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ROGERS (née HARTWELL), Ann – emigrated 1870s

Ann Hartwell (c1821-1893) was born at Badsey, in about 1821, the fourth of ten children of Charles Hartwell and his wife, Maria (née Collett).

On 5th August 1838, Ann married John Rogers, a labourer, at Wickhamford.  They had three children:  Jane Amelia (1839), Oliver (1845-1911) and Thomas (1848-1972).  The children were all born at Wickhamford, although, at the time of the 1841 census, John and Ann were living in Badsey; John was a labourer.

At the time of the 1851 census, the Rogers family was living in a cottage in Wickhamford which has long since been demolished.  By 1861 they had moved to Aldington.  In 1871, they lived in Badsey at The Leys (demolished in the 20th century, on the site of the current-day Hither Green), in a cottage next-door to their son, Oliver, and his wife, Ruth.

In 1873, Oliver and Ruth emigrated to America.  At some time in the 1870s, Ann and John decided to join them as, by 1880, they were living in the same household in Auburn Township in the county of Geauga in the state of Ohio.  Just nine houses away lived another Vale of Evesham family:  John and Mary Ann Sears, who had emigrated in 1872, plus Mary Ann’s father, John Heeks, and step-mother, who had emigrated in 1875.  Ann Rogers was the sister of Mary Hartwell, who had died in 1854 and had been John Heeks’ first wife.  Ann’s sister, Elizabeth Knight, also emigrated with her family in 1874.

John Rogers died later in 1880 and was buried at Shadyside Cemetery, Auburn. Ann died in 1893 and was buried beside him.  Their son and daughter-in-law were also later buried there.