William Richard Rogers was one of my paternal great-great-grandfathers.
William Richard Rogers was born in Oswestry in 1810 [from his Obituary in the Minutes of Conference 1868] and moved to Birmingham when he was very young, however, he gives Birmingham as his place of birth on the 1851 and 1861 census returns. His father was a button manufacturer.
On 2nd December 1833 in Edgbaston he married Mary Ann Watkins Leather and she was to be one of my paternal great-great-grandmothers.
In 1836 William Richard Rogers was ordained and accepted for the Mission-field. In 1837 he was one of the Junior Ministers at Morant Bay Jamaica.
He worked in the West Indies, in the Antigua District, until late 1845 or early 1846. He returned to England a widower with three young children. His wife had died during April 1845, shortly after the birth of my great-grandmother Alice Du Cloux Rogers.
His first station after his return to England was in Wolverhampton in 1846. Here he met and married his second wife Mary Ann Thorneycroft on 14th October 1847.
William Richard Rogers was stationed in Merthyr Tydfil when he died on 11th July 1868.