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Vol. 56 1959-60

The three Rogers benefactors to Guildsfield parish

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arms of Powys are the three white horses' heads, erased at the neck, on a black
shield. Carthage was wiped out by the Romans and many Carthaginians migrated
by sea. I have often wondered whether some Carthaginian chieftain came to Britain,
following the traders' route, and married a Welsh wife and founded a local dynasty,
taking the White Horse as the emblem of sovereignty. The Dean thought there
might be much truth in this idea.
I had a hundred or more letters from Dean Rogers whom I never met, although
we were fellow members of a number of London societies. He often wrote that I
had given him a completely new interest in life by putting him on to the correct
history of his family on which he had been struggling in vain for years. His last
letter to me was his Christmas card, which enclosed pressed flowers from Bethlehem.
His end came suddenly and unexpectedly but peacefully.
To Mrs. Rogers of Cleeve Cottage, Bushley, Gloucestershire, we tender our
deepest sympathy and respect.
Let us now go back 102 years to the death of Dean Rogers' great grandmother,
Jane Rogers of Bodynfol Hall, Llanfechain, who died there on 7th May, 1859, aged
80. She was the daughter of John Jones of Park, Merioneth, gent., and was born
at Hirnant. The letter telling Dean Rogers' grandfather of her death was lent me
by him. It has such a homely touch about it that I feel impelled to include it in
these notes. Here it is.
Bodynfol, May 7th, 1859.
My dear Brother,
I have to inform you that my poor Mother is dead this morning about
6 o'clock. We do intend the Funeral to take place next Thursday at
Meifod. We should be glad if you can come here the day before and
Thomas Rogers to come along with you if he can come. We do intend
to invite about 30 of Relations and old friends to the Funeral to be here
about 10 o'clock on Thursday.
With our Love to Mrs. Rogers and your family.
I remain. Your obed.
To: Mr. John Rogers, Edwd. Rogers.
Great George Street, Liverpool,
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