Harper Rogers
Harper Rogers

Information on this page is from History of Rensselaer Co., New York by Nathaniel Bartlett Sylvester, published in 1880.

HARPER ROGERS, son of Harper and Mercy Rogers, was born in Rhode Island, March 19, 1764, and removed to Washington Co., N. Y., previous to the Revolutionary war, in company with his parents. He was reared on the farm, which honorable business was his chief occupation through life. He married Susan, daughter of Daniel and Delia Barber, Jan. 19, 1786. Mrs. Rogers was born in Rhode Island, March 30, 1764. Of this union six children were born, viz.: Betsey, Oct. 6, 1786; Delia, May 3, 1789; Harper J., Sept. 18, 1798; Betsey (2d), Dec. 31, 1800; Geo. W., March 25, 1803; and Sabrina M., Aug. 7, 1806.

Of this large pioneer family, only the youngest daughter, Sabrina M., is now living. Mr. Rogers and wife settled in the town of Hoosick in 1786, and lived upon the place now owned by his youngest daughter nearly his entire life.

He was a large and influential farmer, and was a man respected by his neighbors. Mrs. Rogers was a member of the Baptist Church, and Mr. Rogers was an attendant of the same. In politics Mr. Rogers was a Whig, and at one time represented his town in the State Legislature.

He lived to a ripe old age, and died April 26, 1850. Mrs. Rogers died April 4, 1845, and both were buried in the Mapletown Cemetery, one an one-half miles east of Hoosick.

Miss Sabrina M. Rogers is now well advanced in life, being seventy-three years of age. She never had very good advantages for an education, but her love for books and a deep desire for knowledge have given her a good store of useful information. She is now hale and hearty, and greatly enjoys the society of others. To her is due the credit for the insertion of the portraits of her parents, in memory of them.

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