was the daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah (Purkiss) Rogers. She was born circa March 1703 and died October 30, 1704 at the age of 17 months. The cause of her death was related to a house fire, in which another adult perished. Her grandmother, *Sarah Elizabeth Elatson, also injured in the fire, followed her granddaughter into the afterlife a short time later. The two share a gravestone.
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Piscataqua, Novemb. 2. On Monday the 30th last about break of day, the House of the Reverend Mr. Nathaniel rogers, Minister of Portsmouth, was burnt to the Ground in a few minutes, his youngest Child, and a Negro Woman of Mrs. Elatsons, his Mother-in-law, consumed in the Flames, nothing saved buy himself, his Wife, Mother-in-law, two children, and the Servant Maid, as they got out of Bed without Cloaths; Mrs. Elatson saved the eldest Child by throwing him out of a Chamber Window into this Fathers Arms, and immediately thereafter Mr. Rogers got a Ladder for his Mother-in-law, and so got her out the Window, who is much burned in her Legs & Arms, but think not dangerous to life. None can tell how this Fire came, most probably it began in their Kitchen; the Fire was so violent by reason of the high Wind, that had there been never so many People to quench it, and help to save the Goods, 'twere impossible to save anything.
Nathaniel Rogers was born circa 1669 to John and Elizabeth (Denison) Rogers. He died Oct. 3, 1723, at the age of 54 years. He is buried in the Point of Graves, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. There is no stone currently present in the cemetery. The following epitaph was recorded by President Stiles when he preached in Portsmouth.
Hie sepelitur reverendus Nathanael Rogers A. M.
Jesu Christi minister fidelis;
prosapia studiis evangeliis devota
ingenio, eruditione, integritate,
moribusque suavissimis valde ornatus ;
benevolentiae, fidei, pietatis exemplar illustre;
ecclesiae pastor vigilantissimus;
natus est Ipsvici, 7mo Kalendas Martii,
In Jesu sinum efflavit animam 5 to nonas Octobris,
Annals of Portsmouth by Nathaniel Adams page 143-144
Google translates from Latin to English
He is buried reverend Nathaniel A. M. Rogers Jesus Christ, faithful minister ; family devoted to the study of the Gospels I was born ; wit , erudition , integrity, adorned with a very sweet character ; of benevolence , loyalty, and a copy of the illustrious ; was his theology ; famous preacher Church pastor watchful ; was born Ipsvici , 7mo day before the Kalends of March, 1669 . Bosom as she breathed her in the Lord Jesus to the soul of the 5 day of October, 1723 .
Nathaniel married Sarah Purkiss October 26, 1699.
Sarah was born was born circa 1680 to George and Sarah Elizabeth (Pemberton) Purkiss. She married John Plaisted after Nathaniel Roger’s death and died circa 1749.
The children of Nathaniel and Sarah Rogers as found in An Account of the Several Religious Societies in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Nathaniel married 1st Dorothy Sherburne, 2nd Widow Rymes
Sarah married Joshua Gee
George married Lydia Hutchinson
Elizabeth married John Taylor
Mary married John Livermore
Daniel married Mehetabel Rindge
Margaret died age 22, unmarried
* Of some interest, Sarah Elizabeth Pemberton married 3 times, 1st to George Purkiss, 2nd to Warner Wessendonk, 3rd to Jonathan Elaston. Jonathan Elatson was the clerk in one of the later Salem, Massachusetts ‘witch trials’ held in January 1693.