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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Johnson County, Arkansas published by Southern Publishing Company in 1891.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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William R. Rogers is a well-known and successful planter of Johnson County, Ark., and by hard work and good management has become the owner of a fertile farm of 320 acres, 200 acres being under cultivation, one-half of which is river bottom land and very fertile. On this land he also has a good cotton-gin and grist-mill, the income from each being quite liberal. Mr. Rogers was born in this county on October 10, 1842, being a son of John and Elizabeth (Collier) Rogers, who were born in North Carolina and Dickson County, Tenn., October 4, 1805, and 1813, respectively, their marriage being consummated in Clarksville, Ark., in 1839. Five sons and two daughters were born to them: R. A., William R., John, Thomas H, Winfield S., Rebecca F. and Isabel. The mother of these children passed from life March 6, 1873, after which the father married Miss Salina Johnson, who had been previously married to William Collier, being at the time of her marriage to Mr. Rogers the widow of this gentleman, by whom she had become the mother of four children, two living: Rev. H. C. (a minister of the Christian Church, living in Sebastian County), and W. F. Collier (a farmer of Johnson County). Her union with Mr. Rogers was not blessed with any children, and of the latter’s family only R. A., William R. and W. S. are living, the latter being married to Rutilla Tigart, of Logan County, where he is engaged in farming. R. A. was married in February, 1868, to Miss Elizabeth Rogers, a daughter of Josiah Rogers, of Logan County. He is the owner of 440 acres of land in Prairie Township, Johnson County, but is employed as a clerk in the store of J. W. Mays of Clarksville, Ark. He and his wife have six children. William R. Rogers was married in 1887 to Mrs. M. J. Aggus, widow of Isaac Aggus, her maiden name being Alterson, and when she married Mr. Rogers she was the mother of two daughters: Mary and Maggie. She has one daughter by Mr. Rogers, Pearl. In July, 1862; Mr. Rogers enlisted in the Confederate Army, Company B, Col. Morgan’s regiment, and did service in his own State altogether, a portion of the time being under Gen. Price and the rest of the time under Gen. Cabel. In July, 1865, he was discharged at Little Rock, after which he returned to Johnson County, where he resumed the occupation of farming. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and besides being a liberal contributor to schools and churches he gives of his means to everything pertaining to the general welfare of Johnson County.

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This family biography is one of 65 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Johnson County, Arkansas published in 1891.  For the complete description, click here: Johnson County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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