William ROGERS was probably born about 1780 ___, son of ___ ROGERS and ___ and was married to Sarah CRAIG, born ca 1781, ___, Scotland, daughter of ___ CRAIG and ___. Sarah CRAIG appears to have been the widow of Henry BARR of the 40th Regiment, British Army. Henry and Sarah BARR had a son Henry BARR, b. ca 1822, Athlone.

William & Sarah ROGERS and their 18 year old daughter Mary ROGERS sailed from VDL to Portland Bay in the "Minerva" in 1843, after which William esatblished himself as a bootmaker at Tahara (Merino-Coleraine).

William ROGERS had been a bootmaker in the British Army and was recorded as a shoemaker of "Muntham" Station in south-west Victoria in 1845 by James MALLETT.

He was also recorded as being a shoemaker living at the same location, a river bend south of Sandford with Dr BYASS before 1850.

William & Sarah ROGERS were witnesses to the 1848 wedding of her son Henry BARR (and Ann BELL) from her first marriage to Henry BARR.

Marriage certificate - No. 54
Marriages solemnized in the Parish of St. Stephen, Portland in the County of Normanby in New South Wales in the year 1848
Henry BARR of this Parish Bachelor and Ann BELL of this Parish Spinster were married in this District by Licence this thirtieth day of May in the year 1848.
By me James Yelverton WILSON, Chaplain
Signed by Henry BARR
Mark of Ann BELL
In the presence of William ROGERS of Sandford District of Portland Sarah ROGERS of Sandford District of Portland.

Sarah ROGERS died at "Greenwald Station" owned by her son-in-law, Francis EGAN in 1871 and was buried in the Digby Cemetery.

William ROGERS and Sarah CRAIG had the following family:

  1. Mary ROGERS b. 1826, Hobart Town, VDL, m. 1850 at Emu Creek (Digby), Vic. to Francis EGAN 1824-1874.

  2. Alexander ROGERS b. 1828, Hobart Town, VDL, d. 1902, Kingston, Victoria.

  3. Sarah ROGERS b. 1830, Hobart Town, VDL, m. 1850, Portland, Victoria to Augustus Christian Ferdinand LACKMANN.