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John Rogers (son of Thomas Rogers and Katherine Courterary) was born 1507 in Deritend, Warwickshire, England, and died February 04, 1554/55 in Smithfield, Parish, England. He married Adrianna de Weyden Pratt.

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The ROGERS Family History

Most authorities agree that the name Roger, Rogers, is derived from the word Hroud in Frank; Hrother is the North and Ruhm in the modern German, meaning fame or glory. Historical tradition associates the name with all that is true and noble; another meaning ascribed to it is "one whose word is reliable." Others claim that the name is derived from the French, since we read that Roger l, Count of Sicily and Calarbria, and the founder of the Norman dynasty in the countries, was born in Normandy, France, about 1031. This suggests that the English Rogers families were possibly originally Norman French and went to England with William the Conqueror.

John Rogers The Martyr

Reverend John Rogers, the Martyr of the Anglican Reformation during the Marian Period was born in 1507 near Birmingham, County Warwick, England. He was educated at Pembroke Hall, Cambridge, receiving his BA degree in 1525. That same year he was chosen to the Cardinals College at Oxford, made a junior canon and soon thereafter went into the holy orders in the Roman Catholic Church.

On his conversion to Protestantism, Rogers determined to publish the entire Bible in the English language. It was printed at the Antwerp Press and there are three original copies in the British Museum. Rogers lived in Wittenburg, Germany for 11 years, returning to England upon the accession of Edward VI to the English throne. He diligently labored in the work of the church until the accession on Queen Mary to the throne, when on Sunday after her triumphal entry into London 16 July 1553, he preached a sermon at St. Paulís Cross wherein he exhorted the people to adhere to Protestantism. This sermon was the beginning of his end and he was summoned before the Privy Council because of it. Rogers was sent to Newgate Prison in 1553/4 and remained there a year. He was brought again before the Privy Council in January 1554/55 and condemned and sentenced as an excommunicated heretic to be burned to death at the stake. The sentence was carried out on 4 Feb 1554/5. He was offered a pardon if he would renounce Protestantism but refused. (sources: "The Rogers Family of England" by John Cox; "John Rogers, The Compiler of the First Authorized English Bible, the Pioneer of the English Reformation and its First Martyr" by Joseph L. Chester; and "Families Directly Descended From All the Royal Families in Europe")

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Note: BIOGRAPHY: Wrote under the pseudonym of Thomas Matthews and wrote the first English Protestant translation of the Bible, Matthews Bible, for which he was burned at the stake in Smithfield, England in 1555, with his eleven children watching. Took Roman Catholic Orders 1526 after leaving Cambridge - before becoming involved in the Protestant Reformation

John (The Martyr) Rogers Title: Vicar Sex: M Birth: 4 FEB 1507 in Deritend,Eng Death: 4 FEB 1555 in burned at the stake Angelican Reformation,Smithfield,Eng Note: M. L. Loane, Pioneers of the Reformation in England, 1964; J. F. Mozley, Coverdale and his Bibles, 1953; J. L. Chester, Life of John Rogers, 1861. Note: Note: Biography from Who's Who in British History (1998) Note: Copyright (c) by The H. W. Wilson Company. All rights reserved. From Who's Who in British History, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1998. Note: Note:
Rogers, John (c.1500-55), first Protestant martyr in the Marian persecution, was the son of John Rogers of Deritend, in the parish of Aston, near Birmingham. He was educated at Pembroke Hall, Cambridge, where he took his BA in 1525, and in 1532 was appointed Rector of Holy Trinity in the City of London. He resigned this living in 1534 and became chaplain to the Company of the Merchant Adventurers in Antwerp. At that time he was an orthodox Catholic priest, but he now fell in with Tyndale and was soon converted to Protestantism. Before he was arrested in 1535, Tyndale handed over to Rogers his incompleted translation of the Old Testament. Tyndale was burned in October 1535; during 1536 Rogers devoted himself to completing the Old Testament by adding to it Miles Coverdale's renderings (published in 1535) of the untranslated books and of the Apocrypha, and Tyndale's own translation of the New Testament (published 1526). Rogers's only original contribution was the Song of Manasses in the Apocrypha which he found in a French Bible printed in 1535. Rogers was also responsible for the preface, the marginal notes (the first English commentary on the Bible), and a calendar and almanack and other additional matter. Rogers signed the title-page with the name 'Thomas Matthew' and the book came to be known as Matthew's Bible. This was the book largely drawn upon for the Great Bible of 1539.
While at Antwerp Rogers married, probably in 1537, Adriana de Weyden: Weyden means 'meadows' and when in 1552 he naturalized his wife and children by a special act of parliament, the name was anglicized into Pratt from the Latin form 'prata'.
When Edward VI came to the throne, Rogers returned to England (1548). He was given three livings in London and in 1551 he was appointed to a prebend of St Paul's by Nicholas Ridley and shortly afterwards became divinity lecturer at St Paul's.
With his Protestant views Rogers naturally sympathized with Lady Jane Grey rather than with Mary Tudor. He preached two sermons for which he was had up before the Council, and in 1554 he was sent to Newgate. Here, in conjunction with Hooper, Bradford and others, he drew up a confession of faith of the most extreme Protestant type. He was again examined by Gardiner with much rudeness and even brutality and was condemned to death as a heretic. When he asked to be allowed to see his wife, he was refused, and it is said that he met her and his eleven children on the way to the stake. At the stake he was offered a pardon, if he would recant, but he refused and he was burned just outside the entrance to the church of St Bartholomew in Smithfield. He was the first of the Protestant martyrs, and his example had a widespread effect in encouraging others. Ridley confessed that the news of Rogers's death had destroyed 'a lumpish heaviness' in his heart.
Note: Note: Bibliography: Dickens, A. G., The English Reformation, 2d ed. (1991); Fritze, Ronald, ed., Historical Dictionary of Tudor England (1991); Haigh, Christopher, English Reformations (1993). Change Date: 26 NOV 2002
Change Date: 31 Dec 2002 at 00:00:00

Father: John Rogers
Mother: Margaret(Margery) Wyatt

Marriage 1 Adriana De Weyden b: 1511 in Brabant Belguim
Bernard Rogers b: 1543 in Wittenberg, Prussia



More About John Rogers:
Burial: Unknown, Burned at the Stake 4 Feburary,1554/5.

Children of John Rogers and Adrianna de Weyden Pratt are:
  1. +Bernard Fitz Rogers, b. 1537, Wittenberg, Sachsen, Prussia, d. 1564, England.
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