Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thomas Rogers of the Mayflower

Mayflower passengers Thomas Rogers (1571-1621) and his son Joseph Rogers (1603-1677) are my 11th and 10th great grandfathers, respectively.

Thomas and his family were Leiden separatists originally from Watford England, who had moved to Holland in protest of the Anglican Church.

While Thomas died that first winter in Plymouth (as did over half the passengers), his son Joseph lived on and was a founding member of Eastham and Barnstable, Massachusetts.

The Mayflower Families Through Five Generations volumes show that a Patience Phinney, fifth generation descendant of Thomas Rogers, married an Ebenezer Holmes.  This Ebenezer Holmes is accepted by the Mayflower Society to be the same that lived in Plymouth and who fathered Jeremiah Holmes (1729-1790).  Jeremiah's son, Jeremiah Holmes, Jr., moved north to Winterport Maine (then part of Frankfort) with wife Nancy Robinson, and were early settlers of Hancock County Maine.  Their granddaughter, Harriet Holmes-Morgan, was my 3rd great grandmother and her family can be read about in more detail here.

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