David F. ROGERS, farmer and stock raiser, was born near his present residence, October 26, 1813, the son of David and Mary (Lewis) ROGERS. The former was of English origin, born in 1779, in Wythe County, Va., and deceased, in this county, in 1873; the latter was of Scotch stock, born in Guilford County, N.C., in 1781, and deceased in this county, February 13, 1880, in her one hundredth years. The father came to Washington County when twelve years of age, and to this county in 1801, and was a famer, and powder manufacturer. In the Indian war he was a major, and in the years 1829, 1830, 1831, 1832, 1835 and 1836 he was in the Legislature. He was a Union Republican. The mother was a Methodist.
Our subject, the seventh of thirteen children, seven now living, has always lived near his birthplace, and has, by his reading habits, largely educated himself. When thirty-three years of age, he began manufacturing and carding wool, also milling, continuing for twenty-eight years. In 1875 he came to his present residence, which he bought of the McLane heirs, and now owns about 1,400 acres, which he has greatly improved, as it was a Confederate camping ground during the war. He is a Republican.
May 12, 1836, he married Elizabeth, daughter of Elisha and Lydia (Merritt) HAMPTON, born in Stokes County, N.C., May 12, 1816. She is a Methodist. Their children are David, Josephine, John P., Silas I., Horace M., Sneed, W.F., Mary (deceased), Sarah A. (deceased), Hugh H. (deceased), and Reuben C. (deceased). Besides his own children, he has educated five grandchildren.
Goodspeed Publishing Co. History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present: Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of from Twenty-Five to Thirty Counties of East Tennessee. Chicago: Goodspeed, 1887.