Biography of George Rogers
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The subject of this memoir, George Rogers, was born in Palmyra, Wayne County, N. Y., June 7, 1829, and is a son of John and Mary (Mason) Rogers. The elder Rogers was known to all where he resided as honest John Rogers, which title was most worthily bestowed.

Having arrived at manhood’s estate, George decided to visit the West, and cast his lot with the enterprising people there to be found, and accordingly, in 1852, came to Michigan and for one year acted in the capacity of clerk at Coldwater, and then removed to Elkhart, Ind., where he clerked in the post office one year, and in.1854 moved on the farm of 165 acres in Mason, which he had purchased the year previous, and where he remained until his death, December 28, 1879. Not being a man of much physical strength, in addition to farming, which he conducted successfully, he devoted considerable attention to fire insurance, and, in the capacity of agent, insured nearly all the property in the southern portion of the county. He also purchased large quantities of fruit for shipment.

His business kept his time fully occupied, so that little attention was paid to politics, he affiliating with the Democratic party; still, he filled the office of Justice of the Peace two terms, Township Treasurer, etc. His public and private business was conducted in a manner to win the confidence and esteem of all, for the mantle of honesty worn by the father had descended to the son.

He was married October 1, 1854, to Elizabeth, daughter of Elias and Sarah (Frost) Manning, who was born in Miami County, Ohio, November 21, 1831, and who when two years old removed to Indiana with her parents.

Her father in the war of 1812 was under Gen. Harrison at the siege of Fort Wayne, and was pressed into the service to carry provisions at the time of Hull’s surrender at Detroit. Her grandfather, John, was one of the pioneers of Ohio, and built the first grist-mill where Cincinnati now stands, when a small huddle of houses constituted the embryo city. In 1798, he went to Piqua, Miami County, Ohio, where he built a grist-mill, and where his son Elias, the first white child in the county, was born.

William Frost left his native State, North Carolina, to escape the demoralizing effects of slavery, and when entering the now State of Ohio was obliged to cut his own roads through the almost impenetrable forests. Mrs. Rogers resides on the old homestead with her two sons, Manning E., born April 27, 1857, and Charles M., born September 28, 1862.

History of Cass Couny, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of some of it's Prominent Men and Pioneers.
Waterman, Watkins & Co., Chicago 1882.

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