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Rogers Family Papers

Identifier: MS-BC548

Scope and Contents

Collection includes correspondence, account books and scrapbooks of Matthew Rogers, copy book, Athens Council minutes, Athens military enrollment lists, election records, and newspaper clippings documenting the history of this family and its life in Athens, Illinois. The correspondence includes numerous letters between John T. and William H. Rogers during the Civil War. The Athens Council minutes cover April 24-October 17, 1863. Election records include voter affidavits, political party tickets, and election registers for 1864-1867. The newspaper clippings cover political and genealogical topics.


  • Created: 1815-1905
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1979


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research


0.42 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The Rogers Family were early settlers of the town of Athens in Menard County, Illinois, and became prominent citizens of the community. Matthew Rogers came from New York in 1821 with his wife and children. He was postmaster of the town's first post office, and served as justice of the peace. He loaned books from his personal library to a young Abraham Lincoln, who would later become his lawyer. Three of Matthew's children remained in Athens: Miriam Lee, who married Henry Riggin; Arminda, who married Amberry Rankin; and Henry C., a staunch abolitionist who served as a teacher, justice of the peace, first superintendent of the first Sabbath School, and an attorney. Henry C.'s son William H. served in Company C, 152nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry Volunteers. During the Civil War, he corresponded with his brother John T., who remained in Athens. The collection consists of documents pertaining to the history of the Rogers family and the town of Athens, including correspondence, account books, scrapbooks, copy book, Athens Council minutes, Athens military enrollment lists, elections records, and newspaper clippings.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged as follows: Correspondence, arranged chronologically; followed by bound volumes including ledgers, account books, and day books of members of the Rogers family; then follows records pertaining to the Athens community, including military enrollment lists and election records; and lastly, newspaper clippings covering political topics and the genealogy of the Rogers family.
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Repository Details

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