Mayflower Pilgrim Thomas Rogers: Are You a Descendant?

Joseph Atwood Ordway (1852-1904) is a descendant of Mayflower passenger Thomas Rogers—and he thought so much of that genealogical fact, it was included in his obituary.

Death of Joseph A. Ordway, Springfield Republican newspaper article 6 May 1904
Springfield Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts), 6 May 1904, page 12

This is a detailed obituary that gives us a lot of family history information about Joseph:

  • His date and place of birth: 12 May 1852 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
  • His date and place of death: 5 May 1904 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
  • One of his brothers was “the late” General Albert Ordway (1843-1897) who served in the Civil War.
  • He was survived by his wife: Carrie L. Ordway
  • He had two sisters: Mary Emma Ordway (1849- ) and Annie Freeman Ordway (1857- ) who became Mrs. Charles E. Folsom (Charles Edward Folsom, Jr., 1855-1926)
  • He had one surviving brother: Frank Foster Ordway (1862- )

Obituaries give good core research information for genealogists.


I particularly like that Joseph’s obituary mentioned he was a Mayflower descendant. I am also a descendant of the Pilgrim Thomas Rogers.

Knowing that enables me to start with Joseph Atwood Ordway and trace his lineage back to his Mayflower ancestor.

This is a quick way to speed up your genealogy research and ensure that all of your cousins are found and documented in the family history.

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8 thoughts on “Mayflower Pilgrim Thomas Rogers: Are You a Descendant?

    1. We probably are.

      You’ll want to research your family tree and take it, generation by generation, back in time to make those connections and confirm just who your ancestors were.

      The great thing is – even if you don’t connect on this line – you’ll meet so many interesting relatives.
      It’s great that GenealogyBank has the stories – over 2 billion of them – that tell us so much more about them, beyond the core facts of their names, dates and places.


  1. According to my family tree , I am a descendant of Thomas Rogers (1589-1638) married to Elizabeth Grace Makin, parents of William Rogers (1612-1664) who was 8 years old on the Mayflower. I am interested in knowing where these persons were born and where they died. Thanks for any help you can give me.

  2. Noriss — There are great websites where you can find information about your Mayflower ancestors. On you can search newspapers with stories about your relatives. You can find Mayflower organizations that have histories of descendants. You can search Mayflower websites like By just doing a Google search using the name of the ancestor or Mayflower descendant you can get information. Also doing a Wiki search could be helpful.

  3. I am a descendant of Thomas Rogers through his son John. John’s daughter Abigail married a Richmond and one of her great grandsons, Nathaniel Richmond moved to Nova Scotia Canada. One of Nathaniel’s great granddaughters married a Lambert.
    Walter Lambert, my grandfather came through that line. Walter married Edna Mae Weller and Louise Jane Lambert came from their union. Louise is my mother. She married William Schuman who is my father. I am Lydia Ruth Schuman, born September 29, 1958. I have 9 siblings that came through my mother’s line. The number of grandchildren has not been counted but Louise has great grandchildren having babies.

  4. I am a descendant of Thomas Rogers on my paternal grandmothers side. Thomas would have been my 9th generation grandfather. His daughter Elizabeth married my 8th generation grandfather Jonathan Higgins in Plymouth Mass. my line is through their son Elisha Higgins The family moved to the Greene county area of NY.around1800

  5. Joseph Rogers (son of Thomas Rogers) is my 12th great grandfather and his daughter Mary is my 11th great grandmother (through my paternal mother’s side)

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