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|Posted by: Mark Rodgers
on Feb 7 2014 18:22|
These Folks will rent it to you:
Built by Thomas Rodgers (1754-1839) about 1785. And still getting rave reviews!
This is Thomas Rodgers cabin after it was reconditioned by his descendants. (The white stone "addition" to the right was likely built after Thomas' death. It was a separate structure and didn't attach to the cabin until the recent renovation enclosed the few feet space between them.) The property has been owned by Thomas' descendants ever since his death.
My husband and I were lucky enough to stay a week at the Thomas Rodgers house. Although charmingly rustic on the outside, it is equipped with all the modern conveniences on the inside. The owners met us on our arrival and showed us about the place. It is obvious that they care mightily about the homestead. In addition, they provided us with hints on things we might be interested in seeing while we were there.
|Posted by: Mark Rodgers
on June 26 2012 14:46|
The 1,300 acre plantation was almost a village in itself, with a smokehouse, kitchen garden, laundry, dairy, pigpen, springhouse, barns, sheds, stables, a blacksmith shop, stockyard, farm manager’s home, quarters for 25 slaves, and a schoolhouse. Col. Hamilton Rogers built the home in 1830. Four of his sons enlisted in the Confederate Army and served with distinction; one son was killed at the battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, and a nephew rode with Mosby’s Rangers, and Rogers’ brother Asa was a general in the Confederate Army. All told, at least 12 Rogers men served the Confederacy. One evening in December of 1862, Hamilton and Mary Rogers entertained Gen. J.E.B. Stuart and his officers. It is said that a dashing young officer of the Confederacy asked Gen. Stuart permission that night to form a group of Rangers. His goal was to impede Union food and munitions shipments by using guerrilla tactics and the element of surprise. Some academians believe it was the first time in military history that such tactics became an accepted part of military strategy. The young officer was John Singleton Mosby, after whom the highway that runs by the front door of Oakham Plantation is named. He was a Virginian by birth and attorney by profession, and became known as the Grey Ghost of the Confederacy. Oakham stands apart from other plantations because unlike most old Middleburg properties that have been divided, subdivided, sold, and re-sold, it is still owned by the great-great-grandsons of Col. Hamilton Rogers.
Correction: as of June 2012 the original 15 room, 4 story main house, old school building and 'tenant' house on 100 acres is being sold for $3.5 million.
|Posted by: Mark Rodgers
on May 25 2012 16:53|
Third national flag ("the Blood Stained Banner")
Third National flag ("The Blood Stained Banner"
(since Mar 4, 1865)
The third national flag was adopted March 4, 1865. The red vertical stripe was proposed by Major Arthur L. Rogers, who argued that the pure white field of the second national flag could be mistaken as a flag of truce. When hanging limp in no wind, the flag's Southern Cross canton could accidentally stay hidden, so the flag could mistakenly appear all white.
Rogers lobbied successfully to have this alteration introduced in the Confederate Senate. He defended his redesign as having "as little as possible of the Yankee blue", and described it as symbolizing the primary origins of the people of the South, with the cross of England and the red bar from the flag of France.
The Flag Act of 1865 describes the flag in the following language: "The Congress of the Confederate States of America do enact, That the flag of the Confederate States shall be as follows: The width one half of its length, with the union (now used as the battle flag) to be in width three-fifths of the width of the flag, and so proportioned as to leave the length of the field on the side of the union twice the width of the field below it; to have the ground red and a broad blue saltire thereon, bordered with white and emblazoned with five pointed stars, corresponding in number to that of the Confederate States; the field to be white, except the outer half from the union to be a red bar extending the width of the flag."
|Posted by: Mark Rodgers
on Mar 2 2011 13:05|
Terry Irene Blain was lucky enough to grow up in a large Midwestern family with a rich oral tradition. As a child she heard stories of her ancestor's adventures with Indians, wild life and weather so naturally she gravitated to the study of history in college.
Her military service was as an electronic technician at Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego where she helped maintain the radio communication gear for both the Navy and the civilian Air Traffic Control Facility.
After the service, she used the GI bill to continue her education and received her Masters in History along with a second BA in European Studies which she used to teach US History and Western Civilization at the college level. Married to a sailor (now retired) for over thirty years, she's had the chance to live in various parts of the country and to travel to foreign places such as Hong Kong, Australia, England and Scotland.
Terry says: "My degrees in history and my teaching experience make me a natural to write historical romance. Writing historical romance gives me the opportunity to pass on stories of who we are and where we come from while exploring the relationship between men and women. What could be more fun than that?"
|Posted by: Mark Rodgers
on Feb 14 2011 17:40|
Mom’s Garage Remodel
(The Serendipity Cellar)
(somewhere between 1980 and 1988)
As you can see I’m a little fuzzy on the exact dates, but somewhere in the eighties Mom had this idea that the garage was just an under utilized piece of property. Her thought was to organize the bare essentials, and leave just a tiny bit of room for things like lawnmowers and garden tools, which would be accessed by the garage door. Surely it would be a breeze to construct a wall, finish it with drywall and cut a door through the back bedroom. Finish it all off with a coat of paint and bright lights and voila, she would have a decent workshop / craft area.
This was all revealed to me one night when I was over having dinner and sharing a cocktail with her. In true Tom Sawyer spirit, she was able to convince me, and my friend Tom (and subsequently brother Roger, and brother in law, Frank) that surely we had the necessary skill sets (and time) to complete this relatively simple weekend job.
God love her.
First, as any of you with a garage that you’ve owned for over 30 years, it holds a ton of stuff. Her plan was for us to have a garage sale to lighten the load, insist the children come pick up all their stuff that she had been storing, then move everything out, build a wall, and on the front of that wall build a floor to ceiling shelving rack. To maximize her soon-to-be workshop space, this new garage area would only be as deep as required for the garage door to open. So what’s that? – maybe 6 feet?
Originally, the rear of the garage had been built out with closets and big sliding boxes (think ‘morgue’) that held everything from camping equipment to Christmas decorations..so all of that had to be ripped out and disposed of. After figuring out our garage door opening, Tom and I set out to frame a wall, then built shelves. Now at least stuff could be inside and secured. We left a temporary opening between the two rooms to allow us to get material in and out, since we were most nervous about busting a hole from the garage into the house for a door. Spray painting the location of the opening was the easy part.
Weekend Three and Four
Now her remodel area was ready to clean up and drywall. Remember that unlock brother John, who now days is a craftsman and could have easily completed this in one day, Tom and I were learning by the sheet. Screwing the drywall up against the framed wall was pretty easy. But cutting all these custom pieces for the unfinished interior walls proved much slower and challenging. Then all the taping and mudding and sanding. I’m sure it took another weekend .
The unfinished interior roofline. Totally burned out on drywall, we convinced mom that a rustic open beam look would suit her. (she fell for that). However she wanted it sprayed black. Do you know how much black paint it takes to cover untreated 30 year old roofing material? Lots. I don’t know where the picture is of me after a day of spraying, but I was wearing a bandana over my head and mouth, and when I was done I looked like a raccoon.
‘Ceiling’ Painted, now to install some lighting and get on to priming and painting the drywall. The place is starting to look like a room! We started moving some furniture and stuff in. Ran some speaker wires from the stereo and felt pretty good. But what to do about the door.
The back bedroom which was adjacent to the garage/craft room had a sloping ceiling. So this meant that you couldn’t install a standard six foot door, so we did our best to measure and cut a standard door down. Ah, but they’re hollow. So after some swearing and another beer, we set upon gluing that little wooden block back into the top and bottom of the door so it would still be sturdy. I know what you are saying here, ‘there needs to be a fire rated door between the garage and the house.’ Well they just don’t make those in 5’5” heights. With incredible trepidation we busted a door size hole into the wall, framed it out with a header and whatever you call those side pieces and installed our second door. (The first one went into the space we had left open between the storage part of the garage and the craft area.) One final wall of drywall and some door moulding and paint and we we’re done!
|Posted by: Mark Rodgers
on Jan 23 2011 17:34|
Connett ancestors tried for treason and sold into slavery
In July of 1685 about 5,000 rebels, five of them Connetts, assembled on the field of Sedgemore to support James, the Duke of Monmouth. The Monmouth Rebellion was an attempt to overthrow James II, who had become King of England, at the death of his elder brother Charles II on 6 February 1685. James II was unpopular because he was Roman Catholicand many people were opposed to a papistking.
James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth, an illegitimate son of Charles II, claimed to be rightful heir to the throne and attempted to displace James II.
James, John, Matthew, Richard and Thomas Connett from Gittisham, Devonshire County joined up with fellow West County nonconformistartisans and farmer workers armed with farm tools (such as pitchforks) to join the rebellion.
The rebellion did not end so well for Monmouth and the West Country lads, they were defeated at the Battle of Sedgemoor on 6 July 1685. Monmouth was executed for treason on 15 July, and many of his supporters were executed or transported in the "Bloody Assizes" of Judge Jeffreys. The Autumn Azzizes on the Western Circuit were conducted by the country’s most brutal judge, Lord Chief Justice George, Baron Jeffreys of Wem.
Public hangings and the subsequent gruesome business of burning entrails, quartering the corpses, boiling them in salt and dipping them in tar for long-term exhibition were proceedings designed to strike awe into the West Country.
An alternative to hanging was transportation. A pleasant euphemism for slavery. Some of the rebels, John Connett being one, would be shipped for service in the colonies, and courtiers with business interests in the West Indies would make bids for them.
Here is the record of the Connett boys:
CONNETT, James, of Gittisham, ‘went to Monmouth and yet in rebellion’.
CONNETT, (Conant), John, of Gittisham, ‘trained soldier, went to Monmouth and yet in rebellion’; tried at Dorchester; sold to Sir Jerome Nipho, the Queens Italian Secretary, who sold him to William Marchant. Boarded the ship Betty to Barbados for ten years of service.
CONNETT, Matthew, of Gittisham, ‘went to Monmouth and yet in rebellion’.
CONNETT, Richard, of Gittisham, ‘trained soldier, went to Monmouth and yet in rebellion”
CONNETT, Thomas, presented at Exeter for ‘aiding and assisting James Scott’, convicted, ‘remaining in custody’; proposed for pardon, land forfet but not for sale; granted to Brent, Loder and Clarke. Pardon money to be kept by its recipient".
Sources: The Monmouth Rebels W.McD.Wigield 1985
A History and Genealogy of the Conant Family Frederick Odell Conant 1887
|Posted by: Mark Rodgers
on Dec 26 2010 17:54|
Daniel Connett (1813-1864)
Civil War Soldier / POW died at Camp Sumter
Daniel Connett died at the infamous confederate prisoner of war Camp Sumter, in Andersonville, GA. The story has it that Daniel signed up for service at the age of 50 after the death of his oldest son, John Free, also a soldier in the Civil War. John died in 1862 of injuries at the Confederate POW Camp Wycliff, KY.
The national park tells the tragic story of Civil War prisons in general, and what happened at Camp Sumter, the most deadly Civil War prison. On Oct. 27, 1863, U.S. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, at Gen. U.S. Grant's urging, halted the customary exchange of prisoners. Grant stopped exchanges because they helped the South, which was short on manpower. The numerically superior North could afford attrition. Neither side was prepared to house, feed and care for the growing population of prisoners, and this led to the building of Camp Sumter in early 1864 by the Confederacy to more securely house the growing number of Federal prisoners in and around Richmond, Virginia, which was close to the front lines. Camp Sumter confined more than 45,000 Union prisoners, of which more than 13,000 died from disease, poor sanitation, malnutrition, overcrowding, or exposure to the elements over the 14 months it was in operation. In the Federal prisons, the conditions were not much better, and by the end of the war, approximately 30,000 Union prisoners had died in Confederate camps and 25,000 Confederates had died in Union prisons.
Camp Sumter was a stockade fort, built roughly in the shape of a parallelogram, covering 26 and 1/2 acres. A 15-foot high fence of hewn pine logs, embedded six to eight feet in the ground, surrounded the prisoners, with sentry boxes, or "pigeon roosts" as prisoners called them, at 30-yard intervals. Approximately 19 feet inside the fence was the deadline, which the prisoners were forbidden to cross at the penalty of instant death. A muddy, shallow branch of Sweetwater Creek flowed through the yard, insufficiently supplying the water needs of the prisoners, and it was the source of much disease, as the Confederate latrine was located nearby outside the fence. Two gates were on the west side of the fort, and eight earthen forts with artillery surrounded the prison for the purpose of putting down uprisings on the inside or cavalry attacks from the outside.
Designed to hold 10,000 prisoners, the camp received its first shipment in February 1864. Prisoners continued to arrive by train at the Andersonville Depot, from where they would march 1/4 mile to the prison. During the next few months, approximately 400 prisoners arrived daily, swelling the population to more than 26,000 by the end of June and to more than 32,000 by August. Overcrowding was so severe that each man had less than four square yards of living space. Every tree was felled except two, leaving the prisoners with no protection from the elements, except for their rude shanty tents. The men were issued no clothing, so with freezing winter temperatures and hot summer temperatures, the men's clothing rotted away, leaving some men naked to the elements.
Worst was the lack of sanitation. The men were served by a small, muddy creek which became "a mass of liquid excrement" as it was used as a latrine outside the stockade by guards and inside the stockade by prisoners, who were more and more stricken with dysentery. Flies and maggots swarmed over the entire area, spreading disease which claimed the lives of up to 127 men a day. As the War produced deteriorating conditions in the South, prison officials had difficulty getting food to the camp due to transportation difficulties and a lack of resources. They often served unbolted corn, which acted like broken glass on the prisoners' deteriorated digestive systems. "Since the day I was born," said one prisoner, "I've never seen such misery." Wrote Father Hamilton of Macon, "I found the stockade extremely filthy; the men all huddled together and covered with vermin ... I found the Hospital almost as crowded as the stockade. The men were dying there very rapidly from scurvy ... diarrhea and dysentery ... they were not only covered with the ordinary vermin but also maggots ... they had nothing under them at all except the ground." Wrote Eliza Andrews of Washington, Georgia: "It is dreadful. My heart aches for the poor wretches, Yankees though they are, and I am afraid God will suffer some terrible retribution to fall upon us for letting such things happen. If the Yankees ever should come to southwest Georgia and go to Ander-sonville and see the graves there, God have mercy on the land!"
When Union Gen. W.T. Sherman captured Atlanta on Sept. 2, 1864, his cavalry troops were within easy striking distance, threatening Camp Sumter. This started the period of decline in importance of the camp, as prisoners were shipped out to South Carolina and coastal Georgia. The prison ceased to exist at the end of the war in May of 1865, and the camp's commandant Capt. Henry Wirz, was arrested and charged with conspiring with high Confederate officials to "impair and injure the health and destroy the lives ... of Federal prisoners" and "murder, in violation of the laws of war." A conspiracy never existed, but public anger in the North demanded retribution. Wirz was tried and found guilty by a military tribunal in Washington, D.C., and hanged. His arrest, trial, conviction and execution at the first war crimes trial remains controversial to this day.
In July and August of 1865, Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, along with a detachment of laborers and soldiers and Dorence Atwater, came to Andersonville to identify and mark the graves of the Union dead. In one of the more extraordinary acts of the war, Atwater, while prisoner, was assigned to record the names of deceased prisoners for Confederate officials. Fearing the loss of the records at the end of the war, Atwater secretly made a duplicate copy of his list and hid it in his coat lining, hoping to notify the relatives of the more than 12,000 dead. Thanks to Atwater's daring act, only 460 of the 12,912 Andersonville graves had to be marked "unknown U.S. soldier." On August 17, 1865, an American flag was raised over the newly established Andersonville National Cemetery.
The Civil War in Georgia, An Illustrated Travelers Guide
Richard J. Lentz
|Posted by: Mark Rodgers
on Apr 24 2009 21:01|
I got my paternal DNA tested. Not enough to tell people that I have blue eyes, blond hair or get convicted of some crime. It's genealogy DNA testing; and only testing Paternal Markers. All men have an X chromosome from mothers and a Y chromosome that passes essentially unchanged from father to son, making it ideal for tracing paternal leaneage.
So my markers then are identical to Dads, and his brothers, (and their sons) his dad; Ralph William Rodgers Sr., William Baird Rodgers, Randolph Rodgers ..you get the idea. And, I have the same paternal markers going the other direction - Vince, Roger, John, Kevin, Kenneth, Mathew, Beau and Cole. ...and their sons as well. Crazy huh?
We belong to haplogroup R1b, The Artisans, (who could have guessed) who first arrived in Europe from west Asia about 35,000- 40,000 years ago at the dawning of the Aurignacian culture. This cultural was remarkable for its subtle yet significant technological progress, like the shift from random flint collection to the use of a single stone core to shape flint tools as needed. Aurignacian decorative beads and jewelry could also be the first sign we have of the uniquely human quality of self-awareness and adornment. Additionally, some anthropologists believe that the Aurignacian culture was the first to paint. Either way, the people of this time period left behind fascinating cave paintings in France, Spain and Portugal.
Other experts believe that the Perigordian culture was prevalent at the time when the Artisans first arrived in Europe. This culture distinguished itself with different technological advances, such as denticulate tools with saw-tooth notches for cutting meat or wood and for smoothing and polishing.
About 70% of individuals currently residing in southern England are members of the Artisans. Other members can be found at high rates in the modern day populations of Spain, Portugal, France, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Based on this observation and other archeological and historical information, it is likely that your ancient ancestors also populated these areas. The Artisans include a genetic group known as the Atlantic Modal Haplotype (AMH), which features greatly among the Irish and Welsh populations.
...That might be more DNA dish than you ever thought you wanted, but if you wanna check out the actual stats..click on "view the whole article" and then the pdf file icon located to the right to check out our (the guys) actual markers. Mine is the first in the list.
And there is an actual website called www.rogersdna.com where various Rogers/Rodgers in search of answers have posted their details.
(so if you're still in school and need some extra credit for that science class, trot out this story about how dialed in you are about your Paternal DNA and I guarantee a better grade, I can guarantee that there isn't another kid in your class that knows his paternal dna markers)
|Posted by: Mark Rodgers
on Mar 16 2009 00:10|
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