biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
ASHFORD ROGERS, of Jefferson Township, was born in Hampshire County, now West Virginia, Dec. 12, 1816, and is a son of Hiram and Rebecca (Poulston) Rogers, natives of Virginia. The first named died in 1864, and the latter in 1854. The subject of this sketch came to Iowa in 1856, settled in Marion County, and purchased eighty acres of land, which he afterward sold, and then came to this county with the proceeds of that sale, about $800, and purchased 160 acres of unimproved land. He went to work diligently, and at the end of five years had his land paid for, finely improved, and a balance of $7,000 in cash in the bank. Aug. 20, 1843, he was united in marriage with Miss Loretta Shaw, a daughter of David and Margaret (Buchanan) Shaw, natives of Virginia. Loretta's father died in Illinois in 1855, and her mother in Iowa in 1879. Mr. and Mrs. Rogers are the parents of eight children: John is deceased; David lives in Adair County, Iowa; Daniel resides in the same county; Margaret is the wife of R. Saunders, of this county; Sarah is the wife of J. Sweem, of Bussey, Marion County; George lives in Marion County; Rebecca is the wife of J. Hughes, and lives in Nebraska; Lutie is the wife of F. Yater. They reside on the homestead. Mr. and Mrs. Rogers are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Politically he acts with the Repubican party. The home farm consists of 155 acres of excellent land, brought to a high state of cultivation, and with first-class improvements. Mr. Rogers is a man of good ability, and is a systematic farmer in every respect. His excellent management of his business finds him now in very comfortable circumstances in life. He possesses a very high sense of honor; his home is a genial one, and he enjoys the full confidence and esteem of a large circle of acquaintances.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy