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James Rogers (1749-1807)


James Rogers was born near Guisborough in North Yorkshire and entered the itinerancy at an early age in 1774. His active circuit ministry was exercised in England, Scotland and Ireland. Rogers superannuated due to ill health in 1806. The last few months of his life were spent in retirement in Guisborough where despite declining health he continued to preach twice a week until shortly before his death from a chest complaint. His Conference obituary remarks that until the time of his final illness, he contined to rise every morning at six and read his bible for an hour.

In 1778 Rogers married Martha Knowlden and they had two children. After her death in 1784, he married the noted female Methodist Hester Ann Roe of Macclesfield.

Source: Minutes of Conference 1807, An Alphabetical Arrangement of Wesleyan Methodist Preachers...1739-1818, compiled by Kenneth Garlick and A Dictionary of Methodism in Britain and Ireland, edited by John A. Vickers (Epworth Press, Peterborough 2000), 299-300

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