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Ferdinand Royer/Rogers
Posted by: Ben Rogers (ID *****7468) Date: March 25, 2005 at 07:20:01
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Looking for members of the Royer/Rogers family who lived in Newburyport and Haverhill. I have been looking for information about my grandfather, Ferdinand Philip Rogers, born in Newburyport in 1902. This is what I have turned up so far, and would like to have verified:

Barthelemi Royer born about 1844, possibly at St.Charles. He married first Marie Malvina Laflamme at St. Gervais on 13 September 1864, and second to Marie Gourgue at St. Germaine on 6 November 1894. According to the 1881 Census of Canada, he was a farmer at Buckland West, in Dorchester County, Quebec.

Ferdinand Royer was born about 1877. He emigrated to America about 1885 (as stated by the 1910 Census). It is unknown at this time how many of his family came with him, or if he came alone. If he came alone, it was at a very young age, and we can see above that his father remarried in Canada in 1894, when Ferdinand was about seventeen. It is most likely that Barthelemi emigrated, but returned to Canada, and Ferdinand was old enough to decide to stay in Amesbury and work in a shoe factory. He was married on 15 December 1897 in Newburyport to Eve Dionne, daughter of Eli Dionne and Celina Cauoette, who worked at a spinning mill in Amesbury. He appears to have changed his name to Rogers sometime after his marriage.

Ferdinand and Eve Rogers have not been located in the 1900 Census, but they appear in the 1910 Census for Newburyport as Frederick and Eva Rogers, leading me to assume Ferdinand Sr. also went by Fred. If this is our man, the Census taker must have misinterpreted the names. Otherwise, everything else fits. They are the only Rogers couple with a son named Fred of the right age. Fred Sr. was working out as a farm laborer, and he and Eva had 8 children, but only six lived to 1910, Beatrice, Lorranna?, Frederick Jr., Eva, Rose, and Wilfred.

The 1920 Census finds them in Haverhill, Mass., with Fred working as a coal teamster, and his brother-in-law, David Dionne, working in a shoe factory. Fred and Eva have 9 children still living at home, Fred Jr., Rose (both working in a shoe factory), Willard, Victorine?, James D., Olive, Paul A. and Edmond or Edward.

Ferdinand Philip "Fred" Rogers was born 25 November 1902 at 1 Ship Street, Newburyport. He was living with his parents in Haverhill in 1920 and working in a shoe factory. The 1930 Census places him as a private at Fort Ethan Allen, Vermont, and he was probably a trooper in the Third Cavalry. He married Bernice Evelyn Dow about 1939 and worked a series of odd jobs, usually driving large trucks, until their divorce about 1946. After this, nothing more is known of Fred.

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