 1725 when our daughter Ann was born. In 1733 we moved to a 619-acre plantation on both sides of Little Creek of Lickinghole Creek in present-day Goochland County where we reared 3 sons and 5 daughters.
Of course, I prepared my own will. In only my 50s in 1738, I had to consider the needs of young children. I set aside money to school them and asked my other children to care for their sister Susanna who was “lame and helpless.” I was dead by 18 November 1740.
In March 1742/3 Mr. Fleming divided my 13 slaves between my widow, by then the wife of Jeremiah Whitney, and 5 children. In the 3½ years since composing my will, daughters Lucy and Susanna had died, Elizabeth had married William Shelton, and Ann had become the wife of William Ligon. 

When Rogers bought the 619 acres from Joseph Bingley 17 Sept. 1733, the deed described him as a resident of St. Peter’s Parish, New Kent County.  This tract appears to be identical to the 619 acres granted Edward Scott in 1732.  The creek is presently known as just Little Creek.

That Robert and Susanna were in St. Peter’s Parish when two of their children were born might suggest that her parents resided there. Yet an examination of every Susanna born in that parish of an age to be Robert’s wife reveals several women named Susanna—but none whom we can connect to Robert. Susanna and Robert and 3 children for whom we have their children named children William and Ann, perhaps a clue to Susanna’s parents.

Will of Robert Rogers
An abstract of the will Robert Rogers made is included below. 

Will of Robert Rogers
21 August 1738
To my wife, Susanna, all my land in Goochland Co. for life, but to have only house and plantation on east side of Lickinghole Creek if she married before my son William is 18.
To my two sons David and William, all my lands in Goochland Co. after death of my wife. William is to have the house and plantation on east side of the creek and David, land on west side. If both sons die without heirs, then all lands to my daughters Susanna, Elizabeth, Ann and Caroline, equally. If all die before 21, the land to my daughter Lucy Danson.
David, if unmarried, may live with William until age 24.
William is to pay for building William a house and outbuildings and clearing land before David is 21.
To wife, labor of Negro slaves and all household stuff for life. To daughter Lucy Danson, Negro boy Duke, in her possession.
Children to have schooling.
To daughter Susanna, £10, as she is lame and helpless and I desire my children to be kind and let her live with such of them as shall be best. Also to her, one of my Negro women.
At wife’s death, rest of estate divided among my above children.
Perishable goods and my law books to be sold. Negroes Caesar and Pegg to be sold.
In case of death of any of my children where my son Robert could claim as heir at law, I give all such right to my sons William and David.
I appoint my wife, Susanna, executrix.
I entreat my esteemed friends Col. John Fleming and Capt. Isham Randolph to assist my wife and children if requested.
John Netherland
Peter Davis
John (x) Richardson
John Webb
Robert Christian
John (x) Lane

“Esteemed friend” Isham Randolph was Robert’s brother-in-law. Although John Fleming, Rogers’ neighbor and executor,  also named a daughter Caroline, we have not identified any connection.

Susanna, the widow
Jeremiah and Susanna Whitney were in Albemarle County by Oct. 1746 when they sued John Bibby in Susanna’s capacity was executrix.  Jeremiah was alive in July 1747 when the case appears last in the surviving order book,  but was dead later that year when Susanna and William and Elizabeth Shelton sold some property to Joseph Shelton.  Whitney likely died in Albemarle County where wills for 1744-8 are missing.
It was apparently his son Jeremiah Whitney who secured a patent to 525 acres on both sides of Little Wreck Island Creek in present-day Appomattox County 14 Feb. 1761 and purchased a nearby 100 acres from James Christian 4 March 1761.  His stepbrother David Rogers witnessed the latter deed. James Christian was likely the son of a man of the same name whose estate Whitney helped appraise 28 July 1759,  and whose widow, Susanna Christian, he later married.
With Richard Taylor and Thomas Matthews, Whitney patented 392 acres on the Fluvanna River in Buckingham County 16 March 1771,  and received grants to two neighboring tracts of 517 acres next to David Rogers in present-day Appomattox County in June 1780. 
A vestryman of Tillotson Parish,  Jeremiah was residing in Buckingham County 17 Jan. 1772 when he mortgaged slaves and the 100 acres where he was living.  The estate of Jeremiah Whitney paid taxes on 19 slaves in Buckingham County in 1782.  His estate was divided among his legal representatives, suggesting he had no heirs.  Susanna advertised the sale of his entire estate consisting of those 19 slaves, livestock, and household furnishings 13 July 1782. 
The will of Susanna Whitney named children from her marriage to James Christian (will dated 7 April 1784 and proved Oct. 1792). 

Descendants of Robert Rogers
Information about the children of Robert Rogers, their descendants, and allied families previously found at is now available as Southside Virginia Genealogies. Learn more 
Names found in this topic include the following.
 Robert Rogers,  
 William Rogers (-1777),  
William Shelton,  
Judith Bradshaw,  Mary Canifax,  
Benjamin Bradshaw,  Ann (—) Bradshaw,  John Cannifax,  
Benjamin Rogers,  
Robert Rogers,  
David Rogers,  
Ann Rogers,  
William Rogers,  
Charles Rogers,  Huldah Clarke,   
Elizabeth Rogers,  
Susanna Rogers,  
 Ann (Rogers) Ligon (1725-),  
William Ligon,   
 Lucy (Rogers) Danson (-c.1740),  
 Susanna Rogers (-c.1740),  
 Elizabeth (Rogers) Shelton,  
William Shelton,  John Shelton,  
Susanna (—) Shelton,  Benjamin Isbell,  
Patience (—) Shelton,  Phillip King,  Elizabeth (—) Shelton,  William Shelton,  Henry Shelton,  Sarah Shelton,  Augustine Shepherd,  
John Shelton,  Moses Lowry,  
Elizabeth Lawson,  Mary Payne,   
David Shelton,  Henrietta Thomason,  
Elizabeth Shelton,  Dr. William Winston,  
William Shelton,  
Nannie Shelton,  John L. Harris,  
Mary Shelton,  James D. Shelton,  
John Shelton,  Massy Shelton,  Thomas Shelton,  
Thomas Shelton,  Milley Atkinson,  
Robert Shelton,  
Elizabeth Shelton,  
William Shelton,  
James Shelton,  
Martha Shelton,  Thomas Lucas,  
William Shelton,  
Jesse Shelton,  
James Shelton,  Joseph Shelton,  
Susanna Shelton,  Richard Farrar,   
Elizabeth Shelton,  Peter Crawford,  
Ann Shelton,  Booth Woodson,   
Sarah Shelton,  Matthew Grubbs,  
 David Rogers (1728-1769),  
Mary Christian,  John Christian,  Sarah —,  
Robert Rogers,  Ann Pamplin,  
 Caroline Rogers,  
Thomas Foster,  Peter LeGrand,  

This family topic includes the following notable individuals.
Legislators - colonial and state
John Shelton - Virginia  

Selected sources
Bagby, James Morris. “Which William Shelton.” The Virginia Genealogist. 12:28-32 (1968). • Study of William Shelton of Albemarle County and William Shelton of Louisa County who married Elizabeth Rogers.

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