Philip Rogers

Philip Rogers was born in the weeks prior to 02 Mar 1827 in Caverswall, Staffordshire, England. His parents were Philip Rogers and wife Elizabeth Smith.

The family lived at the Cookshill Mill on Mill Close Road in Caverswall where his father was a Miller turning grain into ground meal or flour for local farmers.A The community would have been dependent on Philip as flour was an integral part of baking bread, a staple part of the diet, and meal was the primary food of livestock.

The younger Philip grew up with 2 older sisters, Ann (1821) and Hannah (1824), 2 younger brothers, James (1829) and George (1831), and a younger sister Jane (1833). He also had three half-siblings James, William and Thomas, but they did not come along until well after Philip married and left the house.

Sometime in Philip's early years (between 1834-1841), his family relocated from the town of Caverswall to Moddershall, which sits in the Liberty of Kibblestone, roughly 5 miles south. It is here, where by 1841, his father was operating the Boar Inn and Mill (otherwise known as the Modershall Mill).

On 28 May 1851, Philip Rogers married Elizabeth Anne Salmon in Christ Church in Stone, Staffordshire, England. (Elizabeth's Hobbergate Farm at Oulton Heath is only located about roughly 2000 feet from Philip's Splashy Mill at the west end of Moddershall. Both are about 2 miles north of Stone.)

The family moved to the New Inn Mill on New Inn Lane in Trentham, Staffordshire where Phillip found work as a Corn Miller until his untimely death on 23 Nov 1865 at the age of 38. (Philip Rogers, Stone, Vol 6b, p 26)

Philip was buried 2 days later on the 25 Nov 1865.

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Elizabeth was born the 14 Mar 1827 to parents John Salmon, a farmer, and Ann Birks at Knenhall Farm in Stone, Staffordshire (which is just north of Moddershall). She was baptized on the 14 Mar at Saint Michael's Church in Stone.

Elizabeth grew up the 2nd eldest child with 5 brothers and one sister. Her older brother John came before her and she was followed by sister Martha, and brothers George, Henry, Charles and Samuel.

By 1841 the family is officially listed at Hobbergate Farm on Old Road just north of Oulton Heath (2 miles north of Stone).

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In what undoubtedly would have been an extremely traumatic time, on 10 Oct 1865, son Thomas died for reasons unknown. Then, on the 23 Nov, Philip passed away, from diphtheria (received certificate). This was followed two days later by son Joseph Frederick's untimely death. Within a span of two and a half months, a family of ten was cut to seven, leaving widowed mother Elizabeth to pick up the pieces and carry on.

It seems Elizabeth did just that, because on the 1871 census Elizabeth is operating the New Inn Mill herself and is listed as a farmer & miller of 28 acres employing 1 man (likely as a farm hand) and ten years later in 1881 farming 38 acres employing 2 men.

Elizabeth was again noted as living at New Inn Lane in 1891 at the age of 64.

Elizabeth supposedly passed away in Feb 1900, but currently the exact date, reasons, and location are unknown. (request certificate)

FATHER:

Philip Rogers, bef May 1798 - bef 8 Aug 1884

MOTHER:

Elizabeth Smith, 1789 - 1854

SPOUSE:

Elizabeth Anne Salmon, bef 14 Mar 1827 - bef 6 Mar 1900

CHILDREN:

  1. Elizabeth Anne Rogers, Nov 1851 - ?
  2. George Rogers, bef 27 Mar 1853 - 1893
  3. Philip Rogers, bef 27 May 1855 - 04 Sep 1931
  4. Samuel John Rogers Sr., 28 Dec 1856 - 22 Nov 1930
  5. Lucy Jane Rogers, Jun 1859 - 08 Jan 1939
  6. Thomas Rogers, bef 10 Aug 1860 - 10 Oct 1865
  7. Joseph Frederick Rogers, Apr 1864 - 25 Nov 1865
  8. Thomas Philip Rogers, Sep 1866 – 1960

Footnotes: 

A While Philip's birth date is not mentioned in the baptism notes, when the date of birth is recorded, it's generally within a few short weeks of the child's baptism.

B While cloth and saw miller were other professions, its most likely that Philip was a corn miller as his son Philip Jr was a corn miller and would have most likely continued the tradition, apprenticing in his father's footsteps.

C While the mill was retired in the 1950s and later demolished in 1965, the Boar Inn and pub still remains at the heart of the village of Moddershall. So much so, that the main photo of Moddershall on the village's Wikipedia page is a photo of the Boar Inn. The Inn sits on the lake the mill drew it's power from and is accented with a garden & duck pond out front.

D While I haven't recovered the death records of Philip's children Thomas and Joseph, based on how highly contagious diphtheria can be, it's likely the death of all 3 family members in 1865 was related to diphtheria.

Unanswered Questions: 

Are there any records that could point to a more accurate time of arrival in Moddershall than between 1834-1841?

Locations / Farms

Sources:

1 John W Winkler, "Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953"; "Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X643-XFC : accessed 07 Feb 2014), John W Winkler, 18 Mar 1913; citing Wayne, Ohio, reference fn 19118; FHL microfilm 1953602.