Biography - Charles Rogers

CHARLES A. ROGERS. Litchfield is the residence city of many of the wealthy retired agriculturists who are exempt from active participation in farm interests by virtue of years and accumulated results of the toil of those years. Of these our subject was one, and his experience as a farmer was such as to enable him to spend his later years in comfort and elegance, as one of the most prominent citizens of Litchfield. In his death, which occurred September 8, 1892, the county lost one of its noblest citizens and most upright men.
Our subject was born in Monmouth County, N. J., November 4, 1829. He was a son of William H. and Anna (Pryne) Rogers. The former had adopted farming as his calling, and located about one and one-half miles north of Jerseyville in 1829. About 1852, he removed to Macoupin County, just north of Bunker Hill, and continued to reside there until the time of his death.
Charles Rogers was sent to school near Jerseyville, and his knowledge of the "rule of three," Murray and Webster were acquired in a log schoolhouse, where, although the methods of teaching were primitive, loyal American citizens were turned out after finishing their course. He remained with his father until of age, and September 30, 1856, took upon himself the obligations of married life, his bride being Miss Edith E. Sinclair. During the early part of the following year, the young couple came to Zanesville Township, and there purchased a farm comprising eighty acres of prairie land. From time to time they added to this original holding until they possessed three hundred acres. This was cultivated and improved with a good class of buildings, and made for the family a comfortable home until February, 1888, when our subject removed to Litchfield, having purchased a site for a home in the northeastern portion of the town, on the corner of Walnut and Taylor Streets. Here he built a fine residence, which is now the family home, and from the rental of the farm they derive a handsome income.
Mrs. Rogers is a native of Greene County, Ill., and was born December 18, 1836. She is a daughter of J. and Rebecca (Parks) Sinclair. The former was a native of Tennessee. Our subject and his wife are the parents of one daughter, Rebecca, now the wife of E. W. Gore. They reside in Litchfield, and have one daughter, who is named Edith E. Mr. Rogers was a stanch Republican, ready to do anything in his power to support the principles of his party. He was one of the honorable and honored men of his county, and his death is counted a public loss.

Extracted 04 Dec 2016 by Norma Hass from 1892 Portrait and Biographical Record of Montgomery and Bond Counties, Illinois, pages 217-218.

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