Biography of Edwin D. Rogers
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Rogers, Edwin D., was born in the town of Berlin, January 13, 1856. He is a son of Joseph Davis Rogers, who was born in the town of Grafton, September, 1810, and he a son of Rev. Joseph Rogers. Joseph D., the father of Edwin D., was a carpenter and painter, which trades he followed for many years; he was a first class mechanic, active and energetic, and in his later years he ran a grist mill; his wife was Minerva Godfrey, who was born in Berlin in 1822, daughter of Captain Robert and Hannah (Lewis) Godfrey. Their children are Mrs. Saturna Wrenn and Edwin D. He died in February, 1885, and his wife survives him and resides with her children. Her father, Captain Robert Godfrey, was born in Rhode Island, in October, 1779, and died in July, 1830; he came with his parents to Berlin in 1791, and reared three sons and four daughters, and was a soldier in the war of 1812. Edwin D. Rogers received his education in the common schools of Berlin; he followed carpentering with his father and worked at his father's mill until 1884, when he embarked in the meat business in Berlin. This business he carried on for nine years, when he sold out and engaged in the baking business which he now conducts. It is the first and only bakery, with the exception of one conducted here for two years, ever established in Berlin. He has been three times elected commissioner of the highways and is at present filling that office, and is a member of the Berlin Chess Club. In 1883 he married Miss Carrie A. Bonesteel of Troy, daughter of Frank and Eliza M. Bonesteel. Their children are Frank D., born September 27, 1884, and Fred B., born August 3, 1886.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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