William Rogers
William Rogers

Thomas Rogers


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1. Alice (Elsgen) Cosford

Thomas Rogers

  • Born: 1571, Watford, Northhampton, England
  • Marriage (1): Alice (Elsgen) Cosford on 24 Oct 1597 in Watford, Northampton, England
  • Died: 11 Jan 1621, Plymouth, Massachusetts at age 50
  • Buried: Coles Hill Burial Ground, Plymouth, Massachussetts

bullet  General Notes:

Thomas Rogers was a signer of the the Mayflower Compact.

Thomas Rogers came on the Mayflower in 1620 to Plymouth, Massachusetts. He was from Watford, Northampton, England, son of William Rogers and Eleanor. He left England due to religious persecution and settled in Leiden, Holland with others who were facing the same threats. He was among those who left to start a new life in the new world aboard the Mayflower. Their destination, Plymouth, Massachusetts, was the first permanent settlement in what was to become the original 13 colonies.

Thomas Rogers became a citizen of Leiden (Leyden), Holland, on 25 June 1618 with sponsors William Jepson and Roger Wilson, and is called a Camlet merchant. And just two years later, on 1 April 1620, he sold his house on Barbarasteeg in Leyden for 300 guilders before coming to America on the Mayflower.

Thomas Rogers brought his son Joseph on the Mayflower. He died the first winter, but his son Joseph survived. William Bradford in his 'Of Plymouth Plantation' writes of Thomas Rogers: "the rest of Thomas Rogers' [children] came over and are married and have many children."

Of that first winter William Bradford also wrote "That which was most sadd and lamentable was that in two or three months time halfe of their company dyed, espetialy in January and February, being the depth of winter, and wanting houses and other comforts; being infected with the scurvie and other diseases, when this long voyage and their inacomodate condition had brought upon them; so as ther dyed sometimes two three of a day, in the foresaid time; that of one hundred and odd persons, scarce fifty remained . . . "

In the 1622 poll tax for Leyden are listed his wife Elsgen (Alice), and daughters Lysbeth (Elizabeth) and Grietgen (Margaret), and son John. John Rogers is known to have come to America and married, but unfortunately the whereabouts of Elizabeth and Margaret remain unknown, though William Bradford suggests they came to America and married.

All of his children were baptized and/or buried in Watford.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

1. Picture: Thomas Rogers Home. Some sources state that this was Thomas Rogers home in Leiden, Holland. Further verification needs to be done.


Thomas married Alice (Elsgen) Cosford, daughter of George Cosford and Margaret Wills, on 24 Oct 1597 in Watford, Northampton, England. (Alice (Elsgen) Cosford was born before 10 May 1573 in Watford, Northampton, England and died after 1622 in Leiden, Holland.)

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