Biography - Oscar F. Rogers

OSCAR F. ROGERS, a farmer and stockraiser residing on section 20, Oconee Township, Shelby County, was born in Hamilton Square, Mercer County, N. J., March 6, 1826. The same county was the birthplace of his father, Jacob Rogers, and his mother, whose maiden name was Sarah Wall, was born in that State and grew from early childhood in Mercer County. There were five brothers and six sisters, of whom Oscar was the eldest. Following him came Ferdinand, who resides at Hamilton Square, N. J., and is engaged in the manufacture of rubber goods; Ezekiel and Humphrey (twins), both living in Monmouth, N. J.; Amanda, now Mrs. Gordon, residing in Mercer County; Anna E., the widow of Charles Cole, residing in Windsor; Jacob, living in Mercer County; George, was a member of the First Louisiana Cavalry in the Confederate army, and died during the Civil War; Phoebe, was twice married, her present husband being Mr. Johnson, of Pemberton, N. J.; Edith, wife of John Tyndall, residing at Windsor, N. J.; and Mary, who is unmarried and resides in New York City.

Oscar F. Rogers and Mary J. Allen were united in the holy bonds of matrimony December 27, 1849. She was born in Mercer County, December 14, 1832, and of her family there were three — Harris, Mrs. Rogers and Margaret. Her brother and sister make their homes at Princeville and Asbury Park, N. J. Mr. Rogers came to Oconee Township in the spring of 1857, and buying one hundred and twenty acres of land, engaged in farming, which has been his principal occupation through life, although he has also found opportunities for considerable dealings in real estate in connection with his farming for the last seventeen years.

To Mr. and Mrs. Rogers seven children were born, three of whom are now living. Their eldest, Elvina, who was born in New Jersey, married Mr. Wesley T. Elliott and resides at Oconee, Ill., with her husband and nine children; Adelaide was born in New Jersey and died in that State when about two years old, as did also Harris. Allen married Addie Hamlin and resides on a farm in Oconee Township, where he was born, with his wife and one child. Mary passed away when she was a lovely girl of thirteen summers, and Frank died in childhood; Bert is unmarried and lives at home. The parents of this family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Oconee.

The Civil War called our subject to the defense of his country and enlisted m Company H, Fifty-third Illinois Infantry, and was assigned to duty in the Seventeenth Army Corps, serving under Gen. Sherman. This was one of those sad cases of brother being arrayed against brother, as our subject was in the Union Army and his brother George in the Confederate service. He passed through many hardships and dangers, but lived to return to his rejoicing household. He has connected himself prominently with the Grand Army of the Republic and belongs to Coplin Post. No. 168, at Oconee. He takes an active part in political affairs and thoroughly endorses the party which made so noble a record as the stanch supporter of the administration during the Civil War. His neighbors, who appreciate his many excellent qualities and believe heartily in his integrity and good judgment, have placed him in the offices of School Trustee and Tax Collector. He has two hundred acres of finely improved land within sight of the village of Oconee, and upon it he is content to pass the remainder of his days, surrounded by his affectionate children.

Extracted 09 Apr 2018 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, pages 492-493.

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