Friday, May 28, 2010

My Great Great Great Grandmother

Rebecca Murray Rogers lived a long life. I bet she saw an awful lot. She has always fascinated me. Rebecca was born 16 January 1842 in Virginia to Thomas and Mary (Frick) Murray. The story that was told by a descendant of Rebecca's brother is that Thomas was born to a Negro woman and William Murray, a white man in Maryland. Thomas and his brother Robert moved from Maryland to Virginia with other mulatto families sometime before 1830. On the 1850 and 1860 US Census, Thomas and the children are all listed as Mulatto.
Rebecca married John Rogers before 1867 in West Virginia, probably Monongalia County. Rebecca and John went on to have seven children, of whom, Thomas Milton is my Great Great Grandfather. John died in 1893 and Rebecca lived to be 78 years old, dying 28 February 1920 in West Virginia.
One day with further research I'll get to the bottom of this story in Maryland!
Rebecca is the woman in the photo at the top of this page.

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