Biography of Merritt J. Rogers
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Merritt J. Rogers, who lives retired at Sullivan, was born in Sullivan Township, Ashland County, Sept. 1, 1850, the son of Nathan P. and Poulina P. (Park) Rogers.

Nathan P. Rogers was born in Chenango County, N. Y., as was his wife. About 1836 they came to Ohio and settled at Sullivan, where Mr. Rogers followed his trade as a hatter for several years. He then purchased a farm two miles north of Sullivan and seven years later purchased the present Rogers homestead just south of Sullivan, where he spent thirty years. He died in 1889, and his wife died in 1882. Both are buried at Sullivan. In early life Mr. Rogers was a Whig and later a Republican. Both he and his wife held membership in the Baptist Church of Sullivan, in which he served as deacon for forty years. To Mr. and Mrs. Rogers were born nine children, as follows: Henry M., who died in 1920; Edgar L., who died in 1925; F. Delia, born Oct. 11, 1839, recently celebrated her 91st birthday, and lives at Sullivan; Alcetta M., who died in 1915, was the wife of M. L. Sage; Theodore J., who died in 1915; Royce N., who died in 1909; Carrie P. Safford, deceased; Merritt 3., the subject of this sketch; and Arthur A., who died in 1920. All the members of this family attained the age of at least 70 years.

Merritt J. Rogers attended the public schools of Sullivan and Savannah Academy. He was a teacher in the schools of Ashland County for ten years, and after his marriage in 1876 removed to Cleveland, where he spent five years in the employ of the Big Four Railroad. He then traveled for 20 years, after which he purchased his present home and returned to Sullivan.

Mr. Rogers was married (first) May 28, 1876, to Miss Fannie L. Mann, of Sullivan, the daughter of Parmely and Rosetta Mann, who were members of a prominent pioneer family of Ashland County. To this union were born two children: 1. Carrie L., born at Sullivan, March 26, 1878, married C. E. Daniels, and lives at Madison, Wis. They have two children, Parmely C. and Eleanor L. The latter married W. Walker and lives in Cairo, Egypt. 2. Howard M., who died in 1906.

In 1904 Mr. Rogers was married (second) to Ida (Cutler) Smith, the daughter of Asa and Harriet I. (Galpin) Cutler, both deceased.

Mr. Rogers is a Republican in politics and is serving his sixth successive term as clerk of Sullivan Township. He has also been justice of the peace and is a notary public. Both he and his wife are members of the Christian Church.

From:
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931


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