From a biography of a descendant, Horatio Rogers, from Representative
Men and Old Families of Rhode Island, J. H. Beers & Co, 1908, I quote:
James Rogers is involved in the first two deeds (on Page 2) of recorded
real estate deeds in Volume 1 of the Rhode Island Evidences in the
State archives (Abstract, Rhode Island Historical Society, 1970). Note
that "first two deeds" is in terms of chronology of recorded deeds that
we have. There surely was already land ownership as the sellers of the
early deeds had to have gotten ownership in some way.
June 6, 1650: In the second, he "promise and ingadge my selfe to make the fence that hath been in Controversy betwixt Richard Knight and my selfe betwixt this and March next and to maintaine the same for ever"
Nov 19, 1659: In a later third deed (pg 117), he sold to John Sanford of Portsmouth "a forth part of Cononicatt Island and Dutch Island being one Hundred and Twenty Akers... Bounded... south upon the Town shipp, west upon the sea, North upon the the Land which is Peleg Sanfords, East upon the highway...".
It is interesting to note that in the first deed, the land is referred to as: "... being the proper Inheritance and possession of James Rogers of Newport in Rhode-Isl." Unless they used the term "inheritance" in a different way than we do now, which could be the case, this is an indication that he might possibly be the son of an immigrant parent.
Enos Johnson, Jr. reports in NEGHR, Vol. 23, 1869, Pg. 273:
As for children and further generations:
The Horatio Rogers biography (See Noteworthy Rogers) indicates he is from a son of James, named (Cpt) John Rogers, who was "several times a representative in the Colonial Assembly. John stayed in Rhode Island, as did many generations of descendants.
At least one line of Thomas Rogers' branch went south, probably there even by the time of the Civil War, and thus may have fought for the South, while Horatio and most of the other Providence Rogers were fighting on the Yankee side.
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