Joel Nelson Rodgers, b. May 27 1827 in Kentucky, married Sarah Ann Bault on Sept. 30, 1852, Adair County, KY. Joel died on Apr 13, 1906 at his home in Saline City, Perry Township, Clay County, IN.
Sarah Ann Bault, b. September 4, 1832 in Adair County, KY, d. 2/12/1919 in Jasonville, Green County, IN.
Children of Joel Nelson and Sarah Ann Bault Rodgers are:
Frank Rodgers, died in infancy
Sarah Catherine, b. 8/24/1853 in Douglas, IL, d. 6/21/1929, Solsberry, Green County, IN
Martha Emma, b. 3/15/1855, Spencer, Owen County, IN, d. 6/3/1875
Cancia Verdun, b. 2/14/1857, KY
David W., b. 4/13/1858, d., December 1920
Louisa Alice, b. 2/14/1860, KY
William Carl, b. 5/15/1862, Bloomington, Owen Cty, IN, d. 12/6/1939, West Terre haute, IN
Charles W., b. 4/4/1864, d. 7/20/1945
Laura - well you know about her.
Homer M., b. 11/17/1868, d. 6/25/1923
Lillian Pearl, b. 3/31/1871, d. 1/27/1956
Edward Boaz, b. 3/19/1873, d. 3/6/1945
Joel Nelson was one of 5 children of John W. Rodgers and Elizabeth Cheatham. John W. was born c1796 in Virginia, married Elizabeth in Adair County, KY on 9/1/1852 and d. 5/22/1848 in Jalapa, Mexico probably from cholera or typhoid.
They had 5 children:
Windle B., b. 12/27/1821, Adair County, KY, d. 7/31/1882, Benton County, MO.
George A., b. c1824, d. 2/18/1898, Daviess Co., IN
Joel Nelson, b. 5/27/1827, KY, d. 4/13/1906, Saline City, Perry Township, Clay County, IN
William C. b. c1830, KY
Mary A., b, c1834, KY, Married 1/30/1852, James B. Rogers
John W. Rodgers was the son of John B. Rodgers and Mary (Polly) Brawley (possibly Bralley). John B. was born c1771 in Cripple Creek, Botetourt County, Virginia and died c. 1860 in Adair County, KY. No further information is available on Mary Brawley at this time.
Children of John B. and Mary Brawley Rodgers are:
Leany H., b. c1796
John W. - detailed above
Josiah, married Prudence Cheatham 3/20/1822, Adair Cty, KY
It is believed the Elizabeth and Prudence were sisters, but this has not yet been proven.
John B. Rodgers was the son of William Rogers and Veletta (Lettie) Downing. William was born 5/24/1748, Culpepper Cty, VA and d. May 1, 1835, Adair Cty, KY. Lettie Downing was the Cherokee in the family (this is not proven, but she is mentioned in Starr's book as being Cherokee)
Some genealogists have claimed that Veletta Downing is the daughter of Alexander Downing and Mu-Go-YO-S-T. Alexander Downing was the chief of the Cherokee Wolf Clan in the late 1700's. Mu-Go-YO-S-T was the daughter of the previous chief.
If this is true (and it has not been verified) then the Downing family lived in the Georgia/Tennesse area known at the time as the Cherokee terrorities. Alexander Downing and his family did not go on the "Trail of Tears", but as one of the Five Civilized Tribes, moved instead to what is now Tennessee.
Veletta (Letty) Downing and William Rogers were probably married in Virginia, as the Five Civilized Tribes were considered free citizens of the Virginia Colonies during the 1700s. It wasn't until the early 1800s that the white settlers started legislating against the Cherokee.
This would means that Veletta Downing was full-blooded Cherokee and that John W. Rogers would be the half-blooded Cherokee in the family.
There is no mention in any of the records thus found that Elizabeth (Susan) Cheatham was Cherokee, and as her roots can be verified to England, I doubt that the family tradition would be true.
Children of William and Letty are:
William, b. c1772, Cripple Creek, VA, d. Bef. 12/5/1842, Adair Cty, KY
James, b. c1776, Montgomery Cty, VA, d. bef May, 1850, Adair Cty, KY
Sarah, b. c1784, Montgomery Cty, VA, d. 12/1854, Adair Cty, KY
Nancy, b. 6/1/1788, Montgomery Cty, VA, d. after 1860
Mary, b. c1789, Montgomery Cty, VA, d. 12/15/1859, Short Creek, Adair Cty, KY
William was the son of Benjamin Rodgers and Sokey (Sukey/Lukey).
Benjamin Rodgers was born in England and transported to the Virginia Colonies in 1734 aboard the ship "Caesar" for theft. He was sentenced to 14 years in the colonies. He died in 1802 in Blount County, TN. No further information is available on his wife.
They had 8 children.
If you need more information, please let me know.