George Ellis Rogers (b. 1880)


Genealogical and Personal History of the Upper Monongahela Valley West Virginia
By James Morton Callahan
Professor of History, West Virginia University
New York, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1912
Volume III, Pages 1042-1044

ROGERS. This is another of the Virginia families who for many years have performed their part in the development of West Virginia. The grandfather of George Ellis Rogers, of Clarksburg, was William Rogers, who was by occupation a miller and a farmer in Taylor county the greater portion of his life. He was born January 1, 1801, died, 1867, and married Mildred Timmons, by whom the following children were born: Ezekiel, John, Thomas, W. Lemuel, Katherine, Ella and Eva (twins), Jane (Lucy Anne), Drusilla, Pamelia.

(II) Thomas, son of William and Mildred (Timmons) Rogers, was born in Taylor county, Virginia, near the town of Grafton, in 1835, and is still (1912) living at Grafton, where he has been engaged in mercantile business. His brother was in the confederate army, was wounded at battle of Bull Run, but he being a miller, was exempt from military duty, under the rules of the Confederacy. In politics he is a Democrat, and in church faith is of the Baptist denomination. He married Virginia Courtney, born in East Virginia, and died in 1904 aged fifty-four years. There were seven sons and four daughters, as follows: William; daughter died in childhood; Andrew J., born 1863, is an oil well contractor at Clarksburg; Sarah, (Mrs. Riggleman), born 1865, lives in Grafton; David Melvin, born 1867, lives at Redland, California; Mrs. Otera Adams, born 1869, of Redland, California; John H., born 1873, a liveryman at Rowlesburg; Rosa E. (Mrs. Lake), born 1874, lives in Redland, California; Robert E., born 1876, resides Tacoma, Washington; George Ellis, of whom further; Harry Cleveland, born 1886, resides at Redland, California.

(III) George Ellis, son of Thomas and Virginia (Courtney) Rogers, was born in Taylor county, West Virginia, on his father's farm, near Grafton, October 9, 1880. After receiving a common school education he attended Elliott's Commercial College at Fairmont, West Virginia. He commenced business for himself in partnership with his father, Thomas Rogers, in a general merchandise and milling business, both wholesale and retail, at Rowlesburg, Preston county, West Virginia, in 1902, and this continued for eight years, when he became president of the First National Bank of Rowlesburg, which position he held two years. In 1910, in the month of April, he established his present grocery business, which in April, 1911, became the firm of Rogers & Patterson, and is now doing an extensive business. Mr. Rogers is also engaged in the merchandise brokerage business, associated with Charles C. Scott, rooms 320-21, Goff building, also offices at Cumberland, Maryland. He is secretary and treasurer of the Rowlesburg Telephone Company, of which he was one of the promoters and organizers. Politically Mr. Rogers is a Democrat. He belongs to the Masonic lodge and has taken all thirty-two degrees in this ancient and honorable fraternity. He is a Baptist.

He married, August 4, 1907, Margaret Cornell, a native of Rowlesburg, born 1888, daughter of Jacob Cornell, who died in 1907, aged sixty years; he was a locomotive engineer, and was born near Parkersburg, West Virginia. He married Mary E. Pierce, a native of Parkersburg. Mr. and Mrs. Rogers have one child: Virginia May, born August 4, 1908.

Additional Information

1900 Census, Taylor WV; Fetterman District; ED:127, Sheet 11B
Lines 64-67; Enum-Dwelling #220; Enum-Family #224
ROGERS, Thomas (head) born Sep-1836, age 63; mar-40yrs; WV-Md-Va; Farmer; owns farm, free-of-mortgage
", Virginia (wife) born Apr-1840, age 59; 11-children / 9-living; WV-Va-Va
", George (son) born Oct-1880, age 19; WV-WV-Va; Farm Laborer
", Harry (son) born Aug-1886, age 13; WV-WV-Va; Farm Laborer


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