Joseph Rogers was born 23 January 1603 in Watford, Northamptonshire, England to Thomas Rogers (1572-1621) and Alice Cosford (1572-1618) and died circa January 1688 Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Hannah Churchman (1615-1678) 1633 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.


Joseph Rogers was born in 1602/3 in Watford, Northampton, England (Baptized January 23, 1602/3). He and his family came to Leiden, Holland, where they are first recorded in 1618. By 1620, the family had sold its house, and Joseph came with father Thomas on the Mayflower to Plymouth. His mother Alice, brother John, and sisters Elizabeth and Margaret remained behind in Leiden.

Joseph Rogers came to Plymouth on the Mayflower with his father in 1620. He married Hannah Harding by 1633 as his only wife. They had eight children, most born in Duxbury, Massachusetts. He died in Nauset - now Eastham, in January 1677/78 and was buried in Old Cove Burial Ground there.

Cove Burial Ground - Eastham MA

Joseph was about 17 years old when he made the voyage on the Mayflower with his father, and he did not sign the "Mayflower Compact." His father Thomas died sometime the first winter at Plymouth. Joseph appears to have resided in the Bradford household for around ten years. He married about 1632, and his first child Sarah was born on 6 August 1633. He moved from Plymouth to Duxbury around 1638, and lived there for a number of years, before moving to Eastham around 1646, and resided in Sandwich for a few years around 1650 before returning to Eastham.

Joseph Rogers was a notable person in Plymouth Colony. Over the years, he was involved in the founding of Bridgewater, Massachusetts and Eastham, Massachusetts. In 1658 he was on the War Council of Plymouth Colony.

Marriage & Family

Hanna married Joseph Rogers 7/20/1631. But no documentation has been found yet to support her maiden name. He died in Eastham in January 1677/8; in his will he names his wife Hannah: the only record found that names his wife.


Offspring of Joseph Rogers and Hannah Churchman (1615-1678)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Joseph Rogers (1635-1660)
Thomas Rogers (1638-1678)
Elizabeth Rogers (1639-1677) 19 September 1639 Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts 2 January 1677 Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Jonathan Higgins (1637-1711)
John Rogers (1642-1713)
Mary Rogers (1644-1718)
James Rogers (1648-1678)
Hannah Rogers (1652-1690) 8 August 1652 Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts 18 October 1690 Massachusetts Jonathan Higgins (1637-1711)


Offspring of Thomas Rogers (1572-1621) and Alice Cosford (1572-1618)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Thomas Rogers (1599-1599) 24 March 1599 Watford, Northamptonshire, England May 1699 Watford, Northamptonshire, England
Richard Rogers (1600-1600) March 1600 Watford, Northamptonshire, England April 1600 Watford, Northamptonshire, England
Joseph Rogers (1603-1678) 23 January 1603 Watford, Northamptonshire, England January 1688 Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Hannah Churchman (1615-1678)
John Rogers (1606-1692) 6 April 1606 Watford, Northamptonshire, England 1691 Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Anna Churchman (1619-1664)
Elizabeth Rogers (1609-)
Margaret Rogers (1613-)

Vital Records

Bradfords Journal

From the record made (Circa 1651) by Gov Wm Bradford about early Plymouth settlers:

Thomas Rogers, and Joseph, his sone (came). His other children came afterwards… Thomas Rogers dyed in the first sickness, but his sone Joseph is still living, and is married, and hath 6 children. The rest of Thomas Rogers (children) came over, and are maried, and have many children

Colonial Records

His name appears in the following colony records:

  • 1623 Division of Land with Wm. Brewster;
  • 1626 Purchasers list (colony investors);
  • 1627 Division of Cattle with Wm. Bradford;
  • 1633-34 Tax Lists – with his brother John
  • 1633 list along with being a freeman that year;
  • 1643 Able to Bear Arms List (with his brother John – with his surname given as “Roger”).

Pilgrim Monument


National Monument to the Forefathers, commemorates the Mayflower Pilgrims, (including this person) who came to Plymouth Colony in 1620 on the Mayflower. Dedicated on August 1, 1889, it is thought to be the world's largest solid granite monument. Located on an 11 acre hilltop site on Allerton Street in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Old Cove Burial Ground

Cove Burying Ground is an historic cemetery located in Eastham, Massachusetts. It is Eastham's oldest cemetery, dating to c. 1646. It is notable as the final resting place for several Mayflower pilgrims.



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