Rhode Island Land Evidences, Vol 1, 1648-1696, Rhode Island Historical Society, 1970, has several deeds in which James Rogers was a party.
NEGHR, Vol. 23, 1869, Pg. 273-274, Enos Johnson, Jr. gives some details found of James Rogers and a genealogy of a group of Rogers he was trying to tie to James.
Speculation in years gone by was that the James Rogers of Rhode Island may be part of the Rogers family of the Mayflower. The current mode of thought is that is not true. "The Great Migration Begins" does show a James Rogers in the family, but there is nothing to indicate our James is that person.
The Origins of our James Rogers
Thanks to cousin Stanley for this information:
Also: Underwood's "Lineage" pg. 31; Underwood declares that James of Newport was the passenger on the "Increase" in 1635. The "Increase" anchored at Salem or Boston, Mass.
James Rogers is not in the "The Great Migration Begins", so he arrived in the colonies after 1633. The earliest citation to a record that I have seen is that James Rogers was admitted freeman at Newport, Sept 7, 1640, although Representative Men and Old Families of Rhode Island, J. H. Beers & Co, 1908, reports he was in Rhode Island by 1638, but doesn't cite on what that is based.
What was James Rogers' Religious Inclinations?
Rhode Island, particularly of the 1630's and 1640's, was a home for
folks who didn't agree with the strict rules of society in the Massachusetts
Bay Colony and generally had religious beliefs different from the Puritans.
I have not seen anything yet that gives a clue as to the religious beliefs
of our James. After James Rogers' death, a group called the Rogerenes became
an anti-Puritan group, particularly in Connecticut. I have not found any
link between the Rogers who started that group and our James Rogers.
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