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Jeremiah Rogers
abt 1633 - September 26, 1676

(Ed. Note: Jeremiah Rogers is one of my G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G grandfathers)

JEREMIAH ROGERS was one of the first settlers of Lancaster, Mass. He married Mehitabel Pierce, daughter of John and Mary Pierce. She was born probably in Dorchester, and probably about 1630, as she had three children to whom her father left legacies in his will in 1661. When Indians, in Feb. 1676, burned all the buildings in Lancaster except the church and one house, all the inhabitants who were not killed or captured fled to Dorchester. Among the refugees were Jeremiah and his family, and he died there Sept. 26, 1676, probably in the small pox epidemic which had broken out.

Lancaster records say Abiah Rogers, widow of Jeremiah, died at Dorchester, Jan. 10, 1678. She and two of her daughters, Abigail and Bathsheba, died of small pox the same month. As the birth and death records of their children in Lancaster all read child "of Jeremiah Rogers and Abiah his wife," that must have been another name for Mehitabel.

Sons Jeremiah Rogers of Salem, wheelwright, Ichabod of Lancaster, cordwainer, and Jehoshaphat of Topsfield, tailor, conveyed their interest in lands of their father, Jeremiah Rogers of Lancaster, to Edward Phelps, May 12, 1710.

Samuel Trescott and Margaret, his wife, one of the daughters of Jeremiah Rogers, late of Lancaster, deceased, convey to Edward Phelps, land purchased of Abiah Warren of Boston, widow, one other daughter of said Jeremiah Rogers, May 21, 1710 (Middlesex Co. Deeds, vol. 15, p. 261).

Children, except the first, from Lancaster records:
Jeremiah, m. 1672, Dorcas (???).
Margaret, bapt. Apr. 1653, living 1710, m. Samuel Trescott.
Mehitable, b. Oct. 6, 1658, d. Nov. 20, 1660.
Ichabod, b. Nov. 9, 1659, m. 1689, Sarah Currier.
Jehosaphat, b. Oct. 4, 1663, d. after 1710.
Abyah, b. July 6, 1666, d. after 1710, m. (???) Warren.
Bathsheba, b. Jan. 6, 1667, d. Jan. 1, 1678.
Hittabel, b. Oct. 1, 1667, perhaps should be 1662 as a dau. Hittabel d. Nov. 7, 1662.
Susanna, b. Nov. 2, 1673.

Ref: Bassett-Preston Ancestors Author: Belle Preston Call Number: R929.2 B31p A history of the immigrant ancestors of the children of Edward M. and Annie (Preston) Bassett from the early 1600s to 1930.
Bibliographic Information: Preston, Belle. Bassett-Preston Ancestors. New Haven, Conn.: The Tuttle, Morehouse, and Taylor Co., 1930.

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