Marlboro County, SC
Biographies - Col. Benjamin ROGERS


Col. Benjamin Rogers, Jr., son of Benjamin Rogers, Sr., and grandson of Nicholas Rogers, was born in South Carolina, Dec. 5, 1763, and he died in SC 12 Dec 1836.  He was twice married, his first wife having been Margaret McAllister, of Fayettville, NC, by whom he had no less than 6 daughters, namely: Jane, Elizabeth, Flora, Mary, Sarah, and Catherine.

Col. Rogers, at the age of 16 years, served in the Revolutionary War under Gen. Francis Marion.  He was one of the first sheriffs of Marlborough County, a Colonel of the Militia, a State Senator, a Patron of Schools, a member of St. David's Episcopal Church, which he served in various capacities.  His first wife died early in life, leaving him a widower.  In 1804, he was serving his State as State Senator, from Marlborough, and at the same time, Dr. Thomas Wickham was serving the adjoining district of Marion in the same capacity.  The two men were accustomed to making the journey to Columbia, the Capitol, together.  But on one of these journeys, Dr. Wickham became ill very suddenly, and realizing that his condition was serious, made the request of his companion, friend and colleague, that he look after his wife - wife of Dr. Wickham  and baby daughter (Ann Maria Wickham).  Col. Rogers promised him that he would do so, and just how well he kept that promise is attested to by the fact that six months later, Sept. 4, 1804, he, Col. Rogers, made Ann Eliza Shackelford-Wickham his second wife.

Ref:  The Schackelford Clan Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 6, Oct 1950


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