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12/14/1760 - 8/14/1841
(Ed. Note: Josiah Rogers is one of
my G-G-G-G-G grandfathers)
Per his own declaration to the court on 9/4/1832, backed up by many declarations of acquaintences regarding his reputation, He resided in Canterbury, CT in 1779 and in May of that year he enlisted as a private for the term of three months into the service of the State of Connecticut under the command of Captain Joseph Burgess. It was a single militia company, mosted of them drafted for three month's service and mustered in the town of Canterbury. They marched to Chatham on the North River, where they remained for a month and a half on guard, then marched to Groton, CT to remain at the fort until his term of service expired. He was dismissed with the rest of his company and returned home without any written documents of discharge. The officer commanding the fort during his service was Col. Ledyard. He again enlisted in March of 1782 as a private for the term of one year in to the service of the Connecticut State militia under the command of Captain Daniel Allen, who had enlisted a company of volunteers in the towns of Ashford and Canterbury, CT. He then enlisted as a substitiute for Deacon Jacob Winters and David Dodge, the older men being then formed in to ???? which evolve to send one man cash, either as a volunteer, or as a substitiute. The two individuals named paid Josiah Rogers five dollars continental money as a bounty for his enlisting for ???? to which they belonged.... From the aforesaid towns the company marched to Horse Neck, but being himself sick with the Small Pox, he did not march with them, but joined the company at Horse Neck about one month later, where he found the company attached to a regiment under the command of Col. Samuel Canfield..... making a regiment of four companies. He remained in service at Horse Neck until the expiration of his term, the first day of April, 1783, when he was discharged without any written documents. The whole regiment was discharged at the same time, peace having been previously made. The applicant was in no battle during this term, but was employed in small scouting parties along the lines against the "refugees" and what was then called the "Cow Boys"...... He further states that he was born in the aforesaid town of Canterbury, Windham County, Connecticut, on the 4th of December, 1760, and, has seen nearly thirty years ago, saw this time of his birth thus recorded in the register of the Clerk of that town that he was residing in said town when he enlisted under Captain Allen, and continued to reside there until the year 1809 when he moved to the State of Pennsylvania in the place where he now resides. [ed note:Windham, Wyoming County, PA]
Ruth Rogers applied for widow benefits later on 4/17/1844. There is testimony signed by her children attesting to their marriage as well as a court document (Cayuga, NY) recognizing the marriage. Ruth was present to review the documents, but had someone else sign her name.. "signed in her presence and by her request, she not being able from bodily infirmaty". She declared that she was "married to Josiah Rogers on the Second Day of October Seventeen Hundred & Eighty Five."
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Descendancy from Josiah ROGERS:
Josiah ROGERS was born on December 14, 1760 in Canterbury, Windham, Connecticut. He died on August 14, 1841. He was married to Ruth HARRIS (daughter of Paul HARRIS and Mary HERRINGTON) on October 2, 1785. Ruth HARRIS was born on March 26, 1764 in Canterbury, Windham, Connecticut. She died on September 22, 1844. Josiah ROGERS and Ruth HARRIS had:
.....Ruby ROGERS who was born in Connecticut. She married Christopher MILLER about 1810. Christopher MILLER was born about 1785 in Washington, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania. He died on May 10, 1881. He has Ancestral File number AFN T97J-Q6. Ruby ROGERS and Christopher MILLER had:
..........Emily MILLER was born on November 11, 1811 in Washington, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania. She died on December 25, 1885. She has Ancestral File number AFN T97J-SJ. She married James HARRIS (son of William HARRIS and Eunice). James HARRIS was born in 1810 in Pennsylvania. He died in January 1893 in Forkston, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania. He has Ancestral File number AFN T97J-MN. Emily MILLER and James HARRIS had:
...............Marilla HARRIS was born in September 1852 in Forkston, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania. She died in Noxon, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania. She has Ancestral File number AFN T97J-P1. She married Michael MELODY on November 10, 1878 in Pennsylvania. Michael MELODY was born about 1848 in Ireland. He died about 1890. He has Ancestral File number T97H-Q2. Marilla HARRIS and Michael MELODY had:
....................Elgie MELODY was born on April 21, 1886 in Noxen, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania. She died in 1978 in Dallas, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. She was buried in 1978 in Orcutt Cemetery, Noxen, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania. She married Joseph Alven SHELLY (son of Uriah SHELLY and Susanna GEORGE) on August 14, 1905 in Tunkhannock, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania. Joseph Alven SHELLY was born on January 6, 1882 in Albrightsville, Carbon County, Pennsylvania. He died on June 2, 1969 in Dallas, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. He was buried in 1969 in Orcutt Cemetery, Noxen, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania. He had Social Security Number 206-10-3099. Elgie MELODY and Joseph Alven SHELLY had:
.........................Lillian SHELLY was born on May 13, 1911 in Noxen, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania. She died on January 6, 1997 in Dallas, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. She had Social Security Number 078-32-0243. She was buried in Orcutt Grove Cemetery, Noxen, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania, lot #328. She was married to Patrick TANSEY (son of Michael TANSEY and Margaret McManus) on September 28, 1930. Patrick TANSEY was born on April 4, 1904 in Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland. He died on December 14, 1968 in Buck Hill Falls, Pennsylvania. He had Social Security Number 080-10-0872. He is buried in Laurelwood Cemetery, Gates of Heaven section, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Lillian SHELLY and Patrick TANSEY had:
..............................Margaret Elgie TANSEY was born in White Plains, New York. She married Thomas Gerald BENTLEY (son of Floyd Richard BENTLEY and Anne Elizabeth SCOTT) on December 6, 1952 in Scarsdale, New York. Thomas Gerald BENTLEY was born in Watertown, New York. Margaret Elgie TANSEY and Thomas Gerald BENTLEY had:
...................................Richard Michael BENTLEY was in Bethesda, Maryland. He obtained a marriage license on November 12, 1980 in Granby, Massachusetts. He was married to Martha Louise MANGER (daughter of Martin Frederick MANGER and Hazel Florence TIEL) on November 22, 1980 in Northampton, Massachusetts. Martha Louise MANGER was born in Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. Richard Michael BENTLEY and Martha Louise MANGER had the following children:
........................................Katherine Erin BENTLEY
was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. She graduated in June 1999 from
Saucon Valley High School, Hellertown, Pennsylvania.
........................................Rebecca Faith BENTLEY was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. She expects to graduate in June 2003 from Saucon Valley High School, Hellertown, Pennsylvania.
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