Tuesday, December 13, 2011


William Rogers
William Rogers belongs to that quota of substantial citizens that England has furnished to Kenosha County.  He was born in Cornwall on the 15th of August, 1840 a son of William and Ann (Johns) Rogers, who in the year 1850 crossed the Atlantic with their family to the United States.  They first settled in northern Michigan and afterward removed to Kenosha County, where their remaining days were passed.  Mr. Rogers died in 1892, having for a decade survived his wife, whose death occurred in 1882.  Both were laid to rest in one of Kenosha's cemeteries.
William Rogers was a little lad of ten years when he accompanied his parents to the new world and in the mines of northern Michigan he was employed about twelve years.  In the spring of 1866 he came to Kenosha County and for three years was engaged in farming in Somers Township in connection with his father.  On the expiration of that period he went to Colorado and for three years worked in the mines, after which he again came to this state and once more resumed agricultural pursuits in connection with his father on Section 22, Somers Township.  Later, however, he purchased eighty acres of land known as the Newman place and to this tract he has added as his financial resources have permitted until he is now the owner of one hundred and fifty-seven acres.  He has brought his farm under a high state of cultivation and it is an attractive property by reason of its well tilled fields, its excellent buildings and the high grade of stock seen upon the farm.
On the 22nd of May 1876, Mr. Rogers was united in marriage to Miss Mary S. Buswell, daughter of Moses C. and Lucy Jane (Gardner) Buswell, who were early settlers of this county, arriving here in 1843.  The father was born in New Hampshire in 1823 and the mother's birth occurred in the state of New York in 1821.  They were married on the 3rd of September, 1843, and they became the parents of eleven children, seven of whom are yet living, although only Mrs. Rogers resides in Kenosha County.  A son, Otto F. Buswell, died here in April 1916.  The father was a Republican in his political views and was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church.  his was a well spent life and his many sterling traits of character endeared him to many friends, who gave him their confidence and warm regard.
Mr. and Mrs. Rogers have become the parents of nine children:  Lottie, who is married to John W. Hansche, by whom she has three children; Elizabeth, the wife of Louis C. Haven by whom she has two children; William C., at home; Malvina Bess, who married Marion Davis, by whom she has two children; Harry; John and Lucy Jane, at home; Walter, deceased; and Alvin who is also yet under the parental roof.
(Source:  City and County of Kenosha Wisconsin, Record of Settlement, by Frank H. Lyman, Volume II, Chicago, S.J. Clarke Publishing Co. 1916)

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