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Mary ROGERS (1736-1820)

Quick Facts

3 Aug 1736 - Methuen, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
James Jacob ROGERS and Mary McFATRIDGE
Hugh MILLER circa 1750
  • Hannah Miller (12 Aug 1752 - )
  • Robert Miller (1758 - 1809)
  • Mary Miller (1760 - 1830)
  • Samuel Rogers Miller (Abt 1761 - 1837)
  • Catherine Miller (Abt 1762 - )
  • James Miller (Abt 1765 - 24 Apr 1827)
  • Daniel Miller (Abt 1766 - )
  • Amy Miller (Abt 1768 - )
  • Ruth Miller (Abt 1770 - )
  • Jacob Miller (12 Jul 1773 - )
1820 Richford, Vermont, USA at age 84
1820 beside her husband on a hill on their property, Richford, Vermont, USA


General Notes

Noted events in her life were:

  • She resided in Dunbarton, New Hampshire, in 1739.

Adventures of Mary ROGERS


from A History of Bradford, Vermont

Both Wait's River and the Connecticut, annually, and occasionally more than once in a year, by reason of heavy rains, aided, especially in Spring time, by dissolving snow, rise astonishingly, and extensively overlfow the low lands through which they pass; sometimes to a great depth. The general effect, like the periodical overflowings of the Nile, is to enrich the soil, and render it more productive. But, on various occasions, bridges and mill dams, great quantities of valuable lumber, and the rich productions of the grass and grain and corn fields, to the bitter disappointment of their owners, have been swept away; and even the courses of the streams essentially changed, by cutting off the soil from one side, and leaving it somewhere below, on the other. Events of unique and thrilling description have occasionally been experienced, or witnessed, on some of these occasions.

The Rev. Grant Powers, in his history of the Coos country, says he had the following account from a Mr. Wallace, of Thetford, who, at the time the great freshet of 1771 occurred, was in Bradford, and personally concerned in the adventure related. This freshet was remarkably destructive. "Wallace went to the relief of a family in Bradford, who lived on the place now owned by Mr. Hunkins. It was the family of Hugh Miller. His wife was the sister of the far famed Robert Rogers, the hero of St. Francois. When Wallace reached this habitation" --which stood in the meadow--"he rowed his canoe into the house, as far as the width of the house would receive it, took the family from the bed whereon they stood, and bore them to a place of safety. But Mrs. Miller, the next day, seeing their sheep standing on a small eminence in the meadow, surrounded by water, her husband being absent, resolved on rescuing them from their perilous situation. She pressed into her service a young man by the name of George Binfield"--probably Banfield>--"and they took a canoe and set sail for the sheep. They reached the place, caught the sheep, tied their legs, placed them on board, and set out on their return voyage for the high lands; but when they came into a strong current, they were carried down stream until the canoe struck a pine stub, and was capsized! All were precipitated into the water, of the depth of ten feet. When our heroine arose, and her companion in adventure, they caught hold of a stub, standing about five feet out of the water, and maintained their grasp until another boat was obtained and they were liberated from their perilous situation; but the wrecked canoe and sheep were never heard from more. From this time the people sought more elevated situations for their habitations."

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Source Citations

  1. A History of Bradford Vermont, containing some account of the place--of its first settlement in 1765, and the principal improvements made, and events which have occurred down to 1874--a period of one hundred and nine years. By Rev. Silas McKeen, D.D., Montpelier, Vt., J.D. Clark & Son, Publishers, 1875., pages 48-49
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