John Rogerson and Elizabeth Hendry.

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John Rogerson parentage and his brothers & sisters - Headstone Johnstone parish church.

John Rogerson was born 21 April 1821, the son of what would seem to have been a moderately well-to-do Dumfries-shire family. According to details taken from the family grave in Johnston Parish Church graveyard at Johnston Bridge, his father was James Rogerson, born circa 1792, who died at Skemrigg on 10 March 1869 aged 77, and his mother Mary Johnstone, born circa 1789, who died at Johnstone Mills on 10th March 1828 aged 39. He had at least one full brother, James, born circa 1826, who died in Glasgow on 21st October 1869, aged 43, and two half-brothers, Robert, born circa 1838, who died at Johnstone Mills 7th August 1848 aged 10, and Hugh Douglas, born circa 1841, who died at Buckrigg on 18th May 1899 aged 58. These two half-brothers were the off-spring of his father's second marriage to a Jean Boyes, born circa 1809, who died on 21st April 1884 aged 75.

The headstone over the family grave in Johnston Parish Church graveyard is flanked by the family graves of the brothers of James Rogerson, (the father).

John Rogerson is recorded in the Glasgow Street Directories as resident in Glasgow from at least 1854 onwards.

John Rogerson after the death of Elizabeth Hendry - his 1st wife.

After the death of his wife Elizabeth Hendry, John Rogerson moved to Bothwell, (circa 1866), and whilst resident there he married Agnes Anderson. By the census of 1871 he and Agnes had had two children, Mary Anderson, born circa 1866, and James Paton, born circa 1868. The son's middle name of Paton was a reference to the firm which John Rogerson worked for, or may have been a partner in, "Alex. Paton & Co".

1871 Census (3rd April) Bothwell (625-1) Book 1? Page

Ashfield House, Ashfield Crescent, Bothwell.

Name

Relationship

Age

Occupation

Where Born

John Rogerson

Head

50

Wholesale warehouseman employing 12 men in Glasgow

Johnston, Dumfries-shire

Agnes

Wife

36

 

Glasgow,Lanarkshire

Mary A.

Daughter

5

 

Glasgow,Lanarkshire

James P.

Son

3

 

Glasgow, Lanarkshire

Euphemia Hynd

Servant

25

Servant

Fordell, Fifeshire

Agnes Coulter

Servant

34

Servant

Saltcoats, Ayrshire

John Rogerson and Agnes Anderson had a further two children, John born circa 1875, and Agnes Kennedy born in August 1879.

Sadly John Rogerson died on 14th April 1879, aged 58, only three years after the birth of this fourth child. He was buried three days later alongside his first wife, Elizabeth Hendry in the Glasgow Necropolis., although his death is recorded on the headstone of the family grave in Johnston Parish Church graveyard at Johnston Bridge.

Inscription on Rogerson headstone

Johnston parish church graveyard

Johnston Bridge.

IN MEMORY OF
MARY JOHNSTON SPOUSE TO
JAMES ROGERSON IN JOHNSTON MILLS
WHO DIED MARCH THE 10th 1828
AGED 39 YEARS ALSO
ROBERT SON OF THE ABOVE JAMES
ROGERSON AND JEAN BOYES WHO
DIED AT JOHNSTON MILLS AUGt THE 7th
1848 AGED 10 YEARS ALSO THE ABOVE
JAMES ROGERSON WHO DIED AT SKEMRIGG
10th MARCH 1869 AGED 77 YEARS ALSO
JAMES HIS SON WHO DIED AT GLASGOW
21 OCT 1869 AGED 43 YEARS ALSO JOHN
HIS SON MERCHANT GLASGOW WHO DIED
AT ASHFIELD BOTHWELL 14th APRIL 1879
AGED 58 YEARS ALSO THE ABOVE JEAN BOYES
WHO DIED 21st APRIL APRIL 1884 AGED 75 YEARS
ALSO HUGH DOUGLAS ROGERSON SON OF
THE ABOVE JAMES ROGERSON WHO DIED AT
BUCKRIGG 18th MAY 1899 AGED 58 YEARS

This grave is surrounded by a number of other headstones, which would seen to be the final resting places of the brothers of the James Rogerson, (the elder), commerated on this headstone.

There is also, in the top left hand corner of the graveyard, a substantial burial plot, with a most imposing memorial/headstone, commerating another family of Rogersons. These were obviously important and "well to do folk", but whether related to our John Rogerson is not known.

His estate was valued at 9,338 4s. 11d., not a poor man.

His youngest daughter outlived her father by just under two years, dying on 24th February 1881, aged only 4 years and 6 months, and was buried in the family lair in the Necropolis on 26th February.

At the time of her youngest child's death Agnes Anderson, John Rogerson's widow, was probably living at 14 Kersland Street, Hillhead, Glasgow, as it is there that she is found along with her three remaining children, for the census of 4th April of that year

1881 Census (5th April) Glasgow (646-2) Book 31? Page

14 Kersland Terrace, Hillhead, Glasgow.

Name

Relationship

Age

Occupation

Where Born

Agnes Rogerson

Widow

46

 

Glasgow, Lanarkshire

Mary

Daughter

15

Scholar

Bothwell, Lanarkshire

James

Son

13

Scholar

Bothwell, Lanarkshire

John

Son

6

Scholar

Bothwell, Lanarkshire

Jessie Calderwood

Servant

34

Servant

Glasgow, Lanarkshire

Mary I. Finlay

Servant

16

Servant

Glasgow, Lanarkshire

Agnes Anderson died on 1 November 1909, aged 75, at Fendoch Farm, Crieff, where she was living with her children. She was buried in the family lair in the Glasgow Necropolis, on 4th November.

Mary and James Rogerson, her two elder children, seem to have remained at Fendoch until their retirement. James died 22nd September 1921, aged 54, at Deira, Drummond Terrace, Crieff, and Mary died aged 62 on 8th September 1928, at Heathcote, Victoria Terrace, Crieff. Both were buried in the family lair in the Glasgow Necropolis.

John Rogerson, her younger son, married an Ann McEwan, and died aged 54 on 7th May 1929, at Thornhill, Ferntower Road, Crieff. Although his death is recorded on the headstone in the Glasgow Necropolis, he was buried elsewhere.

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