Ruth Rogers, née Simpson (1842-1910), was born at Bengeworth in June 1842, the youngest of five children of William and Mary Ann Simpson. Ruth was baptised on 10th July 1842.
By 1851, Ruth’s father had died and Ruth and her mother and brother, Benjamin, were lodging with widower, George Johns, and his three children, in Evesham. Mary Ann later married George Johns and Ruth was living with them at their home in Evesham in 1861.
Ruth married Oliver Rogers in 1865. They lived in Badsey and were to be found at the time of the 1871 census living at The Leys (demolished in the 20th century, on the site of the current-day Hither Green), next-door to Oliver’s parents.
Two years later, Oliver and Ruth left Badsey for good. An advertisement appeared in “The Evesham Journal” of 5th April 1873 announcing the sale of their household furniture and effects as they were about to emigrate.
In 1880, they were living in Auburn Township in the county of Geauga in the state of Ohio where Oliver was a farmer. Oliver’s parents, John and Ann, also lived with them, as did Ruth’s brother, Sidney Simpson, who was working on the farm as a labourer. Oliver and Ruth had no children of their own. Just nine houses away lived another Vale of Evesham family: John and Mary Ann Sears, who had emigrated the year before the Rogers, plus Mary Ann’s father and step-mother.
In 1900 they were living in Troy Township, Geauga County.
Ruth died at Auburn on 19th April 1910; Oliver died the following year. They were buried at Shadyside Cemetery, Auburn, in the same plot as Oliver’s parents.