463rd ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARTYRDOM OF JOHN RODGERS OF ENGLAND IN 1555

John Rogers and His Descendents


On a day unknown, in the year of our Lord 1500, a baby boy was born into a home in Birmingham, England and was given the name of John Rogers. He was graduated B. A. at Cambridge, 1525, and received an invitation to Christ Church, Oxford. About 1534 he became chaplain to the Merchant Adventurers at Antwerp.   There he made the acquaintance of William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale, and became a protestant.


On October 6, 1536, William Tyndale was tried as a heretic, imprisoned and then strangled and burnt. His last words were: “Lord, open the king of England’s eyes.” As he was being led away to prison he handed a packet of manuscripts to John Rogers containing his years of secret labor in translating the Bible from its original languages into English. John Rogers subsequently set about to complete it. Filling in unfinished portions of Tyndale’s work from a just- finished translation by William Coverdale, he completed the English Bible and named it with the pen name of Thomas Matthew. The work was delivered to King Henry VIII who had it examined, and approved it for the press in 1537, not knowing that much of it was the work of William Tyndale.


The Matthews Bible, as it came to be known, was the first English Bible to be printed in quantities and used in the protestant churches. This Bible was practically the basis of the text of the Authorized Version. When Bloody Mary (daughter of Henry VIII) ascended the throne in 1553, she had John Rogers tried and arrested for his vigorous denunciation of Romanism.  After months of imprisonment he was led to the stake and his wife and ten children, the youngest still on its mother’s breast, were brought before him in an effort to get him to recant. Instead he washed his hands in the flames and was burned alive at the stake on Feb. 4, 1555 at Smithfield—the first Marian martyr.  His dying words were, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” On Oct. 20, 1883, his bust was unveiled at Birmingham, England by the mayor.


John Roger’s grandson, Thomas Rogers, along with many others who desired to escape the persecutions being waged upon these dissenters from the Roman Church, in the year 1620, disembarked from the Mayflower onto Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts, and began life in the New World. Thomas Rogers married and subsequently produced the following family descendants:


2. John Rogers                               married Ann Churchman

3. Abigail Rogers                            married John Richmond

4. Edward Richmond                      married Mercy Thurston

5. Nathaniel Richmond                   married Alice Haskett

6. Nathaniel Richmond, Jr.             married Saron Damon

7. Sally Richmond                          married Lester Stuart

8. Aravilla Stuart                             married Benjamin Bump

9. Elmer Bump                                married Alice Pettingill

10. Lester Bump                             married Mary Perry

11. Luella Bump                              Married William Cawman

12. William Cawman                       Married Peggy Carroll who recently went to be with The Lord

         

William Cawman resides at Vineland, New Jersey, USA



     


BROTHER WILLIAM CAWMAN IS A DIRECT DESCENDANT OF JOHN RODGERS.  READ THIS STORY HERE:

George Coalter's daughter Olive was also a local preacher. When she was young and very ill, he prayed all night for her. In the morning the snow had melted around him with the intensity of his praying and she was miraculously healed. It was at a meeting of hers that I, Hylands Mitchell found The Lord as my Saviour - the burden of sin was truly rolled away immediately. I walked out of that meeting as if I had been walking on air approximately 65 years ago. I did not need any counselling and I feel as close to The Lord today as I did that night. Praise His Name! You may ask me: how is this possible. Well I will tell you: I was blessed at school after I was saved and going on well witnessing for the Lord. However one night at the annual Holiness Meetings I was convicted that I had a temper that was letting The Lord down. I was distressed at this and sought The Lord for "The Second Blessing" of a heart by Jesus's shed Blood made clean and sanctified - the "old man" was crucified. Amen. A retired missionary prayed with me that night, that victory brought much joy to my heart and I know the Fellowship of The Holy Spirit to this day. Labouring together and am on good speaking terms with Him. This is so important in the interests of The Kingdom of God. Hylands Mitchell Ballinamallard.


TO LISTEN TO BROTHER CAWMAN'S SERMON AND HIS WIFE'S TESTIMONY AT THE BALLINAMALLARD CHRISTIAN HOLINESS CAMP MEETINGS IN 2011 CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINKS (THERE IS A DELAY OF UP TO 1 MINUTE AFTER THE LINKS ARE CLICKED):

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Dr DOUGLAS CROSSMAN'S MESSAGE OF 12th JULY 2009 ON THE LORD'S ATONING DEATH, REFERENCE 1ST PETER 2 HOLY BIBLE AT BALLINAMALLARD CHRISTIAN HOLINESS CAMP MEETINGS. TO LISTEN TO THIS MESSAGE, CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK (THERE IS A 2 MINUTE DELAY AFTER CLICKING THE LINK):

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OWN METHODIST SECOND BLESSING HOLINESS LOCAL PREACHER


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Funeral Service for Lilian Elizabeth Mitchell ('Lily')