Pages 821-822, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




Well known to a large circle of acquaintances in Woodson County as a valued citizen, honored veteran of the Civil var, and as an enterprising farmer, George W. Rogers well deserves representation in this volume and we herewith present his record to our readers. He was born in Shelby County, Illinois, October 13, 1839, and represents an old southern family. His grandfather, Thomas Rogers resided in Tennessee, but at an early day removed to Indiana, taking up his abode there about 1823. He married Sooky Jennings, and unto them were born five sons and three daughters, of whom Andrew J., William and Josiah all reared families in Illinois, while James and Thomas reared families in this state. The daughters were Patsy, who became the wife of William Daniels and at her death left five children, residents of Missouri and Kansas; Fannie, who became Mrs. Fanning, later Mrs. Phillips and after the death of her second husband married Jonas Daniels, her last days being passed in Missouri, and Millie, who became the wife of Cyrus Daniels. She was a second time married and died Illinois.

Andrew J. Rogers, the father of our subject, was born near Beardstown, Illinois, and was a farmer and blacksmith. He died in Missouri in 1896, at the age of eighty-six years. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Nancy Sherrill, departed this life in Illinois. Their children were: Francis, who entered the Rebel army and lost his life in the service; Martha J., widow of Henry Thomas and a resident of the Chickasaw Nation of the Indian Territory; James, who died in the army; George W.; William A., of Chico, Texas; Mary, wife of William Daniels, also of the Chickasaw Nation; Louisa, widow of James Thomas, of Chico, Texas: Nancy, wife of Jacob Painter, of Wilson County, Kansas.

George W. Rogers spent his boyhood days in Illinois and Missouri, his father removing to Laclede County, Missouri, in 1853. There he resided for six years and with some members of the family he came to Kansas, locating first in Belmont township, Woodson County, upon section twenty-three. This was in the year 1859. In August, 1861, he enlisted at Leaven-


worth, Kansas, in company E, Fifth Kansas cavalry under Colonel Powell Clayton. The regiment was attached to the western department and saw service in Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana. He participated in the battles of Pine Bluff and Helena and in many lesser engagements, first meeting the enemy in battle at Dry Wood creek, near Fort Fort.[sic] In 1864 he re-enlisted at St. Charles, Arkansas, and served until the close of the war, reaching home on the 17th. of July, 1865.

After his return home Mr. Rogers secured a homestead—a place now owned by Reuben Moore—and since that time has resided within the boundaries of Belmont township. He is the owner of the south half of the southeast quarter of section fourteen and the north half of the northeast quarter of section twenty-three Belmont township, where he carries on farming operations and finds in the cultivation of the soil a profitable labor.

On the 31st. of May, 1866, Mr. Rogers was married in Wilson County, Kansas, to Miss Julia A. Daniels, a daughter of Reuben Daniels, who was born in Shelby County, Illinois, and wedded Mary A. McGuire, of Tennessee. They had six children: William, John, Jarett and Alcy, now deceased; Mrs. James Wicks, Mrs. Rogers and Jemina, who has also passed away. Mrs. Rogers was born March 4, 1844, and by her marriage has become the mother of five children, namely: Noah, who wedded Mary Kluckhuhn and is living in Woodson County; Charles, who married Hattie Dupuy and is living in Woodson County; Maggie, Warren and Willard, who are still at home.

Mr. Rogers believes sincerely in Republican principles and has been honored with several public offices to which he has been elected as a Republican. He has served as township trustee and treasurer, also township clerk and as clerk and treasurer of the school board. On the field of battle he was a fearless and loyal soldier and in all the relations of life he is as true and faithful to his honest convictions and to the trust reposed in him.

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