- Thomas Rogers, a Mayflower Pilgrim and one of forty-one signatories of the Mayflower Compact was among those who did not survive that first harsh Plymouth, Massachusetts winter of 1620-1621.
Thomas Rogers was accompanied by his son, Joseph, but not his wife or other children, who had stayed behind in Leiden. There is record of his wife and other children in the 1622 poll tax of Leiden. Thomas died during the first winter in Plymouth (1621), when Joseph was 18.
Of Thomas little is known. Born by about 1572, son of William and Eleanor (____) Rogers, Watford, Northamptonshire [TGM 3: 1598 citing The Genealogist] In 1619 he sued a baker and a miller of Leiden to free a lien on his house, and perhaps in preparation for his journey, won the suit and was awarded court costs. (NEHGR 143:207). He had bought this house in 1617 and sold it April, 1620 (Ibid.)
Thomas Rogers (William) was born in Watford, Northamptonshire CA 1572. Thomas died 1621 in Plymouth, Barnstable, at 49 years of age.
The often published descent of Thomas Rogers from John Rogers the Martyr is complete fiction. Thomas Roger's true English origins were discovered in 1989 by Clifford Stott and published with supporting documentation in The Genealogist 10:138-149. Thomas Rogers was the son of William and Eleanor Rogers, and grandson of William and Joan Rogers. Thomas' marriage to Alice Cosford and his children's baptisms are all found in the parish registers of Watford, Northampton, England.